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2010.10.29 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Nov. 17 Hoagland Lecture to Focus on 2010 Election

Omaha - Two nationally recognized political pollsters will discuss the outcomes of the 2010 election at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Neil Newhouse and Peter Hart will present for the 2010 Peter J. Hoagland Integrity in Public Service Lecture Series, hosted by the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service and the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with the event starting at 7 p.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the UNO campus. The Nov. 17 lecture is free and open to the public.

Newhouse is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies. A veteran in public opinion research, Newhouse, a Republican, has worked with dozens of political campaigns. Often quoted in major national publications, he was recently named “Pollster of the Year” for his work on Scott Brown’s Senate campaign in Massachusetts. The New York Times has described Newhouse’s firm as the leading Republican polling company in the country.

Hart, chairman of Peter D. Hart Research Associates and senior counselor to the McGinn Group, is a Democrat. He has been a leader in public opinion analytics. Hart’s company has worked with numerous U.S. senators and governors, including the Clintons and the Kennedys. Hart has been described by The New York Times as “the uber-pollster,” and by National Journal as one of 150 national leaders who shape federal government policy.

“It is truly exciting to have two of the most prestigious leaders in political polling, representing different philosophical perspectives, discuss the results of the midterm elections and what those results portend for the 2012 presidential campaign,” said B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. “I cannot imagine a more topical or engaging discussion than what we can expect from Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse on Nov. 17.”

The lecture series is in memory of Nebraska Congressman Peter J. Hoagland, who passed away in 2007. It’s designed to inspire young people to dedicate themselves to public service.

Each year’s lecture features state and national leaders who prove that honor and integrity remain essential components in their service to the United States.

The series was created in 2008 by Hoagland’s friend and former Chief of Staff Jim Crounse, with a gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Prior to being elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1978, Hoagland worked with Nebraska Common Cause to write and pass into law the Nebraska Open Meetings Law. In addition, he helped to create the Political Accountability and Disclosure Committee, which regulates political activity in Nebraska.

While in the state legislature, Hoagland was known for his work on legislation supporting environmental causes and on issues affecting financial service companies in his home district, which included Omaha and the surrounding area. During his time in Congress, Hoagland was known as a student of the issues and for his bipartisan approach to legislation. He was placed on the Ways and Means Committee out of respect for his legislative ability.

Hoagland passed away Oct. 30, 2007, at the age of 65 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

For more information, visit www.nufoundation.org/hoagland or call (402) 458-1185.

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