Unruh in the News

PSA discusses California political policy
Student Talk Back focuses on poverty
Student Talk Back focuses on poverty
Student Talk Back focuses on poverty
Student Talk Back focuses on poverty\

Society must empower female leaders

 

 

Poll: Beneath Jerry Brown's high ratings, voters have reservations

Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
June 10, 2014

California voters overwhelmingly embraced Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown over his Republican rivals in the June primary, but he has failed to win them over on some of the state's most pressing issues.


California Drought News: Poll finds drought's a big deal, but not worth spending money on (huh?)

Molly Peterson, Southern California Public Radio
June 6, 2014

A new USC Dornsife/LA Times poll finds most people approve of most solutions to the drought — unless those solutions cost money. And only 16 percent of those surveyed find that the drought has affected them personally.


 

Poll finds little support for drought spending despite broad awareness

Bettinna Boxall, Los Angeles Times
June 6, 2014

Most Californians surveyed say the statewide drought has had little or no impact on their daily lives, and a majority oppose the suspension of environmental protections or large-scale public spending to boost water supplies, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll has found.


CA Voters see drought as major crisis -- but with little effect on daily lives

Suzanne Wu, USC Dornsife
June 6, 2014

With California in the midst of one of its most severe droughts on record, nearly 9 in 10 voters now consider it a “crisis or major problem” for the state. Yet only a small percentage say the drought has impacted their daily lives, according to results from the latest USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll.


USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll Accurately Calls Calif. Gubernatorial Primary Results

Suzanne Wu, USC Dornsife
June 4, 2014

The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll was the most accurate statewide poll in reflecting the outcome of yesterday's California gubernatorial primary, correctly predicting businessman Neel Kashkari's second-place finish in the race to determine who will compete for the state's highest office.


Election Preview: To Vote or Note To Vote?

Phil Shuman, KTTV - FOX Los Angeles
June 2, 2014

''On the midterm cycles the general wisdom is you need to be paying attention''.  That's the bottom line for voters ( only about a third of you registered statewide ) who will be going to the polls tomorrow in the California Primary. I spoke with Kerstyn Olson, the interim director of the well regarded Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics at USC. 


Press Release: In Race to Challenge Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, Republican Contenders in Dead Heat

Suzanne Wu, USC Dornsife
June 1, 2014

Just days before the open primary election on June 3, Gov. Jerry Brown maintains a wide lead over two Republican challengers for the state’s highest office. Businessman Neel Kashkari has pulled into a statistical dead heat with California State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly for who will face Brown in the general election in November, according to results from the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.


Poll: Jerry Brown leads, GOP foes in dead heat for No. 2 in primary

Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Michael Finnegan
June 1, 2014

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown holds a commanding lead in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term, but the race among GOP candidates seeking to take him on in November has become a dead heat just days before Tuesday's election, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.


Press Release: Corruption in Sacramento is "a few bad apples," not systemic breakdown, voters say

Suzanne Wu, USC Dornsife
May 31, 2014

In the wake of recent allegations against three California state senators for crimes such as bribery, conspiracy and money laundering, California voters say they are concerned about corruption in the state legislature — but younger voters are less likely to be surprised by the allegations, according to results from the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.


Poll: Voters give California lawmakers higher marks despite scandals

Phil Willson, Los Angeles Times
May 31, 2014

California voters gave the state Legislature its highest marks in years despite a recent spate of political scandals that could put three Democratic lawmakers behind bars, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.


Hearts in the Highlands

Michelle Boston, USC Dornsife
April 28, 2014

Students get their practical politics on with the help of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and many other purveyors of opportunity at USC Dornsife. First stop, the White House.


 Society Must Empower Female Leaders


Rini Sampath, Daily Trojan
April 28, 2014

This past weekend, I had the unique privilege of serving as a panelist at the Young Women’s Political & Civic Leadership Program, hosted by USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. Over the course of the hour, I shared what motivated me to run for office at our university with a room full of bright-eyed young women. I shared anecdotes of my immigrant roots and my small-town beginnings. I spoke about what it’s like to make mistakes and to be criticized for your work.

This past weekend, I had the unique privilege of serving as a panelist at the Young Women’s Political & Civic Leadership Program, hosted by USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

Grace Wang | Daily Trojan

Grace Wang | Daily Trojan

Over the course of the hour, I shared what motivated me to run for office at our university with a room full of bright-eyed young women. I shared anecdotes of my immigrant roots and my small-town beginnings. I spoke about what it’s like to make mistakes and to be criticized for your work.

- See more at: http://dailytrojan.com/2014/04/27/society-must-empower-female-leaders/#sthash.aFqroN1b.dpuf

This past weekend, I had the unique privilege of serving as a panelist at the Young Women’s Political & Civic Leadership Program, hosted by USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

Grace Wang | Daily Trojan

Grace Wang | Daily Trojan

Over the course of the hour, I shared what motivated me to run for office at our university with a room full of bright-eyed young women. I shared anecdotes of my immigrant roots and my small-town beginnings. I spoke about what it’s like to make mistakes and to be criticized for your work.

- See more at: http://dailytrojan.com/2014/04/27/society-must-empower-female-leaders/#sthash.aFqroN1b.dpuf

This past weekend, I had the unique privilege of serving as a panelist at the Young Women’s Political & Civic Leadership Program, hosted by USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

Grace Wang | Daily Trojan

Grace Wang | Daily Trojan

Over the course of the hour, I shared what motivated me to run for office at our university with a room full of bright-eyed young women. I shared anecdotes of my immigrant roots and my small-town beginnings. I spoke about what it’s like to make mistakes and to be criticized for your work.

- See more at: http://dailytrojan.com/2014/04/27/society-must-empower-female-leaders/#sthash.aFqroN1b.dpuf

'Pentagon Paper' author discusses whistleblowers

Ida Abhari, Daily Trojan
April 9, 2014

On Wednesday, the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences’ Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted the latest installment of Students Talk Back, “From the Pentagon Papers to WikiLeaks: The Government’s Need for Secrecy and the Public’s Right to Know,” featuring Daniel Ellsberg, a former government official best known for his release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971.


Local Students Join USC Institute

Robin Goldsworthy, Crescenta Valley Weekly
April 3, 2014

Two local high school students recently joined former State Assemblymember Anthony Portantino and 26 students from around the country at the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics’ Joseph R. Cerrell Seminar in Political Leadership, held in Sacramento. 


Politicians discuss climate change

Nathaniel Haas, Daily Trojan
April 2, 2014

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Political Student Assembly, Environmental Student Assembly and Political Science Undergraduate Association hosted “California Politics Roundtable Discussion” Wednesday night. The theme of this discussion  was “California’s Environmental Challenges and Opportunities,” to coincide with Earth Month, which occurs every April. 


Gen. Petraeus speaks on past leadership

Annalise Mantz, Daily Trojan
March 28, 2014

Gen David Petraeus said his tenure as commanding general in Iraq and director of the CIA included countless sleepless nights, catching a stray bullet in the chest and even a mountain bike race against former President George W. Bush. 


Talk Back discusses crisis in Crimea

Nathaniel Haas, Daily Trojan
March 12, 2014

Students and panelists gathered for the semester’s fourth installment of “Students Talk Back: A Politics and Public Policy Forum,” to discuss Russia’s recent efforts to annex the Crimea region of Ukraine and the role of U.S.  diplomacy in the conflict.  


Unruh Institute discusses state politics 

Nathaniel Haas, Daily Trojan
March 5, 2014

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Political Student Assembly and Political Science Undergraduate Association partnered to present the second “California Politics Roundtable Discussion” Wednesday evening. The conversation featured USC’s two legislators in residence: former State Senator Tony Strickland and former Assemblyman Anthony Portantino. Portantino, who also teaches a class at USC, has been interacting and mentoring students since he and Strickland began the program last year.


