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    Michael Stanley Dukakis
    December 5th, 2007 under Programs/Events, Blog Program. [ Comments: 2 ]


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    Dukakis began his political career as an elected Town Meeting Member in
    the town of Brookline. He was elected chairman of his town’s Democratic
    organization in 1960 and won a seat in the Massachusetts legislature in
    1962. He served four terms as a legislator, winning re-election by an
    increasing margin each time he ran.

    In 1970 he was the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s nominee for
    Lieutenant-Governor and the running mate of Boston Mayor Kevin White
    in that year’s gubernatorial race which they lost to Republicans Frank
    Sargeant and Donald Dwight. Dukakis won his party’s nomination for
    governor in 1974 and beat Sargeant decisively in November of that year.
    Dukakis inherited a record deficit and record high unemployment and is
    generally credited with digging Massachusetts out of one of its worst
    financial and economic crises in history. But the effort took its toll, and he
    was defeated in the Democratic Primary in 1978 by Edward King.

    Dukakis came back to defeat King in 1982 and was re-elected to an
    unprecedented third four-year term in 1986 by one of the largest margins
    in history. In 1986 his colleagues in the National Governors Association
    voted him the most effective governor in the Nation.

    In 1988 Dukakis became the first Greek-American to be nominated for the
    presidency. He emerged from a strong Democratic field that included
    Senators Al Gore, Gary Hart and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Dukakis won the
    Democratic nomination but was defeated by George H.W. Bush. Soon
    thereafter, he announced that he would not be a candidate for re-election as
    governor and served his final two years as governor at a time of increasing
    financial and economic distress in Massachusetts and the Northeast.

    dukakis-campaign-poster.jpgAfter leaving office in January 1991, Dukakis was a visiting professor
    at the University of Hawaii in the political science department and at
    the School of Public Health. While at the University of Hawaii, he
    taught courses in political leadership and health policy and led a series
    of public forums on the reform of the nation’s health care system.

    Since then, there has been increasing public interest in Hawaii’s
    first-in-the nation universal health insurance system and the lessons
    that can be learned from it as the nation debates the future of health
    care in America.

    Dukakis has taught in the senior executive program for State and Local
    managers at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
    University. He has also taught at Florida Atlantic University.
    His research has focused on national health care policy reform and the
    lessons that national policy makers can learn from state reform efforts.
    He has authored articles on the subject for the Journal of American
    Health Policy, the Yale Law and Policy Review, the New England
    Journal of Medicine, and Compensation and Benefits Management.

    In addition, he co-taught with Professor Rochefort a graduate seminar in
    national health policy reform that included a series of public forums
    and an all-day conference that culminated in the publication of
    Insuring American Health for the Year 2000, a Northeastern
    University publication that has been distributed widely to health policy
    makers, legislators and others.

    Today, Dukakis spends his time teaching, spending one semester a
    year at Northeastern University in Massachusetts and the other at the
    University of California, Los Angeles.

    Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV - 11/14/2007 - Dole Institute
    December 5th, 2007 under Programs/Events, Iraq, Military Programs. [ Comments: 5 ]


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    Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth

    Commandant, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

    Deputy Commanding General for Combined Arms, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Director, Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance

    Lieutenant General Caldwell currently serves as the commander of the Combined Arms Center at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, the command that oversees the Command and General Staff College and 17 other schools, centers, and training programs located throughout the United States. The Combined Arms Center is also responsible for: development of the Army’s doctrinal manuals, training of the Army’s commissioned and noncommissioned officers, oversight of major collective training exercises, integration of battle command systems and concepts, and supervision of the Army’s Center for the collection and dissemination of lessons learned.

    His prior deployments and assignments include serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Effects and spokesperson for the Multi-National Force – Iraq, Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division; Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense; Deputy Director for Operations for the United States Pacific Command; Assistant Division Commander, 25th Infantry Division; Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Commander, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division; a White House Fellow, The White House; Politico-Military Officer in Haiti during OPERATION RESTORE/UPHOLD DEMOCRACY; Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division during OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM; and Chief of Plans for the 82nd Airborne Division during OPERATION JUST CAUSE in Panama.

