Cambria Press Book Highlight: Seeking Bipartisanship

As budget debates continue in Washington, will President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan be realized or will it fall through? The infrastructure issue is one which President Obama’s administration attempted to address too.

Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was just interviewed on the National Journal about this and he also discussed the problem in his book, Seeking Bipartisanship:

When the new president [Obama] took office, most everyone accepted the need for action on transportation. They knew where the bad roads were. They knew about bad bridges that needed to be fixed. They knew we suffered with outdated transit systems. But we could never figure out a way to pay for the fixes. The administration would not lobby for an increase in the gas tax when it had the votes. Republicans in the House would have blocked the increase once they regained control of the House. The infrastructure bank never gained traction, although it could have supplemented the Highway Trust Fund. We never figured out how to pay for a transportation bill that matched the president’s rhetoric.

Politico has predicted that President Trump’s “hopes for a ‘very bipartisan’ bill are running into the same kinds of political forces that torpedoed the Obamacare repeal.”

Why is bipartisanship so elusive? Secretary LaHood’s book provides a rare inside account of how politics work in Washington. Order Seeking Bipartisanship on Amazon today for this fascinating read into the everyday life of Washington politics.

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Title: Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics
Editors: Ray LaHood with Frank H. Mackaman
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 9781604979053
360 pp.  |   2015   |  Paperback & E-book
Book Webpage: http://www.cambriapress.com/books/9781604979053.cfm

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Seeking Bipartisanship a Must Now All the More

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A recent Pew report noted that “a large majority of the public wants the new president to work closely with members of the opposing party in Congress (76%)” and that “Overall, 50% say it is either very (10%) or somewhat (41%) likely that Donald Trump will work with Democrats in Washington on important issues, while about as many (49%) say they think this is very (20%) or somewhat (29%) unlikely.”

Given the divisive nature of the 2016 presidential election, the objective of seeking bipartisanship is going to be even more difficult–yet more crucial–than ever. It has been done before by Secretary Ray LaHood who wrote the book on it, literally with Frank H. Mackaman.

The book, aptly titled Seeking Bipartisanhip, has been praised by Republicans and Democrats. This fascinating read provides remarkable insights on how Washington works and what needs to change. Order this book on Amazon today and get free shipping!

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Seeking Bipartisanship by Secretary Ray LaHood Makes Front-Page News

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Secretary Ray LaHood made front-page news with his book, Seeking Bipartisanship (forthcoming from Cambria Press at the end of October 2015)

Seeking Bipartisanship, the new book by Secretary Ray LaHood with Frank H. Mackaman of the Dirksen Congressional Center, made front-page news this weekend.

An online article is also available. It notes that like Secretary LaHood, the atypical politician:

The writing for the book also followed an atypical pattern. LaHood and Mackaman started in mid-2007, in the end of LaHood’s last term in Congress. Mackaman essentially drafted a series of interview questions for LaHood to respond to, creating  “living history” vibe to it.

“Ray set the agenda, and after the process he described, I would go back into the archives (of the LaHood papers, housed at the Dirksen Center) and try to bring support or illustration to the argument,” Mackaman said.

They picked back up again after LaHood left the Cabinet and returned to private life. The result keeps a conversational tone, but is also replete with end notes citing specific sources for events, conversations, travel and more.

Read the entire article on Secretary LaHood’s new book, Seeking Bipartisanship.

Secretary LaHood will be speaking about the book and signing copies at at 7 p.m. on Nov. 23 at Eureka College in the Gammon Room of the Melick Library. RSVP by calling 495-6319 or tkennell@eureka.edu

Preorder Seeking Bipartisanship from Cambria Press at the special price of $29.95.

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Cambria Press Publication: Seeking Bipartisanship by Ray LaHood with Frank Mackaman (this book is part of the Cambria Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy in America Book Series by Scott Frisch and Sean Kelly).

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Outstanding Turnout for Secretary Ray LaHood’s Book Talk on Seeking Bipartisanship at Bradley University

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Secretary Ray LaHood giving the keynote commencement address at Bradley University

Cambria Press Book Talk by Author Secretary Ray LaHood

Close to 300 people turned up for Secretary Ray LaHood’s talk on his new book, Seeking Bipartisanship, at Bradley University yesterday. The book, which was written with Dr. Frank H. Mackaman who heads the Dirksen Congressional Center, is an unprecedented book detailing Secretary LaHood’s efforts to bridge the partisan divide between the Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill.

The only elected Republican selected for President Obama’s Cabinet, Secretary LaHood’s work has been recognized by politicians on both sides of the aisle, such as Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago who has stated:

“Bipartisanship can work, and it should work better. Ray and I did it in Congress. My relationship with Ray is proof of that. He is a Republican; I am a Democrat. He came from downstate; I represented Chicago. He is a Lebanese American; I am a Jewish American. He supported John McCain in 2008; I supported Barack Obama. Despite all of this, we did not let what separated us prevent us from developing a great friendship. If we could work together, and we did, anything is possible.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel went on to recommend the book:

“This much-needed book—not only for American politics but also for the American people and all who believe in democracy—is a brilliant account of how we can and should seek bipartisanship. It presents an important part of American history—when Democrats and Republicans reached across the aisle.”

Learn more about Seeking Bipartisanship, which will be released at the end of this October. Preorder now at the special price of $29.95.

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Cambria Press Publication: Seeking Bipartisanship by Ray LaHood with Frank Mackaman

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Cambria Press Publication Excerpt from Seeking Bipartisanship by Ray LaHood with Frank H. Mackaman

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Cambria Press Publication Excerpt from Seeking Bipartisanship by Ray LaHood with Frank H. Mackaman:

“Congress does not need to be —indeed should not be— a contest to see who can shout the loudest or who can throw the most accusations at the other party. We should rationally attempt to address, discuss, and solve problems on behalf of the citizens we represent.”

