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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.

March 3 is Super Tuesday, when Democrats in more than a dozen states choose which presidential candidates get their delegates. (Image Source: iStock.)

USC Dornsife News - Will Super Tuesday make or break presidential candidates?

The Democratic presidential primary heats up on March 3, also known as Super Tuesday, when voters decide which candidates will be allotted more than a third of the party’s delegates. Center Director Bob Shrum and Co-Director Mike Murphy shared their Super Tuesday predictions and insights with USC Dornsife News.

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USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, Fox 11, and the USC Political Student Assembly cosponsored a town hall moderated by Fox 11's Elex Michelson with presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg. (Source: FOX 11)

FOX 11 - FOX 11’s Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg

USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, Fox 11, and the USC Political Student Assembly cosponsored a town hall with presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Moderated by Fox 11's Elex Michelson, they discussed key issues for voters, including voter suppression, immigration, homelessness, and his strategy against President Trump. Buttigieg also answered questions from USC students about the issues they care about this election, from the economy to climate change to combating poverty.

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USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future's Inside Iowa Project helps educate students on the political structure of presidential campaigns and Iowa's impact during a presidential election. (Source: NBCLA)

NBCLA - Iowa: Politics and Journalism

USC Center for the Political Future and USC Annenberg partnered to take students to Des Moines to observe the 2020 Iowa Caucus. Center for the Political Future's Inside Iowa Project cohort member Yoko Rosenbaum, USC Annenberg student journalists, and USC Annenberg Media Center Director Christina Bellantoni talked to NBCLA’s Conan Nolan about their experience at the 2020 Iowa Caucus.

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USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future's Inside Iowa Project helps educate students on the political structure of presidential campaigns and Iowa's impact during a presidential election. (Source: Spectrum News)

Spectrum News - Iowa Project Opens Students Eyes to Presidential Process

Tavis Cote and Honor Hayball joined Em Nguyen of Spectrum News to share their experiences as members of the first USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future Inside Iowa Project cohort, from interning with presidential candidates to attending the 2020 Iowa Caucus. Cote interned for Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign and Hayball interned for Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign.

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USC student Thomas Martin flew out to Iowa to experience the Iowa Caucus first-hand. (Source: Spectrum News)

Spectrum News - USC Student Witnesses Iowa Caucus First-Hand

As part of the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future's Inside Iowa Project, Thomas Martin was in Des Moines to observe the 2020 Iowa Caucus. He shared his experience at the caucuses on Spectrum News. Martin interned for Senator Bernie Sanders’ team and witnessed first hand what it takes to run a presidential campaign. “It all seems like it was just yesterday, but it was months ago and now it’s all leading up to today, so it’s a really fulfilling experience,” said Martin.

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Many have traveled from across the nation to take part in campaigns and other activities for the Iowa Caucus, like USC student Yoko Rosenbaum. The 21-year-old from Santa Monica has worked months on Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign. (Source: Spectrum News)

Spectrum News - California Student Travels To Take Part in Iowa Caucus

Yoko Rosenbaum, part of the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future's Inside Iowa Project, shared her experience at the 2020 Iowa Caucus on Spectrum News. Rosenbaum works for Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign as the Pacific Mountain West Regional Student Lead.

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Bipartisanship just became a whole lot easier. (Source: AMBER HAWKINS)

Shondaland - How To Talk Across The Aisle: Five Ways to Fight Polarization All by Yourself

For Shondaland (an online lifestyle magazine founded by Shonda Rhimes), Kamy Akhavan, the Executive Director of the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, wrote an article explaining the national threat of hyper-partisanship and highlights five simple ways we can combat the problem.

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Kamy Akhavan enjoys bringing people together in the service of a common goal. That's what motivates him as the Executive Director of the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future. We asked him to share his experience and advice for people wanting to work in policy, politics, or the non-profit sector. (Source: LA2050)

LA2050 - Making It in Social Impact with Kamy Akhavan

LA2050, an initiative driving and tracking progress toward a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles, talked with Kamy Akhavan, Executive Director of the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, to learn about his experience working in social impact and to get his advice for those who might want to work in policy, politics, or the nonprofit sector.

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On National Voter Registration Day (9/24/19), the Center for the Political Future partnered with VoteSC and various student organizations to help pledge or register students to vote. USC President Folt and the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder joined us to promote voter registration on campus.

Democracy Works - Building the VoteSC Coalition: How USC Leveled up with TurboVote

The incredible work VoteSC has done to institutionalize voter engagement at the University of Southern California, in partnership with the Center for the Political Future and TurboVote, has been profiled by Democracy Works. Thanks to their work, USC's voting rate is 45.4%, which is an increase of nearly 30 percentage points compared to 2014.

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In this July 21, 2018, file photo, Republican politician Mark Sanford speaks at OZY Fest in Central Park in New York. Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, dropped his longshot Republican challenge to President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Courthouse News Service - Republican Mark Sanford Drops Bid to Challenge Trump in 2020

Director Bob Shrum discussed the recent departure of Governor Mark Sanford, who was challenging President Trump in the GOP nominating contest, with Courthouse News Service. In this piece he said, "He (Sanford) had some money but decided not to spend it. If he was going to make a serious go of it, he should have gone on TV in New Hampshire weeks ago to make that message."

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