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Unsavory pork & decentralization

by Pamela Clouser McCann

We ask the question: what are the conditions under which legislators would vote against fiscal transfers to their states?  We argue that members of Congress, who care about the ability to claim credit and show their constituents they are fighting for their interests, think carefully about their intergovernmental context and the fact that executive branch agencies disseminate federal dollars and implement federal programs.

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How will the Michael Cohen and Duncan Hunter scandals affect the November election? Here’s what our research finds.

The Washington Post published commentary by Abby Wood of the USC Gould School and Christian Grose of the USC Dornsife College on whether elected officials who violate campaign finance laws will be punished at the polls. The authors turned to the post-Watergate era when campaign finance violations were often in the headlines. Violations at that time told voters that a candidate was, at worst, corrupt or, at best, a disorganized manager, the authors wrote.

Our current political climate has enough parallels to the Watergate era that we suspect voters will react negatively to campaign finance violations again. We will find out Nov. 6.

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Bless Me, Ultima

Our new tradition, on the Bedrosian Bookclub, is to read a witchy book for the month of October. This year … We’re taking a look at the coming of age novel, Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya.

To listen to the Bedrosian Book Club discussion of Bless Me, Ultima, click the arrow in the player on this post. Or you can download it and subscribe through ApplePodcastsSoundcloud, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting app!

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Political influence of public protest

In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins and LaGina Gause, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego, discuss the pro-democracy (small d) results of her study on legislative responsiveness to collective action by marginalized groups.

Listen here, or search ‘use bedrosian’ on your podcast app of choice to subscribe, stream, and download.

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Wind River with Native Women in Film & TV

Today, on PPR we’re continuing our sub-series with the Red Nation Celebration Institute by looking speaking with members of the @NativeWomenFilmTV organization to see how some native women are finding voice and support in Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River

Host Jonathan Schwartz is joined by Chris Finley, Joanelle Romero, Michelle D. Schenandoah, and Lucy Simpson

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