“Top Two” Takes California

Fox & Hounds Daily published commentary by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School and Doug Jeffe on the California primaries. Despite the grumbling of pundits and partisans, California’s top-two primary is almost certainly here to stay.  The voters like it and the system fits the realities of this state’s politics. Full op-ed here

LA-area state Sen. Tony Mendoza resigns before facing expulsion vote

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on why state Sen. Tony Mendoza’s decision to resign might be better for his political future. Mendoza’s term was set to end in 2018, and he plans to run for election this year as planned, spokesman Robert Alaniz said. One political observer…

Will Trump’s tariffs help him with his voters?

The Washington Post published commentary by Jeffery A. Jenkins of the USC Price School on if Trump’s tariffs will help him with his voters. Trump’s tariffs exhibit definite hallmarks of presidential particularism. At the same time, the tariffs were rolled out well in advance of the next presidential cycle — contrary to our expectations. More…

Grose & Wood research update: Transparency and the Federal Election Commission

Highlights from the USC Price Bedrosian Center Governance Salon presentation featuring Abby Wood and Christian Grose. Watch the full video here. Christian Grose and Abby Wood discussed the policy implications of the Federal Election Commission audit program and how increased transparency can inform the electorate. Transparency has informational benefits to voters and can affect election…

Frank Zerunyan contributes to article on economic nationalism

The Christian Science Monitor article, “Can ‘economic nationalism’ keep more jobs in US?”  quotes Frank Zerunyan about an impending wave of economic nationalism among Rust Belt voters. Two decades of various presidencies … have continued this ignorance of middle America, the Rust Belt – this notion of being enamored by the rest of the world before…