New Orleans Quick Hits: Pouring Champagne and “Concentration Camps”

January 4, 2011
If you’re traveling to New Orleans for the Southern Political Science Association’s annual meeting, might I suggest some in-flight reading to make your time on Bourbon Street more joyous. Take a look… Read More

What Does the Future Hold for Rule22?

December 9, 2010
It looks like congressional Democrats are seriously considering reforming the filibuster. Of course, in my opinion, the emphasis should be on “considering” rather than “seriously.” The important question nobody… Read More

Expectations for a Lame Duck Congress

November 15, 2010
Congress reconvenes today for the first time since the elections took place almost two weeks ago.  One would think that after receiving the election results, the losers would pack… Read More

Post-Election Quick Hit

November 5, 2010
Democrats lost, Republicans gained. Call it what you want: a tsunami, earthquake, or good old voter anger/rage. After being flogged by pundit’s hyper-speculation on what this election “meant,” here are… Read More

How Much do the Election Results Matter?

November 2, 2010
Happy November 2nd.  Evidently, today is election day.  Who knew? If you’re here looking for elections forecasting, you must have mistyped “MonkeyCage,” “Pollster” or “FiveThirtyEight” in your search engine.  But… Read More

Southern Democrats are in Trouble…But It’s Not a Realignment.

October 21, 2010
A couple days ago Jeff Zeleny wrote an article in the New York Times on the Democrats’ “weakening” grip on the South. If you picked up a newspaper… Read More

Wait…How High is the Rent?

October 19, 2010
Check out the footage from New York Gubernatorial Candidate Jimmy McMillian in last night’s debate.  Perhaps his sterling performance will boost McMillian in the… Read More

Explaining White House Chief of Staff Departures

October 12, 2010
As Pete Rouse assumed the mantle of the “2nd most powerful person in the US” I grew interested in the institutional factors that predict White House Chief… Read More

Tom Brokaw and Political Science

October 1, 2010
On today’s The Today Show, Tom Brokaw shared his experiences as a political science undergraduate at The University of South Dakota.  In particular, Brokaw recalled the influence one political science… Read More

Colbert in Congress

September 24, 2010
Stephen Colbert testified in front of House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law. He spent one day with the UFW (United Farm Workers)… Read More