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Nov17, 2019

FAQs for Prospective MPA/ID Applicants – Post #3

By Harvard |November 17, 2019

The is the third of three posts written by the MPA/ID Staff addressing some of the most frequently asked questions received from prospective applicants. If you have admissions-related questions about our Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) Program, we encourage you to contact the MPA/ID team directly. The MPA/ID staff is available to meet with prospective students year round, but we especially encourage visitors to come during the academic year for the opportuni...
Nov17, 2019

FAQs for Prospective MPA/ID Applicants – Post #3

By Harvard |November 17, 2019

The is the third of three posts written by the MPA/ID Staff addressing some of the most frequently asked questions received from prospective applicants. If you have admissions-related questions about our Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) Program, we encourage you to contact the MPA/ID team directly. The MPA/ID staff is available to meet with prospective students year round, but we especially encourage visitors to come during the academic year for the opportuni...
Nov16, 2019

Opportunities to Connect with HKSThis post serves as an update on opportunities to meet with members…

By Harvard |November 16, 2019

Opportunities to Connect with HKSThis post serves as an update on opportunities to meet with members of the HKS community. HKS representatives engage in travel and the Kennedy School hosts on campus events and virtual information sessions. To stay up-to-date regarding opportunities to learn more about HKS, please follow this blog. If you have not already, I recommend subscribing to the blog. We use a service called Feedburner which sends an email each time this blog is updated. Click here to sub...
Nov15, 2019

McConnell Takes on Trump, Isolationism, Defends America’s Global Leadership

By University of Denver |November 15, 2019

Without mentioning Donald Trump’s name, Mitch McConnell, in a high-profile guest editorial in the Washington Post, took on President Trump’s foreign policy, labeling it isolationist and specifically claiming his Syrian withdrawal is a “grave strategic mistake.” It will, in his view, make the “American people…less safe…embolden our enemies and weaken important alliances.”Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnellPicture: J. Scott Applewhite/AP photoHe cites three policy lessons distille...
Nov15, 2019

KOA Interview: Colorado’s Senators in Tough Fights

By University of Denver |November 15, 2019

In an interview with KOA’s morning anchors, Marty Lenz and Ed Greene, the prospects for Senator Cory Gardner’s re-election and Senator Michael Bennet’s presidential bid were discussed. Neither looks good as of now.Cory GardnerGardner’s major challenge is being tied to President Trump, who is not popular in Colorado and has had a very bad month. Starting on September 24 with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of an impeachment inquiry, to the President’s tweet on the Syrian withdrawa...
Nov15, 2019

Pelosi and Trump are Near Tie in Favorable Public Opinion

By University of Denver |November 15, 2019

The Speaker Confronts the PresidentAfter more than a decade being pummeled by Republicans in congressional campaigns, Nancy Pelosi is now nearly even with Donald Trump in public favorability. She is the leader of the national Democratic Party and well ahead of her congressional colleagues on public approval.Mitch McConnell is rapidly becoming the favorite target of Democrats anxious to take control of the Senate in 2020....
Nov15, 2019

The West’s Top Pollsters Gather in San Francisco to Preview the 2020 Election

By University of Denver |November 15, 2019

The annual Pacific Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (PAPOR) will meet December 5 and 6 in San Francisco to present new research on public opinion trends and insights.One of the most anticipated panels brings together top western states pollsters in a panel titled, “Election Issues in Western States,” to discuss the factors that will shape the 2020 elections, especially in the West. Among topics are the presidential primaries, a host of which are looming on or b...
Nov15, 2019

Colorado Water Congress Joins Host of Agriculture, Business and Recreation Organizations for Proposition DD

By University of Denver |November 15, 2019

The Colorado Water Congress (CWC), the association of the state’s water community, including municipal and special district water organizations, has endorsed Proposition DD, the sports gaming for water funding proposal. They joined dozens of businesses and agricultural associations that realize the critical place water has in Colorado’s prosperity and quality of life.Among the water agencies endorsing the proposal are: Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, the Colorado River Water Co...
Nov15, 2019

The House Will Indict President Trump

By University of Denver |November 15, 2019

At the conclusion of Robert Mueller’s turgid testimony (July 2019), there were 100 House members ready to proceed to an impeachment inquiry. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “no.” There was no Republican support, and most importantly for her most vulnerable members, only a third of the public was in favor.Slowly, actions by President Trump (obstruction to congressional inquiries), the pro-impeachment politics in member districts and pressure to move forward within the beltway got that number to 1...
Nov15, 2019

Cassia Moraes MPA-DP ’15 of Youth Climate Leaders

By Columbia University |November 15, 2019

As CEO and partnerships lead at Youth Climate Leaders, Cassia Moraes MPA-DP ’15 is working to build the next generation of climate leaders through a unique around the world experience. Participants learn about climate change in theory, understand it in practice and work on hands-on projects with other young people, ultimately building a community of […]...
Nov15, 2019

2019 Previous Application Review Notes – Post #15

By Harvard |November 15, 2019

This post concludes the application review notes series for this cycle with some further advice to consider when piecing together an application. Do not assume Admissions Committee members will be familiar with acronyms. Every organization uses acronyms, HKS is certainly no exception, and hearing or seeing them every day can lead to common usage in conversations and other communications. However, we review applications submitted by nationals of over 140 countries who work in a variety of differe...
Nov14, 2019

Who Votes in Colorado’s Presidential Primary?

