Trump v California—the OC Battleground

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, and Doug Jeffe, Communications and Public Affairs Strategist

Donald Trump’s war with California is raging on all fronts—health care, climate change, environmental regulation, taxes, land use and, of course, immigration.  Nowhere are the battles fiercer or the stakes higher than in Orange County, the one-time bastion of conservative Republican politics that has morphed from solid red to purple.  Hillary Clinton carried Orange County […]

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Take Me Out To The “Bull” Game

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, and Doug Jeffe, Communications and Public Affairs Strategist

With spring training done, the major league baseball season is finally underway. But don’t expect most Californians to dive into the state’s June 5 Primary election quite so fast or furiously. President Donald Trump and our national political melodrama are sucking all the oxygen from our civic environment.  With no crisis at hand, state politics are very much […]

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Trump Makes California Grate Again

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, and Doug Jeffe, Communications and Public Affairs Strategist

President Donald Trump finally came to the Golden State and Californians responded with the ultimate dis—they pretty much ignored him. Everyone, including the President, seemed to be going through the motions. There wasn’t enough electricity in the atmosphere to power an iPhone for more than an hour. Clearly, Trump wasn’t interested in much interaction with […]

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Jerry Brown—the Man Who Wasn’t There

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, and Doug Jeffe, Communications and Public Affairs Strategist

When California Democrats held their convention in San Diego, there was a conspicuous absentee—Governor Jerry Brown.  Not only wasn’t he physically present, he was barely mentioned from the speaker’s podium.  The party’s activists and aspiring politicians were clearly ready to move on. Despite going into the home stretch of a highly successful run as Governor, […]

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First Thoughts on the California Democratic Party Convention

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, and Doug Jeffe, Communications and Public Affairs Strategist

When Democrats met last weekend in San Diego for their state convention there was a buzz that hasn’t been present at recent State GOP conclaves or many past Democratic gatherings. The intensity dividend that has worked for Democrats in special elections and state contests in Virginia, New Jersey and even Alabama, appears to be building […]

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No “Business as Usual” in Politics, Just Ask Di Fi

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, and Doug Jeffe, Communications and Public Affairs Strategist

Senator Diane Feinstein’s vote against the compromise leading to halting the federal government shutdown says a lot about the shape of California politics and about the cross pressures within the state’s Democratic Party.  In the past, Senator Feinstein could have been expected to be one of the Senate’s centrist ringleaders seeking a middle ground—not this year. There is no question that Senator Feinstein is a strong […]

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Trump and Brown Loom over Governor’s Race

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, and Doug Jeffe, Communications and Public Affairs Strategist

Six leading gubernatorial candidates shared the stage for a Town Hall at the University of Southern California, but much of the discussion was focused on two protagonists who weren’t there—Donald Trump and Jerry Brown.   It seems likely that these two outsized figures will continue to dominate the political landscape as Californians select the next governor. […]

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GOP Retirements Muddle Congressional Races

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, and Doug Jeffe, Communications and Public Affairs Strategist

Two Southern California Republican Congressmen, Ed Royce and Darrell Issa, recently announced their retirement. Advantage Democrats? Maybe. Maybe not. The first reaction to the news that these two GOP stalwarts won’t be seeking re-election in traditionally safe Republican districts (but districts that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016) was that these seats could swing toward the […]

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Skinflint-in-Chief

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, and Doug Jeffe, Communications and Public Affairs Strategist

For almost half a century, Jerry Brown has been a prominent, and often dominating, presence on the California political scene.  We shouldn’t expect him to coast through his final year as Governor.  The climate change battle with Donald Trump has energized the Governor and thrust him out front as one of America’s global leaders on the […]

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Keeping Calm and Carrying On

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, and Doug Jeffe, Communications and Public Affairs Strategist

Two weeks in London underscored how much—apart from a 40-degree temperature difference—Southern Californians have in common with our British cousins.  Housing shortages and affordability, traffic gridlock, deteriorating infrastructure and mounting sexual harassment scandals beset both Los Angeles and London. Brexit—the UK’s decision to leave the European Union—mirrors our country’s schisms over trade and immigration.  London, […]

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