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Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper discusses his history, the 2016 elections and the future of the Democratic Party

“Becoming the Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party is not something the day of the election in 2014 I would have even thought of. We were starting from scratch as a party after 2014,” Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper … Continue reading

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James Hardy, Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Akron, discusses his personal background, challenges facing the city and his experience as a student

“For me, my political involvement, it starts coming here to the University of Akron. I took this class 12 years ago. I got a tremendous amount out of the Campaign Battleground class. Having that hands-on experience really helped me figure … Continue reading

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Has American politics always been uncivil? Bliss Institute students discuss if civility is possible

At the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, students and faculty often discuss the need for civility in politics, especially given the current election climate. Graduate student Emily Maher and undergraduate student Connor Shaw recently had a conversation with … Continue reading

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Finding the common ground: Bliss Institute students discuss how the 24/7 news cycle and social media have polarized the electorate

This presidential election season has placed an emphasis on the increasing importance of how much media and social media influence and polarize the electorate. Students at the Bliss Institute often discuss the growing sense of incivility in American politics.  Graduate … Continue reading

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Speaker of the Ohio House Cliff Rosenberger on his history, governing and crafting policy in Ohio

 “I’d never in a million years thought I’d be elected to the house, let alone elected Speaker,” Speaker of the Ohio House Cliff Rosenberger told the Campaign Battlegrounds class. At 35-years-old, Speaker Rosenberger is the third-youngest Speaker in the history … Continue reading

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Akron Beacon Journal Managing Editor Doug Oplinger discusses journalism with Campaign Battleground

Doug Oplinger of the Akron Beacon Journal visited our class on February 9, 2016. Specializing in public policy and community engagement reporting, Mr. Oplinger has been involved in editing and contributing to three Pulitzer Prize-winning pieces and has won several … Continue reading

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Ethics and Public Policy Senior Fellow Henry Olsen to discuss Election Returns and Polling on Feb. 2

Henry Olsen will speak to Campaign Battleground on February 2, 2016. Mr. Olsen is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center as well an elections analyst and political essayist, studying conservative politics in America and abroad. His … Continue reading

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Clerk of Council Bob Keith discusses Akron City Council, his life in public service, and the future of Akron’s legislative body

On Tuesday, December 1, Clerk of Akron City Council Bob Keith joined Battleground for a discussion on local government and public service. Mr. Keith began his career in the private sector, running a local restaurant and then a tailoring business. … Continue reading

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Dave Yost, Auditor of the State of Ohio, – discusses functions of the Auditor’s Office, campaigning for public office – and his unique campaign commercials

On Tuesday, November 24, Dave Yost, Auditor of the State of Ohio, joined Battleground for a candid and enlightening discussion. Auditor Yost began his career as a journalist, writing for the Columbus Citizen-Journal. Answering the call to serve his community … Continue reading

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National Battleground class travels to New Hampshire

  National Battleground—a combined section, selected topic course in political science, taught by Dr. John Green and Gerald Austin—examines contemporary campaigning and electioneering going on across the United States. The class overall is a hands on, first look approach to … Continue reading

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