In this special episode of the Devil’s Discourse, we share just a few highlights from the first 15 episodes of these unscripted and unedited conversations between undergraduate Duke students. Though ideologically divided, the 16 participants for this experiment in civil discourse challenged each other, listened to each other, and learned from each other. The topics Read more about Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.8 — Best of Devil’s Discourse[…]
Have you ever thought about running for office, but felt daunted by the financial cost of getting elected? According to Sanford School assistant professor Nick Carnes, you wouldn’t be alone.
Professor Jay Pearson was the guest speaker at this week’s Breakfast and Politics with Fritz, a biweekly series of breakfast and political conversations with guests speakers. Pearson’s research examines how policy sponsored structural inequality influences social determination of health. A native of Hertford County North Carolina, Pearson’s early experiences in the rural agricultural south shaped his Read more about Breakfast and Politics with Fritz Mayer and Jay Pearson[…]
On November 13, Politico reporter Daniel Lippman spent the day with Duke students to share insights on political reporting and our current state of politics. His visit was sponsored by POLIS: Duke’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service and the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. Mr. Lippman’s program included guest-speaking in POLIS Read more about From Teenage Gadfly to Politico Reporter[…]
By Jackie Ogburn “What’s bad for conservatism, for Republicans and the nation is good for us,” Ross Douthat, a conservative columnist for The New York Times, said at the Sanford School on Wednesday night. He and Megan McArdle, a columnist for The Bloomberg View, discussed the state of the GOP and conservatism in the age of Trump. Read more about Pundits McArdle and Douthat Discuss State of GOP[…]
There is a crisis of political apathy in the United States, and it’s up to American political leaders to reverse that trend and improve deep engagement with the public, said Ellen Weintraub, a commissioner with the Federal Election Commission on Nov. 2 at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Speaking at a public forum on Read more about FEC Commissioner Urges Action to Promote Political Engagement in Young Voters[…]
Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat will discuss the future of conservatism during a free, public event Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Duke University. “Conservatism in the Age of Trump” begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Fleishman Commons at the Sanford School of Public Policy; a reception will follow. Parking is Read more about Journalists to Discuss the Future of Conservatism[…]
By Jackie Ogburn Former Congressman Barney Frank’s talk at the Sanford School on Oct. 24 was a defense of the embattled art of political compromise. “No unrealized ideal ever fed a child, or provided medical care to someone who needs it,” he said. “The issue is when and how to be pragmatic.” Frank served in Read more about Former Congressman Barney Frank Defends Pragmatism in Politics[…]
Significant mistrust of politicians, concentrated presidential power, clear divisions among political parties and compulsory voting for all 18-to-70-year-olds are among dozens of issues raised Thursday by student panelists during a lunch-and-learn about Argentina’s politics and upcoming elections. More than 40 Duke students gathered for the discussion at the Sanford School of Public Policy. (Click here to Read more about A Crash Course on Argentine Politics and Upcoming Elections[…]
Building on episode 2.6, this unscripted and unedited conversation once again will cover health care, and features Duke juniors Paul Forrester and David Wohlever Sánchez. You’ll hear these two Duke students with differing views do what many politicians won’t do. Through tough, honest, and respectful exchanges, they’re proving that constructive dialogue is a vital first step toward Read more about Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.7 — Health Care[…]
More than 80 members of the Duke students, alumni, faculty, and staff from across the ideological spectrum gathered Oct. 12 for an evening of advocacy and political engagement. Titled “Engaging Women in Advocacy and Action” and sponsored by Duke Alumni Affairs, this event was the brainchild of alumnae leaders active in the Triangle Women’s Forum. Read more about Alumni Affairs, POLIS Bring Students Together with Women Activists to Discuss Politics & Civic Leadership[…]
By Jackie Ogburn In these days of extreme political polarization, how do you get people from all political stripes working together and finding solutions? You start with a story. Such as the story of Horace Pritchard, whose family has lived in Pasquotank County for five generations. On the family land he farms corn, wheat, soybeans Read more about North Carolina Leadership Forum Begins Second Year with Focus on Energy[…]
Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank will discuss the current state of politics in the U.S. in a talk on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The talk, which is open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. in the Sanford School’s Fleishman Commons. Parking will be available for a fee in the Science Drive Visitor Lot. The talk, titled “The Fight for Read more about Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank to Speak at Duke[…]
This week’s discussion is on whether health care is a right or a privilege, and features those students who were affiliated last year with the Listen First Project. LFP is a Raleigh, NC based nonprofit organization that facilitates greater respect, understanding, and cooperation through the timeless art of listening. The participating students are Sophia Mamilli, Read more about Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.6 — Health Care[…]
This unscripted and unedited dialogue on illegal immigration features Duke senior Tierney Pretzer and Duke sophomore Mitchell Siegel. Their views are entirely their own. In this episode, you’ll hear two Duke students with different views do what many politicians won’t do. Through honest, tough, and respectful exchanges, they’re proving that constructive dialogue is a vital Read more about Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.5 — Illegal Immigration[…]
This week’s discussion is on race in America, and features those students who were affiliated last year with the Listen First Project. LFP is a Raleigh, NC based nonprofit organization that facilitates greater respect, understanding, and cooperation through the timeless art of listening. The participating students are Sophia Mamilli, Rachel Stand, Victor Oluwagbemiga, and Ryan Read more about Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.4 — Race In America[…]
This unscripted and unedited conversation on climate change features Duke sophomores Nikhil Sridhar and Michael Tan. In this podcast, you’ll hear students with different views do what many politicians won’t do: through tough, honest, and respectful exchanges, they’re proving that constructive dialogue is a vital first step toward jumpstarting meaningful collaboration and sound policy making. “Is Read more about Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.3 — Climate Change[…]
September 17 is Constitution Day, so this episode highlights varying interpretation of the US Constitution. This unscripted and unedited conversation features Duke juniors David Wohlever Sanchez and Paul Forrester. Their views are entirely their own. The Devil’s Discourse podcast features Duke students with differing views doing what many politicians won’t do. Through tough, honest, and Read more about Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.2 — The Constitution[…]
Our biweekly breakfast political conversation series, WTF (Wake To Fritz), returns this semester! Join us every other Tuesday in Sanford 201 for breakfast and conversations about the politics of the day with Professor Frederick “Fritz” Mayer and friends. We’d love for you to join us for our first WTF of the school year, next Tuesday, Read more about WTF (Wake to Fritz): Breakfast Political Conversations Starting 9/5[…]
Our first podcast of season two concerns immigration, and features four Duke students affiliated with the Listen First Project. LFP is a Raleigh, NC based nonprofit organization that facilitates greater respect, understanding, and cooperation through the timeless art of listening. The participating students are Sophia Mamilli, Rachel Stand, Victor Oluwagbemiga, and Ryan Kashtan. Listen First Read more about Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.1 — Immigration[…]
Drop by Rhodes Conference Room (Sanford 223) on August 29 for a quick bite to eat and to hear about some of our programming for the upcoming year! Open to everyone interested in politics or in hearing more about our center! https://www.facebook.com/events/2074663405893078/
Despite the divisive nature of our politics, bipartisanship is still alive and well, according to two U.S. senators who spoke at the Sanford School of Public Policy’s annual “Sanford on the Hill” event at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on July 17.
The Climate Solutions Caucus was started by Republican Carlos Curbelo and Democrat Ted Deutch, both of whom represent coastal Florida districts that have become ground zero — literally — for rising sea levels. It’s predicated on a simple idea: We know our nation is facing big problems with climate change, so let’s have members of Congress from both sides of the aisle come together, listen to one another, and find the common ground to introduce and enact effective solutions.
Celebrating one of the few major achievements of the 2017 regular legislative session, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday (June 15) signed bills making up what has been called a historic reform of Louisiana’s criminal justice laws. The 10 bills collectively are supposed to reduce the prison population by 10 percent in the state with the world’s highest incarceration rate, and save the public $78 million over the next 10 years.
