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

Change in Sentencing: Crack v. Powder Cocaine

Congress has (after many years of debate) narrowed the gap between sentencing for crack cocaine and powder cocaine.

Death and the Arizona Border

Yes, a lot of people are dying on the Arizona border, but the cause is not the drug war. Rather, it is simple fact that crossing the desert on foot is a dangerous proposition. (And this is not a new phenomenon).

National Popular Vote Initiative Passes in Mass.

Massachusetts becomes the latest state to join in the National Popular Vote initiative.

Rubio Does not Want Proliferation of SB1070s

Marco Rubio doesn’t want to see the proliferation of SB1070s to other states.

Pentagon Can’t Account for $8.7 Billion in Iraqi Funds; No Records at all for $2.6 Billion

The Pentagon can not account for 95 percent of the Iraq oil revenue from 2004 to 2007.

Buckley to Breitbart?

Is Andrew Breitbart the new William F. Buckley, Jr?

Democratic Jump in Generic Ballot Poll

Democrats have opened up a 6 point lead in the Gallup generic ballot tracking poll, their first statistically significant lead of the cycle.

On Legalizing Marijuana in California

California has an initiative on the ballot this coming November to legalize marijuana. However, it’s not that easy.

Returning, Again, to Crime and the AZ Border

More decapitation talk.

The Return of Hitler

And we return, yet again, to specious comparisons to Hitler (and Lenin).

How to Spot Bogus “The Jihadists are Hooking up with Latin American Drug Cartel” Stories

Since 9/11 there has been a steady trickle of stories about jihadists hooking up with Latin American drug cartels and the like. Here is a guide of story points that can help you identify when such a story is almost certainly bogus.

Hezbollah Right Across the Rio Grande (or Something Like that)

Not only is Hezbollah taking up with the cartels, they appear to have a massive new geography-bending technology. As such, we are all doomed.

Understanding the Founding Documents (Declaration Edition), Part II

Revisiting the application of the Declaration.

Understanding the Founding Documents (Declaration Edition)

Is it really too much to ask that when people try to make arguments based on our country’s founding documents that they at least understand the passages that they are quoting?

Tales of Border Security

American cops increasingly think they can harass innocents in the name of keeping us safe.

A Return to AZ Crime Levels

Let’s revisit the question of crime levels in Arizona.

Federal Judge Declares Much of DOMA Unconstitutional

A district court judge has issued a ruling that could have wide ramifications for the question of same-sex marriage.

Crime in AZ

Arizona has been experiencing a massive increase in violent crime of late, right?

Today’s Vocab Word: “Purple Drank”

Thanks to JaMarcus Russell, I have learned a new term.

More Politics 101 for Rand Paul (and his Supporters)

More Politics 101 for Rand Paul.

The Founders and the Central Government

No, the founding fathers of the United States were not “very afraid of a central government.” Indeed, such an assertion makes no sense.

Heroes of the Founding Era: An Odd Choice by Bill Kristol

Bill Kristol’s hero of the Revolutionary Era is Alexander Hamilton. Who is yours?

Why American Kids Don’t Know History

A lot of Americans don’t know that the US gained its independence from Great Britain. How can this be? Is it a liberal conspiracy?

Speaking of Reagan…

If people feel the need to evoke Reagan, it would be nice if they would evoke the real one, rather than an alt reality version.

Informal Talks Between the Turks and Israelis (and Some Cabinet Trouble in Israel?)

Israel and Turkey held secret, informal talks recently. This is interesting, given the recent flotilla incident. What is more interesting is that the Israeli Foreign Minister learned of the event via the press.

Running from the Press: The Curious Case of Sharron Angle

If one wants to be a US Senator, one is going to have to learn to talk to the press.