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Can Incivility help Congress?

January 28, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
In the wake of Tucson, political rhetoric and incivility has taken on a new focus. John Sides at the Monkey Cage has a great post on the effect of… Read More

Darrell Issa Quick Hit: “Stand Back”

January 20, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
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

Career Advice for Graduate Students

January 10, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
At the Southern Political Science Association’s annual conference I chaired a roundtable entitled “Career Advice for Graduate Students: What Every Graduate Student Should Know.”   The fact that this roundtable was… Read More

Calendar Wednesday: Cajun Style

January 5, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
The majority of Rule22 is in New Orleans this week for the Southern Political Science Association’s annual conference.  I, with my co-chair Paulina Rippere, planned the Graduate Student Section… Read More

New Orleans Quick Hits: Pouring Champagne and “Concentration Camps”

January 4, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
If you’re traveling to New Orleans for the Southern Political Science Association’s annual meeting, might I suggest some in-flight reading to make your time on Bourbon Street more joyous. Take a look… Read More

Are Better Legislation and Lower Federal Spending on the Horizon?

December 31, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
One of my favorite places to take in varying perspectives of current political events and issues is Politico’s “The Arena.” In this forum, Politico poses a question to a panel… Read More

“The Lens of Deep Suspicion.” Why Americans disapprove of Congress.

December 15, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Most Americans disapprove of Congress and have for a long time. However, today Congress matched its historic best in disappointing US citizens. Gallup released a poll today showing that… Read More

What Does the Future Hold for Rule22?

December 9, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
It looks like congressional Democrats are seriously considering reforming the filibuster. Of course, in my opinion, the emphasis should be on “considering” rather than “seriously.” The important question nobody… Read More

Handicapping the 112th Congress

December 8, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Inspired in part by Adam Bonica’s (really cool) estimates for the 112th House, I’ve made my own projections for the characteristics of the House.  Beyond calculating the party… Read More

Voting on the Coburn Amendment: Distributive or Horse Race Politics?

December 2, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
On Tuesday the Senate voted on an amendment sponsored by Tom Coburn of Oklahoma—political science’s favorite senator—that would have placed a temporary moratorium on the practice known as earmarking. … Read More