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Political Reform Advocate to Speak


Political Reform Advocate to Speak

UCR discussion will feature Steven Hill, political reform director at the New America Foundation.

(February 19, 2008)

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Steven Hill, director of the Political Reform Program at the New America Foundation, will discuss “Ten Steps to Repair American Democracy” on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at UCR Extension, 1200 University Ave., conference rooms D and E.

Hill is an expert on national and California politics as well as political reform, including campaign finance reform, instant runoff voting, redistricting and presidential elections. His presentation is free and open to the public.

The New America Foundation, based in Washington, D.C. and California, with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento, is a nonprofit, post-partisan, public-policy institute that advocates for a range of policies, including political and electoral reform.

Among the political reforms Hill advocates is creating a sensible primary schedule, grouping states of similar size in four multi-state elections from March through June. That would avoid the chaos of this year when 24 states scheduled primaries on Feb. 5, a date that Hill refers to as “Super Stupid Tuesday.”

Hill was campaign manager in San Francisco and Oakland for the recent successful efforts that passed instant runoff voting for electing local offices and was one of the organizers of successful efforts to pass public financing of elections for local campaigns.

He is the author of several books, including “10 Steps to Repair American Democracy,” “Fixing Elections: The Failure of America’s Winner Take All Politics” and “Whose Vote Counts.” His articles and commentaries have appeared in many national publications, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.

Hill’s appearance is sponsored by the UC Riverside Political Science Department and UCR Extension LIFE Society.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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