Gov. Abbott begins re-election bid as Democratic candidate emerges

CBS News Originally Posted: July 18, 2017 Governor Greg Abbott launched his re-election campaign in San Antonio Friday, the same city he kicked-off his first campaign four years ago. He told the crowd, “To keep Texas the best state in the United States, I’m running for re-election for Governor of the great state of Texas.” . . . SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson says Abbott is a sure bet for re-election. “He is as close to a lock as you can be. He’s had a very strong, largely uncontroversial tenure in office so far.” Wilson says it’s also difficult for Democrats to win statewide in Texas. But Democrat Jeffrey Payne of Dallas says he’s going to try.  . . . Wilson says the Texas [...]

By | 2017-07-21T08:55:08+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Gov. Abbott begins re-election bid as Democratic candidate emerges

Texas Democrats Struggle To Find Candidate To Challenge Abbott In 2018

Houston Public Media Originally Posted: July 18, 2017 Governor Greg Abbott kicked off his 2018 reelection campaign late last week. For the moment, he still largely has the field to himself. The Texas Democratic Party is having a difficult time recruiting an experienced candidate to run against him. Any Democrat who decides to challenge Abbott will face a steep climb. The governor has already built up a campaign war chest of nearly $41 million. “If I am, say, Julian Castro, and I’m wondering whether it’s time for me to run for governor and put my political reputation on the line, I might look closely at this race and say, ‘My prospects, even though I’m a well-known Democrat and I could raise a good bit of [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:19:02+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Texas Democrats Struggle To Find Candidate To Challenge Abbott In 2018

SMU named one of the top 3 colleges on College Factual’s list of the best colleges in Texas

USA Today College Originally Posted: July 17, 2017 This article was written by Megan Cahill and originally appeared on College Factual, a website that helps college students student get their best fit education for less. College Factual uses statistics to stop students from being treated like one. Its content is produced independently of USA TODAY. Texas is a large state with numerous higher education institutions. You have your choice of public or private schools, along with schools that focus on research or are grounded in the liberal arts. Each of these schools offers students something unique. Below are the top 10 colleges in Texas, based on College Factual’s ranking system. These schools rise to the top of over 60 four-year institutions in the state. You [...]

By | 2017-07-18T19:15:03+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Statistical Science, Tower Center, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on SMU named one of the top 3 colleges on College Factual’s list of the best colleges in Texas

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Politics motivating Abbott’s priorities

San Antonio Express-News Originally Posted: July 14, 2017 If timing is everything in politics, Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election bid announcement on Friday came right on time. Held just days before the start of a special legislative session, Abbott’s event at Sunset Station was an opportunity to change a pesky, potentially perilous political story line: that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, has driven the Legislature’s conservative agenda this year. Determined to see such legislation become law, Patrick effectively forced Abbott last month to call the special session. He did so by stalling a bill in the Senate needed to keep state agencies open.  . . . Nonetheless, the governor is struggling to reaffirm his dominance as the top Republican in Texas, said Southern Methodist University political [...]

By | 2017-07-18T19:27:46+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Cal Jillson, Political Science, Politics motivating Abbott’s priorities

“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”

SMU News Originally Posted: July 10, 2017 "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" is this fall's common reading selection, which every incoming SMU student is expected to read. There will be small-group discussions on the book written by Matthew Desmond. READ MORE  

Official University Calendar : 2017-2018

ACADEMIC YEAR 2017–2018 www.smu.edu/registrar/academic_calendar.asp This calendar includes an addendum listing religious holidays for use in requesting excused absences according to University Policy 1.9. For religious holidays not listed, contact the Office of the Chaplain. Graduate programs in the Cox School of Business, Perkins School of Theology and Dedman School of Law, and the Department of Dispute Resolution and Counseling within the Simmons School of Education and Human Development have different calendars. Dates that the offices of the University will be closed will be announced at a later date. PDF

Political Science professor comments on Comey testimony via Fox4 News

Good Day Texas Originally Posted: June 9, 2017 Trump reacted to the testimony early Friday morning after staying off Twitter for nearly two days. He said, "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication... and wow, Comey is a leaker!" SMU political science professor Dr. Cal Jillson joins Good Day to talk about the testimony and what it all means. Watch

By | 2017-06-09T08:49:22+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Political Science professor comments on Comey testimony via Fox4 News

Inspired by refugee parents, SMU grad unites three degrees with community outreach to empower others

SMU News Originally Posted: May 31, 2017 DALLAS (SMU) – As a newly minted SMU graduate with three degrees, Kovan Barzani not only has exceeded his Kurdish-American parents’ expectations, but also reinforced their decision to flee Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime for “peace and peace of mind” in the U.S. While weighing three college scholarships during his last year at Liberty High School in Frisco, Kovan recalls his mother’s singular request, delivered with a smile: “Be sure to get at least two degrees – one for you and one for me.” As it happens, Kovan chose SMU precisely because it could offer not two but the three degrees he sought – in economics, public policy and management – while helping him cultivate the three virtues most valued by his family: [...]

By | 2017-06-09T07:55:57+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Inspired by refugee parents, SMU grad unites three degrees with community outreach to empower others

Why Texas ban on ‘sanctuary cities’ divides local law enforcement

Christian Science Monitor Originally Posted: May 17, 2017 The following is from the May 12, 2017, edition of The Christian Science Monitor. SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson provided expertise for this story. Atlanta—From his 844-square mile territory of Texas cordgrass marshes and mesquite prairies, Jackson County Sheriff Andy Louderback responded to a ban on "sanctuary cities" in his state with a virtual tip of the Stetson. A number of Texas sheriffs and most major city police chiefs opposed the groundbreaking law signed on Sunday by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. They say it coerces local cops to do federal immigration enforcement and would have a “chilling” effect on the state’s massive immigrant community. Sanctuary cities bar police from cooperating with federal immigration agents without a [...]

By | 2017-05-31T12:01:07+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Why Texas ban on ‘sanctuary cities’ divides local law enforcement
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