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Election authorities Angotti, Johnson to speak at MC events

Monmouth College will host two election-related events next week that are open to the public.
On Oct. 15, visiting distinguished professor of communication studies Joe Angotti will be featured in a 7:30 p.m. event in the Morgan Room of Poling Hall. Part of the “Monmouth College Rocks the Vote” election series, the event will feature two main topics. Angotti, a former executive producer of NBC Nightly News, will discuss how the news networks “call states” and project the overall winner. He will also lead a secondary discussion about the nature of investigative journalism in recent years.
On Oct. 18, political science lecturer Robin Johnson will be featured at the monthly meeting of Monmouth Associates at 12 noon in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of Stockdale Center. Johnson will speak about the 2012 presidential race, which he correctly predicted two years ago would feature Mitt Romney as the GOP candidate. Johnson’s educated guess, which he delivered at a forum on the recently-concluded 2010 election, forecast a winning total of 275 electoral votes for Barack Obama.
A 1980 graduate of Monmouth College, Johnson holds a master’s degree in public administration from Western Illinois University and also serves as a political consultant. He has been involved in MC’s Midwest Matters initiative since its launch in 2009, helping to organize forums on Midwest issues and conducting polls on Midwest attitudes.
The program is free; a buffet lunch costs $10. Reservations can be made by calling 309-457-2316 by Oct. 15 or by e-mail at
A free shuttle van transports passengers from two locations to every Associates luncheon. The van will stop at the Faith United Presbyterian Church parking lot at 11:45 a.m. and at the northeast quadrant of the Public Square at approximately 11:50 a.m. It will return to both locations immediately following the program. Shuttle reservations should be made by calling the above number.