2016 Democratic Debate Watch 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Wallis Annenberg Hall Forum

Free food served at 5:15 PM. 
Food and space are limited. First come, first served.

Come watch the 2016 Democratic Debate with your fellow Trojans! Join us in the Wallis Annenberg Hall Forum for free food, a live viewing of the debate, and a panel discussion.


Cindy Montañez, former California Assemblywoman, 39th District
Tony Strickland, former California State Senator, 19th District
Alec White, member, USC College Democrats
Yasmeen Serhan, Managing Editor, USC Daily Trojan

Moderated by:

Dan Schnur, Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics

For more information, please email unruhins@usc.edu, visit www.usc.edu/unruh, or contact us at (213) 740-8964. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram @UnruhInstitute. Check out our facebook event here.


This event is a partnership between the USC Dornsife Unruh Institute of Politics, the USC Political Student Assembly, and the USC Annenberg Center on Communication, Leadership, and Policy.


California Community Foundation/USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Vision Poll

USC Dornsife Press Releases

"Vision Poll" Reveals LA County Residents Want to Give Back but Need Direction (Oct. 7, 2015)

Los Angeles Times Poll Articles

Poll finds LA County residents want to be more involved in their community but don't have time (Oct. 7, 2015)

Traffic still tops crime, economy as top L.A. concern, poll finds (Oct. 7, 2015)

 Poll Videos

Community Vision Poll October 2015 Poll Results

 Data Sets and Results
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner: Results


Democratic Primary

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The Rosen Room (TCC 227)

 Free food served at 11:30 AM.
Food and space are limited. First come, first served.  

Join us for a post-Democratic Debate discussion regarding the 2016 Presidential Democratic Primary.


Dario Frommer, Former California State Assemblymember, District 43
John Thomas, President & CEO, Thomas Partners Strategies
Christina Wilkes, President, USC College Democrats
Leesa Danzek, Vice President, USC College Republicans

Moderated by:

Dan Schnur, Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Insittute of Politics
Jack Walker, News Assignments Editor, USC Daily Trojan

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Director's Corner

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.

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 >

How Republican 2016 Candidates Divide Over Gay Marriage

The Wall Street Journal
June 26, 2015

There is a deepening divide in the Republican primary campaign between those running for president-- and those running for talk-show host. Friday's Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage provides stark evidence of how the candidates sort themselves out. Read More >

The Best Way to Cover Donald Trump's Presidential Campaign? Ignore It. 

The Wall Street Journal
June 17, 2015

The issue isn’t whether Donald Trump should be president. (Of course he shouldn’t. But neither should Bernie Sanders or Rand Paul.) The issue is whether Donald Trump should be allowed to run for president. And the answer is: Of course he should. So why is his candidacy being treated like an affront to democracy? Read more >  

Even George Pataki Deserves a Chance: Give Longshot Contenders a Chance to Debate the Frontrunners

Daily News
June 3, 2015

Mission impossible? For almost 70 years, candidates trailing badly in the polls have harkened back to Harry Truman’s upset victory in the 1948 presidential election. Read more > 

In AG Race Sanchez Needs to Sacrifice Charisma to Catch Harris

Fox and Hounds
June 1, 2015

Kamala Harris might not be the luckiest politician in America. But it is starting to seem that way. Read more>

The GOP’s Debate Conundrum–and a Solution

The Wall Street Journal
May 28, 2015

During last year’s campaign to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman, 17 candidates crammed onto a stage in a West Los Angeles synagogue to make their best case to voters. The result looked less like a debate than a spelling bee. Read more>

On Memorial Day, a Proposal to Bridge the Civilian-Military Divide

The Wall Street Journal
May 25, 2015

Many of us civilians were taught at a young age to express our appreciation by saying thank you to active-duty military personnel, veterans, and the family members who sacrifice while their spouses, siblings, parents, and other relatives are away. Read more>

Opposing the TPP makes no sense in California

Op-Ed, The Los Angeles Times
May 25, 2015

The two leading contenders in next year's campaign to represent California in the U.S. Senate have been staunch supporters of President Obama. But both Democratic candidates, state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, have spoken out against one of Obama's top remaining priorities: his prized expansion of free trade with leading Pacific Rim nations throughout Latin America and Asia. Read more>

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