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Public Affairs Discussion Group

"Why the Republicans Keep Winning In Ohio"

September 9, 2005
Adelbert Hall, Toepfer Room

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Rob Frost

Rob Frost

Chairman of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County


J. David Levey

Journalist and Consultant


Dear Colleagues:

It appears that this past Friday’s (Sept 2) discussion of Judge Roberts’ nomination may have been even more relevant than we hoped. I’m sure this week’s speakers hope that this week’s Friday Public Affairs Lunch discussion remains timely for a while.

On this Friday, Sept 9, J. David Levey, a journalist and consultant, will be joined by Rob Frost, Chairman of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County, to lead discussion on “Why Do the Republicans Keep Winning in Ohio?” Preparations for the 2006 elections have already begun, and by many standards one would expect the incumbent party to be in trouble. Yet Republican strength seemed to solidify through the 2004 election even as Ohio struggled economically. What factors of beliefs, demographics, organization or other matters explain GOP strength, and can it continue in 2006?

As usual, we will meet in the Toepfer Room of Adelbert Hall from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.. The lunch is brown bag, but refreshments and cookies are kindly provided by the Office of University Marketing and Communications. We look forward to a very lively discussion.

All the best,
Joseph White, Ph.D.
Luxenberg Family Professor and Chair
Department of Political Science
Director, Center for Policy Studies
Case Western Reserve University
Mather House 111
11201 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland OH  44106-7109
(216) 368-2426

About Our Guest

Rob Frost of Rocky River is the central committee chairman of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County. Frost beat out Ron Lisy, a Bedford City Councilman, to replace Rep. Jim Trakas (R-17), who has held the position since May 1996. Rep. Trakas recently stepped down and has announced that he intends to run for a statewide office in 2006.

Fall 2005 Semester Schedule

Note: The Friday Lunch gathers from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each Friday during Fall and Spring Semesters. The regular venue is the Toepfer Room on the second floor of Adelbert Hall. The lunch is brown bag, though cookies and beverages are provided. It is open to the public.

***Note also: This is a tentative, partial schedule. In some cases we know the speaker but not the exact topic! Speakers usually talk for about 20 minutes, so that the rest of the time can be given to discussion.

September 2: Ken Ledford, Associate Professor of History and Law; Jon Entin, Professor of Law; and Mel Durchslag, Professor of Law, will lead a discussion of the John Roberts nomination to the Supreme Court.

Sept 9: J. David Levey, journalist and consultant, and Rob Frost, Chairman of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County, on “Why the Republicans Keep Winning in Ohio.”

Sept 16: George W. Dent, Jr., Schott-van den Eyden Professor of Law, on “The Federalist Society.” Professor Dent is director of the Cleveland Chapter of the society and serves as co-chair of its Subcommittee on Constitutional Adjudication of the Religious Liberties Practice Group.

Sept 23: Peter J. Haas, Professor of Religion, on religion, food, and politics.

Sept 30: Peter W. Moore, Assistant Professor of Political Science, on “Iraq as a War Economy.”

Oct 7: Marcus Stanley, Assistant Professor of Economics, on a new understanding of policies for job training.

Oct 14: George W. Collins II, emeritus Professor of Astronomy, The Decline of Science in the
United States.  will discuss issues ranging from funding to politicization to immigration.

October 21: Jessie Hill, Assistant Professor of Law, on “The Supreme Court and Abortion” In the Lounge of Guilford House.

October 28: Justin Buchler, Assistant Professor of Political Science.

November 4: Brian Gran, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law, on “Who Speaks for Children? The ‘Children’s Ombudsperson’ in Europe.”

November 11: Jill Korbin, Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean of the College, and Lawrence Greksa, Professor of Anthropology, on Amish teenagers’ choice between two worlds.

November 18: Janet McGrath, Associate Professor of Anthropology, has been working on the CWRU/Uganda AIDS Research Project since its inception.  Treating HIV/AIDS in Uganda.  In the Spartan Room of Thwing Center.

December 2: Charles Burroughs, Professor and Chair, Art History, is one of the world’s experts on the architecture of medieval Rome. Building Community, Staging a Republic: Political Architectures in a Medieval City. 

December 9:  Gideon Shimoni is Professor and Chair of the Department of Contemporary Jewry at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is at Case this semester as the Rosenthal Visiting Professor of Judaic StudiesZionism and its Discontents. 

Parking: For those people who seek to make special arrangements about parking, the contact person now will be Fay Alexander.  Her phone number is 368-4440, and her e-mail is

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