Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Democratic Primary Debate

Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York-April 7, 2016-WGAL News 8 and The Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College will produce and broadcast a live debate among the Pennsylvania Democratic U.S. Senate candidates on Tuesday, April 12 at 7PM on WGAL TV.

Senate candidates John Fetterman, Katie McGinty, and Joe Sestak have been invited to participate.

"In this heated election season, we look forward to hearing from the candidates about where they stand on the issues that matter to Susquehanna Valley voters and what sets them apart from their opponents," said Jere Gish, WGAL News 8 anchor.

The debate will cover domestic and foreign policy, as well as other aspects of the Senate campaign. Questions will be posed to the candidates from Jere Gish, WGAL News 8 anchor, and Dr. G. Terry Madonna, Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs.

"Candidate debates are important in a democracy, to ensure that voters are informed about the vital issues when they cast their ballots on Election Day," Dr. Madonna said.

Credentialed media are invited to attend the debate. A room will be made available for journalists to observe the debate and media availability with the candidates will be held after the debate. Members of the media will have an opportunity to take photos of the candidates just prior to the beginning of the debate.

Media interested in attending can contact Laura Warner, WGAL executive administrative assistant, at

 Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Democratic Primary Debate

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September 21, 2015                                                    Dr. G. Terry Madonna
Franklin & Marshall College student representatives to visit Harvard’s Institute Politics for voter registration conference and training.
Lancaster, PA – Two Franklin & Marshall College students will travel to Harvard University later this month to participate in an intensive training and conference, led by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP).  The seminar will feature political practitioners and expert organizers on voter registration and campus political engagement. 
Franklin & Marshall College is a member of Harvard Institute of Politics’ “National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement,” a consortium of twenty-seven colleges and universities around the country aiming to engage and encourage the next generation to improve our communities through bipartisan politics and public service.  National Campaign participating schools work on their own campus and collaboratively in three key areas: electoral politics; career development in public service; and civic education. 
On Sept. 25-27, Harvard will host Franklin & Marshall College’s Kabir Hossain ’16 and Theodore Kelly ’17 and other National Campaign students from twenty-two states for a conference entitled: “Campus Activation: Increasing Student Voting and Political Engagement.” Students will focus on voter registration outreach techniques.  They will also receive grassroots organizing training and learn to use technology for political engagement.  Conference trainers include professionals with expertise in government, voter mobilization, communications, social media and marketing.  Kabir and Theo will use skills gleaned from conference experts to boost voter registration efforts on the Franklin & Marshall College campus. 
"The IOP is honored to host students from across the country that will create the future of politics by driving political and civic engagement," said Harvard IOP Director Maggie Williams. "This conference and training seminar will help foster political participation both here at Harvard and at National Campaign schools throughout the nation."
“I am delighted to assist in this important endeavor to encourage student awareness and participation in the political process. The Harvard program has proven to be a great learning experience for all attending the conference,” said G. Terry Madonna, F&M campus administrator of the Harvard Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement.
More information about Harvard Institute of Politics’ National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement: 
In addition to taking action to spur student political involvement on their respective campuses, the National Campaign consortium works during the academic year to –

  • Issue specific recommendations for government, media, campaigns, and educational institutions to promote political and civic engagement;


  • Collect and make available key research; and


  • Create new training opportunities for organizations and individuals seeking to promote youth engagement and participation. 

The National Campaign’s twenty-seven consortium schools are: Allegheny College, Arizona State University, Birmingham Southern College, Elon University, Franklin & Marshall College, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Louisiana State University, Ohio State University, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Saint Anselm College, Simpson College, Stonehill College, Tennessee State University, Tufts University, University of Chicago, University of Florida, University of Kansas, University of Louisville, University of Oklahoma, University of Rochester, University of Southern California, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, University of Texas, University of Utah, University of Virginia, and Vanderbilt University.
Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, was established in 1966 as a memorial to President Kennedy.  The IOP’smission is to shape the future of politics and public service every day, inspiring undergraduates to lead lives of purpose by committing themselves to the practice of politics, governing, public service and the countless opportunities to make a difference in the world.  More information is available online at    





Posted: 01/06/2015 

                        Center for Politics and Public Affairs

                                     POLLING ROUNDTABLE

You are invited to a roundtable panel discussion: “The Future of Political Polling.” In the wake of another controversial year with questions raised about many aspects of last year's publicly released political polls, three Pennsylvania pollsters, in short presentations, will examine:
1) Recent polling performances 
2) Disclosure standards for public polls 
3) Evaluating Internet polling
4) Partisan poll releases
5) Challenges facing election polling
6) Who’s Nate Silver and why should we care
Panelists:  Chris Borick, Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion
                         Berwood Yost, Director, Center for Opinion Research, F&M College
                         Terry Madonna, Director, Franklin & Marshall College Poll
When: Friday, January 16, 2015
Where: Room 60 East Wing (next to the cafeteria), State Capitol. 
Time: 12:30- 1:30 pm
Sponsored by: Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents' Association, Muhlenberg College, Franklin & Marshall College.
Join us; bring lunch if you would like, come with your questions, no charge for admission. 

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