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Santorum: Insider v. Reformer(?)

January 20, 2012  ·  Chris Den Hartog and Timothy Nokken
This is a dichotomy Sheryl Gay Stolberg presents in her recent article at the New York Times. Santorum’s career, according to the article, spanned from freshman reformer to leadership… Read More

Super Committee Agrees On One Thing: John Kerry Talks Too Much

January 19, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
A little bit of super committee satire courtsey of pardonthepundit.com.  My favorite part: “Look, I like John. He’s a friend, but when you get him talking about government spending… Read More

In Defense of South Carolina: Institutions Matter

January 12, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
We all know the story of the 2000 Republican presidential primary in South Carolina.  John McCain won New Hampshire by double digits, leading a massive increase in campaign donations, campaign volunteers… Read More

The Cordray Appointment and Congress’s Crisis of Legitimation

January 10, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
Last week Richard Cordray received what the White House called a “recess” appointment to serve as director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  (side note: during break I was… Read More

People know why the Senate is Weird, Quick Hit Style

January 6, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
We’re swinging back into a semi-normal routine after vacation. If you haven’t already read the BE Press Forum on the Senate, it has several very solid articles from… Read More

Congressional Salary = Congressional Disapproval?

December 28, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Aaron Blake (aka The Fix) at Washington Post recently wrote about congressional disapproval with respect to member salaries. It’s an interesting take but I have a couple points to… Read More

Should Ron Paul “Pray for Rain” on the 3rd?

December 27, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
A common elections adage is that Republican candidates should “pray for rain” on election day.  The logic is that rain suppresses voter turnout among unlikely voters (who, in turn, disproportionately identify as… Read More

Unfairly picking on Ezra Klein

December 23, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Ezra Klein wrote a article about “No Labels,” a non-partisan group dedicated to “Not left. Not right. Forward.” I don’t have a qualm with either the group’s objective or… Read More

Budget Process Improvement Act of 2011

December 21, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
A new bipartisan budget reform proposal is out. My representative sent this most recent bill to my email labelled as a plan to fix the budget process. Representatives Daniel Webster… Read More

Quick Hit: Jonathan Bernstein’s Foresight

December 20, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Reading through some old posts I came across Jonathan Bernstein’s TNR article from 12/2 aptly titled “Yes, Newt’s Up in the Polls. No, You Shouldn’t Take His Candidacy Seriously.” The… Read More