“Why won’t They Reform the Filibuster?”

November 1, 2010
Ezra Klein posted an article Friday about “Six things Obama has done Wrong.” His last point on the administration’s failures is their inability to change the filibuster. The… Read More

Proposition 19: A “Moment of Clarity?”

October 28, 2010
Josh and I thought we would collaborate for a post on one of this election’s direct democracy initiatives in California, Proposition 19. He and I, along with Dan Smith,… Read More

“The Man Who Never Was”: Social-Psychology and Congressional Roll-Call Behavior

October 18, 2010
Todd Purdum, the national editor for Vanity Fair, penned an article recently titled “The Man Who Never Was.”  In his provocative article, and in numerous subsequent media appearances,… Read More

Is the Liberal Media hurting Democrats?

October 6, 2010
It used to be that the talking heads were supposed to help their party. We all assume Glenn Beck helps Republicans get votes. We all assume that Maddow and Olbermann… Read More

The “Constitutional Option”: Beating an Already Dead Horse

September 21, 2010
There is an increasing amount of confusion about what exactly the constitutional option is, and further, how often it’s invoked to enact rules changes. It’s gained recent momentum as a result… Read More

Inside a Senate Fillibuster

September 9, 2010
After a long job market-fueled APSA hiatus, things are back to normal (whatever that means).  Our content should pick up soon. In the meantime, here is George Mitchell recalling… Read More

Calendar Wednesday: An Old Rule but Great Tradition

September 1, 2010
Three new ethics cases were submitted to OCE (Office of Congressional Ethics). Of course, Tom Price (R-Ga.), John Campbell (R-Calif.) and Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) never did anything wrong. Read More

The Likelihood of “Repealing Health Care”

August 20, 2010
The subject of “repealing” the health care reform package is of considerable importance for political scientists, pundits and lawmakers, both as a political issue and for the next congressional session. … Read More

Analyzing the Primary Elections Results

August 11, 2010
So, after the dust settled yesterday in our mid August primaries, where do we stand?  In Colorado, the Democratic establishment candidate, Michael Bennet, rode Obama’s endorsement to victory as he… Read More

Institutions v. Agency: Why the Senate is Weird

August 9, 2010
The “problem of the Senate” is a hot topic today. David Broder, Jonathan Chait, Jon Bernstein, and John Sides all commented on… Read More