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

The Delaware Senate Race and the State of the GOP

Some thoughts on the Delware Senate race and the state of the GOP.

NRA Endorses O’Donnell in Delaware

The Delaware GOP primary continues to get more intertesting.

Headline Reaction: Elizabeth Warren and the Base

Will appointing Elizabeth Warren to head a consumer protection agenda unleash an eruption of Democratic votes in November?

DADT Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal court has found that don’t ask, don’t tell violates the First and Fifth Amendments.

Rubio has Double-Digit Lead in Latest Poll

After weeks of trailing Republican-turned-Independent Charlie Crist in a three-way race, Republican Marco Rubio is leading the Florida Senate race.

Frum on the State of Right-of-Center Think Tanks

David Frum assesses the current state of right-of-center think tanks and the significance thereof.

Judicial Openings

Currently roughly 1 in 8 federal judgeships remain vacant.

All Republicans are RINOs (and all Democrats are DINOs).

Party labels are just names, as such all Republicans are Republicans in name only.

What the Framers Meant Part Two: Return of the Federalist Papers

Both the Constitution and the Federalist Papers, impressive as they are, must be understood in terms of not just applied political philosophy, but practical politics as well.

Governor Brewer Retracts Beheading Claim (Kinda)

Governor Brewer walks back he beheadings claims.

White House Considers Tax Cuts for Business

Facing a difficult economy and a very bad November, the Obama administration is considering a tax cut proposal to spur hiring.

Golf Swing Causes Fire

Terrorism False Alarm?

Terrorism dry-run or just weirdly packaged items and a few coincidences?

Angle and Katrina Relief

More audio from Angle’s past interviews.

Back to the Nevada Polls

The Nevada Senate race is, in many ways, a three-way in which none of the above could be a spoiler for Angle.

Flood Water Start to Recede in Pakistan

The floodwaters are starting to recede, although the disaster is far from over.

The Politics of Crowd Estimates

Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally raises, yet again, the tiresome fight over crowd estimates and their political significance.

Nevada Poll: Bad News for Reid, Worse News for Angle

The numbers still show an exceptionally close Senate race in Nevada. They also show that a different GOP nominee would have meant a very different scenario.

The Chilean 33

Elation at discovering 33 miners still alive after over two weeks of looking for them is giving way to the reality that it will take roughly 4 months to get them out.

Again with the Saudi Arabia Comparisons…

Ok, Saudi Arabia has less freedom than the US. Why do some people think that should form the basis of an argument about appropriate behavior in the US?

Ireland’s Credit Takes a Hit

A combination of news and some lunchtime satire.

Repeal the 17th Amendment?

Why would returning to the system of allowing state legislatures to choose Senators improve representation?

Ron v. Rand

It would appear that the Pauls have different views on Park51.

Ron Paul on Park51

Representative Ron Paul does not mince words on the subject of the Park51 project.

Yes, Blaming one Group of Muslims for the Actions of Others is, by Definition, Scapegoating

Yes, when you blame one group of people for the actions of other, especially irrationally so, that qualifies as scapegoating.

The Problem with Andy McCarthy’s Thought Experiment

Some of our politicians and commentators are looking to odd places for guidance over the application of fundamental American values.

Rape Warrant for Wikileaks Founder Withdrawn

A quick flip-flop from Swedish authorities on a very serious charge.

The View from Tribeca

A small slice of what people at the epicenter of the Park51 controversy have to say.

Ok, So What is the Problem with Cordoba House?

If the response to Cordoba House isn’t basically being anti-Muslim, what is it?

US-Colombian Basing Deal Unconstitutional

Colombia’s Constitutional Court has struck down a US basing rights deal.

Polling on Cordoba House

Given public opinion on the proposed Islamic community center that is currently cominating the news, we would expect that opposition to the project would be strongest in Manhattan itself.

A Simple Question in re: Islam and US Politics

A major part of the problem with the seeming growing wave of anti-Muslim sentiment in some quarters of US politics is that it seems to equate Islam as “the enemy.” If that’s the case, then US foreign policy has some ‘splainin’ to do.

More Border Enforcement

Again, despite the rhetoric of some, the US does continue to enforce laws relevant to the border and, indeed, enforcement has been on the rise.

Cordoba House and the Power of Political Marketing

If it was called the “Burlington Coat Factory community center” would anyone care about Cordoba House?