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Ford school faculty available to weigh in on 2024 elections

Jan 28, 2024
The University of Michigan has published an experts guide to the 2024 elections. Ford School faculty are available to offer insights on relevant issues impacting the elections, including the following:  Economics Betsey Stevenson, professor of...
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Third-party candidate would "dent" Biden - Hanson

Aug 17, 2023 WLNS
Jonathan Hanson, WLNS: Political expert Jonathan Hanson, a lecturer at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, believes that based on these polls we could see similar results to the 2020 election with Biden winning, unless a third-party...
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Hanson on Kamala Harris's struggling poll numbers

Jul 25, 2023
A series of articles have highlighted Vice President Kamala Harris’s low polling numbers, “a daunting problem for a running mate as the 2024 presidential campaign gets under way.” FiveThirtyEight’s polling average showed Harris with a 52%...
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DeSantis creating a "big target" with anti-gay message - Bednar

Jul 11, 2023 Orlando Sentinel
Jenna Bednar, Orlando Sentinel: Jenna Bednar, a professor of political science at the University of Michigan, said DeSantis’ battle with Disney, in particular, looks from outside Florida to be a “vindictive” attack on a company that took a stance on...
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Michigan primary timetable could appear biased - Hanson

Jun 20, 2023 ABC News
Jonathan Hanson, ABC News: Karamo's ties to Trump may hurt her ability to convince some Republican candidates and voters that the change was made impartially. "I think it does have that potential," Jonathan Hanson, a lecturer at the Gerald R....
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Freedom Caucus tactics may backfire - Bednar

Jun 10, 2023 Newsweek
Jenna Bednar, Newsweek: Jenna Bednar, professor of political science and public policy at the University of Michigan, told Newsweek that although the headaches will likely continue while some members keep McCarthy "hostage," it may inadvertently...
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Schwarz helps form new "Common Sense" political party

May 18, 2023
Ford School lecturer and former Congressman Joe Schwarz is among a handful of Republicans seeking to form a new, non-partisan, centrist political party, the Michigan Common Sense Party. Jeff Timmer, a former state Republican Party executive director...
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Election deniers show severity of political divide - Hanson

May 2, 2023 Associated Press
Jonathan Hanson, Associated Press: “There’s a bunch of true believers out there who have taken it upon themselves to tamper with counting machines,” said Jonathan Hanson, an elections expert at the Gerald R. Ford School of Policy at the University...
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Hanson discusses importance of Midwest in 2024 elections

Apr 13, 2023 Sinclair Broadcast Group
Jonathan Hanson, Sinclair: "It's critical for both parties. Wisconsin, I think is front-and-center and right close to that and Michigan and Pennsylvania. The Republicans really need to win at least one of those...
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Hall calls out false image of lobbying

Mar 31, 2023 The Detroit News
Richard Hall, The Detroit News: The caricature of lobbying as legal bribery can be misguided, though, said Richard Hall, a political science professor at the University of Michigan. An overwhelming majority of lobbying is done with allies. "It's not...
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Ivacko reveals factors behind threats to local officials

Mar 24, 2023 Wisconsin Public Radio
Tom Ivacko, Wisconsin Public Radio: "There's been a very concerted, ongoing effort with very strong media behind it to convince people that there are enemies in the public sector, undercutting their own democracy and working against the interests of...
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We must change hearts to achieve equality - Alemu

Mar 19, 2023
What is the best way to combat racism -- change policies or change hearts? That is the question Matthew Alemu (MPP '09, PhD) contends with in an essay for Bridge Detroit.  "Racism resides where society and policy have yet to tackle it directly,...
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Poverty Solutions marks impact of action-based research in 2022

Mar 15, 2023
From informing how the U.S. Census estimates populations to reimagining land contracts as a path to homeownership and inspiring state legislation that would aid homeless youths, Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan continued to tackle the...
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Ali weighs in on threat to Michigan's Jewish officials

Mar 2, 2023 ABC News
Javed Ali, ABC News: "As the ADL and other organizations have recently noted, there remains a high level of threats from individuals with white supremacist and neo-Nazi views against Jewish communities across the United States. Twitter and other...
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Ali discusses rogue classified documents

Feb 8, 2023 Real Clear Investigations
Javed Ali, Real Clear Investigations: "You walk into the SCIF with nothing, you walk out of the SCIF with nothing. Whatever 3- or 4-letter agency you’re in, you’re supposed to leave that stuff in the office, because you don’t want any unauthorized...
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Stevenson provides lessons, advice for 118th Congress

Feb 6, 2023
As the 118th Congress begins, Americans’ trust in Congress and government is at an all-time low. Economist Betsey Stevenson lends her expertise to members of Congress in a new article for the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. First, Stevenson says,...
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Hanson considers George Santos's future

Feb 3, 2023 USA Today
Jonathan Hanson, USA Today: "I think Republicans feel like they can't afford to lose any more seats. They already have a very tenuous situation where they can't afford barely any defections on a vote if they want something to pass. This is a...
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Ali addresses impact of top FBI official's arrest

Jan 25, 2023 ABC News
Javed Ali, ABC News: "The arrest of the former head of the FBI New York field office's head of counterintelligence on money laundering charges connected to a Russian oligarch with strong ties to President Putin is a serious development that may have...
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Hall analyzes Michigan campaign funding

Jan 24, 2023 MLive
Richard Hall, MLive: "You go where the money is, right? The fact that a candidate might be raising a relatively small share of his campaign contributions from in-district means something different if he comes from a relatively low-income...
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Ali discusses timeline of Biden documents investigation

Jan 20, 2023 The New Republic
Javed Ali, The New Republic: "I don’t think it’s going to wrap up in days, and probably not weeks; I think it’s going to take several months. These special counsel investigations usually take a while to unfold. I think, conservatively, we’re talking...
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Hanson analyzes how classified documents could hurt Biden in 2024

Jan 19, 2023 Folha de Sao Paulo
Jonathan Hanson, Folha de Sao Paulo: "The case shames and removes an advantage that Biden had against Trump. Even if the magnitude of what we're talking about is substantially different, in the number of documents the former president had and the...
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Showcasing student talent to inspire democratic engagement

Jan 15, 2023
Five student acts will vie for prizes at a free, festival-style concert at Hill Auditorium on January 21 in a performance that celebrates the grand finale of the Songs for Democracy competition. The competition invited students to compose...
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Ali analyzes Biden classified documents

Jan 13, 2023 CBC
Javed Ali, CBC: "It's really alarming to hear of these two different batches separated by time, and it could be two different circumstances behind them as well, just from what little we know on the outside. But as I've said in some other interviews,...