Event: Election 2020 – Setting Expectations & Debunking Myths

October 20, 2020
When: Thursday, Oct. 22, 3:30pm ET. Register here. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted American life in many ways and will certainly also impact the 2020 election. In fact, in order… Read More

ICYMI: Why Public Service? podcast interviews Amber McReynolds

September 28, 2020
“I think the first problem is most people do not understand how elections work and I would count the politicians in that. I think most elected leaders actually don’t understand… Read More

Video: Money in the House of Representatives

June 15, 2020
Former Reps. Steve Israel (D, NY) and Zach Wamp (R, TN) joined Kevin Kosar to discuss how and why legislators fundraise, and the troubling effects money-getting has on Congress. Read More

Today at noon: Money in the House of Representatives

June 9, 2020
Source: WashingtonPost.com Money—it is a fact of life for the legislator. It is widely understood that elected officials raise money for reelection. Less well known is how fundraising affects… Read More

Event: Money in the House of Representatives

May 27, 2020
Source: WashingtonPost.com Money—it is a fact of life for the legislator. It is widely understood that elected officials raise money for reelection. Less well known is how fundraising affects… Read More

Podcast: How House legislators are forced to raise money for their parties

February 19, 2020
During their orientation on Capitol Hill, new members of Congress learn about a decades-old tradition often referred to as dialing for dollars, or dues. Political leaders effectively turn newly elected… Read More

Interest groups are out-performing the parties in congressional primaries

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April 29, 2019
Party organizations have historically been successful in nominating their preferred candidates. However, thanks to the creation of super PACs, interest groups have become integral in determining candidates’ success… Read More

Polarization in the Senate isn’t going away

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March 25, 2019
The U.S. Senate has become increasingly dysfunctional in recent sessions, prompting posts like this one from Josh Huder and this one from James Wallner. This institution, historically recognized… Read More

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