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Ellison Report: Obama’s Black Legacy; State Level; The Future of Data in Politics

Obama speaking in April 2012.
Austen Hufford

The Ellison Report is a weekly journal of politics, policy, and the people.

PART I: Danyelle Solomon, Center for American Progress, explores one of the bigger questions posed in the final days of the Obama Presidency: How Did it Change or Shape Black America For the Better?

PART II: Andra Gillespie, Emory University, & Keaton Nichols, WURD (Phila), discuss a not so surprisingly rocky first week back in Washington and what the Affordable Care Act (aka “ObamaCare”) repeal looks like.

PART III: Illinois State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana; Champagne), discusses the challenges states face in the new political era of Trump, the need to focus on state and local politics and what Democrats will need to rebuild their leadership

PART IV: Tom Bonier, TargetSmart, offers thoughts on the future of data analytics and polling – it’s not as bad as it seems even though it seems really bad after 2016. Why campaigns may be relying too much on data, but why they’ll still need it.  What it all means for the political forecasting industry. Will candidates and pundits rely less on polling?