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Resources for Redistricting ahead of the 118th Congress

November 17, 2022  ·  Nan Swift
Every 10 years, using updated information from the latest census, the congressional map is redrawn. Particularly for staff who work in a district office, ensuring a smooth transition for… Read More

Judicial sortition helps Congress and the Supreme Court

September 14, 2022  ·  James Wallner
There are different ways to win a debate. One of the most common techniques in politics is to make a straw man argument. Straw man arguments are prevalent in political… Read More

Workhorses, not show horses: Five ways to promote effective lawmaking in Congress

August 30, 2022  ·  William Gray
In case you missed it, the Center for Effective Lawmaking (CEL) Co-Directors Craig Volden and Alan Wiseman wrote in The Conversation about five key ways that lawmakers in Congress… Read More

Congress needs to act now to protect election workers

August 17, 2022  ·  Ryan Williamson
The Homeland Security Committee recently held a hearing on current and ongoing threats to elections. Much of the discussion centered on threats of violence against election workers, and there was considerable… Read More

Reforming the Electoral Count Act is a step in the right direction

July 21, 2022  ·  Jonathan Bydlak
by Jonathan Bydlak, Ryan Williamson, Matt Germer The Electoral Count Act (ECA) has been in desperate need of reform since it was enacted in 1887. It was… Read More

Unpacking Court Reform: How to Ensure a Strong Judiciary

July 15, 2022  ·  William Gray
In December 2021, the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States released its final report, which outlined the history of the Supreme Court and the likely consequences of various… Read More

With modernization, Congress could be the branch you’ve been waiting for

July 8, 2022  ·  Nan Swift
Following the Supreme Court’s June 30 decision in West Virginia vs. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which held that the EPA did not have broad authority to overhaul the nation’s electricity production, many… Read More

New Report: America’s Primary Elections Are Ripe for Reform

June 8, 2022  ·  William Gray
R Street Institute Resident Fellow Matthew Germer has a new report about reforming America’s primary elections. “As primaries act more as a nonpartisan winnowing process for the general, states… Read More

CapitolStrong provides Hill staff resources for tough times

June 2, 2022  ·  Nan Swift
Anyone who has worked on Capitol Hill for a member of Congress has faced the ire of an angry caller. Sometimes merely rude, sometimes calling repeatedly and using offensive language—everyone… Read More

Opinion: There’s no oversight of billions in Ukraine aid — we need fiscal watchdogs

May 18, 2022  ·  William Gray
Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, writes in The Hill: As the Senate works to pass the almost $40 billion in emergency supplemental funds for… Read More