Dallas News Originally Posted: November 7, 2018 Did Democrats enjoy a blue wave? The answer depends on how you characterize victory. The party mounted a respectable effort at the top of the ticket — which is an accomplishment of sorts. Democrats picked up some urban and suburban seats in Congress and the Legislature. Still, they failed to break through statewide. “I would call it a good night, not a great night” for Democrats, said Matthew Wilson, associate professor of political science at Southern Methodist University. “A great night would’ve been Beto O’Rourke winning” in the U.S. Senate race, he said. “That was the fondest dream of Democrats in Texas. But O’Rourke’s candidacy and the mobilization that he generated is going to carry a couple of new [...]
Texas Tribune Originally Posted: November 1, 2018 Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson provides expertise in Trib Talk, a publication of the Texas Tribune. With less than a week to go before Election Day and early voters casting ballots at a record pace, the nation’s eyes are on the Texas mid-term U.S. Senate race. The contest between Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Democrat U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke pits a former GOP presidential candidate against one of the brightest young stars in the Democratic firmament and has drawn both unprecedented money and tremendous national media attention. Cruz seems to have the edge right now with a narrow but persistent lead in recent polls, but the race promises to be the closest statewide contest that Texas has [...]
Cal Jillson, Political Science, If Texas Senate race is ‘about the base,’ who’s wooing independents? Are any left?
Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: October 29, 2018 As Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke crisscrossed the piney woods of East Texas late last week, Matt Steveson and Caleb Krnavek were curious attendees at rallies. Steveson, a Marine combat veteran of Iraq who works as a millwright on overseas power plants, said he wanted to see O’Rourke unfiltered. “Video could possibly be manipulated,” he explained at a crowded O’Rourke event at The Pines Theater in his hometown of Lufkin. Krnavek, a college student, wore a Beto t-shirt to a morning Cruz rally at Austin Hall, a honky tonk in Nacogdoches. “I’m not a super far left or super far right guy,” said the Stephen F. Austin University junior geography major. “I just [...]
CBS 11 Originally Posted: October 12, 2018 DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – While Democrat Rep. Beto O’Rourke is attracting big crowds and raising record amounts of money, $38.1 million in the last three months, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is still leading in the latest polls by nine points. SMU political science professor Cal Jillson said Friday, Rep. Beto O’Rourke must sharpen his advertising against Sen. Ted Cruz and stop playing Mr. Nice-Guy. Jillson said O’Rourke can still regain momentum. “He’s going to have to rethink his advertising campaign,” said Jillson. Jillson says O’Rourke must explain to voters why Texas would be better off with him as Senator than Cruz, something Jillson says O’Rourke has not done. “O’Rourke has been unwilling to do the negative stuff, but I [...]
SMU News Originally Posted: September 24, 2018 See what SMU faculty and staff experts have to say about the 2018 Texas and U.S. mid-term elections. https://youtu.be/FN4Tjx77_NM https://youtu.be/eSm0rxKhEpk https://youtu.be/xDVec0W97Ps
Fort Worth Star Telegram Originally Posted: September 20, 2018 Matthew Wilson, an SMU associate political science professor was quoted in this article. Is Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz ahead? Or is Democrat U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke ahead? Two polls issued in two days paint two different pictures in the Texas-size battle for the U.S. Senate. A poll released Wednesday put O’Rourke up by 2 percentage points in the race. A poll released Tuesday put Cruz up by 9 percentage points. “These are snapshots of the race, they show a range,” said Matthew Wilson, an associate political science professor at SMU. “It’s not a pronouncement from on high about the state of the race. “Right now, it is unlikely that O’Rourke is really ahead by 2 [...]
A new survey reveals that not only do business executives value college, they want students with skills associated with the liberal arts.
Inside Higher Ed Originally Posted: August 28, 2018 Public May Not Trust Higher Ed, but Employers Do A new survey reveals that not only do business executives value college, they want students with skills associated with the liberal arts. Though public support for higher education seems to be waning, this skepticism doesn’t appear to extend to potential employers, who say they still have faith in colleges and universities, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. But while executives and hiring managers believe that institutions are teaching graduates the skills needed for entry-level jobs, they reported that students usually aren’t ready to be promoted. AAC&U commissioned the Washington, D.C.-based Hart Research Associates to survey two groups: 500 or so business [...]
Ben Prengler spent his summer in Washington D.C. as a Space Policy Intern at the White House. About Ben Prengler: I am triple majoring in political science, economics and public policy, and double minoring in public policy and international affairs and philosophy. I am from Fairview, Texas, which is between Allen and McKinney. At SMU, I am the Speaker of the Student Senate, an undergraduate fellow with the Medders Fellowship through the Tower Center doing research in multiculturalism, an HCM Tower Scholar, and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society) and Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society). Outside of SMU, I’ve worked on three political campaigns: two for the U.S. Congress, and one for the Texas House of Representatives. In one Congressional [...]
SMU political science professor comments: Cruz-O’Rourke Senate race may hold insight on future politics of Texas
Fox News Originally Posted: August 15, 2018 DALLAS – Most political analysts can usually agree on one thing: Texas is a state that practically "bleeds red," as it has for decades. But in recent election cycles, there's been much talk about the Lone Star State potentially going purple. And now, a Texas congressman is trying to do what no Democrat has been able to do here in nearly 25 years -- win statewide office. Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke from El Paso, elected in 2012 to serve Texas’ 16th Congressional District, is battling it out with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, aiming to capture Cruz's seat come November. "We're listening to and bringing in everyone -- Republican, Democrat, independent -- everyone in Texas is important," O’Rourke tells [...]
Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: August 14, 2018 We could mess up the so-called Texas miracle. Cutting off immigration, for instance, “would make it impossible” for the state to keep growing jobs at roughly double the national rate, Dallas Fed economist Pia Orrenius said last week. Keeping out immigrants would also take us out of the competition to attract top talent, another expert said, and that would undermine the appeal of the state’s workforce. For these reasons and more — partly humanitarian, partly pragmatic, said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings — Dallas wants to become a more welcoming city for immigrants and refugees. That means recruiting newcomers and helping them integrate into the community, and navigate the legal and economic landscape. Last year, Dallas created an Office of Welcoming [...]