politics

Jefferson Exchange | June 30, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Sorry About That (Or Are They?)

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Ed Battistella advocates for fewer apologies, given more sincerely.

Did you hear the one about the politician who apologized?  Yeah, neither did we. 

Public official apologies are usually along the lines of "I'm sorry if anyone took offense..."  Notice the careful construction. 

Linguist Edwin Battistella of Southern Oregon University certainly noticed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 19, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Freedom And Dialogue In A Polarized World

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Sharon Schuman explains the concept of "dialogic freedom," so we can talk to each other across ideological lines.

To understand a person, walk a mile in their shoes. 

Not a lot of shoe-swapping going on in the world today, is there?  Historians assure us there have been other periods of polarization in American history (see: Civil War), but we have to live in this one.  Unless we can do something about it. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 20, 2014 | 9:00
10:35 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Women and Politics and Winning

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Cathy Allen talks about the inner workings of political campaigns.

It's often been said of the legislative process that (like sausage-making) it's best not to watch.

Now just imagine the process of getting a candidate elected.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2013
11:01 am
Thu December 12, 2013

T.R.'s Roots: "Heir To The Empire City"

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Edward P. Kohn's book explores the early years that shaped U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.

Any discussion of American President Theodore Roosevelt often goes straight to his tough-guy image. 

Yes, he charged up San Juan Hill in Cuba with a unit called The Rough Riders. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 17, 2013
10:53 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Turning Against The Christian Right

Frank Schaeffer
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Frank Schaeffer tells why he left the religious right behind.

Frank Schaeffer is the black sheep of his family. 

His mother is the evangelical writer Edith Schaeffer, and his family had a profound impact on Christianity and politics in America. 

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Party Lines May Disappear
6:23 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Jackson County Commisioners May Leave Party Designations Behind

Jackson County Oregon county commissioners may become non-partisan. The county's Board of Commissioners is considering a ballot measure that would change the current partisan set-up of the governing body. 

The Mail Tribune reports that if the measure makes it to the May 2014 ballot and is passed, the language of the county's home rule charter would be amended to make commissioner seats nonpartisan by the May 2016 primary election.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 5, 2013
5:10 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Inside the 2012 Race to the White House

Before the talk about the 2016 presidential election turns serious, can we look back?  Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz enjoyed great access to both major-party campaigns during the last election cycle, and he shares the access with readers in his book Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America.