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America Still hates Congress…but not always.

April 25, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Jonathan Bernstein and Ezra Klein have a couple posts on Congress’s terrible approval ratings. Both make good points. Klein points out: …the issue isn’t individuals so much as… Read More

“Washington is broken.” Good point. Why is nobody trying to repair it?

April 20, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Since bipartisan “hope” in Obama’s first campaign has worn off, we are back to accepting the Washington’s “broken” politics.  Of course, by “Washington” people mean “Congress.” However, when it comes… Read More

And…shutdown averted

April 8, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Whew.  That was close, and with more than an hour to spare!… Read More

The Duration of Government Shutdowns

April 7, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
I only have a few minutes, so my contribution to our shutdown discussion will be limited. Will a government shutdown occur?  I don’t know.  My intuition tells me no, as I think the… Read More

Shutdown Roundtable: Lessons from 1994?

April 6, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Here at Rule22, we decided to try something new: we’re each going to weigh in on the looming government shutdown.  Josh’s excellent post, if you haven’t read it, suggests… Read More

Shutdown Roundtable: Bargaining Strategies

April 6, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
One thing is certain: Republicans’ bargaining strategy is a winner. Over the past couple years Republicans won major legislative concessions while still winning the message battle. It’s an impressive feat… Read More

Legislative Responsiveness: A Class Bias?

April 4, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Richard Florida makes the claim that the American states are becoming increasingly conservative ( This trend, he goes on to argue, has been exacerbated by the economic troubles… Read More

Framing Collective Bargaining…Rights

March 30, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Across the country, public sector unions are in engaged in a fairly bitter struggle with conservatives over the issue of collective bargaining.  (I initially wrote “fiscal conservatives,” but those on… Read More

Quick Hit: Who said politicians are driven by reelection?

March 22, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
We all assume politicians are out to look good to their constituents. This often means being a homer and supporting local sports teams. Well, the governor of Florida missed this… Read More

Belatedly Breaking Silence on Filibuster Reform

March 18, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Before I move on to the point of this post, let’s raise our glasses to the lack of filibuster reform. Without the McConnell and Reed deal, we might have changed… Read More