The Future of the Democratic Party

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Please join us for a discussion featuring alternative views on the challenges facing the Democrats and the impact that the internal discussions occurring in the party will have on policy - both when in the majority and when in the minority.

Tracy Osborn, PhD, associate professor of Political Science, will serve as Moderator. 

Keynote Speakers:


Keynote Speakers:

  • Dave Loebsack, former member of the US House of Representatives for Iowa’s 2nd District, on how the Party changed during his 14 years. 
  • Seung Min Kim, reporter for the Washington Post, on how differences within the Party affect their ability to pass legislation. 
  • Thomas Holbrook, professor of Government, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, on how philosophical and demographic differences among democratic voters may affect the 2022 and 2024 elections. 
  • Larry Grisolano, Democratic Party Consultant and Media Consultant, on how public perception of the policy differences within the Democratic Party might affect their voting patterns.

Reactors for the discussion:

  • Nick Salazar, League of United Latin American Citizens
  • Stacey Walker, Linn County Supervisor District 1
  • Rep Lindsay James, Dubuque County 
  • Rep Eric Gjerde, Linn County

Topics to be discussed include: 

  • How has the democratic party changed over the last 10-20 years?
  • How do the policy differences in the democratic party affect their ability to pass their legislative agenda?
  • How might the philosophical and demographic differences among democratic voters affect the 2022 and 2024 election?

This event is free and open to the public. For those not able to attend in person, it will be livestreamed and archived on the Public Policy Center website. 

Thursday, October 14, 2021 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Levitt Center for University Advancement
4th Floor Assembly Hall
1 Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242
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