Political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, contributed a chapter to a new book (Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter, Lexington Books, November 2015). Titled “The Badger State as a Battleground: Wisconsin Politics Past, Present, and Future,” the chapter is co-authored with Neil Kraus of UW-River Falls. It focuses on explaining why Wisconsin is seen as “up for grabs” during presidential elections. It provides a historical overview of Wisconsin politics, discusses current electoral trends and results, and speculates about what is in store for Wisconsin during the 2016 election.
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Weinschenk previews GOP debate — Speaking of swing states, Prof. Aaron Weinschenk talks about the choice of Milwaukee for the Nov. 10 Republican presidential debate with NBC-TV 26.
Prof. Harvey J. Kaye of Democracy and Justice was a studio guest on the Huffington Post’s “Huff Post Live” national morning show last Friday, Oct. 30. Kaye sat down with host Nancy Redd to comment on remarks by Hillary Clinton’s campaign team suggesting that fellow candidate Bernie Sanders is weak on women’s issues. A “Sanders guy,” Kaye expressed disappointment at the in-fighting on the Democratic side. He also offered his thoughts on recent campaign developments, both Democratic and Republican, and the inadequacy of the so-called debates.
UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey J. Kaye of the Democracy and Justice Studies academic program was among the historians interviewed for background information by Washington Post reporter David A. Fahrenthold for his feature report, “What is a democratic socialist?” Kaye was not quoted directly in the article; you can read the analysis involving Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Nice job by the respective UW-Green Bay chapter presidents of the College Democrats and College Republicans Wednesday afternoon. Students Jacob Immel and Alexander Girard appeared live, on-set, with WFRV-TV 5’s 4 o’clock news host Kris Schuller to offer a student perspective on this week’s big presidential candidate debate. The student Dems posted a from-the-screen recording of the segment on their Facebook page.
Political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, is among the UW-Green Bay experts getting plenty of phone calls from local media seeking insight on the 2016 presidential campaign and the candidacy of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
The results are in on this month’s UW-Green Bay Student Government Association election. Newly elected to executive positions for 2015-16 are Hannah Stepp, president, and Lorenzo Lones, vice president. They finished with 384 votes to claim a statistical majority and wide margin over the Murphy-Nichols ticket (196 votes) and Spaulding-Osteen (159). Stepp is currently chair of the University Governance subcommittee. She’ll formally take over from Vanya Koepke on passing-of-the-gavel day, May 1.
We told you here yesterday about the growing number of UW-Green Bay alumni now serving in the state Legislature. We erred, however, by omitting yet another Phoenix alum, Tyler Vorpagel ’07. Vorpagel, an aide to retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, was elected Nov. 4 to the state Assembly seat for District 27. He joins alumni Scott Krug ’09, R-Rome and Romaine R. Quinn ’14, R-Rice Lake in the state Assembly. Fellow alums Dave Hansen ’71, D-Green Bay; Rob Cowles ’75, R-Allouez; and Frank Lasee ’86, R-Ledgeview, are serving in the state Senate. Our thanks to Assistant Prof. Aaron Weinschenk for catching the omission.
Assistant Prof. Aaron Weinschenk talked turnout for a Saturday (Nov. 8) Green Bay Press-Gazette recap of Tuesday’s midterm election. Despite record turnout statewide (for a regular gubernatorial election), numbers were not as robust in Brown County, the story said. Northeastern Wisconsin is considered a swing area, and saw plenty of visits from Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke. “Turnout isn’t all driven by campaigns,” Weinschenk said. “They can do things and try to mobilize voters, but there are other things at play, such as the political awareness of the area or just the time of the election. Candidate appearances, although they get a lot of media attention, won’t send participation through the roof.” Full story.
UW-Green Bay Prof. of Democracy and Justice Studies Harvey Kaye appeared on the national Thom Hartmann Show last week to conduct a radio post-mortem on the Democratic Party’s poor mid-term election showing. Kaye repeated his assertion that Democrats lose when they aren’t progressive enough. He also pointed to passage of several liberal ballot initiatives across the country, saying, “The real contradiction is that Americans want progressive action…” You can view the segment at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNJq-EqzCW0&app=desktop
State Sen. Frank Lasee, R-Ledgeview, was re-elected to the 1st Senate District seat in Tuesday’s election, outpolling challenger Dean DeBroux by better than a 3-2 ratio. Lasee, a 1986 graduate of UW-Green Bay, was first elected to the state Senate in 2010 after serving in the Assembly for 14 years. He rejoins fellow Phoenix alumni Dave Hansen ’71 and Rob Cowles ’75 — midway through their four-year terms, they weren’t on Tuesday’s ballots — to give UW-Green Bay three grads in the 33-senator upper house. Also winning reelection to the Legislature was Rep. Scott Krug, R-Rome (Wisconsin Rapids area), who will take a third term as District 72’s State Assembly representative. Krug owns NEW Opportunities, an employment and training company. He studied psychology and graduated from UW-Green Bay in May 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Prior to joining the state Assembly, he worked for the Juneau County Sheriff’s Department and as a discharge planner at the Wood County Jail. Read more on Krug, and his win.