California Votes: A Post-Mortem on the 2018 Election

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Friday, February 1, 2019
9:00am to 6:00pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
UC Berkeley
Available multimedia: 
Event has video

Video of the event is now available on YouTube.

Program Agenda 

9 a.m.: Introductory Remarks

  • Lisa García Bedolla, Director, Institute of Governmental Studies

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.: The Changing California Electorate

An examination of the changing demographics of California’s population and electorate, the impact of the changes in 2018, and the implications for future election cycles. 

  • Moderator: Marisa Lagos, KQED
  • Panelists:
    • Lisa García Bedolla, Director, Institute of Governmental Studies
    • Kristin Olsen, former Assembly Republican Leader
    • Mindy Romero, Director, California Civic Engagement Project, USC
    • Dan Schnur, Director, Sacramento Bee California Influencer Series

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: The Battle to be Governor: Primaries and General

This panel will discuss the 2018 gubernatorial contest, including the primary election and the contest to advance to the general election.

  • Moderator: Carla Marinucci, Politico
  • Panelists:
    • Ace Smith, Strategist, Newsom for Governor
    • Tim Rosales, Campaign Manager, Cox for Governoro
    • Pat Dennis, Campaign Manager, Villaraigosa for Governor
    • Brandon Hall, Strategist, Chiang for Governor
    • Delaine Eastin, CA Superintendent of Public Instruction (ret.)

12:30 – 2 p.m.: Lunch (lunch will be provided on a first come first serve basis) 

2 – 3:30 p.m.: The Year of the Woman II?

National analysts have noted the sharply increased number of women running for elective office in 2018, especially among Democrats. This panel will examine that phenomenon in the California context, and whether it is likely to continue in future election cycles.

  • Moderator: Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters
  • Panelists:
    • Nicole Boucher, Co-Executive Director, California Donor Table
    • Mary Hughes, Democratic Strategist
    • Amanda Renteria, Chairwomen, Emerge America

3:45 – 5:15 p.m.: California and Congress: What Happened in Competitive House Races

Democrats won seven Congressional seats in California that had been held by Republicans. This panel analyzes California’s competitive Congressional races, including the factors that determined the outcomes, and whether those factors were part of a national wave or were unique to the state or districts.

  • Moderator: John Myers, Los Angeles Times
  • Panelists:
    • Katie Merrill, Fight Back California
    • Pablo Rodriguez, Founding Executive Director, Communities for a New California
    • Mike Madrid, Republican Consultant, GrassrootsLab
    • Mark DiCamillo, Director, Berkeley IGS Poll
    • Lea Grundy, Partner, Goundworks Campaigns

5:15 – 6 p.m.: Reception

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