Will Gavin Newsom try to kick Trump off the California ballot?

CBS News quoted Abby Wood of the USC Gould School on a proposed California law that would force presidential candidates to disclose 5 years of federal tax returns. “The Constitution prohibits states from adding additional ‘qualifications’ for ballot access, but no court has analyzed whether requiring tax return disclosure is a ‘qualification,’” Abby Wood, an…

Researchers gather to discuss methods for causal arguments in the study of the history of American Politics

by Nathan K. Micatka and Nicholas Napolio 

While the field of political science may seem staid to outsiders, it has evolved significantly in terms of research methods over the last 40 years. The behaviorally based studies that dominated in the 1970s gave rise to the subfield of American Political Development (APD) in the 1980s as a way to more fully realize and incorporate the study of history and institutions. APD scholars made narrative-based causal arguments to understand the history of American politics. Over the past decade, a trend toward more data-oriented studies of causal relationships has emerged …

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…