Center for the Study of Politics and Governance

CSPG fosters effective and efficient governance, increases the transparency of government processes,

Under the leadership of nationally prominent political scientist Lawrence Jacobs, the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance develops practical, independent, and non-partisan solutions to pressing political and policy challenges. Founded in 2005, CSPG fosters effective and efficient governance, increases the transparency of government processes, and rebuilds the public trust in order to c

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11/17/2023

We've raised 50% of our funding goal of $18,000 from 70 donors! We're so grateful! We're on our way to getting 100 alumni and friend donors, but it will take even more of you to lend your support to this effort.

Every donation, in any amount, makes a difference. You can make a one-time donation or spread the donation out over the course of the year.

Once you give, amplify it by encouraging your fellow Fellows and friends to give too.

Thank you for your generosity.
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11/16/2023

Great news! We've raised more than $4,000 unlocking the match provided by the alumni board for a total of more than $8,000. Thank you so much for your generosity.

Let's keep the momentum going and try to reach our goal of $18,000!

This year, more than ever, we need our entire Policy Fellows community to rally to support future Fellows. You can make a one-time donation or spread the donation out over the course of the year.

Every single gift makes a difference.

Thank you to those who have already donated. We are so grateful for your support.
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11/16/2023

We’ve had 60 donors give to the Policy Fellows scholarship fund so far. We’re so grateful.

Can you help us reach our goal of 100 donors?

For alumni of the program, cohort year 2021 has the most donations. There’s still time to rally your cohort to win bragging rights for the most donations, while also supporting a future Fellow’s participation in the program. Win, win!

Giving in any amount, even $10, will make a difference.

Give today and encourage your fellow Fellows and friends to give too!

Thank you for your generosity.

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11/16/2023

See below for a message from Policy Fellows Alumni Board Chair David Dively
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As the Chair of the Humphrey Policy Fellows Alumni Board, I am excited to reach out to you today to invite you to join us in supporting a cause close to our hearts on Give to the Max Day 2023.

The need for thoughtful and collaborative leadership has never been greater in these challenging times. Our goals in the alumni board are to support the Policy Fellows program by recruiting applicants, hosting events to build community, and contributing to financial scholarships for future cohorts so that the program's cost is not a barrier for anyone. We believe in a strong, collaborative, and representative Policy Fellows cohort, which leads to a stronger Minnesota.

Your contribution can make a significant difference in our efforts to continue developing leaders who can navigate the complexities of our ever-changing political climate. Together, we can empower our fellows to address pressing issues, find common ground, and drive positive change.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to fostering the next generation of leaders. Together, we can make a lasting impact in our community and beyond.

Thank you,
David Dively
https://z.umn.edu/PolicyFellowsGTMD23

11/14/2023

Greetings,
“Everywhere I go, people are coping with an avalanche of negative emotions: shock, pain, contempt, anger, anxiety, fear.” So wrote New York Times columnist David Brooks in a recent column. He went on to recommend “a dual sensibility — becoming a person who learns humility and prudence… but also audacity, emotional openness and care.”
Striving for a “dual sensibility” is a calling of the Policy Fellows program. Many moments come to mind for me, two from last year. One is a member of our military services who gave witness to the emotional revelation of what it meant to work in community for a common purpose.
Another spoke with power and dignity of witnessing sexual violence and amassing the power to confront and stop it from engulfing other women and girls.
The Policy Fellows program fosters needed conversations and relationships and strives to support a dual sensibility for our times.
As you know, we’re just a few days from Give to the Max Day. We count on your support to provide access to the Policy Fellows program for those who need financial assistance.
Give Today
Thank you,
Larry Jacobs
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Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Rising Tide of Unionization?. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. 11/01/2023

Exciting Events Ahead! Join the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance as we delve into critical topics:

On November 8th at noon CT, dive into the 2024 Elections' early insights. Democratic campaign consultant Rebecca Pearcey and GOP consultant Kirsten Kukowski will share their strategies. Register: https://z.umn.edu/2024ElectionsFirstLook

What's the future of American democracy? On November 14 at 11am CT, join our expert panel featuring political scientists Theda Skocpol, Chloe Nicol Thurston, & Keith Whittington and moderated by Larry Jacobs as they discuss the path forward. Register: https://z.umn.edu/WhatsNextForAmericanDemocracy

While public support for unions is on the rise, union membership decreased last year. Let's explore the reasons why. Join Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bernie Burnham, The University of Minnesota Law School’s Charlotte Garden, & Kathy Megarry from the Metropolitan Airports Commission for a discussion moderated by University of Minnesota History Professor Will Jones on November 15th at noon. Register: https://z.umn.edu/RisingTideofUnionization

Don't miss these insightful events – register today!

