Category Archives: Legislative Theory

The Amendments are Coming!

After several weeks of relatively little legislative activity, we got a great look at the voting procedure for the US House this week.  In just five days, members of the House recorded more than 110 votes as they considered a … Continue reading

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Handicapping the 112th Congress

Inspired in part by Adam Bonica’s (really cool) estimates for the 112th House, I’ve made my own projections for the characteristics of the House.  Beyond calculating the party and chamber means, I’ve estimated the uncovered set, which relates the areas for … Continue reading

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“Why won’t They Reform the Filibuster?”

Ezra Klein posted an article Friday about “Six things Obama has done Wrong.” His last point on the administration’s failures is their inability to change the filibuster. The filibuster has undoubtedly created problems for Democrats. As Klein mentioned, it held … Continue reading

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Governing v. Elections: A False Dichotomy

Pundits, particularly those supporting the majority, love to emphasize an “inherent tension” in our governing system: Governing v. Elections. You likely heard this frequently during the healthcare debate. As progress on healthcare slowed pundits (particularly liberals) went nuts. They claimed … Continue reading

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Deficit Democrats

There is a lot of uproar about the recent deficit dispute.  Republicans say, as if they were holding hands around a camp fire, that we are mortgaging our children’s future and that government spending is socialist.  The Democratic chorus is … Continue reading

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