"Women & Politics"
This month it's Women & Politics, and our experienced panel will take a detailed look at all aspects of the political world from their perspectives.
We will have those who have been elected and those who have led campaigns.
Mary Kramer’s life includes extensive experience in politics, business and education. She has served as an Ambassador, President of the Iowa Senate and recently was tasked with advising lawmakers on eliminating harassment in the Iowa Senate.
Bonnie Campbell served as Iowa’s Attorney General and ran for governor. She was selected by President Clinton to establish the Office On Violence Against Women in the U. S. Department of Justice. She is a powerful voice in Iowa Democratic politics.
Melissa Gesing made headlines during the most recent Presidential Campaign. She was serving as president of the Iowa Federation if Republican Women but decided to resign because, in her words, “I cannot in good conscience lead this organization or look at myself in the mirror each morning if I do not take a stand against the racism, sexism and hate that Donald J. Trump continues to promote.”
Jessica Vanden Berg managed Christie Vilsack’s congressional campaign, served as chief of staff for Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, was a senior advisor to Senator James Webb of Virginia and currently is a partner in the political consulting firm of Maverick Strategies and Mail.
The conversation includes veteran journalist O. Kay Henderson of Radio Iowa, and nationally recognized pollster Ann Selzer.
Co-hosts Dennis Goldford and I will take a proverbial back seat for most of the show because we feel we just should. Seriously. The topic is Women & Politics, not women and a couple of guys and politics!
The latest "Pre WONKS" is here!
"Pre WONKS!" - Women & Politics
Previewing our Women & Politics WONKS!, some thoughts on women and how they are treated differently in the political world. With Ambassador Mary Kramer, Melissa Gesing, who resigned as head of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women after then-candidate Donald Trump made his infamous off-camera statements to Access Hollywood, and Jessica Vanden Berg who has worked as communications director with Democrats in Congress and on congressional campaigns.
"Millenials & Politics"
From the panelists to the inquisitors, this month’s WONKS! turns to younger demographics for answers as Eric Branstad, Jimmy Centers, Judy Downs and Kimberley Boggus answer questions from the Register’s Jason Noble and Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters. Old Fart co-hosts Dennis Goldford and Kevin Cooney will try to figure out what they’re talking about.
WONKS! is politics like you’ve never seen!
A true POLITICAL PARTY!
A delightful discussion and debate where the emphasis is on fun. Campaign managers, staffers, reporters and more telling tales you’ve never heard from behind the scenes of the biggest political campaigns.
WONKS! Episode 4
"The Iowa Caucuses"
Story County Democratic Chair Jan Bauer - Jan has served on the National Democratic Unity Commission which is looking at changes that would allow more transparent reporting of results and provisions for absentee balloting. Jan also is Iowa Democratic National Committeewoman.
Republican Consultant Eric Woolson started as a statehouse journalist for the Waterloo Courier and then got into the weeds as communication director for Terry Branstad. Later he managed caucus campaign communications for George W. Bush, Tim Pawlenty and was campaign manager for Mike Huckabee in 2008. So where did the Joe Biden Campaign Communications Director job come from?
David Oman returns to the panel. The only person to serve as chief of staff for two governors (Branstad and Ray) he has also served as GOP Chair and long time Republican consultant and confidant to many campaigns.
Joining Dennis and Kevin with questions will be:
Dave Price, WHO-TV Political Director, who authored the book Caucus Chaos. It is the definitive look at the craziness of the 2012 Republican caucuses. If you haven’t read it, check it out here on Amazon. (paperback or Kindle.) He knows what questions to ask.
Ann Selzer is simply “the best pollster in politics” according tofivethirtyeight.com. Not the best in Iowa or the midwest. Just the best. Anywhere. She says what sets her apart is “the discipline of research. I am data-driven.” She knows what questions to ask.
And we did mention Dennis Goldford before and we certainly need to mention that he is co-author of The Iowa Precinct Caucuses, The Making of a Media Event. That volume, written with Hugh Winebrenner, is the bible when it comes to caucus books. He knows what questions to ask, too.
WONKS! Episode 3:
"Politics & the Press"
The top names in Iowa journalism will be on our panel. And look who will be asking the questions with Dennis Goldford and Kevin Cooney: The Chairs of the Iowa Democratic and Republican Parties!
That’s right. Troy Price and Jeff Kaufmann will be in the seats usually occupied by reporters while Michael Gartner, Carol Hunter, Dave Busiek and Erin Murphy will be on the receiving end. Of course, your microphone is always open at WONKS to give your 2 cents worth. (BTW, why did the Register drop that column?)
If you’re not familiar with the panelists, here’s a brief look:
Michael Gartner is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who has been President of NBC News, Editor of the Des Moines Register, Page One Editor of the Wall Street Journal, Owner of the Ames Tribune. He has served on the State Board of Regents and the Vision Iowa Program. He currently is Chairman of the Iowa Cubs.
Carol Hunter is the Executive Editor of the Des Moines Register, directing digital and print coverage of Register journalists. In 13 years with the newspaper, she has served as Editorial Page Editor, Politics Editor and News Director.
Dave Busiek is KCCI-TV’s News Director, a position he has held for 27 years. During that time he also has served as Chair of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). He has received numerous awards including News Director of the Year from Broadcasting and Cable and a Silver Circle Award from the Upper Midwest Chapter of the Television Academy.
Erin Murphy is known to thousands of Iowans as their reporter in Des Moines. He is the Des Moines Bureau Chief for Lee Enterprises, reporting for the Mason City Globe Gazette, Quad-City Times, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Sioux City Journal and Muscatine Journal.
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