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Rising Tide of Unionization?. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. Joe Biden joined the United Auto Workers on a Detroit picket line, a historic first for a sitting President. Thousands of workers have voted in favor of unions at Amazon and Starbucks, and public support for unions approaches an all-time high. But the share of workers represented by a union declined...

09/26/2023

We are excited to announce the 2nd event in our Mondale Dialogues series which focuses on the issues and principles that guided Vice President Walter Mondale’s life. This extraordinary program will bring together national and state leaders in housing to discuss how the fight for fair housing has continued since the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which Mondale championed while in the U.S. Senate. We hope you can join us in person at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs or virtually via Zoom.

Event Details:
Monday, October 23
1:00-2:30 p.m. CDT
Free event, registration required
In person at Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Virtual via Zoom

Register today: z.umn.edu/MondaleDialoguesFightForFairHousing

09/13/2023

We’re excited to introduce you to the 2023-24 Policy Fellows cohort! They’re an amazing group of leaders from all over Minnesota and from government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. We look forward to meeting them this week and having a great year of learning.Learn more about the Fellows at z.umn.edu/2023-24-policyfellows.

03/16/2023

Partisan gridlock in the U.S. Senate, exemplified by the present day, “no-effort” filibuster, has made it difficult for the Senate to pass meaningful legislation and respond to the needs of the country. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) favors the "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" solution - talk. Senators who want to filibuster should need to stand up on the floor of the Senate to hold up action on bills they object to. Restoring the "talking filibuster," Senator Merkley argues, would bring the Senate back to the deliberative body it was designed to be, restore the incentives for both parties to seek compromise, and, in the process, help renew and strengthen our democracy. Join us for a conversation with Senator Jeff Merkley and Professor Larry Jacobs as they explore the history and debates of the filibuster.

Event Details:
Friday, March 24
12:00 - 1:00 pm CT
Free event, registration required
In person at Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Virtual via Zoom

Questions? Contact [email protected]

Register here: https://z.umn.edu/SenMerkley

Policy Fellows Program Application | Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs 03/13/2023

We’re excited to share the applications for the 2023-2024 Policy Fellows cohort are now open and will be accepted until Thursday, June 1.

We're seeking Minnesota emerging leaders and leaders from business, nonprofits, and government who are eager to engage in leadership development and learn how to work better across difference with a cohort from across the political spectrum and around the state.

Join us on Wednesday, April 12, 12-1 for an informational webinar. Register at link below.

Learn more and apply at: z.umn.edu/PFapp2023

Policy Fellows Program Application | Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs Thank you for your interest in the Policy Fellows program! The application deadline for the 2022-2023 cohort is Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Prerequisites Applicants must:

10/17/2022

How will the headwinds facing Democrats play out in the state's legislative races this fall? Will Republicans be able to win back the Minnesota House and the Governorship? Join us on October 24th for a conversation with Star Tribune political reporter Briana Bierschbach and political science professor Kathryn Pearson as they discuss the latest news and predictions of Minnesota's state elections. Register to attend: https://z.umn.edu/MNElections2022

10/10/2022

Latinx voters are the fastest growing voting block of the US. electorate. How will they influence the outcome of the upcoming 2022 midterm elections? On October 17th, Mark Hugo Lopez of the Pew Research Center will examine the attitudes and voting patterns of this diverse group of voters. Register to attend: https://z.umn.edu/LatinxVoters2022

10/05/2022

Are you ready for the 2022 Elections? Prominent political consultants Kirsten Kukowski and Rebecca Pearcey preview the upcoming midterm elections and how both parties are strategizing for them. Join us on October 12th! Register to attend: https://z.umn.edu/ControlofCongress

08/09/2022

There is still time to register for “A Better Path to Achieving Public Safety”. Hear from Norm Ornstein, Minneapolis Community Safety Commissioner Dr. Cedric Alexander, Attorney General Keith Ellison, Judge Steve Leifman, Mindy Greiling, State Senator Ron Latz and others as they discuss how to transform the way the criminal justice system and police respond to serious mental illness.

