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09/01/2020

Welcome back! Just a reminder that the fall 2020 semester begins today. All Poli Sci courses are meeting virtually this semester (unless COVID conditions change dramatically). Our department will be open Tuesday/Thursday from 11 to 1. Contact our chair, Prof. Moran, via email if you have any questions/concerns. Thanks and stay safe.

08/20/2020
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We have a couple of weeks before the start of the semester, and if you're hankering for some way to fill the time til then and get in the mood, here's the full bi-partisan report from the Senate Intelligence Committee detailing the Trump campaign's involvement with Russia in the 2016 election.https://int.nyt.com/data/documenttools/senate-intelligence-committee-russian-interference/8cf58e574d235164/full.pdf

Those following along will remember that yesterday, the Second Continental Congress agreed to meet today, 3 July 1776, t...
07/03/2020

Those following along will remember that yesterday, the Second Continental Congress agreed to meet today, 3 July 1776, to resume discussion of a declaration of independence. The day opened with the delegates voting to send 3 additional battalions from Pennsylvania to help New Jersey, and they agreed on the compensation for shipwrights ($34.66/month; plus "Each man to be allowed, one ration and a half, and one half pint of rum, a day." After that, they moved to take up the Declaration, and, once again, Virginia's Benjamin Harrison moved to postpone until tomorrow. The assembly agreed to adjourn and reassemble at 9 am tomorrow to take up the Declaration.

On this date, 1776, the Second Continental Congress was meeting in Philadelphia to take up the motion to declare indepen...
07/02/2020

On this date, 1776, the Second Continental Congress was meeting in Philadelphia to take up the motion to declare independence. Virginia delegate Benjamin Harrison V rose to request that the assembly have more time to consider, so the vote for independence was delayed until tomorrow. Harrison would eventually be elected governor of Virginia. His son, William Henry Harrison and his great grandson, Benjamin Harrison would later be elected presidents. Here's the day's events: "The Congress resumed the consideration of the resolution agreed to by and reported from the committee of the whole; and the same being read, was agreed to as follows:

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and, of right, ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown, and that all political connexion between them, and the state of Great Britain, is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

Agreeable to the order of the day, the Congress resolved itself into a committee of the whole; and, after some time, the president resumed the chair. Mr. [Benjamin] Harrison reported, that the committee have had under consideration the declaration to them referred; but, not having had time to go through the same, desired leave to sit again:

Resolved, That this Congress will, tomorrow, again resolve itself into a committee of the whole, to take into their farther consideration the declaration on independence."

06/30/2020
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NJCU’s current plans for the fall semester are available here.http://d31hzlhk6di2h5.cloudfront.net/20200630/c9/cc/ae/c2/ce283ba9087c9c30521f34b0/PandemicRecoveryPlan_v08.pdf

Fall 2020 is just around the bend...there's still a few seats left in the seminar. Register before they're gone.
06/19/2020

Fall 2020 is just around the bend...there's still a few seats left in the seminar. Register before they're gone.

06/18/2020

Current majors... after a nearly 25 year hiatus, the Department is relaunching its Public Administration minor. Register today for the first course in the minor sequence, "Intro to Public Administration" (POLI 107 section 2436). We're offering it online this fall! Seats will fill up quickly, so jump in before they're gone.

06/18/2020

Current majors and minors interested in summer internship helping to get out the vote this November, please contact Dr. Stanton at her NJCU email address for more information.

Some levity in these difficult days. And not to worry, a) our degree is much cheaper, and b) and our graduates do fine i...
06/10/2020

Some levity in these difficult days. And not to worry, a) our degree is much cheaper, and b) and our graduates do fine in the work place.

