“Legislative Year in Review: Post-Partisan Reform or Partisan Form?” is the topic of the newest “Maddy Report,” produced by the Kenneth L. Maddy Institute for Public Affairs at California State University, Fresno and airing at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, on KSEE, Channel 24.
Joining Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler in the half-hour discussion are Assembly Minority Leader Mike Villines (R-Clovis) and Assembly members Nicole Parra (D-Hanford) and Juan Arambula (D-Fresno).
The focus is on the partisan political gridlock in Sacramento that makes it difficult to provide legislative resolution to issues of critical importance to Californians such as the budget, health care, school funding, air improvement and water development.
Analysis of the past year’s legislative sessions and the path ahead on the issue of partisan politics at the state level is provided by Don Jackson, chair of the Maddy Institute board, and by Dr. David Schecter, an assistant professor of political science at Fresno State.
The Maddy Institute was established in 1999 and tasked to elevate citizen participation and government performance at all levels through leadership education for public service.
The institute was funded by a $1 million endowment from the state and named to honor Maddy, a Fresno State graduate and respected public servant who represented the San Joaquin Valley in the Legislature for nearly three decades. He died in February 2000.
A repeat of Saturday’s TV program is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Dec. 8.