Thomas F. Schaller is a professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and author of "Whistling Past Dixie." His column appears Wednesdays in The Sun.
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June 23, 2015
The massacre by a young white man, according to police, of nine African Americans last week at a Charleston church Bible study has drawn the nation's attention to lingering racial hatred in America. If there is a more appropriate place to draw that attention than South Carolina, I don't know it.
June 9, 2015
During lectures and public appearances, I'm sometimes asked why Libertarians and other third-party movements make ample noise yet never win a sufficient number of elected offices in the United States to at least rattle the cages of the Democrats and Republicans, who have enjoyed their two-party duopoly since the Civil War and particularly since the Progressive Era ended.
May 26, 2015
So far, the 2016 Republican presidential primary is a complete puzzle to me.
May 12, 2015
For daring to suggest that the social unrest in Baltimore following Freddie Gray's death was about race, I received the usual spate of critical emails. Many included one or both of two victim-blaming tropes.
April 28, 2015
March 31, 2015
Ever heard of "doxxing" or "revenge porn"? How about the names Violentacrez or Craig Brittain?
March 17, 2015
From gay marriage to marijuana decriminalization, Maryland has been a national leader on social issues in the new century. This year, state legislators and new governor Larry Hogan can further burnish the state's reputation by setting a national example on heroin intervention and death-with-dignity legislation.
March 3, 2015
After 30 years in the Senate and a half-century of public service to Maryland and the nation, Barbara Mikulski will retire from elected politics next year. She will leave a legacy as one of the state's most admired politicians and among the most influential women ever to serve in Congress.
February 17, 2015
Thankfully, the recent vaccination controversy that dominated headlines and muddled the 2016 Republican presidential primary is mostly over. Surely we have bigger issues as a nation to confront.
February 3, 2015
Maryland's Ben Carson may run for president in 2016. The conservative Republican ought to think better of it, pocket the royalties from increased sales of his book and stay out of the contest.
January 20, 2015
I confess: I honestly don't know what to make of Larry Hogan, who tomorrow becomes Maryland's 62nd governor.
January 6, 2015
The conventional wisdom is that if national Republicans continue to promote policies and politics that appeal mostly to older, white, married and religious voters in a country that is becoming younger, more diverse, less married and more secular, the party is doomed — if not now, then surely in the longer term.
December 9, 2014
There have been five federal elections — three midterms and two presidential cycles — since the October 2006 publication of my book, "Whistling Past Dixie." In it I argued that, given the Democratic Party's declining southern fortunes, the party should develop a non-southern national electoral strategy.
November 25, 2014
If you haven't heard of Jonathan Gruber, an architect of the Affordable Care Act whose testimony about transparency in passing Obamacare has gone viral, expect a rash of new stories about him.
November 11, 2014
Larry Hogan's 5-point defeat of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown last week in the Maryland governor's race was overshadowed by national electoral developments, notably the Republicans' recapture of the U.S. Senate majority they lost in 2006. But what a win.
October 28, 2014
The Maryland gubernatorial race is closer than many pundits, myself included, had expected. Whoever wins Tuesday, we can take away at least five lessons from the contest between Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Republican businessman Larry Hogan.
October 14, 2014
The tighter the Maryland governor's race becomes, the more I think about Connie Morella.