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Justin Vaughn spoke at Missouri State University (KSMU)

Vaughn_Justin Justin Vaughn, Department of Political Science, spoke earlier this week at Missouri State University as part of the university’s series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Vaughn, a presidential scholar, made the following comment prior to his talk: “You have people who are considered quite liberal, people who are considered quite conservative, all of them finding a piece of JFK they can use to justify their own ideological preferences and their own policy positions. Basically, what I’ll do tonight is posing the question: What is it about JFK that makes contemporary presidents want to reference him and why are they successfully able to do it?”  Read more here.

Cited: “Justin Vaughn” (13), Update, Your source for campus news, KSMU, 11/20/13

John Freemuth quoted in the Idaho Statesman about the recent Boise bond defeat

Freemuth 100x100 John Freemuth, professor of political science, was quoted in an Idaho Statesman story about the recent Boise bond defeat. Freemuth noted that West Boise and Bench voters may not have felt the measures would benefit them.

Cited: “John Freemuth” (50) Update: Your source for campus news, 11/08/2013  | Idaho Statesman, 11/8/13

Gary Moncrief was quoted in a Times-News opinion piece

GaryMoncrief150x175 Gary Moncrief, professor of political science, was quoted in a Times-News opinion piece about friction within the Idaho Republican party. Moncrief noted that the party is experiencing ideological factionism nationally and in many states. Read “Alexander: Battle for GOP’s Soul Comes to Idaho” here.

Cited: “Gary Moncrief” (32)Update: Your source for campus news, 10/29/2013 | Alexander: Battle for GOP’s Soul Comes to Idaho magicvalley.com powered by Times-News, 10/29/13

Brian Wampler will present at the London Summit of the Open Government Partnership

Wampler100x125 Brian Wampler will represent the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency at the London Summit of the Open Government Partnership. The Open Government Partnership is an initiative of eight countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, Brazil and the Philippines. The purpose is to encourage greater participation and transparency in budget and fiscal policy-making in order to improve accountability and promote good governance. Wampler will present on how participatory and transparency mechanisms can be incorporated in state reform.

Cited: “Brian Wampler” (9) Update: Your source for campus news, 10/29/2013 | opengovpartnership.org – London Summit 2013, 10/29/13

John Freemuth quoted in the Idaho Statesman about the recent federal shutdown

Freemuth225x300 John Freemuth, professor of political science, was quoted in an Idaho Statesman story about the recent federal shutdown as it related to the closure of public lands. Freemuth noted that Westerners equate the right to access public lands with freedom.

CITED: “John Freemuth” (48) Update: Your source for campus news, 10/21/2013 | Idaho Statesman, 10/21

John Freemuth quoted in the Christian Science Monitor about some national parks reopening despite the government shutdown

Freemuth225x300 John Freemuth, professor of political science, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story about some national parks reopening despite the government shutdown. Read “National parks open despite government shutdown. Why the change of heart?” here.

“John Freemuth (47), Update, Your source for campus news, 10/14/2014 | National parks open despite government shutdown. Why the change of heart? Christian Science Monitor, 10/14/13

John Freemuth featured in an Idaho Statesman blogpost

Freemuth 100x100 A blogpost written by  Idaho Statesman columnist Rocky Barker featured political scientist John Freemuth’s upcoming talk on “Science, Democracy and Boise’s Environmental Future.” The talk at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Foothills Learning Center is part of the Sesqui-Speaks series celebrating Boise’s 150th anniversary. Barker noted Freemuth’s ability to “hold himself above the fray.”

Cited: Update”Science, Democracy and Boise’s Environmental Future” 

Brian Wampler participated in the Global Public Innovations Conference

Wampler100x125 Brian Wampler, chair of the Department of Political Science, was in Manila, Philippines, recently to participate in the Global Public Innovations Conference. Wampler is part of a global network working on political reform and institution-building.

Read about Global Public Innovations Conference in Update – Your source for campus news, 10/9/13

Scott Yenor discussed the current government shutdown

Yenor250x325 Scott Yenor, Department of Political Science, discussed the current government shutdown with IdahoReporter.com. Yenor notes that while there have been 17 government shutdowns since the Carter administration, they have progressed from very narrow policy issues to broader topics. Read “We Need a Functional Government in Our Society” here.

Read about Yenor’s thoughts on the government shutdown in Update – Your source for campus news |
Read Yenor’s thoughts on why we need a functional government in IdahoReporter.com, 10/9/13

John Freemuth quoted in the Christian Science Monitor about the government shutdown and the subsequent closure of national parks

Freemuth225x300 John Freemuth, professor of Political Science, was quoted in a story in the Christian Science Monitor about the government shutdown and the subsequent closure of national parks.

Read Dr. Freemuth’s thoughts on the Government Shutdown in Update, Your source for campus news |
Read Dr. Freemuth’s thoughts in The Christian Science Monitor, 10/4/13