Political Outreach Events

The McCall Center for Civic Engagement conducts a number of political outreach events each year and our Director of Political Outreach, Dr. Jim Moore, is "the most quoted political analyst in Oregon" for a reason. Dr. Moore's scheduled appearances are updated here regularly, and he can be reached directly for more information. 

2020-2021 Events:

  • “Biden’s First 100 Days: On Day 99….” Noon Rotary Club, Forest Grove, OR. Talk via Zoom with questions. 28 April 2021.
  • “What Just Happened—the Inauguration.” Pacific community, Pacific University, Forest Grove, or. Forum with questions. 21 January 2021.
  • “A Political Update.” Oregon State Association of County Assessors (osaca), Portland, or. Remote talk with questions. 12 January 2021.
  • Moore, Jim and Paul Gronke with Bobbin Singh, Danielle Caputo, Daniel Lewkow and Cristina Nieves, moderator. “Beyond 2020—the Democracy We Need. Reflecting on 2020—Understanding the Presidential Election.” Common Cause of Oregon, Portland, or. Presentation with questions. 3 December 2020.
  • “What an Election! A Guide to the 2020 Results and a Look at Implications for 2021.” South Park Unitarian Church, West Linn, or. Zoom talk with questions. 15 November 2020.
  • “What Just Happened? A Guide to One of the Most Contentious Elections in 50 Years.” w2d, Willamette Women Democrats, Lake Oswego, or. Zoom talk with questions. 12 November 2020. 
  • “The 2020 Election: A Long Strange Trip—But Not Too Strange.” Forest Grove Noon Rotary Club, Forest Grove, or. Zoom talk with questions. 11 November 2020.
  • Fagan, Shemia to Jim Moore. “Introduction from new secretary of state; general talk about the position and Oregon political context.” Phone call. 10 November 2020.
  • “The 2020 Election: Results, Trends, Futures.” Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Hillsboro, or. Zoom talk with questions. 9 November 2020.
  • “What Just Happened: the 2020 Elections.” East Washington County Democrats, Tigard, or. Zoom presentation and questions. 5 November 2020.
  • “The 2020 Elections: What Just Happened?” Pacific University community—faculty, staff, students, Pacific University, Forest Grove (or). Zoom talk with questions. 5 November 2020.
  • “The 2020 Election: What a Ride.” Oregon Government Finance Officers Association, Oregon (remotely held over Zoom). Talk with questions. 29 October 2020.
  • “Update on the Presidential Election.” Community group now scattered from Oregon to Florida to California to Mexico, Portland, or. Talk with questions. 15 October 2020.
  • Moore, Jim, and Janina Markewitsch and Nenad Marinkovic. “The Oregon Election System.” Discussion about Oregon’s voting system with election observers from the osce/odihr (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights), Portland, or. 13 October 2020.
  • “The 2020 Elections: Three Weeks Before Election Day, Can We Do Better at Predicting Than in 2016?” Back to School: Pacific Homecoming, Pacific University, Forest Grove, or. Zoom presentation with questions. 10 October 2020.
  • Moore, Jim, Bill Lunch and Jeff Mapes. 2020. “At Stake in November: Commentary on Measures and Candidates on the Oregon Ballot.” Salem City Club, Salem, or. 25 September 2020.
  • “Voter Suppression.” Corbett Issues Forum, Corbett, or. Zoom talk with discussion. 21 August 2020.
  • “Looking Towards the November Election.” Beaverton Rotary Club, Beaverton, or. Talk with questions via Zoom. 15 July 2020.
  • “How Voters Play a Role.” Youth Leadership, Centro Cultural, Cornelius, or. Talk via Zoom with questions. 26 June 2020.
  • “The 2020 Elections in a Time of Uncertainty.” Portlandia Power Hour, Portland, or. Talk via Zoom with questions. 12 May 2020.​

Highlights of Past Events:

