UA In the News — March 6

Incumbents lead in money race early in primary election season
Anniston Star – March 5
Calhoun County’s incumbent lawmakers at the end of February had a strong fundraising lead over their midterm election rivals, the latest campaign finance reports show … “The main value of incumbent money is to scare off potential opponents,” said Stephen Borrelli, who teaches political science at the University of Alabama.
The Cutoff News – March 5
Building Relationships Through Social Media
Chronicle of Higher Education – March 4
It’s often one of the first things Michael Sorrell does to start the day. “I am thrilled to have been followed by one of our new students!!” tweeted Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, in Dallas, in early June 2015. “Welcome to the #QuinniteNation,” he continued, using the institution’s signature hashtag. “Your Dallas fam is waiting.” … “There are a lot of HBCU presidents who are not these detached figures,” says Steve D. Mobley, an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa who specializes in historically black colleges. “They are on the front lines and on the ground with regard to recruiting and encouraging students to come to their institution.”

Magic City Newsmakers: Medjet, Method Mortgage, LAH Real Estate and more
Birmingham Business Journal – March 6
Students at the University of Alabama can turn their business ideas into realities by competing for up to $50,000 in the Edward K. Aldag Jr. Business Plan Competition March 27 at the Bryant Conference Center.

Bad Air Day – Is Wood Smoke Choking Out The PNW?
Mountain Culture Group – March 5
When Clive Powsey moved from the outskirts of Toronto, Ontario, to Cumberland, British Columbia, he thought he was leaving his exercise-induced asthma behind for a “clean-air paradise.” … Sitting around a fire also lowers our blood pressure, according to a University of Alabama study, a sign that fire represented safety. “Collecting kindling, keeping the fire going, cooking: all these things required cooperation, at least when conditions were poor,” says Christopher Lynn, the main researcher.

Knap-In features demostration of ancient tool-making skills
Tuscaloosa News – March 5
The ancient Native American art of making tools out of stone, bone or antler using only rocks will be on display this weekend at the 18th annual Moundville Knap-In. The event will be held Friday and Saturday at the University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park. “Flintknapping is a delicate skill, and we have some very talented people coming this year,” said Kayla Scott, education outreach coordinator at UA’s Moundville Archaeological Park. “Not only will they demonstrate how tools are made, attendees will see how they were used and be able to purchase tools that were made on-site.”

Does America own 42 percent of the world’s guns?
Politifact – March 5, 2018
In the aftermath of the mass shooting at a high school in Florida, politicians and pundits quickly offered facts and figures about guns in the United States … The Small Arms Study from 2007 remains the most comprehensive research private gun ownership worldwide, said Adam Lankford, a professor at the University of Alabama and author of the widely-cited study “Public Mass Shooters and Firearms: A Cross-National Study of 171 Countries,” published in 2016.

Opinion | Trooper shortage is a matter of life and death
Alabama Political Reporter – March 6
Between late 2010 and the end of 2014, the state of Alabama did not hire a single state trooper. Despite this freeze, we still had over 400 state troopers. Now we have less than 300. That leaves us over 700 men and women short of the number that we need (1000) according to the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama.
Rickey Stokes News – March 6

Trump’s GOP trade war
Washington Examiner – March 6
President Trump’s proposal to increase tariffs has already started a trade war — inside his own party … “Trump was overdue for delivering on his populist promises,” said George Hawley, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama. “His few major victories in the first year were conventional conservative policies and appointments.

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