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

 

 
Loretta Sanchez gaining support in race for U.S. Senate, thanks to boost from Latinos

 

Unruh helps local high schoolers analyze voting

Sabrina Tong, USC Daily Trojan 
April 26, 2016

The inaugural Civic Engagement Symposium was hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Tuesday night. High school students, mentored by undergraduates participating in the Civic Engagement Internship shared their findings about voter turnout to the surrounding community


Voter registration booths encourage students to vote

Matt Ross, USC Daily Trojan 
April 26, 2016

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted SC Voter Registration Day on Tuesday in Hahn Plaza, which invited Trojans to participate in the political process through voter registration and civic discussion. 


Panel Analyzes the Asian American vote in elections

Erick Morales, USC Daily Trojan
April 20, 2016

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly hosted the Institute’s fourth and final installment in the “It’s Our Election Too” series Wednesday. 


Unruh Scholarship will honor former USC provost 

Harshini Chengareddy, USC Daily Trojan
April 10, 2016

This semester, the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics will be awarding the first-ever Elizabeth Garrett Award, which will grant funding for an internship to an exemplary female student at USC who excels in academics, public service and leadership.


Undergraduates lead civic engagement program for local high school students

Lizzie Hedrick, USC Dornsife Press Release 
April 4, 2016

Despite most being bilingual themselves, New Designs Charter School students Michael, Cora, Joselyn, Emmanuel, Eduardo and Alejandro finished their group discussion on California's Multilingual Education Act, split on whether languages other than English should be used for instruction in public schools.


 Unruh discusses foreign policy, election

James Tyner, USC Daily Trojan
March 23, 2016

University faculty and students came together on Wednesday to discuss the global challenges the United States’ next president will face in an event hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute for Politics and the Political Student Assembly — part of a series called “It’s Our Election Too.” 


Unruh hosts viewing of Republican Debate

Julia Poe, USC Daily Trojan
February 26, 2016 

In a continuation of its event series covering the presidential race, the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a panel and watch party for the Republican Debate on Thursday night. 


Panel critiques Obama's presidency and Legacy

Ariana Arzani, USC Daily Trojan
February 22, 2016 

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute in partnership with the Political Student Assembly and the Black Student Assembly discussed President Barack Obama’s legacy and how his race and demeanor set important precedents for the current presidential election Monday night in The Forum.


Unruh Institute panelists discuss primaries' results

Michael Chiang, USC Daily Trojan
February 9, 2016 

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics brought in panelists to analyze the results of the New Hampshire primaries in real time Tuesday night at Tommy's Place. 


Unruh Institute makes diversity focus of panels

Michael Chiang, USC Daily Trojan
February 4, 2016 

The USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics works with a variety of student organizations to increase political engagement, and this semester the institute is unveiling a new set of programs geared toward student minorities having their voices heard.


Students and panelists discuss the results of the Iowa Caucuses

Yasmeen Serhian, USC Daily Trojan 
February 1, 2016

As the road to the White House kicked off in Iowa, students gathered at Tommy's Place to follow the presidential contenders as they vied for caucus-goers in a live analysis and panel discussion. 


Unruh Institute hosts State of the Union live viewing

Julia Poe, USC Daily Trojan 
January 13, 2016

In a continuation of their coverage of the 2016 election cycle, the Jesse M. Unruh Insitute of Politics hosted a watch party and panel discussion for U.S. President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address. 


Boom or bust? It may just be politics: Poll shows huge chasm between economic outlooks of state's GOP and Democratic voters

Jonathan Lansner, OC Register
November 16, 2015

Perhaps it's a personal failing, but I'm struck by the economic negativity that surrounds us. A new poll of California voters helps me understand the chasm between a noteworthy volume of financial anxiety and what is statistically a fairly decent economic rebound.


Three key areas that give Republicans trouble in California

Cathleen Decker, LA Times 
November 15, 2015

As Donald Trump and other Republicans talked tough on illegal immigration during last week's presidential debate, an exasperated Jeb Bush noted that Hillary Clinton's aides were, right then, exchanging high-fives. 


