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Election Experts

Ohio is a must-win on the road to the White House, and 2012 is no different. No Republican has won the election without carrying the Buckeye State, and a Democrat has only won twice without Ohio in the last 116 years.

Our faculty members are consistently looked to for their insight into Ohio and national politics. Specific areas of expertise include the economy, environmental policy, polls, campaign practices and laws, voting laws, religion and more.

CNN published an op-ed March 20 by political science lecturer Dan Birdsong offering advice to Mitt Romney on how to shift the focus from his Mormonism to a more generic civil religion. The piece drew more than 400 comments.

National Public Radio interviewed associate political science professor Grant Neeley for two stories June 15 and 16 about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's visit to Cincinnati.

The Associated Press quoted Neeley in a Sept. 30 story about Ohio Democrats taking issues to the courts and to the polls. Dozens of outlets across Ohio and the U.S. picked up the story, including the Houston ChronicleThe Plain Dealer (Cleveland) and Education Week.

The Catholic News Service quoted Neeley in a May 26 story about the political impact of President Obama's verbal support for same-sex marriage.

Richard Stock, director of the Business Research Group, talked about the Dayton economy in a BusinessWeek story April 30 about how the economy will affect the presidential election.

National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" featured interviews with Neeley and first-year student Katie Schwabel April 27 about President Obama's campaign strategy to portray Mitt Romney as an extremist.

Roll Call, which covers legislative and political maneuverings on Capitol Hill, quoted assistant professor of political science Michelle Pautz April 27 about environment-conscious voters and the economy.

The Associated Press quoted Pautz in a story Jan. 23 about GOP presidential candidates and support from environmentalists. More than 150 outlets around the country picked up the story. 

The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) quoted Birdsong March 11 assessing Mitt Romney's chances to win Ohio in the general election.

Birdsong discussed election results the morning after the primary on Dayton's Fox 45.

The Columbus Dispatch quoted Birdsong March 6 about the long nomination process and the increase of negative advertising.

Central Ohio newspapers quoted Neeley March 2 about how high GOP turnout in the primary could affect local ballot issues.

The Los Angeles Times quoted Neeley March 6 about how the collective bargaining referendum on Ohio's primary ballot could help Democrats in November.

An AFP wire story March 3 quoted Neeley on Ohio's history as a swing state and electoral battleground.

Dayton Business Journal quoted Neeley March 6 about the impact of Super PACs on the nomination process.

Dayton Daily News quoted associate political science professor Nancy Miller and Birdsong in stories about the March 6 Ohio primary.

Neeley discussed the primary season and Iowa results Jan. 4 on regional radio powerhouse 700 WLW. He also discussed the presidential primaries with Dayton television outlets ABC 22/Fox 45 on Jan. 4 and WHIO-TV on Jan. 30.

Birdsong was quoted in a Jan. 13 Cincinnati Enquirer story about Mitt Romney; Jan. 4 in the Dayton Daily News about the Iowa caucuses; and was a guest on Dayton’s Fox 45 morning show Jan. 25 to analyze President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Joe Valenzano, assistant communications professor, was quoted in a Nov. 11 Catholic News Service story about faith in politics.

Birdsong spoke to Education Week before the vote on a controversial collective bargaining law about what the results could mean for the nation. The Dayton Daily News interviewed Birdsong after the election for his perspective on the vote.

StateImpact, a National Public Radio-sponsored Ohio radio program, featured Neeley in a Sept. 26 story on about a school superintendent using his government e-mail to criticize the Ohio governor and Senate Bill 5.

The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) quoted former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, now a distinguished research associate in the School of Education and Allied Professions, on Sept. 17 about the political and electoral consequences of Ohio’s redistricting proposal.

The Cincinnati Enquirer published an op-ed Aug. 30 by Birdsong, who argued presidential candidates should get free airtime to make appeals directly to voters. The Dayton Daily News interviewed Birdsong Aug. 27 for a story on the same topic.