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

Nationalized elections and the 2018 U.S. Senate midterms

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October 23, 2018
In the months leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, media outlets and academics have devoted considerable attention to the potential for Democratic gains in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More

How Senators use Twitter to communicate legislative activity

October 3, 2018
Congress has experienced much change over the last 50 years, including increased party polarization, committee system reforms, and the rise of social media. The way members communicate with their… Read More

The who, what, when, where, and why of congressional campaign spending

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September 25, 2018
In what will come as a shock to no congressional observer, congressional campaigns are getting more and more expensive. The 2000 election cycle, for example, saw House candidates spend a… Read More

How filibustering and strategic parties contribute to gridlock

September 13, 2018
By Gregory Koger Filibustering: the Fourth Veto The U.S. Constitution lays out a system with three veto players: the President, the House of Representatives, and the… Read More

Corruption: The perennial campaign issue

August 20, 2018
With congressional elections coming up in November, Democrats have focused on blasting what they call a Republican “culture of corruption.” (CNN, January 18, 2006) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi… Read More

August recess? It’s the law

July 31, 2018
It’s (almost) August in Washington which means that Congress (and a good part of the city) will go into recess. This year, however, there’s a twist: The Senate is… Read More