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Simulating the Syria Resolution Vote in the Full Senate

September 5, 2013  ·  LegBranch Team
Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 to approve President Obama’s request to conduct military strikes against Syria (one member of the committee–Ed Markey–courageously voted “present”). Read More

The House’s Competitiveness Problem… or Lack Thereof

September 5, 2013  ·  LegBranch Team
At my other blog at the Government Affairs Institute, I have a post up on the increasing uncompetitiveness of U.S. House districts. There are signs that House elections may… Read More

Why Immigration Won’t be Discharged (Wonky)

August 20, 2013  ·  LegBranch Team
Immigration reform is the issue that keeps finding its way into the news. After the Senate’s heroic efforts to find common ground on the bill, it’s seemingly inevitable demise in… Read More

How Can We Explain the Amash Vote to Defund the NSA?

July 30, 2013  ·  LegBranch Team
A peculiar thing happened in the House last week.  An amendment offered by Justin Amash (R-MI) narrowly failed on the floor, with a majority Democrats voting for the amendment (offered… Read More

Are Members of Congress “Truthful?” A Response to the PolitiFact Study

May 30, 2013  ·  LegBranch Team
The Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) at George Mason University released a report examining PolitiFact ratings gauging Republicans’ and Democrats’ “truthfulness.”  PolitiFact developed their so-called… Read More

Perspectives on the South Carolina Special Election

May 7, 2013  ·  LegBranch Team
Voters in South Carolina’s 1st  district head to the polls today for a special election.  What follows is my perspective on the election with links to worthwhile readings on… Read More

Follow Up: Simulating Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s Vote on “The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act”

May 2, 2013  ·  LegBranch Team
Tuesday’s post simulated Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s roll-call record taking into consideration the 1st district’s partisanship and the campaign contributions she has received from unions.  The main point was that voters in the 1st district… Read More

Colbert Busch vs. Sanford: Who Will They Represent?

April 30, 2013  ·  LegBranch Team
Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Mark Sanford met last night for the first—and presumably only—televised debate for South Carolina’s vacant 1st congressional seat.  There were a few notable exchanges.  For example,… Read More

A Primer on the Primary: The South Carolina Special Election

March 19, 2013  ·  LegBranch Team
Voters in the lowcountry head to the polls today in a special election primary.  The vacancy in South Carolina’s 1st district opened when Republican Tim Scott accepted Governor Nikki… Read More

The State of the Union: Putting First Things First

February 13, 2013  ·  LegBranch Team
State of the Unions.  What are they good for?  Absolutely nothing. Ok “absolutely nothing” is an oversimplification.  But as best political scientists are able to discern, presidential speeches in… Read More