06/04/2020

The department would like to congratulate our graduating majors. It has been wonderful working everyonel over the past few years: Eglal Farghaly, Kwanasia Foggie, Adrian Ghainda, Sarah Gigante, Christian Germes, Nneka Grant, Lindsey James, Carleen Lopes-Silva, Daniel Lorenzo, Gabrielle Lucas, Dwan McElroy, Nadia Medina, Alessandria Taylor, Liza Tilakdhari, Esteban Urena, Juan Vasquez and Geneva Wilson. Kudos to a job well done. Good luck and please stay in touch!

06/03/2020
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Coverage from the NYTimes of the protests and government response in the wake of the torture and murder of George Floyd ...
06/02/2020
Live Updates on George Floyd Protests: Tumult Grips U.S. Cities

Coverage from the NYTimes of the protests and government response in the wake of the torture and murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/us/george-floyd-protests.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage

Amid swelling protests marred by violence and looting, President Trump threatened to deploy the U.S. military. Police officers in several cities were injured by gunfire and struck by vehicles.

Continuing with our coverage of the Constitutional Convention ... the debate on this date is especially relevant for us ...
06/01/2020
Avalon Project - Madison Debates - June 1

Continuing with our coverage of the Constitutional Convention ... the debate on this date is especially relevant for us today in that the delegates took up for the first time the office of the presidency and debated features like how the executive should be chosen, for how long a term, and what powers to ascribe. Remember, the Articles government lacked an independent executive, so this was a touchy subject. The delegates would revisit this issue through the rest of the summer. Follow along here: https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/debates_601.asp

The Committee of the whole proceeded to Resolution 7. [FN1] "that a national Executive be instituted, to be chosen by the national Legislature-for the term of ------ years &c to be ineligible thereafter, to possess the executive powers of Congress &c."

Continuing with our traditional review of the Constitutional Convention... on this date, 1787, the delegates took up the...
05/31/2020

Continuing with our traditional review of the Constitutional Convention... on this date, 1787, the delegates took up the issue of representation in a proposed first house of a new legislative branch. The proposals were either to have the state legislatures elect or have the people elect directly. As Elbridge Gerry (Mass) , arguing against direct popular vote, noted: "The evils we experience flow from the excess of democracy. The people do not want [lack] virtue, but are the dupes of pretended patriots." Follow along here: https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/debates_531.asp

Continuing our annual coverage of the Constitutional Convention... today was a crucial day in the deliberations.  It's b...
05/30/2020

Continuing our annual coverage of the Constitutional Convention... today was a crucial day in the deliberations. It's basically the second day of real business and they take up the question of whether their charge from the states to fix the Articles of Confederation is sufficiently broad to allow them to consider a fundamental reorganization of the Articles government. Although there was some trepidation expressed by both Elbridge Gerry (Mass) and Col Pinckney (South Carolina), the delegates inched forward. They also took up the issue of representation and voting for the first time. The issue of slavery comes to the surface, albeit obliquely, fairly quickly. Follow along here: https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/debates_530.asp

Students in Prof. Moran's "Parties & Elections" class shifted focus post-COVID to parties and pandemics, so this may int...
05/29/2020
Elections and Infections: Politics During a Global Pandemic | Penn Global

Students in Prof. Moran's "Parties & Elections" class shifted focus post-COVID to parties and pandemics, so this may interest them and interest other majors and friends of the page. Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania is hosting a FREE virtual event on Monday, June 1 entitled "Elections and Infections" that features former Congressman Charles Dent (R-PA) and U Penn's John Lapinski. Click here for program description and registration info (it's free). https://global.upenn.edu/perryworldhouse/event/elections-and-infections-politics-during-global-pandemic?fbclid=IwAR1NxQHK2f4zExYH0kbwX2U46y0p6at_n4CON524Qa6Hz4BblkheME5mjUo

The University of Pennsylvania has announced important changes to its operations due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In the light of these developments and to protect our local community, we have decided to postpone all events for the remainder of this semester. Our team has moved to....

