Friday, January 24, 2020

The Political Year Starts Now

Panel of political experts examine the Colorado political landscape a month before the presidential primary (March 3) and senatorial caucus (March 7).

Will impeachment hurt Cory Gardner? Will Super Tuesday decide the winner or are Democrats going to a contested convention? Is Colorado a swing state, light or dark blue? Hundreds of initiatives have been filed. What will make the ballot?

Floyd Ciruli, Moderator
Director, Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research, Josef Korbel School at University of Denver

Panel:
Sheila MacDonald, Democratic consultant, state and local campaigns
Dick Wadhams, consultant, former Republican chair
Joey Bunch, senior writer, deputy editor, Colorado Politics

Sheila MacDonald, Dick Wadhams and Joey Bunch

Check out the CWC website for more information here

Colorado Water Congress State Convention
January 30, 2020
9:15 am
Westin Westminster

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Senate Impeachment Proceedings

If you look closely at a rare picture of the Senate impeachment proceedings, you can see Chief Justice John Roberts, Mitch McConnell, Dianne Feinstein and a group of Democrats – Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Michael Bennet – who would rather be in Iowa (or in New Hampshire).

Another couple of 12- to 16-hour sessions of this conversation and even the Democrats will be ready to vote.

Senate TV via AP

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The 2020 Political Landscape

Colorado Water Congress State Convention
January 30, 2020
9:15 am
Westin Westminster

Panel of top political commentators examine the Colorado political landscape a month before the presidential primary (March 3) and senatorial caucus (March 7).

Will impeachment affect Colorado politics? Will the Democratic presidential and senatorial nominees be strong competitors to Trump and Gardner, respectively? Is Colorado a swing state, light or dark blue? Hundreds of ballot issues have been filed. What will make the ballot?

Floyd Ciruli, Moderator
Director, Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research, Josef Korbel School at University of Denver

Panel:
Sheila MacDonald, Democratic consultant
Dick Wadhams, former Republican chair
Joey Bunch, Colorado Politics

Check out the CWC website for more information here

Japan, the US and China in the Indo-Pacific

The Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research, the Center for China-US Cooperation and the Office of Global Engagement Presents:

Minister Noriyuki Shikata
The strategic challenge for the United States and Japan in Asia is to engage a rising China, while maintaining a favorable balance of power for the United States, Japan and its allies. A robust U.S.-Japan alliance is critical to the effort and necessitates sustained dialogue on how the alliance can shape the regional order. Achieving that objective will require the United States and Japan to articulate the strategy to maintain the balance in the Asia Pacific and understand the strategic benefit that Japan brings to the strategy. Join the discussion.

Noriyuki Shikata
Former Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Beijing
Currently at Harvard
With Director Floyd Ciruli and Professor Suisheng Zhao


Tuesday, February 4, 2020
11:45 am to 1:30 pm
University of Denver
SIE Complex (The Forum), 1st Floor, Room 1020

Event in cooperation with the Consulate-General of Japan in Denver

SPACE IS LIMITED - Please register early

Free and open to the public. Lunch Provided.

RSVP here

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Dow Fires Past 29000, Yet Trump Struggles

The Dow is up more than 10000 points, or 56 percent since November 8, 2016 Election Day. It surged through the 29000 level to close January 15 at 29030 after a record 22 percent increase in 2019. And, the Dow’s 2019 gain lagged the broader S&P index with a 29 percent growth and the market leader, tech-heavy NASDAQ, up 35 percent.

Yet, Donald Trump struggles for re-election. Although his economic performance rating is a high 54 percent approval, his overall job approval seldom gets above 44 percent, an “iffy” position for re-election. The 10-point plus difference is the swing that makes the election unpredictable. Many of the swing voters are moderate Democrats and independents who find Trump’s personal style, tone and ethics a problem.

Also, the expansion has slowed (GDP 1.7) and is uneven. Manufacturing and business investments are underperforming. And, of course, Democrats argue that the economy and Trump’s policies are unfair to a majority of the public and are highly skewed to the rich. Today, the intense polarization undermines the credit politicians get for the economy. Finally, after a long expansion, voters often shift attention from the economy onto other issues, most of which primarily help Trump with his base, not swing voters.

Friday, January 17, 2020

New Polls in New Hampshire No Help for Bennet

Two recent polls in New Hampshire failed to report any support for Senator Michael Bennet. His average in RealClearPolitics is 0.5 for polls conducted in January, with three finding zero support and one – the January 3-7 Monmouth poll – giving him 2 points.

The leaders are Bernie Sanders (22%), Joe Biden (21%), Elizabeth Warren (16%) and Pete Buttigieg (14%). Bennet is tenth on the New Hampshire list with his 0.5 percent. He’s been campaigning in New Hampshire for months as his long-shot fallback strategy when it became clear he had no measurable support in Iowa.

The good news for Bennet is that he must now head to Washington for the impeachment trial and put the campaign on hold.

Read The Buzz: Why is Michael Bennet in New Hampshire?

Sen. Michael Bennet speaks at a house party hosted by
supporters in New Hampshire, Jan. 12, 2020 | C-Span

Thursday, January 16, 2020

DU Event with Minister Noriyuki Shikata

The Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research, The Center for China-US Cooperation & The Office of Global Engagement Presents:

Japan, the US and China in the Indo-Pacific

Noriyuki Shikata
Former Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Beijing
With Director Floyd Ciruli and Professor Suisheng Zhao

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
11:45 am to 1:30 pm
University of Denver
SIE Complex (The Forum), 1st Floor, Room 1020

Noriyuki Shikata was the Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in China. His other prior positions include: Deputy Director General, Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau; Director, Economic Treaties Division, International Legal Affairs Bureau; and Director, Second North America Division, North America Bureau. Mr. Shikata has also been a Visiting Professor at Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Law/Public Policy and Harvard University. He holds a B.A. in Law from Kyoto University and Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Event in cooperation with the Consulate-General of Japan in Denver

SPACE IS LIMITED - Please register early
Free and open to the public. Lunch Provided.

RSVP at here