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Center for Politics’ 10th Annual American Democracy Conference Center for Politics and CQ Politics to Examine 2008 Election


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Party insiders, leading journalists, and political pundits will gather next Friday to examine the impact of the 2008 presidential, senatorial, and congressional election results. The 10th annual American Democracy Conference will take place on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, in the University of Virginia’s Alumni Hall, located at 211 Emmet Street, South, in Charlottesville, Va. Professor Larry J. Sabato will offer welcoming remarks at 9 a.m.

The American Democracy Conference will feature well-known political analysts, journalists and academics such as:

  • Congressman Artur Davis (D-Alabama)
  • Ed Rollins, Republican strategist
  • Joe Trippi, Democratic strategist
  • Congressman Tom Davis (R-Virginia)
  • Jonathan Martin, Politico.com
  • Rich Lowry, National Review
  • Susan Page, USA Today
  • Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee Chairman
  • Kellyanne Conway, Republican pollster
  • Craig Crawford, Congressional Quarterly
  • Katon Dawson, South Carolina Republican Party Chairman
  • Christian Ferry, Deputy Campaign Manager, McCain 2008 Presidential Campaign
  • John Hishta, former Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee
  • Dahlia Lithwick, Slate.com
  • Kiki McLean, Democratic strategist
  • Michael Toner, former Federal Election Commission Chairman
  • Lowell Weicker Jr., former Connecticut Governor and Senator

The University of Virginia Center for Politics will host this year's conference in coordination with CQ Politics, an online political journal and news source. The event is free and open to the public and members of the media.

Corporate underwriting for the American Democracy Conference is being provided by Wrinkle in Time Foundation. The Center for Politics is grateful to all of its sponsors for their support.


Obama Wins Largest Online Mock Election in History

  • More Than Three Million Votes Cast by Students Nationwide
  • Economy Ranked as Student Voters’ Most Important Issue

10/3/08|CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Grade school students nationwide went to the “polls” over the past two weeks casting more than three million votes in the 2008 Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) Mock Election, the largest online, student-only, mock election in American history. Using high-tech “cyber-ballots” that were tailored to each student's home voting location, a record number of online votes had been cast by the time the polls closed at 5:00 PM Thursday, October 30, 2008 with Senator Barack Obama winning 60% to Senator John McCain's 36% of the votes for President. The remaining votes for President were split among various independent and other third-party candidates, which varied based on each state's ballot.

A strong plurality of students (nearly 40%) selected the economy as the most important issue in deciding whom to support in the mock election. In total, more than one million students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Department of Defense schools abroad voted in the 2008 Youth Leadership Initiative Mock Election breaking all previous records for online voting in any YLI Mock Election.

The Youth Leadership Initiative is the signature education program of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. The online balloting process allows participating YLI teachers to customize the electronic ballots to match those of their students' home voting locations.

Many teachers of primary grades included only the Presidential race on student ballots while high school teachers also often added state races, state referenda and even local races to their ballots.

“America's students have spoken with a loud voice and made history in the process,” said Meg Heubeck, YLI Director of Instruction. “The entire staff of the Youth Leadership Initiative wishes to thank all of the participating students for voting in this year's mock election and we're grateful for the tens of thousands of dedicated YLI teachers all across the nation and around the world who share our philosophy that politics is a good thing!”

The YLI Mock Election is an academic exercise. It is not a scientific survey and is not designed to predict the outcome of the general election. The views expressed in the results are those of participating students only, and does not constitute an endorsement of any particular candidate or idea, nor are the results designed to serve either prediction of, or commentary on the regular general election by either the Youth Leadership Initiative or the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

YLI Mock Election
National Results for President:

Candidates for President: % of votes received BARACK OBAMA (D): 60.0784% JOHN McCAIN (R): 35.5220%

YLI Mock Election
National Results (Issues):
Which issue is most important to you as a voter?

Issue: %
Economy: 39.4%
Energy and the Environment: 17.2%
Homeland Security/War: 13.1%
Health Care: 12.7%
Education: 11.3%
Other: 6.3%


Youth Leadership Initiative Mock Election Rated With Four Stars

Education Online gives program highest possible rating


10/7/08|CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Education Online has given a four-star rating to the mock election run by the Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. The Center’s mock election was the only one of three national mock elections evaluated to receive the Internet magazine’s highest score.

