LM: Students should be paying careful attention to the actual policy positions of the candidates, including whether their current positions appear to be sincere ones based on their ideological commitments and past positions or instead positions adopted simply to win the next election. Student should also educate themselves about the issues, so they can form independent opinions about important areas over which elected officials have significant influence, taking into account not only what policies will best help them economically but the moral dimensions of policy choices. Finally, students, like all citizens, need to take what they learn, and apply it not only in the ballot box, but in between elections through involvement with politically active organizations and government bodies. The media may turn most of its attention elsewhere after Nov. 8, but citizens should not.Tags: 2016 Election Observer, Republican convention LM: At the moment the biggest issue for many voters is the economy, including the apparent fragility of the economic recovery, the rapid pace of change in the workplace, and the resulting uncertainty for many workers and their families. Related concerns include immigration, education, and healthcare costs, but events could easily shift this picture. The most obvious example would be a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil, which could elevate national security and related issues such as immigration to the forefront.ROG: Taking it back to college campuses, particularly here at Notre Dame, primaries in many of our home states are coming up. What is something we, as college students, should be paying particular attention to? LM: If Trump does not have a majority of pledged delegates, then the likely result of the first delegate vote at the Republican Convention will be no majority winner. I say ‘likely’ because some delegates, primarily Republican National Committee members from certain states, are not formally pledged and so are free to vote for the candidate of their choice, even in the first round. If there is no majority winner on the first vote, at that point delegates are technically released from their commitments based on the primary or caucus results of their state. Even so, many delegates may feel bound by those results for subsequent votes, while others will have been chosen in a manner that ensures their loyalty to the candidate for whom they voted in the first round. At this point it is therefore very difficult to predict the likely results. The key issue will be how far the leadership of the Republican party is willing to go to block a Trump nomination, which could include trying to change the rules I just described, so as to disadvantage Trump.ROG: In your research and opinion, what do you think will be the most important issue in the general election? Editor’s Note: Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, The Observer will sit down with Notre Dame experts to break down the election and its importance to students. In this eighth installment, Associate News Editor Rachel O’Grady asked Notre Dame Law School professor of election law Lloyd Mayer about the possibility of a brokered GOP convention.Rachel O’Grady: Trump just pretty handily won a number of states [last night]. What does this mean for the Republican party down the road? What are the implications of a Trump nomination?Lloyd Mayer: Short-term, it makes it likely that Trump will have the most delegates going into the Republican Convention, but it is less clear whether he will have a majority of delegates. If Trump is nominated, it does not mean that the Democratic Party nominee will definitely win — no one is willing to make such predictions anymore, given how wrong just about everyone was about where the race would be at this point. But his presence at the top of the ticket will alienate some voters who otherwise would vote Republican, likely hurting turnout for Republicans and negatively impacting Republican candidates across the board. If he loses, the Republican Party will have a lot of ground to make up with voters before the next presidential election.ROG: Hillary is gaining serious momentum, but Sanders could win the nomination yet. What are your predictions?LM: Much smarter people than me have been dead wrong when making predictions for this election year, so I am hesitant to claim any ability to foresee the future here. Clinton will have to keep pushing hard to cross the finish line, and it is still possible that some unexpected development or disclosure could derail her campaign. The odds are in her favor, but it will not be over until it’s over. ROG: The potential for a brokered convention is becoming increasingly more likely. Could it happen? What’s the result if it does?
