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  • Reeher Discusses Rep. Katko's Retirement With The Hill, WRVO

    Rep. John Katko (R-NY 24th District) announced his retirement last week, creating an opportunity for Democrats to pick up a seat. But some experts warn that nominating someone who is too far to the left could turn off moderate voters, such as those who voted for both Biden and Katko in 2020. "There are a lot of moderate Republicans, there are a lot of moderate Democrats, and it is an area that generally likes to get comfortable with its political representatives, all things being equal, and keep them in office for a long time,” Professor Grant Reeher told The Hill. He also spoke to WRVO about Rep. Katko's retirement.


    Gadarian Quoted in Newsweek Article on Feds Financing Bridge Repair

    President Joe Biden announced Friday that the federal government would finance "100 percent of the cost" for rebuilding off-interstate bridges in small towns and rural areas, doing away with a previous requirement that communities share the cost. Professor Shana Kushner Gadarian says that the federal government must ensure that a community's residents understand that the infrastructure improvements came from Washington and not locally or from the state. "People need to make the connection between what they are getting and have it made very clear that the benefits that they're getting can be tied to government," Gadarian says. Read more in the Newsweek article, "Biden Promises Feds Will Pay for Entire Cost of Repairing Off-Interstate Bridges."


    Monmonier Named a 2021 American Association of Geographers Fellow

    Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography and the Environment, was named a 2021 Fellow by the American Association of Geographers (AAG). Fellows are chosen for their contributions to geographic research, advancement of practice, and careers devoted to strengthening the field of geography, including teaching and mentoring. The honorary title of AAG Fellow is conferred for life.


    In Memoriam: Charles Willie G’57, H’92, A Champion for Social Justice

    The legacy of Syracuse University alumnus Charles Vert Willie G’57, H’92 will forever be tied to that of his friend Martin Luther King Jr., making Willie’s passing a week before MLK Day 2022 especially poignant. Willie, who died on Jan. 11 at the age of 94, will be remembered in his own right as a champion for inclusion, equity and social justice.


    Gueorguiev discusses digital control, currency in China in Noema Mag

    "China’s Surveillance State Will Test the West," written by Dimitar Gueorguiev, was published in Noema Magazine. "Now China is attempting to centralize digital control over financial transactions.," says Gueorguiev, associate professor of political science. "The impending introduction of electronic currency will give China’s government unprecedented ability to track individual and institutional transactions. In the not-so-distant future, China’s government will not only have insight into how the people spend scarce resources—it will also have the vision to decide who deserves more and who will settle for less," he says.


    Banks talks to CNY Central, WAER one year after Jan. 6 insurrection

    Professor Emeritus William C. Banks worries the disinformation that fueled the attack on the U.S. Capitol one year ago will lead to additional unrest in the future. "I don't think there's anything to suggest that we couldn't see a repeat. If it's a close election again, than those on the losing side will insist that the election was fraudulent in some way, even though the facts tell us that votes were fairly counted. That's of course what happened this time, an unwillingness to accept facts," Banks told WAER. He also spoke to CNY Central about the insurrection.


    Gadarian discusses forthcoming book on politics, COVID with Raw Story

    Professor Shana Kushner Gadarian is the co-author of the forthcoming "Pandemic Politics: How COVID-19 Exposed the Depth of American Polarization" (Princeton University Press). The book looks at how the former president put his needs first, creating polarized conditions around public health that are still present today. "We have survey data looking at policy attitudes, behaviors and evaluations of government from March 2020 to April 2021. These partisan gaps that we saw early on have stuck around," says Gadarian. Read more in the Raw Story article, "A new book proves right-wing politics caused mass injury and death."


    Mihm speaks to FedScoop about Biden's learning management agenda

    Comments are open now for the draft of the first ever learning agenda from the Office of Management and Budget. On FedScoop's "The Daily Scoop" podcast, Chris Mihm, adjunct professor of public administration and international affairs and former managing director for strategic issues at the Government Accountability Office, explains what’s important about the learning agenda and the process of taking in comments on it.


