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Author archive for Rachel Santos

  • Redistricting

    By John Guy on December 12, 2016
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    In 1965, it was called “reapportionment” and some members of the Indiana Senate Democrat Caucus were not shy to express their self-interest. I was there.  As a legislative intern, I was assigned to the reapportionment committee of The Indiana Senate chaired by David Rogers of Bloomington.  My job was to carry proposed maps from University computer-types to the committee, its […]
  • Negative Campaigning

    By John Guy on December 12, 2016
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    The “average person” rails against negative campaigning.  The “average person” campaigns negatively. Example:  On behalf of candidate John Fencl for Washington Township (Indianapolis) school board, two “average person” neighbors distributed a flyer two days prior to the election.  The first half supported Mr. Fencl saying he is a quality person and a school parent.  With that information and endorsement by […]
  • “Perils of eroded civic knowledge forewarned by fmr Justice Souter”

    By Rachel Santos on October 25, 2016
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    Retired Supreme Court Justice, David Souter discusses the importance of democracy and civic literacy. Souter stressed the importance of civic knowledge in order to sustain a true democracy. Watch here!
  • An Enlightened Citizenry: The Personality of Civic Aptitude

    By Aaron Dusso on October 14, 2016
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    Link to full research Democratic Personality In my forthcoming book, Personality and Political Attitudes: Civic Capacity and the Challenges of Democratic Politics (to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017), I examine the influence that the Big Five personality traits (Openness to Experience, Agreeableness, Extraversion, Conscientiousness, and Emotional Stability) have on the ability to understand political issues and party behavior.  […]
  • Hoosier guide to voting.

    By Rachel Santos on October 5, 2016
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    Last week I had the chance to visit Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis to register young voters. This experience reminded me of the importance of knowing the voting process and how to register. Here are ten things you should know about voting in Indiana: Indiana voter eligibility: be a US citizen, live at an Indiana address by October 9th, […]
  • This NYT analysis shows that richer, older, better-educated adults are more likely to vote.

    By Arthur Farnsley on September 22, 2016
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    We can improve civic literacy by teaching people information they should, but don’t, know.  But this will only get us so far.  To make lasting changes we need to understand the relationship among many factors, including what makes people think and act as they do.  Multiple forces, such as culture for groups and personality types for individuals, shape people’s ideas […]
  • Giving Civics a Sporting Chance

    By Sheila Suess Kennedy on September 15, 2016
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    I’ve told this story before, but it bears repeating. I teach my law and public policy classes through a constitutional lens–I am convinced that students must understand America’s fundamental legal framework and philosophy if they are to approach policy proposals with the necessary analytic tools. I often introduce the Free Speech provisions of the First Amendment by asking “What did […]
  • Relying too much on polls doesn’t serve public

    By Jeffery McCall on September 1, 2016
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    Polls in 1948 indicated Harry Truman had no chance to win the election. He ignored the ominous polls, took off on his whistle-stop tour and won the election anyway. Pollsters and pundits were shocked. Americans today would be wise to follow Truman’s lead and disregard the swarm of polls dominating the media landscape this year. Every major broadcast and cable […]