Experts discuss alternative energy options

Matthew Ross, USC Daily Trojan
November 11, 2015

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted the final California Politics Roundtable discussion of the semester on Wednesday featuring an expert panel who spoke about different sustainable energy concepts as well as California’s energy policies and legislation.


Women as Leaders

Darrin S. Joy, USC Dornsife News
November 6, 2015

If current poll results are any indication, Hillary Clinton is likely to become the first woman president of the United States. This despite a dearth of women politicians — they represent less than 20 percent of Congress. And just six women currently serve as state governors.


Students Talk Back focuses on US economy and wages

Nadine Apilado, USC Daily Trojan
November 4, 2015

This week’s Students Talk Back series, entitled “The United States’ Economy” and hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, focused on the effects of minimum wage on the local and national economy. 


USC students want millennials to be more engaged in politics 

Michelle Salzman Boston, USC News
October 23, 2015

USC undergraduates Sarah Dhanaphatana and David Moreno have spent a lot of time thinking about how to let their fellow students know that their voices matter. 


PSA discusses gun control in America on Wednesday

Noorhan Maamoon, USC Daily Trojan
October 21, 2015

Following a shooting at a community college in Oregon three weeks ago where an armed man killed 10 people and injured seven others before committing suicide, students gathered Wednesday afternoon in the Rosen Room of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center to discuss the issue of gun control in America. The event was hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the Political Student Assembly as part of the California Politics Roundtable Discussion — a joint effort between the two organizations.


Students Talk Back discusses first Democratic debate

Diana Kruzman, USC Daily Trojan
October 14, 2015

Following Tuesday’s Democratic primary debate, students met with a panel of guest speakers Wednesday afternoon to discuss issues such as the rise of Bernie Sanders and the overall state of the Democratic Party. 


Panel discusses first Democratic primary debate

Noorhaan Mamoon, USC Daily Trojan
October 14, 2015

Students and faculty gathered Tuesday evening in the Wallis Annenberg Hall to watch the first Democratic presidential debate. The event was hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, the Political Student Assembly, and the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.


Here are three ways to unlock Los Angeles gridlock

Lizzie Hedrick, USC News
October 12, 2015

“If you’ve ever been on Interstate 10 or the 405 at rush hour, you know what people like least about living in Los Angeles,” said Dan Schnur, director of the poll and director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.


California Community Foundation giving $1 billion to LA County nonprofits

Brenda Gazzar, LA Daily News 
October 8, 2015 

A philanthropic organization that benefits impoverished and underserved communities in Los Angeles County announced Thursday its pledge to award $1 billion in funding to local nonprofits over the next decade. 


California Community Foundation Announces $1 Billion Funding Commitment to L.A. County Nonprofits at 100th Anniversary Town Hall Commemoration

Taleen Ananian, Nasdaq
October 8, 2015

The California Community Foundation (CCF) today announces a $1 billion funding commitment to Los Angeles County nonprofit organizations over teh next 10 years to improve the quality of life for L.A. communities and families, especially thoseo who are struggling. 


Immigration policy discussed at roundtable

Diana Kruzman, USC Daily Trojan
October 8, 2015

The politics behind immigration reform and California’s changing demographics dominated the discussion over immigration policy at Wednesday’s California Policy Roundtable, which centered around the importance of immigration in the upcoming presidential election, as well as the role that California has in shaping national policy.


LA County residents want to give back but they need direction, new poll shows

Merril Balassone, USC News
October 7, 2015

Providing residents with more apparent avenues to impact their communities could prove beneficial for nonprofit and civically minded organizations, said Dan Schnur, director of the CCF/USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll and director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.


Students Talk Back discusses impact of Iran nuclear deal

Angela Chen, USC Daily Trojan
September 30, 2015

Panelists discussed the geopolitical impact of and potential next steps to the Iran nuclear deal at the bi-weekly Students Talk Back hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Wednesday in the Rosen Room of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. The panel featured former State Assemblywoman Cindy Montañez, former State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, Political Director of the USC College Democrats Samantha Archie and Vice President of the USC College Republicans Leesa Danzek.


