Democracy and Justice Studies hosted an Assembly District 88 candidate forum on Tuesday, Oct. 9

Introduction to Democracy and Justice Studies hosted an Assembly District 88 candidate forum for John Macco and Thomas Sieber in the Christie Theatre in the University Union on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Macco, the Republican incumbent assembly representative and Sieber, the Brown County Supervisor and the Democratic challenger, answered questions suggested by students. The topics ranged from healthcare and jobs to climate change and mass incarceration. Associate Prof. Jon Shelton (Democracy and Justice Studies) served as moderator.

College Republicans, Democrats sit down with TV-5

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.

SGA candidate debate is April 7

Candidates for office in the UW-Green Bay Student Government Association will take part in a debate Tuesday (April 7) in the Union’s Christie Theatre. The voting will take place the following Tuesday and Wednesday via an electronic ballot that students will receive in their email. The candidates and their platforms can be found at

Post-debate analysis: Kangayappan, Kauth offer take on this week’s event

Local news media called on Prof. Kumar Kangayappan and the Small Business Development Center’s Ryan Kauth for analysis after Tuesday’s (Oct. 16) second presidential debate. The pair offered their respective takes for two separate stories on WFRV, Channel 5 — Kangayappan offering an economics reality check and the SBDC’s Kauth talking about the small business angle. It’s hard to gauge which candidate has it right in terms of job creation, Kangayappan said, and revenue enhancements and spending cuts will be necessary to get the economy moving. Kauth told the station it was good to see the candidates discuss small business, a topic that’s been at the forefront of neither the debates nor the election thus far. You can watch both stories here:
WFRV, Channel 5 – Prof. Kumar Kangayappan
WFRV, Channel 5 – SBDC, Ryan Kauth

In the media: On-campus forum features Prof. Emeritus Kraft

We told you yesterday about Monday’s (Oct. 15) on-campus forum focused on issues of political process and reform. The Common Cause Wisconsin-sponsored event was held in the Christie Theatre, and featured panelists including our own Prof. Emeritus Michael Kraft. The event explored topics such as campaign finance and voter ID, giving audience members the chance to ask questions and offer their thoughts. WBAY, Channel 2, was at the forum, and ran this story.

And speaking of Kraft … He’ll be appearing live at 4:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, Oct. 16) on WFRV, Channel 5. Kraft will offer his take on tonight’s second of three presidential debates, a town-hall style event being held in Hempstead, N.Y. The debate kicks off at 8 p.m. local time.

In the news: Media turn to faculty for pre- and post-debate analysis

The long-awaited first presidential debate is over, and UW-Green Bay faculty members have been in continual demand for pre- and post-event analysis. Communication Prof. Phil Clampitt completed interviews Wednesday (Oct. 3) with WLUK, Fox 11, and WBAY, Channel 2, helping break down effective debate strategies and preparation. People often underestimate the difficulty of debating for both candidates, Clampitt said, nothing that while mastery of the facts is critical, it’s only one part of an effective debate performance. For more, see the full stories below. We’ll link to more post-debate coverage with UW-Green Bay ties in the next Log.
WLUK, Fox 11
WBAY, Channel 2

Student featured in story on undecided voters

And speaking of the debate, finding the seemingly elusive undecided voter also has been on the minds of members of the news media this week. Fox 11 reporter (and UW-Green Bay alum) Ben Krumholz came to campus Wednesday for a College Dems watch party, chatting with an undecided UW-Green Bay student watching amid his mostly decided peers. Student Carlos Gonzalez was featured in Krumholz’ story on whether the debate would help sway undecided voters — and for him, actions speak louder than words. Full story.

Dissecting the debates: Furlong offers take for Press-Gazette editorial

The first of the presidential debates continues to draw considerable media attention, putting our Political Science and Communication faculty members in high demand. An editorial in Wednesday’s (Oct. 3) Green Bay Press-Gazette discussed debate dynamics, bringing in our own Scott Furlong for his take. The debates are especially important for those voters who haven’t yet made up their minds, Furlong said, and they offer the chance to see candidates in a new light. “It’s the first time to see the candidates in an uncanned presentation,” Furlong said. “So it’s not a slick campaign commercial or something that’s been staged in a particular way. … It’s a much more real situation.” Full article.