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Presidential debate at DU: Style over substance

Seth Masket, an associate professor of political science at the University of Denver, said Romney seemed to have moved away from some of the more far-right positions of his and Paul Ryan's platform, instead appealing to viewpoints more in the center. Surprisingly, Romney admitted that ...

Obama Hits Campaign Stride On Colorado Visit

University of Denver political scientist Seth Masket pointed out that in the spring of 2008, students active in politics were buzzing about the Democratic primary contest between Obama and now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This time around, Masket said, Obama had no primary ...

The Best Way To Scare A Politician : It's All Politics : NPR

" Seth Masket, a political scientist at the University of Denver, has done research suggesting that legislators do, in fact, change their ways when they realize they might face a recall. But while the recall might be seen as the ultimate way voters have of keeping politicians ...

Defeated Democrats Find 'Vindication In Spades' In High Court ...

"Most of the time in the midterm elections, the president's party loses seats," says study coauthor Seth Masket of the University of Denver. The health care bill, though, "was like additional doom. " Oberstar says the chance to extend health care coverage to millions of Americans was too ...

Coffman-Romanoff congressional clash to be costly, bitter and vital

Seth Masket, a political scientist at the University of Denver, said national issues such as the economy will likely play a big part in the race. He also said the candidate who is the most successful in wooing the Latino vote will likely be the winner. "The Latino vote is definitely key. ...

Beyond baby boomers, memories dim for JFK

Everyone knows where they were when it happened,” said Seth Masket, a professor of political science at the University of Denver. Of course, Mr. Masket doesn’t remember where he was because, like most other Americans, he wasn’t around. “It’s a piece of history for most people...

Colorado Western Conservative Summit attracts Scott Walker, Ted Cruz

Seth Masket, a professor of political science at the University of Denver, said that even though this is a non-election year, conferences like the Western Conservative Summit are still significant. Masket said it's times like these when a party starts to debate who to nominate for ...

DU to rename humanitarian award after Bush choice causes uproar

Seth Masket, DU associate professor of political science, said he was surprised that such a "controversial figure" would be given an award with that label. "Renaming the award is encouraging," Masket said. According to the university's website, the humanitarian award is meant to ...

Are congressional midterms a referendum on unemployment?

Seth Masket, a political science professor at the University of Denver, developed a model in 2009 that supports the conclusions of the CU News Corps analysis. Masket found no correlation between either the unemployment rate or its change and a potential seat loss for parties. But ...

'The Hillary Papers': Is Clinton past political danger?

Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, 30 years after he began making political speeches, writes University of Denver political scientist Seth Masket at the "Mischiefs of Faction" political science blog. Lyndon Johnson won a landslide victory in 1964, 28 years after he entered the ...

Sen. Mark Udall proposes limits to government's surveillance

" Seth Masket, chairman of political science at the University of Denver, said it was unclear whether the public was going to push for a massive debate on the issue in Washington. "This doesn't seem to be an issue that voters are terribly incensed about. There doesn't seem to be any ...

Two years later, Denver Mayor Hancock's team is bigger, more expensive

How the mayor fills out his administration and pays his employees shows his priorities, said Seth Masket, associate professor of political science at the University of Denver. "Budgeting is governing," Masket said. "You get a real sense of the priorities from where he is spending ...

In Senate race in Colorado, Dems move to portray strong GOP challenger as extremist

Seth Masket, a political scientist at the University of Denver, said Gardner's shift away from giving legal rights to fertilized human eggs, or personhood, was a smart move. "This is what happens when you have an officeholder from a very conservative district running statewide,” he said. ...

Obama Leads, but a Romney Comeback Might Start Out West With Colorado

FiveThirtyEight spoke with Peter Hanson and Seth Masket, two professors of political science at the University of Denver, and Kyle L. Saunders, an associate professor of political science at Colorado State University. Colorado, the host state of the first presidential debate on Wednesday ...

51st State Organizers: Rural Colorado Needs Reapportionment

“Colorado is a perfect example of demographic change leading to political change,” Seth Masket, a professor of political science at the University of Denver, told Bloomberg News recently. A visit by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) last week that was meant to bridge a gap of sorts ...

Colorado secession vote: Should we stay or should we go?

When Seth Masket, a political science professor at the University of Denver did the math, he realized that had the 11 counties been a state of their own in the 2012 elections, that state would have been the second most Republican of all, behind only Utah. Yet Colorado overall went to ...

Seth Masket: Colorado Professors: Restore the National Science Foundation's Political Science Fundin...

The following is an op/ed by Seth Masket (chair of political science at the University of Denver), Robert Duffy (chair of political science at Colorado State University), and David Brown (chair of political science at the University of Colorado at Boulder). It appeared on the Denver ...

Petitions to secede are filed for 23 states since election

Seth Masket, political science professor at the University of Denver, said the petitions may be a good way to blow off steam, but that they carry no legal weight. “It’s hard to see this as anything other than sour grapes,” said Mr. Masket in an email. “These petitions have no ...

New University of Denver poll: Obama holds narrow lead in Colorado; voters overwhelmingly say Romney...

"The poll found a significant amount of polarization in the Colorado electorate in regards to the economy," noted University of Denver political scientist Dr. Seth Masket. "Democrats are much more likely to see the economy and their overall economic situation to have improved over the ...

Democratic Field Offices Boost Obama In Colorado : NPR

Political scientist Seth Masket of the University of Denver looked at the effect of those field offices in 2008 and found they boosted Democratic turnout by one to two percentage points. That could make a difference in a tight race. SETH MASKET: Of all the different ways that a campaign ...

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