smear-campaignPULLMAN, Wash. – Negative campaigning, climate change and Washington’s carbon tax voter initiative are the topics of free, public presentations hosted by the Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service next at Washington State University.

Negative Campaigning in the U.S. and beyond will be discussed at noon Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Bryan Hall 308 as part of the Foley coffee and politics series. Pizza and soda will be served.

Speaker Annemarie Wolter, a research fellow at the University of Nottingham, England, will talk about the effects of negative ads on voter turnout and disillusionment.

The effects of population growth, energy demand and climate change on dams and water issues will be presented at noon Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Bryan Hall 308 as part of the Foley coffee and politics series. Pizza and pop will be served.

Speaker Edward P. Weber is the Ulysses Dubach Professor of Political Science at Oregon State University.

A panel discussion of the proposed state carbon tax will be 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the CUB auditorium at WSU Pullman and 7-8:30 p.m. in the Walgreens Auditorium, SPBS 101, at WSU Spokane.

The panel will present cases for and against the Washington Carbon Emission Tax and Sales Tax Reduction Initiative that will appear on the ballot in November.

Panelists are: Yoram Bauman, economist and founder of Yes on I-732; Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale), chair of the senate energy, environment and telecommunications committee; and Jeff Johnson, president of the state Labor Council and a representative of the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy.