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The Foley Institute Fall 2018

Fall 2018

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Tuesday, October 2nd | 12:00 p.m. | Foley Speaker’s Room

Coffee and Politics: Trump’s Foreign Policy

On Tuesday, October 2, Kenneth Schultz discussed how the divergence between Republicans and Democrats may impact U.S. foreign policy.

He suggested that increasing political polarization has had several effects in the U.S. Declining bipartisan support when employing diplomatic power, inconsistency in commitments to allies and adversaries, as well the concentration of power in the executive branch are widening the party gaps on foreign policy. Noting that Republicans and Democrats are highly divided along ideological lines, he said that there has been an increasing reliance on presidential unilateral powers.

Kenneth Schultz is professor of political science at Stanford University.


Wednesday, September 26th | 12:00 p.m. | Foley Speaker’s Room

Coffee and Politics: District 9 Town Hall

On Wednesday, September 26th, two of the four candidates for Washington’s 9th district, Jennifer Goulet (D) and Matthew Sutherland (D), participated in a candidate town hall meet at the institute, and discussed their proposed platforms if elected.

The candidates, who are challenging incumbents in the district for positions in the state legislature, updated the audience on their priorities if elected, including support for increased access to education, and affordable healthcare.


Wednesday, September 19th | 12:00 p.m. | Foley Speaker’s Room

Coffee and Politics: Polling in the midterms


On Wednesday, September 19th, Dr. Stuart Elway discussed details of poll results in Washington for the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.

Elway, the founder and owner of Elway Research Inc., explained a potential shift in the Eastern side of the state from Republican-leaning to Democratic-leaning. His data showed that politics in Washington has become increasingly polarized, with a clear partisan divide between counties on either side of the state, divided by the so-called Cascade Curtain.

He highlighted the fifth, eighth and fourth Congressional District races, which are closer than in recent years, but it was unclear whether this was leading to a “blue wave”. However, demographic changes in the state will likely lead to more redistricting after the next census, with increased numbers of Washingtonians living in the cities, which could lead to a greater divide between the urban and rural parts of the state.


Monday, September 17th | 12:00 p.m. | Foley Speaker’s Room

Coffee and Politics: 5th District Candidate Town Hall


On Monday September 17th Lisa Brown returned to WSU to discuss her campaign for the 5th congressional district. Brown addressed an audience of students, faculty, and community members on the current state of inefficiency in Congress and how she hopes to improve it should she be elected to replace incumbent Representative Cathy McMorris-Rogers.

Following her address, Brown took questions from the audience on topics ranging from ecological protective measures to gun control reform. Brown put particular emphasis on her passion for reforming university funding and confronting the student debt crisis. She cited her experience coming from a lower-income household and the opportunities that a Pell grant afforded her, and noting that such federally funded aid is increasingly hard to come by. Brown finished her talk by urging her supporters to speak on her behalf and participate fully in the electoral process by watching or attending upcoming debates.