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Dr. Heath Brown is an assistant professor at John Jay College, City University of New York (CUNY) and the author of the book, Lobbying the New President: Interests in Transition, published by Routledge in May of 2012. He served as the policy and research director of the Council of Graduate Schools from 2004-2006. He can be followed on Twitter @heathbrown.

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Ferguson Can Teach Us About Protest and Activism

(8) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 4:32 PM

The policing tactics employed in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, has been a major point of criticism for many. The police were excessive and applied a military-style approach that was largely inappropriate for the circumstance. But the critique of what happened in...

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Forty Years After Nixon Resigned: How Lobbyists Prepared for the Ford Transition

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 2:20 PM

Forty years ago, Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency. Much has been made this week of the anniversary of the resignation and the aftermath for Nixon. There's been little attention to the rapid transition of President Gerald Ford. Never before had a transition occurred following a resignation, meaning...

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Best Political Science Books in 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 9:41 PM

This year was a good year in political science publishing, and with just a few days left in the gift-buying season, here's my list of some of the best in 2013. These books address pressing issues of the day -- such as armed conflict in the Middle East and social...

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Fulfill the Promise of a Transparent Mayoral Transition

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 8:11 AM

On Tuesday, Bill de Blasio was chosen the new mayor of New York City. But following months of campaigning, the real work of city governance began on Wednesday during the eight-week mayoral transition.

During this time, Mayor de Blasio will organize his administration, make appointments to important city jobs, and...

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The Gubernatorial Transition of Terry McAuliffe

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 7:30 AM

On Tuesday, Terry McAuliffe was elected governor of Virginia. Following the lengthy campaign, the real work of the job begins Wednesday during the ten-week gubernatorial transition.

Throughout this time, Governor-elect McAuliffe and his transition team will organize his administration, appointment individuals to important state jobs, and finalize key proposals that...

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Listen Up Candidates, Planning Matters: Two New Books on the History of Planning

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 3:37 PM

As we approach state and local elections in New York City, New Jersey, and Virginia, many policy issues dominate the debates: quality schools, new job development, and implementation of health care reforms. Despite its importance, rarely will you hear those on the campaign trail talk about housing and local planning....

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Fixing Washington: Two New Books on What's Right and Wrong With Congress

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 9:15 AM

Today, public approval of Congress is around 15 percent. A summer of gridlock is clearly not good for the business of Washington or for its popularity. Thankfully, two new books help make some sense of what's right and wrong with Congress.

The first is Women &...

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Immigration Policy Summer Reading

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 11:05 AM

Lost in this summer's congressional debate about comprehensive immigration reform is the reality that immigration is also a very local issue for those living in and around centers of immigration. Abstract notions of insurmountable barbed wire fences and 'Gangs of Eight' obscure the importance of the...

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Dear Mr. President: Be Like Mike

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 5:49 PM

Much hand-wringing and panic has occurred in reaction to the performance of the president in the first presidential debate versus Romney. The president looked frustrated, lethargic, and maybe even distracted by his wedding anniversary. Most agree that Romney won the debate, and some concluded that the election is all but...

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Fact-Checking the Debate in the Twitter-verse

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 3:30 PM

FACT, @mittromney and @barackobama debated and live-tweeted for an hour and a half last night. How neither candidate paused to turn on their smartphone or laptop and remains a factual mystery.

Time magazine leads this week with a cover titled, "The Fact Wars". Last night at the first presidential debate,...

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DNC Convention and a Second-Term Presidential Transition

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 12:04 PM

Underlying the Republican Convention last week in Tampa was speculation as to who among the litany of stage speakers might get a position in a future Romney administration. Would Kerry Healy join a Romney White House or State Department? Bob McDonnell to Transportation or Justice? Pawlenty to Education?...

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Romney's Veep Pick and Foreign Policy

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 4:51 PM

Vice presidents famously have little formal authority and few responsibilities. Despite these constitutional provisions, the position has grown in stature over the last twenty years, and several who have held the position have been active in the foreign policy arena. Former Vice President Dick Cheney largely established the neo-conservative infrastructure...

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Planning for Obama's Transition Out?

(5) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 6:59 PM

Al Kamen's recent article in the Washington Post (July 20, 2012) on early presidential transition planning highlights many of the key issues facing the Obama and Romney campaigns. Kamen explains that, unlike previous presidential campaigns, the Presidential Transition Act of 2010 mandates that candidates thoroughly...

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Mitt Romney's Pre-Election Transition

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 7:32 PM

Last month, Mitt Romney tabbed Mike Leavitt to begin planning for his presidential transition. Pre-election transition planning is fraught with concerns about presumptuousness and skirmishes with those running the campaign, but it has increasingly become a major part of national policy making. If elected, a candidate must be...

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Mitt Romney and the Marketplace of Ideas

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2012 | 5:24 PM

One way to think about a presidential campaign is to break it into two broad categories: political and policy. The people who work on a campaign in particular either come from the world of politics -- working on Capitol Hill, in state government, or in political communications/lobbying --...

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Courting Asian Voters

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 12:26 PM

There has been considerable attention paid to the courting of Hispanic voters by Presidential and Congressional candidates. While the size of that ethnic group is growing and quickly becoming a major political force in some parts of the country, other ethnic groups are also increasing in size. In...

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Who Would Be Romney's Foreign Policy Team?

(15) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 6:14 PM

Governor Romney's campaign team will be busy into late summer vetting Vice Presidential candidates. While the Veepstakes speculation ensues, planning for a presidential transition and a Romney Cabinet will commence. Who might President Romney choose for his foreign policy team?

Past presidential transitions offer some guideposts with which to...

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Super PACs, Super Heroes?

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 5:02 PM

This article is based on two propositions. First, the Marvel Comics movie, The Avengers, appears in theaters on May 4 and will likely be awesome. Second, if Super PACs -- these new organizations formed to support and oppose political candidates -- are in fact super, then they must possess superpowers....

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Who Will Romney Choose for Education?

(4) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 11:53 AM

While Team Romney plugs away on his vice presidential decision, backroom planning commences for a possible administration and presidential transition. Romney has announced two dozen foreign policy advisors, but just three for education (Nina Rees, Marty West, and Phil Handy) and only recently released an outline of his education agenda....

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Who Will Romney Choose (Transition Edition)?

(19) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 5:16 PM

For the next few weeks, Washington will be abuzz with theories of who will be picked to be Governor Romney's running mate. Rubio brings a critical voting bloc, Ryan budget hawkishness, and Portman a valuable swing state. While that choice is being made, even more important discussions are debated on...

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