May 28, 2020

Farnsworth Comments on Trump’s Attacks on Mail-In Voting

Stephen Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies.

Stephen Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies.

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, was recently interviewed by Courthouse News about Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting.

Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, which is nestled inside Fredericksburg, wasn’t surprised by the increased absentee turnout. In a phone interview, he said voters not only enjoy the convenience and safety of voting by mail, but it is commonplace even in some red states.

“Trump is trying to make absentee voting a partisan issue but it’s really not. Some of the most Republican states in the country have mail-in ballot systems statewide,” Farnsworth said about the president’s Twitter outburst. Read more.

Farnsworth Comments on Upcoming Elections in Henrico Citizen

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth, who is also the director of UMW’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently commented in the Henrico Citizen on the possibility of using mail-in or absentee ballots for upcoming elections.

The groups are asking for provisions such as free or prepaid postage, allowing ballots postmarked by election day to count, in addition to extending early voting periods for in-person voting. Two possible alternatives to replace voting in person are mail-in and absentee ballots, according to Stephen Farnsworth, a professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg that specializes in media and elections.

Farnsworth believes it’s unlikely that the November U.S. presidential election will be delayed, but said voters may see changes at the polls.

“Even for states that don’t make the switch away from largely in-person voting, you can expect much greater opportunities for no-excuse-required early and absentee voting,” Farnsworth said. Read more.

Farnsworth Comments in the Regional and National News

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, has been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

Grading the region’s coronavirus response: Hogan 1st, Northam last, and Bowser in the middle (The Washington Post)

National Media Discover Gov. Hogan: ’The Republican Who Gets It’ (Maryland Matters)

Viewpoints with Todd van der Hey (CJAD Montreal)

Virginia Judge Loosens Ballot Signature Rules Amid Pandemic (Courthouse News Service)

Farnsworth to Moderate Panel Discussion on Democratic Candidates

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, will moderate a panel discussion at a free public forum on the Democratic presidential candidates this evening, Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30-8:45 p.m. at the downtown Fredericksburg Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

Sponsored by Fredericksburg-area supporters of Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the forum will bring together speakers representing Sanders, Buttigieg, Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden.

The event is co-sponsored by a variety of local organizations, some with political affiliation and others—such as Fossil Free Fredericksburg, the Fredericksburg Area Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the National Pan Hellenic Council of Greater Fredericksburg and the Stafford Branch of the NAACP—that do not endorse any candidate.

 

Dr. Farnsworth has also been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

Virginia’s Major Role on Super Tuesday (WJLA ABC-7)

Early Voting for Presidential Primary on Pace to Break Recent Record (VPM)

Virginia Senators Advance Package of Gun-Control Bills (Courthouse News Service)

Push for Redistricting Reform Still Alive in Virginia (Courthouse News Service)

Two Prince William delegates back Sanders, while other legislators stay out of the fight (Inside Nova)

 

Farnsworth Publishes Chapter on Political Humor

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is co-author of a book chapter, “Late Night TV Humor and the Culture of Ridicule,” which was published in the Routledge Handbook of Character Assassination and Reputation Management. Further information on the book can be found here: https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Character-Assassination-and-Reputation-Management/Samoilenko-Icks-Keohane-Shiraev/p/book/9781138556584

Dr. Farnsworth has also been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

Analysis: 1,000+ Democrat-backed bills pass by crossover Republican tally trails  (Virginia Business; NBC 12)

Experts, Democrats cast doubt on Barr’s denial of Trump influence at DOJ (WJLA; KTVO; WRGB)

Democratic Debate in Las Vegas (WRVA)

Public forum will present policy positions of Democratic presidential candidates (Culpeper Star-Exponent)

Stephen Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies.

Stephen Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies.

Why the rise of Michael Bloomberg in the polls? (La Razon)
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The Battle for Nevada (CTV News Channel)

Sanders Wins New Hampshire (CTV News Channel)

Bloomberg to Hit Debate Stage in Vegas (CTV News Channel)

 

Farnsworth Delivers Lecture on Virginia Politics

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, delivered an invited lecture entitled, “The 2020 Virginia Legislative Session and the 2019 Virginia Midterm Election,” at the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance.

Dr. Farnsworth has also been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

Virginia Democrats push progressive agenda — with a dose of caution (The Washington Post)

Ghost of Harry Byrd Haunts Virginia Assembly (Alexandria Gazette)

At the Halfway Point, What Has the New Democratic Majority Focused on in Richmond? (WVTF)

‘The real winner is Klobuchar’ — reaction to the surging candidate and more after Sanders edges Buttigieg in New Hampshire (Market Watch)

Virginia Democrats See Long-Awaited Returns at 2020 Midpoint (Courthouse News Service)

General Assembly at Half-Way (WRVA)

Romney’s Impeachment Vote Unlikely to Spoil his 2024 Utah Dreams Despite Trump’s Popularity Surge: Experts (MEAWW.com)

Is Biden Finished? (CP24 TV Toronto)

New Hampshire Primary (CP24 Toronto Today)

 

Farnsworth Publishes Article on Media Fact-Checking

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is co-author of a refereed research article, “Partisan Targets of Media Fact-Checking: Examining President Obama and the 113th Congress.” The article appears in the current issue of the Virginia Social Science Journal.

Dr. Farnsworth has also been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

Diverse Reactions to Delayed Results from Iowa Caucuses (MarketWatch)

Analysis of State of the Union, Iowa (WRVA Newsradio)

Impeachment, State of the Union, Iowa Caucus, Bloomberg (CTV News Canada)

Iowa Caucus Misfire (CTV News Canada)

 

Farnsworth Delivers Lecture on Virginia Politics to Richmond Civic Organization

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of UMW's Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of UMW’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, delivered an invited lecture entitled, “The Clash of Many Virginias During the 2020 Virginia Legislative Session,” at a meeting of the Richmond First civic organization.

Dr. Farnsworth has also been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

Opening Arguments in Impeachment Trial (CTV News Channel)

Impeachment (CP24Now)

Farnsworth Comments in the Regional and National News

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, has been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

Virginia Bracing for a Fight Over Guns (U.S. News & World Report)

Impeachment Trial (Voice of America)

The Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump (CTV News Channel)

Farnsworth Delivers Invited Lecture on Virginia Politics

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, delivered an invited lecture entitled, “A Review of the 2019 Virginia Midterm Elections and a Preview of the 2020 Legislative Session,” at the Virginia Executive Institute Alumni Association Meeting in Chesterfield, VA.

Dr. Farnsworth has also been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

Equal Rights Amendment approved by Virginia legislature, headed for legal battle (InsideNova.com; The Central Virginian)

Articles of Impeachment Headed to Senate (CTV News Channel)

How One Election May Have Shifted the Bar for Gun Control (Route Fifty)

Tables Turn in Virginia as Democrats Take Over Legislature (Courthouse News Service)