  • “Election Reform—Top-3 Voting System.” City of Troutdale Citizens Advisory Committee, Troutdale, or (via Zoom). Presentation with discussion. (2020)
  • “Presidential Politics for Election 2020—the covid-19 Context.” Community group now scattered from Oregon to Florida to California to Mexico, Portland, or. Zoom talk with discussion. (2020)​
  • “Issues and Context in the 2019 Oregon Legislature.” With Gary Conkling. Columbia Corridor Association, Portland, OR. Talk with discussion. (2019)
  • “Fake News: Threat to Democracy or Passing Fad?” AAUW and larger community, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR. Talk and discussion. (2019)
  • “Midterms Wrap Up—What We Learned, Where We Are Going, and How Do We Keep a Grassroots Movement Growing.” With David Sarasohn and Liz Kaufman. One Small Thing PDX, Portland, OR. Panel talk with discussion. (2018)
  • “Politics 101—Midterm Election Results: What Does It All Mean?” Oregon School Boards Association, Portland, OR. Talk with Q&A. (2018)
  • “Reading the Tea Leaves: The 2018 Oregon Elections.” Edited talk with Q&A, recorded by Salem City Club, aired on Forum on KMUZ radio, Salem, OR. (2018)
  • "Politics in the Age of Trump" - Talk to Pacific University students (2017) 
  • Forest Grove School Board Candidate forum – On campus, open to the public (2017)
  • "And Now the Hard Part…Governing in a Fractious Political System" - South Park Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, West Linn, OR (2017)
  • "After the Dust Settles: Analyzing the 2016 Election Results" - Willamette Women Democrats, Lake Oswego, OR (2016) 
  • "The Role of the Media, Politics, and Culture" -  Panel discussion at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA (2016)  
  • U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley – On campus, open to the public (2016)
  • Legislative Forum - Roosevelt Middle School, Eugene, OR (2016)
  • Classroom Law Project - Talk with middle school teachers from all over Oregon about issues in the 2016 elections (2016)
  • "Terrorism, Immigration: How the World and the United States Understand These Issues" - United Nations Association, Milwaukie, OR (2016)
  • "Crafting a Regional Water Policy" – Panel sponsored by City Club of Portland and Washington County Public Affairs Forum (2015)
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Forum - Salúd Services, Hillsboro, OR (2015)
  • "Privacy in the Facebook Age: Choices, Challenges, and Consequences" – Forest Grove Library (2015)
  • U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici – On campus, open to the public (2015)
  • "The Changing Political Context in Oregon" - Oregon Environmental Council, Eugene, OR (2014)
  • Forest Grove Council/Mayor Candidate Forum – On campus, open to the public (2014)
  • US Senator Ron Wyden: "Inequality: the View from Washington, D.C. to Forest Grove” - On campus, open to the public (2014)
  • "Election Predictions." Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Aloha, OR (2014)
  • "Teamster Boss: Dave Beck and Labor Racketeering in Oregon" - Oregon Encyclopedia History Night Panel (2013)
  • "New Urbanism" with Congressman Earl Blumenauer – On campus, open to the public (2013)
  • "Immigration and Sustainability: A Bi-National Perspective Embracing Diversity-Resolving Disparities" – on campus, open to the public (2013)
  • Oregon Secretary of State forum -  On campus, open to the public (2012)
  • Elizabeth Woody: “The Long Memory: The Indigenous Peoples of America After Columbus” – Talk to Pacific University students (2012)
  • "We’re All Globalized Now: Politics, Economics, and the United States in the World" - League of Women Voters and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Medford, OR (2013)
  • Legal Logic: Specialty Courts – Moderated televised discussion (2012)
  • "Politics and the Economy: Elections, Pocketbooks, and Political Messages" - Northwest Association for Financial Professionals conference, Portland, OR (2012)
  • "Women’s Work from the ERA to the Present Day" – Forest Grove Library (2011)
  • Candidate debates for Washington County Commissioner, County Commission Chair, Metro President, and Metro Councilor (2010)

Details of Past Events:

For more information on our political outreach activities, please see the annual records below. 

Special Projects

The Rural Perspective: Technical Report on the Washington County Transportation Futures Study (2015-2016)

A Pacific University team led by Mike Miller of the Center for Global Business Studies, with students Prescott Devinney, Jacob Rose, Sophia Solano, and Pablo Valenzuela, and supported by Jim Moore of the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation has completed a year-long study of transportation issues for the Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation. Working as independent contractors for the county, the students examined past reports by governments and other institutions to understand transportation issues for rural residents. The student members then interviewed members of the rural Washington County community and held a number of focus groups with the Latino community and members of community organizations. Washington County is interested in making these types of research and reporting projects a permanent part of the relationship between the county and Pacific. Of course, this was helped along because the main contact at Washington County is a 2008 Pacific graduate.