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Senate shouldn’t cut an impeachment trial short

October 7, 2019  ·  James Wallner
After intense speculation over what could happen if the House impeaches President Trump, Mitch McConnell conceded this week that the Senate would have no choice but to hold… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

October 4, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Come to our Capitol Hill event on Tuesday: Time for an upgrade: Getting better tech for Congress. Lorelei Kelly, author of “Modernizing Congress, Bringing Democracy into the 21st Century,”… Read More

Congressional diversity and pay: The Speaker’s data vs. Legistorm’s

October 2, 2019  ·  Casey Burgat
Last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team released the results from its 2019 Compensation and Diversity Study of congressional staff. The study, administered by the House Chief Administrative… Read More

APSA Task Force Memorandum: Congress, Technology, and Innovation

October 2, 2019  ·  Claire Abernathy, Kevin Esterling, and Marci Harris
To: The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From: Claire Abernathy, Stockton University; Kevin Esterling, University of California, Riverside; and Marci Harris, POPVOX Reform: Congress, Technology, and Innovation A Report… Read More

The Senate can’t ignore impeachment

October 1, 2019  ·  James Wallner
Sourced: USDA photo by Lance Cheung. Recent reports that Senate Republicans could give “the Merrick Garland treatment” to articles of impeachment passed by the House are incorrect. The Senate’s… Read More

Should the Senate be abolished?

September 30, 2019  ·  James Wallner
Nine months into 2019, the Senate looks to some observers like little more than a vehicle for approving nominees. “Where’s the debates and lawmaking?” they wonder. Prof. Julia Azari (Marquette… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads —and listens— on Congress

September 27, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Casey Burgat, “Impeachment: What happens now?”, September 25, 2019 “Political observers and talking heads were quick to point out that Pelosi’s announcement did not answer important questions… Read More

APSA Task Force Memorandum: Modernizing congressional capacity

September 26, 2019  ·  Lee Drutman
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:   Lee Drutman, New America (chair); Larry Evans, William and Mary College; Bruce M. Patton, Harvard… Read More

Are we in political realignment?

September 24, 2019  ·  James Wallner
Both major political parties have significant factions within them. Is America going through another period of political realignment? Prof. Julia Azari (Marquette University), Lee Drutman (New America), and James Wallner… Read More

Reps. Takano and Foster, Sens. Hirono and Tillis introduce the Office of Technology Assessment Improvement and Enhancement Act

September 23, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
On September 19, 2019, “Reps. Mark Takano (D-CA) and Bill Foster (D-IL) and Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Office of Technology Assessment Improvement and Enhancement… Read More