CAPC enables students to work in local, state, regional, and national political or policy institutions and receive college credit. Students are expected to work 9 - 20 hours per week over the semester and attend a weekly seminar in order to complete the program. Students can earn a total of six or nine credits for the internship seminar.
The application for the Fall Session is due on September 1st and can be found here.
In a new article for NBC News, Associate Professor and CAPC Director Stella Rouse writes about the need for Latino political leadership, in the age of Trump. "In the era of Trump when Latinos more than ever need a national political leader, they lack consensus on who that should be"
A new Washington Post-UMD Poll shows that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who has had notable support for a Republican governor in a blue state, has began to decline in popularity slightly.
While Governor Hogan still enjoys a 65% approval rating, it is down from 71% in the last Washington Post-UMD Poll, marking the first time that his approval rating has declined since he took office.
To make matters worse, Governor Hogan's reelection support lags behind his approval rating, with 41% of registered voters saying that they would support Hogan's re-election bid and 37% preferring a Democrat. These numbers, it should be noted, are against a general Democratic opponent.
A new article publisehd in the New Hampshire Union Leader, the author, Dave Solomon, speaks about the legislative landscape with college students and their eligibility to vote in the state of New Hampshire because of new election laws currently under review by New Hampshire state government.
While Deputy Secretary of State Dave Scanlan is adamant that there would not be much if any change to what is considered "domiciling" in the state, New Hampshire college students are nonetheless concerned that this could effectively disenfranchise them in a key state in national elections.
Right before the election, CAPC published a report outlining what at the time seemed to be a splintering of the Republican Party that could have led to a loss by then-candidate Trump. With President Trump now in office, CAPC Research Assistant and Research and Methodology Assistant for the UMD Critical Issues Poll Jared McDonald went back to the data to analyze the surprising results from the 2016 election.
Questions about voter fraud related to the 2016 elections are renewing the decades-old debate over the effectiveness of voter identification laws around the country. New research from the University of Maryland to be published in the journal American Politics Research finds that several distinct factors influence the likelihood of state voter ID laws being enacted: which party controls the legislature, how recently that party came into power, and the size of the state’s minority population.
Governor Larry Hogan's approval ratings just keep getting better and better. In the latest iteration of the Washington Post-University of Maryland Poll, Governor Hogan receives his highest approval ratings ever within the poll, at 71 percent. For comparison, Governor Martin O'Malley was at 53% at this point in his tenure.
Governor Hogan's popularity is made even more stark given the increased disapproval ratings of The Republican Party in Maryland - 63% have an unfavorable impression of the party.
The newest iteration of the jointly operated poll conducted by the Washington Post and the Center for American Politics and Citizenship was released this past Tuesday and it had significant insight into the current race for the Senate seat vacated by Senator Barbara Mikulski. The poll showed Edwards leading Van Hollen 44-40 a number that, being within the margin of error, indicates a near statistical dead heat. The poll also shows a sharp racial divide in terms of voter support with African American voters supporting Edwards by a 3 to 1 margin and white voters supporting Van Hollen by a 2 to 1 margin.