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Independent voters are few in number, influential in close elections, hard to reach

(THE CONVERSATION) As the 2024 campaign cycle unfolds, campaign strategists, pollsters and political scientists have been closely watching independent voters.
The year began with a January 2024 Gallup report that 43% of Americans identify as political independents – regardless of whether they are registered to vote as a me ... (full story)


How reciting the Pledge of Allegiance became a sacred, patriotic ritual

(THE CONVERSATION) The Continental Congress, the legislative body for the newly declared United States, adopted an official flag on June 14, 1777. The delegates resolved that "the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new c ... (full story)


In some states that say they elect judges, governors choose them instead

(THE CONVERSATION) A Georgia Supreme Court incumbent has successfully fought off an election challenge from a former Democratic member of Congress. Justice Andrew Pinson, first appointed to the court by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in 2022, won election to a six-year term on May 21, 2024. The nonpartisan race was dominated by challeng ... (full story)


5 reasons Supreme Court ethics questions are more common now than in the past

(THE CONVERSATION) In recent years, allninesittingjusticesontheU.S.SupremeCourt have been the subject of reports calling their ethics into question.
Is this an old problem? Something new? Political gamesmanship? Something more serious?
As a legal scholar who has studied judicial history, politics and ethics, my answer to eac ... (full story)


Laws meant to keep different races apart still influence dating patterns

(THE CONVERSATION) If you are single and looking for a romantic partner, chances are that you have used a dating app. But the likelihood that others will like, or even see, your profile may depend on your race.
Studies have found that all people on dating apps, regardless of their own race, are more likely to contact white peopl ... (full story)