In referring to the YLI mock election, Education Online noted that it “has an easy-to-use student voting site and will overwhelm you with the amount and quality of its teaching materials.” To read more of the Education Online article please visit http://www.insidetheschool.com/election-2008-online-student-voting-site-reviews.

Meg Heubeck, YLI’s director of instruction, said of Education Online’s praise, “The goal of the Youth Leadership Initiative is to involve students in the American electoral and policy-making process early. We want young people in the habit of participating in civic life. Voting in mock elections is one of the important keys to helping make that happen. That’s why the YLI staff has worked so hard to develop the breadth and depth of materials we offer. All of us at the Center appreciate the hat tip from Education Online a great deal. Yet the real victory will be the generation of engaged leaders and voters we are investing in today all across the country, one teacher at a time.”

In 2004 the YLI mock election counted 800,000 votes and included 13,000 teachers. This year more than 40,000 teachers have signed up to take part in the YLI’s October 20-30 mock election, and 2 million students are expected to casts votes. Results will be announced October 31, 2008.

For more information on YLI please visit the web site http://youthleadership.net.


George Allen and Terry McAuliffe Headline High School Presidential Forums


9/15/08 | RICHMOND, VA George Allen and Terry McAuliffe Headline High School Presidential Forums
September 17 and September 24 at Cosby High in Chesterfield, Virginia

One of Virginia’s most prominent political leaders and one of the Democratic Party’s top national leaders will represent their party’s respective presidential candidates at student forums hosted by Cosby High School in Chesterfield County.

Former Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen will speak on behalf of Arizona Senator John McCain on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe will speak on behalf of Illinois Senator Barack Obama on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The forums will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will last an hour. After opening remarks, Allen and McAuliffe will answer questions from about 400 assembled students.

The audience for both events is limited to government students from Cosby and selected other high schools in Chesterfield. The event is not open to the public. However, media representatives are invited to attend.

The event is sponsored by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Chesterfield County Public Schools and the U.Va. Center for Politics’ Youth Leadership Initiative. The forums will give high school students a chance to engage in hands-on civics lessons, participate in the 2008 campaign, and learn more about the presidential candidates. These forums also correspond with Civic Education Week and are part of the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Public Square series.

Tom Silvestri, president and publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, will moderate both forums. The Times-Dispatch will stream the events live on its Web sites, inRich.com and TimesDispatch.com.

For information about obtaining media credentials, call Tim Bullis (Chesterfield County Public Schools) at 804-748-1433. For more information about the forums, contact Frazier Millner (Times-Dispatch) at 649-6085 or Cordel Faulk (University of Virginia’s Center for Politics) at 434-243-8466 or clf8g@virginia.edu.


Center for Politics Hosts Timely Discussion of Religion and Politics

Director of Pew Forum and U.Va. Faculty to Speak


6/22/08 | CHARLOTTESVILLE The U.Va. Center for Politics will host a timely discussion on religion in American politics on Monday, September 22, 2008, from 5:15 - 6:30 p.m. During the 2008 election cycle, many critical moments occurred when religion and politics intersected. These moments and other issues surrounding the role of religion in American politics will be discussed at this event. Religion in American Politics will be held at the University of Virginia Harrison Auditorium (Special Collections Library).

Luis Lugo, Director of The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, will present analyses from the Pew's recent U.S. Religious Landscape Survey (see http://religions.pewforum.org/), which explored the relationship between religious affiliation and social and political beliefs and practices.
Directly following, Dr. Lugo will join the following U.Va. faculty for a roundtable discussion:

Jonathan Haidt - Associate Professor, Department of Psychology; author of The Happiness Hypothesis and researcher of the moral foundations of politics
Charles Mathewes - Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies; author of A Theology of Public Life and editor of The Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Lynn Sanders - Associate Professor, Department of Politics; co-author of Divided by Color: Racial Politics and Democratic Ideals and researcher on the influence of political participation on mental health

The Center for Politics launched the National Symposium Series in 1999 to explore current and relevant issues in American politics. Previous topics have included Constitutional reform, women and politics, wartime politics, political humor, character and politics, presidential selection and youth civic engagement. This year, the Center will be discussing race, religion and gender in American politics.