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULETCU upends BaylorUNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Baylor has lost for the second time in three games since winning a Big 12-record 23 games in a row. Fleetwood in charge at Honda ClassicPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood birdied four of his final six holes in a 3-under 67 that leaves him atop the leaderboard through three rounds of the PGA’s Honda Classic.Fleetwood moved to 5 under for the week and one shot ahead of Brendan Steele at PGA National. The Englishman is ranked No. 12 in the world but hasn’t captured a PGA title.Steele birdied two of his first three holes on Saturday to get to 7 under before carding four bogeys in an eight-hole span for a 71.Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are two strokes back. Update on the latest sports Desmond Bane scored eight of his 23 points during TCU’s tiebreaking run as the Horned Frogs upended the Bears, 75-72. Bane drained a long tiebreaking 3-pointer with 4:42 left to put the Horned Frogs ahead to stay.PJ Fuller added 21 points for TCU, while Jaire Grayer had 13 points and nine rebounds.Jared Butler and Freddie Gillespie both had 18 points for Baylor.In other top-25 action:— Devon Dotson scored 25 points and top-ranked Kansas overcame an injury to center Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah ah-zoo-BOO’-kay) to earn its 14th straight win, 62-58 against Kansas State. Azubuike finished with six points and nine rebounds while playing just 20 minutes after hurting his ankle early in the first half. February 29, 2020 Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks forwards Andrew Shaw and Zack Smith will miss the rest of the season because of injuries, the team said Saturday.Shaw has been sidelined since Nov. 30 because of a concussion. Smith is scheduled for back surgery on March 6.In other NHL news:— The Islanders will make their full return to Long Island a year early after splitting the last two seasons between Nassau County and Brooklyn. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the team will play all home games during the 2020-21 season at the Nassau Coliseum, and any home playoff dates will take place on Long Island this season and next.PGA-HONDA CLASSIC NASCAR-FONTANA-QUALIFYINGClint Bowyer takes Fontana poleFONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Clint Bowyer (BOY’-ur) has won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Fontana, holding off six-time race champion Jimmie Johnson.Bowyer turned a lap in 40.086 seconds in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to claim just his fourth pole position in 508 career Cup races. The veteran racer also won the pole for the first time in 20 career races at Auto Club Speedway east of Los Angeles.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS The Bruins have a league-best 94 points after Charlie McAvoy provided a goal and two assists in a 4-0 shutout of the Islanders. David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) notched his league-leading 48th goal of the season and Brad Marchand added a goal and an assist.Tuukka Rask made 12 of his 24 saves in the third period of his fourth shutout of the season and 49th of his career.The Bruins entered the day with a seven-point lead over the Lightning, who are taking on the Flames.NHL-NEWSBlackhawks’ Shaw, Smith to miss rest of season with injuries Virus worries affect more sportsUNDATED (AP) — Concerns about the new coronavirus continue to have an impact on sporting events around the world.In Japan, baseball games were played in empty stadiums Saturday and horse races were held without spectators. Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon, usually one of the world’s largest races, has been restricted to elite runners.In France, Sunday’s Paris half-marathon has been called off due to the outbreak. And five Serie A soccer games in Italy were postponed on Saturday. — Freshman Al-Amir Dawes drained a twisting, driving bucket with a second left to give Clemson a 70-69 triumph over sixth-ranked Florida State. Dawes finished with 18 points and the Tigers overcame a 10-point hole in the second half before notching their third win over a top-10 team this season.— Immanuel Quickley had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in eighth-ranked Kentucky’s 73-66 verdict over No. 15 Auburn. The Tigers led 20-11 until the Wildcats embarked on a 20-3 run that helped them improve to 14-2 in the SEC.— Luwane Pipkins scored 27 points to lead Providence to its fifth win over a top 25 team this month, 58-54 against No. 12 Villanova 58-54. The Friars improved to 10-6 in the Big East and boosted their NCAA Tournament resume with a win in Philly following victories over ranked teams Butler, Creighton, Seton Hall and Marquette.— No. 13 Seton Hall pulled out an 88-79 win over Marquette as Myles Powell provided 28 points and Sandro Mamukelashvili added 26. The Pirates led by 24 midway through the second half, but the Golden Eagles pulled within 84-79 with 34 seconds to play before Seton Hall moved to 13-3 in the Big East.— Luka Garza scored 25 points and had 17 rebounds as No. 18 Iowa pulled away in the second half for a 77-68 win over No. 16 Penn State. Garza extended his streak of 20 or more points against Big Ten teams to a school-record 14 games and posted his 14th double-double of the season. Golden State says Curry is participating in full scrimmages and “continues to make good progress in his recovery” from a broken left hand. Coach Steve Kerr said earlier this week he hoped Curry would return this weekend.Curry has played only four games this season, falling on his hand Oct. 30 against the Suns.NHL-SCHEDULEB’s blank IslandersUNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Boston Bruins continue to own a sizeable lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division after winning for the 14th time in their last 18 games. — Kristian Doolittle’s 19 points and seven rebounds helped Oklahoma earn a 73-62 victory at No. 20 West Virginia. Brady Manek posted 15 points and seven rebounds as the Sooners ended a six-game road lost streak.— Andrew Jones had a career-high 22 points and Texas closed on an 8-0 run in the final minute to secure its fourth straight win, 68-58 at No. 22 Texas Tech.NBA-WARRIORS-CURRYGolden State star Curry not quite ready to return SundaySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry won’t make his return to the court Sunday against the Wizards as had originally been hoped.