We use names of public figures as short-hand tags for political processes or maneuvers. An example would be to “Bork” a candidate’s nomination before Congress. I propose to add to this list “Voz,” defined as “eliminating political adversaries using an escalating feeding frenzy of rumors, accusations, revelations, gossip, and investigations [...]
Neel Kashkari, the Republican former U.S. Treasury official who is close to launching a California gubernatorial run - and admits to voting for Barack Obama in 2008 - tweeted recently that he defines himself as a "social libertarian." Andrew Blount, the Republican mayor of Laguna Hills (Orange County) who is also "strongly considering" a gubernatorial run, goes even further - saying he doesn't subscribe to any one GOP "slate" of ideas. 'Conservatarian' hopeWith a Gallup Poll released this month showing that 42 percent of Americans identify themselves politically as independents - an all-time high - and those calling themselves Republicans has hit a record low of 25 percent, some political observers say the California GOP may pin its hopes for revival on the emerging "conservatarians." Dodging social issues Much like Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, whose potential 2016 presidential candidacy has excited younger, more libertarian Republicans, Donnelly says he is stressing "less government, less taxes and more freedom" - not social issues. Charles Moran, who heads the state's Log Cabin Republicans - the gay GOP club - said many of his activist members fit the conservatarian mold, holding strongly conservative fiscal beliefs but also insisting that "if it doesn't hurt me or my family, you live the way you want to live." Ginn, whose day job is the head of growth at the San Francisco Internet company StumbleUpon, said the libertarian message is appealing to tech workers put off by some Republican positions on social issues. With younger voters and Latinos and Asians, the state's fastest-growing demographic groups, all tilting Democratic, "I don't see a blueprint for Republicans to win," DiCamillo said.
In advance of tomorrow’s White House summit on higher education, Matthew Chingos explores the phenomenon of undermatching – students attending less challenging colleges than their academic credentials would allow – which occurs disproportionately among disadvantaged students. Using statistical simulations, Chingos examines what would happen if students of all backgrounds were better matched to schools, and finds that eliminating undermatching would not meaningfully increase overall graduation rates.