In a recent NY Times op-ed, Chris Uggen's (with alumni Angie Behrens & colleague Jeff Manza) AJS article, "Ballot Manipulation and the 'Menace of Negro Domination': Racial Threat and Felon Disenfranchisement in the United States, 1850-2002" was used to provide historical context to the laws that permanently denied people convicted of crimes the right to vote.
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In a recent New York Times article, Erin Kelly was interviewed and her article on child care policy, The Strange History of Employer-Sponsored Child Care, referenced. Dependent Care Accounts legislated in 1986 were not indexed for inflation unlike other such accounts. The $5,000 limit would now be $10,859.08.
Cawo Abdi was recently interviewed for a report in the Pioneer Press regarding terrorist organizations recruitment of women. She would like to see a law enforcement initiative that "takes out the allure of this war," by showing the reality of the conflict in Syria: "The madness of the number of innocent civilians being slaughtered every day."
Carolyn Liebler's research recently released as a U.S. Census Bureau working paper has sparked an interesting dialog (and much media attention) regarding the reporting of race when she found media outlets almost 10 million Americans changed how they identified their race or ethnicity when asked by the Census over the course of a decade.
Maybe in St. Paul where the "Interfaith" Conversation Cafe changed it's name to "Interbelief" to include the nonreligious. Penny Edgell, in a Pioneer Press report, stated that her 2014 survey found the public more accepting of various religious groups but not for atheists who had the same high degree of mistrust found in 2006.