GOOD INTEGRITY OF 12-4-15 POLITICAL SYMPOSIUM AT IOWA CITY

11-30-15

Greetings, Iowa Public Policy Center, Tracy Osborn, associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa, and all—

God job!!  You and the Iowa Public Policy Center have integrity and are in pursuit of raising political integrity!  And you showed the way!!

Your 800 word political discourse symposium column in the 11-29-15 Gazette has a high Integrity Index Score of 470.  It really caught the attention of Iowalive net workers—and put them immediately to work evaluating its related integrities and more.   And there is more good news!! 

The day long symposium on  Political Discourse: The Impact of Redistricting, Campaign Finance, and the Media, to be held in the Old Capitol Museum Senate Chambers, in Iowa City on Friday, December 4th, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM—has some good integrity presentations, as shown in the first table below. 

You asked for citizen participation and asked the questions, in the second table farther below, to enhance their attendance and participation.  As a result, Iowalive net workers worked very hard to prepare and send you, and others, the tables in this post, which are also posted on http://www.iowalive.net/  .  The tables set an example for symposium participants to use numbers to define the magnitude of the problems addressed and the expected results and impacts etc. of what is presented and discussed.   

For example, how much increase in Iowa or national political integrity do you expect the symposium to produce, when and at what cost or savings to whom?  Iowalive will derive and release such numbers after the symposium, for all to see, for comparison with yours.  The numbers will show if the symposium was merely a lot of talk. 

The following tables will be updated and posted if any updates are deemed necessary.  The numbers in the tables were derived in advance of the symposium to give a heads up to those considering attending.  This is a notable first for Iowalive. 

THERE ARE 3 **GOOD AND 1 ***HIGH INTEGRITY PRESENTATIONS AT THE SYMPOSIUM

Iowalive will evaluate and present numbers for the political integrity impacts of each, and the overall symposium, in a later post

INTEGRITY EXPECTATIONS FOR THE  12-4-15 SYMPOSIUM ON THE IMPACT OF POLITICAL REDISTRICTING, CAMPAIGN FINANCE, MEDIA  AND MORE-- EVALUATED AND SCORED BY IOWALIVE  11-30-15

PRESENTATIONS & INDIVIDUALS ETC.

*AVG. INTEGRITY INDEX SCORE

PRESENTATIONS

Marjorie Hershey of Indiana University--overview of changes in how media cover elections in the 21st century.

350

Daniel Kreiss of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill--research on how parties use new media to craft messages and win elections

380

Kelly Dittmer of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University--focus on how new media especially affects women candidates

150

Matt Levendusky of the University of Pennsylvania--to what degree  does  partisan media matter.

380

Michael Crespin of the Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma--an overview of the modern redistricting processes in the United States.

460

Tom Brunell of the University of Texas at Dallas--consequences of partisan redistricting

160

Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa--focus on the Voting Rights Act and racial redistricting.

80

INDIVIDUALS ETC.

Tippie College of Business 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Markets

560

Iowa's caucuses

450

Iowa's method of redistricting

360

Tracy Osborn, associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa

350

Iowa Public Policy Center--http://ppc.uiowa.edu/forkenbrock/political-discourse-2015

315

Supreme Court case, Shelby County v. Holder (2013

150

Political use of Twitter and YouTube

105

Supreme Court Case, 2010 Citizens United

50

Existing political advertisements

30

Redistricting as performed in other states

10

Integrity is Adherence to Moral and Ethics Principles.  The Antonym of Integrity is Evil

Integrity Index Score Derivation Methods are Posted on Website: http://www.iowalive.net/integrityderivation.htm

*Average on  a scale of 0 to 1,000 tops, where significant integrity starts at 300, evil is at 250 and below.  Grand larceny scores 40.

It would cost at least $400,00 to have capable professionals prepare a  comparable table. 

Anyone claiming to have better numbers is asked to provide them.

 

IOWANS ARE MORE APT TO BE THINKERS THAN DUPED POLITICAL FOLLOWERS

How the ‘new media’ question is asked significantly changes the answer.

IT'S NOT REALISTIC TO PLACE IOWANS INTO A SINGLE RED OR BLUE POLITICAL BOX.      Source:  Iowalive  11-30-15

QUESTIONS POSED BY TRACY OSBORN, Iowa Public Policy Center

% OF IA VOTERS SAYING "NO"

% OF IA VOTERS SAYING "YES"

Is the right to create legislative districts part of the spoils of partisan warfare?

93%

7%

Do you wish all states redistricted like Iowa?

89%

11%

Do you think campaign finance is out of control?

70%

30%

Do you worry about  the proliferation of new media in American elections?

60%

40%

Do you support all campaign spending under the First Amendment?

55%

45%

Do you celebrate the proliferation of new media in American elections?

25%

75%

Should we require all groups to disclose their donors and their spending patterns?

10%

90%

Anyone claiming to have better numbers is asked to provide them.

Sincerely,

Iowalive      A  growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa