Marquette University News Release

Gerken, Franklin and Gilbert go “On the Issues” to discuss balancing roles of federal, state and local government

October 2, 2013

Event Information:

Date: Monday, Oct. 7
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Place: Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall

Yale Law Professor Heather Gerken, Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin and political reporter Craig Gilbert will discuss “how ‘local’ should politics be” in an upcoming “On the Issues with Mike Gousha,” Monday, Oct. 7, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St.

When should federal policies trump state preferences, and when should state governments trump city choices? Wisconsin has recently exemplified this tension, as the state has asserted its right to resist federal direction on health care while simultaneously exercising jurisdiction over matters from permissible levels of property tax levies to municipal-employee residency requirements to the size of soft drinks.

Is there a contradiction in these developments? Should different preferences among voters in different geographies lead to different policies? How far “down” should the idea of federalism go?

Join us for a conversation with Gerken, J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale University; Franklin, Professor of Law and Public Policy at Marquette University and Director of the Marquette Law School Poll; and Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter, author of the Wisconsin Voter blog and Lubar Fellow for Public Policy Research at the Law School during the fall semester.

Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy and an award-winning journalist, continues his “On the Issues” series of provocative and insightful interviews with local and national public officials, journalists and other newsmakers throughout the year. The fall 2013 schedule is also available.

Seating is limited; registration is available online. For those who can’t attend in person, all “On the Issues” events are streamed live at the following website, which also contains a catalog of past guests.

Media interested in attending should contact Chris Jenkins in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-4745 or


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