 

New PBS Documentary Examines the Case For Constitutional Reform "Questioning the Constitution" to premier as a free public event at the Charlottesville Pavilion on Constitution Day, September 17, 2008, at 7 p.m.


6/22/08 | CHARLOTTESVILLE As one of the most enduring monuments to human liberty and the rule of law, the United States Constitution serves as the foundation of American government and as an example to democracies around the world. Presidents pledge to defend it.
Fledgling democracies emulate it. And today, its amendments contain America's proudest moments of progress, from freedom of speech to women's suffrage. And yet, most Americans have never read it. What, exactly, does it even say? More importantly, is it still functional after more than 200 years?

"Questioning the Constitution," a new one-hour documentary produced by the Community Idea Stations in partnership with the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, explores the development of the Constitution-how it has been interpreted, and the arguments for and against Constitutional reform. Award-winning producer and director Mason Mills ("Wilder: An American
First") captures expert opinions through interviews with political leaders, scholars and historians including NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, Senator John Warner, and Dr. Larry J. Sabato. These interviews are combined with archival imagery and analysis to provide viewers with a renewed understanding of the Constitution, allowing them to draw their own conclusion on the issue of reform. "Questioning the Constitution" will premiere on Constitution Day, Wednesday, September 17, as part of a free public event at the Charlottesville Pavilion. The event is made possible through a partnership among the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, The Center for Politics at U.Va., and WHTJ Charlottesville PBS, one of the Community Idea Stations.

There will be two screenings. The first screening at 11:00 a.m. is sponsored by the U.Va. Center for Politics Youth Leadership Initiative and will welcome an audience of local students in addition to the public. The second screening is at 7:00 p.m. Both screenings are free and open to the public.


U.Va. Students Form Voter Registration Coalition Voter drive aims to sign up scores of students for Presidential Election


Voter drive6/15/08 | CHARLOTTESVILLE Interns at the University of Virginia Center for Politics have organized a broad coalition of student groups that has come together with the goals of registering students to vote before the November elections and educating these potential voters about the importance of civic participation. The U.Va. Student Voter Registration Coalition began in 2004 as an effort organized by the Center for Politics (CFP) to engage student leaders in voter registration.

The Coalition is led by CFP interns who are designated coalition coordinators, and includes prominent on-grounds groups such as the Student Council, the College Republicans, and the University Democrats. The Center for Politics provides guidance, resources, and facilitates a relationship with the city and county offices of voter registration to ensure that students have access to the important information needed on Election Day. At press time, the Coalition has reached more than 1,400 students out of their goal of 2,008 students by Election Day. Coalition coordinators have also encouraged their fellow students to become poll workers on Nov. 4.

Professor Larry J. Sabato, director of the Center for Politics added, "The real work of democracy is person-to-person, door-to-door, and our U.Va. students are doing it with style. More students from every political persuasion will participate in this exciting, history-making presidential election because of the volunteer efforts to register young people. Democracy is habit-forming, and we're trying to form the habit as early as possible in our students' lives."

U.Va. is one of just 20 schools participating in the Harvard Institute of Politic's National Campaign for Civic and Political Engagement. The goal is to institutionalize voter registration at U.Va. to encourage a sense of civic responsibility and engagement among all U.Va. students, and also assist the university in complying with the Higher Education Act of 1998, which requires that colleges provide voter registration materials to all students.

2008 Coalition Members (more to come):
Black Student Alliance
College Republicans
Hoos for Obama
La Alianza
Latino Student Union
Minority Rights Coalition
Queer and Allied Activism
Student Council
Virginia Organizing Project
Voxx (Voices for Planned Parenthood)
University Democrats
U.Va. School of Architecture
U.Va. School of Nursing

Contacts:
Chad Ayers, Coalition Coordinator; cma7u@virginia.edu
Marta Cook, Coalition Chair; mpc2r@virginia.edu
Kristin Woods, Coalition Coordinator; knw5r@virginia.edu
Bruce Vlk, Dep. Director of Programs, Center for Politics; bav2n@virginia.edu


George Allen and Terry McAuliffe Headline High School Presidential Forums September 17 and September 24 at Cosby High in Chesterfield, Virginia


6/15/08 | One of Virginia's most prominent political leaders and one of the Democratic Party's top national leaders will represent their party's respective presidential candidates at student forums hosted by Cosby High School in Chesterfield County.

