Corruption: The perennial campaign issue

August 20, 2018
With congressional elections coming up in November, Democrats have focused on blasting what they call a Republican “culture of corruption.” (CNN, January 18, 2006) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi… Read More

August recess? It’s the law

July 31, 2018
It’s (almost) August in Washington which means that Congress (and a good part of the city) will go into recess. This year, however, there’s a twist: The Senate is… Read More

Military service and Congress

May 30, 2018
Image source: WaPo By Marian Currinder Memorial Day is a time to remember those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Since 9/11, every part of the country has… Read More

Trading gridlock for … more gridlock

May 17, 2018
Image source here By Marian Currinder So far, 54 members of Congress have announced they will not be seeking reelection in November. Most of those leaving are House members… Read More

Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer: How their past rivalry helped shape the future of leadership races

May 3, 2018
Image source: Politico By Marian Currinder Earlier this week, Nancy Pelosi said she has “no intention of walking away” if Democrats win majority control in November, stating that it’s… Read More

Leadership super PACs and the further centralization of power

March 8, 2018
Image source: PBS By Marian Currinder The direct primary was one of the Progressive Era’s most consequential reforms. Diminishing the role of parties in the nominating process meant that campaigns… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

March 2, 2018
Image source here By Marian Currinder Congressional dysfunction and reform Rep. Darin LaHood and Rep. Daniel Lipinski, “Opinion: The Time to Reform Congress and our Political System is Now,”… Read More

Rep. Darin LaHood on congressional dysfunction and the prospects for reform

March 1, 2018
By Marian Currinder Efforts to reform congressional dysfunction typically come from senior members who are tired of not getting anything done, former members who can speak openly (and critically)… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

February 23, 2018
Image source here By Marian Currinder Senate Molly E. Reynolds, “Why is the Senate broken?” Brookings Fixgov: “In a new book entitled Broken, Ira Shapiro lays much of the blame… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

February 16, 2018
Image Source: Daily Beast By Marian Currinder Budget, Appropriations, Earmarks David Hawkings, “When the Deal Precedes the Bid, Time to Change the Rules?” Roll Call: “But something largely overlooked… Read More