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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.

Schwarzenegger Is Back in a Wonky Campaign Fight Against Gerrymandering

When he said he’d be back, no one expected that Arnold Schwarzenegger meant at a tailgate rally at Michigan State ahead of the University of Michigan football game—but that’s where he will make his return to the campaign trail next Saturday in East Lansing. Schwarzenegger will land in the middle of the night, on a break from shooting the new Terminator movie in Budapest, to rally in support of Michigan Proposal 2, which would create an independent redistricting commission. He’ll then fly to Colorado for a rally supporting the redistricting initiative there, as part of his continuing mission to end partisan gerrymandering, which could lead to a massive change in the makeup of the House and state legislatures everywhere. The Atlantic

Arnold Schwarzenegger comes to Denver in effort to ‘terminate’ gerrymandering

Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped by Denver Saturday to campaign for re-districting measures that voters will see on the ballot November 6. He didn't hesitate to take advantage of his Hollywood star power. "Let's terminate gerrymeandering," he said to a cheering crowd on the DU campus. Schwarzenegger already changed the way California maps congressional districts when he was Governor there. Now, he's pushing for something similar in Colorado. Denver7

Schwarzenegger to visit Michigan and Colorado to rally support for redistricting

Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is set to visit Michigan and Colorado to rally support for redistricting in the coming weeks. "People see that things are not going right. Sometimes they express themselves by voting for outsiders," Schwarzenegger told The Atlantic on Saturday regarding his drive to end partisan gerrymandering. The Hill

A Grassroots Call to Ban Gerrymandering

Katie Fahey walks in to the Grand Traverse Pie Company, blocks from the state capitol, wearing a black T-shirt that announces her cause. voters should choose their politicians, it reads, not the other way around. As Fahey steps to the counter to order lunch, the cashier, a 20-something like her, recognizes the message. Last year, he tells her, he signed the initiative petition circulated by Voters Not Politicians to ban gerrymandering. The Atlantic

Tesla, BMW, Edison and others partner in LA’s plan to accelerate electrification of transport

The city of Los Angeles is working on a new plan to accelerate the electrification of transportation by the 2028 Olympics. Tesla, BMW, Edison and a bunch of other industry players are partnering with Los Angeles to work on the plan. The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is convening what they call the ‘Transportation Electrification Partnership’ to find the best way to implement ‘the 2028 Zero Emissions Roadmap’. Electrek

California to rely on 100% clean electricity by 2045 under bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown

All of California’s electricity will come from clean power sources by 2045 under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, the latest in a series of ambitious goals set by the state to combat the effects of climate change. Brown hailed the move as another example of the state’s global leadership on environmental initiatives as the Trump administration backs away from such policies. The bill’s signing comes just days before Brown is set to host a global conference on climate change in San Francisco, a final effort to showcase California’s actions on the environment before he ends his fourth and final term as governor in January. Los Angeles Times

Schwarzenegger to Trump: Coal is the ‘Blockbuster Video of fuel sources’

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) shared a message for President Trump on Wednesday prodding him over his efforts to save the coal industry, likening it to bringing back "Blockbuster Video. In a video for attn: posted to Facebook, the former governor and star of the "Terminator" franchise questioned why Trump's administration would go "back in time" to help the struggling coal industry, which he called a threat to the future of humanity. The Hill

California slashes emissions, hits major greenhouse gas goal years early

In a major win for California’s fight against global warming, the state appears to have hit its first target for cutting greenhouse gases — and it reached the goal four years early. Data released by the California Air Resource Board on Wednesday show that the state’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped 2.7 percent in 2016 — the latest year available — to 429.4 million metric tonnes. San Francisco Chronicle

Schwarzenegger: Pruitt resignation is ‘fantastic’

 Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of President Donald Trump’s highest-profile environmental critics on Twitter, called the resignation of EPA director Scott Pruitt Thursday a “fantastic” development — one he said now rids Washington of a man who wrongly challenged California’s leadership on tough auto emissions standards and who “had no interest whatsoever to protect the people’’ on environmental protection. Politico