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    Divided Government

    James Thurber talked about how President Obama and a Republican-controlled Congress might operate during the 114th Congress. He also discussed how previous administrations have worked…

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    Electoral College Vote

    James Thurber talked about the electoral college vote, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. The 538 electors in the electoral college meet in their state…

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    Presidential Leadership and Economic Crisis

    James Thurber talked about how recent presidents (Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama) have dealt with fiscal matters when Congress is divided. He also responded to telephone…

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    Establishment of the Legislative Branch

    Linda Monk and Mickey Edwards talked about the origins of the legislative branch and the roles and responsibilities of Congress. James Thurber moderated. The panelists responded…

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    Climate Change Lobbying

    Dan Weiss talked about using paid media as an advocacy campaign tool. Topics included types of strategies for advocacy campaigns, elements of a an advertising campaign, and planning…

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    Polling and Survey Research

    Glen Bolger spoke to students about the use of polling and survey data in public policy and political campaigns. Among the topics he addressed were the use of polling for research,…

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    Coalition Building and Lobbying

    Sarah Dufendach spoke to students about coalition building, campaign finance reform, and issue advocacy. She focused on the influence of money in politics and navigating potential…

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    Coalition Building and Lobbying

    Joel Malina delivered remarks on coalition building and issue campaigns. Following his remarks he responded to questions from audience members. 

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    Politics of Lobbying Reform

    James Thurber spoke to students about political lobbying efforts and the role of the lobbyist in the political process. He focused on recent lobbying reforms enacted by Congress…

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    Legislative Process and Lobbying

    Walter Oleszek spoke to students about the legislative process and effective lobbying. Among the topics he addressed were the role of the lobbyist in shaping legislation, ethics, and…

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    Executive-Congressional Branch Relations in the Lobbying Process

    Charles Brain presented a lecture about lobbying strategies and understanding the relationship between the executive and legislative branch. He emphasized the dynamic nature of the…

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    Presidential Transition Lobbyist Restrictions

    James Thurber talked about President-Elect Obama’s transition team announcement of new rules for lobbyists, and how the rules differ from previous presidential transitions.

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    2008 Presidential Election Forecasts

    Authors of election forecasts discussed their 2008 election predictions. They are the authors of three of the nine forecast models that appeared in an election-themed symposium in the…

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    Presidential Transitions

    Participants in a conference on the upcoming presidential transition spoke about past administration efforts during transition periods, promises made by both 2008 presidential candidates to…

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    Presidential Convention Delegates and Rules

    A panel discussion was held on the process of selecting delegates to the national party conventions and the importance of convention rules. Topics included winner-take-all primaries,…

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    Role of the Media at National Party Conventions

    The panelists talked about the role of the news media at the national party conventions. Topics included the decreasing media coverage of conventions, the role of cable news…

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    History of National Party Conventions

    After opening remarks by James Thurber and Mike Berman, panelists discussed the history of political conventions. Topics included the present importance of presidential conventions,…

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    Presidential Nominating Calendar

    Participants talked about recent changes in the calendar for state primaries and caucuses, the potential impact on the presidential nominating process, and disputes generated following the…

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    Congressional Leadership

    A bipartisan panel of former members of Congress gave advice for the leaders of the 110th Congress on working with the executive branch to set and follow a successful legislative…

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    2006 Midterm Elections

    Mr. Thurber moderated a discussion on the results of primary elections and the potential outcomes of the midterm elections in November. It was noted that there are many more…

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