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Richard Davis
Richard Davis is a professor of political science at Brigham Young University. Email: Richard_Davis@byu.edu

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In between the turkey dinner and the next football games, we should pause for a minute to consider freedoms we typically don’t think much about — freedoms of speech, of worship, of the press and to ...
The problem is the law on filling legislative vacancies. It currently removes voters from the process of choosing their own representatives. It retains power for political parties but takes it away from those w...
Why did Republicans do so well last Tuesday? Democratic commentators are suggesting it was because the 2014 electorate was more typical of a midterm electorate, with Republicans turning out and Democrats stayin...
As someone who has lost several times — both as the candidate and the supporter — let me give some day-after-election advice to those candidates who lost.
Many Americans aren’t even aware of midterm elections — or that they matter. If past trends hold, highly ideological people — the most extreme among us — will decide the races this year.
Liberalism is a term having become a grab-bag for all sorts of meanings. Whittle away the incorrect definitions of the term, and I believe it is worth the trouble to be a liberal.
In wake of the progressive movement of 100 years ago, a series of laws regulated monopolies, limited corporate profits and instituted the protection of labor. Many of those laws have been weakened in recent yea...
While Hong Kong voters are fighting for full election rights — both nominating and electing — most Americans will forego their general election voting rights this year.
In recent years, candidate communication with voters has been dominated by sound bites. But this year Utah voters can go beyond those brief remarks to hear candidates’ positions on a range of issues.
A recent Pew Research study shows some interesting trends — and reversals — regarding same-sex marriage, homosexuality and religion's role in society and politics. It suggests Americans are not as c...