‘Parties & Partisanship in the Age of Trump’ symposium gathers scholars nationwide at USC Bedrosian Center

According to Bedrosian Center Director Jeffery Jenkins, “there are few issues more important today than partisanship. We live in a world today where partisan divisions run so deep that some of the most basic things we expect from government aren’t being done.  People inside and outside of Congress are more interested in skewering the other side rather than work together or find common ground.”

The polls speak: the American people are with the dreamers, not with Trump

La Opinion quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the likelihood Congress will pass legislation to protect the Dreamers. “Part of the problem is that there is support for the dreamers, but there is not the same level of popular support to maintain the government closure in exchange for the Dream Act and that was…

The Politics of #HimToo

In an op-ed posted in The New York Times by a contributing writer,  Abby Wood, USC Gould School, was quoted on the standard of acceptable behavior established by the Democratic Party. I’m struck by where the Democrats drew this line. Suppose they had drawn it somewhere between the allegations against Rep. John Conyers and those…

Healthcare May Be Hazardous To Political Health

Fox & Hounds Daily published an editorial by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School and Doug Jeffe on how politicians must address health care among highly partisan constituents. The health care system, in America and in California, is far from perfect and a number of fixes and upgrades are clearly in order. Nationally…

California Today: The Latino Education Crisis

The New York Times’ “California Today” newsletter quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the national attention Californian elections will capture next year. On Tuesday, voters across the country returned to the polls. Believe it or not, Wednesday marks one full year since Election Day 2016. And while some states held votes…

The big bill deadline, Trump’s DACA dinner, CA Dem poll

KPCC-FM’s “Take Two” interviewed Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Dornsife College President Trump and Democratic lawmakers may have outlined a DACA deal — or maybe not. A new poll from Berkeley’s Institute of Government Studies is shining some light on how Democrats feel about two familiar faces in California politics: House Minority Leader Nancy…

What persuades elected officials to remove Confederate symbols?

The Washington Post published an op-ed by Christian Grose of the USC Dornsife College and USC graduate student Jordan Carr Peterson about the most persuasive arguments when asking city officials to remove a Confederate symbol. “Elected officials, especially Republicans, may be persuaded to remove Confederate symbols when the decision is framed as good for business,”…

Nancy Pelosi rebuffs Democrats antsy to change

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School was quoted by San Francisco Chronicle on the fact that political parties villainize members of the other party to mobilize their base. “That’s an old trick. (Former Assembly Speaker) Willie Brown was used in exactly the same way” by California Republicans, said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a professor…

CALEXIT? New California independence movement willing to negotiate with Trump

Newsweek quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on how the California secession movement is capitalizing on voter disdain and distrust of President Donald Trump’s policies. “If down the line the impact of the Trump administration becomes more negative on the ordinary Californian, the Calexit movement may offer a release of anger, of…