Sacramento Hosts USC Students

Nathaniel Haas, Daily Trojan
March 2, 2014

Twenty-eight USC students attended the three-day Joseph R. Cerrell Sacramento Seminar in Political Leadership over the weekend. The seminar selected attendees from a competitive pool of applicants and took selected students on a three-day trip to California’s capital city to meet and learn from some of the state’s most prominent leaders. 

 


Waterworking

February 26, 2014

Student and industry panelists discuss Governor Jerry Brown’s aid proposal to help mitigate issues stemming from California’s drought in the Students Talk Back event sponsored by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics on Wednesday afternoon in The Forum at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. 


PSA discusses California political policy

Anshu Siripurapu, Daily Trojan
February 12, 2014

The Politicial Student Assembly and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a discussion focusing on Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address, as well as the future of California policy.


Students Talk focuses on poverty

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Student Talk Back focuses on poverty
Student Talk Back focuses on poverty
Student Talk Back focuses on poverty
Student Talk Back focuses on poverty
Student Talk Back focuses on poverty
Student Talk Back focuses on poverty

Nathaniel Haas, Daily Trojan
February 12, 2014

On Wednesday afternoon, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Science's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted the semester's second installment of "Students Talk Back: A Politics and Public Policy Forum" in partnership with the USC Democrats, USC Republicans and the Daily Trojan.

On Wednesday afternoon, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Science’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted the semester’s second installment of “Students Talk Back: A Politics and Public Policy Forum” in partnership with the USC College Democrats, USC College Republicans and the Daily Trojan. - See more at: http://dailytrojan.com/2014/02/12/student-talk-back-focuses-on-poverty/#sthash.TsIhyfmd.dpuf

 

State of the Union coverage attracts Trojans to Annenberg

Greg Asciutto and Olivia Niland, USC News
January 29, 2014

Nearly 150 students and faculty members packed the East Lobby at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism to watch the State of the Union address. 


 

Unruh holds panel

Gaby Vidal, Daily Trojan
January 29, 2014

In the first “Students Talk Back” event of the semester, Californian office members and Democratic and Republican students discussed President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address. 


 

Annenberg hosts panel for State of the Union

Haley Rosenspire, Daily Trojan
Janurary 28, 2014

Approximately 100 students, faculty and staff gathered in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s East Lobby Tuesday night to watch President Barack Obama’s fifth State of the Union address. Those in attendance watched intently as the president offered his agenda in front of the 113th United States Congress. 


 

In planning run, Schnur will take leave of absence from Unruh

Daniel Rothberg, Daily Trojan
December 21, 2013

Dan Schnur, who has said he is planning to run for California Secretary of State in 2014, will be taking a leave of absence as Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics in the beginning of January, Schnur said in an interview with the Daily Trojan.


Panelists examine policy in the Middle East

David Ahia, Daily Trojan
November 6, 2013

For the final “Students Talk Back,” forum of the semester, hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the Schwarzenegger Institute, panelists discussed the United States’ policy toward the Middle East. 


 

Panelists debate about immigration

David Ahia, Daily Trojan
October 30, 2013

Wednesday’s “Students Talk Back” forum, hosted by the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy and Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, discussed U.S. immigration policies and the prospects of immigration reform passing the federal legislature.


 

Students grapple with the Affordable Care Act

Allison Toh, Daily Trojan 
October 3, 2013 

At a panel discussion on Wednesday, experts and students weighted the impact of the Affordable Care Act on young people.Though the topic at hand was timely in light of the act’s role in the government shutdown, the panelists instead focused on informing the audience about the Affordable Care Act in general.


 

California Wants to Fix, Not Fund, Water Issues

Betina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2013

A bond and proposal to improve the state's water supply faces an uphill fight, according to a new USC Dornsife/ Los Angeles Times poll.  The survey suggested that voters "have very clear concerns and want to see something done," until they see the price tag of the effort.


 

Californians Unwilling to Spend on Water Supply System

USC College
September 30, 2013

California's public policy has long been defined by its dependence on clean, accessible water.  A recent USC Dornsife/ Los Angeles Times poll reveals that residents want to revamp the water supply system, they are simply unwilling to back the actual bonds and proposals to do so.


