The San Francisco Chronicle and University of San Francisco Partner to Present an Evening of Political Discussion, Q&A

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“What’s at Stake on November 8?” features Democrat John Burton and Republican Jim Brulte

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“John Burton and Jim Brulte have shown themselves over the years, as legislators and party leaders, to be savvy strategists and straight shooters,” said Diaz. “I’m looking forward to hearing their insights and predictions."

The University of San Francisco (USF) and The San Francisco Chronicle are teaming up on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. to host, “What’s at Stake on November 8?”, an evening of conversation focused on the political landscape, including the 2016 presidential election. The Chronicle’s Editorial Page Editor, John Diaz, will moderate the discussion with two former legislative leaders who now chair their respective state parties, Democrat John Burton and Republican Jim Brulte serving as panelists. The public is encouraged to attend this free event taking place in USF’s McLaren Conference Center (2130 Fulton Street) from 7:00-8:00 p.m., preceded by a reception from 6:00-7:00 p.m. All are welcome.

During this evening of conversation, Burton and Brulte will offer their perspectives on the upcoming presidential election, the races and propositions in California, the role of media in shaping public opinion, and their assessment on the current state of American politics. This conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A session led by James Lance Taylor, politics professor and director of African American Studies at USF.

“John Burton and Jim Brulte have shown themselves over the years, as legislators and party leaders, to be savvy strategists and straight shooters,” said Diaz. “I’m looking forward to hearing their insights and predictions on one of the most unpredictable elections in modern times.”

“What’s at Stake November 8?” features a seasoned moderator and panelists, promising to be an evening of lively discussion on the current local and national political climate. John Burton has been chairman of the California Democratic Party since April 2009, and previously served in the California Senate Assembly, the U.S. House of Representatives, the California State Senate, and as the President Pro Tem of the Senate. He has called himself “the last of California’s true liberals.”

Jim Brulte has been chairman of the California Republican Party since March 2013, and previously served in three presidential administrations. He was appointed by two California governors to state boards. Capitol Weekly wrote that “over the last 15 years, there has been no more enduring force in California Republican politics than Jim Brulte.”

John Diaz has been the Editorial Page Editor for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1996. Previously, he was the editor of political coverage for the Denver Post, and served as a Washington correspondent for the Donrey Media Group that covered Congress and federal agencies for its newspaper and broadcast stations. Diaz has won both state and national awards for his opinion writing.

Those interested in attending should RSVP here.

For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Devine Tasto, USF senior director of media relations, at (415) 422-2697 or abdevine(at)

About The San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Chronicle ( is the largest newspaper in Northern California and the second largest on the West Coast. Acquired by Hearst Corporation in 2000, The San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 by Charles and Michael de Young and has been awarded six Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence. With name-brand voices and a keen editorial eye, the Chronicle is an authority that still surprises. Follow us on Twitter @SFChronicle.

About USF
The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities, and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World from Here.” For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter @USFCA.


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