Students Attend Political Engagement Conference

John Walsh, USC Daily Trojan
September 28, 2015

Students Sarah Dhanaphatana and David Moreno returned to campus late Sunday night after representing USC at a Harvard Institute of Politics conference “Campus Activation: Increasing Student Voting and Political Engagement” over the weekend.


Republican debate discussed at PSA roundtable

Sonali Seth, USC Daily Trojan
September 23, 2015

Panelists discussed the recent Republican debate on CNN and the upcoming Republican national primary at the first California Politics Roundtable discussion of the year hosted by the Political Student Assembly and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Wednesday at noon in the Rosen Room of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.


Students register to vote at Tommy Trojan

Ida Abhari, USC Daily Trojan
September 22, 2015

Students gathered in front of Tommy Trojan on Tuesday for National Voter Registration Day, a nationwide event that aims to promote greater participation in elections.


USC Debate Viewing Party Encourages Political Involvement

Neha Wadekar, USC Annenberg TV News
September 17, 2015

Last night’s CNN Republican presidential debate was hailed as the most-watched event in the network’s history. Just under 23 million viewers tuned in to watch the 11 Republican candidates battle for their party’s nomination.


Unruh Institute hosts GOP primary debate viewing

Noorhan Mamoon, USC Daily Trojan
September 16, 2015

Students, faculty and other members of the community gathered Wednesday evening in the Wallis Annenberg Hall to watch the second Republican primary debate. The event was hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, the Price Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Annenberg Center on Communication, Leadership and Policy.


Trump and Clinton lead presidential contenders in California

Michelle Boston, USC News
September 13, 2015

Donald Trump is leading the pack among registered Republican voters in California who are tracking the 2016 presidential nominees, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton leads the way for the presidential candidacy among registered Democrats and Decline to State voters in California, according to the poll.


Politics at the local level pointless? That's what many Californians think

Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2015

In a somewhat surprising twist, a new USC Dornsife/California Community Foundation/Los Angeles Times poll on community involvement suggests tension between California voters and their local governments. Poll director Dan Schnur, head of USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, suggested that animosity toward national politics may be breeding discontent closer to home. "Voters are getting so increasingly angry and dismissive of national politics and national politicians that it's beginning to ooze downward," he said.


Unruh event focuses on tuition hikes

Miranda Mazariegos, USC Daily Trojan
September 10, 2015

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted its first “Students Talk Back: A Weekly Politics and Public Policy Forum” discussion of the semester Wednesday in partnership with the USC College Democrats, USC College Republicans and the Daily Trojan. This week’s topic was “Making College Affordable,” a bipartisan discussion on how to pay for college.


Student Leaders Speak at Women's Conference

Isabella Alvarez, USC Daily Trojan
April 27, 2015

High school students across California attended the Young Women’s Political and Civic Leadership Program at the Radisson Hotel at USC on Saturday where they listened to keynote speakers discuss the importance of women taking on leadership positions in politics, government and public affairs.


Former CIA director discusses role of foreign policy 

Sarah Dhanaphatana, USC Daily Trojan
April 15, 2015

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics held this semester's final installment of "Students Talk Back: A Weekly Politics and Public Policy Forum," on Wednesday afternoon at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. The event featured special guest and former Director of the CIA, David H. Petraeus


New Dornsife poll discusses race, education

Sarah Dhanaphatana, USC Daily Trojan
April 13, 2015

The Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles Times released polling results on the topic of race relations and education for the month of April. They discussed their findings in a phone conference on Monday morning and a series of online interviews with the Los Angeles Times and Dornsife.


The Future of California's Education System Debated

Sarah Collins, USC Neon Tommy
April 13, 2015

Vergara v. California found that unequal education is not just wrong; it’s unconstitutional.


Race relations in California better than elsewhere in U.S., voters say

Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times 
April 13, 2015

A half-century after the Watts riots laid bare deep racial divisions in Los Angeles, nearly two-thirds of California voters say race relations in the state are better than elsewhere in America even as they acknowledge persistent tensions, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.


