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UCTV Prime Vote: As Latinos Go, So Goes the Nation


UC Berkeley's Lisa Garcia Bedolla about to tape her UCTV Prime Vote commentary on the Latino vote.

We’ve got pundits, too!  Next up on UCTV Prime Vote is UC Berkeley’s Lisa Garcia Bedolla with As Latinos Go, So Goes the Nation, in which she argues that Republicans will never become a majority party without support from Latinos.

Professor Bedolla joins faculty from throughout the UC system who present their views on issues relevant to the next election.

Got five minutes to watch some thoughtful, research-based commentary without all the partisan shouting?  Check out the UCTV Prime Vote website. Then let us know what you think with a comment on the website, YouTube channel or Facebook page.


Students Skipping the Polls?

Student loans. Rising tuitions. An unwelcoming job market for college graduates. These are just some of the pressing reasons why college students need to get themselves to the polls. Yet one group of UC San Diego students discovered that only 6% of their student population was registered to vote in the 2010 election.

Not a pretty fact — and something the Student Organized Voter Access Committee (SOVAC) is determine to change. Find out how in this latest edition of “UCTV:Prime Vote – Students, Yes You!” where SOVAC members Dean Searcy and Arshya Sharifian make their case for mobilizing the student vote on UC campuses across the state, and universities throughout the nation.


Embracing Race in American Politics

When comes to election 2012, every vote counts. Republicans and Democrats can no longer afford to ignore minority groups in their campaign messaging.

On the latest edition of “Prime: Vote”, UC San Diego Political Scientist Zoltan Hajnal, co-author of “Why Americans Don’t Join the Party: Race, Immigration and the Failure of Political Parties to Engage the Electorate,” argues that both parties can bring more minorities to the polls by addressing their specific concerns, rather than crafting campaigns that appeal primarily to whites or ignore race altogether. Hear what he has to say in the latest installment of “Prime: Vote – Embracing Race in American Politics.”


UC Berkeley Public Policy Dean Warns “Don’t Hang Up” on Political Pollsters

When you hear the call, answer it. That’s what Henry E. Brady, dean of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, urges citizens to do when their phone rings with a political pollster on the line.

In “Don’t Hang Up! Why Voters Should Respond to Pollsters,” the latest in the “UCTV Prime: Vote” series, Dean Brady makes a strong case for average Americans to stay on the line and make their opinions count, especially during an electoral season increasingly dominated by well-moneyed donors and highly paid lobbyists.

“Prime: Vote” features informed election analysis and commentary from University of California faculty who use peer-reviewed research to underscore their ideas. Most recently, UC Berkeley professor and executive director of UC’s Washington Center Bruce Cain joined UC San Diego’s Thad Kousser on “Moneybags: Who’s Funding Campaign 2012?” to weigh in on recent Supreme Court cases and other factors that have turned this election into the season of Super PACs.

And make sure to come back May 22 for “Embracing Race in American Politics,” a commentary from UC San Diego’s Zoltan Hajnal, who argues that Republicans and Democrats can bring more minorities to the polls by addressing their specific concerns, rather than ignoring race or crafting campaigns that appeal primarily to whites.


UCTV Prime Gets Political on New Series “Prime: Vote”

We know, we know. You’re probably on election coverage overload. But what if you could get more than just the typical “horse race” coverage? What if you could find reasoned, rational discussion — backed by academic research– on issues being raised in the public debate?

That’s just what UCTV Prime promises with “Prime: Vote,” a series of short segments with prominent UC faculty offering informed analysis and insightful commentary on the 2012 election.

The series debuts today with commentary by Peter Gourevitch, political scientist and founding dean of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UC San Diego, who comes down on the side of spending over austerity to address the national debt and boost the economy.

And come back this Friday (March 16) for more commentary on “Prime: Vote,” including “Incumbents, Are You Listening?” from UC Merced’s Jessica Trounstine, who describes factors that encourage incumbents to listen to voters, and “The Case for Immigration,” by UC Davis economist Giovanni Peri.

In April, “Prime: Vote” debuts timely interviews with UC faculty who can provide context to the rough and tumble journey along the campaign trail.  The first interview premieres April 3 with Lynn Vavreck, a UCLA political scientist and recognized expert in political messaging.

Is there something you’ve been wondering about related to political messaging? Send your question to us and we just might pose it to Professor Vavreck during our upcoming interview. Just email your question to prime@uctv.tv by Noon (Pacific) on March 21, and please include your name, city and state, along with your question.

Look for new “Prime:Vote” segments every two weeks through November 2012 at http://www.uctv.tv/primevote and http://www.youtube.com/uctvprime.