Voting, California-style

By Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais This blog first appeared on the Los Angeles Times website on November 23, 2012. If we want to 'fix' voting in America, the Golden State could be the model. The lessons of the 2012 election are still being learned, but here's one we already know: We need to do more to increase voter participation. In many battleground states, the intense and highly partisan presidential campaign bumped up turnout percentages from 2008. But in most states, where the outcome of the presidential contest was predictable, voter participation fell from the historically high levels…

WATCH: DNC, Charlotte, NC –Top journalists and digital campaign strategists discuss election 2.0 and Clint Eastwood’s speech going viral

Following our successful panel at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, the USC Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP) continued their convention programming this week at the Democratic National Convention. The event was held at the Bloomberg link in Charlotte, NC in partnership with Harvard IOP and Bloomberg LP….

Waiting for Another Watergate

What is the most powerful political operation in the country in this 21st century? It's the United States Supreme Court. The men and women in black are on their way to deciding their second national election in just the first decade of the century. In the year 2000, the justices stopped the counting of votes in the presidential election. This year they tilted (or mutilated) congressional elections by ruling – in the case called Citizens United – that corporations are people, only more so. What they ruled was that corporations (and unions) or groups they sponsor have the right to…