 

Decreasing support for CA Bullet Train

Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
September 28, 2013

The $68 billion project that would link Los Angeles to San Francisco by highspeed train is supported by just 52% of respondents of a USC Dornsife/Times poll.  The study reveals "cracks in voter support" of even traditional allies of the project.


 

Students debate fracking

David Ahia, Daily Trojan
September 18, 2013

On Wednesday afternoon, the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics in partnership with the Schwarzenegger Institute held its second Students Talk Back of the semester. The weekly forums allow students to engage in discussion about a political issue. This week, experts discussed policies on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the process of using high-pressure water to fracture rocks, extracting from the shale reserves underneath. 


 

Syria panel breaks down Obama's speech

Cameron Beaulieu, Neon Tommy
September 12, 2013 

USC’s Unruh Institute of Politics held Wednesday an open panel discussion on the current Syria Crisis titled “Crossing the Red Line: Will Syria Be Obama’s War." Opinions varied during the panel, but Terry McCarthy, president and CEO of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, started by stating a sentiment on the Syria situation that all four agreed: “There was never an easy option.” From there however thoughts became more diversified.


 

Former state legislators mentor students

Yuqi Lin, Daily Trojan
September 12, 2013

With the start of the new school year, the USC Dornsife Unruh Institute of Politics has also launched a new program called “Legislators in Residence,” which features former State Senator Tony Strickland and former State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino as on-campus student mentors. Read more>


Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel find common ground in USC debate

by James Rainey and Maeve Reston, LA Times
May 6, 2013

Despite bitter attacks in recent weeks, the two candidates for mayor of Los Angeles grudgingly conceded in a debate Sunday night that their rival was (mostly) honest and not so different on many of the plans they have for leading the cityRead more>


Mayoral candidates pull no punches at USC debate
by Daniel Rothberg, Daily Trojan
May 6, 2013

With a runoff election almost two weeks away, Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel used their political records and personal biographies — not to mention a few sharp attacks — to each argue that they were most qualified to run City Hall. Read more>


Immigration reform: no longer so controversial, but not inevitable either 
by Jewish Journal
April 25, 2013

When Jesse Gabriel, an alumnus from the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ New Leaders Project, explained why he and two other members of the 2012 cohort decided to host a discussion of immigration reform on April 23, he said they selected the topic precisely “because we know it’s so divisive.” But Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the first speaker on Tuesday evening, immediately challenged the assertion. Read more>


Students, experts discuss immigration reform policy
by Daily Trojan
April 3rd, 2013

Panelists urged bipartisan compromise on immigration reform during Wednesday’s weekly Students Talk Back.

The discussion, moderated by Dornsife’s Jesse M. Unruh Director Dan Schnur and Daily Trojan News Editor Yasmeen Serhan, began with a broad immigration overview by panelists.  The panel, held in The Forum at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, was presented in partnership with the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute and the Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise. Read more>


Former ethics chief would ban fundraising while California lawmakers work
by Torey Van Oot
March 25, 2013

The concept of banning California lawmakers from fundraising while they're at work has a new cheerleader: a former head of the state's political watchdog agency. Dan Schnur, a former Republican political consultant who served as chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, is launching a new effort to prohibit state legislators and statewide officers from raising cash when the Legislature is in session. Read more>


Schnur seeks Calif. fundraising reform
by Daily Trojan
March 25, 2013

Fifteen states, including Texas and Florida, have put rules on the books banning political contributions while their state legislatures are in session. Now, Dan Schnur, director of USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, is looking to add California’s name to the list. Read more>


Panelists discuss impact of immigration
by Daily Trojan
March 13, 2013

A panel of students and faculty shared their personal perspectives concerning issues affecting the United States’ Hispanic population on Wednesday as part of the weekly “Students Talk Back” series. Read more>


Experts, students analyze city primary election results
by Daily Trojan
March 6, 2013

With Tuesday’s Los Angeles mayoral primary over, runoff candidates Councilmember Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel must seek endorsements, experts said during a weekly political panel on Wednesday in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. Read more>


