Independents exist, but Republican and Democratic officials like a two-party system

The Kansas City Star cited research by Bonnie Reiss and Christian Grose of the USC Price School’s Schwarzenegger Institute and colleagues on how independent voters will impact future elections. Grose is also affiliated with the USC Dornsife College. Election laws vary greatly from state to state in everything from open/closed primaries to ballot qualifications, but…

Chad Mayes may run for California governor

KPCC-FM interviewed Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on why a crowded Republican field will make it easier for two Democratic candidates to qualify in the top-two primary in California’s governor race. Second interview on “Take Two” here. There could be further ripple effects as well should Mayes enter the governor’s race. USC…

On civility and the true meaning of “politics” in an election year

A couple of months ago, I wrote a piece on partisanship in Puerto Rico and its detrimental effects on governance. In it, I mentioned how bipartisanship and cooperation is something that the U.S. needs as well. Nothing drives a wedge between people of different ideologies like an election year. What we are seeing so far…