Roundtable Discussion: The State of California
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
With California’s deadline to declare political candidacy rapidly approaching, 2014 is shaping up to be a riveting year for the state’s electoral politics. From congressional and statewide elections to intriguing local ones, the upcoming election will undoubtedly be one to keep a close eye on. Join two veterans of the campaign trail, former State Senator Tony Strickland and former Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, as they discuss the state’s 2014 midterm elections.
2014 Joseph R. Cerrell Seminar in Political Leadership
Thursday, February 27 - Saturday, March 1
As part of the annual Joseph R. Cerrell Seminar in Political Leadership, 28 hand-selected USC student leaders traveled to Sacramento with Unruh Institute Staff. In Sacramento, students had the opportunity to meet the executive and legislative leaders who shape the laws and policies of the state. Scheduled events included discussions with legislators, lobbyists, campaign strategists, journalists, Capitol staff and representatives of the Brown Administration. This year's guest list included Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Evan Westrup, Press Secretary to Governor Jerry Brown, and Donna Lucas, CEO and President of Lucas Public Affairs. In addition to formally structured events, students had the opportunity to meet and network with political, policy and government experts throughout their time in Sacramento.