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Are Better Legislation and Lower Federal Spending on the Horizon?

December 31, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
One of my favorite places to take in varying perspectives of current political events and issues is Politico’s “The Arena.” In this forum, Politico poses a question to a panel… Read More

“The Lens of Deep Suspicion.” Why Americans disapprove of Congress.

December 15, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Most Americans disapprove of Congress and have for a long time. However, today Congress matched its historic best in disappointing US citizens. Gallup released a poll today showing that… Read More

What Does the Future Hold for Rule22?

December 9, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
It looks like congressional Democrats are seriously considering reforming the filibuster. Of course, in my opinion, the emphasis should be on “considering” rather than “seriously.” The important question nobody… Read More

Handicapping the 112th Congress

December 8, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Inspired in part by Adam Bonica’s (really cool) estimates for the 112th House, I’ve made my own projections for the characteristics of the House.  Beyond calculating the party… Read More

Voting on the Coburn Amendment: Distributive or Horse Race Politics?

December 2, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
On Tuesday the Senate voted on an amendment sponsored by Tom Coburn of Oklahoma—political science’s favorite senator—that would have placed a temporary moratorium on the practice known as earmarking. … Read More

Expectations for a Lame Duck Congress

November 15, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Congress reconvenes today for the first time since the elections took place almost two weeks ago.  One would think that after receiving the election results, the losers would pack… Read More

Post-Election Quick Hit

November 5, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Democrats lost, Republicans gained. Call it what you want: a tsunami, earthquake, or good old voter anger/rage. After being flogged by pundit’s hyper-speculation on what this election “meant,” here are… Read More

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