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

Nov 17, 2020
"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...
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Schwarz: The Republican Party due for a correction

Nov 12, 2020
“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...
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Rabe: Fragile coalition of support exists for climate action

Nov 9, 2020
“I think Biden can assume that he would have some industry support to work with. This would require really careful political work to hold that supportive coalition together,” Rabe said. Read the full Vox article about Joe Biden's plans to fight...
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Hanson expects Biden to restore normalcy to the White House

Nov 7, 2020
“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...
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Udow-Phillips outlines Biden's healthcare priorities

Nov 6, 2020
"Joe Biden was squarely in the camp of building on the Affordable Care Act," Udow-Phillips said. "His proposals for health care reform do speak to making health care more affordable, by building on the health insurance exchanges." Read the full...
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Trumpism may have endangered our democracy, Davenport reports

Nov 5, 2020
"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...
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Hanson comments on Michigan's long absentee ballot-counting process

Nov 5, 2020
“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.” ...
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Hanson on potential recounts in AZ, GA

Nov 5, 2020
"In Arizona and Georgia, where the count has not yet ended, the distance between the two candidates may be even smaller, which makes a request for a recount also very likely there," said Jonathan Hanson. Read the full BBC Brasil...
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Hanson comments on Michigan presidential race

Nov 5, 2020
"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...
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Goldenberg on the surge of young voters

Nov 2, 2020
In addition to Michigan's Proposal 3, which makes voting more accessible, college civic engagement has seen a robust increase in the last four years, with young people energized about issues “that look to the future of the country like the...
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Wolfers says economic issues dominate last days of the election

Oct 31, 2020
"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...
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Trump's economic "lie" may have lost its punch - Wolfers

Oct 31, 2020
“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 —...
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Rabe runs election scenarios and impact on climate action

Oct 30, 2020
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...
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Ivacko comments on Michigan's tight Senate race in the WSJ

Oct 30, 2020
“Going into this election season, he was not particularly well-known,” said Tom Ivacko, referring to Mr. Peters. At the same time, Mr. Ivacko said Mr. James’s 2018 challenge helped him build “some name recognition fairly recently,” he said. He lost...
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Wolfers cited as top 10 influencer for Biden economic policy

Oct 29, 2020
In an article in Bloomberg,  Ford School professor Justin Wolfers was cited as one of the 10 most influential economists that could be advising a new Biden administration. In the list compiled by Baron Public Affairs, he is one of three "economic...
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Ivacko on shifting political landscape in northern Michigan

Oct 29, 2020
Speaking about a recent racial incident in the Leelanau Peninsula to  Bridge Michigan, Tom Ivacko said that the growth of Traverse City and the area’s influx of vacationers and retirees are shifting local politics. “If this pandemic pushes that even...
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Michigan Votes - Ford School faculty experts available

Oct 29, 2020
Contact: Daniel Rivkin, rivkind@umich.edu, +1-917-817-6323 Michigan Votes! ANN ARBOR — Experts at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan are available to discuss the election process and results in Michigan...