Capitol Weekly Podcast: A Post-Mortem of the 2020 Election

Last week Capitol Weekly and the McGeorge Capital Center for Law & Policy presented a Post-Mortem of the 2020 Election, a half-day online conference in which a score of experts and insiders discussed the results of the election and provided a look-ahead at what they mean for 2021 – and beyond. This event was hosted on ZOOM between 9AM – 2:00PM, Thursday, November 5.

We broadcast audio from each of the presentations as individual episodes of the Capitol Weekly Podcast. A program featuring photos and bios of all the participants can be viewed online here.

Panel 1: Polls – Right or Wrong?

Ruth Bernstein, EMC Research; Mark DiCamillo, Berkeley IGS Poll; Paul Mitchell, Political Data Inc.; Ben Tulchin, Tulchin Research

Moderated by Marisa Lagos, KQED


Panel 2: The Face of The Electorate

Shakari Byerly, EVITARUS;  Mindy Romero, Center for Inclusive Democracy; Roger Salazar, ALZA Strategies; Rob Stutzman, Stutzman Public Affairs

Moderated by Dan Morain, Sacramento Press Club

Panel 3: The Ballot Propositions

Brandon Castillo, Bicker Castillo & Fairbanks; Jim DeBoo, DeBoo Communications; Mary-Beth Moylan, McGeorge School of Law; Robin Swanson, Swanson Communications

Moderated by Nicole Nixon, Capital Public Radio


Keynote by Ace SmithSCRB Strategies

Campaign consultant Ace Smith has handled many of the biggest campaigns in California history including gubernatorial runs for Jerry Brown, Senate campaigns for Barbara Boxer and Kamala Harris, and major ballot propositions such as Yes on 30. This cycle he guided Sen. Harris’ presidential run. Capitol Weekly’s John Howard guides a wide-ranging discussion with Smith that digs deep into political history, solves the Electoral College’s representation problem, and looks ahead to 2024.


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