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Matthew Green, associate professor of politics, was interviewed by several news outlets the search for a new Speaker of the House. See below. 

Paul Ryan, a Republican leader Millennials could love?

From: Christian Science Monitor
Date: Oct. 29, 2015
Author: Francine Kiefer

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“It’s possible that Ryan could present an attractive new face for the Republican Party,” says Matthew Green, a political scientist at Catholic University in Washington. “The last time we had a speaker this young, it was a very different time with no television, no Internet,” says Professor Green, author of the book “The Speaker of the House: A Study of Leadership.”

 

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House Speaker Job Requires Many Hats Paul Ryan Has Never Worn

From: New York Times 
Date: Oct. 28, 2015
Author: Jennifer Steinhauer and Carl Hulse

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“The speaker has a huge institutional role,” said Matthew Green, a politics professor at the Catholic University of America and an authority on modern speakers. “He is speaker of the whole House. There is a partisan role but also a ceremonial role. It is a very difficult job with a lot of responsibilities.”

 

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History of House Speaker Elections

From: C-SPAN
Date: Oct. 18, 2015


House Speaker Race: Who Is Daniel Webster?

From: Wall Street Journal
Date: Oct. 15, 2015



Help Wanted: House Speaker

From: Wall Street Journal
Date: Oct. 14, 2015

 

Interim Speaker Stumps Scholars

From: Roll Call 
Date: Oct. 8, 2015
Author: Warren Rojas

Frustrated House Republicans kept floating trial balloon speaker candidates Thursday in the wake of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s about-face on climbing the GOP ladder, including several who might serve as an “interim” speaker.

The problem is, no one seems to agree on how this “caretaker” leader would function.

Or if such a position is even legitimate.

“The House has operated without a speaker, but to my recollection it has never had an ‘interim’ speaker,” Matthew Green, associate professor of politics at The Catholic University of America and author of “The Speaker of the House: A Study in Leadership,” told CQ Roll Call of the seemingly unprecedented push to elevate somebody — anybody — to the top office in the chamber.

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Few Precedents for a Prolonged Speaker Battle

From: Roll Call
Date: Oct. 8, 2015
Author: Tom Curry

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Matthew N. Green, a politics professor at Catholic University of America and author of a study of the speakership, said the 1923 speaker’s battle resembles the scenario the House faces now, with many Republicans demanding procedural changes to open the legislative process and to curb top-down decision-making.

In the 1923 case, Green said, “a faction within the ruling Republican Party (Progressive Republicans) refused to support the party's nominee for speaker on the House floor. After multiple ballots, GOP leaders granted progressives some concessions (most notably, lowering the signature threshold for discharge petitions) in exchange for their votes for speaker,” he said.

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Why McCarthy's Terrible Start Is Making A Governing Crisis More Likely

From: TPM DC
Date: Oct. 8, 2015
Author: Tierney Sneed

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“Even if that results in McCarthy still winning, it’s not a good way to start off the speakership, with a bulk of the members willing to vote against you coming from your own party,” said Catholic University political science professor Matthew Green, who has written about the speakership.

What’s waiting for McCarthy on the other side of that election is a Nov. 5 deadline to raise the debt limit followed by a Dec. 11 deadline to fund the government through the 2016 fiscal year. Both issues stand to be complicated by the effort to defund Planned Parenthood and the fight to undo sequestration.

“Any new speaker would like to have some time to establish his or her authority before dealing with crises and unfortunately, whoever is taking over for Boehner is going to have very little time do that,” Green said.

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No, there is not going to be a bipartisan speaker of the House

From: Vox
Date: Oct. 8, 2015
Author: Dylan Matthews

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There also just aren't that many moderate Democrats left. "The Blue Dog Caucus is pretty small right now," Catholic University's Matthew Green, author of The Speaker of the House: A Study of Leadership, says. "Keep in mind that Pelosi has done a good job keeping those folks loyal to her. For them to decide to defect would be a pretty big deal. They're not nearly as unhappy with their leadership as the [right-wing Republican] Freedom Caucus is unhappy with their leadership."

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