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Discussion Groups | Rise of the Independents: Candidates and Reform in 2018 and Beyond

March 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Week three: “Third Parties and Independent Movements in Kansas”

What are the prospects for independent and third party efforts underway in Kansas in 2018 and beyond? How can voters who do not feel an affinity for either major party participate in Kansas elections and have an equal voice? Lawrencian Scott Morgan explores these ideas alongside Jonas, drawing on Morgan’s background in local, state and national politics. Morgan served as counsel in various positions for Sen. Bob Dole, culminating in a position as chief counsel for Dole’s 1988 presidential campaign. He is currently the chair of a grassroots group focused on starting a new Party of the Center in the state of Kansas.

About spring 2018 discussion groups: In a partisan political environment, independent or unaffiliated voters now represent the largest voting bloc in many U.S. states. Can independent and third party candidacies seize upon this shift in party identification? How could they shape the future of U.S. politics? Dole Fellow Jim Jonas leads a discussion group series examining election reform and independent candidates in Kansas and the nation. Jonas is a political communications consultant with nearly two decades of experience in independent political reform and campaigns. In 2014, Jonas served as the campaign manager for Greg Orman’s independent campaign for U.S. Senate in Kansas.


March 14, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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