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Re: The Weekly Five: Democracy in the News for the Week February 8, 2014

Article #3 about political shoo-ins being bad for democracy is about large scale offices. But I think the issue isn't so much "political shoo-ins" as it is access to preexisting political campaign and fundraising networks. I have blogged in the past about how DC local elections have been integrated into the "city-wide" Growth Machine.

http://urbanplacesandspaces.blogspot.com/2012/11/dc-at-large-city-counci...

ASMEA Research Grants Program: Still Time to Apply

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) is accepting applications for the 2015 Research Grants Programs. Grants of up to $2500 will be awarded to qualified professors and students engaged in the study of the Middle East and Africa.

The deadline to submit a grant application is March 2, 2015. Find a brief overview of guidelines for submission below:

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