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  • 12/12/12 - Vanderbilt Poll: Voters prefer state run health care exchange (Vanderbilt News) - By Jim Patterson - "If a health care exchange must be created, the voters of Tennessee place more trust in the state than the federal government to do it," said John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science
  • 10/14/12  - Media Share Blame for Negative Ads (Bloomberg News/New York Times) - By Albert R.Hunt - WASHINGTON - John Geer, one of the most thoughtful and engaged U.S. political scientists, is a fan of negative campaigns. A central tenet of democracy, says Mr. Geer, a professor at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, "is to criticize those in power."
  • 09/21/2012  - Study: Fox News Turned Congresspeople More Conservative  ( - The network is an increasing favorite of academics examining its influence over political life. The most recent study, which was first highlighted by BuzzFeed, comes from two Vanderbilt University professors [Josh Clinton and Ted Enamorado] was prepared for a workshop at Yale. 
  • 08/17/12 - Attack ads on rise as campaign gets dirty ( - By Anne Penketh - Dr John Geer, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, who has teamed up with the YouGov research firm on a systematic study of independent voters' views on the attack ads, told the Herald that he was "quite sceptical about the power of these ads" despite their record number. "They are pretty ephemeral, and they die out pretty quickly," he said.
  • 08/14/12  Providence for Manufacturing: The Cicilline Plan ( - By John Hudak - For much of the nation's history,manufacturing was a critical part of the broader economy and almost singlehandedly powered growth for generations. Of late, however, the manufacturing sector has faced serious struggles due to both domestic and international forces that have simultaneously changed needs at home and transferred tasks abroad.
  • 07/31/12  - Republicans dominate early voting Tennessee's 3rd district ( By Chris Carroll - "You can look at early voting as some indicator of how much enthusiasm there is for a particular candidate," said Josh Clinton, a political science professor at Vanderbilt University who studies elections. "It's about how much firepower the candidate has from his base."
  • 07/09/12  - Opening seen for Romney in Iowa ( By Jennifer Jacobs - Team Romney has started to ramp up Obama's intense focus on Iowa has made the war look asymmetrical. Since April, he has unleashed a torrent of TV advertising. cite: John Geer
  • 05/04/12  - Obama unleashes negative barrage ( "Romney is coming off a bruising nomination battle that raised some doubts about his character and wants to reintroduce himself to the American people," said John Geer, a Vanderbilt University expert on negative campaigns.
  • 05/04/12 - Obama unleashes negative barrage ( (Pakistan)
  • 05/02/12 - Two Vanderbilt professors elected to National Academy of Sciences By Ann Marie Deer Owens - "The NAS announced the selection of 84 new members on May 1. Among them were Vanderbilt's Larry Bartels, the May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science..."
  • 04/17/12   - All in the family ( by Debbie Siegelbaum - For John Geer, a political science professor at Vanderbilt University, that's just the nature of the political process.
  • 04/05/2012  - Obama campaign leaves Mitt Romney trailing as focus shifts to November ( By Ed Pilkington, Amanda Michel - But John Geer of Vanderbilt University, who has studied the impact of negative TV advertising, said it was not a matter of either/or. "Obama has a phenomenal organisational strategy, but he will also be incredibly well funded to have heavy TV advertising."
  • 04/04/12 - Shrinking paychecks may hurt Obama ( By Josh Boak - Vanderbilt University political scientist Larry Bartels said one of his models, based on the outcomes of elections from 1948 to 2008, shows that Obama will be the favorite if incomes grow by more than 1 percent over the course of the year.
  • 03/27/12 - Most Voters aren't Stupid ( By Matt Corley - This doesn't mean negative consequences to voter ignorance are nonexistent. Vanderbilt political scientist Larry Bartels found that "political ignorance matters—not only for individual votes, but also for election outcomes."
  • 03/26/12  - Romney and the Mormon Factor  ( By Albert R. Hunt - "This nomination would be in the bag if it weren't for the Mormon factor," says John Geer, a professor of political science at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee who works on the intersection of religion and politics.
  • 03/15/12 - The Other Glass Ceiling ( By Jamelle Bouie - Oppenheimer, working with Vanderbilt doctoral students Jennifer Selin and Gbemende Johnson, identified several major obstacles for black House members.
  • 02/26/12  - Poll: Santorum has big lead in Tenn (  By Michael Cass (Tennessean) - Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania has brought his national momentum to Tennessee, outdistancing Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney by a nearly two-to-one margin among voters taking part in a new Vanderbilt University poll.
  • 02/26/12 - Presidential hopefuls Gingrich, Santorum descend on Nashville ( By Lauren Murphy - "That's probably the most surprising part about this poll is Newt Gingrich's support has in fact cratered," said John Geer, political science professor and co-director of the Vanderbilt University poll.
  • 02/16/12 - Advertising War Heats Up Before Michigan Primary (National Public Radio) By Bryan Naylor - "JOHN GEER: The idea that negativity itself becomes an issue in a campaign is, of course, interesting and speaks to the amount of negativity that's going on and it's something that's really only about 20 years old."
  • 02/08/12 - Resurgent Rick Santorum Beats Mitt Romney in Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado (  By Bobby Caina Calvan - Story cites John Geer -Rick Santorum catapulted back into the presidential limelight yesterday, soundly defeating front-runner Mitt Romney in the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses and the symbolic Missouri primary and casting doubt about the former Massachusetts governor's ability to win over conservatives in the nation's heartland.
  • 02/06/12 Political Ad Campaigns Bigger Than Ever (National Public Radio) Host: Audie Cornish - "GEER: Well, it's been really negative this year by any kind of standard."

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