Category Archives: People

Josh Rovner on Trump considering Exxon Mobil CEOs for secretary of state

Tower Chair Josh Rovner commented on rumors President-elect Donald Trump is considering present and past CEOs of Exxon Mobil for the position of secretary of state in the Dallas Morning News. Some are skeptical of the idea, saying the CEOs don’t … Continue reading

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Board Member William Cohen | “Don’t Retreat into Fortress America”

Honorary Tower Center Board Member William Cohen, former Republican senator and secretary of defense, coauthored an opinion piece for the New York Times, “Don’t Retreat into Fortress America” with Gary Hart Nov. 22. Cohen and Hart explore the two greatest … Continue reading

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Law Professor Nathan Cortez: Tampering with Obamacare is like a game of Jenga

Tower Center Fellow Nathan Cortez, professor of law in leadership and Latino studies at Dedman School of Law, talked with KERA News about the future of the Affordable Care Act under President Trump and a Republican held Congress. Republicans have … Continue reading

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Harold Clarke | “How a 1950s political theory predicted defeat for Clinton”

Tower Center Senior Fellow Harold Clarke wrote an opinion piece in the Dallas Morning News titled “How a 1950s political theory predicted defeat for Clinton.” Clarke argues voters make their decisions based on three factors: long-term partisan predispositions, judgments about important … Continue reading

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Q&A with Director Jim Hollifield | What we can expect from a Trump presidency

The contentious 2016 election came to an end early Nov. 9 with a result that surprised many — Donald Trump won the presidency. In his victory speech, Trump promised to be a president for all Americans. “Now it is time for America … Continue reading

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Victoria Farrar-Myers | Social Media’s Influence on Elections

Tower Center Senior Fellow Victoria Farrar-Myers was part of a panel for the McCuistion episode “How Social Media and Technology Influence Elections” Oct. 30. Farrar-Myers talked about the research she did for the book she edited “Controlling the Message: New Media … Continue reading

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TC Associate Edward Rincón | How trustworthy are polls?

As Arlington residents prepare to vote on the proposed $1 billion Texas Rangers stadium Nov. 8, Tower Center Associate Edward Rincón examined the public opinion polls leading up to the vote. He found short-comings in all of them. “Sponsors of public opinion polls … Continue reading

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Cal Jillson Provides Historical Precedent to Nasty 2016 Campaigns

Tower Center Associate Cal Jillson provided historical precedent to the nasty campaigning seen in the 2016 election in an interview with WFAA. He said Thomas Jefferson and John Adams also engaged in personal attacks during their campaigns in 1800. Jillson doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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Jim Hollifield talks free trade, Gary Johnson in the Dallas Morning News

Tower Center Academic Director Jim Hollifield was interviewed in the Dallas Morning News article, “One presidential hopeful with two beneficial policies for Texas isn’t in the debates” by business columnist Mitchell Schnurman Sept. 20. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson … Continue reading

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Tower Center Fellow Alexander Betts suggests focus on development at White House, UN refugee summits

Tower Center Fellow Alexander Betts, director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, wrote an opinion piece for the Guardian discussing the upcoming White House and United Nations summits on refugees and mass migration Sept. 17. Betts suggests … Continue reading

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