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    Success of ‘going negative’ changes campaign strategies
    Video: Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America’s Soul
    March 30th, 2007 under Institute Programs. [ Comments: 1 ]

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    Author & Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

    Humes discussed the national and local debate surrounding evolution vs. intelligent design.

    He lectured at the Dole Institute last November for Veterans Day about his book Over Here: How the GI Bill Transformed the American Dream.
    Humes’ other books include: School of Dreams, Baby E.R., Mean Justice (a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 1999), and the bestseller Mississippi Mud.

    Mr. Humes a journalist and author of eight works of nonfiction, Edward Humes received the Pulitzer Prize for his newspaper coverage of the military and a PEN Center USA Award for his groundbreaking book about the children of juvenile court, No Matter How Loud I Shout. His other books include School of Dreams, Baby E.R., Mean Justice (a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 1999), and the bestseller Mississippi Mud. He has written for numerous magazines and newspapers and is presently writer-at-large for Los Angeles magazine. His most recent book, Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream, will be published by Harcourt in October 2006. A graduate of Hampshire College, he lives in Southern California. Further information on Humes and his work can be found at www.EdwardHumes.com.

    Blamegame Baloney - Michael Brown and FEMA
    March 28th, 2007 under Interviews, Institute Programs. [ Comments: 5 ]

    Note from Director, Bill Lacy

    The Dole Institute is bringing former FEMA Director Michael Brown to the Institute Wednesday, April 4. I have received some interesting comments about Mr. Brown including an e-mail, anonymous, of course, saying it was appalling that we were paying for him to speak here.

    We rarely pay honoraria at the Dole Institutive–that’s how we do so much on a generous but restricted budget. And we like to feature guests who have something to say. Mr. Brown does. Having spent twenty years in Washington, I know these issues are always more grey than black and white as they usually appear. So regardless of my views of Hurricane Katrina’s handling, I believe Mr. Brown has a right to be heard. Attached is a piece by his attorney, Mr. Andy Lester.

    Come and listen to Mr. Brown’s side of the story…even write a counter piece for the blog if you wish. Advance the debate and enjoy free speech.


    brownfema.jpgBy Andy Lester 

    Media coverage of Katrina was unprecedented. The instantaneous, non-stop reporting of the storm’s wreckage and the plight of those left stranded by it showed contemporary journalism at its best. The myths of Katrina, however, were a different story. Who can forget the rumors reported as fact of widespread rapes, murders, sniper fire at helicopters, police shooting storm victims, and scores of bodies piling up at the Superdome. In the face of a slow government response, the media looked for a scapegoat. Attention turned to Michael Brown, who, it was reported, was a failed former Arabian horse official, who got his job at FEMA from his college roommate, Joe Allbaugh. After Brown misstated on national television when FEMA learned of the people stranded at the Convention Center, and in the face of President Bush’s unfortunate “Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job” comment, judgment was swift and sure. Michael Brown, the unqualified crony, botched the federal response to Katrina. Across the political spectrum – from National Review to The New Republic, from former Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott to Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – everyone knows Brown preened while New Orleans sank.

    But it wasn’t true. Yet, while details of media misreporting about muggings, murder and mayhem came to light barely a month after Katrina, the botched coverage of Michael Brown remains grossly underreported. And almost completely unreported is how the White House, after realizing it had a public relations debacle on its hands, has relentlessly ignored the evidence that Brown did precisely what he was supposed to do and continued to press its narrative that Brown is the only federal official responsible for the government’s failures during Katrina. This plan, apparently designed to protect President Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, almost worked to perfection. But “Brownie” fought back, violating what Margaret Carlson calls “Washington’s 11th commandment.” Review what happened.

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    Study Group Powerpoint
    March 8th, 2007 under Uncategorized, Dole Fellows, Fellows Programs. [ Comments: none ]

    Spring 2007 Study Group: “The Politics of Disasters” with Scott Morris Wednesday, March 7th Study Group Topic: Life Cycle of Disasters with special guest Bill Carwile, Adjunct Professor at Naval Postgraduate School and one of the pre-eminent response experts in the nation Click here for Bill Carwile’s Power Point presentation on the Life Cycle of Disasters!

    The Politics of Disasters
    March 8th, 2007 under Uncategorized, Dole Fellows. [ Comments: none ]



    The following is a previously published article that mentions our current Republican Spring Semester Fellow Scott Morris, Director of Florida Long Term Recovery and a Kansas University Graduate.


