Managing the Budget: An American Story of Structure Induced Inefficiency?

May 27, 2011
In a recent blog, Sen. Fritz Hollings provides an answer to the prevalent question, “What’s Wrong with Washington?”  According to the Senator, “no one wants to pay for government… Read More

The Utility of Early Polls

May 26, 2011
The Monkey Cage’s John Sides has a great post on some new research coming out by Wlezien and Erikson. It goes nicely with Jordan’s post yesterday so I… Read More

And…shutdown averted

April 8, 2011
Whew.  That was close, and with more than an hour to spare!… Read More

The Duration of Government Shutdowns

April 7, 2011
I only have a few minutes, so my contribution to our shutdown discussion will be limited. Will a government shutdown occur?  I don’t know.  My intuition tells me no, as I think the… Read More

Legislative Responsiveness: A Class Bias?

April 4, 2011
Richard Florida makes the claim that the American states are becoming increasingly conservative ( This trend, he goes on to argue, has been exacerbated by the economic troubles… Read More

Framing Collective Bargaining…Rights

March 30, 2011
Across the country, public sector unions are in engaged in a fairly bitter struggle with conservatives over the issue of collective bargaining.  (I initially wrote “fiscal conservatives,” but those on… Read More

Quick Hit: Who said politicians are driven by reelection?

March 22, 2011
We all assume politicians are out to look good to their constituents. This often means being a homer and supporting local sports teams. Well, the governor of Florida missed this… Read More

Quick Hit: What Bipartisanship “Looks Like”

February 18, 2011
Yesterday, the House voted to defund a $450 million project to produce a second jet engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  See articles here and… Read More

Southern Democrats: A Video Produced by The Economist

February 9, 2011
Here is a link excellent video produced by The Economist of Southern Democrats from 1964-2010 with nice doughnut charts (thanks to Paulina Rippere).  … Read More

Darrell Issa Quick Hit: “Stand Back”

January 20, 2011
Here is your congressional “did you know” for the day.  As you are probably aware, Darrell Issa is the current Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Read More