Mid-Term Elections: Polls, Prognostications, and Prospects

Two Mondays, October 29, November 5, and on Tuesday, November 13, 6:30–8:00 P.M. | Covenant Church, 4949 Caroline, 77004, in the museum district. Limited parking in the church’s lot; parking on surrounding streets is widely available.

October 29:  Sean Theriault
In just over a week, we’ll know the results of the hard-fought mid-term Congressional elections.  What is the likely outcome?  Will Republicans hold control of both houses, or will Democrats manage to seize one or both?  Who’s up?  Who’s down?  What can we anticipate?

November 5: Richard Murray
Is there a blue wave breaking tomorrow in the nation and Texas?  Based on recent polls, early voting tallies, and gut instincts, what can we look forward to tomorrow and what will it likely mean for the Trump Presidency, Congress, and public policy?

November 13:  Richard Murray
As the mid-term election dust settles, what are the important takeaways?  Was there a blue wave, and did it extend to Texas?  How do the Trump Administration’s prospects look in 2019 now that we know the makeup of the new Congress?  And what do the election results suggest for the Democratic and Republican presidential races that have already started?

Sean Theriault is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the department of government at the University of Texas.  His primary field of research is congressional decision-making, and his most recent book is The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress (Oxford University Press USA, 2013).  He was UT’s Professor of the Year in 2011 and has received numerous other teaching awards including the Friar Society Teaching Fellowship, the biggest undergraduate teaching award, in 2009.

Richard Murray is the Bob Lanier Professor of Urban Public Policy and director of surveying for the Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston, where an endowed scholarship in his name was established in April 2008.  He has consulted on more than 200 political campaigns.



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Mid-Term Elections: Polls, Prognostications, and Prospects
Two Mondays, October 29, November 5, and on Tuesday, November 13, 6:30–8:00 P.M.
$90 all sessions; $35 single session
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Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
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