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Inside a Senate Fillibuster

September 9, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
After a long job market-fueled APSA hiatus, things are back to normal (whatever that means).  Our content should pick up soon. In the meantime, here is George Mitchell recalling… Read More

Calendar Wednesday: An Old Rule but Great Tradition

September 1, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Three new ethics cases were submitted to OCE (Office of Congressional Ethics). Of course, Tom Price (R-Ga.), John Campbell (R-Calif.) and Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) never did anything wrong. Read More

The Likelihood of “Repealing Health Care”

August 20, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
The subject of “repealing” the health care reform package is of considerable importance for political scientists, pundits and lawmakers, both as a political issue and for the next congressional session. … Read More

Quick Hit: Just how bad is the scandal?

August 12, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Ever wonder what’s going to happen to Maxine Waters or Charlie Rangel?  And why did Elliot Spitzer’s fondness for prostitutes trigger his resignation while David Vitter kept his post?… Read More

Analyzing the Primary Elections Results

August 11, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
So, after the dust settled yesterday in our mid August primaries, where do we stand?  In Colorado, the Democratic establishment candidate, Michael Bennet, rode Obama’s endorsement to victory as he… Read More

Institutions v. Agency: Why the Senate is Weird

August 9, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
The “problem of the Senate” is a hot topic today. David Broder, Jonathan Chait, Jon Bernstein, and John Sides all commented on… Read More

Do the Republicans Lack a Legislative Agenda?

August 1, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Though I planned this entry a few weeks back, it dovetails nicely with Josh’s previous post.  Essentially, Josh reminded us of Richard Fenno, arguing that a legislator’s electoral… Read More

Don’t Blink…You’ll Miss the Filibuster

July 30, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
In 1957, Strom Thurmond held the Senate floor for 24 hours and 18 minutes to stall the passage of the 1957 Civil Rights Act.  He prepared himself for his crusade… Read More

Governing v. Elections: A False Dichotomy

July 26, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Pundits, particularly those supporting the majority, love to emphasize an “inherent tension” in our governing system: Governing v. Elections. You likely heard this frequently during the healthcare debate. As progress… Read More

Michael Steele’s Gaffes: An Empirical Assessment

July 21, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
In the wake of Michael Steele’s most recent gaffe, political pundits and observers opined on the topic of Steele’s effects (broadly defined) on the Republican Party. With little variation, the… Read More