Oct 18, 2016

U.K. Students Manage Presidential Campaigns Through NC State Simulation

“Election 2016,” an online simulation created by NC State University political scientist Andy Taylor and graduate student Alex Johnson, tasks teams of students from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to manage a United States presidential candidate’s campaign — hopefully to victory in the general election.

Oct 17, 2016 | Bleacher Report

Why LeBron’s Endorsement of Hillary Clinton Could Matter on Election Day

With his personal endorsement two weeks ago of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, LeBron James became the rare superstar athlete at the peak of his career to so publicly pick sides in a national election. While athletes aren't necessarily persuasion vehicles, they can affect mobilization and fundraising. Mike Cobb, political science, featured.

Oct 17, 2016 | FiveThirtyEight

Small Island, Big Experiment

Michael Cobb, a political scientist from NC State University, had previously completed a national survey on genetically modified mosquitoes. Cobb studies public perceptions of novel technologies and had attended some of the community meetings in the Keys, so the mosquito control district hired him to poll residents in 2013.

Oct 15, 2016 | News and Observer

NC Senate Could Be Republicans’ Insurance Policy

Privately, many Republicans worry about a bad year in North Carolina. Some believe “Trump drag” down the ballot could be devastating. Besides Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, fallout from the controversial House Bill 2 is expected. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

Oct 14, 2016 | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Gene Drives: the Good, the Bad, and the Hype

It's good to be cautious about any powerful new technology. It's just as important to be realistic. From potential benefits to safety guidelines to security threats, the best approach to Crispr and gene drives will be one based on empirical findings rather than hype. Unfortunately there has been too much of the second and not enough of the first, especially when it comes to the bioweapons threat. Kathleen Vogel, political science, co-author.

Oct 14, 2016 |

Trump Effect Could Boost Medicaid Expansion By Swaying State Elections

Democrats running for governor in states that have not expanded Medicaid are blasting their Republican opponents for the GOP's refusal to extend coverage to low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act. States where a Democratic gubernatorial victory and state legislative gains could make a difference in passing or preserving Medicaid expansion include North Carolina. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured.

Oct 14, 2016 | EFE

Handful of States Could Decide U.S. Election

Just five of the 50 states - Nevada, Colorado, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida - may hold the key to deciding whether Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Oct 5, 2016 | WRAL News

Only quarter of voters feeling McCrory’s ‘Carolina Comeback’

Political scientists are more circumspect about the reasons voters may have told pollsters they are down on the economy. They say some voters may simply be responding based on partisan allegiance rather than economic indicators. Steve Greene, political science, featured.

Oct 3, 2016 | Financial Times

Republicans Battle Trump Factor in Effort to Build Veteran Vote

In North Carolina, perhaps the tightest of this year’s battlegrounds, the Republican National Committee is trying to put in place a plan to boost its support among the huge number of veterans in the state. Their plan could be stymied by the lingering resentment Mr Trump has built up among some former military personnel, including, this week, by implying that veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder were not strong. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Sep 29, 2016 | News and Observer

Two Fathers Waiting. One Is Dead. The Difference That Mattered.

An op-ed calls for recognizing that race fundamentally shapes our interactions, including the decisions of police officers to trust one person and not another. Mark Nance, political science, featured.