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As Md. primary nears, UMBC faculty provide expert analysis of 2016 election

UMBC faculty in political science, public policy, and American studies have been in the news providing political analysis as Maryland’s primary election is less than a month away and the presidential campaign intensifies.

Laura Hussey, an associate professor of political science, joined Maryland Public Television’s “Direct Connection” program to discuss the possibility of a contested Republican convention and the state of the presidential campaign. Hussey covered several issues, including how she thinks the current campaign compares to past presidential elections.

“This election…has been much more about people than it has been about policy,” Hussey told host Jeff Salkin during the program. View the complete segment below.

School of Public Policy Professor and Director Donald Norris provided analysis for WJZ-TV for its Maryland Democratic Primary debate in the U.S. Senate race and its Baltimore mayoral debate at the University of Baltimore. “They acquitted themselves very well. They distinguished themselves only a little bit from each other,” Norris told WJZ’s Pat Warren after the Senate debate between Representatives Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards.

Norris was also quoted in The Baltimore Sun about state legislators moving some bills early, anticipating vetoes by the governor, and questions surrounding campaign contributions for State Sen. Catherine Pugh in the Baltimore mayoral election. “She is the front-runner and seems to have the momentum to pull this thing off,” Norris said about Pugh. “Pugh has been around a long time, and I’ve never heard anything to suggest she did anything untoward. These are probably acts of desperation that probably won’t harm Pugh.”

Earlier this month, Political Science Professor and Chair Thomas Schaller and American Studies Associate Professor Kimberly Moffitt were guests on WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show to discuss the presidential election. The panel of guests analyzed election results from primaries in Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, and North Carolina and their impact on the race.

Roy Meyers, a professor of political science, wrote an op-ed for in which he explained why parts of the state budget are mandated.

In an April 2 New York Times op-ed and April 4 column in Bloomberg about the future of the Republican party, arguments and analysis from Schaller’s book The Stronghold were cited.

For complete coverage, see below:

How does a contested national political convention work? (Maryland Public Television’s Direct Connection) 
WJZ to broadcast Senate debate (WJZ) 
Maryland General Assembly moving quickly to thwart potential Hogan vetoes (The Baltimore Sun) 
Embry takes aim at Pugh’s donations from lobbyists in Baltimore’s mayor race (The Baltimore Sun) 
Social security plays prominent role in Senate contest (The Baltimore Sun) 
National roundtable: election results (WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show) 
Analysis: If governor wants mandate relief, he should treat the legislature as an equal partner (
Why Trump can’t break the G.O.P. (New York Times) 
Republicans can’t stop hurting themselves (Bloomberg) 

Image:  The State of the State Address in the Maryland House Chambers. Photo by Maryland GovPics, CC by 2.0.