Election Day and Outcomes Political Ads Violence and Voter Suppression Trump Effect Bonus Clip
AU Experts Comment on the 2018 Midterm Elections 11.2-11.9, 2018
Election Day and Outcomes
Election Day 'I Voted' Stickers Are Everywhere Today. Who Pays for Them?
David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke to TIME's Money Magazine about the ‘I Voted' stickers people receive when they vote at the polls. Lublin said, “The idea is to encourage voter turnout by reminding people it's Election Day through an ‘I Voted' sticker- and also through peer pressure since voting is seen as a civic duty and responsibility.” (11/6)
Why is Election Day on a Tuesday in November?
Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to WUSA9 about commonly asked questions related to Election Day. Cafaro explained, “In the end, Tuesday seemed to be the logical choice because it was convenient for the many farmers across the country.” (11/6)
Election Day in America
David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to Bloomberg News about the election outcome of Democratic control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Barker said, “They're not going to have, really, any power to enact legislation, because they're not going to have the Senate… Most notably, they're going to have investigative power.” (11/6)
As Democrats Regain Power, Will Parties Find a Bridge on Issues?
James Thurber, distinguished professor of government, spoke to The Christian Science Monitor about the new Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Thurber said that Democrats need to be careful not to ‘overplay' their hand, particularly when it comes to impeachment. (11/7)
American University Discussion on Midterm Election Results
CSPAN covered SPA's Woman and Politics Institute panel on the 2018 midterm election outcomes. The panel featured professors of Public Affairs David Barker and Jan Leighley, New York Times politics reporter Jonathan Martin, and Amna Nawaz, national correspondent and substitute anchor for PBS Newshour. Betsy Fischer Martin, Director of the Institute, moderated the panel. (11/8)
4 Things to Watch as Tax Lobbyists Eye Democrat-Controlled House
Caroline Bruckner, Managing Editor of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, spoke to Bloomber BNA about potential tax-policy changes that could occur following the Democrats winning the House. Bruckner told Bloomberg that a review of corporate tax law would be absolutely warranted. (11/8)

Political Ads
Tracking Facebook Political Ads
Jason Mollica, professorial lecturer in the School of Communication, spoke to WBRC-TV about political ads during campaign season. Mollica said, “If the ads are not truthful or transparent, they shouldn't be going out.” (11/5)
Republican Ads Feature MS-13, Hoping Fear Will Motivate Voters
Anthony Fontes, assistant professor in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Conversation about the way Republican political ads use fear of gang violence as a campaign tactic. Fontes wrote, “The GOP ads echo the rhetoric of Trump, who on Wednesday tweeted an inflammatory anti-immigration ad that attacks Democrats as soft on crime.” (11/2)
Republicans Attack Jewish Candidates Across the U.S. With an Age-Old Caricature: Fistfuls of Cash
Pamela Nadell, director of the Jewish Studies Program, spoke to The Washington Post about the GOP's use of offensive imaging in campaign materials about Jewish candidates. Nadell said, “What's stunning is that these are old images that are very similar to those from other eras and other places. But I will say I have not seen images like this in 21st century America before.” (11/6)

Violence and Voter Suppression
Voter Suppression Exposes Flaws in U.S. Democracy
Straits Times featured a talk between Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, and Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history, on voting rights, for an article about voter suppression. “The grossest forms of discrimination don't exist anymore. But just as effective are more subtle forms of discrimination,” Lichtman said. School of Public Affairs Professor David Lublin also was quoted discussing gerrymandering. Lublin said. “We often tend to think of democracy as having arrived at a train station. But the reality of democracy is that it takes continual work. . .for people to advocate for the values that make democracy work.” This story requires a subscription to view. (11/3)
Public Blames Media, Trump for Violence
Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to FOX News about the recent uptick in political violence. Cafaro said, “The American public has lost trust in its institutions- whether it's government or whether it's media- equally are distrusted.” (11/4)

Trump Effect
President Trump Turned the Midterms Into a Referendum on Himself
Jordan Tama, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to TIME Magazine about President Trump's role. Tama said, “While midterm elections are typically referenda on the president, this one is even more so because Trump is such a divisive leader.” (11/7)
Makeup of New Congress Could Create Different Dynamic on Cuba Policy
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, spoke to The Miami Herald about what the new makeup of Congress could mean for U.S. policy on Cuba. LeoGrande said, “The president, of course, is the driver of foreign policy and the one who sets the tone and it's pretty clear what tone the president wants to set on Cuba.” (11/8)
Republicans Beat Back Blue Wave and Retain Control of Senate
Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history, spoke to the New York Daily News about how President Trump brought voters to the polls. Lichtman said, “I think [the election is] primarily a referendum on Trump, partly on his agenda, but also as a person and a President.” (11/6)

Bonus Clip
'I Had Been Taking My Right to Vote for Granted': First Time Voters Reflect on Election Day
American University alumna Kerry-Ann Hamilton was one of many first-time voters interviewed by The New York Times. Reflecting on her experience, Hamilton said, “My vote today was about turning hopelessness and cynicism into resolve.” (11/6)

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