I am pleased to announce that, working with the League of Women Voters, the University of the Pacific will host two candidate forums on October 15. The first will be for the two candidates contesting Assembly District 13: K. “Jeffrey” Jafri (R) and Susan Eggman (D). The second will be for the two candidates contesting Congressional District 9: Ricky Gill (R) and Jerry McNerney (D).
The event will will be open to the public. Watch this space for more information.
Last night saw a great turnout for the Poli Sci Department’s welcome back party. We’ve gone from just a handful of people my first year here to nearly filling up the patio in WPC this year. It was great to see everyone there.
So how many say the debate last night? Actually, the better question probably is, how many knew there was a debate last night? It was the first (only?) debate between Democrat Barbara Boxer and Republican Carly Fiorina in their contest for one of California‘s Senate seats.
Right now they are running neck and neck in the polls, but it is increasingly looking like a Republican-wave year at the polls. Fiorina, a social conservative in a liberal-leaning state, has a chance to knock off the three-term incumbent Boxer.
- Pro-Dream Act Republican Carly Fiorina: Can We Really Trust Her? (immigration.change.org)
- Boxer-Fiorina Debate To Be held Tonight (huffingtonpost.com)
- Understanding Carly Fiorina (redstate.com)
- Boxer, Fiorina spar in first candidate debate (abclocal.go.com)
- Barbara Boxer hit on “Call me Senator,” Carly Fiorina on Prop. 23 — but who won? And was debate fair? (sfgate.com)
- How Barack Obama Is Letting Republicans Like Carly Fiorina Dog Gay Marriage (queerty.com)
- CA-Sen: Boxer: Fiorina “kinda used to creating jobs in China” (dailykos.com)
- Boxer, Fiorina tussle over economy in first debate (msnbc.msn.com)
- Boxer, Fiorina Tangle in Debate (blogs.wsj.com)
- John Fund On The Boxer/Fiorina Debate (cehwiedel.com)
Toby Ross, the City Manager from West Sacramento, spent four days on campus recently, visiting classes and talking about career opportunities in local government. The program, organized by the International City Management Association, hopes to facilitate conversations of all sorts between local government and universities. Among his class visits was a stop at Professor Jeff Becker’s Internship and Career Preparation course, where Dr. Ross participated in mock job interviews for political science students
Toby Ross has served as West Sacramento’s City Manager since November 2002. Ross brings three decades of experience in local government in California and Utah to the challenges of West Sacramento. His professional interests include planning, community development, budget and public finance. He earned a PhD and Masters degree from UC Berkeley; and a BA degree in from UC Santa Barbara. Ross has also held part-time faculty positions at the University of Utah, Cal Poly, the University of Hawaii and CSU San Francisco.
Ronnee Schreiber, author of the book “Righting Feminism: Conservative Women & American Politics” and an assistant professor of political science at San Diego State University, will give a lecture titled “From Alice Paul to Sarah Palin: Considering the Impact of Women in Politics” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Wendell Phillips Center Room 140 on University of the Pacific’s Stockton Campus.
The visit is sponsored by the Gender Studies Division of the College of the Pacific, the Pacific Women’s Center and the Associated Students at University of the Pacific.
The lecture builds on her observations in the book “Righting Feminism” that a key—albeit overlooked—developments in political activism since the 1980s has been the emergence of conservative women’s organizations. Schreiber will illustrate how conservative activists are often the beneficiaries of the very feminist politics they oppose. Yet just as importantly, she will deconstruct two widely believed truisms: that conservatism holds no appeal to women and that modern conservatism is hostile to the very notion of women’s activism.
When San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom visited University of the Pacific for a campaign event on February 12, 2009 he began his campus visit by leading a seminar on politics and government with Pacific Political Science students. The seminar took place in Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership. Professor Bob Benedetti, the Jacoby Center’s executive director moderated the seminar.
The mayor and the students discussed a range of issues including same-sex marriage, the California budget morass, education policy and others.
The mayor also offered career advice to the students: “You don’t have to be the best of the best… just be the only one that does what you do.”
The Lair in University of Pacific’s new DeRosa University Center (if it looks like a DUC . . .) was the place to be on the Pacific campus to watch the inauguration of President Obama. A full house of students, faculty, staff, and friends watched the 44th president take the oath of office and deliver his inaugural address. Faculty members Dave Frederickson, Keith Smith, and Brian Klunk offered their observations about the significance of the day and responded to questions from the audience. The event was hosted by Pacific’s Black Student Union, whose president, Political Science major Charles Bolton, opened the event.
On October 22, 2008 current and former Pacific faculty members presented a session of predictions and analysis about the upcoming presidential elections.
Political Science Professor Jeff Becker introduced the panel, which was part of Pacific’s Social Science Research Colloquium.
Professor David Frederickson from Pacific’s Communications Department led off. Professor Frederickson is a veteran of many presidential campaigns stretching back to Gerald Ford’s 1976 campaign. Frederickson drew on his experience to argue that as campaigns draw to an end, the October Death March as he called it, three key elements strongly affect the outcome of an election: organization, money, and timing. All three elements seem to be lined up in Barack Obama’s direction. Not only did Professor Frederickson see the Obama campaign as using their money advantage very effectively, he also thought that Former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s endorsement of Senator Obama is “a likely game changer.”
Pacific Political Scientist Keith Smith followed by pointing to data that indicate that the outcome of the 2008 election should be closer to historical norms than the very close 2000 and 2004 races. Smith reviewed the most prominent political science models of the presidential election vote. Most models are based on the performance of the economy and the incumbent president’s job approval ratings. With an underperforming economy and a historically unpopular Republican president, “it’s a tough year to be a Republican.” Professor Smith predicted that based on a likely Obama popular vote victory in the predicted range, Senator Obama should win at least 286 and as many as 364 electoral votes.
Former Pacific Political Scientist Nate Monroe returned from Merced to report on predictions that he had made during a spring 2008 forum. Monroe gave himself mixed grades for his predictions. Professor Monroe argued that Senator McCain’s choice of Alaska governor Sarah Palin was a “terrible strategic choice,” which has made it harder for the Arizona Senator to attract votes from the middle, but that Barack Obama’s selection of Joe Biden had been quite good at helping Senator Obama expand his electoral appeal.