Continuing our traditional review of the Constitutional Convention, on this date, 1787, the convention finally got down ...
05/29/2020

Continuing our traditional review of the Constitutional Convention, on this date, 1787, the convention finally got down to business. Virginia's Edmund Randolph offered a series of motions to revise the Articles of Confederation that have come to be known as the "Virginia Plan." It set the agenda of the debate for the next few weeks. But before proceeding to his motions, the delegates adopted a series of rules to govern the convention including "That nothing spoken in the House be printed, or otherwise published or communicated without leave." In other words, the delegates were pledged to secrecy unless the full body agreed to the release of the information. Follow along here: https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/debates_529.asp

On September 14, 1786, delegates from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Delaware met in Annapolis, Maryl...
05/14/2020

On September 14, 1786, delegates from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Delaware met in Annapolis, Maryland to try to work out some difficulties in the Articles of Confederation. Unable to do so, they adjourned and asked the states to send delegates to a follow up convention to begin on the second Monday in May. May 14, 1787 was that date. So on this date, in US history, the Philadelphia Convention officially began. Transportation being what it was, delegates from seven states had yet to arrive. So after checking everyone's credentials, the assembly moved to adjourn until more states were present. The only significant action taken was the unanimous election of George Washington as the presiding officer of the convention. They would not be able to resume business until 25 May. Read the day's action here: https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/debates_514525.asp

On this date, 1495, the King of Spain (Ferdinand II) and the Queen of Portugal (Isabella) signed a compact dividing the ...
05/07/2020

On this date, 1495, the King of Spain (Ferdinand II) and the Queen of Portugal (Isabella) signed a compact dividing the New World between the two. It is due to this treaty that Brazil would end up Portuguese and the rest of Latin America Spanish. At least until the 2 powers were sufficiently weakened that the the English and Dutch could intervene. https://avalon.law.yale.edu/15th_century/mod002.asp

Today marks the 138th anniversary of the signing of the Chinese Exclusion Act by President Chester Arthur (R). The law b...
05/06/2020

Today marks the 138th anniversary of the signing of the Chinese Exclusion Act by President Chester Arthur (R). The law banned Chinese immigration and classified Chinese immigrants currently in the US as permanent aliens, barring them from ever attaining citizenship. It was not repealed until 1943. Illustration is from political cartoonist Thomas Nast. You can discover more of Nast's work in "Battle Lines Drawn" one of the new courses we offer. Read the act here: https://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/chinese_exclusion_act.asp

As part of a module on "Who Governs in America?"  the students in Professor Stanton's POLI 140--American Politics sectio...
04/16/2020

As part of a module on "Who Governs in America?" the students in Professor Stanton's POLI 140--American Politics section are doing research on the interest group of their choice. Today and tomorrow , they are meeting virtually with the staff of the Center for Responsive Politics, aka opensecrets.org, to learn best and effective ways to navigate their databases. Contact Prof. Stanton if you're interested in joining in the session.

Studying political science at NJCU is more than an academic exercise. Nice story today on our colleague James Solomon, a...
04/14/2020
Jersey City councilman wants to expand freeze on rent hikes

Studying political science at NJCU is more than an academic exercise. Nice story today on our colleague James Solomon, an adjunct professor and Jersey City city councilperson discussing his efforts on rent control during the pandemic. Picture accompanying the article includes NJCU alum and Pi Sigma Alpha inductee Laura Bustamante, his office manager. https://www.nj.com/hudson/2020/04/jersey-city-councilman-wants-to-expand-freeze-on-rent-hikes.html

Ward E Councilman James Solomon wants to amend the city’s freeze on rent increases to include most buildings throughout the city.

04/07/2020

The Department would like to remind our students that the University is still functioning, albeit in a "virtual" fashion, so courses are running and programming continues. For instance, this week, Professor Stanton, in her Judicial Process class, is hosting NJCU alumni who have gone on to practice law. Today, Jeremy Sullivan, Esq. met the class in a Zoom meeting and on Thursday, Sandra Barsoum, Esq will meet with the class. The class meets at 2:10--3:25 and interested students should contact Prof. Stanton for log in information.

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