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Civil Political Discourse Gets a Boost on Davidson Campus

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Civic discourse is not always civil, but four North Carolina legislators showed it is possible in a panel discussion in the C. Shaw Smith 900 Room last Monday.

Student Government Association President Chris Ragsdale and Associate Professor of Political Science Susan Roberts set a friendly, welcoming tone for the Q&A session with the four, three of whom are alumni: Senator Daniel Clodfelter ’72 (D), Senator Fletcher Hartsell ’69 (R), Representative Grier Martin ’91 (D) and Senator Jeff Tarte (R) in discussing β€œThe Changing State of North Carolina.”

Though clearly disagreeing with one another early and often on the topics that the student-generated questions brought up, the four kept civil tongues in their heads as they talked about Moral Mondays, voting rights, education budgets, grading the governor, gun control, same-sex marriage and tax reform. It is perhaps worth noting, in light of recent high dudgeon in Raleigh on these topics and others, that a campus police officer stood quietly in the back throughout….

Read articles about the alumni panelists.

Read The Davidsonian coverage of the panel.

New York Times, Above the Fold: I Know That Guy!

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NYT Caption: Patrons at Hartigan's Pub in Charlotte, N.C. watched as President Obama discussed same-sex marriage on ABC.

Surveilling Facebook over my second cuppa joe this morning, I saw a post by my pal Charles Oldham ’97, a Charlotte attorney. It was himself in a picture above the fold, on the front page of the New York Times! I quick made a ROFLMAO-style Facebook comment, then messaged him to ask for commentary for Daybook during this 15 minutes of fame. Ever the scholar and Davidson gentleman, Charles obliged.

Quoth he, with pith: “As for the Amendment itself [passage of Amdendment One in N.C. on Tuesday], I’ll just say that the outcome of the vote is obviously disappointing. But, if it motivated the President to step up and recognize the demographic trends that clearly are taking hold nationally, then great.”

NYT online verison of article with photo: “Obama Says Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legal.”