By University of Denver |November 14, 2019

Will 200,000, 600,000 or a million voters participate in the March 3 presidential primary? In Colorado’s first presidential primary in 1992, Governor Jerry Brown just edged out the comeback kid, Bill Clinton, and Massachusetts Senator Paul Tsongas in a contest that attracted 235,000 voters. That vote total was the decade-long high for turnout in Colorado’s presidential primaries.In 2000, the last year a primary was conducted, 178,000 voted in the Republican primary between George Bush and Jo...
Nov14, 2019

Surprise, Denver Post Opposes TABOR Override – Proposition CC

By University of Denver |November 14, 2019

With a huge financial advantage, drafted by the dominant Democratic Party and supported by many within the business, local government and nonprofit establishments, Proposition CC was assumed to be the recipient of endorsements from organizations hostile to TABOR and favoring bigger government.Not the Denver Post. In a Sunday editorial, the paper criticizes the proposition’s revenue allocation as “fatally flawed” and the override’s permanent aspect making it impossible to correct.The Post...
Nov14, 2019

KOA: Age is Becoming an Issue in the Democratic Primary

By University of Denver |November 14, 2019

Bernie Sanders leaves Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center inLas Vegas after suffering heart attack, Oct. 5, 2019 | Photo: CNN.comBernie Sanders’ cancelled events and hospitalization was the topic in an October 3 interview with April Zesbaugh and Marty Lenz. Shortly before Sanders’ health crisis, former President Jimmy Carter had suggested an age cap might be appropriate for serving as president.Sanders, who is 78, had political problems before his heart attack (later confirmed). He was ne...
Nov14, 2019

Fast Moving Impeachment Story Driving Public Opinion

By University of Denver |November 14, 2019

A majority of the American people (51%) now support the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s Ukraine behavior and 46 percent support impeachment and removal, a 10-point increase of support since July (36% to 46% today).Although President Trump has been losing the early media exchanges due to the events of the last two weeks and their saturation media coverage, it is still difficult to see how support for removal rises much above the approval of his performance (43%). Also, with nearly 90...
Nov14, 2019

Campaigns Underway for Two Statewide Propositions

By University of Denver |November 14, 2019

After a late start, the TABOR override, Proposition CC, campaign finally launched with a $1.8 million war chest and a month to convince voters to shift state tax refunds to education and transportation. Opponents, with much less funding, have been in the field with online media and grassroots activity since the summer.The major difference in campaign financing between the two groups is that many pro-spending initiatives can call on a host of wealthy individuals and interest groups, such as the e...
Nov14, 2019

U.S. Senate Nomination – Colorado

By University of Denver |November 14, 2019

The Democrats will have a spirited contest for their U.S. Senate nomination against incumbent Cory Gardner. It is assumed the winner has a better than ever chance to defeat Gardner in a state that has been trending Democratic in a year Donald Trump’s re-election will dominate politics. President Trump lost the state by 5 points in 2016, and every recent poll and the 2018 midterm reinforce that he could lose by more in November 2020.Colorado uses a bifurcated system of nominations, with a caucu...
Nov14, 2019

#ElliottProud: Matthew Goeppele-Parish

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |November 14, 2019

Matt Goeppele-Parrish is a Project Assistant with Wiley Rein LLP’s International Trade practice. He holds an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a BA in International Studies and Mandarin Chinese from the University of Washington. His studies also included time at the University of Hong Kong and Sichuan University. In his current role, he works with government agency filings for anti-dumping and countervailing duty ...
Nov14, 2019

Gaming Helps the Environment

By University of Denver |November 14, 2019

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) announced that its latest awards included a $7.5 million grant, which provided half the funds to create the state’s newest park, Fisher’s Peak, with its iconic rock feature near Trinidad.Fisher’s Peak Ranch in southeast ColoradoPhoto: The Nature ConservancyGOCO is one of Colorado’s most successful independent grant-making agencies. It was created by a voter approved initiative, and has invested $1.2 billion of lottery gaming proceeds into the preservation o...
Nov14, 2019

Colorado Senate Race With Three Million Voters, But Within Two Points, or 60,000 Votes?

