Politics & Policy News

  • Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

    Iowa Public Radio host Ben Kieffer talks with David Daley, former editor-in-chief of Salon magazine who has written about redistricting, and Tracy Osborn, an associate professor of political science and director of the PPC's Politics and Policy Research Program at the University of Iowa. 

  • Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

    Tracy Osborn, director of the Politics and Policy Research Program, and Jonathan Winburn from the University of Mississippi talk to KGAN's Iowa In Focus Host Kevin Barry about how redistricting has been around for centuries, but was used to an extreme never seen before around 2010.

  • Thursday, February 16th, 2017

    The Public Policy Center hosted "Is Redistricting Polarizing America?" on Wednesday, Feb. 15. David Daley and John Winburn discussed the polarizing effects of redistricting. The discussion was moderated by Tracy Osborn, director of the PPC's Politics and Policy program and associate professor of political science. 

  • Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

    The University of Iowa Public Policy Center, with support from the UI Department of Political Science, hosted “Is Redistricting Polarizing America?" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in the Old Capitol Senate Chambers as part of the Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy.

  • Monday, November 7th, 2016

    The photographs in this portfolio are from more than 3,000 shots by Jon Winet and Allen Spore for “Power2016,” a hybrid art-journalism project that traveled in July to document and provide commentary at the Republican and Democratic parties’ national political conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia.

  • Friday, November 4th, 2016

    Politics and Policy researcher Nicholas Grossman shares information about a vital foreign policy issue, the fight against ISIS. Why do we include this in a blog about the election? This issue is likely to be one of the first problems our next president deals with in the Oval Office. With the election in the news, the new offensive against ISIS isn’t getting much attention, but this blog will fill in knowledge gaps.

  • Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

    Women and men turned out one week before Election Day to discuss the role of women in politics, from legislative seats to the executive suite.

  • Friday, October 28th, 2016

    During the 2016 election, the buzz about sexism, gender stereotyping, discrimination and sexual assault has been electric. Can a woman win the U.S. presidency, the last remaining vestige of male-only American national politics, despite these obstacles? Perhaps this question is only half of what we as the American public should be asking, however.

  • Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

    When Democrat Hillary Clinton faced off against Republican Donald Trump in the election for 45th President of the United States, the debate broke viewership records as the most watched in U.S. history. 2016 is by any definition a critical election.

  • Thursday, October 20th, 2016

    This October and November, voters in Iowa City will have the opportunity to vote on a ballot measure to reduce the number of signatures required to qualify an initiative or referendum for the ballot.