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

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Week one: “Hyperpartisanship: How did we get here, and how to we fix it?”

Political parties can seem more concerned with partisan advantage than finding common-ground solutions to the nation’s problems. Jonas is joined by guest Matthew Dowd, a best-selling author, cultural commentator and chief political analyst for ABC News. Dowd owns experience working on both sides of the aisle, including time as chief strategist for President George W. Bush. The pair will examine ways to break the U.S. system out of its rut and encourage political competition and solutions to policy challenges.

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.


February 21
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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