Kentucky Political Science Association

46th Annual Meeting

March 2-3, 2007

Morehead Conference Center

Morehead State University


Morehead, KY



Friday, March 2, 2007

Registration:  12:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Eastern Time



SESSION I:  1:00 – 2:15pm


Panel I A:  Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations

Chair:     Michael Hail, Morehead State University                                             

1.      Margaret Sloan, University of Kentucky                                                                     

2.      Esther Long, Morehead State University                 

3.      Holly Barcus, Macalester College        

Discussant:  Michael Hail, Morehead State University


Panel I B:  American Politics

Chair:      Saundra Ardrey, WKU 

1.      Joshua G. Behr, Old Dominion University, and Jesse T. Richman, Old Dominion University, "Mobilization Politics: Why the Religious Left Trumps the Religious Right."    

2.      William C. Garriott Jr., Centre College, and Michael Douglas, Centre College, "George W. Bush, the Rally Effect, and the Partisan Popular Press."

3.    Timothy Morgan, University of Louisville

Discussant:     Victoria Gordon, WKU           



BREAK            2:15-2:30pm



SESSION II:  2:30 – 3:45pm


Panel II A:  Undergraduate Student Paper Panel

Chair:        Kenneth B. McIntyre, Centre College        

1.      Jeremy Wells, Berea College

2.      Hillary Eason, Centre College        

3.      Amber Hunt, Georgetown College

4.      Brandi Scott, Morehead State University

5.      Novelle Motley, Berea College

6.      Aaron Jones, Morehead State University

7.      Nicholas Lutz, University of Louisville

6.      Brandy Eden, Morehead State University

Discussant:    Stephen Lange, Morehead State University           



Panel II B:  State & Local Politics

Chair:   William Green, Morehead State University

1.      Joe Gershtenson, EKU          

2.      Angela Brown, WKU, Jeffrey P. Kash, WKU, Scott Lasley, WKU, and

                  Destiny Smith, WKU, "Structural Effects on the Distribution of             

                  Financial Aid: A Natural Experiment."

        3.      Patrick V. Kerrigan, Kent State University, and Kursad Aslan, Kent State

                 University, "Felon Disenfranchisement Policy in the Fifty States:        

                 Interests, Institutions, Ideas."

Discussant:     Jeffery L. Osgood, University of Louisville



Panel II C:  Roundtable on Economic Development and Stewardship of Places

Convener:  David Rudy, Morehead State University        




BREAK            3:45-4:00pm



(Saturday Continued)




SESSION IV:  9:00 – 10:15am


Panel IV A:  Public Law and Federalism

Chair:   Michael Hail, Morehead State University  

1.      William Green, Morehead State University, "Using the Power of Eminent Domain for Economic Development Purposes: State Legislative and Judicial Responses to Kelo v. City of New London."     

2.      J. Gregory Frye, Legal Research Inc., "Administrative Law and Federalism Jurisprudence."

Discussant:  David Sloan, Morehead State University


Panel IV B:  Public Policy

Chair:    Joe Gershtenson, EKU          

1.   Lisa Cave, Morehead State University, "Intergovernmental Grants and

               Budget Constraints in Appalachian Kentucky."        

2.   Jacob Fowles, University of Kentucky  

3.   Jason Gainous, University of Louisville, "Ambivalence About Social

      Welfare: An Evaluation of Measurement Approaches

Discussant:  Joe Gershtenson, EKU          



Panel IV C:  Graduate Student Paper Panel

Chair:       Stephen Lange, Morehead State University          

1.      Rifat S. Erdemli, WKU

2.      Brian Weber, Morehead State University

3.      Drew Grey, Morehead State University

Discussant: Jeffery L. Osgood, University of Louisville



BREAK            10:15-10:30am         







SESSION III:  4:00 – 5:15pm


Panel III A:  Campaigns & Elections

Chair:       Michael Hail, Morehead State University

1.      John T. Spence, Xavier University, and Michael Margolis, University of Cincinnati           

2.      Jon Dalager, Georgetown College, "Public Opinion and Campaign Finance Reform: What Will Motivate Congress?"  

Discussant:  Jeffery L. Osgood, University of Louisville


Panel III B:  Public Administration

Chair:        Victoria Gordon, WKU           

1.      James L. Chappell, WKU, "Conflict Within Public Organizations: An Introduction."                 

2.      Jeremy Hall, University of Alabama Birmingham, "Local Political Capacity for Federal Grant-Getting."        

Discussant:  Lisa Cave, Morehead State University


Panel III C:  Politics, Poetry, & Symbolism

Chair:        David Sloan, Morehead State University

1.       John Heyrman, Berea College, "Liberal Hollywood? The Ideology of Political Films from the 1930s to the Twenty-First Century."

