The 2012 Election: First Impressions will be the subject of the Lamorinda Democratic Club's meeting on Thursday, November 8. The featured speaker will be Ethan Rarick, director of the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Rarick, one of the state's leading political analysts, will offer his thoughts and perspectives about the 2012 election results and what they mean for the state and our nation.

The club's meeting will be held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. The club's social hour will begin at 7:00 p.m., with a business meeting beginning between 7:15-7:30 p.m. depending on the length of our agenda. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses.

Rarick, a former political journalist, he is the author of California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown and Desperate Passage: The Donner Party’s Perilous Journey West, and the editor of California Votes: The 2006 Governor’s Race, and California Votes: The 2010 Governor’s Race. He is now editing the forthcoming third edition of Governing California: Politics, Government, and Public Policy in the Golden State.

He studies California politics, policy, and history, and has written about these subjects for many publications, including The Los Angeles Times and California History. As a journalist, Rarick also covered politics and other topics for the Contra Costa Times.

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