Posts by Steven L. Taylor

Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. 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 Real “None of the Above”

What would the Nevada Senate race look like if “none of the above” could actually win?

When Reading 140 Characters is too Big a Strain

It only seems fair to take an entire tweet, lengthy though it may be, into account when reacting.

Don't Steal From Medicare to Support Socialized Medicine Don't Steal From Medicare to Support Socialized Medicine

Coates Ad: Obama Forcing Seniors into “Government Run Healthcare”

Dan Coates has an ad that makes a claim that should make your head explode.

My Basic Theory of Sarah Palin

Yes, I think that Palin is running in 2012.

Turks Arrest Suspected al Qaeda Militants

Police in Turkey have arrested 12 people suspected of links to Islamist militant network al-Qaeda in Istanbul and Van province.

Paul the Octopus, RIP

Paul, World Cup ‘psychic’ octopus, dies in Germany.

The Libertarian Party on Immigration

The PL issues a statment on immigration policy.

Race and Politics: An Inappropriate Response to a Metaphor

A poster at RedState demonstrates how not to approach the issue of race in politics.


An Observation on the State of the Debate over Fiscal Policy

Instead of decades-old retreads like talking about abolishing the Department of Education, it would be nice if we had a real debate about the fiscal circumstances in the country.

The Profound Importance of Juan Williams

Apparently Juan Williams is really, really, really important.

Another TV Parent Passes: Tom Bosley, RIP

Actor Tom Bosley, best known for his role as Howard Cunningham on TV’s “Happy Days,” had died at 83.

More on Miller’s Bodyguards and the Press (Video)

Salon has video of the aftermath of the Hopfinger handcuffing. Plus: if we remove the partisan labels and just assess what happened, would we view this situation differently?

Joe Miller’s Security Team Handcuffs Journalist

Don’t ask Senate candidate Joe Miller questions he doesn’t want to answer else his security team might cuff you.

Germany and the Lessons of Immigration Policy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declare multiculturalism in Germany to be a “failure.” Proof that anti-immigration activists in the United States are correct, right?

Russia and Venezuela Sign Energy Deal

Venezuela have reached a series of agreement on energy. Should the US be concerned?

The Year of the (Odd) Candidate

Politicians are, by definition, a bit abnormal. However, this year we seem to have more than our fair share of the truly odd.

New CT Senate Poll

Voters Want a Third Party

54% of Americans want an alternative to the Democrats and Republicans. The question remains as to what kind of third party they want.

New Security Council Members (and a Discussion Question)

Should the UN expand the number of permanent Security Council members?

More on Taxes and Incentives

More on Greg Mankiw’s thought experiment on taxes and incentives to work.

Cross-Atlantic Islamophobia

Are we facing a Sharia take-over?

O’Donnell Uses Palin Playbook

Like Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell is no fan of the press.

The Dobbs Story and What it Really says About Illegal Immigration

The Lou Dobbs story simply underscores the fact that the illegal immigration debate is fundamentally about labor supply and demand.

More Polls (CT, NY & MO)

More numbers for campaign 2010–in this case, ones that show the maintenance of the status quo in several states.

Silly Third Party Musings

Thomas Friedman engages in some early speculation about a serious third party presidential run. As usual, such speculation ignores the basic structures of American politics.

California Decriminalizes Marijuana

Governor Schwarzenegger has signed a bill making pot possession (at certain levels) the equivalent of a traffic ticket.

More on O’Donnell’s Misrepresentation of her Education

More on O’Donnell’s representation of her education in her own words.