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  • Voter Suppression

    October 19, 2016

    David Burress

    Gerrymandering alone might be sufficient to keep Republicans in Control of the House. However they have backup plan: legalized vote suppression, largely aimed at minorities and especially at blacks. These operate in many different ways, e.g. requiring forms of ID at the polls that blacks are less likely to have; challenging proofs of citizenship; causing ...

  • Demographics on Trump Support

    October 18, 2016

    David Burress

    An anomaly among Trump supporters and Tea Partyites, not yet adequately explained: they have   1. typically less than a college degree, yet 2. somewhat higher average income than Democrats. So “blue collar” is not an adequate description. Here are some key (overlapping) influences you need to juggle: 1. Radical religious right 2. Explicit and implicit racists 3. Impacted rural areas with a ...

  • A Failed Leader

    October 6, 2016

    David Burress

    Kansas State Senate President Susan Wagle is running scared, now that half of the Republican majority has either retired or been defeated in the primaries.   Wagle has been a staunch apostle of radical right causes, ever since she made a name for herself in 2003 by trying get KU Professor Dennis Dailey fired for teaching an ...

  • Language of Fighting Terrorism

    October 5, 2016

    David Burress

    Language matters. What language should we use for the struggle against Islamist terrorism?   “War” is a bad metaphor. War has a well-defined opponent. This struggle doesn’t. War has an outcome with the possibility of a win, a defeat, a draw. This struggle doesn’t. It is more similar to policing, a task that has no end. “Against terror” ...