UW professors raised partisanship concerns over new center
MADISON, Wis. — Newly released emails show University of Wisconsin political science professors involved in the creation of a publicly funded policy center raised concerns about an emphasis on conservative speakers.
The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership was announced in May and it received $3 million in the state budget.
E-mails obtained under the state open records law by the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, provided to The Associated Press on Wednesday, show that professors involved with the planning raised red flags early on.
One concern was over a tentative speaking list for a leadership event next month that was all Republican.
But UW political science professor Ryan Owens said Wednesday the final list will be evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. He says to judge the center by its actions.
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