The Maine Senate voted 30-5 Wednesday in favor of a bill that could force the administration of Gov. Paul LePage to fully staff the state’s public health nursing program.
I’m not a member of an organized party – I’m a Republican.
Our final podcast of the season concerns the merits of the Senate filibuster, and features all four Duke students affiliated with the Listen First Project.
On April 2, Duke students gathered in Room 04 of the Sanford Building to be part of a “Political Participation Boot Camp.”
Despite their opposing political viewpoints, John Hood and Leslie Winner encourage others to look past the heated polarization of today’s politics.
Nevada lawmakers want to set up a special bank within state government to position the state to receive federal funds and leverage those dollars for infrastructure projects.
Interested in learning about how to run a political campaign? Duke professor Michael Munger will be hosting a lunch chat in Sanford to discuss his experiences running for Governor of NC as the Libertarian candidate. RSVP if you would like to attend! Pizza will be provided.
It’s not often that a story about government has a happy ending these days, but this one does.
Duke students Paul Forrester and David Wohlever Sanchez engage in a civil discussion on the justification and appropriate application of taxes. Sponsored by Duke’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service, or POLIS.
A talk with a state senator, a political participation boot camp, a bipartisan discussion on the state of NC politics, and a lunch chat with a former gubernatorial candidate. Check out everything that’s happening at POLIS in April.
Two lawmakers across party lines spearheaded a passionate push for mental health and senior services Monday, urging their colleagues to help vulnerable Kansans.
An amendment that would embed the rights of crime victims in the Oklahoma Constitution has easily cleared its first legislative hurdles. Senate Joint Resolution 46, which creates Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma, passed on a 43-2 vote.
Delawareans denied treatment for substance abuse and families of Delawareans who have died from drug overdoses joined with legislators and elected and appointed officials to unveil a number of steps in the fight against the state’s substance abuse crisis.
Pennsylvanians — Republicans, Democrats, Philadelphians, suburbanites, people from upstate and mid-state Pennsylvania — overwhelmingly believe that the state’s legislature and criminal justice system need to do more to help ex-offenders keep from committing another crime, according to a poll released Wednesday.
Two Duke women, sophomores Adaiya Granberry and Madison Laton, engage in a civil conversation about the potential benefits and pitfalls of Greek life on campus.
The Idaho Senate has voted unanimously – 35-0 – in favor of bipartisan legislation reforming Idaho’s civil forfeiture laws. HB 202 earlier passed the House on a 58-10 vote, but was amended in the Senate, so it still needs to go back to the House for concurrence in the amendments.
It began with a 5 a.m. planning session over coffee Tuesday morning in San Antonio’s Mi Tierra Cafe. It ended almost 36 hours later with a brisk walk up the steps of the U.S. Capitol with just 30 minutes to spare until votes Wednesday evening in the House of Representatives.
A package of bills that would ease the financial toll of low-level crimes on the poor has been working its way through the Arizona Legislature but remains in limbo as a key deadline approaches for lawmakers.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) recently introduced bipartisan legislation to make sure rural and small water systems have the technical training and assistance they need to improve wastewater treatment in rural communities.
Two Duke University students, first-year Nico Coleman and sophomore Alec Lintz, engage in a civil conversation about abortion and reproductive rights. Sponsored by Duke’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service, or POLIS. Or, listen and subscribe on iTunes.
A billed filed by Rep. Walker Thomas, R-Hopkinsville, to help support Kentucky’s military spouses passed the state House of Representatives Wednesday afternoon with bipartisan support.
Rep. Bob Fincher, R – District 37, knows taking on the payday lending industry in Alabama will be tough. According to the Alabama Banking Department, it’s more popular here than in any other state.
By Mark Pazniokas They were surrounded by Democratic allies, but gay activists tried to avoid partisan politics Monday as they called for passage of a state law banning conversion therapy, the discredited practice of using psychological aversion techniques such as electric shock to change a young person’s sexual orientation. The LGBT community sees potential in Read more about A bipartisan push to ban anti-gay conversion therapy[…]
Approximately 40 female Duke students gathered for nearly five hours on Sunday, March 5 to participate in an interactive campaign workshop.
