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UC to hold forum on California's special election

– Former California Gov. Gray Davis will join policy experts, journalists, pundits, and political staffers at an Oct. 28 conference on the national implications of key issues in California's Nov. 8 special election.

The conference, "Government by the People in California: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly," will take place at the University of California Washington Center in Washington, D.C. and is being organized by the center and the campus's Institute of Governmental Studies, both under the direction of UC Berkeley political science Professor Bruce Cain. Davis will provide the keynote luncheon address on the effect of the initiative process on governing California.

Voters in the special election will confront a range of crucial concerns from abortion to the state budget, prescription drugs, campaign finance, redistricting, teacher tenure, and electricity regulation. And, while Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's name is not on the ballot, his political future may ride on the controversial special election he called to promote his reform agenda.

Panel discussions about the special election will be webcast live. More information on the program and the webcast is available on the UCDC website.