This Week in the News…

Posted: November 1, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Saturday, Oct. 26, National Journal

Anticipating an Earthquake

“The party bosses in Springfield also recruit most state legislative candidates and provide them with much of their campaign funding. That dependency reinforces party loyalty, with team players getting rewarded with appropriations for their districts. In general, analysts say, the Legislature is not riven over social issues; instead, the fault lines form over power, ego, and spoils. ‘The leaders are much more pragmatic power brokers than ideologues,’ said Michael McDonald, a former professor at the University of Illinois (Springfield) who now teaches at George Mason University in Virginia.”

Sunday, Oct. 27, New York Times

Can We Talk? It Depends Who ‘We’ Is

“‘You might say that asking ‘Is someone black enough?’ is a kind of rude question,” said Roger W. Wilkins, a history professor at George Mason University. ‘But you do ask yourself the question of when a black person gets into a position of power whether he or she is sensitive to those issues you think a black person in a position of power ought to be sensitive to. Otherwise, what is the point of integration? You don’t want to integrate just to make the class picture look better.'”

Wednesday, Oct. 30, Chronicle of Higher Education

Prosecutors Race To Try Sniper Suspects First

“The rush for custody is in part a grab by prosecutors for political clout a week before elections. Add to that a heated debate over the need for efficient use of the death penalty, and the case against Messrs. Muhammad and Malvo begins to resemble more a legal free-for-all than a careful attempt to achieve a measure of justice. ‘Everyone in this region felt they were personally being stalked [by a killer], and they are angry about it,’ says Daniel Polsby, a law professor and death-penalty expert at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

Wednesday, Oct. 30, The Daily Deal

Senator’s Absence May Aid Reform

“As colleagues and loved ones gathered Tuesday, Oct. 29, to honor the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., opponents of controversial bankruptcy reform legislation are also mourning the loss of a galvanizing force in Congress. ‘Wellstone was clearly the bill’s most articulate critic in the Senate,’ said Todd Zywicki, a law professor at George Mason University in Virginia who advised lawmakers on the reform measure. ‘He is also likely the most principled opponent, as opposed to other individuals who appeared to be making more political calculations,” Zywicki said.'”

Wednesday, Oct. 30, USA Today

More Than Ever, Incumbents in Driver’s Seat; Going To the Polls is Just a Formality in Most Races

“In all, the center calculates that 132 districts were potentially competitive in 2000–that is, neither party was so dominant that the other side had almost no chance to win. After redistricting, that number fell to 112. In a separate analysis, political scientist Michael McDonald of George Mason University figures that 158 districts in 2000 were potentially competitive; now that number has dropped to 140.”

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