Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics

BARBARA BROSHER / WFIU/WTIU NEWS

Protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis have brought attention to the spending priorities of municipalities, especially when it comes to police departments. What are the funding sources for Fort Wayne? What are police officers asked to do and why? What happens when funds are reprioritized?

 

Funding Public Safety is a discussion led by Andy Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics. These conversations were recorded via Zoom.

Panelists include:

BRANDON SMITH / IPB NEWS

Indiana’s primary election was pushed back to June 2 because of the coronavirus pandemic. This week, we’ll be diving deeper into the process of how candidates are nominated for office.

WBOI Presents: February News Roundup 2020

Mar 4, 2020
IDOE, Justin Hicks/IPB, Doc West, Norwell Middle School

This week, our news team is looking back at some of the biggest stories from February.

 

PBS39

Welcome to a WBOI special program presenting the 2019 Mayoral Forum on Quality of Life. Arts United, PBS39, the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, and the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne have partnered to produce a town hall style discussion with Democratic Incumbent Mayor Tom Henry and Republican challenger, Tim Smith. Bruce Haines, General Manager of PBS39, will serve as the moderator for the event, and the discussion was recorded on Oct. 18 at the Auer Auditorium in the Rhinehart Music Center at Purdue Fort Wayne.

WIKICOMMONS

Korea has been the focus of many headlines recently. The 2018 Winter Olympics were held in PyeongChang. Otto Warmbier, an American student, was arrested in North Korea and died six days after returning to to the US. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un have openly insulted one another. In a conversation that begins by looking back at the Korean War, Andy Downs leads a discussion that looks at the Prospects for Peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Panelists Include:

Andy Downs, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics

Nonpartisan Series Aims To Develop Women For Public Leadership

Nov 13, 2017
Faith Van Gilder / Advancing Voices of Women

The Paul Helmke School for Women in Public Life is a nonpartisan series that aims to develop women for public leadership in Northeast Indiana. The last installment of the series was held on November 2, 2017. Several women filled a small room at IPFW’s Neff hall to hear women speak about their experiences in elected and appointed leadership positions. 

WBOI Presents brings you The Politics of Time.

Here is the conversation between Andrew Downs and James Toole, associate professors of political science at IPFW.

This event was sponsored by the IPFW Department of Political Science, the American Democracy Project, and the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics. Audio was provided by College TV.

Music in tonight's episode was provided by Mark Waldick.

Creative Commons By Gage - 2012 Electoral College map, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35172210

On Feb. 17th, the College of Arts and Sciences, History, and Honors Program at IPFW organized a panel discussion titled "Is This Any Way To Elect A President? A Discussion Of The Electoral College." 
 

The discussion looks at the history, function, and controversy of the electoral college. The panel was moderated by Andrew Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics.  

Panelists include:

Michael Wolf, IPFW Department of Political Science

James Toole, IPFW Department of Political Science

Jeff Malanson, IPFW Department of History

Filling a Ballot Vacancy

Jul 28, 2016
Andrew Downs / IPFW

On July 26th, the 24 members of the Republican State Committee met in a caucus to fill the ballot vacancy created by Governor Mike Pence accepting the Republican nomination for vice president.  The 22 voting members* decided that Eric Holcomb is the best candidate to replace Pence. 

Now That the Primaries Are Over...

May 24, 2016
Courtesy / Andrew Downs

When it became apparent that the presidential primary in Indiana was going to matter, it dawned on me that many voters might think this is the norm.  For those who have looked at the past or who have lived through it, they know that 2008 and 2016 are not the norm.  The presidential primary in Indiana usually includes very little excitement.