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.
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[…]
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.
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.
Ten retired judges will gather at Duke University on Thursday, April 21, to launch a simulation of an independent, nonpartisan redistricting panel.
On March 3rd and 4th, business and political leaders from across North Carolina gathered at Duke to look for common ground and solutions for increased economic opportunity for North Carolinians.
Macon Phillips, Trinity ’00, spoke about how to use technology to engage people in politics in a talk at the Sanford School of Public Policy Wednesday, February 10.
On Feb. 29, the eve of the Super Tuesday Primary, three comedians who host radio talk shows for SiriusXM Insight will perform stand-up comedy at Duke University’s Page Auditorium.
When we arrived at Perkins Elementary School at 6:35PM, we quickly realized it would be an exciting caucus night. The registration line stretched far outside the gym where the vote was set to occur, stretching down the hall, out the school’s main doors, and down the sidewalk.
Early voting is returning to Duke’s campus for the upcoming primary election in North Carolina.
UNC system President Emeritus Thomas W. Ross has been named the first Terry Sanford Distinguished Fellow at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
Written by Ernest Britt, T’16
See original blog post here.
DURHAM, NC – “Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders. Face to Face. O’Malley-Webb-Chaffee. On the same stage, for the first time,” the debate-promo-turned-movie-trailer shouted. And in that moment, with dramatic war drums beating and black-and-white photos of the first-named frontrunners poised on opposite sides of my screen as if ready to pounce, I knew the first Democratic debate would be largely unremarkable.
With no Trump to boost viewership and/or to insult everyone on stage, CNN was left to manufacture excitement to grab the viewer’s wandering eye. By leaving an extra podium in the wings, the network played into Joe Biden’s “will he or won’t he” narrative and implied that maybe the vice president would make a decision in time to participate. Unfortunately for CNN’s ratings (but perhaps fortunately for the other candidates), Biden did not make an appearance.
(Article reposted with permission from The Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity)
Only three of the six candidates for Durham’s City Council appeared on Thursday night to participate in a public forum at Duke.
The candidates – Jillian Johnson, Charlie Reece and Steve Schewel, – took questions from Duke students, many of which were posted on Twitter using the hashtag #DukeVotes2015.
Duke Democrats: What can the city do to help stop the school to prison pipeline in Durham county? #DukeVotes2015
Artstigators: Are there plans for more street art in Durham? #DukeVotes2015 #artstigators
Durham Living Wage Project: Are there incentives the city can provide for businesses that pay living wages? #liveabull #dukevotes2015
The candidates agreed with each other on nearly every topic, with only slight differences in emphasis. The candidates had rehearsed their points having met the night before for a City Hall forum. After stating their platforms, students Zack Faircloth, T ’18, and Luke Raskopf, T‘16, took turns grilling the candidates on issues related to social equity.
Polarization. Partisan bickering. Shutdown scares – and Congressional approval ratings at an all time low. Why would anyone choose to work on the Hill at a time like this? The Washington Post explains why talented and ambitious individuals (you, perhaps?) should not write off a stint as a staffer in this recent article.
After upholding The Affordable Care Act and effectively legalizing gay marriage nationwide, SCOTUS is back in session and has agreed to hear 34 cases this term. Find out which cases you should keep an eye out for here.
Here they are: the top 10 entries from our “The Funny Thing About Politics” headline contest! With over 70 hilarious entries from undergraduate and graduate students alike, picking the best of the best was tricky…and this evening, Scott Dikkers will announce the overall winner. Stay tuned!
With so many Republican candidates vying for a spot in the Oval Office, it can be hard to remember who stands for what. Thanks to Post Graphics, it’s a little easier! Check out the post here.
A nonpartisan panel of retired North Carolina justices and judges on Monday unveiled a new, but unofficial, congressional map for North Carolina to demonstrate how independent redistricting can work in the state.