By University of Denver |November 14, 2019

Colorado voter registration is racing toward four million (3.9 million active and inactive today) and turnout is exceeding 75 percent. In the 2004 presidential election, registration was 3.1 million, with Republican registrants ahead of unaffiliated voters and 178,000 in front of Democrats. Republican officeholders had dominated the state with President Bush winning the electoral vote, and Republicans having the governorship, both senators and four of the congressional seats.After a decade of ra...
Nov14, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Princeton, Microsoft challenge to DACA termination

By Princeton University |November 14, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Princeton, Microsoft challenge to DACA terminationNov 14, 2019Princeton University News: U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Princeton, Microsoft challenge to DACA termination Princeton Alumni Weekly: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments on DACA Protections The Daily Princetonian: Supreme Court hears oral argument on DACA, including complain from U. Politico: What today’s DACA case means to undocumented students, educators The Chronicle of Higher Education...
Nov14, 2019

Introducing Rita

By Tufts University |November 14, 2019

We’ve got one remaining introduction to make to readers, closing out a few weeks of welcoming new faces to the blog, and to our team. Rita Berglund joined the team last week as our new Staff Assistant, and we’re delighted to have her here. Current and prospective applicants to Fletcher should take particular note, as Rita is likely to be the first face greeting visitors to our office, and may also be a first point of contact for phone and email inquiries, as well. I’ll let Rita...
Nov14, 2019

The Numbers Start to Move – Iowa Caucus First; Warren Surges, Bernie Falters and Biden Drifts Lower

By University of Denver |November 14, 2019

In the September 18 Iowa poll of caucus goers, who will start the run into the 2020 caucuses and primaries on February 3, Elizabeth Warren was ahead of Joe Biden, 22 points to 20. The biggest loss of support was registered by Bernie Sanders, down 5 points since the June CNN/Des Moines Register/Media.com poll. The poll was conducted by Selzer and Co, Sept. 14-18, with 602 caucus goers by phone.New polls in New Hampshire and California show the same shift with Warren now in the lead in both states...
Nov14, 2019

Impeachment Opinion is Moving, But Not Trump’s Approval

By University of Denver |November 14, 2019

Action tends to be better in politics than reaction, and Democrats now have charged into what will likely be the dominant political story for the near future. Congressional hearings through the holidays, a new lead topic at the presidential debates, possible changes in the line-up, and a potentially competing story for next year’s primaries.Public opinion will be a key factor to watch as the parties and personalities struggle to control the narrative. The ratio that has dominated the Trump pre...
Nov14, 2019

“Whether you love me or hate me…” – Donald Trump, Aug. 16, 2019

By University of Denver |November 14, 2019

The most recent Sabato Crystal Ball rates the national election a deadlock, with 248 electoral voters each for Trump’s re-election and a generic Democrat. The 42 electoral vote toss-up states are: Arizona (11), Pennsylvania (20) and Wisconsin (10) (Nebraska 2nd CD). And, other likely battleground states due to their closeness in 2016 and won by Democrats are , Minnesota, New Hampshire and Nevada. Of course, Trump just claimed New Mexico was a target, which most observers believe is a longshot....
Nov14, 2019

Fall 2019 Application News and Notes – Post #10

By Harvard |November 14, 2019

Common inquiries we receive often have to do with the timeline of the admissions process. To help applicants for 2020 Master’s programs admission consideration understand the admissions process and plan for the long-term, we have put together a flow chart which we hope will assist in understanding our timeline and the processing of applications. In following the expression “Out of sight, out of mind” I recommend that each applicant engage in the old school practice of printing the flowcha...
Nov13, 2019

Support for Impeachment Inquiry Increases, Country Now Closely Divided

By University of Denver |November 13, 2019

New polls from Politico since the whistleblower revelations and Democrats calling for an impeachment inquiry show that the public has shifted from 36 percent in favor to 49 percent against impeachment, to a tie of 43 percent in favor and 43 percent against. Much of the movement in favor is among Democrats, who are now 77 percent in favor of an impeachment inquiry compared to 66 percent in a poll before the latest developments (only 10% of Republicans and 39% of independents support impeachment)....
Nov13, 2019

Proposition DD: Dealing With Colorado’s Mixed Views on Gaming, Water Funding and State Taxes

By University of Denver |November 13, 2019

Colorado voters have had an ambivalent relationship with gaming, limited experience with tax funding water projects and are decidedly hostile to statewide tax increases.State TaxesElections since the early 2000s reinforce voters’ lack of trust and support for state tax increases, for example, with “no” votes for education funding in 2005 and a deluge of “no” votes in the high turnout, generally liberal, electorate of 2018, defeating tax increases for schools and roads.WaterThe only wat...
Nov13, 2019

Anna Staver: Colorado Voters Have an Ambivalent Relationship to Gaming, Denver Post

By University of Denver |November 13, 2019

In a front page, top-of-the-field story, Denver Post reporter, Anna Staver, captures Colorado voters’ ambivalence toward gaming. After having authorized casino gaming in 1990 and 1992 in three historic mountain towns, they have decisively said “no” to expansions off those footprints. She points out that at least some of the resistance is based on the mixed results in the three communities, especially in terms of historic preservations as key original purpose.I related some history of gamin...
Nov13, 2019

Jerd Smith: Proposition DD Off to Slow Start

By University of Denver |November 13, 2019

Jerd Smith, as part of her Water Education Colorado beat, reported that with six weeks until the November 5 election, the public has a low-level of awareness of Proposition DD, legalizing sports gaming to fund the State Water Plan.Supporters have a major media campaign planned and no funded opposition. But, they still have a lot of voters to convince.Smith reported on my Adams County voter poll that showed nearly a fifth of voters undecided (18%) and support below opposition as the campaign bega...