Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette University Law School Poll, discussed party breakdown in Wisconsin and how votes for Republicans are coming from the northern part of the state rather than Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties. "That’s how we end up with Gov. Evers winning by just over one percentage point in 2018, but also how we get Donald Trump winning by just under one percentage point," Franklin said. “The balance is pretty much the same.”
Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), June 22, 2020
Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette University Law School Poll, spoke about President Trump’s opposition to recent surveys by various news organizations showing him trailing behind Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden. “Given the size of his margin and the consensus across polls, I think there’s pretty strong evidence that Biden holds a clear lead," Franklin said. "While it’s possible the polls are wrong, they would have to all be wrong to overstate Biden's support.”
Story appeared in the Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2020
Franklin also spoke with Channel 3000 for a June 12 story about Wisconsin’s virtual state Democratic convention.
Prof. Atiba Ellis, professor of law, commented on the importance of Loving Day in the civil rights movement, but that structural racial inequities remain. Loving Day is the celebration of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision that struck down all laws banning interracial marriages. “The courts may tell us to do different,” Ellis said. “But our structures that have been built on histories of racial segregation and racial violence are a lot slower to change.”
Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), June 12, 2020
Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette University Law School Poll, spoke about polling leading up to the presidential election and how democrats are warning voters that Democrat candidate Joe Biden’s lead over President Trump in national polls creates false confidence. “The stress among democrats to emphasize the need to turn out and vote is surely a reaction to the 2016 results, especially given Clinton’s lead in national polls and popular vote win while losing the Electoral College. Party advocates are working hard against complacency,” Franklin said, adding that 2016 was the first election since the 1970s that voter attitudes were negative toward both candidates.
Story appeared in the Washington Examiner, June 8, 2020
Prof. Mazzie’s reflection on the process of developing online curriculum for law school was posted by Wisconsin Law Journal
Dr. Charles Franklin, director of Marquette University Law School, spoke about how unlike President Obama in 2008, Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden’s choice of running mate is not certain. “Obama’s choice of Biden was broadly acceptable throughout the party. That level of consensus may be harder to achieve today,” Franklin said. “A good choice will excite some groups and be acceptable to others. A bad pick [would] fail to satisfy any group within the party and could anger powerful constituencies if they feel passed over.”
Story aired on PBS, May 29, 2020
Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, and John Johnson, research fellow in the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education, co-wrote a piece about how Milwaukee is lagging behind other midwestern cities when it comes to population growth — a reality metro Milwaukee will have to contend with after the pandemic passes. “The new census estimates show that after a booming start to the decade, many metro areas around the country have seen growth rates decline in the last several years,” they wrote. “But metro Milwaukee never experienced the boom.
Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 28, 2020