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Legislative Responsiveness: A Class Bias?

April 4, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
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  ·  LegBranch Team
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  ·  LegBranch Team
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

Belatedly Breaking Silence on Filibuster Reform

March 18, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Before I move on to the point of this post, let’s raise our glasses to the lack of filibuster reform. Without the McConnell and Reed deal, we might have changed… Read More

John Boehner: Legislative Innovator

February 27, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Late Friday, a 19-page resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives that would fund the federal government for two weeks beyond the current shutdown deadline (see a Politico article… Read More

The Amendments are Coming!

February 20, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
After several weeks of relatively little legislative activity, we got a great look at the voting procedure for the US House this week.  In just five days, members of the… Read More

Quick Hit: What Bipartisanship “Looks Like”

February 18, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
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

Let’s Pump the Brakes a Little Bit

February 16, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Getting caught up in the media cycle is natural, even unavoidable. Despite the fact that many news stories are hardly “news worthy,” we can’t help but follow it. We ignore… Read More

Southern Democrats: A Video Produced by The Economist

February 9, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
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

Analyzing the Survival of Party Chairmen: “It’s Not You, It’s Us”

February 4, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
As you know, Michael Steele was deposed as chairman of the RNC a few short weeks ago in favor of the whimsically-named Reince Priebus.  In addition to his numerous public… Read More