2.       Saundra Ardrey, WKU, "Cartoons as Political Discourse."





Business Meeting                       5:30 – 6:30pm


Cocktail Reception                     6:00 – 7:00pm


Dinner and Keynote Address:  7:00 – 9:00pm


          KPSA Keynote Address:  

          U.S. Senator Jim Bunning


          KPSA Awards Presentation






Saturday, March 3


Registration & Continental Breakfast: 8:15- 10:00am






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SESSION V:  10:30 – 11:45am


Panel V A:  Political Philosophy

Chair:    Kenneth B. McIntyre, Centre College

1.      Justin Lyons, Ashland University, "The Poetry of Thucydides' The Peloponnesian War"

2.      John Colman, Ashland University, "Lucretius' Apology"       

3.      Stephen Lange, Morehead State University, "Plato's Meno and the Limits of Political Rationalism"      

Discussant:  Kenneth B. McIntyre, Centre College


Panel V B:  Comparative Politics

Chair:       Sara Jones, Morehead State University   

1.      Melissa Scheier, Georgetown College, "Politics in Puerto Rico?  The Administration of a US Territory."            

2.      Joseph Frank Potts, University of Louisville, "How to Create a Successful Multinational Democracy: A Comparative Analysis of Spain and India."  

Discussant:    Sara Jones, Morehead State University   




SESSION VI:  12:00 – 1:30pm


Roundtable:  Kentucky Politics (Lunch Included)

Chair:    Michael Hail, Morehead State University       


Rep. Rocky Adkins

Rep. John Will Stacy






Please contact the following hotels for overnight reservations:



Quality Inn

Indoor pool, continental breakfast, cable TV, free HBO, Jacuzzi rooms available.

175 Toms Drive
Just off I-64, exit 137.

PHONE: (606) 784-2220


Holiday Inn Express

Indoor pool, deluxe continental breakfast.
I-64 exit 137.
PHONE: (606) 784-5796


Knight's Inn

Full service restaurant, meeting rooms, outdoor pool, cable TV.
I-64 exit 137    
PHONE: (606) 784-7591







The Morehead Conference Center is located adjacent to the campus of Morehead State University in downtown Morehead, KY.


From the South: Take I-75 North to I-64.  Take I-64 to Morehead exit and make a right off of the exit ramp.  Go through eight (4) traffic lights (including the one at the exit ramp) and make a left at the 5th light onto Main Street.  Take a left onto Wilson Avenue and the Morehead Conference Center will be on your left at the intersection with First Street.  Parking is available behind the building.


From the North: Take I-75 South to I-64.  Take I-64 to Morehead exit and make a right off of the exit ramp.  Go through eight (4) traffic lights (including the one at the exit ramp) and make a left at the 5th light onto Main Street.  Take a left onto Wilson Avenue and the Morehead Conference Center will be on your left at the intersection with First Street.  Parking is available behind the building.





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Registration Information:                                                                                   Fees (Make checks payable to KPSA)


Name:________________________________________________                   _____   20.00  Registration and KPSA Dues


Address:______________________________________________                   _____     8.50  Student Registration


College:______________________________________________                    _____   45.00  Registration and dinner


Phone:  ______________________________________________                   _____   33.50  Student registration and dinner


E-Mail:  ______________________________________________                  _____   25.00  Guest Dinner only


Detach and mail this portion with your check to: Dr. Michael Hail, Morehead State University, Institute for Regional Analysis & Public Policy, 111i Combs Building IRAPP, 150 University Blvd., Morehead, KY 40351.