ACS Election Guide

November 2, 2009 | Comments Off on ACS Election Guide

The American Constitution Society has prepared the following Election Guide, which provides a brief summary of the positions of the candidates in tomorrow’s election for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and the House of Delegates (64th District). As a nonpartisan organization, ACS does not endorse or take a position on any candidate, but we hope […]

McDonnell: Scholar…Governor…Both…Neither…?

September 21, 2009 | Comments Off on McDonnell: Scholar…Governor…Both…Neither…?

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell is confronting a particularly tricky political opponent: himself. Twenty years ago, at the age of 34, McDonnell wrote an academic thesis titled “The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issues of the Decade.” Among other gender-based policy topics, his thesis opposed federal tax credits for child care expenditures, […]

Bush v. Gore Redux?

March 24, 2009 | Comments Off on Bush v. Gore Redux?

So, that Minnesota Senate recount nonsense still isn’t resolved.  The word on the street is that Norm Coleman (or his wily lawyers, to be more accurate) is going to try to invoke the Supreme Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore to win his legal challenge against Al Franken.  It isn’t exactly clear what a “win” […]

The Role of Gender in the 2008 Presidential Election

November 19, 2008 | Comments Off on The Role of Gender in the 2008 Presidential Election

On Monday, November 17th, the William and Mary chapter of the American Constitution Society hosted Dr. Karen Beckwith, a prominent political scientist from Case Western Reserve University, for a discussion of the role of gender in determining the outcome of the 2008 presidential election.  Although data are only just becoming available, Dr. Beckwith presented nationwide […]

2008: The Year of the Young Voter (Revisited)

November 11, 2008 | Comments Off on 2008: The Year of the Young Voter (Revisited)

Young voters were an important factor in the 2008 election outcome.  Official results are forthcoming, but Rock the Vote reports that an estimated 54.5 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds turned out last Tuesday.  This was an increase of nearly six percent from 2004 and almost 15 percent from 2000.  A record 24 million young people […]

Poll Searching

October 28, 2008 | Comments Off on Poll Searching

We’re almost to the finish line this election season and every day we hear more and more about the polls.  But what is the value of these polls?  Many sources insist on reporting the popular vote, which doesn’t say much about who will win the presidency.  CNN uses a touch map to change the electoral […]

2008: The Year of the Young Voter?

October 20, 2008 | Comments Off on 2008: The Year of the Young Voter?

Young voters have never been the deciding factor in a presidential election.  The 18- to 29-year-old demographic has historically lagged far behind other age groups in both voter registration and turnout.  Yet in 2008, this formerly underrepresented group of potential voters is poised to have a major impact on the election outcome. An estimated 44 […]

Is Voter Fraud Really a Problem?

October 19, 2008 | Comments Off on Is Voter Fraud Really a Problem?

With the election just over two weeks away, Washington insiders are ramping up their discussion about voter fraud and voter protection (something we recently talked about here at W&M ACS). In fact, the FBI recently leaked information that they would begin an investigation as to whether ACORN “helped foster voter registration fraud around the nation […]

What About the Poor?

October 16, 2008 | Comments Off on What About the Poor?

Most everyone can agree that there have been several hot button issues during the course of this presidential debate.  From abortion to the economy, and the environment to the wars, the candidates have battled it out to prove to the American people that they will be best for the country. However, one major portion of […]

The Presidential Election and the Subsequent Shaping of the Supreme Court

October 6, 2008 | Comments Off on The Presidential Election and the Subsequent Shaping of the Supreme Court

On Friday September 26th, following the moot court trial of FCC v. Fox Television Stations that Mark wrote about here and for the Marshall-Wythe Press, there was a panel discussion regarding the 2008 Presidential contest between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain and how the election’s outcome would affect the Supreme Court.  The panelists were […]

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