Former Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen will speak on behalf of Arizona Senator John McCain on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe will speak on behalf of Illinois Senator Barack Obama on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The forums will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will last an hour. After opening remarks, Allen and McAuliffe will answer questions from about 400 assembled students.

The audience for both events is limited to government students from Cosby and selected other high schools in Chesterfield. The event is not open to the public. However, media representatives are invited to attend.

The event is sponsored by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Chesterfield County Public Schools and the U.Va. Center for Politics Youth Leadership Initiative. The forums will give high school students a chance to engage in hands-on civics lessons, participate in the 2008 campaign, and learn more about the presidential candidates. These forums also correspond with Civic Education Week and are part of the Richmond Times-Dispatch's Public Square series.

Tom Silvestri, president and publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, will moderate both forums. The Times-Dispatch will stream the events live on its Web sites, inRich.com and TimesDispatch.com.

For information about obtaining media credentials, call Tim Bullis (Chesterfield County Public Schools) at 804-748-1433. For more information about the forums, contact Frazier Millner (Times-Dispatch) at 649-6085 or Cordel Faulk (University of Virginia Center for Politics) at 434-243-8466 or clf8g@virginia.edu.

Founded in 1998 by political analyst and Professor Larry J. Sabato, the University of Virginia Center for Politics is a nonpartisan, interdisciplinary unit of U.Va. that seeks to promote the value of politics, improve civics education, and increase civic participation through comprehensive research, pragmatic analysis, and innovative educational programs.


Center for Politics Hosts Open House and Conference

Annual summer conference celebrates"Ten Years of Good Politics"

5/30/08 | On June 6th and 7th, the University of Virginia Center for Politics will host distinguished speakers from Virginia politics for a special two-day Virginia Political History Project. Titled Ten Years of Good Politics, the event will be held at Montesano, 465 Crestwood Drive, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Guest speakers will include Congressman Virgil Goode, Jr., Larry Sabato, Martha Randolph Carr and Shannon Lanier (Jefferson and Hemings descendents), Stephen Adkins, Paul Harris, W. Ferguson Reid and Eva Scott.

This conference and open house marks the culmination of the Center for Politics' 10th year of improving civic education and increasing civic participation through nonpartisan, interdisciplinary research, analysis and educational programs. The Center welcomes the public and press to a new location in Charlottesville, a beautiful home called Montesano.

The full conference schedule includes:

Friday, June 6, 2008

  • 10:00 a.m. - Doors open at Montesano
  • 11:00 to 11:50 a.m. - View our documentary "Wilder: An American First"
  • 12:00 to 1:15 p.m. - U.Va. Politics professor Paul Freedman presents "Thirty-Second Democracy: Election 2008 Media Coverage"
  • 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. - View portions of our upcoming documentary, "Questioning the Constitution" with producer Mason Mills, as well as Jefferson and Madison reenactors
  • 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. - Martha Randolph Carr and Shannon Lanier, two Jefferson cousins discuss race, politics and DNA
  • 4:15 to 5:00 p.m. - Southwater Bluegrass Band

Saturday, June 7, 2008

  • 8:00 a.m. - First Annual Center for Politics Golf Classic at Birdwood Golf Course
  • 9:00 a.m. - Tee Off at Birdwood Golf Course
  • 10:00 a.m. - Doors open at Montesano
  • 11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. - U.Va. professor and Center for Politics director Larry J. Sabato welcomes guests
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Congressman Virgil Goode, Jr. discusses youth civic engagement
  • 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. - View "Questioning the Constitution" with Larry J. Sabato
  • 2:00 to 3:15 p.m.- "Virginia Firsts" panel with Stephen Adkins, Paul Harris, W. Ferguson Reid and Eva Scott; moderated by Cordel Faulk of the Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. - View "Sarge Reynolds: A Documentary"
  • 4:15 to 5:00 p.m. - Southwater Bluegrass Band

Center for Politics Welcomes Virginia Governor Tim Kaine

Sabato's American politics class hosts Commonwealth's 70th Gov.

