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Quick Hit: What Bipartisanship “Looks Like”

February 18, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Yesterday, the House voted to defund a $450 million project to produce a second jet engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  See articles here and… Read More

Let’s Pump the Brakes a Little Bit

February 16, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Getting caught up in the media cycle is natural, even unavoidable. Despite the fact that many news stories are hardly “news worthy,” we can’t help but follow it. We ignore… Read More

Southern Democrats: A Video Produced by The Economist

February 9, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Here is a link excellent video produced by The Economist of Southern Democrats from 1964-2010 with nice doughnut charts (thanks to Paulina Rippere).  … Read More

Analyzing the Survival of Party Chairmen: “It’s Not You, It’s Us”

February 4, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
As you know, Michael Steele was deposed as chairman of the RNC a few short weeks ago in favor of the whimsically-named Reince Priebus.  In addition to his numerous public… Read More

Can Incivility help Congress?

January 28, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
In the wake of Tucson, political rhetoric and incivility has taken on a new focus. John Sides at the Monkey Cage has a great post on the effect of… Read More

Darrell Issa Quick Hit: “Stand Back”

January 20, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Here is your congressional “did you know” for the day.  As you are probably aware, Darrell Issa is the current Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Read More

Career Advice for Graduate Students

January 10, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
At the Southern Political Science Association’s annual conference I chaired a roundtable entitled “Career Advice for Graduate Students: What Every Graduate Student Should Know.”   The fact that this roundtable was… Read More

Calendar Wednesday: Cajun Style

January 5, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
The majority of Rule22 is in New Orleans this week for the Southern Political Science Association’s annual conference.  I, with my co-chair Paulina Rippere, planned the Graduate Student Section… Read More

New Orleans Quick Hits: Pouring Champagne and “Concentration Camps”

January 4, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
If you’re traveling to New Orleans for the Southern Political Science Association’s annual meeting, might I suggest some in-flight reading to make your time on Bourbon Street more joyous. Take a look… Read More

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