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.
On the eve of Election Day 2016, new research compiled by GVPT Graduate Student Jared McDonald, a CAPC affiliate, finds that the splintering of the Republican party have stifled Republican enthusiasm for the GOP Presidential nominee.
Using recent data from the newly released University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll, McDonald found that while both weak and strong Democratic partisans are united in their support of Hillary Clinton, Republicans are much more divided in their support. Clinton outperformed Trump 87.73%-72.55% when the focus was on weak and strong copartisans.
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.
To better serve the needs of the students who participate in the three CAPC Internship programs, the Maryland Internship Program (MIP), the Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP), and the Public Policy Internship Program (PPIP), the Center will be offering one seminar course for all three programs. For the Fall 2016 semester, the course will be titled: "GVPT388W: Topical Investigations; Experiential Learning: Maryland, Public Policy, and Beyond." This course will combine aspects of all three programs while giving students a firm grasp of the theoretical underpinnings of policymaking at the state and federal level.
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.