Today he’s California’s Lt. Governor, but Gavin Newsom has the energy and enthusiasm of someone with far higher ambitions.
Newsom recently shared some of his fresh ideas — and a dose of optimism — during his recent visit to UC San Diego’s Revelle Forum, where he sat down for an interview with Political Science Professor Thad Kousser to discuss his new book, Citizenville: Reconnecting People and Government in the Digital Age.
During the lively interview, now available to UCTV viewers online and on-air, Newsom cites examples of individuals around the country who are bridging the vast chasm between government and the technologies that are already revolutionizing other parts of our daily lives. He contends that the best way for Americans to secure their future is to reinvent their relationship with their government, as they have countless times before, and have the power to do so again.
This year’s presidential election is seeing record numbers in fundraising –we’re talking over a BILLION dollars — all thanks to several recent court Supreme Court cases that have made 2012 the year of the Super PAC and potentially changed the face of the American electoral process.
UC political scientists Bruce Cain and Thad Kousser explain the pivotal court decisions that led to the gush of independent spending on behalf of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama and why this election is on track to break all funding records and doom any potential for campaign finance reform.
Then, next week (May 15) on “Prime: Vote,” Henry E. Brady, Dean of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, tells you why you shouldn’t hang up the next time a pollster’s phone call interrupts your dinner.
As producer of “Prime: Vote,” the political is personal for me as I now have the great opportunity to interview the smartest minds in the University of California system about the 2012 election. A dream come true!
Next up in the series is “Political Messaging on the Economy” with Lynn Vavreck of UCLA and Thad Kousser of UC San Diego. These two political scientists examine how Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Barack Obama are crafting their economic messages to appeal to voters. All three candidates began this campaign in a weak economy. But with signs of recovery, should they adjust their strategies? Vavreck and Kousser join me for some smart talk on this timely topic. Check it out.