Experts discuss implications of Vergara v. California

Erin Rode, USC Daily Trojan
April 12, 2015

Political experts from both sides of the much-debated Vergara v. California met on Sunday for “Life After Vergara: The Future of California’s Public Schools” on Sunday, an educational summit focused on the case’s implications and next steps.


Majority of California's Latino voters highly value school testing

Zahira Torres, Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2015

Latino voters consider California's standardized tests an important measure of student growth and school performance, according to a new poll that shows the state's largest minority group also feels strongly about teacher accountability and investing additional dollars in public education. California voters take a dim view of teacher tenure. 


Students Talk Back takes on 2016 presidential candidates 

Maddi Eckert, USC Daily Trojan
April 8, 2015

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted its weekly Students Talk Back event in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Wednesday afternoon. Students and panelists at the event discussed the 2016 presidential election, possible candidates and effective campaign strategies. 


Panel discusses gender equality in Muslim households

Jack Walker, USC Daily Trojan
April 2, 2015

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted an event called The Power, Danger and Responsibility of Voice on Thursday evening Doheney Memorial Library. The goal of the event was to stimulate discussion among students and political experts about gender equality in Muslim households and how to make progress in these areas through sparking discussion about the issue.  


Students Talk Back panel takes on public transportation

Saharra Griffin, USC Daily Trojan
April 1, 2015

Students and panelists convened for the weekly Students Talk Back forum hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics to discuss the future of public transportation in California and challenges faced by the state to fund ongoing projects. 


Students Attend Cerrell Seminar in Sacramento 

Jamine Zahedi, USC Daily Trojan
March 8, 2015

Thirty-two students selected by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute participated in the Joseph R. Cerrell Seminar in Political Leadership in Sacramento from March 5 to March 7.


Jerry Brown's popularity as governor doesn't extend to presidential race

Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2015

In a new USC Dornsife-Los Angeles Times poll, Brown has zoomed in popularity. He is now the most popular politician on the state stage. Almost two-thirds of voters — a cosmically high proportion — approve of how he's doing his job. Almost six in 10 Californians have a positive view of him.

And Hillary Clinton would clock him in his home state were the two to meet in a run for the presidency.


Despite some nightmares, poll finds voters still California Dreamin'

Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2015

It has beckoned for generations. To California came the Spanish missionaries, the Gold Rush buccaneers, the Dust Bowl refugees, émigrés from the East and the South and other lands, entrepreneurs and hippies and assembly line laborers and farmworkers, all seeking refuge in this quirky and lyrically named place.


Senate candidate Kamala Harris unknown to more than 50% of voters

Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
February 27, 2015

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, the only major candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer, is unknown by more than half the state's registered voters, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.


Students Talk Back panelists take on ISIS

Macaul Hodge, USC Daily Trojan
February 26, 2015

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute hosted its weekly Students Talk Back event yesterday afternoon in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. The panel was titled, “A Global Threat: The Advancing Reach of ISIS and its Domestic Implications,” and discussed how the United States should respond to the terrorist organization both at home and overseas.


Students devise policy changes

Sebastian Vega, USC Daily Trojan
February 24, 2015

From the classroom to the mayor’s office, a group of students had the opportunity to use their research to make an impact on local issues. 


Student panel talks 2016 election

Jack Walker, USC Daily Trojan
February 19, 2015

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics continued its Students Talk Back series in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Wednesday afternoon. The discussion titled, “How the Present Affects the Future: The 2016 Presidential Election,” focused on the implications of the country’s current political climate on next year’s presidential election.


Students Talk Back panel takes on higher education

John Walker, USC Daily Trojan
February 12, 2015

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics continued its Students Talk Back event in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Wednesday afternoon with a discussion entitled, “The Cost of Higher Education: The Community College Debate, Student Loans and Rising Tuition,” which focused on issues of community college tuition in the wake of President Barack Obama’s proposal to make tuition free for community college students.


