Posts by Steven L. Taylor

Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

A Photo for Friday: “Purple Dreams”

Happy Friday afternoon.

An Observation on Trump’s Taxes

The story is shifting, which makes me even more suspicious.

A Reminder about Higher Ed

US higher education is made up of far more than just the Ivies and other elite schools.

Climate Change and Central America

More pressures on a region already struggling.

George Will on Trump’s Fed Nominees

Let’s just say that he isn’t impressed.

Don’t Throw Me in that Briar Patch!

Trump and company have a cartoonish view of immigration policy.

The US Fertility Rate and Immigration

The US is reproducing below the replacement rate.

A Photo for Friday: “La Abeja”

Happy Friday!

Line(s) of the Day: Trump’s Immigration Politics

Trump really has no plan about the border save for demagoging the issue.

Nielsen out at DHS

Add DHS to the list of Departments being run by interims.

A Comparative Note on Prisoner Voting

Sanders’ suggestion is not as outside democratic norms as one might think.

On Democratic Responsiveness

A lesson from Puerto Rico and further reasons why the EC is a problem.

Speaking of Taxes…

Bernie also faces disclosure pressures.

Trump and Aid to Puerto Rico

A reminder that over 3 million citizens have no effective influence over the federal government.

Smoke and Mirrors on Health Care

The White House clearly doesn’t have a plan beyond attacking Obamacare to score political points.

On Closing the US-Mexican Border

Trump’s threat will not make things better (and the notion of actually closing the border is insane).

Fox Chyron: “3 Mexican Countries”

Note to the folks at Fox and Friends: Central America is not part of Mexico.

How to Make the Border Situation Worse

Trump declares he will end aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

More on Moore

John Fund thinks I am afraid of Stephen Moore (and that I am an economist). He is wrong on both counts.

Trump, the Fed, and the Economy

More simplism from the WH.

On Coverage of the Coverage of the Mueller Report

Before we draw broad conclusions of the reporting on the report, don’t we need to see the report?

More on the Pathologies of the EC

It’s the battleground states that are the issue, not small states v. large states.

Douthat Attempts a Defense of the Electoral College

Ultimately, it isn’t a very good one.

Stephen Moore is a Terrible Choice for the Fed

Only the best people, dontcha know.

New Zealand to Ban Semiautomatic Weapons

Institutions matter. (No, seriously, they really, really matter).

On Cows, Devin Nunes, and Twitter

On one level, it is rather amusing; on another is it quite insidious.

What is the Deal with Lindsey Graham?

Graham is blocking a vote on a non-binding resolution on the Mueller report.

Comparative Electoral Systems Basics

Some context for ongoing discussions.

Why Two Parties?

Some basics on the US party system.

On “Independents” Again

A further attempt at explanation.

A Photo for Friday: “Blossom”

Happy Friday.

On “Independent” Voters

Pew has a new study that confirms our basic understanding of “independents.”

I Agree with Trump

Never say I can’t admit agreement when agreement is due.

Tales from the Trade War

Not good, not easy to win.

Maduro Holds on in Venezuela

The key remains the military.

A Photo for Friday: “Potential”

Happy Friday evening.

Bolton Cites the Monroe Doctrine Regarding Venezuela

He conjures the imperialist past with such comments (and he doesn’t even use the term correctly).

Line of the Day: NK Denuclearization Edition

And a link to a worthwhile read.

A Photo for Friday (on Sunday): “Serendipity”

I missed Friday, so here’s a later entry as the weekend wanes.

Speaking of Elliott Abrams

And if you don’t know, now you know.

Violence on the Venezuelan-Colombian Border

US policy is creating nonconstructive confrontation.

More State of Emergency Context

The NYT has a useful classification of previous declarations (which does show the odd nature of Trump’s wall declaration).

Some Context for Presidential “Emergency Powers”

There is a bit of a disjuncture between the terminology and the reality (but that does not excuse Trump’s current actions).

Recommended Reading

Levitsky and Ziblatt on emergency powers.

Regarding Trump’s Declaration

Some thoughts on the current mess.