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

More Xenophobia from POTUS

On Wednesday Trump tweeted out a crass, dishonest ad in hopes of leveraging fear and racism as a political tool.

Huckabee-Sanders calls Trump 2016 Win “an overwhelming majority”; That is not True

Is it too much to ask for truth about basic facts from the White House Press Secretary?

Looking to Actual Numbers

A chart to ponder.

Stoking Xenophobia

The blatant stoking of irrational fear as campaign politics.

Radicalizing Rhetoric

Trump’s words matter.

A Photo for Friday: “To Paradise”

Happy Friday.

Rural v. Urban Representation and the Quality of Democracy

Minority rule and self-reinforcing cleavages are not a a healthy combination.

Three Pounds of Marijuana, Eight Years in Jail

Another drug war example.

Drug War Insanity

Scenes from the war on drugs.

Democracy and Institutional Design III: Towards a More Complex Discussion of Democracy

Part III is here (a lot sooner than Part II was).

Democracy and Institutional Design II: A (Very) Basic Definition of Democracy

The second installment of a seemingly forgotten series.

A Photo for Friday: “Path of Light”

After a multi-week hiatus, Happy Friday!

Politics is not about Willpower

Math rules.

Trump takes to USAT to Attack Medicare for All

Fear-mongering of various types on full display.

Rounding up post-Kavanaugh Thoughts

Thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head for over a week.

Historical Perspective on SCOTUS Nominations

Despite what seems to be the prevailing mythos, most nominations fights are nothing like the current one.

Another Allegation

I spoke too soon…

My Bottom Line on the Kavanaugh Situation

My last post on this subject for the weekend (I think).

The Political Stakes in the Kavanaugh Nomination

Thinking about the political calculus.

Bork 2.0?

The Bork hearings have come up in the context of the Kavanaugh confirmation, Some thoughts ensue.

Defining Totalitarianism

A quick hit and run post to provide a proper definition.

We are not Seeing a Soft Coup in the Trump Admininstration

As problematic as some of what we know about the internal workings of the White House may be, it isn’t a coup.

“Subtract [Trump] from that equation…the numbers go up dramatically.”

As I have repeatedly noted: Trump is the leader of the Republican Party.

Trump’s Perverse Understanding of Justice

Trump has an autocrat’s view of justice.

Trump Administration met with Venezuelan Coup Plotters

Thankfully, they chose not to help.

A Photo for Friday: “Pinot Noir”

Happy Friday.

The Trump Administration and Legal Immigration

The target is not just on illegal immigrants.

On Age and SCOTUS

A good excuse to consider reform.

Headline Reaction: “So you Want to be a Millionaire?” Edition

An occasional series makes a return.

Trump Administration Questions Border Birth Certificates

Passports being denied to citizens whose birth records are being questioned.

Trump Acknowledges Problems with North Korea

Who could have seen this coming?

A Photo for Friday: “Urban Geometry”

After a two-week hiatus, the PFF returns.

Rudy: “Truth isn’t truth”

Orwell lives.

Georgia County to Vote on Closing Polling Stations

Care to guess the demographic makeup of the county?

The Simplest Theory of Kompromat

A basic explanation for Trump’s behavior towards Russia.

A Photo for Friday: “Multi”

Happy Friday.

A Summary of US-Russia Relations

Senator Corker provided a pretty damning run-down last week.

Trump to Hit the Campaign Trail

Mid-terms are coming.

Parsing a Key Phrase from the Trump-EU Press Conference

Trade deals take more than an afternoon chat.

Whither the Fiscal Conservative?

Deficits continue to rise.

Revisiting Obama’s “Apology Tour”

In trying to assess the Helsinki press conference, a blast from the past deserves a second look.

Trump Hearts Autocrats

For example, Turkey’s Erdogan.

A Return to the Treason Conversation

At a minimum, Trump is betraying his oath of office. That is one hell of a minimum.