    Lieutenant General Caldwell’s decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Legion of Merit (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), and the Louisiana Cross of Merit.

    Lieutenant General Caldwell graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1976. He earned Masters Degrees from the United States Naval Postgraduate School and from the School for Advanced Military Studies at the United States Army Command and General Staff College. Lieutenant General Caldwell also attended the John F. Kennedy, School of Government, Harvard University as a Senior Service College Fellow.

    November 27th, 2007 under Programs/Events. [ Comments: 1 ]


    Dole Institute - October 25, 2007 

    One of the longest running syndicated columns in the nation, “Inside Report” has always been based on hard reporting. For over a quarter of a century, both columnists not only crisis-crossed the nation regularly covering politics, but also traveled abroad to report wars, revolutions and international conferences around the globe.

    Mr. Novak has covered great events and interviewed world leaders in every part of the world. His 1978 trip to China included an exclusive interview with Deng Tsiao-Peng, which opened the way for normalization of U.S. Chinese relations.

    Mr. Novak produces a twice-monthly newsletter, the Evans-Novak Political Report. Mr. Novak has written for most of the nation’s periodicals.

    Mr. Novak’s first book was Agony of the GOP: 1964. In collaboration with Rowland Evans, he has written Lyndon B. Johnson: The Exercise of Power, and The Reagan Revolution. In November, 1999, Mr. Novak’s most recent book, Completing the Revolution: A Vision for Victory in 2000, was published. His memoirs, The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington, were published in July.

    For 25 years Mr. Novak was a commentator for the Cable News Network (CNN) and was co-executive producer of the “Capital Gang.” Currently, he is a commentator for Fox News and appears occasionally on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

    Mr. Novak was a Radford Visiting Professor of Journalism at Baylor University in 1987. He is the 2001 winner of the National Press Club’s “Fourth Estate: award for lifetime achievement in journalism.

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    An Evening with Charlie Cook
    February 22nd, 2007 under Programs/Events. [ Comments: none ]


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    Local Coverage from By Steve Vockrodt - Lawrence Journal World

    It’s not often that Sen. Hillary Clinton is compared to Richard Nixon.

    Yet, Charlie Cook, publisher of The Cook Political Report, an independent, nonpartisan newsletter, and a political prognosticator, said that Clinton’s campaign for the 2008 presidency will strongly resemble Nixon’s campaign in 1972 in terms of discipline, preparedness and rigor.

    “Nothing comes out of her mouth that isn’t poll tested, focus-group tested … have a billion IQ points behind it,” Cook told a crowd of about 250 people on Wednesday evening at the Dole Institute of Politics.

    Cook, who has dozens of network media appearances to his credit, came to the Dole Institute for the first time for a question-and-answer session called “An Evening With Charlie Cook: Handicapping the 2008 Presidential Campaign.”

    What Cook’s comparison means for Clinton is that, at this point, she’s the one to beat for the Democratic nomination.

    “Her numbers have moved up, and the question is, can anyone stop her?” Cook said. “I think she’s going to be hard to beat.”

    Editor and Publisher Charlie Cook analyzes presidential elections and national political trends for the report.

    House Races - www.cookpolitical.com/races/house/default.php
    Senate Races - www.cookpolitical.com/races/senate/default.php
    Charlie Cook’s National Overview - www.cookpolitical.com/overview/default.php
    The GOP’s Troubled Brand - www.cookpolitical.com/column/default.php

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    Spring 2007 Fellow Intro
    February 20th, 2007 under Programs/Events, Dole Fellows. [ Comments: none ]

    Scott Morris intro -  Click on photo to view


    When:   Wednesday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm
    Dates:  February 28; March 7, 14 and 28; April 4, 11 and 18
    Where:  Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive, Simons Media Center

    Tip O’Neill is credited with the statement that “all politics is local”.   This statement holds true for all disasters.   All disasters are local and all disasters are political.  When a disaster strikes, the citizens expect their government to respond quickly to their needs.  The most effective response is one that starts at the local level and grows with the support of surrounding communities, the county, the state and then the federal government.  The bottom-up approach yields the best and quickest results – saving lives, protecting property and getting life back to normal as soon as possible.   Each and every level of government – local, county, state and federal – must understand each others’ roles when a disaster strikes.  All levels of government must work as a team to address the public health and safety needs of the communities.  Unfortunately, when one of these levels is ill prepared, the entire system will collapse; enter Hurricane Katrina. 

