George Mason in the News

Posted: July 28, 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.

Friday, July 21, Investor’s Business Daily

Will Wal-Mart’s Maryland Win Ensure Victory in Other States?

“Wal-Mart celebrated a major court victory in Maryland this week. The question now for the retail giant is how much the win will matter in other states. At issue was whether Maryland could force Wal-Mart to pay more for employee health care or face big fines. District Judge Frederick Motz ruled Wednesday that federal law prohibits that. The case has national implications because the Maryland law – called the Fair Share Health Care Fund Act – was seen by Wal-Mart’s critics as the model to push other state legislatures to adopt. Wal-Mart and it allies hope the ruling will derail that larger effort. ‘It is a straightforward, well-reasoned opinion,’ said Donald Boudreaux, head of George Mason University’s Economics Department and a specialist in business law. While the ruling is not binding on other states, Boudreaux said, it’s likely to be influential. Other judges will look to this ruling when deciding similar cases.”

Friday, July 21, Women’s Wear Daily

Bush Trade Chief Schwab: Persistent, Persuasive and Pragmatic

“Susan Schwab has been a virtual commuter to Geneva during her six weeks as the Bush administration’s chief trade negotiator. Schwab, who grew up in Africa, Asia and Europe, is at home abroad – and she needs to be. ‘She reads everything she can get her hands on,’ said Susan Tolchin, who guided her dissertation and is now a professor at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. ‘She goes well beyond what she has to do.’ Tolchin said Schwab was one of her brightest students in 40 years of teaching. ‘I encouraged her to get a doctoral or a law degree,’ she said. ‘To compete with the men, you’re going to have to have a law degree or a PhD.’”

Saturday, July 22, Worcester Telegram & Gazette (Mass.)

Africa Open for Business

“African nations struggling economically since gaining independence from European colonial powers need stable governments more than democracy or education in order to thrive, according to an economist who spoke to a gathering of African officials yesterday at Clark University. Gordon Tullock, a professor of law and economics at George Mason University in Virginia, and a candidate for the Nobel Prize in economics in 2003, spoke to a group of 10 officials from the West African nations of Burkina Faso, Ghana and Senegal, along with American scholars as part of the first African Outreach Program, sponsored by the college’s Institute for Economic Policy Studies.”

Wednesday, July 26, Las Vegas Sun

Victor of Dirty Primary Gets Muddied but Prepared

“The attacks between state Sen. Dina Titus and Henderson Mayor Jim Gibson – two Democrats running for governor – have reached the absurdist ‘meta-attacks’ stage: attacks about attacks. Conventional wisdom has it that the Democratic campaign will leave the winner broke and battered and give an advantage to the Republican front-runner. Political scientists who have studied competitive primaries aren’t so sure. They say a tough primary can bring valuable free press and compel candidates to sharpen their skills. Michael McDonald, a political scientist at George Mason University and the Brookings Institution, said there’s no strong correlation between a tough primary and the results of a general election: ‘A competitive race in and of itself doesn’t signal there’ll be damage to the eventual winner.’”

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