Secretary Ray LaHood stated this in 1998, and today his exhorting bipartisanship is more relevant than ever given the state of American politics. Given his efforts to reach across the aisles, it is not surprising that  Secretary LaHood (the only elected Republican) was selected for President Barack Obama’s Cabinet.

Democrat Representative John Dingell has stated that:

“Ray LaHood tried to inject a common sense, bipartisan approach to facing the nation’s challenges. It was an uphill fight, and his insight helps explain what must change in our politics today.”

The American public will get to benefit from Secretary LaHood’s insight because he documents this important part of American political history in his new book, Seeking Bipartisanship (written with Frank H. Mackaman who directs The Dirksen Congressional Center), which will be released this month.

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Seeking Bipartisanship.

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This book is part of the Cambria Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy in America (PIPPA) Series, headed by political scientists Dr. Sean Kelly and Dr. Scott Frisch (California State University, Channel Islands).

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APSA 2013 – Best Part – Meeting yet another happy author and learning about saving the American elections!

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Dr. Anthony “Jack” Gierzynski is today’s featured Cambria Press author. His book is exactly what the American government needs to read as we approach the upcoming election seasons of 2014 and 2016. With Americans still weary from the 2012 election, one has to wonder if the future elections will bring about any change we can actually believe in. If there is to be any change, the first step is naturally a move toward Saving American Elections, which is very aptly the title of Dr. Gierzynski’s book.

In this book, he proactively diagnoses and prescribes what Dr. Ray La Raja (University of Massachusetts) praises as “a sane and informed approach to making our political institutions work better.” Paul S. Herrnson (University of Maryland) also commends the book because “many citizens, politicians, and pundits routinely complain about the health of the political system, but few attempt a systematic diagnosis and even fewer recommend treatments. In this highly readable book, Anthony Gierzynski identifies many of the shortcomings in U.S. politics and offers some provocative prescriptions to address them.” Saving American Elections is also recommended by CHOICE for all readership levels.

Read Dr. Gierzynski’s insightful post on the 2014 and 2016 elections at the Cambria Press blog. He rightly advocates that “as the discipline of political science matures, we are beginning to have the opportunity to utilize our accumulated research findings to conduct more systemic analyses of our political institutions and use such system analyses to speak to the problems of politics today.”

Saving American Elections is in the Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy in America book series by Scott Frisch and Sean Kelly.

And don’t forget the unbeatable special $39.95 price for the hardcover political-science titles ends at the end of this month, see the Cambria Press special for this and act quickly!

Recommend this Cambria Press book today! There are affordable Cambria Press e-book versions of this title too.

Professors, if you would like to use this for your class, refer your librarian to the Cambria Press Desk Copy Plus Program that helps you get free versions for your students!

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What will the 2014 and 2016 Elections Solve?

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What will the 2014 and 2016 Elections Solve?

Not a thing! This is what Dr. Anthony Gierzynski (University of Vermont), author of the widely praised Saving the American Elections: A Diagnosis and Prescription for a Healthier Democracy (Cambria Press, 2011), predicts based on his research. Read Dr. Gierzynski’s commentary below:

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Malfunctioning Elections and Gridlock: Why the 2014 and 2016 Elections Won’t Solve a Thing

The extreme extent to which politicians are willing to go in the political game of chicken they are playing with the public good suggests that the gridlock gripping our political system is a more virulent form than the gridlock of the past. How has our democracy come to this? While some may wish to blame our current crop of politicians or argue that it is the media’s fault for polarizing politics so, a more complete explanation is found in the current condition of elections in the U.S.

Elections are critical to provide the one factor that can resolve political conflict—legitimacy for the policy positions politicians take—and they fail miserably at doing so in the U.S. Elections are failing to provide that legitimacy because of decades of weak and/or irrational electoral laws, bad democratic planning, twisted electoral incentives, a profit-driven media, and a culture that fails to encourage informed and skeptical citizenship.

Absent any changes (and there are none in sight) the 2014 and 2016 elections will do nothing to break the gridlock. We have seen over the past years that personalities cannot break the gridlock, nor can elections results that give majorities to one party (a majority of voters in 2012 voted for Democratic candidates for President, US Senate and US House). Additionally, the media is too busy chasing after profits, too tamed by politicians, and too discouraged by the here-we-are-now-entertain-us citizens of today to make any difference. Without major reforms, the US political system is not going to get better.

In Saving American Elections: A Diagnosis and Prescription for a Healthier Democracy I offer a big-picture assessment of US elections (the entire electoral structure from national to local) and of the problems that are making US elections malfunction—including the media, election law, the behavior of politicians, and the broader culture. Following the diagnosis, I discuss the reforms that make the most sense given what is wrong and what we as a science know about elections.

As the discipline of political science matures, we are beginning to have the opportunity to utilize our accumulated research findings to conduct more systemic analyses of our political institutions and use such system analyses to speak to the problems of politics today. That is the purpose of the analysis in Saving American Elections.

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This book is in the Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy in America book series by Scott Frisch and Sean Kelly.

Check this book at the Cambria Press booth (810) at 2013 APSA annual meeting in Chicago in just two weeks!

Recommend this Cambria Press book today! There are affordable Cambria Press e-book versions of this title too.

Professors, if you would like to use this for your class, refer your librarian to the Cambria Press Desk Copy Plus Program that helps you get free versions for your students!

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