California Lawmakers Take Anti-Trump Stance as Session Ends

The New York Times, in a Reuters story, quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Dornsife College on the efforts of California’s state government to challenge federal leadership. “It’s a purposeful positioning,” said political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a senior fellow at the University of Southern California. “We have a different political path and a…

Federalism and the Battle for Partisan Power

We think we know how federalism works. Republicans believe in states’ rights, and Democrats want a strong federal government, right? Not so fast. New research reveals a whole different tug of war playing out on Capitol Hill. Our legislators don’t always do what they say, but they do have a strategy to design and implement our laws. It turns out that federalism is ground zero in their battle for partisan power—and now we finally know how the game is being played.

In this episode, we go behind-the-scenes with the researcher who uncovered these terms of engagement, Pamela Clouser McCann.

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…

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…