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The Polarization Culprits

October 21, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
Jennifer Victor and Seth Masket recently posted a couple very good posts over at the  Mischeifs of Faction on polarization in Congress. If you aren’t already reading… Read More

The Ratings War: Does It Matter?

September 12, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
Nothing epitomizes the horse race nature of presidential politics quite like the conventions ratings war.  For example, Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh were quick to dismiss the DNC’s higher… Read More

Google Politics: “Register to Vote”

September 7, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
This from Google Politics today on the Twitters: Here are some additional data from Google Trends for you to chew on.  Thoughts on the relevance or irrelevance of these data are… Read More

Paul Ryan “Worked With Democrats as Often as Any Republican.”

August 27, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
The effort to define Paul Ryan is in full swing.  While most political observers are well aware of Ryan’s record, prior to his VP selection fully 43% of Americans… Read More

The Veepstakes: What’s the Electoral Value of a Vice President?

August 11, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
A few hours ago, Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan as his running mate.  It seems obvious that in picking Ryan, Romney is trying to solidify his position with fiscal conservatives… Read More

Some Thoughts on Americans Elect, Polarization and Gridlock

April 11, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
In January I was invited to speak at a roundtable hosted by Americans Elect–a nonpartisan presidential nominating organization.  As you may know, Americans Elect (AE) has garnered quite a bit of… Read More

Reforming Polarization and Gridlock: Series on Congressional Reform

March 14, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
For someone who studies congressional development, the past couple years have been frustrating. Many people with noble intentions proposed reforms to remedy our dysfunctional Congress. However, these discussions have almost universally… Read More

Institutional Advancement: Do Dan Boren’s Claims Add Up?

March 8, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
Politico published an insightful article yesterday provocatively titled “Members of Congress:  This Job Sucks.”  Much of the article centers on and interview with Oklahoma Representative Dan Boren (D).  Boren is retiring… Read More

How Air-Conditioning increased Polarization

February 24, 2012  ·  Andreu Casas, Matthew J. Denny, and John Wilkerson
John Farrell has a take on polarization in the National Journal. It’s a really interesting read and I recommend it, particularly if you are interested in the electoral forces… Read More

Left and Right are Still Important: The Flux of National Debate

February 24, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
Ezra Klein is frustrated with the fluctuation in party positions. His most damaging critique of this dynamic: “Parties — particularly when they’re in the minority — care more about power… Read More