August 8, 2016
Kathleen Iannello is associate professor of political science at Gettysburg College I have been teaching courses in American government for more than 25 years. I enjoy getting students interested in and excited about politics. I especially love engaging with them during a presidential election. Their interest is at a high point - most of them voting for the first time. My goal is to pull them into the process and get them hooked on real politics, making them eager to study political science.
June 5, 2016
How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper By Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson Simon & Schuster. 455 pp. $28 Reviewed by Glenn C. Altschuler In his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan declared, "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. " In the ensuing decades, this view has become the mantra of the Republican Party - and of a sizable segment of the American electorate. In American Amnesia , Jacob Hacker, a professor of political science at Yale University, and Paul Pierson, a professor of political science at the University of California at Berkeley, provide an Everest of evidence that Reagan was wrong.
May 24, 2016 |
Benjamin P. Fiddler, 21, of Lafayette Hill, a college student, died Tuesday, May 17, after collapsing during a workout at his home. A Philadelphia emergency crew responded. Jeff Moran, spokesman for the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office, confirmed that Mr. Fiddler's death is a coroner's case. The cause of death was pending. Known as Ben, Mr. Fiddler was a political science major at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., where he had just completed his junior year.
March 8, 2016 |
When Donald Trump retweeted a quotation attributed to him but actually uttered by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini - "It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep" - it was a victory for Gawker, which had set up the automated Twitter account to poke fun at the Republican front-runner. It was also perfect fodder for a new digital politics program at Rutgers-Camden, which melds political science with digital studies. "The digital is not incidental to the conversation; it is core to the conversation," said Jim Brown, the English professor who heads the Digital Studies Center at Rutgers-Camden.
March 9, 2015 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - Talk about juice. Bruce Rastetter, a multimillionaire agribusiness baron and the largest GOP donor in Iowa, got almost all of the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates - at least 11 of them - to agree to come to the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday for a forum on agriculture issues. They were to sit down on stage for one-on-one, 20-minute interviews with Rastetter, discussing their positions on labeling for genetically modified food, proposed federal regulation of groundwater, foreign trade agreements - and, perhaps above all, the future of Iowa's important corn-based ethanol industry.
October 27, 2014 |
Tom Wolf stabbed the broom at an area rug, a dustpan in his other hand. The grit didn't budge. "Mr. Wolf," Aretha Spady said, "there's no cute way to do the rug. " She yanked the broom away from the Democratic candidate for governor of Pennsylvania and whisked it. "See, this is professional," Spady said. "Quick and to the point. " On a recent afternoon, Wolf was shadowing Spady, a home health aide, as she cared for her patient in a Northwest Philadelphia rowhouse. Maybe the visit would not directly win votes, but Wolf considered it important to his continuing education.
March 3, 2014 |
Pennsylvanians, we are going to have a primary May 20 whether we are ready or, more likely, not. As of this moment, there are seven Democratic gubernatorial candidates, who happen to agree on almost every subject. A few days ago, there were eight. Soon there may be six, possibly five. The number fluctuates, like The Bachelor but without, you know, the romance. Currently, Tom Wolf is the guy with the rose. Who? Exactly. The soft-spoken York County Democrat, not to be confused with the zeitgeisty, italicizing writer in the ice-cream suit, is the undisputed leader with 36 percent approval in the latest Franklin & Marshall poll, the favorite with virtually every demographic.
October 26, 2013
Perhaps the challenger in this fall's race for Philadelphia controller would like it to be a referendum on the reform efforts of a man who isn't even in the running: Mayor Nutter. And two-term City Controller Alan Butkovitz's involvement with local Democratic politics doesn't make him a natural enemy of an entrenched machine that lets politics and patronage get in the way of efficient, cost-effective government. But as controller, Butkovitz has been a nemesis of City Hall more often than he has been its ally.