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."
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.
Dr. Charles Franklin has been speaking with several media outlets, recapping Wisconsin's primary election:
- In the Washington Post, he discussed what the Wisconsin Election said about changing voting patterns in the state.
- In the Associate Press, he talked about the role of absentee ballots in Wisconsin's election.
- For CBS News, he highlighted Wisconsin's high voter turnout.
- For PBS, he discussed voter enthusaism.
- On WBAY and Talking Points Memo, he analyzed shifting voter trends.
- With Channel3000.com, he reflected on the spring election results.
- With Christian Science Monitor, he talked about how President Trump will be judged in November.
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.
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
Dr. Charles Franklin, director of Marquette University Law School Poll,
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
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
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