Tim Kaine4/17/08 | Center for Politics Director and Professor Larry J. Sabato welcomes Governor Tim Kaine to his 400-student American Politics lecture class on Monday, April 21, at 3:00 p.m., in Wilson Hall Auditorium, on the grounds of the University of Virginia. This event is hosted and sponsored by the Center for Politics.

The class is not open to the public, but members of the media are invited to attend, and should contact Matt Smyth (email or 434-243-8466) to reserve space/seating.

Governor Tim Kaine, Virginia's 70th Governor, was elected to office in 2005. Gov. Kaine was inaugurated on January 14, 2006--the first governor since Thomas Jefferson to be sworn-in in Virginia's colonial capital. On January 31, 2006 Gov. Kaine gave the Democratic response to President George W. Bush's 2006 State of the Union address. Gov. Kaine is a member of the National Governor's Association, and was elected to become Chairman of the Southern Governors Association in the summer of 2008.

Prior to election as governor, he served for 4 years as the state's lieutenant governor and spent a total of 7 years as a City Councilman and Mayor of Richmond. Gov. Kaine has also served on the Secure Virginia Panel, chaired Virginia's Disability Commission and was a member of Virginia's Military Advisory Council.

A graduate of the University of Missouri and Harvard Law School, Kaine also taught legal ethics for six years at the University of Richmond Law School. He is married to Anne Holton, a former legal aid lawyer and juvenile court judge. The Kaines have three children--Nat, Woody and Annella.

More information about Governor Tim Kaine


Sununu, Weicker, Wilder to Discuss Presidency, Constitution

Center director Larry Sabato will moderate panel on possible reform


Presidency Reconsidered04/09/08 | The Center for Politics will host a lively discussion on presidential selection and the U.S. Constitution on Wednesday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the University of Virginia's Newcomb Hall Ballroom. The Presidency Reconsidered asks "should we change how we nominate and elect our chief executives?" Moderated by University Professor and Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato, this timely panel will include former New Hampshire governor and White House chief of staff John H. Sununu, former Connecticut governor and U.S. Senator Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. and former Virginia governor and current Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder.

The Presidency Reconsidered is free and open to the public, with advance registration. Members of the press are invited to attend and should contact Matt Smyth (434-243-8466) to reserve space.

Each of the 21st Century's presidential elections has seen many constitutional issues come to the forefront of public consciousness. Some have suggested that the process of being nominated by the parties is in need of review. Should we attempt to alter this process by establishing regional primaries or some other system, or are we better served leaving the process to the discretion of each individual state? What is the role of the superdelegates, and does this process work as it was intended? Should anything be done to prioritize the outcome of the popular vote in the nomination process and/or the general election? Are there changes that might help build greater confidence in our system of elections for more Americans? Should we continue to disallow non-native born citizens from running for president? These topics and more will be debated at The Presidency Reconsidered.

John H. Sununu served two years as President George H.W. Bush's chief of staff, after serving three consecutive terms as governor of New Hampshire. As governor, Sununu chaired the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, the Republican Governors Association and the National Governors Association. For much of the 1990s, Sununu co-hosted CNN's Crossfire political news and analysis program. He is currently president of JHS Associates, Ltd. and is a partner in Trinity International Partners, a private financial firm.

Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. served one term in the U.S. House and then three consecutive terms in the U.S. Senate representing the state of Connecticut, during which time he served on the Senate Watergate Committee. In 1990, Weicker was elected governor of Connecticut as an independent, defeating opponents from both major parties. He is currently the president of the Board of Directors of Trust for America's Health, and a member of the Board of Directors for World Wrestling Entertainment.

L. Douglas Wilder is the first African American to be elected governor of a U.S. state. Elected in 1989 as a Democrat, Wilder previously served a term as lieutenant governor and five terms in the state senate. He was briefly a candidate for president in 1992, but withdrew in order to focus on the governorship. Wilder was appointed chairman of Governor Mark Warner's Commission on Efficiency and Effectiveness in 2002 and also that year, co-chaired the Wilder-Bliley Charter Commission that advocated the at-large election of mayor for the city of Richmond. Wilder was elected mayor in 2004.

Last fall the Center for Politics hosted a discussion about the Constitution at a day-long gathering called the National Constitutional Convention. The Presidency Reconsidered will continue this timely discussion.

