State of the Union Sources

Jim Riddlesperger, professor of political science at Texas Christian University says the president will surely have to address working across the aisle with a Republican Congress without sacrificing his priorities (including immigration and health care) and the ongoing global terrorism threats (with reference to France). Contact: (817) 923-8127 (home) or j.riddlesperger@tcu.edu.

Robin Lauermann is professor of politics at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa. “Given the recent transition in Senate power and some other developments (i.e. use of executive action to accomplish items stalled in Congress), I think that you could see a president with a more adventurous challenge to Congress.  The likelihood that he will be conciliatory on key points of opposition (either goals that he supports and the Republicans don't or vice versa) is small.  But we may be surprised with the employment of some strategic goals, if only as bait to show that he is willing to try to work with the Republicans.” She is accessible during the Address on her cell phone: 717-585-8585

David McLennan, visiting professor of political science at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. Available for comments immediately following the address at dbmclennan@meredith.edu or 919-345-7334 (cell).

Frank Orlando, instructor of political science at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Fla. Available for comments immediately following the address via phone at 517-980-2276.

Natalie Davis, professor of political science at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Ala. Available for comments immediately following the address via phone at 205-903-2525 (cell).

Anthony Brunello, professor of political science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. “To be honest, the value of this speech and its importance to American politics has risen and fallen with the context and the times, and most recently it has become a combination "wish list" and "pageant."  The Obama Administration is taking a different approach in 2015.  Here is another way to view the State of the Union this time around.

When it is said that a boxer is "telegraphing his punches" this is normally considered a serious defect and error.  In 2015, Obama is telegraphing his punches with a purpose.  He no longer has future elections to worry about.  We all know that one day we have to "pay the piper" but in 2015 the only piper the President intends to pay is Obama himself.  The State of the Union will not be the speech where the President unveils all his new initiatives.”  CONTACT: brunelar@eckerd.edu or (727) 455-1475 (cell), (727) 867-3348 (home) or (727) 864-8240.

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Source Contact Information

Institution:
Texas Christian University
Title:
Professor of Political Science
Email:
j.riddlesperger@tcu.edu
Phone:
(817) 923-8127
Institution:
Messiah College
Title:
Professor of Politics
Email:
RLauerma@messiah.edu
Phone:
717-585-8585 (cell)
Institution:
Meredith College
Title:
Visiting Professor of Political Science
Email:
dbmclennan@meredith.edu
Phone:
919-345-7334 (cell)
Institution:
Saint Leo University
Title:
Instructor of Political Science
Phone:
517-980-2276 (cell)
Institution:
Birmingham-Southern College
Title:
Professor of Political Science
Email:
ndavis@bsc.edu
Phone:
(205) 903-2525 (cell)
Institution:
Eckerd College
Title:
Professor of Political Science
Email:
brunelar@eckerd.edu
Phone:
(727) 455-1475 (cell), (727) 867-3348 (home) or (727) 864-8240 (office)