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Is the GOP Debt Ceiling Proposal Constitutional?

January 21, 2013  ·  LegBranch Team
Over the weekend, House Republicans unveiled a debt ceiling proposal that’s the subject of some controversy.  Shocking, I know.  The controversy hinges on the fact that, while Republicans tout themselves… Read More

On (the lack of) Gun Control Laws: How Much is the NRA to Blame?

December 14, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
This is a reblog of one of Nate’s posts from January of 2011 in response to the Gabby Giffords shooting.  I think it’s germane to the present conversation.  And for the… Read More

The Filibuster: An “Accident of History”? On the Common Cause Lawsuit.

December 12, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
A few months back, we at the blog had a semi-regular series: “things institutionalists know that you should” (see for example see Josh on timing, Nate on Plott’s… Read More

Jim DeMint’s Retirement: Good News or Bad News for Lindsey Graham?

December 6, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
So yeah, this happened.  While Jim DeMint had publicly stated he would not run seek reelection in 2016, today’s announcement is surprising nonetheless.  And as if his premature retirement… Read More

Did Strategic Disagreement Kill the Disability Treaty?

December 5, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
Yesterday the Senate rejected the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) treaty.  As political scientist Jeff Peake noted, this was the first treaty… Read More

Blogging Hiatus

November 27, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
Just a quick administrative note: I’ll be stepping away from the blog for the next several months. For the remainder of this academic year I am working in Congress as… Read More

Obligatory Rule22 House-Senate Projections

November 6, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
Congressional elections don’t get the same hype as the “Road to 270 Electoral votes.” Regardless, we thought it’d be fun to offer our humble projections for the next Congress. In… Read More

Obligatory Electoral College Maps Are Obligatory

November 6, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
If the antiquated Electoral College is good for one thing, it’s making fun maps.  Here are some Electoral College results you might see tomorrow morning (or late tonight if you’re… Read More

Strange Bedfellows: Why Jonathan Chait Should Root for Ohio State this Saturday

November 2, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
Jonathan Chait graduated from the University of Michigan in 1994.  If you follow him on Twitter or read his columns at The New Republic, you know that, in… Read More

Quick Response on Polarization

October 22, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
Voteview has a very interesting look into my last post. I highly recommend it for those interested in the problem. They run an experiment by eliminating all the close… Read More