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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.

U.S. Supreme Court tackles Maryland gerrymandering case that’s split Democrats and Republicans

An attorney for a group of Maryland Republicans urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to end the practice of drawing sharply partisan congressional districts, but some justices seemed reluctant to venture into an area that has long been the domain of states. The court heard oral arguments in cases from Maryland and North Carolina that offer the justices the opportunity to address how far mapmakers of either party can go in pursuit of political advantage. The Baltimore Sun

Hogan, Schwarzenegger urge Supreme Court to act on partisan gerrymandering

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to act on partisan gerrymandering, calling the matter “one of the most important issues in America today.” The court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in two cases — one centered on Republican gerrymandering in North Carolina, the other challenging Democratic-led gerrymandering in Maryland. The Washington Post

Arnold Schwarzenegger Slams Trump’s Budget: Why Are You Taking Money ‘From The Poor Little Kids?’

Former Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday condemned Donald Trump's fiscal 2020 budget proposal and urged the president to reconsider taking money away “from the poor little kids” to give to the “rich folks.” The Trump administration unveiled its 2020 budget on Monday, which includes cutting domestic spending on education and environmental protection to make room for more defense funding and expanded U.S. immigration enforcement initiatives. Newsweek

Gov. Hogan, Arnold Schwarzenegger weigh in on Maryland redistricting case before U.S. Supreme Court

Gov. Larry Hogan has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to back up the claims of Maryland residents who argue the state’s 6th Congressional District was unconstitutionally gerrymandered. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments March 26 in a case in which Republican voters argued their influence was diluted when the district was redrawn following the 2010 census. The district stretches from Western Maryland into Montgomery County. The Baltimore Sun

Arnold Schwarzenegger has a new mission in Hollywood

It's 1987, I'm four years old and watching Predator. It was the 80s, so yeah, I lived on the edge. Arnold Schwarzenegger is yelling, "Get to the chopper!" and using mud to hide his thermal signature from a nasty, invisible alien. As I watch and re-watch Predator, awed as Arnold plays Major "Dutch" Schaefer, a Green Beret leading a covert, rescue mission, an idea pops into my mind: "I should be in Special Forces." Twenty-five years later, I don my Green Beret and earn my tab. Today, there's still no question in my mind that Hollywood movies had a lasting impact on my decision to serve, and I'm not alone — you know it's true. We Are The Mighty

Report: PACE Brought Annual $134M to California, $51M to Florida Over Last 5 Years

Between 2013 and 2018, property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financing from a leading lender added $134.7 million and $51 million per year to the economies of California and Florida, respectively, according to a new report conducted by the University of Southern California and funded by the Ygrene Energy Fund. Using California and Florida data from PACE lender Ygrene, which has provided $1.16 billion for 54,500 property improvements between 2013 and 2018, analysts found that projects added 1,305 full-time equivalent jobs in California and 603 in Florida annually*. Greentech Media

Here’s why Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kevin de León are teaming up on climate change

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, is joining forces with an influential Democrat to tackle one of California’s biggest problems: pollution from cars and trucks. The transportation sector is California’s largest source of planet-warming greenhouse gas pollution — and emissions are trending up, not down. But Schwarzenegger and Kevin de León, the former state Senate leader who is now running for a Los Angeles City Council seat, see an opportunity to clear the air. Los Angeles Times

California should stop thinking about more dams. The state is brimming with them

Think California should build a lot more dams to catch these deluges? Forget it. Yes, the next severe drought is inevitable. And after California dries out and becomes parched again, we’ll wish we’d saved more of the current torrents. Instead, the precious water is washing out to sea. There’s one dam being planned north of Sacramento in Colusa County that makes sense: Sites. There are also some dam expansion projects that could work. Los Angeles Times

Is This the Year for a Redistricting Revolution?

Barack Obama and Arnold Schwarzenegger agree: Neither thinks Donald Trump has any business being anywhere near the White House, but the main political issue they’re going to focus on for the next two years is redistricting reform. The clock is ticking. The 2020 census, and the nationwide 2021 redistricting right after, are around the corner. Deadlines for ballot initiatives and legislation are already on the horizon for some states to change their procedures before then. The Atlantic

Exporting California’s Redistricting Change

It is an old adage that California is a bellwether for the nation. Policy changes that happen here often flow eastward from tax revolts to climate strategies. Newly elected governor Gavin Newsom boldly predicted that recent California policies are the future for the rest of the country. Time will tell, but the idea that California political ideas will move the rest of the country is being tested currently, led by another of the Golden State’s governors. Fox & Hounds