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How Much do the Election Results Matter?

November 2, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Happy November 2nd.  Evidently, today is election day.  Who knew? If you’re here looking for elections forecasting, you must have mistyped “MonkeyCage,” “Pollster” or “FiveThirtyEight” in your search engine.  But… Read More

“Why won’t They Reform the Filibuster?”

November 1, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Ezra Klein posted an article Friday about “Six things Obama has done Wrong.” His last point on the administration’s failures is their inability to change the filibuster. The… Read More

Proposition 19: A “Moment of Clarity?”

October 28, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Josh and I thought we would collaborate for a post on one of this election’s direct democracy initiatives in California, Proposition 19. He and I, along with Dan Smith,… Read More

Southern Democrats are in Trouble…But It’s Not a Realignment.

October 21, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
A couple days ago Jeff Zeleny wrote an article in the New York Times on the Democrats’ “weakening” grip on the South. If you picked up a newspaper… Read More

Wait…How High is the Rent?

October 19, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Check out the footage from New York Gubernatorial Candidate Jimmy McMillian in last night’s debate.  Perhaps his sterling performance will boost McMillian in the… Read More

“The Man Who Never Was”: Social-Psychology and Congressional Roll-Call Behavior

October 18, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Todd Purdum, the national editor for Vanity Fair, penned an article recently titled “The Man Who Never Was.”  In his provocative article, and in numerous subsequent media appearances,… Read More

Explaining White House Chief of Staff Departures

October 12, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
As Pete Rouse assumed the mantle of the “2nd most powerful person in the US” I grew interested in the institutional factors that predict White House Chief… Read More

Is the Liberal Media hurting Democrats?

October 6, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
It used to be that the talking heads were supposed to help their party. We all assume Glenn Beck helps Republicans get votes. We all assume that Maddow and Olbermann… Read More

Tom Brokaw and Political Science

October 1, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
On today’s The Today Show, Tom Brokaw shared his experiences as a political science undergraduate at The University of South Dakota.  In particular, Brokaw recalled the influence one political science… Read More

The Colbert “Bump” in Reverse?

September 30, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Josh’s previous post was about Steven Colbert’s address before Congress on the topic of immigration.  The reaction to Colbert’s testimony has been negative on average; even some Democrats have stated… Read More