Religious arguments both damage, strengthen the political process

Despite the separation of church and state, religion plays a significant role in political debate. Gregory P. Magarian, JD, free speech and election law expert and professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, says that certain forms of religious argument pose a meaningful threat to democracy, but restricting these arguments would be an even larger threat to U.S. political culture.

Palin’s appeal rooted in Alaskan culture

DarnellPart of the mystery of Sarah Palin is part of her appeal to Republican “outsider” voters who admire her qualities of independence and against-the grain political orthodoxy, says Alfred Darnell, Ph.D., visiting lecturer in political science.

Winning the cookie vote

David Kilper/WUSTL PhotoIn a lighthearted experiment to see if cookie sales can predict the winner of the upcoming presidential election, WUSTL Dining Services is selling donkey- and elephant-shaped sugar cookies for $1.25 each.

Preparation for Oct. 8 presidential debate continues

As the Oct. 8 presidential debate looms closer, many in the University community are hard at work preparing for its arrival. The University will host the debate scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Athletic Complex. This is the fourth consecutive time the University has been selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates, the event’s sponsor, to serve as a host.

Republicans have nothing to gain from planned 30-hour Senate debate, says congressional expert

SmithSenate Republicans and Democrats are preparing for a 30-hour marathon debate on judicial nominations starting about 6 p.m. Nov. 12 and running as long as early morning on Friday, Nov. 14. Republican senators say they want the country to know that Democrats are stalling judicial nominations made by President Bush. Democrats have filibustered on four recent Bush appeals court nominations and may use similar tactics on future nominees. Congressional expert Steven Smith says this is business as usual in Congress and that Republicans have used the same tactics in the past.