Town Square Discussion on Partisanship and Book Signing by Ray LaHood

The only elected Republican selected for President Obama’s Cabinet, former U.S. transportation secretary and congressman Ray LaHood sought to bridge the partisan divide between the new Democratic administration and Republicans on Capitol Hill. In 2015, LaHood, along with coauthor Dr. Frank H. Mackaman of The Dirksen Congressional Center, released their book Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life… Continue reading Town Square Discussion on Partisanship and Book Signing by Ray LaHood

74% Want GOP Lawmakers to Try Seeking Bipartisanship

A Fox News Poll taken Sunday through Tuesday finds that "74 percent want GOP lawmakers to reach out to Democrats and try to find a compromise.  That includes 86 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of Republicans." Can the Republicans engage in seeking bipartisanship? One has already done so. The only elected Republican selected for… Continue reading 74% Want GOP Lawmakers to Try Seeking Bipartisanship

Cambria Press Book Highlight: Seeking Bipartisanship

As budget debates continue in Washington, will President Donald Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan be realized or will it fall through? The infrastructure issue is one which President Obama's administration attempted to address too. Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was just interviewed on the National Journal about this and he also discussed the problem… Continue reading Cambria Press Book Highlight: Seeking Bipartisanship

Jockeying for the American Presidency

Cambria Press publication Jockeying for the American Presidency (Chapter Excerpts) Chapter 1: Presidential Selection and Aspirant Opportunism "...to say that all presidents are opportunists does not mean that they are all the same. As previously mentioned, the opportunism of the presidents most probably varies across the individuals who have held the office. Aside from innate… Continue reading Jockeying for the American Presidency

Can the American Elections be Saved?

Cambria Press publication: Saving American Elections (Chapter Excerpts) From Section I: Diagnosis Chapter 1: Symptoms Although Americans have many opportunities to vote, large proportions of the citizenry (majorities in most cases) often do not exercise their right to do so (figure 1.9 summarizes typical levels of participation for various types of elections in the United States).… Continue reading Can the American Elections be Saved?

Election Day: “Vote the PARTY, not the person” – Anthony Gierzynski, Saving American Elections

  Political scientist Anthony Gierzynski (University of Vermont) fully recognizes that "the petty, superficial, and distorted nature of partisan debate leaves voters without a sense of what the candidates and their parties represent." (Saving American Elections, p. 83) and that "elections require that voters pay attention, gather enough information to make an informed choice, register… Continue reading Election Day: “Vote the PARTY, not the person” – Anthony Gierzynski, Saving American Elections