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Professors Schaffner and Nteta co-author article with Matthew C. MacWilliams in the Washington Post. The article explains how their research shows that people who have racial bias are more likely to oppose protests by black professional athletes than others. They found that, “racial attitudes had a notable relationship to white opposition to athletes’ protests.”

Ray La Raja says: “Replacing a large Town Meeting with a large Town Council will not solve the structural challenges a large representative assembly poses. Having a large Town Council will provide relative anonymity for its members, with the result that most residents will not know who represents them and who to hold accountable for political decisions — just like Town Meeting" (Daily Hampshire Gazette).

Jamie Rowen presented alongside the Director of Colombia's Victims Unit and other invited participants at Universidad del Norte's annual international conference, Catedra Europa, in Barranquilla on March 29th. 

Professor Musgrave, an Amherst resident, says the proposal to create a 60-member town council to replace the town meeting would make the body less representative. Read more here.

Professor Musgrave comments on Trump's willingness to 'flip flop'  his protectionist agenda on BNN.

Professor Schaffner comments on the evidence presented by Republicans to back up their claim of widespread illegal voting in U.S. elections is riddled with small and unrepresentative samples, response errors and other issues that undermine its credibility (Think Progress).

Collins discusses outcomes of the fight over Gorsuch confirmation. He concludes in Bloomberg News that the court, " not a purely legal body".

Professor Collins comments, “In terms of prior precedent, the most relevant would be that the Senate, Democrats ended the filibuster for lower federal court nominees and other executive branch nominees in 2013", in CBS News.

Professor Goldman, "...blames Democrats as the instigators and Republicans as the annihilators", in the debate over the nuclear option in the U.S. Senate in U.S.A. Today.

Alasdair Roberts has been named the new Director of the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy (SPP). The announcement was made by the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, John A. Hird, on March 27. Roberts will officially step into the role on September 1, 2017 and will also join the faculty of the Political Science Department