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Sep17, 2020

National Dashboard: 50 Days Out – Little Movement

By University of Denver |September 17, 2020

With less than 50 days to November 3 and only a few weeks until ballots arrive in Colorado (October 9), the National Dashboard of Donald Trump’s and Joe Biden’s positions have not moved significantly since mid-April. Biden still leads in the head-to-head and Trump still maintains his mid to low 40s approval rating as he has for most of his term.As of September 15, post the two conventions and more than a week after Labor Day, polls continue to range around the same averages in spite of a var...
Sep17, 2020

National Dashboard: 50 Days Out – Little Movement

By University of Denver |September 17, 2020

With less than 50 days to November 3 and only a few weeks until ballots arrive in Colorado (October 9), the National Dashboard of Donald Trump’s and Joe Biden’s positions have not moved significantly since mid-April. Biden still leads in the head-to-head and Trump still maintains his mid to low 40s approval rating as he has for most of his term.As of September 15, post the two conventions and more than a week after Labor Day, polls continue to range around the same averages in spite of a var...
Sep17, 2020

From Left to Right, Social Issues to Taxes, Colorado Voters Face Eleven Ballot Issues

By University of Denver |September 17, 2020

In a Colorado Politics report. Marianne Goodland (9-8-20) describes the impact, sponsors and opponents of the 11 ballot issues Colorado voters will sort through this election.I predict massive turnout because of the presidential race. I did not believe the ballot issues would influence it, but will have to deal with it.As University of Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli said recently, there’s something on the ballot for everybody this year.The 11 measures approved for the Nov. 3 ballot touch on soci...
Sep17, 2020

From Left to Right, Social Issues to Taxes, Colorado Voters Face Eleven Ballot Issues

By University of Denver |September 17, 2020

In a Colorado Politics report. Marianne Goodland (9-8-20) describes the impact, sponsors and opponents of the 11 ballot issues Colorado voters will sort through this election.I predict massive turnout because of the presidential race. I did not believe the ballot issues would influence it, but will have to deal with it.As University of Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli said recently, there’s something on the ballot for everybody this year.The 11 measures approved for the Nov. 3 ballot touch on soci...
Sep17, 2020

As Vaccine Becomes Politicized, a Majority Won’t Take It

By University of Denver |September 17, 2020

 Preparation, introduction and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine have become politicized, and now two-thirds of the public say they won’t take it. Another blow to President Trump, who saw it as a game changer for his come from behind Election Day strategy.With Trump’s frequent insistencies that the vaccine would be ready before the end of the year and the recent order from the CDC that local distribution sites be ready before Election Day, the vaccine is now part of the political lands...
Sep17, 2020

The More Trump Campaigns, the More Democrats Benefit

By University of Denver |September 17, 2020

Joe Biden’s supporters are more likely to say their support is based on dislike of Donald Trump than support for Biden. A majority of Democrats (56%) say dislike of Trump is the main reason for their support of Biden. Only 19% of Trump supporters say their main motivation is dislike of Biden.Observers have suggested that this is one of the origins of the enthusiasm gap between Biden and Trump (20% difference between “strong support” for Trump – 66% over Biden – 46%). But, it also refle...
Sep17, 2020

Gardner Hits the Final Run Still Off the Pace

By University of Denver |September 17, 2020

The August 30 poll from Morning Consult, the second in the last six weeks, brought bad news for Cory Gardner. He was 9 percentage points behind his Democratic challenger, John Hickenlooper, just as the race led into the final 60 days. An even more recent poll from AARP offered better news, but still showed Gardner down 5 points (51% to 46%) (9-5-20).Gardner’s campaign and financial allies have been pouring money into advertising, much of it negative, in the hope of realigning the race. It has ...
Sep17, 2020

Election Central: Conversation on Election 2020

By University of Denver |September 17, 2020

 Is there a Silent Majority? Will the polls tighten? Where’s the Colorado senate race now?Watch the Crossley Center video, “Election Central,” which reviews the candidate polls and the major election questions, including Election Night, as the campaigns go into their final runs.WATCH VIDEO...
Sep17, 2020

August Economic Report Shows Slow Recovery. Bipartisan Public Support for More Stimulus Payments.

By University of Denver |September 17, 2020

 The Senate defeated an economic stimulus proposal just as the American people reported it as their top priority and as the August economic report showed the pace of the recovery has slowed. In its top political issues for voting, Pew reported on August 13 that the economy was the most important issue for voters it tested, attracting 79 percent.Although the overall unemployment rate dropped to 8.4 percent from 10.2 percent in July, the biggest news was an increase in reported layoffs and fu...
Sep17, 2020

Courts and Judges are Important to Both Parties

By University of Denver |September 17, 2020

 President Trump in his long interview with Bob Woodward revealed the names of people on his shortlist of possible Supreme Court nominees. It included conservative Republican Senators Ted Cruz (Texas), Tom Cotton (Arkansas) and Josh Hawley (Missouri).In a recent poll on the most important issues in the election, Supreme Court appointees were third on a list of 12 items asked of voters in early August 2020, with 68 percent of voters making it a “very important” issue. It ranked ahead of ...
Sep17, 2020

