State of Our State Conference 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 8:00am - 1:30pm

This ​year's ​conference focus ​will ​be ​on ​our ​changing ​electorate, ​including ​the ​impact ​of  independent ​voters and post-election analysis: What Election 2016 means and where do we go from here?

A new report by Morrison Institute will be released on where and how voters – Republicans, Democrats and independents – get their candidate and campaign information and from what "trusted sources."


Nov. 16 / Phoenix Airport Marriott

State ​of ​Our ​State ​Conference ​is ​the ​annual ​signature ​event of ASU ​Morrison ​Institute ​for ​Public ​Policy.

Since 2009, the State of Our State Conference has examined key Arizona issues ranging from structural deficits to criminal justice reform to education and workforce development.

SOS Conference speakers and panelists include:

  • Michael Crow, ASU president
  • Jackie Salit,
  • Eugene Scott, CNN Politics reporter
  • Christian R. Grose, Schwarzenegger Institute, USC
  • Doug Chapin, University of Minnesota Program for Excellence in Election Administration and consultant to Pew Charitable Trusts’ Voting Information Project
  • Michele Reagan, Arizona Secretary of State
  • Thomas Collins, Arizona Clean Elections Commission
  • DJ Quinlan, political consultant and campaign strategist, former executive director of Arizona Democratic Party
  • Robert Graham, Arizona Republican Party
  • Daniel Ortega, civil rights leader and attorney
  • Marilyn Rodriguez, Veridus and One Community
  • Omar Ali, Lloyd International Honors College, UNC-Greensboro
  • Douglas Schoen, national pollster
  • Charles Coughlin, HighGround Inc.
  • Paul Johnson, former Phoenix mayor and election reform proponent
  • Jonathan Koppell, dean, ASU College of Public Service & Community Solutions

Featured panel discussion: Keys to unlocking gridlock

  • Jon Kyl, U.S. senator (retired)
  • Ed Pastor, U.S. representative (retired)

Two esteemed former members of Congress from opposing parties offer their insight and ideas on how to end partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.

Join us for a frank conversation between former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl and former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor on how the two Arizona statesmen say both Republicans and Democrats can and must move beyond party platforms to better serve the American agenda.

Moderated by Grady Gammage Jr., senior research fellow at Morrison Institute for Public Policy.


2016 SOS honors

  • Richard N. Morrison, Sue Clark-Johnson Leadership Award
  • Amanda Aguirre, Distinguished Fellows Award
  • John Lewis, Distinguished Fellows Award
  • Ronald Reinstein, Distinguished Fellows Award


Morrison Institute for Public Policy presenters and panel moderators

  • Thom Reilly, Morrison Institute director
  • Betsey Bayless, MI board chairwoman
  • Lisa Urias, MI board member
  • Grady Gammage Jr., MI senior research fellow
  • Joseph Garcia, MI Latino Public Policy Center
  • Andrea Whitsett, MI associate director