Does gerrymandering cause gridlock in Congress?

February 1, 2018
Image Source: US Census By Marian Currinder Last week, David Wasserman and his Gerrymandering Project colleagues released The Atlas of Redistricting, a massive undertaking that involved drawing… Read More

Whether and how intraparty organizations matter

January 25, 2018
Source: Gannett By Jordan M. Ragusa Congress seems hopelessly divided between two warring parties.  From a spending impasse that caused a government shutdown to a tax reform bill that didn’t… Read More

Whither the class of 2018?

January 10, 2018
Source: Wikipedia Breaking Wave By Richard M. Skinner Few patterns are more reliable in American politics than the president’s party losing seats in the House of Representatives at the… Read More

No, congressional Republicans are not carrying Trump’s water

November 2, 2017
Source: Washington Examiner . By Matt Glassman Last week, two retiring Republican Senators ramped up their criticism of President Trump. On Tuesday, Senator Bob Corker said Trump had “great… Read More

Parties and the Challenges of Partisan Governance

June 26, 2017
Thomas Nast, “Third Term Trap,” 1874. Source: Harpweek.com. James Wallner writes at the Examiner: “It’s almost July and the Republican Party has yet to repeal Obamacare due to divisions… Read More

Zach Wamp, Former Congressman, on the Fundraising Problem

March 22, 2017
Source: Wikipedia Conservative Zach Wamp (R-TN, 1995-2011) writes: “The ugliest truth is that our ‘representatives’ of the people spend as much as half their time raising money. Members of Congress owe… Read More

Quantifying the Value of Nikki Haley’s Endorsement

February 17, 2016
It was leaked this afternoon that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will endorse U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.  Questions about Haley’s endorsement have persisted for months.  Until today, the only… Read More

Is Nikki Haley a Strong Vice Presidential Candidate? Evidence from Research on the “Veepstakes”

January 13, 2016
After seven years in office, last night President Obama gave his final State of the Union address.  Immediately following Obama’s speech, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley delivered the GOP’s primetime… Read More

Why the House is to blame for the Senate’s polarization

September 14, 2015
In the American political lexicon, the Senate is said to possess “coolness” and “wisdom.”  Words like “decorum,” “comity,” and “respect” are frequently used to describe the institution as well.  In… Read More

Left or Right? Who’s further from the middle?

May 28, 2015
Polarization is commonplace in American politics. Both parties are moving away from the middle. The debate often boils down to who is polarizing the most/fastest. New York Times opinion writer Peter… Read More