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Budget Process Improvement Act of 2011

December 21, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
A new bipartisan budget reform proposal is out. My representative sent this most recent bill to my email labelled as a plan to fix the budget process. Representatives Daniel Webster… Read More

Quick Hit: Jonathan Bernstein’s Foresight

December 20, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Reading through some old posts I came across Jonathan Bernstein’s TNR article from 12/2 aptly titled “Yes, Newt’s Up in the Polls. No, You Shouldn’t Take His Candidacy Seriously.” The… Read More

On Conference Committees: Three Fallacies Perpetuated During Today’s House Debate

December 20, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
I wanted to take a moment to correct three falsehoods perpetuated during today’s House payroll tax debate.   As you probably know, the (at times heated) debate centered on the use… Read More

Most Bizarre Reform Proposal Ever?

December 19, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Face the Nation’s Bob Schieffer seemed to step off the deep end this past Sunday. He gave his short editorial at the end his show on congressional reform. His proposal… Read More

Does Iowa Matter?

December 17, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
In the mist of an extremely long presidential primary and campaign – as long or longer than I can remember – conversations always reach this question: “Who cares about Iowa?”… Read More

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

December 14, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Following the horrific events in Tucson last Saturday, it is little surprise that Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and several other members of Congress are moving to re-instate several gun… Read More

Don’t Play With Your Food: Reconsidering The “Cracker Barrel v. Whole Foods” Meme

December 14, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
According to David Wasserman of the Washington Post, every presidential election has its cultural divisions: The 1896 presidential contest, for instance, is remembered as a battle between William Jennings… Read More

Record Your Thoughts on the Super Committee

November 20, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
I’m going to try out a feature of our blog: polling.  So, what’s the collective wisdom in the blogosphere on the deficit reduction committee’s chances of success? [polldaddy poll=5686933]… Read More

On Perry’s Plan: The Relationship Between Congressional Salary and Political Corruption

November 16, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
The other day Rick Perry released his plan to “uproot” the federal government.  The first item on Perry’s list is a proposal to create what he calls a “part-time citizen Congress.” Presumably,… Read More

Stocks and Members of Congress

November 14, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
This weekend 60 Minutes’ aired an excellent piece on members legally trading stocks on insider information. Earlier this year we reviewed some research on this exact topic. The authors… Read More