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People know why the Senate is Weird, Quick Hit Style

January 6, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
We’re swinging back into a semi-normal routine after vacation. If you haven’t already read the BE Press Forum on the Senate, it has several very solid articles from… Read More

Congressional Salary = Congressional Disapproval?

December 28, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Aaron Blake (aka The Fix) at Washington Post recently wrote about congressional disapproval with respect to member salaries. It’s an interesting take but I have a couple points to… Read More

Should Ron Paul “Pray for Rain” on the 3rd?

December 27, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
A common elections adage is that Republican candidates should “pray for rain” on election day.  The logic is that rain suppresses voter turnout among unlikely voters (who, in turn, disproportionately identify as… Read More

Unfairly picking on Ezra Klein

December 23, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Ezra Klein wrote a article about “No Labels,” a non-partisan group dedicated to “Not left. Not right. Forward.” I don’t have a qualm with either the group’s objective or… Read More

Budget Process Improvement Act of 2011

December 21, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
A new bipartisan budget reform proposal is out. My representative sent this most recent bill to my email labelled as a plan to fix the budget process. Representatives Daniel Webster… Read More

Quick Hit: Jonathan Bernstein’s Foresight

December 20, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Reading through some old posts I came across Jonathan Bernstein’s TNR article from 12/2 aptly titled “Yes, Newt’s Up in the Polls. No, You Shouldn’t Take His Candidacy Seriously.” The… Read More

On Conference Committees: Three Fallacies Perpetuated During Today’s House Debate

December 20, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
I wanted to take a moment to correct three falsehoods perpetuated during today’s House payroll tax debate.   As you probably know, the (at times heated) debate centered on the use… Read More

Most Bizarre Reform Proposal Ever?

December 19, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Face the Nation’s Bob Schieffer seemed to step off the deep end this past Sunday. He gave his short editorial at the end his show on congressional reform. His proposal… Read More

Does Iowa Matter?

December 17, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
In the mist of an extremely long presidential primary and campaign – as long or longer than I can remember – conversations always reach this question: “Who cares about Iowa?”… Read More

On (the lack of) Gun Control Laws: How Much is the NRA to Blame?

December 14, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Following the horrific events in Tucson last Saturday, it is little surprise that Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and several other members of Congress are moving to re-instate several gun… Read More