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Feb. 19: Governing in polarized times discussed at capitol

Divided stateOLYMPIA, Wash. – “Governing Washington in Polarized Times” will be discussed by a panel in a free, public presentation at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the Cherberg ABC Meeting Room at the Washington State Capitol. The event is hosted by the Washington State University Foley Institute with Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office. » More …

March 3: Deadline for sociopolitical art submissions

UnMasked-Poster-200RICHLAND, Wash. – Student and community artists are invited to submit work for a free, public exhibition exploring sociopolitical structures through various media at the Washington State University Tri-Cities Art Center in March. The submission deadline is midnight Tuesday, March 3. » More …

Early primaries would boost states’ impact

PULLMAN – As they prepare to caucus this weekend in the shadow of Super Tuesday’s much-publicized presidential primary, a new study by a WSU professor and political scientist suggests Washington’s voters could likely have boosted their impact on the race for the White House had they instead participated in an earlier primary process.

Conducted by WSU Assistant Professor Travis Ridout and his colleague Brandon Rottinghouse of the University of Houston, the study a look at how states use “front-loading” and regional primaries in an effort to increase their influence in the presidential nomination process.

Front-loading is the phenomenon of states moving their primary or … » More …

WSU will host Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, will participate in lectures and readings on the Pullman campus next month in conjunction with the WSU production of his play, “Death and the King’s Horseman.”Born in Nigeria in 1934, Soyinka is a playwright, poet, novelist and political activist. His plays have been produced in Africa, London and New York.“To have Wole Soyinka here at WSU is a major event,” said Peter Chilson, associate professor of English, journalist and fiction writer whose work is largely related to Africa. “He is not just a figure in international literary and dramatic arts, but also an important … » More …

Political science professors recreate text on state politics

Three Washington State University political science professors have teamed up to create a new textbook for the coming decade. Cornell Clayton, Lance LeLoup and Nick Lovrich began work on “Washington State Government and Politics” in April 2002 when they realized the current edition was more than a decade old. Contrary to previous editions, this book will be useful to both students and political practitioners alike. “Civic education is vital in allowing the public to reconnect with the government,” said contributor David Ammons, the state political writer for the Associated Press. “This book takes the mystery out of government and what goes on within it.” According … » More …

The 2004 Presidential Campaign Ad Wars

The Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University is sponsoring a public lecture on “Early Lessons from the 2004 Presidential Campaign Ad Wars” Thursday, April 22. The lecture will be given by Ken Goldstein, associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the University of Wisconsin Advertising Project and the University of Wisconsin News Lab. “Goldstein is an internationally recognized expert on political advertising, voter turnout, and presidential elections,” said Ed Weber, director of the Foley Institute.“His reputation for unbiased and non-partisan analysis has made him a key source of information for national … » More …