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The Center for the Political Future (CPF) combines rigorous intellectual inquiry, teaching, and practical politics to advance civil dialogue and research that transcends partisan divisions and finds solutions to pressing national and global challenges. Our events, programs, scholarships, and internships inspire and train students for careers in public service and lifetimes of civic engagement.

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The Sacramento Bee - It’s on: Gavin Newsom, Republican lawmakers in D.C. launch a verbal slugfest

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The Center is led by two of the nation’s most respected political experts.

Longtime friends, despite political differences, Robert Shrum and Michael Murphy are working together to co-direct the Center.

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Robert Shrum

Robert Shrum has a storied career as an author and campaign adviser to Democratic candidates.

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Michael Murphy is one of the Republican Party’s most successful political consultants.


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