2020 News

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.” 

Faculty & Staff
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

Faculty & Staff
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

Faculty & Staff
CBS 58

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, discussed the decreasing odds of a contested Democratic National Convention following former Vice President Joe Biden’s big wins on Super Tuesday. “It looks far less likely that no one commands a majority by the time we get to the convention,” Franklin said. “Both 2008 and 2016 extended the primary season all the way into June. That doesn’t look like that’s going to happen this time.”

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), March 11, 2020 

Milwaukee PBS

Marquette University Law School was featured on the local PBS show “Around the Corner with John McGivern.” The episode, “Then and Now,” features Milwaukee's most iconic institutions that have shaped the city and continue to propel it forward. “We are Milwaukee’s Law School,” Prof. Joseph Kearney, dean of the Law School, said. “We are the only school in a city of a substantial size — that’s unusual. We have for generations produced lawyers for southeastern Wisconsin, and more generally in Wisconsin. Whether it’s the prosecutors or defenders. Whether it’s the plaintiff's lawyers or insurance defense lawyers. We are the place that has educated them.”

Story aired on Milwaukee PBS, March 4, 2020 

The New York Times, The Washington Post, Local News Outlets

The Marquette University Law School Poll was cited in numerous stories nationwide for its latest results that found Sen. Bernie Sanders was leading in the Democratic primary with support from 29% of those saying they will take part in the April 7 voting. Of the six Marquette polls conducted since August 2019, this is the first in which Sanders has held the top spot. The poll also showed tight races between President Trump and each Democratic candidate in hypothetical matchups. 

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