You can join us virtually or in-person at the Humphrey School this Thursday, August 11 from 11:30am-1:00pm

https://z.umn.edu/ABetterPath

08/04/2022

We have two events coming up next week that you won’t want to miss!

Congressman Tom Emmer will join Larry Jacobs to discuss his work in Congress and the GOP’s efforts to retake the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Monday, August 8
12:00pm-1:00pm
Zoom

Norm Ornstein, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Judge Steve Leifman, and others will discuss how Minnesota can transform the way the criminal justice system and police respond to serious mental illness.

Thursday, August 11
11:30am-1:30pm CST
You can join us either virtually or in-person at the Humphrey School.

Register for both at: https://z.umn.edu/CSPGEventsAug22

07/21/2022

Join us virtually or in-person at the Humphrey School on Thursday, August 11 from 11:30-1:00 CDT for a discussion on how to transform the way the criminal justice system and police respond to people with serious mental illness. Hear from Norm Ornstein, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Judge Steve Leifman, and more as they identify how Minnesota can join the revolution in public safety—saving lives and money!

https://z.umn.edu/ABetterPath

07/20/2022

Join us for our next Dialogue Across Difference event! Hear Congressman Tom Emmer in conversation with Larry Jacobs on Monday, August 8 at noon CDT as they discuss the GOP’s effort to retake the majority in the US House of Representatives.

https://z.umn.edu/Emmer2022

05/10/2022

Are you interested in learning more about Election Security? This summer the Certificate in Election Administration (CEA) Program is offering a great course! Taught by nationally renowned elections expert Jennifer Morrell, PA 3983/5983 Intro to Election Security examines the history of cyberattacks on the United States and the American election system. Students will explore the types of cybersecurity threats that exist and strategies to protect against them.

Anybody interested in election security can register for this course. You do not need to be a current student of the University of Minnesota or the CEA! Find out how to register for classes as a guest student here: https://onestop.umn.edu/academics/take-class-non-degreeguest-student

Register today, classes begin June 7th!

Questions? Email [email protected].

Election Accuracy: Going on the Offensive | Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs 04/30/2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week for the Election Accuracy: Going on the Offensive Conference! If you were unable to watch live, or would just like to rewatch the panels, the recordings are available on our website.
https://z.umn.edu/electionconference

Election Accuracy: Going on the Offensive | Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs Local and state election officials in the United States — who work hard to run accurate and secure voting processes — are finding that facts are not a sufficient defense of their election outcomes. Despite the rigorous steps that protect voter registration, ballot distribution, election systems ...

04/19/2022

There is still time to register for the free Election Accuracy: Going on the Offensive conference this Friday from 9:00am-12:30pm CT. Hear elections experts from around the nation discuss ways to go on the offensive to manage communications before, during and after an election to combat disinformation and conspiracy theories.

Register today: http://z.umn.edu/electionconference

04/04/2022

Local and state election officials in the United States — who run the most accurate and secure voting process in the world — are finding that facts are not a sufficient defense of their election outcomes. Despite the rigorous steps that protect voter registration, ballot distribution, election systems and vote counting, conspiracy theories are undermining the public's trust in this most basic act of a democracy. To combat this problem, experts from around the nation analyze the problem to provide actionable steps so election administrators can go on the offense to manage communications before, during and after an election.