The Center for Politics is a non-partisan, interdisciplinary unit of the University of Virginia whose mission is to promote the value of politics and seeks to improve civics education and increase civic participation through comprehensive research, pragmatic analysis, and innovative educational programs. Founded in 1998, the Center is committed to the proposition that government works better when politics works better, and its corollary that politics works better when citizens are informed and active participants.


Senator Evan Bayh visits Sabato's American Politics Class

Indiana Senator shares experiences with U.Va. students


Presidency Reconsidered04/01/08 | University of Virginia Professor Larry J. Sabato welcomed Senator Evan Bayh to his "Introduction to American Politics" class on Monday, March 31. The event, hosted and sponsored by the Center for Politics, provided over 400 students from Virginia and across the country with first-hand insight into the political, governmental and policy-making processes of the American system.

Senator Bayh began his guest lecture by stating that, "This is a critical juncture for our country." The Indiana Senator detailed the changing nature of the global economy, the threat of global terrorist organizations and the effect of demographic changes on the nation's finances.

The Senator encouraged student questions through the lecture. In response to a question about deficit spending, Senator Bayh responded that closer look at discretionary spending needs to be taken and earmarks must be reigned in. He added that spending is only one part of the equation; what is produced and accountability for results are also integral parts of the policy process.

Another student offered a broader question and asked, "What does it take to become a politician?" Senator Bayh answered with two suggestions: First, pick a public official who you admire and work for them. "Second, you must ask yourself why you want to do it. Public service demands many sacrifices, so you must be committed to working for the well-being of the public you represent," explained Senator Bayh.

The classroom setting prompted a student to ask about the nation's competitiveness in the global economy in terms of education, and Senator Bayh responded that the U.S. does a good job in higher education, but it needs to improve its K-12 education with specific attention to early childhood development. He proposed higher academic standards, better assessment tools and looking into lifting up the lower performing students across the country. After the question and answer session, Senator Bayh stayed afterward to talk with students one-on-one.

Senator Evan Bayh is currently serving his second term in the United States Senate from the state of Indiana, after winning reelection in 2004. He is also the National Campaign Co-Chair for Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Senator Bayh presently serves on the Committee on Armed Services, Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs, and the Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship. Senator Bayh also holds a seat on the Special Committee on Aging and the Special Committee on Intelligence.

Born in Shirkieville, Indiana, Senator Evan Bayh graduated with honors in business economics from Indiana University in 1978. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1981. After clerking for a federal court judge and entering private law practice in Indianapolis, he was elected Indiana's Secretary of State in 1986 and then Governor in 1988. Senator Bayh first won election to the U.S. Senate in 1998, winning 65 percent of the general election vote. Senator Bayh and his wife, Susan, are the parents of twin sons Beau and Nick.

The Center for Politics is a interdisciplinary, non-profit unit of the University of Virginia whose mission is to promote the value of politics and seeks to improve civics education and increase civic participation through comprehensive research, pragmatic analysis, and innovative educational programs. Founded in 1998, the Center is committed to the proposition that government works better when politics works better, and its corollary that politics works better when citizens are informed and active participants. Each spring semester, the Center invites prominent political figures from a variety of partisan and non-partisan backgrounds to provide students with a real-world understanding of politics and government.

More information about Senator Evan Bayh


Center Hosts C-SPAN's Campaign 2008 Bus on U.Va. Grounds

University, local community register to vote, view new technology


C-SPAN's Campaign 200803/27/08 | C-SPAN's Campaign 2008 Bus brings together political minds of all levels to address the relationship between politics and the media. At the University of Virginia, students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to stop by the bus, situated in front of Clark Hall, to view the studio set, learn about television production, and register to vote with the Center's Voter Registration Coalition. Named after the network's signature political program now in its 20th year, the "Road to the White House" tour promotes and enhances the network's extensive, neutral political coverage.

The Campaign 2008 Bus offers tours of its studio set and the opportunity to learn how a television show is produced. Since its launch in January 2007, the 45-foot, state-of-the-art mobile production studio has visited 108 cities and hosted more than 33,000 visitors and 235 elected officials. The bus travels to major political events such as candidate debates and speeches in primary states, tours state capitols and conducts educational programs for teachers, students and voters.

