- Lawrence R. Jacobs, Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair of Political Studies, University of Minnesota
The string of Democratic losses in state and national elections has raised questions about the future of the Democratic Party. At an event hosted by the University of Minnesota, Professor Larry Jacobs joined Minnesota member of Congress and Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Keith Ellison, and Capitol Reporter Rachel Stassen-Berger for a discussion about how Democrats can revive their connection with voters.
- Benjamin Veghte, National Academy of Social Insurance
Globalization and dramatic changes in technology have transformed the nature of work in the United States. The Report to the New Leadership and the American People on Social Insurance and Inequality makes the case for strengthening and modernizing Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and unemployment insurance to keep up with the needs of a changing nation. The Report was published by the National Academy of Social Insurance.
With political shifts in Washington, DC and the states, institutions and policies that deal with energy are likely to change. SSN scholars from across the country weigh in on updates to energy policy that – even in the current political climate – could spur innovation, improve existing programs, and promote new technologies.
Immigration policy changes were the centerpiece of President-Elect Trump’s platform. On his campaign page Trump promised that if elected he would “immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties,” and in a recent interview with 60 Minutes, Trump explained that his administration will remove two to three million undocumented migrants, with a focus on those who are “criminal, have criminal records, [are] gang members, drug dealers.”
Through executive action or new law, Trump and Congress may soon do significant damage to the rules, regulations, and enforcement procedures established over the past 45 years by presidents of both parties. Trump may repeal some regulations, weaken enforcement of others, and defund regulatory agencies that have been put in place to protect the public.
During his campaign, President Donald Trump emphasized that his main goals regarding abortion would be to nominate anti-choice justices to the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, make the Hyde Amendment “permanent law,” end later abortions, and defund Planned Parenthood. He also stated at one point that if abortion were to become illegal, there should be “some form of punishment” for women having the procedure.