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…

California Democrats’ big event likely to expose infighting amid anti-Trump resistance

The San Jose Mercury News quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on the limited impact intra-party fighting has on the California Democratic Party’s core purpose. “The main function of a state party — either of them — is to raise money,” she said, “and to provide a faucet by which big donors…

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…

Jeffe’s post-election opinion: California Is An Alternate Universe

Fox & Hounds ran post-election commentary from Bedrosian Faculty Affiliate Sherry Bebitch Jeffe and Doug Jeffe. The piece takes the election results from California as compared to the rest of the country. Trump won with gangbuster support from the nation’s rural areas and small towns; California is the least rural, most urbanized, state. But it…

Some musings on the mid-terms and pre-2016 politics

November 10, 2014, by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe

“One thing is perfectly clear from the mid-term elections—the voters are royally pissed. Exit polling showed a sour crowd—and an electorate that, as it usually is in off- year elections, is older, whiter, more conservative, better off and more likely to vote Republican.”