Town Hall with David Jolly (R-FL) & Patrick Murphy (D-FL)

Why Gridlock Rules Washington and How We Can Solve This Crisis A bipartisan lecture with former Congressmen David Jolly (R-FL) and Patrick Murphy (D-FL) moderated by Abby Wood, USC Gould School of Law. Hyper-partisan politics. Entrenched gridlock in Washington.  Can Americans find common ground on the most pressing issues we face as a nation?  Jolly…

Dem leader says no to double-doubles: the implications of In-N-Out’s political contributions

KPCC-FM quoted Abby Wood of the USC Gould School on the implications of In-N-Out’s political contributions. In California, it is much harder to do a so-called “dark money” expenditure than that on federal level and it is because of the new law.   Full tape & article here

Edwin Bender column: Wanted: civic courage

Richmond Times-Dispatch cited research by Abby Wood (USC Gould) and colleagues that found disclosure of signatures on a ballot measures does not chill free speech. New cutting-edge studies by scholars, including Abby Wood of University of Southern California and Douglas Spencer of the University of Connecticut, are beginning to provide the type of evidence Justice Thomas…

Democracy in Chains

In Democracy in Chains, MacLean delves in the history of Nobel Prize winning economist James Buchanan’s partnership with the Koch brothers to spread the theory of public choice economics. She argues the relationship was formed in order to harness political influence for a small majority of propertied individuals over the will of the majority. The book, while short listed for the National Book Award, met with sharp criticism from conservative think tanks.

Find out what our panel of political scientists, economics, and lawyers think of this controversial work.

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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…

When fake news is funny (or “funny”), is it harder to get people to stop sharing it?

Nieman Lab quoted Abby Wood of the USC Gould School on how current political advertising laws could be applied to reduce the negative impacts of fake news. A case for the U.S. government to regulate fake news. “Fake news is native advertising, or ‘disinformation advertising.’ Despite strong First Amendment protection of political speech, government can…