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Jim Kane is the Doctor of Politics

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  • The Political Polarization of Abortion
    August 7, 2020 It wasn’t that long ago when Republicans and Democrats generally agreed on when a woman could obtain an abortion. Like most issues in the U.S., politics made us reconsider the issue in a partisan way. In the 1972 presidential election, Richard Nixon saw a potential way to attract Catholic votes. At that […]
  • Partisanship and Voting Choice: The Myth of the Reasoning Voter
    August 5, 2020 If there was one book I would recommend for a serious student of political behavior, it would be the The American Voter. ( A., Converse, P. E., Miller, W. E., & Stokes, D. E. (1960). Published in 1960, it laid the foundation for all studies on political behavior since. The cornerstone of […]
  • Have the Democrats and Republicans lost their Convention Bump?
    August 1, 2020 When I was growing up, the Party Conventions decided the nominee through a series of votes by delegates who were wheeling and dealing for influence. It was a pageant that would put any of today’s reality shows to shame. I remember watching it with my father on a black and white TV, […]
    July 29, 2020 George W. Bush’s first term started with an approval rating of 60% and after the terrorist attacks on 9-11, it reached as high as 92%. But from that time on, his approval rating slowly deteriorated until it reached a low in May of 2004 at 46%, just five months before his reelection […]
  • Another Metric that can Predict the Presidential Election Winner?
    July 26, 2020 When I was doing research on how bookies make odds on elections, I found an article that noted how some bookies use favorability ratings of presidential candidates to calculate their odds. I personally have used these ratings in local and state surveys and found them to be quite useful at that level. […]

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Jim Scott, first Republican to serve as President of the Florida Senate

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