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Members of Congress are specializing less often. That makes them less effective.

September 28, 2020  ·  William Gray
In a new op-ed for the Washington Post, Craig Volden and Alan Wiseman make the case that Congress needs more expertise – and explain how to encourage changing that… Read More

ICYMI: Why Public Service? podcast interviews Amber McReynolds

September 28, 2020  ·  William Gray
“I think the first problem is most people do not understand how elections work and I would count the politicians in that. I think most elected leaders actually don’t understand… Read More

A new coalition to build a Congress that looks like America

September 25, 2020  ·  William Gray
Laura Maristany, the associate director of Democracy Fund’s Governance Program, shares key lessons from her own experience striving to reach senior-level positions on Capitol Hill, as well as from… Read More

Three things to know about what the Senate can do regarding Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

September 24, 2020  ·  Sarah Binder
Sarah Binder, senior fellow of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, penned a piece in the Washington Post detailing the tools each party has in the Senate during the… Read More

Can the Senate Confirm a Supreme Court Nominee Before Election Day?

September 24, 2020  ·  Anthony Marcum
President Trump recently announced that he would name a nominee to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this Saturday, leaving 38 days… Read More

Reforming the Judiciary: the Good, the Bad and the Even Worse

September 23, 2020  ·  Anthony Marcum
(This post originally appeared on The recent death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the forthcoming nomination of her replacement by President Trump has spurred numerous debates… Read More

How important is expertise and experience in Congress?

September 23, 2020  ·  William Gray
From Politics in Question, a podcast by Julia Azari (Marquette University), Lee Drutman (New America), and James Wallner (R Street Institute): This episode Alexander C. Furnas joins Julia, Lee,… Read More

Road to the Supreme Court Runs Through Capitol Hill

September 23, 2020  ·  James Wallner
(This post originally appeared on Legislative Procedure.) President Donald Trump announced that he will soon nominate someone to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Read More

The Senate isn’t the problem, senators are

September 22, 2020  ·  James Wallner
According to today’s conventional wisdom, people are deeply divided about politics. Liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, are at odds with one another when it comes to identifying the problems… Read More

No, Ben Sasse, repealing the 17th Amendment would not improve the U.S. Senate

September 18, 2020  ·  William Gray
From Mischiefs of Faction: The prevailing wisdom among opponents of the 17th Amendment, who range from Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to Senator Ben… Read More