CU to host analysis of 2008 election cycle

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By Joan C. McKinney

Doug Bandow, vice president of policy for Citizen Outreach, a grassroots political organization, will deliver an address titled "Analysis of the 2008 Election Cycle and Future Implications" at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 in the Little Auditorium of the Student Union Building at Campbellsville University.

The event is part of the Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy series.

"Doug Bandow is a highly regarded writer and commentator on the public policy issues of the day," said John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president, who founded KHIPP.

"During his career, he has written for a number of national publications, has been associated with think tanks, worked in the White House and has traveled the world," Chowning said.

"While Doug will primarily speak on the election outcome and what we can expect over the next few years in terms of resulting public policy directions, I have asked him to comment briefly on other issues including the war on terrorism and international religious liberty issues."

Chowning said, "In view of Doug's recent affiliation with the Institute on Religion and Public Policy, headquartered in Washington and on whose Board of Advisors I serve, he will share his thoughts on international religious liberty issues as well."

Bandow also is the Bastiat scholar in Free Enterprise at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and senior fellow in International Religious Persecution at the Institute on Religion and Public Policy. He was formerly a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and before that served as a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan.            

Previously a nationally syndicated columnist with Copley News Service and editor of the monthly political magazine Inquiry, he has been widely published in such periodicals as "Time," "Newsweek," "Fortune," "Christianity Today" and "World," as well as leading newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. He has written several books, including "Beyond Good Intentions:  A Biblical View of Politics," "Foreign Follies: America's New Global Empire," "Leviathan Unchained: Washington's Bipartisan Big Government Consensus," "The Politics of Envy: Statism as Theology" and "The Politics of Plunder: Misgovernment in Washington."

He received his bachelor of science degree in economics from Florida State University in 1976 and his juris doctorate from Stanford University in 1979. He is a member of the California and Washington, D.C. bars.

KHIPP primarily focuses its attention on facilitating public policy study and issues debate, while encouraging the involvement of Christian leaders in the public and civic arenas. The institute's mission is to engage Campbellsville University students, faculty and staff, and the general public, in a greater awareness and understanding of the myriad issues confronting our culture.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chowning at jechowning@campbellsville.edu or call 789-5520.

- Joan C. McKinney is news and publications coordinator at Campbellsville University.