Friday, April 22, 2022
9am-12:30pm CT
Virtual Conference

Register today: http://z.umn.edu/electionconference

02/21/2022

THIS WEDNESDAY: Are you ready for the 2022 Elections? Prominent political consultants from the Democratic and Republican parties preview the upcoming midterm elections and how both parties are strategizing for them. Register to attend: https://z.umn.edu/elections2022

01/17/2022

THIS THURSDAY: The US spends more on health care than other countries and yet Americans stand out for poorer health – as measured by life expectancy, chronic heart disease, and the rates of death among mothers and babies. The Biden administration is pursuing an ambitious response: deliver greater value for our health care dollars and improve the care and health of black, indigenous, and populations of color. Elizabeth Fowler, a leader of the Biden Administration's strategy, visits to discuss a new generation of collaborative care and incentives to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities among diverse Americans throughout the country and in Minnesota. Register Today: z.umn.edu/HealthforAll

01/05/2022

The US spends more on health care than other countries and yet Americans stand out for poorer health – as measured by life expectancy, chronic heart disease, and the rates of death among mothers and babies. The Biden administration is pursuing an ambitious response: deliver greater value for our health care dollars and improve the care and health of black, indigenous, and populations of color. Elizabeth Fowler, a leader of the Biden Administration's strategy, visits to discuss a new generation of collaborative care and incentives to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities among diverse Americans throughout the country and in Minnesota. Register Today: z.umn.edu/HealthforAll

12/13/2021

THIS WEDNESDAY: "In the aftermath of the 2020 elections, election audits have taken center stage. They have been used to demonstrate the integrity of an election and, conversely, used in an attempt to demonstrate an election was flawed. Jennifer Morrell, an expert in election audits, will moderate a conversation with election officials that will explore the changing landscape of election audits - best practices, challenges, and opportunities.

Panel:
Pam Anderson, former Clerk Jefferson County, CO
Robert Giles, New Jersey Director of Elections
Jennifer Morrell, Partner, The Elections Group"

Register today: z.umn.edu/electionaudits2021

12/03/2021

THIS MONDAY: Judge Steve Leifman of Miami-Dade County, Florida, has transformed the way the criminal justice system and police in this huge county deal with those with serious mental illness, saving lives and saving money at the same time. The best practices he and his team have crafted, embodied in a film called Definition of Insanity (www.doifilm.com), can be adapted to the needs and resources of every community. Judge Leifman will moderate a conversation with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Norman Ornstein, whose family foundation spearheaded the documentary, about criminal justice reform, police reform and mental illness. Register to attend: z.umn.edu/mentalhealthandcriminaljustice

11/29/2021

Judge Steve Leifman of Miami-Dade County, Florida, has transformed the way the criminal justice system and police in this huge county deal with those with serious mental illness, saving lives and saving money at the same time. The best practices he and his team have crafted, embodied in a film called Definition of Insanity (www.doifilm.com), can be adapted to the needs and resources of every community. Judge Leifman will moderate a conversation with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Norman Ornstein, whose family foundation spearheaded the documentary, about criminal justice reform, police reform and mental illness. Register to attend: z.umn.edu/mentalhealthandcriminaljustice

11/15/2021

THIS WEDNESDAY: Health reform is a big part of President Biden’s Build Back Better plan. Sweeping proposals have been negotiated carefully among Democratic leaders and party factions. Join us to hear how these changes may impact access, the cost of health care, and state and federal budgets. This program brings together keen observers of health reform in Washington DC, Jim Capretta from the American Enterprise Institute and Sabrina Corlette from Georgetown University to dissect what is happening. Register to attend: z.umn.edu/HealthReformLives2021

11/09/2021

NOV 17th: Health reform is a big part of President Biden’s Build Back Better plan. Sweeping proposals have been negotiated carefully among Democratic leaders and party factions. Join us to hear how these changes may impact access, the cost of health care, and state and federal budgets. This program brings together keen observers of health reform in Washington DC, Jim Capretta from the American Enterprise Institute and Sabrina Corlette from Georgetown University to dissect what is happening. Register to attend: z.umn.edu/HealthReformLives2021

11/02/2021

Health reform is a big part of President Biden’s Build Back Better plan. Sweeping proposals have been negotiated carefully among Democratic leaders and party factions. Join us to hear how these changes may impact access, the cost of health care, and state and federal budgets. This program brings together keen observers of health reform in Washington DC, Jim Capretta from the American Enterprise Institute and Sabrina Corlette from Georgetown University to dissect what is happening. Register to attend: z.umn.edu/HealthReformLives2021

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