Two Duke University women engage in a civil conversation about the issues surrounding abortion and reproductive rights.
March kicks off with two big events in the first week: a national conference on redistricting and a student-focused workshop on running for elected office. We’re also continuing our biweekly Wake to Fritz breakfast series, which you can read about below.
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is fighting to keep attention focused on last session’s top health issue — abuse of prescription opioids, heroin and other drugs — although the 2010 health care law now dominates the health policy discourse.
Running Start, a nonpartisan national organization that trains women on how to run for elected office, will be on Duke’s campus March 5 to lead a half-day workshop for college women.
Colorado lawmakers from both political parties are seeking to undo a controversial State Board of Education decision that called for schools to test thousands of Colorado’s youngest students in English — a language they are still learning.
Advocates for terminally ill patients in Wisconsin urged state lawmakers Wednesday to approve a bill that would allow the use of potentially life-saving experimental drugs that are still under federal review.
Duke students Sarah Faller and Alec Lintz civilly discuss their opinions regarding the issue of drug legalization. Sponsored by POLIS, Duke’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service.
Offenders on parole who commit technical violations like missing mandatory meetings wouldn’t automatically be returned to prison under a bipartisan effort announced Wednesday as a way of reducing Ohio’s prison population.
Last month POLIS launched “The Purple Project” by leading and collaborating on a series of events aimed at finding common ground among Red and Blue America. This month we begin putting this idea into action.
By Rashah McChesney Alaska lawmakers gather each week in the state capital ready to rumble, but it’s not to continue their already tense and rocky negotiations over the $3.5 billion budget deficit. Or some other partisan issue. Republicans and Democrats alike assemble, inside a bowling alley, to talk strikes, spares and gutter balls. There’s even Read more about Bipartisan bowling: Alaska politicians roll of steam[…]
Two Duke University students debate the merits and challenges of various campaign finance laws–particularly contribution limits. Sponsored by Duke’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service. Photo Credit: Ben Tsai
The fifth year of the Duke in DC domestic study away program brings with it a renewed focus on bipartisanship and bridging the political divide.
A push for the state to help fund a “living wage” for direct care workers has major bipartisan support within the Legislature.
Check out Fritz Mayer’s recent article in the Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article129682494.html
A bill that would strengthen outdated eminent domain laws in the face of a proposed freight train line with a route through Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties has made its way out of the Indiana House of Representatives and into the Senate.
Read more about our inauguration watch party last week and our faculty and student panel afterwards! https://today.duke.edu/2017/01/inauguration-watch-party-faculty-and-students-share-ideas-way-forward
In the aftermath of a divisive election, Duke Professor Fritz Mayer opened an inauguration day panel Friday asking, “How do we make North Carolina purple?” The bipartisan panel of political leaders and activists expressed optimism that it would be possible for North Carolinians – and the country – work more across ideological spectrums. Three hours Read more about Looking to Find a Way Toward Bipartisan Consensus North Carolina Politics[…]
Join Phil Bennett, co-Producer of PBS’ Divided States of America documentary, Dan Balz of the Washington Post, and Jason Zengerle of GQ for a discussion on the rise of political polarization of America.
Fritz Mayer, Director of POLIS was a featured speaker at Durham’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. Read his remarks.
Check out what’s happening at POLIS during the month of January.
Please join POLIS for the keynote event of the Purple Project launch – January 20, 3:00pm in the Rhodes Conference Room 223 at Sanford.
Join POLIS and the DeWitt Wallace Center for discussion with PolitiFact’s Editor, Angie Holan, on how they will be tracking the President’s campaign promises.
An informal group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers met at the Capitol Wednesday to begin seeking solutions for mental health funding inequities across the state.
Sanford Faculty Jenni Owen has been named Governor Cooper’s Policy Director. We wish her well with her new position in Raleigh!
