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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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