The national tide falls short in the U.S. Senate

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March 19, 2019
On the same night that Democrats celebrated a 40-seat pickup in the U.S. House of Representatives, they failed to gain control of the U.S. Senate. Faced with the highest number… Read More

Congressional representation might be nationalizing, but some politics is still local

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March 13, 2019
In  The Increasingly United States of America, Daniel J. Hopkins argues convincingly that due to the increased salience, coherence, and identification of voters… Read More

Will increasing small dollar donations polarize Congress?

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February 14, 2019
The costs of mounting a successful congressional campaign have increased exponentially over the last three decades. In order to win in this environment, members of Congress must increasingly… Read More

New R Sheet on leadership PACs

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January 15, 2019
KEY POINTS Leadership PACs are political action committees created to promote the politicians who establish them. These committees used to be relegated to party leaders but today almost every member… Read More

Congress has forgotten how to fight

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January 9, 2019
The problem with the Congress today is that its members are unwilling to take a punch for a cause in which they believe, much less throw one themselves. On one… Read More

Congress in 2019: The 2nd most educated and least politically experienced House freshman class

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December 28, 2018
As we outlined in an earlier article, the 116th Congress is going to look a lot different than its predecessors thanks to a younger, more female, less white new… Read More

Freshman class of Congress is looking younger, more female: Today’s talker

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November 13, 2018
Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives and are currently projected to finish with about 234 seats to the Republicans’ 201. Once the dust settles, the freshman class is projected to… Read More

Everything you want to know about the 2018 midterm House elections in 8 charts

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November 7, 2018
You’re well aware the 2018 midterm elections took place, but you probably weren’t nuts enough to stay up to see the almost final results. Luckily for you, we were and… Read More

Anticipating Trouble: Congressional Primaries and Incumbent Behavior

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October 29, 2018
As we approach the midterm elections, both Democrats and Republicans are faced with significant intraparty divisions. This polarization manifests itself most clearly in the primary process and elections. However, congressional… Read More

Nikki Haley on polarization

October 24, 2018
Increased polarization and political volatility are creating lasting effects on America’s standards of political discourse. Addressing this shifting norm, former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley set our nation’s… Read More