Tag Archives: political science

Dark Money

Written by Robyn Wright ’13 “Dark money.” It sounds like a phrase you would first hear out of the Star Wars Trilogy, but in reality it’s what’s helping finance this election. Dark money is the technique by which wealthy campaign … Continue reading

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The Culture War — Religion as a Voting Indicator

Written by Firas Suqi ’14 So far, the focus of our lectures has been on the specific stances each party holds in regards to issues of the economy or the environment. This week, Professor Duane Oldfield discussed the demographics of … Continue reading

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Church, State, and Political Pandering

Written by Rana Tahir’13 On Tuesday, the Elections 2012! class received a lecture from Professor Duane Oldfield on the role religion plays in politics. Dividing the class into a Republican camp and a Democrat camp (not based on actual affiliations), … Continue reading

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Clean Air and the Real Issues We Are Facing

Written by Jessica Oakley ’15 Hi ya’ll! After writing my blog post about week 3, I thought this week I could add a little bit about myself. I am sophomore at Knox from Houston, Texas. I decided to take Election … Continue reading

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Fossil fuels, fracking, and jobs

Written by Robyn Wright ‘13 This week in Election 2012, the concept of debate was oil and energy. Surprisingly, the strive for renewable resources is less emphasized this year than in the 2008 election. This is because better technology has … Continue reading

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The Lesser of Two E’s

Written by Firas Suqi ’14 Environmental issues tend to get less attention than the more fashionably debated “E” word of this election, the economy. While last week we tackled the 1.4 trillion problems facing the economy, this week geologist Katie … Continue reading

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But I Love My Acid Rain and Smoggy Air!

Written by Rana Tahir ’13 This week, my section of the class absorbs the environment and the election with Professor Katherine Adelsberger (The Douglas and Maria Bayer Endowed Chair in Earth Science). I use the word “absorbs” deliberately. Why? Because … Continue reading

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Money in Elections

Written by Jessica Oakley, a Knox sophomore from Pearland, Texas. During our second week of class in Election 2012!, Duane Oldfield, associate professor and chair of political science, talked to us about election finance. When comparing all money spent during … Continue reading

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Food for Thought

Written by Rana Tahir ’13 As a foreigner, when U.S. elections come around, my ear is mostly open for the foreign policy issues; it’s my shtick. But this week in “Elections 2012!” (enthusiastic name, isn’t it?), we discussed the economy … Continue reading

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Budget Deficit and Government Spending

Written by Firas Suqi, a junior from Chicago, Illinois, and an anthropology-sociology major at Knox. Professor Scotton really simplified the issues surrounding the budget deficit and government spending so that an anthropology and sociology major (who has never taken an … Continue reading

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