Early Polls – Still Biden Advantage

By University of Denver |September 17, 2020

 Donald Trump needed a bounce from his convention. In fact, he needed a leap. He was losing on average 7.4 points before the event and is losing this week by 7.2 points according to the RealClearPolitics average posted yesterday, Wednesday, September 2.Today’s results aren’t much better in the battleground states. A new Fox News poll conducted in Arizona, North Carolina and Wisconsin through September 1 shows Trump losing to Biden by an average of 7 points. All three Republican senate c...
Sep17, 2020

#ElliottProud: Robert Maxim

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |September 17, 2020

Robert Maxim is a research associate in the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings. Robert conducts research and analysis for the program’s innovation and managing disruption portfolio, with a focus on helping communities adapt to globalization and technological change. He has previously served as a Senior Analyst at the Boston Consulting Group, specializing in trade policy and economic development, as well as a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, focusing on industr...
Sep17, 2020

An annotated Fletcher tour: the Murrow Memorial Room

By Tufts University |September 17, 2020

As physical visits to Fletcher aren’t currently possible, this series attempts to provide the next best thing in the form of a blog-based virtual tour. Today’s showcase: the Murrow Memorial Room. Certain spaces just feel “important” somehow. There’s nowhere at Fletcher for which that’s more true than the Murrow Memorial Room, named in honor of famed broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow. Anyone in search of leather-bound books and a smell of rich mahogany should ...
Sep17, 2020

Are National Republicans Giving Up on Gardner?

By University of Denver |September 17, 2020

 In the online paper, the Colorado Times Recorder, reporter Sean Price puts together a story on speculation that since Donald Trump’s campaign hasn’t targeted Colorado, the national Republicans funding sources may be walking away from incumbent Senator Cory Gardner.Sen. Cory Gardner | Getty ImagesI doubted it, although I agreed it doesn’t appear Trump’s chances in Colorado, as of now, are very good.Floyd Ciruli, a Colorado pollster and political analyst, does not believe Republican ...
Sep17, 2020

Could Hickenlooper Lose?

By University of Denver |September 17, 2020

 As of mid-August, polls and political prognosticators suggest that Democratic Senate candidate, John Hickenlooper, will have to work very hard to lose to incumbent Senator Cory Gardner. But, if anxious Democratic activists are any indication, it could happen. Hickenlooper’s campaign is judged as weak and his strategy overly dependent on Donald Trump.Polls suggest he’s at least 6 points ahead of Gardner and President Trump’s down at least ten to Joe Biden. Political science suggests t...
Sep17, 2020

2020 Student Life Insight Series – Post #18

By Harvard |September 17, 2020

Charlotte O’Herron is an MPP student who received summer internship funding through the Center for Public Leadership. She is a graduate of Middlebury College where she earned a degree in Environmental Economics. Image Caption:  Charlotte O’Herron PhotoIn May, as the COVID-19 pandemic overwhelmed our country’s healthcare system and electoral system, I realized that my upcoming summer internship was going to be at the forefront of both. I would be working for VotER, a nonprofit startup th...
Sep16, 2020

Meet John Urban, HNC Deputy American Co-Director

By Johns Hopkins University |September 16, 2020

Tell us a bit about your roll at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) as Deputy American Co-Director.I do a little bit of everything. This ranges from getting students, faculty, and staff their visas, arranging housing assignments, creating class schedules and academic calendars, and helping organize events and host visitors. Aside from teaching a class, I have likely had a hand in most tasks at HNC in the past five years.What is your background with China and what attracted you to work at the HNC i...
Sep16, 2020

#WeAreElliott: Kristi Bradford

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |September 16, 2020

Kristi Bradford is in the International Science and Technology Policy master’s program, concentrating in Space Policy and Economics. She started her career in research and development of scientific instrumentation. Her work has been deployed to the South Pole, biomedical research labs, sub-orbital balloon trajectories, and Earth orbit. She has co-authored over a dozen publications on scientific measurement systems and received numerous awards for her work, including from the American Astronom...
Sep16, 2020

#WeAreElliott: Kristi Bradford

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |September 16, 2020

Kristi Bradford is in the International Science and Technology Policy master’s program, concentrating in Space Policy and Economics. She started her career in research and development of scientific instrumentation. Her work has been deployed to the South Pole, biomedical research labs, sub-orbital balloon trajectories, and Earth orbit. She has co-authored over a dozen publications on scientific measurement systems and received numerous awards for her work, including from the American Astronom...
Sep16, 2020

2021 Application Cycle Fellowship/Scholarship Information – Post #4

By Harvard |September 16, 2020

HKS Partnership FellowshipsHKS partners with a number of prestigious public service fellowship organizations. Now is a great time to consider these programs if you are planning to apply to HKS for the upcoming 21/22 academic year or beyond.Admitted applicants who are granted funding from these organizations will receive additional financial assistance from HKS, as long as the admitted applicants complete the HKS financial aid application.  Amounts and the nature of HKS support are determined ...
Sep15, 2020