Former DC schools chancellor Michelle Rhee joins growing list of donors to local school board race
by KPCC (Southern California Public Radio)
February 20, 2013

Add former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee to the list of out of towners weighing in on the LAUSD school board race--financially speaking. Rhee was in town for a panel discussion at the University of Southern California, where she announced a $250,000 donation to a PAC supporting charter-friendly candidates, the Coalition for School Reform. Read More>


Talk Back tackles Cal education
by Daily Trojan
February 20, 2013

A panel that included former chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public schools and StudentsFirst founder Michelle Rhee took a close look at some of the biggest problems facing education in the Golden State and also considered viable solutions to a system that ranks among the lowest in the nation. Read more>


Students react to State of the Union
by Daily Trojan
February 12, 2013

Approximately 100 students packed the east lobby of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism on Tuesday night for a live viewing of President Obama’s State of the Union address. Students of all political leanings gathered to watch as the president listed his legislative agenda before the 113th Congress. Read More>


Profesionales Aconsejan a Futuras Líderes en California
by La Opinión
February 10, 2013

Desde que tenía ocho años, Melissa Núñez supo que ella quería postularse para un puesto político porque siempre le ha gustado ser líder. Es por ello que se prepara asistiendo a conferencias, talleres y eventos que la ayuden a convertirse en la líder política que quiere llegar a ser. Read more>

 


USC Interns Contribute to Los Angeles Mayoral Campaigns
by Daily Trojan
January 31, 2013

Despite the end of the 2012 presidential election, many of USC’s more politically minded students have chosen to continue in their campaigning efforts, this time on a local scale in the 2013 Los Angeles mayoral race. Read more>


Students and Politicians Discuss State of the Union
by Daily Trojan
January 23, 2013

As the celebratory hype surrounding the president’s second inauguration gradually quieted down, a panel of experts — two former state legislators and two politically active students — gathered Wednesday in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Forum to speculate how President Barack Obama will address major policy issues in his final term. Read more>


Poll Shows Issues for Fiscal Cliff
by Daily Trojan
November 19, 2012

With six weeks left for politicians in Washington to steer the nation from the fiscal cliff-- drastic tax increases and spending cuts that would take effect in January-- a new USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Poll reflects some of the difficulties they might face during negotiations. Read more>


USC Unruh Institute Hosts Panel Of Top Obama And Romney Advisers
by Neon Tommy
November 15, 2012

The USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics held a panel Thursday night on the USC campus with top advisers from the Obama and Romney campaigns along with the presidents of the USC Trojans for Obama and Romney groups. Read more>


Top campaign aides, students dissect election
by Daily Trojan
November 15, 2012

With the 2012 presidential election over, students, faculty and alumni dined Thursday night over a post-election panel discussion with top campaign strategists and student organizers at the Davidson Conference Center. Read more>


State Affairs
by Daily Trojan
November 7, 2012

Former California Gov. Gray Davis shared his opinions about California’s future and current standing in the wake of the election as part of a panel at a “Road to the White House” event Tuesday. Read more>


Viewing Party Draws Hundreds
by Kristen Hernandez, Yasmeen Serhan, and Adrienne Visani
November 7, 2012

It takes a rare event to attract more than 500 students to the courtyard outside the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on a Tuesday evening. The 2012 presidential election did just that.

Students from across the political spectrum, many of whom voted for the first time this November, gathered around a giant screen to watch the results come in live on CNN. Read more>

Photos | Casting Ballot Photos


Students call voters to up poll turnout
by Yasmeen Serhan
November 7, 2012

Students from both sides of the aisle came together Tuesday in a final match-up to take part in a phone banking competition in the Annenberg East Lobby for the final day of the election.

The competition, sponsored by USC College Democrats, USC College Republicans and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, aimed at motivating and encouraging voters to turn out on Election Day through phone calls. Read more>


Five of the Most Confusing Ballots in the Country
by Suevon Lee
November 6, 2012

When voters finally get to the polls tomorrow, they may run into more than a big crowd. Voters in many states will be facing a slew of confusing measures and often overly long ballots.

