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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

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