2020 News

Faculty & Staff
Urban Milwaukee

John Johnson, research fellow in the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education, was cited for his analysis of Black voters in Milwaukee during the 2014 and 2018 mid-term elections. Johnson’s analysis showed turnout in the city’s majority-Black wards increased from 64.5% in the 2014 to 68% in 2018. 

Story appeared in Urban Milwaukee, Oct. 26, 2020 

Faculty & Staff
Christian Science Monitor

Prof. Atiba Ellis, professor of law, shared his thoughts on President Trump’s calls to supporters to “go into the polls and watch very carefully” on Election Day, and the impact it could have on voters. “In a sense, these calls could be heard as proverbial dog whistles for signaling (Trump) supporters to intimidate Blacks and Latinos in particular,” Ellis said.

Story appeared on the Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 23, 2020

The New Yorker

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law Poll, discussed changes in the Wisconsin electorate, the state of the presidential race, his thoughts on why the latest poll shows President Donald Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden. Franklin said the “overwhelming polarization that Wisconsin experienced during the Obama years, only got stronger in the Trump years.” 

Story appeared in the New Yorker, Oct. 21, 2020

Faculty & Staff
Post Crescent

Prof. Michael O’Hear, professor of law, discussed how it’s unlikely Gov. Tony Evers will grant clemency to Brendan Dassey, who is serving a life sentence for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach and was featured in the Netflix docuseries “Making a Murderer.” “I’d be very surprised if he did grant clemency to Mr. Dassey,” O’Hear said. “It is highly unusual for governors anywhere to grant any form of clemency — pardon or commutation — to individuals who have been convicted of major violent crimes. Usually, clemency is reserved for individuals who have been convicted of lower-level drug or property offenses.” 

Story appeared in the Post Crescent (Appleton), Oct. 19, 2020

Faculty & Staff
Wisconsin Public Radio

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law Poll, discussed the inaccuracies of political polling during the 2016 election as well as some of the new factors various polls are taking into consideration this time around. "Errors can occur," Franklin said. "It's a very good lesson to us all not to exaggerate the accuracy of polling." Franklin added that the Marquette Law Poll underestimated the turnout in the Republican strongholds in Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties. "There's a lot of people who came home to Trump in the end and that partly goes to people who were undecided, especially in that region.” 

Story aired on Wisconsin Public Radio, Oct. 19, 2020

Franklin also spoke with WISC-TV (CBS 3) for an Oct. 19 story about the changing political demographics in the suburbs.

Faculty & Staff
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Alan Borsuk, senior fellow in law and public policy, wrote about the lasting impact of the pandemic on education, specifically course modality. “Educators at all levels know a lot more now about teaching online than they did in March when the coronavirus crisis hit full stride and schools closed all over the nation,” Borsuk wrote. “Will that change how teaching is done in the future? Will there be a continuing interest among kids and parents in distance learning? Is there some kind of hybrid education in everyone’s future? Will virtual schools have a long-term boom?” 

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct. 16, 2020

Faculty & Staff
USA Today

Prof. Martin Greenberg, adjunct professor of law, discussed how, although many U.S. college football coaches are facing pay cuts as a result of financial challenges presented by the pandemic, the reductions in many cases are minimal because slashing football coach contracts is nearly impossible. "I’m looking for a legal reason as to how to kill these contracts," Greenberg said. "And I can’t find one.”

Story appeared in USA TODAY, Oct. 15, 2020

WUWM-FM (89.7)

The Marquette Law School Poll was cited in numerous stories nationwide for its latest results, which found little change in voter preferences or attitudes following the first presidential debate and after President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19. While twice as many respondents say former Vice President Joe Biden did better in the debate than those who say Trump did better, the shift in the vote margin since early September is a single point.

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Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law Poll, discussed polling numbers for former Vice President Joe Biden and the differences in Wisconsin voters now compared to during the 2016 presidential election. Franklin said the number of undecided voters in Wisconsin is about half that of 2016 and there is less room for President Trump to pick up additional support. He added that the latest Law Poll shows an increased determination to vote this year, and that is likely to benefit Biden.

Story appeared on The Guardian, Oct. 11, 2020

Franklin also spoke with several news outlets for other stories about President Trump’s approval ratings for the economy, President Trump holding rallies in swing states, the eroding republican support in Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties, the strategy behind the White House’s response to its COVID-19 outbreak, the shrinking influence of third party candidates in the 2020 presidential election and the various campaign strategies being employed through Wisconsin. 

Stories appeared on or in the Los Angeles TimesThe GuardianCNNSouth China Morning PostKHOU-TV (CBS 11, Houston) and WISC-TV (CBS 3, Madison), Oct. 6-9, 2020

Faculty & Staff
Fox 6

Prof. Atiba Ellis, professor of law, discussed the federal appeals court ruling striking down an order that would have extended the period to count absentee votes in Wisconsin to six days after Election Day. “I was surprised (by the ruling),” Ellis said. “Mainly, because I think that on the one hand there are serious concerns surrounding COVID-19, and the trial court made some reasonable accommodations, but the seventh circuit — the federal appeals court in Chicago — basically said, ‘No. This is too soon. This is too close to the election to make these changes.’”

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), Oct. 9, 2020

The New York Times

Dr. Paul Nolette, chair and associate professor of political science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law Poll, discussed the impact President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis may have on the upcoming presidential election. “There is that potential down the stretch as the election really continues, that people say, ‘You know what, this is the final straw. Trump just downplayed this virus, and now I am going to vote for (former Vice President Joe) Biden,’” Nolette said.

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Oct. 2, 2020

Nolette also spoke with WDJT-TV (CBS 58) for a Sept. 30 story about the varying perceptions of the presidential candidates following the first presidential debate. 

Franklin also commented on various Wisconsin-related news stories, including how the state is simultaneously seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases and presidential campaign attention, the decreasing percentage of undecided voters in Wisconsin, how there has been little change in voter attitudes toward the presidential candidates despite many major events taking place, as well as how President Trump’s visit to Kenosha impacted his polling numbers. 

Stories appeared on or in The New York TimesThe Capital TimesWTMJ-AM (620) and The Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2020