The event will take place on Thursday, March 27, 2008 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in front of Clark Hall (219 McCormick Road) on the Grounds of the University of Virginia.

More information about C-SPAN's Campaign 2008 Bus


Center for Politics to Sponsor Awards for Civic Excellence

Applications available for awards to support political internships


03/14/08 | The Center for Politics takes a broad approach to civic and political attitudes, engagement and knowledge in an effort to effectively connect individuals with their roles and responsibilities in a self-governing, civic society. To address this, the Center will grant Awards for Civic Excellence (ACE) to University of Virginia undergraduate students and educators registered with the Youth Leadership Initiative at the Center for Politics.

The Center for Politics invites U.Va. undergraduate students to apply for limited stipends to assist with internships in politics and government. Academic credit at U.Va. will not be granted through the ACE program and students are responsible for researching and securing their own individual internship placements. Student internship placements may include participation in civic-related community outreach, political campaigns, voter registration efforts, and offices of elected officials. In distributing the awards to students, the Center for Politics ACE committee will strive to ensure balance among political parties and ideologies.

More information about the Awards for Civic Excellence


Center to Host Panel on Careers in Political Journalism

Partners with University Career Services for event on grounds


Careers in Political Journalism02/06/08 | With the 2008 presidential election heating up, broadcast and print journalists are often the leading sources of information. On Wednesday, February 27, the Center for Politics and U.Va. Career Services will present a panel discussion on the field of political journalism. "Careers in Political Journalism" aims to educate students about this exciting profession, but the general public is also welcome to attend. The discussion will take place at the Bryant Hall/Scott Stadium recruiting room from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. No advance registration is required.

The expert panel will include Coy Barefoot of WINA-1070 radio and the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, Terence Burlij of the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Cordel Faulk of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Gibson of the Daily Progress and Diane Walker of WWBT-NBC12. U.Va. Politics Professor Paul Freedman, who studies the media's effect on politics, will moderate. For more information, please e-mail Bruce Vlk.

More information about the Center's programs


Larry J. Sabato Joins BBC's Coverage of Super Tuesday

Election Program Available to 330 Million Viewers Around the World


BBC America01/31/08 | On Tuesday, February 5, Larry J. Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics and author of the new book, A More Perfect Constitution, will join the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) Super Tuesday election coverage and the network's flagship news program, BBC World News America. Airing domestically on the BBC America channel and internationally on BBC World, over 330 million viewers will have the opportunity to follow Super Tuesday results and analysis throughout the evening.

BBC World News America's special Super Tuesday election coverage will be anchored by Matt Frei, and along with Larry Sabato in the studio, BBC Washington Correspondent Katty Kay will provide results and reactions from the field.

"We want to provide perspective and a depth and clarity of analysis that only the BBC can offer. Larry Sabato's wealth of expertise and his sharp insights will help us deliver just that," noted BBC executive producer, Rome Hartman. Sabato and Frei will also be joined by the BBC's team of expert correspondents and commentators for a unique vantage on what could be a critical day for both Democratic and Republican presidential contenders.

SabatoBBC World and BBC America together reach more than 330 million viewers worldwide in over 200 countries and territories spanning the globe. Additionally available in more than 1.4 million hotel rooms, on 50 cruise ships, 38 airlines and 32 mobile phone platforms, BBC World broadcasts a diverse mix of authoritative international news, sport, weather, business, current affairs and documentary programming. This special Super Tuesday edition of BBC World News America will also be available on BBC Radio and BBC News 24.

"Rarely in American politics are international issues at the forefront of the candidates' agenda the way they are in this election," said Ken Stroupe, Chief of Staff of the UVA Center for Politics. "Never before, in the process of nominating candidates for President, has the United States held anything that will so closely resemble a national primary as what will occur on Super Tuesday."

Larry J. Sabato is the founder and executive director of the UVA Center for Politics and is the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. Sabato received his doctorate in politics from Oxford University and he was elected Lecturer in Politics at New College, Oxford where he served as an instructor in the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) program. He joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in September 1978.

Sabato's Crystal Ball, a comprehensive non-partisan website run by the University of Virginia's Center for Politics features analyses of presidential elections, Senate, House and gubernatorial races, is available at www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball.

More information about the BBC World News America