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Clark U. Professor Guides Parents of Gay/Lesbian Children in New Book 02/02/2016
Clark University professor Deborah Merrill looks at how same-sex marriage changes relationships between parents and their gay or lesbian adult children in her new book titled When Your Gay or Lesbian Child Marries: A Guide for Parents. The book is the first one to look at implications for parent and adult child relationships, which are a central part of family life and affect care giving in later life. Parents who are able to accept their child's sexual orientation and incorporate their spouse into the family will find that they gain a second daughter or son and bypass much of the tension involved in a child's heterosexual marriage, said Merrill.

Clark University is sharing Worcester’s worlds
The Pulse Magazine 02/02/2016
Today, more than any other time in recent history, the movement of people from nation to nation and across oceans has captivated the headlines and dominated popular conversation across the globe. The city of Worcester has become home sometimes temporarily, sometimes for longer to people of many backgrounds. The faces of Worcester change rapidly, but the city is all the better for such diversity. Clark University Associate Professor of International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE) Dr. Anita Fabos is curious about the relationships sparked amongst such a diverse community. Worcester is one of those cities that is constantly becoming because people move away and people come in, she said.

Johnson announces republican state committee woman campaign for 1st Worcester District
Worcester Telegram and Gazette 02/02/2016
Bonnie Johnson [94], of Boylston, has announced that she will seek re-election to the position of Republican State Committee Woman for the 1st Worcester District, on Tuesday, March 1. The district includes Boylston and West Boylston. The Clark University graduate has worked on the campaigns of President Ronald Reagan, Brown, Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, Baker and Polito in 2012 and 2016, Registrar of Probate Stephanie Fattman, and Worcester School Committeewoman Donna Colorio.

How 'cash on hand' gives insight to campaign strategy
Marketplace (American Public Media) 02/01/2016
All the attention to the Iowa caucuses perhaps overshadowed the political money story of Monday the latest campaign fundraising numbers, filed by a January 31st deadline with the federal government. "Candidates with the cash and with the expectation that they are going to stick around can use that money to plan ahead," said Robert Boatright, who teaches political science at Clark University, pointing out candidates with enough money can ramp up their campaign in the next primary state while they are still competing in the one that's in progress.

You’ve Probably Missed This Key Struggle Among Democrats
Huffington Post 02/01/2016
The 2008 financial crisis was the most transformative event in American politics since the end of the Cold War. But while the crash fundamentally changed the way voters think about politicians, leaders in both parties have struggled to adjust their politicking to the populist currents it unleashed. Unlike Republicans, Democrats rarely take on other sitting Democrats, according to research from Clark University political scientist Robert Boatright. Ideological contests are even more infrequent candidates are far more likely to be targeted for scandal or old age. Literally nobody launched an issues-based challenge against a Democrat in 2014.