Colbert Busch vs. Sanford: Who Will They Represent?

April 30, 2013
Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Mark Sanford met last night for the first—and presumably only—televised debate for South Carolina’s vacant 1st congressional seat.  There were a few notable exchanges.  For example,… Read More

A Primer on the Primary: The South Carolina Special Election

March 19, 2013
Voters in the lowcountry head to the polls today in a special election primary.  The vacancy in South Carolina’s 1st district opened when Republican Tim Scott accepted Governor Nikki… Read More

Is the GOP Debt Ceiling Proposal Constitutional?

January 21, 2013
Over the weekend, House Republicans unveiled a debt ceiling proposal that’s the subject of some controversy.  Shocking, I know.  The controversy hinges on the fact that, while Republicans tout themselves… Read More

Jim DeMint’s Retirement: Good News or Bad News for Lindsey Graham?

December 6, 2012
So yeah, this happened.  While Jim DeMint had publicly stated he would not run seek reelection in 2016, today’s announcement is surprising nonetheless.  And as if his premature retirement… Read More

Did Strategic Disagreement Kill the Disability Treaty?

December 5, 2012
Yesterday the Senate rejected the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) treaty.  As political scientist Jeff Peake noted, this was the first treaty… Read More

Obligatory Electoral College Maps Are Obligatory

November 6, 2012
If the antiquated Electoral College is good for one thing, it’s making fun maps.  Here are some Electoral College results you might see tomorrow morning (or late tonight if you’re… Read More

Strange Bedfellows: Why Jonathan Chait Should Root for Ohio State this Saturday

November 2, 2012
Jonathan Chait graduated from the University of Michigan in 1994.  If you follow him on Twitter or read his columns at The New Republic, you know that, in… Read More

Quick Response on Polarization

October 22, 2012
Voteview has a very interesting look into my last post. I highly recommend it for those interested in the problem. They run an experiment by eliminating all the close… Read More

The Polarization Culprits

October 21, 2012
Jennifer Victor and Seth Masket recently posted a couple very good posts over at the  Mischeifs of Faction on polarization in Congress. If you aren’t already reading… Read More

The Ratings War: Does It Matter?

September 12, 2012
Nothing epitomizes the horse race nature of presidential politics quite like the conventions ratings war.  For example, Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh were quick to dismiss the DNC’s higher… Read More