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Majority of Californians Dissatisfied With Economy (Nov. 9, 2015)

USC Dornsife/LA Times poll shows Californians see immigrants as creating economic challenges, but believe American society is strengthened by their presence (Nov. 8, 2015)

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'Tale of two Californias': Coastal voters upbeat on economy, inland residents anxious (Nov. 9, 2015)  

On the left and right, voters express anxiety over future (Nov. 8, 2015)

Why an online poll? And why SurveyMonkey? (Nov. 7, 2015)

USC/LAT poll: Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz gain ground in Republican field (Nov. 6, 2015)

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Director's Corner

A Cherry-Picking Delegate System Sustains Trump and the Others

The New York Times                                      
February 11, 2016

After a sweeping victory in New Hampshire Tuesday night, Donald Trump's path to the Republican nomination is now more plausible than ever. It is also almost entirely outside of his control.


3 Things Political Strategists Are Watching in New Hampshire Primary Results

Wall Street Journal
February 9, 2016

There’s been a lot of noise about Hillary Clinton working to close the gap with Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, but the polls don’t show it and heavy turnout doesn’t help her.


Takeaways From the New Hampshire Primary Results

Wall Street Journal
February 9, 2016

For the second week in a row, Bernie Sanders received more than 80% of the youth vote. If I recall correctly, he is drawing a higher percentage of 18-to-29-year-old voters than Barack Obama had African-American support in the 2008 primaries. Is there any historical precedent for a candidate dominating a demographic group like this in a contested primary?


Three Takeaways From the Iowa Caucus Results

Wall Street Journal
February 1, 2016

 Marco Rubio finished third in the Iowa caucuses but won the establishment primary Monday night. It’s hard to see how Jeb Bush, John Kasich, or Chris Christie stays competitive going forward. Stopping Ted Cruz won’t be easy.


Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders for 2015 People of the Year

Wall Street Journal
December 31, 2015

One of the lesser-noticed targets of Donald Trump's outrage this holiday season has been Time Magazine, whose editors chose German Chancellor Angela Merkel as their person of the year. Mr. Trump, who finished behind Ms. Merkel and Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has complained about not being the magazine's choice.

 Lindsey Graham Put Party Before Ambition. Who's Next?

Wall Street Journal
December 22, 2015

Lindsey Graham is a smart, thoughtful, and experienced senator and national security expert. Americans are more concerned about terrorism and international geopolitics than they have been in years, which could have made Mr. Graham’s presidential campaign perfectly positioned to help voters understand the difficult choices our leaders must make to confront an increasingly dangerous and menacing threat to U.S. safety.

 Donald Trump's Melodrama and Forfeiting Elections

Wall Street Journal
December 08, 2015

Political parties don’t technically forfeit presidential elections. The stakes, of course, are too high. But there is ample precedent in modern political history for the practical equivalent of surrender, times when either the Democrats or Republicans nominated a candidate who was so fundamentally unelectable that they might as well not have bothered.

 John Boehner's Resignation and Kevin McCarthy's Centrist Instincts

Wall Street Journal
September 25, 2015

John Boehner‘s resignation as speaker of the House is a cause for glee on both extremes of the political spectrum: Conservative Republicans will rejoice for claiming the scalp of the leader they consider a sellout to the political establishment and a betrayer of their ideological principles. Liberal Democrats are giddy watching their opponents veer off the ideological rails, lurching even further from the political center. Read More >

With SuperPACS and Social Media, This is the Future

The New York Times                                      
July 21, 2015

Welcome to the new normal. We now live in a world of superPACs and social media, in which the barriers to entry for even borderline delusional presidential candidates have been all but eliminated. The financial resources and public platforms that were once available to only a small number of political insiders are now accessible to anyone with a cause, a wealthy friend and a Twitter account. The result is either democracy at its purest or anarchy at its most bewildering. Or both. Read More >

Breaking Down the GOP Silence on Trump's Immigration Rhetoric

The Wall Street Journal                              
July 20, 2015

John McCain is a war hero. The overwhelming majority of immigrants from Mexico are not rapists. And it’s time for Donald Trump to go home. Read More >

Why the Bernie Sanders Surge Isn't Key for 2016 But Beyond

The Wall Street Journal
July 6, 2015

It’s impossible to predict whether Bernie Sanders will be able to transform the populist fervor for his candidacy into the type of campaign that could topple Hillary Clinton. But modern political history suggests that the odds are strongly against it. Read More >



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