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Articles about events and initiatives at the Center for the Political Future and Unruh Institute, as well as contributions from our team to significant publications in California and beyond.

(From left to right) Center for the Political Future director Bob Shrum, Republican fundraiser Jack Oliver, Democratic fundraiser Louis Susman and Center co-director Mike Murphy discussed campaign funding on Tuesday. (Andres Casanova/Daily Trojan)

Daily Trojan - Center for the Political Future hosts political fundraisers

As part of its mission to advance bipartisan political dialogue, the Center for the Political Future hosted Democratic presidential fundraiser and ambassador to the United Kingdom Louis B. Susman and Republican presidential fundraiser Jack Oliver. By NATALIE OGANESYAN

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker are all either running or thinking about running for President.

CNN - The calendar is shifting Democratic influence in 2020 to voters of color

As in every recent Democrat primary race, the 2020 contest will begin in two virtually all-white states, with the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary in early February. But after that the next month of the primary calendar is dominated by states across the Sun Belt where non-white voters comprise a large share, and often an absolute majority, of the electorate. Analysis by Ronald Brownstein, CNN

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Politico - Dems Won This Fight On the Border. What About the Next One?

Is it enough to simply block Trump’s immigration objectives, or do they need to come up with an alternative policy of their own? By POLITICO MAGAZINE

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The New Jersey senator says "the only way we can make change is when people come together."

LA Times - Cory Booker launches an unconventional White House bid built on ‘universal love’

Cory Booker’s unremitting optimism, wonkish attraction to big ideas and, of course, his background as a community organizer have long drawn comparisons to another pioneering African American lawmaker who went on to bigger things: Barack Obama. By Evan Halper

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) center, speaks to reporters at Drake University in Des Moines on Monday. Harris formally announced Sunday that she was seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)

LA Times - Kamala Harris aces her first test with campaign rollout — with a few hiccups

Sen. Kamala Harris vaulted into serious contention for the Democratic presidential nomination with a campaign kickoff that couldn’t have gone much better. By George Skelton

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Vice President Joe Biden talks with Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., center, and her aunt, Dr. Sarala Gopalan, during swearing-in ceremony in the Capitol’s Old Senate Chamber, January 03, 2016. Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call Group | Getty Images

CNBC - Every Democrat wants Barack Obama’s 2020 endorsement – but Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are likely the top contenders to get it

A huge question of the 2020 campaign is who former President Barack Obama will endorse. By Jeff Daniels

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Panelists discussed how political polarization and changing demographics could affect the next Democratic primary election and the future of the GOP. (Julia Rosher/Daily Trojan)

Daily Trojan - Dornsife fellows discuss past, future elections

Center for the Political Future fellows and political experts gathered at Ground Zero Performance Café Tuesday for a discussion on the current political landscape and the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

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The Center for the Political Future selects a Democratic and Republican fellow to promote bipartisanship. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan)

Daily Trojan - Dornsife center announces spring fellows

The Center for the Political Future selected Bernie Sanders’ former press secretary Symone Sanders and Mike Madrid, a principal at a California-based campaign management and lobbying firm, as the Spring 2019 fellows to teach courses about current political issues and share career advice this semester. By Andrea Klick

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Olivier Douliery/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images Some Republicans in California believe the party needs to denounce President Trump if it is going to stop its declining presence in the state.

Mercury News - Skelton: Why California GOP is becoming less and less relevant

The GOP’s declining share of the California electorate, 24 percent, has starkly different views than most voters.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox delivered a pizza lunch to Rep. Mimi Walters’ campaign headquarters in Newport Beach on election day. (Mark Boster / For the Times)

LA Times - Republicans aren’t offering what California voters want. And that’s why they’re irrelevant in this state

Battered Republican politicos in California have been in stubborn denial since their election shellacking. They’ve been offering a creative list of alibis. By George Skelton

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