The IOP@FSU hosted another event in our series on January 26, 2021, this one focused on finding common ground in Congress. We welcomed Representative Neal Dunn (R-FL) and Representative Al Lawson (D-FL) in a discussion on the upcoming 117th Congress and representation. The discussion was moderated by Michelle Whyman (Assistant Professor of Political Science, FSU).
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Our keynote event featured Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Former Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) and was moderated by the Honorable Al Cardenas. This discussion centered around the Senate and the importance of civic engagement, political participation, and civil discourse in contemporary American Politics.
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The discussion on presidential transitions featuring Willie Gaynor (2016 Trump Transition Team & 2000 Bush Transition Team), Jon Carson (2008 Obama Transition Team) and Gary Hollibaugh Jr. (Associate Prof. of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh).
The IOP hosted Dr. John Sides of Vanderbilt University and the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog and Steve Schale, who was the executive director of Unite the Country during the 2020 election cycle. Our speakers provided expert insight on the 2020 election results and their impact on politics for 2021 and beyond.
The IOP hosted a live Zoom event on November 17, 2020. This post-election discussion with IOP Director Dr. Hans Hassell on “Campaigns in a New Environment: A Retrospective into Political Campaigns in 2020” elaborated on how political campaigns were different this election cycle and what that meant for politics in general.
The IOP@FSU held a timely event hosting G. Elliott Morris of The Economist who broke down the performance of election forecasting for the 2020 election. View this discussion with Dr. Brad Gomez, chair of the FSU Political Science Department on our YouTube channel.
IOP@FSU hosted an event with the FSU Alumni Association on November 4, 2020, where Dean Tim Chapin, from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, hosted a panel of esteemed faculty to explore American Democracy in action and our tradition of representative governance. Our featured panelists hosted a strictly nonpartisan discussion that provides information on next stages and explained emerging political processes. Registrants had the opportunity to submit questions ahead of time as well as ask our experts questions throughout the webinar.
A new poll of Florida voters, sponsored by the Institute of Politics at Florida State University (IOP@FSU) and conducted by YouGov, indicates that former Vice President Joe Biden has a small lead on President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election race in Florida. If the election were held today, 48% of respondents indicated that they would cast their ballots for Vice President Joe Biden. This was 2 percentage points more than the 46% of respondents who indicated they would vote for President Donald Trump.
Early Voting is up and running between October 19-October 30 and FSU Votes is working to give all students and staff the chance to get their vote counted. With Noles to the Polls, FSU is providing shuttles Monday-Friday between 10:00am-6:00pm. Sign up for a ride from any of the listed pickup/drop off locations. From the Den to the Psychology Buildings, there’s sure to be one near you.
If you’re looking for a bit of comradery on your march to the poll, join other FSU students and staff on Saturday, October 24th as FSU Votes hosts Stroll to the Polls, also known as National Early Voting Day. Click for more information, and to sign up to walk or bike with your fellow Noles. The stroll will begin at Westcott Plaza and will be held from 10:00am-3:00pm. Don’t forget to wear a mask while riding, walking, and at the polls as we practice social distancing.
Remember! America is built on your voice. Let it be heard this election season.