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113th Congress: Arguably the least democratic in American history

November 20, 2014  ·  LegBranch Team
The 113th Congress may very well go down as the least democratic in our nation’s history. Except probably not in the way you are thinking. This has nothing to do… Read More

New Republican rule complicates Rep. Paul Ryan’s future

November 17, 2014  ·  LegBranch Team
New House Republican Conference rules prevent members seeking higher office to hold committee and subcommittee chairs. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said, the “idea is not to have major committees,… Read More

Income inequality did not affect the midterms – unless this was a very weird election.

November 7, 2014  ·  LegBranch Team
Democrats are searching for explanations to Tuesday’s thorough defeat. Aside from obvious considerations – low turnout, 6th year election, etc. – there are several arguments that the economy was a… Read More

Can the midterm outcome “solve” Washington’s problems? No. But it can make things worse.

November 4, 2014  ·  LegBranch Team
An old adage is that lawmakers win reelection by “running against Washington.”  According to a recent Gallup poll, just 14% of Americans approve of Congress’s job performance. So while… Read More

Vote Scores are hurting Vulnerable Senate Democrats

October 30, 2014  ·  LegBranch Team
Several Senate Democrats are running their campaigns as far away from the President as possible. Democrats are defending six states that Mitt Romney won in 2012. Three Democratic incumbents… Read More

Congressional Abdication at its Finest

October 22, 2014  ·  LegBranch Team
Ebola is the most recent “crisis” (footnote: “crisis” is a loose term given Ebola’s relative lack of impact on the health of individual Americans) is highlighting a severe abdication of… Read More

Food Fight! Can Food Brands Predict Elections?

October 8, 2014  ·  LegBranch Team
A few weeks ago on Meet the Press, Chuck Todd proposed that the fate of the Senate could come down to the distribution of Starbucks coffee shops (an elitist,… Read More

Don’t like the president’s “power grab” on ISIS? Blame Congress.

October 2, 2014  ·  LegBranch Team
Pundits on both sides of the aisle are criticizing the Obama administration’s decision to bomb ISIS targets without seeking congressional approval.  For example, Andrew Sullivan compares Obama’s actions to… Read More

Can Democrats replace Ginsburg?

September 25, 2014  ·  LegBranch Team
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in an Elle magazine interview, announced she would not retire because, “[Obama] could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see on… Read More

Congress out of session does not mean Congress isn’t working

September 22, 2014  ·  LegBranch Team
The Fix blog at the Washington Post has an article arguing that since 1978, Congress has only worked a full week 14% of the time. This is a common—and extraordinarily… Read More