The Jeffes’ latest Op-ed looks at Stu Spencer’s long career

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe and husband (and writing partner) Doug Jeffe published a new opinion on Fox & Hounds on February 24, 2017. This piece takes a look at the long and successful career of Stu Spencer, political consultant to Ronald Reagan.

Stu Spencer succeeded not just because of his strategic brilliance, but also because of his great, good sense, his perseverance and his ability to reach out beyond grudges and political warfare.  He stands for an era when politics was a joyful profession and competition didn’t equate with personal animosity.

Read the full piece here.

Republican representatives must work to satisfy Democratic constituents

Mimi Walters’ district was one of four in Orange County, California, that mixed votes between Clinton and Republican representatives – making the county a key battleground in the Democratic Party’s effort to regain political power in Washington, D.C.  Political analysts say that satisfying constituents while adhering to GOP wishes on issues such as health care and…

Book Review: Down, Out & Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row

Los Angeles Review of Books published a review by Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about a new book on policing on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. “Forrest thus ends his brilliant and sobering ethnography on a hopeful note: through their pitched political battles with the powers-that-be, Skid Row residents are reclaiming their personal dignity,…

To Win the War on Cars, San Francisco Weaponizes Real Estate

Wired quoted Marlon Boarnet and Genevieve Giuliano of the USC Price School about why thriving major cities have significant traffic congestion and how public transportation can alleviate some traffic.  San Francisco is implementing some innovative ideas which are data driven. “Anecdotally, the only major cities unfettered by congestion are terribly declining Rust Belt ones,” says Marlon…

“There goes the neighborhood” short documentary

USC student, Angelique Molina, interviewed Jody Armour, USC law professor, for her short documentary film which puts a light on a family living in View Park, California, as they experience the demographic changes occurring in their community.  “There goes the neighborhood” is featured in the Pan American Film Festival happening February 9 through 20, 2017, at Baldwin…

Smaller homes might be better investments than larger ones

Small homes — even ones that measure less than 400 square feet — are becoming increasingly popular. Besides being cheaper to buy, small houses might also be better investments than larger ones, according to a new report from financial-services company Nerdwallet.  Richard Green, chair of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California,…

McCann’s new book uncovers partisanship when Congress delegates policy to states

Ever since she worked for a state-level agency before attending graduate school, USC Price Assistant Professor Pamela McCann has been intrigued by when and why Congress chooses to delegate to the states for implementation of federal policy. In her new book The Federal Design Dilemma: Congress and Intergovernmental Delegation (Cambridge University Press), McCann uncovered the…

Small Homes Can Offer Big Returns

According to a NerdWallet analysis of three years of data from Realtor.com for 20 of the largest U.S. metro areas, smaller homes generally appreciate at a faster rate than larger abodes. These findings are not surprising, says Richard K. Green, a professor and chair of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of…

A Presidential transition

President Donald Trump isn’t the only one with a new job. Since Inauguration Day, positions up and down the federal bureaucracy have been filled with new people, working side by side with the legions of employees who have spent their entire careers in government. It’s a challenging situation for any new administration. In an interview with…

The fight’s on in 4 local districts where GOP lawmakers represent people who voted for Hillary

The Orange County Register quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on why reliance on the “old rules” of politics may not serve politicians who represent districts that supported the other party in the presidential election. “We are in a whole different political environment,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a professor at USC Price…