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Dole Institute to host biennial election conferences

Friday, November 18, 2016

LAWRENCE — A group of journalists, academics and political leaders from around the state will explore the 2016 election results at the Kansas Elections Conference, hosted by the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.

The conference is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30. Introduced in 2014, the panel explores the results of statewide elections and their implications. The 2016 gathering will cover legislative elections, judicial retention elections and a look ahead at what’s in store for the 2017 legislative session.

The Kansas Elections Conference will join the institute’s nationally recognized Post-Election Conference, to be held Dec. 8-9. Details about the Post-Election Conference are forthcoming; a schedule of panels and times can be found at www.doleinstitute.org.

Both events are free and open to the public and will be live-streamed at DoleInstitute.org.

“This is the second time we have hosted a panel specifically examining Kansas elections, and it’s always a fascinating event,” said Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy. “Our panelists will bring great perspective on the results of this year’s statewide races and a look ahead at the issues facing Kansas.”

Panelists for the Kansas Elections Conference:

  • Dave Helling, reporter, the Kansas City Star
  • Jeff King, Kansas state senator (R), District 15
  • Anthony Hensley, Kansas state senator (D), District 19
  • Clay Barker executive director, Kansas GOP
  • Kerry Gooch, executive director, Kansas Democratic Party
  • John Hanna, Topeka Bureau chief, Associated Press
  • Jason Probst, opinion editor, Hutchinson News
  • Bob Beatty, professor of political science, Washburn University
  • Burdett Loomis, professor of political science, KU
  • Patrick Miller, assistant professor of political science, KU.

The Dole Institute of Politics is dedicated to promoting political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bipartisan, philosophically balanced manner. It is located on KU’s West District and houses the Dole Archive and Special Collections. Through its robust public programming, congressional archive and museum, the Dole Institute strives to celebrate public serve and the legacy of U.S. Senator Bob Dole.

More information on all programs, as well as ongoing additions to the schedule, can be found on the Dole Institute’s website, www.doleinstitute.org.