    Reeher weighs in on Gov. Hochul's 2022 strategy in Spectrum News piece

    In New York, COVID-19 and politics are inextricably linked, which could get very complicated for Gov. Kathy Hochul. “What I see her doing right now is pushing restrictions and regulations about as far as they can be pushed given the appetite of the people for them at this point,” says Professor Grant Reeher, director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute. “I think she’s done a good job of trying to figure out where that tipping point or that balance point is and run right up against it.” Read more in the Spectrum News article, “2022 will be Hochul’s magni momenti annus.”


    O'Keefe talks to The Guardian about SpaceX's latest venture

    The first orbital test launch of the largest and most powerful rocket ship ever to leave Earth—SpaceX’s towering Starship, from its Starbase headquarters in Texas—is seen by many as a pathway back to the moon for the first time in half a century. “To look at, for example, the lunar surface as being not only reachable by multiple means but also by commercial sources that can do the regular resupply and so forth, will be extremely beneficial,” says University Professor Sean O’Keefe. Read more in The Guardian article, “SpaceX’s towering Starship aims to get humans to Mars.”


    Weschle quoted in Sky News piece on income of Members of Parliament

    New analysis by Sky News found that former cabinet ministers who remain in parliament earn an average of £162,000 on top of their Member of Parliament (MP) salary from the private sector in their first year after leaving government. The fact that MPs gain rather than lose out financially from being in the Cabinet is supported by the findings of Simon Weschle, assistant professor of political science, who analyzed MPs earnings from 2010 - 2015. He found that ministers in this period saw their earnings increase more than six-fold before and after stints in the cabinet. Read more in the Sky News article, "MPs' second jobs: Why it pays to leave the Cabinet."


    Griffiths discusses secessionist movements in the US in the Wash Post

    The idea of secession within the United States is gaining traction. In the Washington Post article, “Secession might seem like the lesser of two evils. It’s also the less likely,” Ryan Griffiths, associate professor of political science, says, “In the long run, there will be another secessionist movement in the United States. It will just happen. No country is permanent. It will change. It will break apart in some way.”


    Reeher talks to Spectrum News about NY governor's race

    Attorney General Letitia James recently announced that she will be running for re-election rather than for governor, shifting the ground in New York for those seeking the state’s highest office. According to Professor Grant Reeher, U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi is likely more of a threat to incumbent Kathy Hochul than New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. “First of all, we have to realize that this is not going to be the same election that she ran against Williams in 2018,” Reeher says of the lieutenant governor’s race in which Williams garnered 46.7% to Hochul’s 53.3% of the Democratic primary vote. “She [Hochul] is now the governor.” Read more in the Spectrum News article, "Maxwell School’s Grant Reeher on the governor’s race without Tish James."


    Lovely discusses China and the WTO with R Street Institute

    After intense protest and protracted negotiations, China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in December of 2001. Beijing’s place in the rules-based trading system was secured. Yet over time, the U.S.-China economic relationship began to change and has shifted rapidly in recent years. From a protracted trade war and temporary détente, to a new American presidential administration and the rise of Xi Jinping, the U.S.-China economic relationship has undergone a series of political shifts with profound ramifications for the future of global commerce. Professor Mary Lovely joined the R Street Institute for a panel discussion on economic issues and relations between the world’s two largest economies.


    Thorson quoted in New York Times piece on political misinformation

    Lawmakers’ statements on social media and cable news are now routinely fact-checked and scrutinized. But email—one of the most powerful communication tools available to politicians—teems with unfounded claims and largely escapes notice. Emily Thorson, assistant professor of political science, says that is how lies that the 2020 election was rigged gained traction: not “because of random videos on Facebook but because it was a coherent message echoed by a lot of elites,” she says. “Those are the ones that we need to be most worried about.” Read more in the New York Times article, "Now in Your Inbox: Political Misinformation."


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