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    New Dole Institute fellows make study session plans
    August 24th, 2007 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

    clift.jpg(From Lawrence-Journal World)

    Sit Jennifer Schmidt down in a room and ask her to talk about politics, and the conversation will span a range of locations and topics.

    There’s her experience as a staffer in the Statehouse in Topeka. And her time as a legal counselor on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. She has funny stories and amusing anecdotes, and Schmidt, one of two new fellows at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics, is hoping to round those up and use them in her study session “Women in Politics: Career Stories.”

    “As a teacher and a practitioner, the question I got was, How do I get involved?” she said. “How do I do it?”

    Schmidt’s study group runs from September through mid-October.

    So far, Schmidt has been busy visiting classes at KU, trying to drum up interest among students. She said she’s already heard from a number of community members and politically active Kansans who want to attend.

    “I’m heartened by the interest among people who have found out about this,” she said. “We’re now three or four generations beyond the people I know, and they’re calling, telling me they can’t wait to come.”

    Though she’s “the Republican fellow,” Schmidt said she was working especially hard to ensure her events appeal to members of both political parties. The Dole Institute always selects one Republican and one Democrat for its fellowship program.

    She hopes to provide information about all the possible jobs in politics.

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    Some Perils of Political Interactivity
    August 2nd, 2007 under Uncategorized, 2008 Presidential Race, Blogs in the News, Blogging & Politics. [ Comments: 1 ]

    I just finished my final draft of Blogwars: The New Political Battleground (Oxford University Press). It’s a book on the history, present and future of the role of the weblog in American politics. 

    As I have said, writing a book on blogs is like reporting NASCAR with stone tablets–so much happens so fast. One topic of current interest is the nature of interactivity: what are its benefits and drawbacks for politicians or for the public? In the bloglands, you can’t pack the rooms with your supporters, shut out hecklers, and enforce message discipline. Here are some examples of interactive blowback…
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