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It's debate day for presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. And appropriately enough, anyone looking to participate in the democratic process has a few entry points around the Capitol today.

First, UC Davis is launching its California Civic Engagement Project with a 9 a.m. event introducing its nonpartisan data repository and research initiative. The project, part of the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, plans to collect civic engagement data from a broad range of sources and make them publicly available. Learn more about it at 9 a.m. at the UC Sacramento Center, 1130 K Street.

Also this morning, Sacramento State is hosting a forum on the "Implications of Proposition 30 for California Public Education and the Capital Region," featuring leaders from the local business and education scenes. On the line-up: Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez, Five Star Bank President James Beckwith, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, New Faze Development CEO Allen W. Warren, business school dean Sanjay Varshney, Campaign for College Opportunity executive director Michele Siqueiros, and many others. PR mavens (and former political reporters) Kevin Riggs and Marcey Brightwell will serve as moderators. The event runs from 8:30 to noon at the Sac State Alumni Center on State University Drive South.

The presidential debate kicks off at 6 p.m., and with it, at least three debate viewing parties around town:

  1. The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy in Sacramento hosts a debate watch and invites the public to join a post-debate discussion with senior fellow Robert Denhardt. At USC in Sacramento, 1800 I Street.
  2. Sac State Government Professor Kimberly Nalder hosts a group viewing. She'll poll audience members before and after the debate and moderate a post-debate discussion with political scientists. Sacramento State campus, 6000 J Street, Sequoia Hall, Room 301.
  3. The Sacramento County Young Democrats and the Democratic Party of Sacramento County are watching at the MiX, 1525 L Street, Downtown Sacramento.

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