How women work harder to stay in Congress

February 15, 2018
Image source: Politico By Jeffrey Lazarus Almost ten years ago, my colleague Amy Steigerwalt and I were writing on congressional earmarks when we noticed an interesting trend: in the years… Read More

Connections are the currency of Washington lobbyists

January 24, 2018
Source: Spectrum News By Jennifer Nicoll Victor Lobbyists tend to be about as well regarded as used car salespeople. But are lobbyists really as corrupt as they are often portrayed?… Read More

A Congressional Staffer Makes a Case for the First Branch

March 26, 2017
Eric Harris, communications director for Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis), took to Sunday’s Washington Post “Outlook” page. He writes: “As a communications director for Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), answering… Read More

ICYMI: What Calling Congress Achieves

March 21, 2017
Illustration credit: Oliver Munday, New Yorker. Kathryn Schulz of the New Yorker writes: “Americans vote, if we vote at all, roughly once every two years. But even in a slow… Read More

Does Congress Finally Get That Business As Usual Should Not Continue?

November 9, 2016
By Kevin R. Kosar Nearly everyone is gobsmacked by last night’s election results. But should we really be so surprised? No, because a significant portion of the public has… Read More

Is the 114th Congress Getting Things Done?

August 2, 2016
Source: Yes, writes Marci Harris and her team at PopVox. “The 114th Congress has passed a significant number of major policies into law: from ending a Medicare physician payment… Read More

New Survey: Americans Divided Over Why They Dislike Congress

June 21, 2016
Source: Congressional Institute. The public’s approval of Congress has fallen in the past decade, but the reasons for this decline are nuanced and varied. The Congressional Institute, a… 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

Food Fight! Can Food Brands Predict Elections?

October 8, 2014
A few weeks ago on Meet the Press, Chuck Todd proposed that the fate of the Senate could come down to the distribution of Starbucks coffee shops (an elitist,… Read More

Quantifying Bill’s Value to Hillary’s Campaign (Part 2)

August 28, 2014
In a recent post, I explored whether it’s possible to quantify Bill’s value to Hillary Clinton’s campaign (see here).  In other words: Do voters reward (and punish) Hillary… Read More