Students Talk Back takes on Obama's final years

Mac Mcdonough, USC Daily Trojan
February 4, 2015

On Wednesday afternoon, the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, held its weekly Students Talk Back discussion, which focused largely on President Barack Obama's final two years in office. 


Students Talk Back takes on education 

Sarah Dhanaphatana, USC Daily Trojan
January 30, 2015

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics kicked off its first Students Talk Back event for the spring semester in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Wednesday afternoon. The discussion, “Raising the Bar for California Schools: Teacher Evaluations and Student Testing,” focused on policy discourse that could potentially improve the future of the California educational system.


Daily Trojan, Panelists discuss Obama's State Of The Union Address

Ramiro Ochoa, USC Daily Trojan
January 21, 2015

The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics held a viewing and panel discussion of the State of the Union attended by 250 people at Wallis Annenberg Hall on Tuesday night. 


Daily Trojan, Students Talk Back Analyzes Election Results

Haley Rosenspire, USC Daily Trojan
November 5, 2014

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted its final Students Talk Back panel of the semester this week, entitled "Making Sense of the Midterms: A Post Election Analysis!"


Daily Trojan, Unruh Institute Hosts Election Viewing Party

Haley Rosenspire, USC Daily Trojan                                      
November 4, 2014

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a live election watch party at the Ground Zero Performance Cafe at USC on Tuesday night. The watch party consisted of a live streaming of midterm election results alongside a panel discussion by distinguished faculty and guest speakers to analyze and discuss the results.


Unruh Institute hosts election viewing party 

Sarah Dhanaphatana, USC Daily Trojan
November 5, 2014

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a live election watch party at the Ground Zero Performance Cafe at USC on Tuesday night. The watch party consisted of a live streaming of midterm election results alongside a panel discussion by distinguished faculty and guest speakers to analyze and discuss the results.


Support for lighter sentences, but not 2 healthcare measures

, Los Angeles Times
November 2, 2014

Voters strongly back a ballot measure to soften penalties for certain drug and theft crimes, but two healthcare initiatives face much stiffer opposition, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll shows.


Statewide ban on plastic grocery bags has broad support, poll shows

, Los Angeles Times
November 1, 2014

A statewide ban on plastic grocery bags has broad support among voters, presenting a challenge for industry groups that hope to overturn the law, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.


Most voters not worried about Ebola threat in California

, Los Angeles Times
October 31, 2014

Despite an onslaught of news bulletins and some missteps in the nation's response, a majority of California voters are unfazed by the Ebola threat and confident government officials and medical workers are prepared to handle outbreaks, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll has found.


Q&A with Dan Schnur

Euno Lee, USC Daily Trojan
October 30, 2014

Unruh Institute Director and former California Secretary of State candidate Dan Schnur granted the Daily Trojan an interview to talk about his recent campaign as a No Party Preference candidate — and what that means for the future of politics.  The following interview has been edited for space.  


International students engage in campus politics

Nathaniel Haas, USC Daily Trojan
October 30, 2014

Political groups at USC have a substantial impact on student awareness and participation in the political process. For some international students who have never experienced the political freedoms that American students sometimes take for granted, that impact is much more personal and profound.


Alumna Catherine Shieh advocates for political engagement

Anshu Siripurapu, USC Daily Trojan
October 30, 2014

Nestled in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Monta Vista High School in Cupertino is notorious for being one of the most academically intense in the state. With Apple’s headquarters just a stone’s throw away and many of the residents employed in the technology industry, Monta Vista has an undeniable emphasis on math and science. Within this high-tech world, USC alumna Catherine Shieh found her true calling: politics. 


Organizations mobilize for midterm elections

Yasmeen Serhan, USC Daily Trojan
October 30, 2014

With the 2014 midterm elections quickly approaching, political partisanship has made its way back to the forefront of the national stage. Though USC’s campus community may seem more interested in football than politics at times, the political fervor hasn’t been lost on students — particularly for those in the College Democrats and College Republicans. 