Here are some of the most striking examples we’ve spotted. Read more>


Election party caters to students
by Annalise Mantz
November 5, 2012

As the final day of the 2012 election cycle winds to a close Tuesday, students still have several opportunities to get politically involved.

Students registered to vote in Los Angeles can take advantage of free trams to each polling location. Additionally, Yellow Cab will offer free rides to anyone on their way to the polls with the code “LA Vote.”  Read more>


Neon Tommy Dueling Op-Eds: Who Should You Vote For?
by Kayla Greenberg and Michael Bergsma
November 3, 2012 

In the final installment of the "Political Perspectives" series, a member of the College Republicans and a member of the College Democrats offer their opinions on whether students should cast their ballots for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.  

To read Why You Should Vote For Mitt Romney, click here.  
To read Why You Should Vote For Barack Obama, click here


Special tram route arranged for Election Day
by Andrew Good
October 31, 2012

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC is taking measures to ensure that students, faculty and the public can reach the polls with ease on Election Day. On Nov. 6, the institute, in partnership with USC Transportation, will run a free tram throughout the day, stopping at polling stations both on and off campus.

Read More>


Panel dissects, analyzes Calif. propositions
by Adrienne Visani
October 30, 2012


A panel of student and professional experts discussed the content of the California Ballot Initatives and discussed the mechanics of proposition campaigns. 

The event was hosted by the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.  Read more> 


USC town hall dissects presidential campaign
by Matthew Kredell
October 29, 2012

The Athenian Society, the premier philanthropic support group for the USC Price School of Public Policy, held a town hall discussion on Oct. 24 focusing on key issues of the presidential election.

The panel featured Sherry Bebitch Jeffe and Dan Schnur.  Conan Nolan moderated.  Read more>


Women in the 2012 Election: A Bi-Partisan Perspective
Opinion, Neon Tommy
October 23, 2012

Good job, candidates! You’ve figured out that you need women to win the White House this November, and women are finally being discussed. Unfortunately, not in the right way. What now?

Both candidates have done their best to figure out the answer to the age-old question: “What do women want?” We (Madeline Lansky and Kaya Masler), as leaders of student organizations for our respective parties at the University of Southern California (USC) are here to break the shocking news to you - there is no universal answer to the question: “What do women want?” You’ll just have to get to know us.  Read more>


Panelists analyze the role of women in 2012 election
by Chelsea Stone
October 23rd, 2012

A panel of women involved in politics discussed the varying role of gender in politics and in the upcoming presidential election in an event Tuesday night at the Davidson Conference Center.

The event was co-hosted by the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, California Women Lead, and the Women's Student Assembly.  Read more> 


Debate ranges from global to domestic policy
by Yasmeen Serhan
October 22, 2012 


Students watched the third and final presidential debate in Annenberg East Lobby as part of an event hosted by the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. 

A panel discussion featuring a mix of student and professional experts followed the debate.  Read more>  


Where are Obama and Romney on the Dropout Crisis and School Funding?
by Elias Kamal Jabbe
October 22, 2012


The panel "No Policy Left Behind? K-12 Education in the 2012 Campaign" discussed the two issues that Governor Romney and President Obama's campaigns have been neglecting to discuss regarding the current state of education.

The ultimate message of the panel was that everyone in the nation needs to think very carefully about the decisions they make at the polls in November, especially when it comes to education. Read more>


Neon Tommy Dueling Op-Eds: Are Obama's foreign policies effective?
by Kenny Gulley and Christian Patterson
October 17, 2012 

In part three of the series "Political Perspectives," a member of the College Republicans and a member of the College Democrats offer their opinions on the President's foreign policy.  

To read Obama's Effective Foreign Policies, click here.  
To read Obama's Flawed Foreign Policies, click here


Candidates clash in town hall debate
by Yasmeen Serhan
October 16th, 2012 

Students gathered to watch President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney face off during the second president debate in Taper Hall on Tuesday night.

