How You Can Become Parliamentarian

May 30, 2011
I was reading Gregory Wawro, Sarah Binder, Steven Smith and Gregory Koger’s Senate testimony earlier today when I came across the comments of Robert Dove, a former Senate parliamentarian (Wikipedia entry here). Read More

Where’s the Realignment?

May 24, 2011
It dawned on me today just how much America has gone through over the last decade. A major terrorist attack, systemic economic failure, credit freezes, massive failures in disaster response,… Read More

“Mitch-slapped GOP,” Really?

May 22, 2011
Politico, an organization I have a lot of respect for, and one of the webpages I read daily, posted an article about 30 minutes ago on Mitch Daniels’… Read More

A Shameless Plug: Shirking the Initiative?

April 28, 2011
Maybe shameless is a bit strong; disseminating your research is important in academia after all.  But Josh and I (along with our colleague at Florida, Dan Smith), have a paper that was… Read More

Let’s Pump the Brakes a Little Bit

February 16, 2011
Getting caught up in the media cycle is natural, even unavoidable. Despite the fact that many news stories are hardly “news worthy,” we can’t help but follow it. We ignore… Read More

The Colbert “Bump” in Reverse?

September 30, 2010
Josh’s previous post was about Steven Colbert’s address before Congress on the topic of immigration.  The reaction to Colbert’s testimony has been negative on average; even some Democrats have stated… Read More

Legislative Polarization and the Effect of Primaries

September 10, 2010
One of the most interesting papers presented at APSA (of the panels that I attended) addressed the role that political primary types have on inducing legislative polarization.  Eric McGhee, Seth… 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

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