#ElliottExpert: Jane Henrici

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |September 15, 2020

Jane Henrici, PhD is a consulting Senior Researcher and Gender Advisor and Professorial Lecturer in the Elliott School of International Affairs. She is an economic anthropologist with 20+ years of experience designing, conducting, training, and teaching research on gender and intersectionality; communicating findings and recommendations; and helping to craft and undertake follow-up programming in the Americas, Asia, and North Africa. Her doctorate is from the University of Texas-Austin, her...
Sep15, 2020

Attend Our Virtual Mini Lecture Series

By Columbia University |September 15, 2020

We are officially one week into the fall semester, and it’s proven to be unlike any other. We moved all our courses online and implemented Hyflex classrooms for a small number of classes. These specialized classrooms allow professors to teach students simultaneously online and in-person. With these modifications in place, we moved our standard Class […]...
Sep15, 2020

2021 Application Long-Term Planning Series – Post #17

By Harvard |September 15, 2020

One common theme of discussion in Admissions Committee meetings has to do with our review of the applications of those who do not speak English as a native language. The pace of learning at HKS is quite fast and a few faculty members on the Committee reference the struggles faced by some students who are non-native English speakers. The ability to read vast amounts of materials quickly, write with clarity, understand rapid conversations and speak clearly are all key to achieving success at HKS.W...
Sep14, 2020

A New Way to Teach – A New Way to Learn: Reflections three weeks in..

By Syracuse University |September 14, 2020

~This weeks blog post was written by Lucas Vallely, current MPA student, and Graduate Assistant for PAIA Admissions The Fall semester has begun! Students have arrived back on campus. Faculty are hard at work providing top-notch educational experiences for their classes. The Central New York air is alive with the warmth of summer. And the […]...
Sep14, 2020

An annotated Fletcher tour: Ginn Library

By Tufts University |September 14, 2020

As physical visits to Fletcher aren’t currently possible, this series attempts to provide the next best thing in the form of a blog-based virtual tour. Today we’ll spend some time in the intellectual nerve-center of Fletcher, Ginn Library. Some Fletcher students might feel like they spend pretty much all their time in Ginn Library, or at least trawling its wealth of virtual resources in our remote environment. It makes a lot of sense that Ginn is a focal point of student life at Fletcher...
Sep14, 2020

The US 2020 Presidential Election and Foreign Policy Ramifications

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |September 14, 2020

Policymakers around the globe are closely following the 2020 US presidential election and foreign policy trends that will unfold as a result. US interventionism, our role in development work around the world, efforts to support democracy and citizen movements, intervention in fragile and conflict-affected countries, and many other crucial areas of global policy will be affected by the US presidential race and election outcome. We recently spoke with Lauren Van Metre, lecturer in the Elliott...
Sep14, 2020

2020 Student Life Insight Series – Post #17

By Harvard |September 14, 2020

Camila Thorndike graduated with an MC/MPA degree in 2020 and she was a recipient of the Louis and Gabrielle Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellowship. In this entry she writes about an internship associated with the fellowship. Image Caption: Camila Thorndike photoI grew up in Ashland, a small town in the Rogue Valley of southern Oregon, spending summers on my mother’s organic cut flower farm and winters on the community-owned ski mountain. My undergraduate studies were com...
Sep11, 2020

Ciruli: Podcast – Are the Polls Accurate?

By University of Denver |September 11, 2020

Poll Skeptic“I’ll bet $100 that the polls on 1 October will be off by MORE than the margin of error from the results of the presidential election in early November. I’m interested to see if indeed polling has improved in the past 4 years from the dumpster fire it was in 2016.”I pointed out that polls on October 1 will describe the election on that day within the margin of error, not the result on November 3. Polls in 2016 weren’t a “dumpster fire.” Tune into my DU podcast to get th...
Sep11, 2020

2021 Application Long-Term Planning Series – Post #16

By Harvard |September 11, 2020

The Admissions Committee continues to engage in the planning process for the upcoming cycle, but we still have more work ahead of us before we make the application available. Although the application is not yet available and all of our policies for the coming cycle have not been finalized, the goal of this series is to help you get a head start in your planning and preparation. As policies are finalized and we get a better idea of when the online application will be available, I will post update...
Sep10, 2020

#ElliottProud: Renee Reneau

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |September 10, 2020

Renee Reneau graduated from the M.A. Latin American and Hemispheric Studies program at the Elliott School in 2018, where she studied a wide range of issues affecting the region, including informal work forces, U.S.-Mexican relations, political transitions, and migration. Renee worked as the LAHS Program Assistant with Program Director Dr. Paula Alonso, and interned on the Monitoring & Evaluation Team at Vital Voices over the summer. She also served as the founding President of [email protected] ...