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Although still in its infancy, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute has already generated extensive media coverage in connection with its mission and activities.

GOPers Crack Down On The Private Election Grants That Helped Avoid A Pandemic Fiasco

As the global pandemic required election officials to drastically rethink how voting would work in 2020, philanthropic groups stepped up and contributed millions of dollars that paid for much of the changes needed to election infrastructure. Officials have since said that that money — particularly in light of how Congress struggled to provide enough federal election funding — helped them thwart a pandemic voting fiasco. The charity grants covered everything from election equipment to temp workers to personal protective gear, and some local election offices saw their 2020 budgets doubled by the private funding they received. Talking Points Memo

America’s Primary Elections Are Screwing Up Our Politics

The current crop of Republican freshmen are not exactly a testimony to democracy. How did we get to a place where people like Representatives Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene win places in Congress? The answer is that they are the products of partisan primaries that tend to elevate the most extreme voices in our politics. The Bulwark

Q&A: Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon’s game plan for passing the clean fuel standard and cap-and-trade

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D – Seattle) has been working to get a clean fuel standard across the finish line in the Legislature for years. He got one big step closer last week as the Senate passed HB 1091, of which he is the prime sponsor. The bill now heads back to House, where it remains to be seen whether Democrats can agree on a final version before the clocks runs out in two weeks. Washington State Wire

How to Stop the Minority-Rule Doom Loop

President Joe biden came into office facing four “converging crises”: COVID-19, climate change, racial justice, and the economy. But after a few weeks of fast action on a pandemic relief plan, a fifth crisis will determine the fate of the rest of his administration, and perhaps that of American democracy itself: the minority-rule doom loop, by which predominantly white conservatives gain more and more power, even as they represent fewer Americans. The Atlantic

Party Primaries Must Go

Why did so many Republicans—147 of them—object to the Electoral College result on January 6? Most voted to overturn the election out of fear. Not fear of the angry mob that had invaded the Capitol hours earlier, but fear of the voters who might threaten their reelection––specifically in their next party primary. The Atlantic

L.A. could be powered entirely by renewable energy in 25 years

Powering Los Angeles entirely with renewable energy can be accomplished without significant disruption to the economy or lifestyles over the next 25 years, if not sooner, according to new research conducted by USC experts for the city and federal government. The new “LA100: The Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study” was released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The report concludes the city may reach its ambitious goal to convert entirely to renewable energy by 2045 through rapid deployment of wind and solar power, electrical storage and other technologies. USC News

Trojan Democrats and USC GOP work with Schwarzenegger Institute to promote unity

Following the insurrection of the United States Capitol Jan. 6, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered a speech denouncing then President Donald Trump and his Republican participants. Days later, Schwarzenegger said that day shattered U.S. ideals. The Trojan Democrats and College Republicans at USC (USC GOP) hosted a joint Zoom event Tuesday, moderated by a representative from both parties alongside Schwarzenegger, Chairman of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, to promote bipartisan unity and find common ground to move forward as a country. Daily Trojan