Marquette University News Release

Political reporter Craig Gilbert, poll director Charles Franklin go “On the Issues” to discuss political polarization in Wisconsin

September 5, 2013

Event Information:
Date: Thursday, Sept. 12
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Place: Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Washington Bureau Chief Craig Gilbert and Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin will be the next guests for “On the Issues with Mike Gousha,” Thursday, Sept. 12, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St.

Gilbert, a veteran political reporter who is spending this semester researching political polarization in the region as the Law School’s Lubar Fellow for Public Policy Research, calls the Milwaukee metropolitan area “the most polarized part of a very polarized state in a very polarized nation.”

Gilbert’s project will explore not only how the area came to be so polarized, but what our stark political divisions mean for the political process and public policy in the region.

Gilbert is working closely with Franklin, who joined the Law School as a full-time faculty member in August after spending 2012 as a visiting professor and director of the Marquette Law School Poll — the largest polling project in state history. The two will discuss with Mike Gousha recent voting trends, polling data and the implications of the region’s polarization.

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 online 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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