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CSUSB professor comments on GOP electing record number of women to 117th Congress 

The Hill 

Nov. 5

At least 131 women will serve in the 117th Congress, passing the previous record of 127, reported the Center for American Women and Politics, 106 of whom will serve in the House - yet another record.  

In past analysis, Fivethirtyeight's Meredith Conroy, an associate professor of political science at California State University, San Bernardino, “noted that tipping the gender balance in Congress was going to be slow if only one party was making an effort to recruit women to run in competitive or safe seats.”

“But this cycle, at least one group — E-PAC, founded in 2018 by New York Rep. Elise Stefanik — sought to change that, and it is looking like it is paying off,” said Conroy for Fivethirtyeight. 

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Criminal justice professor quoted about increased risk of political violence due to election

MPR News

Nov. 6, 2020

When it comes to fueling unrest, “the bully pulpit is going to be one of the main factors,” said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

“From what we’ve been seeing, the sustained nature of the invective, particularly when it’s coming from the highest transmitter in the land, can result in multiple spikes,” Levin said.

The wild card, Levin added, is that 2020 isn’t like previous years. This time, a disputed election is unfolding in a polarized nation that’s in the throes of a pandemic and a recession. Usually, Levin said, a burst of political violence is triggered by one big event. He’s worried that prolonged uncertainty could bring waves of unrest.

“This is a whole different circumstance because usually the catalytic event has a beginning and end time,” Levin said. “This is going to go on for some time.

Read the whole article at "Election dispute increases risk of political violence, analysts warn."

IE manufacturing does the two-step again, according to CSUSB’s Applied Research and Policy Analysis report

IE Business Daily

Nov. 6, 2020

Inland Empire manufacturing performed superbly in October, completing a two-month pattern that began in March when COVID-19 hit, according to the Institute of Applied Research and Policy Analysis at CSUSB. Since March local manufacturing has posted two down months followed by two good months.

“This cycle obviously reflects an economy trying to get back on stable footing,” said Barbara Sirotnik, director of the institute and a co-author of the index, in a statement. “But it takes three months above 50 to establish a new trend of growth, so it will take one more month of positive figures before we can state that the Inland Empire manufacturing sector and economy have returned to growth mode.”

Read the complete article at "IE manufacturing does the two-step … again."

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