Proposition 19: A “Moment of Clarity?”

October 28, 2010
Josh and I thought we would collaborate for a post on one of this election’s direct democracy initiatives in California, Proposition 19. He and I, along with Dan Smith,… Read More

Financial Independence and Roll-Call Behavior

September 23, 2010
Yesterday, The Monkey Cage posted this article exploring the relationship between lawmakers’ personal wealth and their preference regarding the estate tax.  Based on their analysis of the 109th… Read More

Grading Presidential Rhetoric using Readability Software

September 15, 2010
If you were a junior high or high school teacher interested in assigning presidential speeches for your American Government class, which presidential speeches would you assign and to whom?  My… Read More

College Football, Politics, and “Irrationality”

July 13, 2010
I thought I’d pick up on a comment Jordan offered in his last post. Other than being a nice piece, this research on college football’s relevance to politics highlights an… Read More

Two of my Favorite Things: College Football and Politics

July 9, 2010
This week, ESPN and other sports news outlets carried an AP story which contained some actual political science.  The original AP story summarized a study by Healy,… Read More