The screening, co-hosted by USC Annenberg's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and the USC Unruh Institute of Politics, focused on foreign and domestic issues in a town hall setting.  The screening was followed by a panel discussion.  Read more>


Lively Biden-Ryan debate generates student reactions
by Jordyn Holman
October 11, 2012

Students watched the only 2012 vice-presidential debate screening between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday night in Taper Hall.

The debate, hosted by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and sponsored by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, focused on foreign and domestic issues, such as the nuclear threat from Iran, the stagnant unemployment rate and abortion.  Read more>


Annenberg Hosts Live Presidential Debate Screening  
by Julia Deng, Annenberg TV News
October 4, 2012

USC Annenberg's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy joined the Unruh Institute of Politics to co-host a live screening of this election's first presidential debate.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dan Schnur, the director of the Unruh Institute of Politics. Aaron Taxy spoke for the USC College Democrats and Charles Epting represented the USC College Republicans during the discussion. Read more>


Dan Schnur: 'Two Good Solid Performances, But Nothing Transformative'
by Nandini Ruparel, Neon Tommy
October 3, 2012

The first presidential debate between candidate Mitt Romney and president Barack Obama has not changed much for either campaign, according to experts in the political science field.

"There was no extraordinary moment," said Dan Schnur, the director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute Politics at the University of Southern California, at a panel at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism after the debate. "[There were] two good solid performances, but nothing transformative." Read more>


First debate draws large USC audience
by Kristen Hernandez, Daily Trojan Online
October 3, 2012

More students than ever turned out to view the first debate of the 2012 presidential campaign and listen to the subsequent panel at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism on Wednesday night, according to Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

The debate was held at the University of Denver and moderated by former PBS news anchor Jim Lehrer. Both President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney were eager to not only communicate their platforms, but to differentiate themselves. One of the central topics on which the candidates took different approaches was economic recovery. Read more> 


New Poll Shows Drop in Prop. 30 Support
Daily Trojan Online
September 30, 2012

Support for Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative to raise income taxes on the wealthy sales tax, has decreased since May, according to the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.

Fifty-five percent of registered voters reported support for the measure, down from 59 percent last May. The September poll shows that 36 percent oppose the initiative and 9 percent remain undecided.  Read more>


Power of propaganda, from Nazi era to now
by Ryan Torok, Jewish Journal
September 27, 2012

One man’s propaganda is another man’s fact,” writer Eli Attie told an audience of approximately 100 students and other guests gathered at the University of Southern California’s Doheny Memorial Library. They were gathered for the panel discussion “Mind Over Media: Politics, Propaganda and the Digital Age,” on Sept. 20. 

Organized by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the panel explored how propaganda can be used as a force for political gain, taking the example of Nazi-ruled Germany, but continuing through the current United States presidential elections. Read more>


New poll finds voters split over pension changes
by Anthony York of PolitiCal, Los Angeles Times
September 27, 2012

Many California voters say the changes in the state pension system that Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law are enough, for now, to curb public employee retirement benefits, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

But those surveyed were divided on whether further action is needed. Read more>


Poll finds Prop. 37 is likely to pass
by Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
September 27, 2012

By more than a 2-to-1 margin, California voters favor an initiative to require food manufacturers and retailers to label fresh produce and processed foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients.

With less than six weeks until election day, Proposition 37 is supported by 61% of registered voters and opposed by 25%, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. An additional 14% were undecided or refused to answer. Read more>


Foreign policy upstages economy on campaign trail 
by Carla Marinucci, The Houston Chronicle
September 13, 2012

"The economy, stupid" was supposed to dominate the 2012 presidential race.

But anti-American sentiment is roiling much of Arab world this week, and debate is growing over how GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama have responded to the killings of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Libya.

Now, it seems, "Foreign policy, stupid" may share the stage until the Nov. 6 election. Read more>


Students gather for RNC speech
by Conrad Wilton, USC Daily Trojan
August 30, 2012

Nearly 100 students filled the Annenberg  School for Communication and Journalism’s lobby Thursday night to watch former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney accept the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.

A presentation and panel sponsored by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics followed the speech. Thursday was the finale of a three-day convention featuring various party leaders and prominent party members, including Clint Eastwood. Read more>


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