    The Spring 2007 Session will take a closer look at how the political world intertwines with the world of emergency management.  I have a tremendous line-up of guest speakers scheduled to lead the study group sessions throughout the semester.  Topics of discussion will include the unprecedented 2004 Hurricane Season in Florida; Hurricane Katrina; the life-cycle of a natural disaster – preparedness/response/recovery; the “art” of predicting natural disasters; and the media’s role in a disaster.  

    To those who can’t attend all programs will be recorded and will be posted here and on the Dole Video Archives

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    Presidential Blogging 101
    February 9th, 2007 under Programs/Events, 2008 Presidential Race. [ Comments: 95 ]

    By David D. Perlmutter

    presidential_seal.jpgOn the evening of Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30pm, the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics hosted a panel on “Blog to the Chief: The Impact of Political Blogs on the 2008 Election” as part of its Annual Presidential Lecture series.

    Guests include prominent political bloggers and professionals such as:

    Patrick Hynes (President of New Media Strategics, blog consultant for Sen. John McCain’s Straight Talk America PAC, and the founder and proprietor of the blog Ankle Biting Pundits)

    Jerome Armstrong (MyDD - My Direct Democracy) co-author of “Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots and the Rise of People-Powered Politics”

    Erick Erickson (managing editor of RedState.com, the largest conservative community blog on the Internet)

    Joan McCarter (contributing editor at Daily Kos, writing as “mcjoan” and one of a dozen bloggers who attended a private meeting with President Bill Clinton in September, 2006)

    Scott Johnson (co-founder of the blog Powerline, Time magazine’s first and so far only blog of the year [2004])

    The moderator of the event was David D. Perlmutter, KU professor of Journalism & Mass Communications who is writing a book on political blogs for Oxford University Press.

    Moderator’s Introduction

    Within less than a decade, an explosion of new, interactive media technologies and venues such as blogging, MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, podcasting, and others have affected many aspects of our culture, media, and society—and politics is no exception. While a majority of Americans do not blog, studies of political bloggers have shown them to be much more likely to vote and give money to campaigns; furthermore, they have proven able, for good or bad, to set the agenda of political attention of both candidates and mainstream media. At the same time, most so-called traditional commercial and political institutions and organizations, as well as a huge number of prominent individuals, are “blogging up.”

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    Dole Institute’s Presidential Lecture Series
    January 29th, 2007 under Programs/Events. [ Comments: none ]

    clift.jpgLAWRENCE — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas today announced
    the programs for its annual month-long Presidential Lecture Series, titled “The 2008 Campaign
    and a Special Tribute to President Ford.” The series runs throughout February.

    “This lecture series will be a little different from our most recent ones,” said Bill Lacy,
    director of the institute. “In addition to this year’s main focus on the challenges and issues that presidential candidates will face in the 2008 election cycle, we felt compelled to mark the passing of President Ford.

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    The Dole Institute of Politics is a bipartisan facility. Our mission; to encourage political and civic involvement, especially among young people; to encourage civil discussion on important issues; to emphasize that politics is an honorable profession; and to provide opportunities for all to interact with political leaders, practitioners and writers.
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    In December of 2006 Dr. Dhavan Shah of the University of Wisconsin and his “Blogclub” of graduate students and Dr. David D. Perlmutterof the University of Kansas conducted a survey of major political blogs and their readers. The project was partially sponsored by a grant from the Knight/Carnegie Foundation’s Future of Journalism initiative. The summary of the results are posted here--please fully cite us if you refer to the findings.

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