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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.

Mike-Dukakis (Source: The Bulwark, GettyImages / Shutterstock)

The Bulwark - The Ghost of Mike Dukakis

Center Co-Director Mike Murphy wrote an article for The Bulwark about the lessons we should learn from the 1988 Mike Dukakis presidential campaign and how, despite what the summer polls say about Joe Biden's lead, it's still too early to call the 2020 presidential election.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivers a speech at the William Hicks Anderson Community Center, on July 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Source: Mark Makela/Getty Images)

The Globe and Mail - The astonishing thing about Biden’s campaign? He accomplishes so much by doing so little

For The Globe and Mail, Center Director Bob Shrum commented on the strengths of Joe Biden's presidential campaign as COVID-19 has kept him relatively hidden from the public, which is a signifiant departure from traditional campaigning practices.

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CPF and USC Dornsife are partnering to offer the "Election R&D Dialogues" online event series. (Source: USC Dornsife)

Announcing the "Election R&D Dialogues" Virtual Series

At the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future (CPF), veteran strategists Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy regularly talk with top operatives on both sides of the 2020 presidential election and the journalists who are covering it. In partnership with the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, CPF is hosting a series of online discussions titled “Election R&D Dialogues.”

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The Issue Is: California hopeful to reopen amid COVID-19 pandemic (Source: Fox 11 Los Angeles)

Fox 11 Los Angeles - The Issue Is: The battle of reopening California

Center Director Bob Shrum and Co-Director Mike Murphy joined Elex Michaelson on an episode of "The Issue Is: with Elex Michaelson" to discuss the Presidential race, Joe Biden's vice president pick, and how coronavirus has changed the electoral landscape.

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Three upcoming Election R&D Dialogues, hosted by USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future Director Bob Shrum and Co-director Mike Murphy, will feature the Center’s new fall fellows. (Composite: Dennis Lan.)

USC Dornsife News - Barbara Boxer, John Chiang, Mimi Walters join the Center for the Political Future

Three of America’s most distinguished former elected representatives will be serving as Fellows at the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future this coming fall and will be participating in the "Election R&D Dialogues" online series in the coming weeks about the 2020 election. The Fellows include former U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, former California State Treasurer John Chiang, and former U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters.

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CPF Executive Director Kamy Akhavan, interview with The CommonAlly Chronicles (Source: The CommonAlly Chronicles)

The CommonAlly Chronicles - Interview with CPF Exec. Dir. Kamy Akhavan

CPF Executive Director Kamy Akhavan joined The CommonAlly Chronicles to talk about the future of politics post pandemic. Akhavan shared ways to bridge the divide, what the pandemic means for the 2020 election, and what life looks like for college-age students.

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Spring 2020 CPF Fellows: Jeff Greenfield, David Hill, and Ben Rhodes

USC Fellows Jeff Greenfield, David Hill, and Ben Rhodes Wrap Up Spring Semester at the Center for the Political Future

The USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future (CPF) wrapped up a packed Spring 2020 Fellows Program with Jeff Greenfield, David Hill, and Ben Rhodes. Their classes, panel discussions, and casual political conversations in the community impacted countless students at USC.

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NBC4’s Conan Nolan talked to Center Director Bob Shrum and Co-Director Mike Murphy. (Source: NBC Los Angeles)

NBC Los Angeles - NewsConference: Political Leadership during COVID-19

Center Director Bob Shrum and Co-Director Mike Murphy joined NBC4’s Conan Nolan on an episode of "NewsConference" to comment on the leadership out of L.A. City Hall, Sacramento, and Washington, DC during the COVID-19 crisis.

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A clerk sorts vote by mail ballots at the Los Angeles county registrar’s office in Norwalk. (Source: Los Angeles Times)

LA Times - Column: Another ‘new normal’ in California after coronavirus? All vote-by-mail elections

Center Director Bob Shrum commented on how all-mail statewide elections are very likely to happen in California due to the coronavirus in George Skelton's Los Angeles Times article. Shrum said that mail voting “will sustain or increase voter turnout of people who otherwise might be afraid to go to the polls. Marginally, it will help Democrats in congressional races.”

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USC Dornsife faculty are connecting with the community through compelling podcasts. (Source: iStock/Ekaterina Kapranova)

USC Dornsife News - 8 podcasts featuring USC Dornsife faculty and programs to keep you informed

Social distancing measures aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 are challenging everyone to find new ways to stay connected, informed, and entertained. Stay connected to the CPF community with our "Election R&D: 2020 and Beyond" podcast and CPF Co-Director Mike Murphy's podcast, "Hacks on Tap." Both are free and available online, anywhere you get your favorite podcasts.

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