Faculty Expert California Politics

Contra Costa Times Taps Steve Woolpert for Insight on GOP Winner of East Bay's 16th Assembly District

Contra Costa TimesSchool of Liberal Arts Dean Steve Woolpert was interviewed by the Contra Costa Times about the Republican winner of the East Bay's 16th Assembly District.

KCBS Taps Steve Woolpert for Insight on Gov. Brown's State Supreme Court Appointment

KCBS logoSchool of Liberal Arts Dean and Politics Professor Steve Woolpert spoke with KCBS News about Governor Jerry Brown's selection of Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, a Stanford Law Professor to the State Supreme Court.

Capital Public Radio Interviews SMC's Steve Woolpert About New Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León

Capital Public Radio interviewed Saint Mary's School of Liberal Arts Dean Steve Woolpert about the election of California State Senator Kevin de León as the new Senate President pro Tempore or "Pro Tem." Woolpert, a political science professor, spoke with state government reporter Max Pringle about the powerful position de León will occupy as the state's first Latino Pro Tem since the nineteenth century. While Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom serves as the official senate president, by law and custom, his role is limited.

National and Local Media Outlets Speak With SMC's Ron Ahnen About State Prison Hunger Strike

Saint Mary's Politics Professor Ron Ahnen has been interviewed by several news outlets about the ongoing hunger strike in California's prison system and the circumstances surrounding the death of an inmate in the Corcoran California State Prison who may have been participating in the strike. The strike by up to 2,000 inmates across the state is to protest several prison policies; in particular, indefinite solitary confinement. 

Los Angeles' KPFK Speaks With Ron Ahnen About Ongoing Prison Hunger Strike

Saint Mary's political science professor Ron Ahnen was recently interviewed on the Los Angeles radio station KPFK about the hunger strike currently underway in California's prison system. The strike involves up to 2,000 inmates who are refusing meals to protest a variety of issues, in particular, indefinite solitary confinement.

Contra Costa Times Interviews Politics' Ron Ahnen About Death Penalty Ballot Initiative

The Contra Costa Times interviewed Saint Mary's politics professor Ronald Ahnen in its coverage of a East Bay public forum on Propostion 34, the California ballot initiative that would replace the death penalty in California with life in prison without the possibility of parole

CBS-5 Taps Politics Prof. Steve Sloane For Comment On Oakland Official's Ethics Complaint

CBS-5/KPIX-TV reached out to Saint Mary's politics professor Steve Sloane for a story about an ethics complaint against Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker. The complaint accused Parker, who is campaigning for re-election, of asking for donations by emailing city workers. Sloane, who is currently teaching a course on Elections and Voting Behavior, spoke with reporter Joe Vazquez about the impropriety of using public infrastructures, such as email, for personal political gain.

SMC's Steve Woolpert Discusses $54 Million State Parks Scandal With KPIX-TV

Saint Mary's Dean of the School of Liberal Arts Dean Steve Woolpert appeared on the Aug. 5, 2012 CBS-5/KPIX-TV Sunday Morning News program to discuss the issue of voters trusting state government after revelations that park administrators held a surplus of $54 million in departmental dollars while at the same time threatening to close parks across the state. Watch the CBS-5 interview with Steve Woolpert.