Students Talk Back discusses job growth

Haley Rosenpire, USC Daily Trojan
October 22, 2014

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics continued its Students Talk Back series with a panel entitled “Good Jobs at Good Wages: Putting Los Angeles Back to Work” on Wednesday in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. The panel opened with a discussion of the complex intergenerational issues associated with urban poverty.


Unruh discusses midterm elections

Sarah Dhanaphatana, USC Daily Trojan
October 8, 2014

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, in partnership with the USC College Democrats, USC College Republicans and the Daily Trojan, held its biweekly Students Talk Back forum on Wednesday. With the onset of midterm elections, the panel discussed potential changes in immigration policy.


Unruh talkback analyzes ISIS and airstrikes

Haley Rosenpire, USC Daily Trojan
September 24, 2014

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics continued its Students Talk Back series on Wednesday with a panel entitled, “ISIS, Syria and Iraq: The Obama Administration’s Response.”


Students host voter registration booth

Maddi Eckert, USC Daily Trojan
September 23, 2014

Students gathered in Hahn Plaza on Tuesday for a National Voter Registration Day event, which aimed to encourage student participation in the upcoming midterm elections this November.

The event was co-hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC College Democrats, USC College Republicans, Undergraduate Student Government, Political Student Assembly, Asian Pacific American Student Assembly and Asian Pacific American Student Services.


PSA, Unruh host first panel discussion

Ramiro Ochoa, USC Daily Trojan
September 17, 2014

The USC Political Student Assembly and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics launched the first California Politics Roundtable discussion of the academic year. Topics ranged from healthcare to issues of campaign finance.


New Dornsife, L.A. Times poll shows support for Gov. Brown

Sarah Dhanaphatana, USC Daily Trojan
September 16, 2014

In anticipation of the upcoming midterm elections, the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles Times discussed the results of their latest public opinion poll project in a conference call on Monday.

The four topics assessed in this month’s poll included the California gubernatorial race, unaccompanied minors migrating to the United States, Proposition 46 and police discrimination in local communities.


Voters support a path to legalization for immigrants here illegally

Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
September 15, 2014

Though deeply concerned about the effects of illegal immigration on California, state voters broadly support a path to legalization for the nation's 12 million unauthorized residents, according to a new poll.

Across major demographic and partisan groups, nearly three in four of those surveyed favor an overhaul of federal immigration laws. But sharp divisions emerge over the fate of unaccompanied minors from Central America who have streamed over the U.S. border in recent months, the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll shows. 


Voters mostly approve of police, but views split along racial lines

Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
September 13, 2014

A solid majority of California voters believes local police have a tough job and do it well, but nearly a third say law enforcement targets minorities unfairly, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.


Poll: Weak support for Prop. 46 targeting medical malpractic

Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times
September 13, 2014

Voter support appears to be soft for a November ballot measure that is the subject of a heated and potentially costly battle between the lawyers who back it and the doctors and insurers who oppose it, according to new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.


Only 1 in 4 likely voters can identify Gov. Jerry Brown's opponent

Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2014

Just two months before election day, Gov. Jerry Brown holds a commanding lead in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term — and only one in four likely California voters can even identify his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll


News release: Jerry Brown Holds Large Lead in California Governor's Race

Michelle Boston, USC Dornsife
September 12, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown maintains his lead over Republican challenger businessman Neel Kashkari in the race for the state’s highest office, according to the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.


Unruh Institute hosts first ‘Students Talk Back’ event

Haley Rosenpire, USC Daily Trojan
September 10, 2014

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics resumed its event series “Students Talk Back: A Politics and Policy Forum” on Wednesday in the Tutor Campus Center, with a discussion entitled “The Legacies of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown: How the Nation Moves Forward.”


News Release: USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Announces Fall 2014 Visiting Fellow

Michelle Boston, USC Dornsife
September 4, 2014

This Fall, State Senator Mark Wyland (R-San Diego) will join the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC Dornsife as a Legislator in Residence. Over the course of the year, Senator Wyland will participate in numerous campus discussions in which he will lend his expertise in politics and public policy.


