The Future of the Democratic Party

Levitt Center for University Advancement, 4th floor and Livestream
Thursday, October 14th, 2021 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The second discussion in the series featured 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, served as Moderator. 

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
  • Representative Lindsay James, Dubuque County 
  • Representative Eric Gjerde, Linn County

Topics discussed included:

  • 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 elections?

This event was free and open to the public, and is available below in its entirety.