George Mason in the News

Posted: October 13, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national and international news coverage George Mason recently received.

Thursday, Oct. 5, Washington Post

The Quixotic Candidacy of Kenny Wilson

“He has virtually no platform. He doesn’t like to raise money. And he bags groceries for a living. It’s a very atypical political pedigree, but Kenny Wilson is no typical candidate. The Alexandria man tried to gather the 1,000 valid signatures needed to get on the ballot to challenge Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D) in next month’s election. He fell 700 short. And although political professionals give Wilson no chance of winning, they say his unusual candidacy fits local tradition. ‘There have been many independent and write-in candidates for Northern Virginia House seats in modern times,’ said Mark J. Rozell, a professor of public policy at George Mason University and an expert on Virginia politics. Rozell said write-in candidates ‘usually attract very, very low levels of support. On the other hand, sometimes these candidates raise issues that the two major parties find convenient to ignore.’ Still, Rozell added, ‘being an independent musician and a bagger at Trader Joe’s is not the typical profile of the congressman-in-waiting.’”

Monday, Oct. 9, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Perdue Pays Visit to Falwell’s Church

“Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue worshipped alongside the Rev. Jerry Falwell at his immense church here Sunday night and testified before the congregation how his Baptist faith is intertwined with his political career. Falwell said Perdue’s appearance here had nothing to do with his re-election campaign against his Democratic challenger, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor. And the church said Falwell invited Perdue to speak at his ‘Super Sunday Night Service’ after the two met at the First Baptist Church Woodstock, where Perdue is a member. ‘There is always two sides with Jerry Falwell,’ said Mark Rozell, a public policy professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and an author of several books on the religious conservative movement. ‘Being embraced by him can establish one’s credibility with religious conservative voters. On the other hand, Falwell is a negative symbol for many other voters outside of that movement.’”

Tuesday Oct. 10, Washington Times

Some See Choice in Virginia as Devil or Witch

“‘Suppose we’re riding along one of those dirt back roads, and it is pitch-black dark, and I put you out of the car and drive off. Would you rather the devil or a witch come rescue you?’ Neither, I answered. ‘Nah, you’ve got to vote for one or the other,’ the Virginia gentleman who posed the question admonished, not letting me off the hook that easy. ‘Ah, a witch?’ I hedged. ‘Well, that’s what you got [in the Virginia Senate race]. You [are] just swapping the devil for the witch.’ Michael Fauntroy, assistant professor of public policy at George Mason University, agreed. ‘People are not excited by either one of them, but they need to step back and think, ‘Do they want their senator voting with [Republican] Trent Lott or [Democrat] Harry Reid?’”

Wednesday, Oct. 11, Baltimore Sun

Home Prices Eke Out Small Gain in Sept.

“Baltimore-area home prices eked out a slim gain in September, posting their weakest performance in more than five years as the number of homes sold plummeted more than 30 percent. Home prices have continued to rise, however, in some areas where housing tends to be more affordable and thus more in demand, said John McClain, a senior fellow at George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis.”

Wednesday, Oct. 11, Straits Times (Singapore)

Influx of Immigrants Changing Face of U.S.

“For teenager Thuy Nguyen, attending school is like going to the United Nations. The 16-year-old, who moved from Vietnam with her family when she was nine, has classmates at her public school from Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. With the racial make-up of the U.S. changing so dramatically, it is no surprise that immigration is a hot topic ahead of next month’s congressional elections. Critics say the country’s infrastructure cannot cope. Lower-skilled immigrants have also been blamed for pushing down Americans’ wages and taking their jobs. But others maintain that the U.S. needs immigrants. ‘The presence of immigrant workers … makes all businesses easier to start, and thus spurs American creativity,’ says Professor Tyler Cowen of George Mason University.”

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