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 Question for Sunday

When may I shoot a student?

Gun Rights and Political Identity

Linking view on guns to political self-identity.

Voter ID and Alabama’s Budget Mess

Budget cuts mean it is now harder to get an ID in much of Alabama.

Have we Seen Peak Trump?

Trump remains in the lead, but he has been steadily falling over the month of September. (And this triggers, as these things do, musings about institutions and our party system).

Background on the FARC (and Remembering the FARC’s Terrible, Horrible, no Good, very Bad Year+)

The seeds of the current peace deal date back to 2007-2008 (plus some longer-term background notes).

Major Step Forward for Colombian Peace Process

Peace between the FARC and the Colombian state appears nigh.

A Photo for Friday

Boehner to Resign

Winnowing of the Minnows

Two gone: 14 to go.

A Quick Constitution Lesson for Carson

More bigotry in the campaign.

A Photo For Friday

A Photo for Friday

Memories of Polling Past

Thinking back to about this time in 2011.

78 > 22

If we are gong to assess the significance of Trump, we need to pay attention to the numbers.

A Photo for Friday

Trump and American Political Parties

Trump illustrates the weak nature of our parties.

The Wrong Iraq Question

To lose something one has to have it in the first place. (It is pretty basic logic).

Symmetry in Cuba

Gold Prices

Infrastructure Funding Blues

The gas tax was last raised in 1993.

An Important Reminder about Polling

We are still a ways from actual voting–this needs to be remembered.

The Bland Arrest Video

An authoritarian ego trip for all to see.

Today in “Asked and Answered” (Sowell on Iran Deal Edition)

Any discussion of the Iran deal has to be about realistic alternatives, not fantasies.

Another Troubling Police Encounter with a Black Motorist

A few days late, but a story worth noting if it has escaped notice.