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What’s Missing in the Polarization Debate? Congress.

October 15, 2013  ·  LegBranch Team
Currently, the debate over American polarization is dominated by electoral considerations: gerrymandering, sorting, PACs, campaign finance, etc. Most of these arguments are based on underlying assumption that the American people,… Read More

Voting Against the Debt Limit Is for Losers!

October 10, 2013  ·  LegBranch Team
Greg Koger at the political science blog Mischiefs of Faction has an interesting post this morning entitled “Fiscal Conservatism is for Losers.”  In his post, Koger uses… Read More

Government Shutdowns != Thelma and Louise

September 24, 2013  ·  LegBranch Team
As we watch the Ted Cruz filibuster-ish thingy on CSPAN, I’m reminded of Harry Reid’s claim yesterday that the GOP’s effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, and ultimately… Read More

Funding the Government, Defunding Obamacare, & Innovative Procedure

September 17, 2013  ·  LegBranch Team
As Congress steps closer to the various fiscal cliffs over the next week, the pressing question for Republican leadership is how to defund Obamacare. Several Republicans have indicated they will… Read More

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