2020 News

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Dr. Charles Franklin discussed how candidates running for Congress and Legisulature may have difficulty collecting signatures on their nomination papers. "If social distancing remains in effect, or simply something people continue to practice, some alternative to signature collection might be in order."

He also spoke with WSAW about absentee ballots.

Faculty & Staff
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

John Johnson, Research Fellow in the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research & Civic Education, was cited in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for his insights on Milwaukee Public Schools' $87 Million referendum to increase revenue limits through property taxes. "To me, the big story is how overwhelmingly popular the referendum was in almost every part of the city, particularly when we saw striking divisions on the ballot, including the mayor's race, the county executive and the Democratic primary."

The Atlantic ,The Wisconsin State Journal

Dr. Charles Franklin discussed how the Coronavirus pandemic has widened the divides in political opinion between cities and suburbs. Speaking with The Atlantic on Jill Karofsky's victory over incumbent Daniel Kelly, Franklin noted, "Dane County is the fastest-growing county in the state... Not only does [the county] grow, but its turnout rate goes up year after year, and it's even more Democratic from race to race.

He also discussed the topic with the Wisconsin State Journal.

Various Media Outlets

Dr. Charles Franklin has been speaking with several media outlets, recapping Wisconsin's primary election:

The Chicago Tribune

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, discussed prior to Wisconsin’s election results the court decisions that led to in-person voting during the state’s April 7 primary amid the coronavirus. “I think there are lost opportunities and lost hopes all over the map here in Wisconsin,” Franklin said. “It’s a lost opportunity for the campaigns and both parties, but it’s also an important election that inevitably become muddled by the circumstances it is taking place in.”  

Story appeared in the Chicago Tribune, April 7, 2020 

Franklin also spoke with WDJT-TV (CBS 58) for an April 8 story about the then projected election results, as well as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for an April 13 story about absentee voting patterns.

Faculty & Staff

Prof. Chad Oldfather, professor of law, was cited for a post he wrote about the court actions that led to in-person voting during Wisconsin’s April 7 primary election despite the coronavirus pandemic, and his opinion on the matter. “I think that the real culprits here are the political actors, and the deeply toxic political culture of this state,” Oldfather wrote. “I welcome the day, which I hope comes, when the first question our elected officials ask is, consistently, ‘is this the right thing to do?’ rather than ‘is this the politically expedient thing to do?’

Story appeared on Reason.com, April 7, 2020 

Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of Marquette University Law School Poll, described how election laws were not written to anticipate the current pandemic. “We are in an unprecedented moment, and the statutes and laws weren't written with a situation like this in mind,” Franklin said. “We have had a gigantic surge in request of absentee ballots — more than 1 million — and we have no idea at this moment how many of those will get sent out in time or how many people will show up in person on Tuesday to vote. This is uncharted water."

Story appeared in the Chicago Tribune, April 3, 2020

Franklin also spoke with the Los Angeles Times for an April 3 story about the approval of state governors versus national leaders in response to coronavirus. “Governors have been seen as more clear and decisive about their actions, and they’ve gotten a lot of credit,” Franklin said. “Trump has been less consistent in his rhetoric about how we should think about the crisis, but the consequences of those actions are less clear.” 

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Greater Phoenix in Business

Prof. Andrea Schneider's 2009 paper, You've Got Agreement: Negoti@ting Via Email, was cited in The Greater Phoenix in Business article about the Dos and Don'ts of email negotiation amid the COVID-19 crisis. The full article can be found here.

WUWM-FM (89.7)

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, discussed the shift in the next poll to focus on the coronavirus pandemic, and how it is impacting the election process. “The importance of this pandemic and how people are responding to it pushes the normal political issues to the backburner,” Franklin said. 

Story aired on WUWM-FM (89.7), March 27, 2020

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Bloomberg Environment

Prof. David Strifling, adjunct professor of law and director of the Water Law and Policy Initiative, discussed the impact climate change is having on the Great Lakes, as the basin is experiencing high water levels that are battering coastal communities and fundamentally changing aquatic ecosystems. Strifling said the Great Lakes region “more generally had always been considered sort of a haven from climate change. And this is showing us that may not be the case after all, that we’re being inundated as well.”

Story appeared on Bloomberg Environment, March 16, 2020