Makayla Hipke
Dole Institute of Politics

Dole Institute unveils list of panelists for national election conference

Mon, 12/03/2018

LAWRENCE — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced its 10-member panel for the 2018 Post-Election Conference.

The conference is set for 2:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5., and 9:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Dec. 6. Both sessions are free and open to the public. A free livestream will be available at

“We’ve assembled an outstanding panel of strategists, pollsters and journalists this year,” said Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute. “This is a can’t-miss event for anyone interested in campaigns — it’s both educational and entertaining.”

Since 2006, the Dole Institute has hosted a biennial Post-Election Conference that delves into the key strategies of elections to examine how and why they are won and lost. This year’s conference will analyze campaign strategy and results from the 2018 midterm elections while offering an assessment of what could happen in 2020.

Panelists for the Post-Election Conference are listed below:

  • Jason Bresler, national political director, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)
  • Randy Brown, vice president, Edison Research
  • Eliza Collins, congressional reporter, USA Today
  • Kelly Dietrich, founder, National Democratic Training Committee and Fall 2018 Dole Fellow
  • Jennifer Duffy, senior editor, Cook Political Report
  • Jessica Flanagain, senior vice president, Axiom Strategies
  • Katie Glueck, senior national political correspondent, McClatchy D.C.
  • Jim Jonas, senior communication strategist, Centennial Strategies and Spring 2018 Dole Fellow
  • John Rogers, executive director, National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC)
  • Michele Watley, Democratic strategist and consultant.

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics is dedicated to promoting political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bipartisan, philosophically balanced manner. It is located in KU’s West District and houses the Dole Archive and Special Collections. Through its robust public programming, congressional archive and museum, the Dole Institute strives to celebrate public service and the legacies of former U.S. Senators Bob Dole and Elizabeth Dole.

More information on all programs, as well as ongoing additions to the schedule, can be found on the Dole Institute’s website,

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