Legislator-in-Residence

Susan Bell, USC Dornsife
September 3, 2014

Outgoing California State Sen. Mark Wyland (R-Escondido) has joined the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC Dornsife as a legislator-in-residence. He replaces former State Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark). 


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.


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, USC 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, USC 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, USC 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, USC 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, USC 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, USC 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, USC 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

Daily Trojan Staff, USC Daily Trojan
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, USC 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

NATHANIEL HAAS
NATHANIEL HAAS
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, USC 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, USC 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, USC 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, USC 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.


Former lawmakers analyze health care

Ida Abhari, USC Daily Trojan
November 20, 2013

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted its first roundtable discussion of the year on Wednesday. The event featured legislators-in-residence, former State Senator Tony Strickland and former Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, in a discussion about the recent implementation of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.


Panelists examine policy in the Middle East

David Ahia, USC 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, USC 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, USC 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, USC 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, USC 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, USC 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.


Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel find common ground in USC debate

James Rainey and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles 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 city


Mayoral candidates pull no punches at USC debate

Daniel Rothberg, USC 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. 


Students, experts discuss immigration reform policy

Chuck Uzoegwu, USC 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.


Schnur seeks Calif. fundraising reform

Daniel Rothberg, USC 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.


Panelists discuss impact of immigration

Chuck Uzoegwu, USC 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.


Experts, students analyze city primary election results

Austin Reagan, USC 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. 


Talk Back tackles Cal education

Austin Reagan, USC 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.


Students react to State of the Union

Austin Reagan, USC 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.


Profesionales Aconsejan a Futuras Líderes en California

Marvelia AlpizarLa 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. 


USC Interns Contribute to Los Angeles Mayoral Campaigns

Austin Reagan, USC 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. 


Students and Politicians Discuss State of the Union

Austin Reagan, USC 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. 


Poll Shows Issues for Fiscal Cliff

Chuck Uzoegwu, USC Daily Trojan
November 18, 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.


USC Unruh Institute Hosts Panel Of Top Obama And Romney Advisers

Michael Juliani, USC 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. 


Top campaign aides, students dissect election

Yasmeen Serhan, USC 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.


State Affairs

Daily Trojan Staff, USC 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.


Viewing Party Draws Hundreds

Kristen Hernandez, Yasmeen Serhan, and Adrienne Visani, USC Daily Trojan
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.


Students call voters to up poll turnout

Yasmeen Serhan, USC Daily Trojan
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.


Election party caters to students

Annalise Mantz, USC Daily Trojan
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.” 


Special tram route arranged for Election Day

Andrew Good, USC News
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.


Panel dissects, analyzes Calif. propositions

Adrienne Visani, USC Daily Trojan
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.  


USC town hall dissects presidential campaign

Matthew Kredell, USC News
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.  


Women in the 2012 Election: A Bi-Partisan Perspective

Opinion, USC 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.  


Panelists analyze the role of women in 2012 election

Chelsea Stone, USC Daily Trojan
October 23, 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.  


Debate ranges from global to domestic policy

Yasmeen Serhan, USC Daily Trojan
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.  


Candidates clash in town hall debate

Yasmeen Serhan, USC Daily Trojan
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. 


Lively Biden-Ryan debate generates student reactions

Jordyn Holman, USC Daily Trojan
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. 


Annenberg Hosts Live Presidential Debate Screening  

Julia Deng, USC 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.


Dan Schnur: 'Two Good Solid Performances, But Nothing Transformative'

Nandini Ruparel, USC 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."


First debate draws large USC audience

Kristen Hernandez, USC Daily Trojan 
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.


New Poll Shows Drop in Prop. 30 Support

Chelsea Stone, USC Daily Trojan 
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.  


Power of propaganda, from Nazi era to now

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.


New poll finds voters split over pension changes

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.


Poll finds Prop. 37 is likely to pass

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.


Students gather for RNC speech

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.

  • 3518 Trousdale Parkway, Von KleinSmid Center 263, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0045
  • Phone: (213) 740 - 8964
  • Fax: (213) 740 - 3167
  • Email: unruhins@usc.edu