A bipartisan duo in the state Legislature wants to clamp down on payday lenders in Nebraska and help families avoid becoming “trapped in a cycle of debt.”
This letter was written to Sanford School of Public Policy Alumni and Friends from Dr. Fritz Mayer following the 2014 elections.
Congratulations to POLIS Steering Committee member Professor Nick Carnes for his publication in the American Political Science Review!
POLIS’ new podcast series, The Devil’s Discourse, is now available!
Check out what’s happening at POLIS in December.
Two Duke University students debate the ideas surrounding safe spaces on campus. Sponsored by Duke’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service. Photo Credit: University of Nottingham
Last week, the Illinois legislature passed a sweeping, comprehensive new energy bill. With the possible exception of California’s recent bill, it might be the most significant state energy legislation passed in the US in decades.
The following letter was written to Sanford Alumni and Friends from Dr. Fritz Mayer following the 2016 elections.
A Duke University research team has applied mathematical modeling techniques to develop a novel, nonpartisan way to assess the fairness of congressional districts.
We can’t understate how close this election was, and how divided we are as a nation.
Washington State and South Dakota voters gave a split decision on Tuesday on sweeping ballot initiatives that would reform campaign finance, lobbying and ethics in their respective states. The initiative in South Dakota won while the initiative in Washington lost.
Duke University’s on-campus early voting site ended the voting period with the largest number of voters of any of Durham’s secondary early voting sites.
In the 2012 election, Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives nationally got 1.5 million more votes than Republican candidates but the Republicans emerged with a 33-seat majority in the House. Why? Because of gerrymandering. That’s when politicians draw voting districts to favor one political party or another.
What’s happening at POLIS in November 2016.
Referencing the work of the nonpartisan panel of retired North Carolina justices and judges in creating an unofficial congressional map for North Carolina, WRAL called on voters to elect candidates that pledge to reform the redistricting process.
Conventional wisdom holds that the politics of climate change has become so polarized that bipartisan action is all but impossible.
Compared with the partisan gridlock that gripped Sacramento just a few years ago, the dynamics in the statehouse can seem almost cuddly these days.
We are proud of what POLIS has been able to accomplish in such a short time, but we are even more excited about what is ahead. If this political season has demonstrated anything, it is that the twin missions of POLIS—to seek solutions to the problems that plague our politics and to develop the next generation of political leaders—could not be more critically needed.
The new media environment, gender, race and class are all important themes of 2016 Presidential Elections, according to national experts who spoke at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy’s annual “Sanford on the Hill” event at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center on July 12.
In the second of three events designed to simulate an independent, nonpartisan redistricting panel, 10 retired judges will gather in Raleigh on Friday, June 10, to draw a new, but unofficial, map of N.C. congressional districts. The project illustrates how independent political redistricting might function in North Carolina if adopted.
Former UNC President Tom Ross has been named president of the Volcker Alliance, a nonpartisan organization aimed at rebuilding public trust in government.
Ten retired judges will take a shot at drawing political districts for North Carolina in an experiment that they hope won’t be just an academic exercise.
Political Redistricting Q&A (4/24/16) UNC system President Emeritus Thomas W. Ross joined the Sanford School on February 1, 2016 as the first Terry Sanford Distinguished Fellow. While in residence, Ross will work on a bipartisan project aimed at improving how political district lines are drawn in the United States. We sat down with President Ross to ask Read more about Political Redistricting Q&A with Tom Ross[…]
From WRAL.com By Mark Binker and Laura Leslie DURHAM, N.C. — Creating an independent redistricting commission might make intellectual sense. It might cut down on the partisan rancor that occasionally envelopes the state. It might help voters get more excited about more competitive elections. While none of that has persuaded North Carolina lawmakers over the Read more about Bipartisan Group Experiments with Redrawing Congressional Districts[…]
In my career as a Superior Court judge, I worked under the guiding principle that everyone deserves a fair hearing. Courtrooms are governed by well-established rules to ensure that all sides are heard, and that faith in the process is maintained.
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