    Star Banner Editorial
    Published Oct 10, 2005
    OUR OPINION: Support for our favorite whipping boys

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been a favorite punching bag lately. And why not? First, there was the tragically tardy response to Hurricane Katrina, witnessed by the whole world. Then revelations surfaced about the qualifications — or lack thereof — of erstwhile horse show referee and former agency director Michael Brown.

    More recently, we’ve been treated to news about FEMA’s nearly $1.5 billion in no-bid contracts (now apparently up for bid) to a few select contractors, including, no surprise, Halliburton; about the agency’s ice follies, wherein millions of pounds of ice, purchased for three times the amount, was trucked at full expense to disaster sites like Idaho, Maryland and Maine for fear of melting, instead of being delivered to hurricane survivors. And forget about the quarter-billion-dollar cruise ships to nowhere that sit relatively empty.

    The masters of disasters in Washington are in hot water with a steaming Congress, but a recent meeting in Ocala provided reason to hope that at least one arm of FEMA is straightened out.

    Marion County Public Works Director Larry Thacker invited U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and representatives of the Florida Association of Counties to meet with Orlando-based FEMA troops. The session at the Elks Lodge was punctuated by one question from county officials from Miami to the Panhandle to Scott Morris, chief of the long-term recovery effort in Florida: where’s our money?

    The answer: it’s on the way. Guaranteed.

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    Video: Women in leadership ‘no longer a big deal’
    March 7th, 2007 under Hall Center Program. [ Comments: none ]

    Lecture by Former Kansas Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker

    Lecture sponsored by the KU Hall Center for the Humanities

    Article By Steve Vockrodt - Lawrence Journal-World 

    For Nancy Kassebaum Baker, there’s one overarching positive aspect about women having served as a U.S. Secretary of State, speaker of the House and one being a strong contender for a presidential nomination.

    “The good thing is it’s no longer a big deal,” Kassebaum Baker told a crowd of more than 300 at the Dole Institute of Politics.

    Kassebaum Baker, the 19-year former senator from Kansas, returned to Kansas University, where she earned a political science degree, to give the Emily Taylor and Marilyn Stokstad Women’s Leadership Lecture.

    Her father, former Kansas Gov. Alf Landon, who ran for president in 1936, once questioned what Kassebaum Baker would be able to do with a political science degree.

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    Former Sen. Bob Dole continues to build his legacy as a leader and statesman
    March 7th, 2007 under Senator Dole. [ Comments: none ]

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    Wednesday, March 7, 2007

    Two items in the news Tuesday remind us that, long after his retirement from elective office, former Sen. Bob Dole continues to be an outstanding representative of Kansas and Kansas values.

    One story was about President Bush’s selection of Dole and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala to lead the federal investigation into problems at the nation’s military and veterans hospitals. The effort is in response to recent revelations about deplorable living conditions for out-patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Stories about Walter Reed unleashed a flood of complaints at other veterans facilities and prompted the broader investigation.

    It’s hard to imagine anyone more qualified to lead this effort than Dole, who was seriously wounded in World War II and spent years receiving treatment in veterans facilities. Even more important than the empathy Dole can bring to this task, however, is his no-nonsense approach to problem-solving. Dole is unlikely to be receptive to excuses for substandard treatment of wounded or aging veterans. In Dole, Americans have someone who knows how to cut through the bureaucracy and red tape to help make sure veterans get the respect and treatment they deserve.

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    Senator Bob Dole
    March 6th, 2007 under Senator Dole. [ Comments: 1 ]

    Washington, DC:  Senator Dole made the following statement regarding his appointment to serve as Co-Chair of the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors:

    “The President will select members of the Commission.  We will start our work after meeting with the President tomorrow.  The first order of business will be putting together a staff.  I am pleased to be working with Secretary Donna Shalala who has vast experience having served eight years as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and having worked closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs during that time.”

    Former Sen. Robert Dole to help lead Walter Reed investigation
    March 6th, 2007 under Senator Dole. [ Comments: 4 ]

    — President Bush named former Sen. Bob Dole and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala on Tuesday to lead an investigation of problems at the nation’s military and veterans’ hospitals.

    “We have a moral obligation to provide the best possible care and treatment to the men and women who served our country,” Bush said in a speech to the American Legion. “They deserve it and they’re going to get it.”

