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Politics and Policy at the Pub Thanks to Florida State

October 19th, 2016 by flanews

Some people go to bars and restaurants to get away from the noise surrounding politics – especially during this unique political season.  But as Matt Galka tells us, Florida state University is serving up heady policy discussion at a local pub.

A couple of beers, a little bit of food…and some voting issues. That’s what was on the menu for the McLeod’s at Backwoods Bistro in Tallahassee.

“A lot of the people here are from different political views, and that’s good to see,” said Susan McLeod.

They were part of the crowd at Florida State’s new program “policy pub.” The program’s mission is to engage the happy hour crowd and get them to discuss some deeper political issues. It’s even written right there on the coasters.

“It’s a fun thing, a nice little happy hour where you can discuss. No one throws rocks or chairs,” said Ken McLeod.

FSU Political scientists Robert Jackson and Brad Gomez served up some data driven analysis on voting numbers at this week’s event. They view the presentations as an opportunity to give folks a look inside the classrooms – while they enjoy a brew.

“Some of us study why people vote, but some of my colleagues study why we go to war. So those are important things and many of us don’t know what political scientists do,” said Gomez.

And the outreach is important in such a unique election cycle. With animosity seemingly at an all time high – turnout this year is a little on the unpredictable side.

“I think there are countervailing factors, some people are very hyper energized, we have other people who are discouraged or disgusted with the current climate,” said Jackson.

So maybe it’s a good thing the heavy discussion is held at a bar. After all…this election probably has more than a few people ordering one more round.

If you find yourself in Tallahassee, the next meeting is November 15th, the week after the election, and is titled “It’s over! What Now?”

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