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Wait…How High is the Rent?

October 19, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Check out the footage from New York Gubernatorial Candidate Jimmy McMillian in last night’s debate.  Perhaps his sterling performance will boost McMillian in the… Read More

“The Man Who Never Was”: Social-Psychology and Congressional Roll-Call Behavior

October 18, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Todd Purdum, the national editor for Vanity Fair, penned an article recently titled “The Man Who Never Was.”  In his provocative article, and in numerous subsequent media appearances,… Read More

Explaining White House Chief of Staff Departures

October 12, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
As Pete Rouse assumed the mantle of the “2nd most powerful person in the US” I grew interested in the institutional factors that predict White House Chief… Read More

Is the Liberal Media hurting Democrats?

October 6, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
It used to be that the talking heads were supposed to help their party. We all assume Glenn Beck helps Republicans get votes. We all assume that Maddow and Olbermann… Read More

Tom Brokaw and Political Science

October 1, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
On today’s The Today Show, Tom Brokaw shared his experiences as a political science undergraduate at The University of South Dakota.  In particular, Brokaw recalled the influence one political science… Read More

The Colbert “Bump” in Reverse?

September 30, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Josh’s previous post was about Steven Colbert’s address before Congress on the topic of immigration.  The reaction to Colbert’s testimony has been negative on average; even some Democrats have stated… Read More

Colbert in Congress

September 24, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Stephen Colbert testified in front of House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law. He spent one day with the UFW (United Farm Workers)… Read More

Financial Independence and Roll-Call Behavior

September 23, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Yesterday, The Monkey Cage posted this article exploring the relationship between lawmakers’ personal wealth and their preference regarding the estate tax.  Based on their analysis of the 109th… Read More

The “Constitutional Option”: Beating an Already Dead Horse

September 21, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
There is an increasing amount of confusion about what exactly the constitutional option is, and further, how often it’s invoked to enact rules changes. It’s gained recent momentum as a result… Read More

Grading Presidential Rhetoric using Readability Software

September 15, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
If you were a junior high or high school teacher interested in assigning presidential speeches for your American Government class, which presidential speeches would you assign and to whom?  My… Read More