    Already grappling with low approval ratings and eager to avoid charges that he failed to act promptly, Bush said an interagency task force of seven Cabinet secretaries, led by Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson, would be convened to determine what can be done immediately to improve veterans’ care.

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    Four Former Senate Majority Leaders Encourage Bipartisan Dialogue and Solutions on Key National Issues
    March 6th, 2007 under Senator Dole. [ Comments: none ]

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    Four former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders — Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell – today announced the establishment of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a new organization dedicated to reversing the decline in political discourse and demonstrating that bipartisan policy solutions can be developed to address critical national challenges.

    “Many Americans are concerned that today’s ultra-partisan political atmosphere is poisoning our national dialogue and preventing us from confronting the difficult problems,” Senator Baker said. “So today we are announcing the establishment of the Bipartisan Policy Center. We believe the BPC can help create common sense solutions to key national challenges, and can help foster a return to more civil political debate.”

    “We don’t have Republican problems and Democratic problems, we have American problems,” said Senator Daschle. “National security, economic competitiveness, fiscal responsibility, education, the environment—these are national challenges that affect all Americans. We need to solve them together.”

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    Presidential Lecture Series: The 2008 Campaign - Winning the Nomination
    March 1st, 2007 under Institute Programs. [ Comments: none ]

    February 28, 2007 

     David Yepsen, a leading authority on the Iowa caucuses, he writes about state and national politics for the Des Moines Register;
    David Yepsen is the Des Moines Register’s political columnist.  He is graduate of the University of Iowa and holds a masters degree in public administration from Drake University.  He has covered Iowa government and politics for 30 years. Yepsen Blog:  http://blogs.dmregister.com/?cat=33

    Tom Rath, national Republican political strategist  Tom, the founder of the firm and former Attorney General of New Hampshire, has been actively involved in government relations since entering private practice in 1980.  Tom has represented insurance and banking clients before the respective New Hampshire regulatory commissions.  Among others, Tom has represented such clients as Fidelity Investments, Dartmouth College, Anthem and Gilbane on legislative, administrative and government relations issues in New Hampshire, New England and nationally.  Tom also directed the public and government relations efforts for Northeast Utilities in its successful acquisition of Public Service Company of New Hampshire.
    He was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to be a director of the Legal Services Corporation.  Tom served as the Chairman of the election campaigns of New Hampshire’s former U.S. Senator, Warren Rudman, and current senior U.S. Senator, Judd Gregg and he actively assisted in the U.S. Senate process that confirmed David Souter as Supreme Court Justice.  Tom has served as a senior national advisor to the presidential campaigns of Howard Baker, Robert Dole, Lamar Alexander and George W. Bush.  He has been a delegate to the 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Republican National Conventions and he is the Republican Party National Committeeman for New Hampshire.  Tom is widely respected as a political analyst at both the state and national level and he appears regularly on national, regional and state television newsmaker programs.

    Article: Rath, backing Romney, joins PAC as senior adviser

    Jonathan Epstein, former national Democratic political strategist, lives in Atlanta with his wife Shelley and is President of The Celebrated Hotels Collection, which specializes in customized travel to the UK and Ireland. In mid-2006, after years of deep involvement in politics, Jonathan transitioned out of full-time campaign work but still advises candidates and former colleagues on political strategy.
    For more than three years leading up to the Election Day in 2004, Jonathan worked for Senator John Kerry. First as a senior advisor in the Senate office, then as Political Director for Kerry’s leadership PAC before moving to Iowa to serve as Kerry’s Iowa Caucus Director. As Caucus Director, Jonathan oversaw all field strategy and Kerry’s travel schedule. Jonathan spent the remainder of the campaign managing Kerry’s Georgia Primary victory and as Midwest Regional Political Director.
    His last full time campaign role came as manager to Martin O’Malley in his successful bid to become Governor of Maryland. Prior to his time with Kerry and O’Malley, Jonathan served in senior roles at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, first as Deputy Political Director in the 2000 cycle when Democrats gained five seats in the Senate and in 2002 as Campaign Director, overseeing much of the Committee’s candidate recruitment. Before going to the DSCC at the end of 1999, Jonathan was Political Outreach Director at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. His first major role in campaigns came in 1996 when at 21-years old he served as Deputy Finance Director to Max Cleland. Max’s upset victory was a major shift from the 1994 Republican Tidal Wave in Georgia.


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