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PUBPOL 683

PUBPOL 683: Elections & Campaigns

Gerald Hills
Tuesday
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Fall 2020
5:30-8:20 pm EST

This course can be taken in-person or remotely online.

The purpose of PubPol 683 is to examine campaigns and explain what happens and why.  Remember: There is no policy without victory.   

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Hanson gives historical perspective to violence in Washington

Jan 8, 2021
The seeds of the violence that took place in Washington, DC, on January 6, can be traced back to President Trump’s rhetoric in his 2016 campaign, his statements during the re-election campaign over the summer, and even to the Michigan statehouse...
In the Media

Rabe and Raimi review 2020 energy and environmental policy

Dec 29, 2020 Resources Radio
Barry Rabe joined Daniel Raimi on his Resources Radio podcast to review the most important energy and environmental policy developments of 2020. Rabe's take: "We can say that 2020 shows that climate change is visible. It's drawing more people in...
In the Media

Rabe: Biden signals climate is a priority in calls with foreign leaders

Nov 19, 2020 Environment & Energy News
"There are lots of things for a president to talk to a world leader about in that initial call. And I think what is said could be indicative of what's on the top of a president's list," Rabe said. "The very fact that he would raise [climate] in call...
In the Media

Questioning election validity makes the U.S. vulnerable, says Ali

Nov 17, 2020 CNN
"It's one thing to try to prevent foreign adversaries from engaging in disinformation and misinformation campaigns to influence the elections," Ali said. "When you have the President and his advisers pushing those messages literally from inside the...
In the Media

Schwarz: The Republican Party due for a correction

Nov 12, 2020 Michigan Radio
“The Republican Party, in many ways, if you’re truly party faithful, has become cultish, and the demand is for allegiance and loyalty to the party ahead of allegiance and loyalty to the country. I don’t buy that. Nobody should, and that’s got to...
In the Media

Contesting 2020 Election, recounts won't change the result, says Ali

Nov 8, 2020 9&10 News
“President Trump again is just trying to cast doubt on the veracity of these results and leaving it open perhaps in his mind that somehow that there’s an ability to contest these results, ” said Ali. “Even if these results swing the other direction...
In the Media

Hanson expects Biden to restore normalcy to the White House

Nov 7, 2020 Métro World News
“This election was a crucial crossroads for American political institutions. Trump has led America to a dangerous place. Biden’s election is a step back from the brink, but also the start of hard work to restore the fractured fabric of American...
In the Media

Election will affect how climate change is addressed, says Rabe

Nov 5, 2020 E&E News
Even in the late 2000s, much of the conversation about climate policy was "inside baseball," closed-door negotiation among industry, lawmakers and green groups, says Barry Rabe. "There's all kinds of jockeying right now, but it seems like more of a...
In the Media

Hanson comments on Michigan presidential race

Nov 5, 2020 The Wire
"Trump was already facing a tough re-election battle in Michigan, which has been compounded by the mishandling of the Covid-19 pandemic," said Jonathan Hanson. You can read the article in The...
In the Media

Hanson comments on Michigan's long absentee ballot-counting process

Nov 5, 2020 WXYZ-TV Detroit
“In other states, they can start processing absentee ballots long before the election,” said Jonathan Hanson.  “The coronavirus magnified the problem tremendously, but it would be mistaken to think we are never going to experience this again.” ...
In the Media

Trumpism may have endangered our democracy, Davenport reports

Nov 5, 2020 Newark Star Ledger
"Our recent research shows that no matter who wins, fundamental aspects of our democracy are under threat. Our survey reveals that something is fundamentally wrong as a large number of respondents perceive a need for minor or major changes in...
In the Media

Levitsky comments on possible post-election turmoil

Nov 2, 2020 CNN Brasil
"[Trump] will not accept his loss very gracefully. So if that happens, it depends on how far he is prepared to go, which could perhaps lead to violence. The best thing that could happen would be a complete landslide which he couldn't argue...
In the Media

Wolfers says economic issues dominate last days of the election

Oct 31, 2020 ABC Australia
"The U.S. GDP rebound leaves the economy in a hole as deep as the darkest days of the Great Recession that occurred after the financial crisis. Trump has been a disappointment in many ways for people in the Rust Belt. And a challenge for a Biden...
In the Media

Trump's economic "lie" may have lost its punch - Wolfers

Oct 31, 2020 Huffington Post
“Reality has caught up with him. He had a huge lead in terms of people’s confidence in him as an economic manager, and he blew it,” says Justin Wolfers.  “One issue is that people don’t trust what he says anymore. Another is, well, look around —...
In the Media

Rabe runs election scenarios and impact on climate action

Oct 30, 2020 EnviroLink
If Trump wins: “In a second Trump administration, we are likely to see executive action that is even bolder, even more aggressive, and probably doing everything imaginable to pump up oil and gas production as a strategy for economic recovery,” said...
In the Media

Schwarz advice on staying safe while going to the polls in a pandemic

Oct 28, 2020 Staying safe while going to the polls in a pandemic
"VoteSafe Michigan has been around for a few months and what we are trying to do, with the cooperation of county clerks, city clerks, township clerks, polling place officials, is to make certain from a sanitary standpoint, the polling places are as...