Items tagged with: politics
My research focuses on how senior congressional staffers in the U.S. make decisions on #science policy.
For over a year, I’ve been sifting through hours & hours & hours of transcripts from my interviews while analyzing the data & writing.
A few folks have asked for details on my last post & I realize many may not know I am finishing a Ph.D. related to how Congress makes science-related policy decisions. https://sheril.substack.com/p/a-dissertation-on-democracy
Nearly 20 years ago I worked in the Senate & now my research considers where staffers go for #science information & who they trust. The literature largely focuses on politicians, but staffers are responsible for policies w/o electoral accountability. I'll share more once it's published. #politics
"Most politicians are honest about not knowing enough science & rely on experts." [Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-023-03706-y]
As someone writing a dissertation on where policymakers seek out information related to #science policy, I wholeheartedly disagree.
Scientists & other experts are not a top source for information. They're not even a 2nd or 3rd source. #politics
This week's comic: The things Mike Johnson has said are so over the top that I thought I might place him in the role of my flaming conservative character (hence the flames, in case anyone was wondering about that). It’s almost impossible to exaggerate this man’s theocratic worldview, so I tried to use actual quotes where I could.
Hello 👋🏻 my name is Victor. I am a 35 year old cisgender, pansexual, Jewish guy who lives in New York City.
I am the co-admin for tooters.org alongside @sandy.
Ben Sargent's latest Loon Star State cartoon, from the July/August 2023 issue of Texas Observer magazine: https://www.texasobserver.org/issues/july-august-2023-abbotts-border-boondoggle/
Today is my dissertation proposal defense. That means I'll give a public lecture about my research in front of my committee.
As some folks may know, I'm doing another round of grad school, mid-career, focused on scientific decision making in the U.S. Congress https://sheril.substack.com/p/a-dissertation-on-democracy #science #politics
In terms of PhD-ing, this is kind of like the pregame. I passed my comprehensive exams last year & will officially defend my dissertation & finish this Fall. So here goes...
This week, we're highlighting @justinmiller's deep investigation into the #pollution, corruption, and waste surrounding Greg Abbott's ever-growing #border-wall,. This is the cover story to the July/August 2023 magazine issue: https://www.texasobserver.org/abbotts-billion-dollar-barrier/
If you enjoy reading #news on Mastodon, remember to support outlets you love with donations & memberships.
Science Debate is now "Science on the Ballot" with @SciPolNetwork
This nonpartisan initiative, which I cofounded in 2007, asks candidates, elected officials, the public & the media to focus on science policy issues prior to Election Day. https://www.scipolnetwork.org/science-on-the-ballot?mibextid=Zxz2cZ #elections #science #politics
U.S. state coalitions are launching on Tuesday, July 18 at 7pm ET & you can join the kickoff event to get involved, learn about the program & work with campaigns. Register at https://ow.ly/Bgz950P20Jp
By today’s standards he seems mild. Even Obama praised him. Along with Lincoln, Republicans trot Ronald Reagan out every time Democrats praise the communication wizardry of Obama, Clinton, or Kennedy, or the stalwart composition of FDR or integrity of Truman. In reality, Reagan was an impenetrable facade of congeniality who was quite hostile to civil rights.
“Data shows for the first time that the peak demand for electricity this summer will exceed the amount we can generate from on-demand, dispatchable power, so we will be relying on #renewables to keep the lights on.”
But rather than fix the grid, #Republicans spent their time in the #Texas legislature trying to block renewable #energy:
Democratic Underground shared this quote from my 2009 book, Unscientific America, as a quote for the day.
It’s interesting to return to in 2023, especially given my research on scientific decision making in Congress. I’m not quite sure how I would change it at first glance, but my perspective is more nuanced 14 years later. #science #democracy #politics
Gender-affirming care—for ADULTS—is now predictably under attack in #Texas. This is part of a Republican plan of genocide underway against #trans people. We need cis allies to be loud and angry on our behalf. Pay attention, this doesn't end here or with us:
While I was overseas, I completed 2 manuscripts, with another coming. And that’s only the beginning. https://sheril.substack.com/p/there-and-back-again
Some stories didn't fit neatly into articles but seem quite timely in 2023. For example, congressional staffers tend to know about the hidden health status of aging members of Congress. Grandstanding doesn’t necessarily reflect what happens once the cameras go off. And social media restricts policy opportunities in ways we don’t see. #politics
Ag Dept employees received an unwelcome surprise in a new dress code issued last week that seems aimed at oppressing #transgender and #nonbinary workers, reports Digital Editor Kit @oconnell based on a document leaked to us:
#transphobia #LGBTQIA+ #news #politics #USpol #trans #HumanRights #GregAbbott #Republicans
Usually it's fiction.
New post: https://sheril.substack.com/p/theres-more-to-every-story #politics #news
Here's how you might start the day: https://sheril.substack.com/p/morning-on-the-hill #science #politics
When some staff feel ignored by scientists, they may not seek out their guidance on legislation.
The result is two different policy conversations happening on single issues by each party across Capitol Hill. That’s bad for democracy & chips away at the ability to compromise.
New post: https://sheril.substack.com/p/we-need-to-talk #politics
Why? If candidates addressed #science issues, they should be more likely to arrive in office with a plan for how to deal with challenges related to health, tech & the environment. https://open.substack.com/pub/sheril/p/science-and-the-candidates?utm_source=direct&r=1j872&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web #politics
“Hello little lady,” one lightheartedly greeted me, glancing back at the door as if still waiting for someone.
“It’s nice to meet you,” I began. “What brings you here today?”
The group shifted in their seats, perhaps mildly irritated. I guessed they expected to speak directly with a U.S. senator rather than the 25yo woman sitting across from them.
Today, a story from my past: https://sheril.substack.com/p/the-oil-men #politics
He really has.
We need to have his back now.
We know he isn’t a criminal.
We know he would never, under any circumstance, place national security at risk.
When we see the media try to trash his reputation, we need to call them out.
Don’t click on the clickbait, and turn the channel if a reporter tries to start a feeding frenzy.
Republicans are the danger.
And even when they look for accurate data, they’re likely to disagree about what comprises expertise & evidence. After all, every DC think tank claims to deliver “the facts” in white papers & briefing materials, yet their conclusions rarely align. https://sheril.substack.com/p/do-facts-matter
TL/DR: Facts aren't enough.
I spent my 1st morning marveling at how interested my colleagues seemed to be in “R&D,” assuming it reflected a shared appreciation of research & development (a term that broadly encompasses science policy issues). Science touches everything after all.
An hour later, I sheepishly discovered they were simply referring to Republicans & Democrats. https://sheril.substack.com/p/the-fiction-of-american-democracy #politics
It’s complicated, but the limited evidence we have so far suggests no.
New post: https://sheril.substack.com/p/representation #politics #Congress