George Mason in the News

Posted: March 3, 2006 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.

Sunday, Feb. 26, Brocktown News (Nev.)

Carefully Drawn Political Maps Help Incumbents

“While technically all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for grabs in November, handicappers expect a mere 33 to be competitive, in part because many incumbents already have picked the voters they hope will return them to office. But George Mason University professor Michael McDonald said impartial redistricting can make sure those advantages are not absolute, even in an era of increased partisanship.”

Tuesday, Feb. 28, Washington Post

Peacemakers in Training

“At the Manassas campus of George Mason University, about 270 Prince William elementary and middle school students gathered for the county’s third annual Finding Peaceful Solutions peer mediation conference. Mediation experts who assist school systems say 20,000 to 50,000 schools have conflict resolution programs. Studies have shown that the schools have experienced sharp reductions in the number of suspensions and incidents of violence.”

Wednesday, March 1, New York Times

Central American Trade Deal Is Being Delayed by Partners

“Two months after the Central American Free Trade Agreement was supposed to go into effect, only El Salvador is ready to join, frustrating a hard-won victory for Washington in its push toward free trade. Trade experts say that interest groups in all countries, including the United States, are trying to get the best deal for themselves in the small print. The political jockeying and pork barreling and lobbying doesn’t stop when the ink is dry, said Russell Roberts, a professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., who supports free trade.”

Wednesday, March 1,

Delay’s Texas Voting Map Raises Partisanship Issue

“The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether it should throw out Texas congressional districts engineered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Michael McDonald, an assistant government and politics professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, likened redistricting over the decades to a seesaw with Republicans and Democrats on either end.”

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