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Local Perspectives on Election Politics
To be Presented at UW-Eau Claire Feb. 5

 MAILED:  Jan. 29, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Is there too much “horse race” and too little substance in election reporting? Do opinion polls play too big a part, and how do you make sense out of them anyway? And is money an overwhelming factor in the candidate selection process? These and other election-related questions will be addressed by area journalists, educators and political analysts at “Politics 2000: Local Perspectives,” a forum to be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Presidents Room of Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The panel will assess Wisconsin’s Feb. 17 presidential primary along with local, legislative, congressional and senatorial elections to be held later this year. Plans and preparations for covering the elections also will be presented.

Campus and community members are invited to add their input to the discussion. Journalists on the panel will be able to hear what parts of the election process citizens think should get the most attention during election campaigns.

John Frank, political consultant and aide to former U.S. Rep. Steve Gunderson, will bring to the forum his campaign knowledge as well as his observations on the coming elections. Frank now teaches law at Chippewa Valley Technical College.

Other panelists are listed below:

The forum is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in cooperation with the Western Wisconsin Press Club. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact emeritus professor of communication and journalism Henry Lippold at (715) 834-8976.

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Updated: January 29, 2004