Who’s the Worst President? Evaluating the Quinnipiac Poll

July 7, 2014
Quinnipiac University’s “worst president” poll got a lot of press. Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, Fox, and virtually every other news outlet have carried the headline, “Obama is the… Read More

Nickelback, Herpes, and Obama’s Vote Share in 2012

April 21, 2014
Spurious relationships are a serious problem in social scientific research.  But… they’re also fun!  For example, did you know that ice cream causes crime?  Also, global temperature is inversely related… Read More

Liberal Bias in the Classroom: College of Charleston Edition

April 17, 2014
You’ve heard about it.  College professors, who are disproportionately liberal, skew the views of their impressionable young students by assigning leftist books and poking fun at conservatives in the… Read More

Boehner’s Overthrow and the “Then What?” Problem

April 11, 2014
Boehner’s time as Speaker may be limited. Yesterday Tim Alberta reported on substantial conversations to replace Boehner. This morning Brian Buetler verified that these talks are not… Read More

This Quiet House

March 31, 2014
This past week the House passed by voice vote the SGR patch, or “doc fix,” setting Medicare physician reimbursement rates. This means we don’t know how individual House members voted. Read More

Voting Against the Debt Limit Is for Losers Redux

February 11, 2014
A few minutes ago, the House voted 221-201 to approve a “clean” debt limit increase.  What’s interesting about this—aside from all of it—is that this is yet another violation of the… Read More

How Likely is an Overthrow of the Speaker?

October 16, 2013
In the wake of the CR and debt limit debates, some are asking if Boehner will lose his job. I have a post over at the GAI blog outlining… Read More

Government Shutdowns != Thelma and Louise

September 24, 2013
As we watch the Ted Cruz filibuster-ish thingy on CSPAN, I’m reminded of Harry Reid’s claim yesterday that the GOP’s effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, and ultimately… Read More

The House’s Competitiveness Problem… or Lack Thereof

September 5, 2013
At my other blog at the Government Affairs Institute, I have a post up on the increasing uncompetitiveness of U.S. House districts. There are signs that House elections may… Read More

Blogging Hiatus

November 27, 2012
Just a quick administrative note: I’ll be stepping away from the blog for the next several months. For the remainder of this academic year I am working in Congress as… Read More