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Political analyst Charlie Cook to share insights on upcoming election at 2020 Wendell H. Ford Lecture


By Caleigh Ramey
University of Kentucky

Students, faculty and everyone seeking to expand their knowledge on the upcoming elections should have a special interest in the University of Kentucky’s 2020 Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 13. Exactly three weeks before the Nov. 3 elections, this lecture will feature respected political analyst Charlie Cook, publisher and editor of The Cook Political Report, along with a panel of prominent national and Kentucky journalists.

Charlie Cook

The lecture is hosted by UK’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and co-sponsored by the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship and Commerce Lexington. For the first time, the Ford Lecture will be a virtual event presented as a webinar rather than in front of a live audience due to COVID-19 guidelines. This is the seventh renewal of the Ford Lecture, named for the late former Kentucky governor and U.S. senator.

Cook is expected to share his thoughts and insights about not only the presidential election but the many key House and Senate races in Kentucky and elsewhere. The outcome of these races will determine if Democrats retain control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Republicans of the U.S. Senate when the next Congress convenes in January 2021.

“We are delighted to have Charlie Cook deliver this year’s Ford Lecture,” said Ron Zimmer, director of UK’s Martin School of Public Policy. “We are seeing unprecedented interest in the upcoming elections. No one is more knowledgeable about the country’s political landscape or the public policy implications of the upcoming elections than Charlie. His presentation could not be timelier, and there will be national interest in what he has to say.”

Cook is editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report​, founded in 1984. The publication is universally recognized as a nonpartisan source of accurate, fact-based political analysis and is regularly quoted by national print and television media. The publication has a strategic partnership with the National Journal Group and since 2004 has been located in the historic Watergate complex.

The panel discussion following Cook’s remarks will include Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today, who recently was selected to moderate the Oct. 7 Vice Presidential Debate in Salt Lake City, Utah; Al Cross, UK journalism professor and former Courier-Journal political writer; and Renee Shaw, public affairs producer and host for the Kentucky Educational Television network, who will serve as moderator.

Advanced registration is required. Visit the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration’s online form to register. After you register you will receive an email with the link for the session and information on the program format.


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