Fixing the Primary Problem

Could Alaska point the way to a solution?

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Q&A Time

Hopefully answering a reader question (but probably just making it all worse).

On American Parties

More on primaries with a foray into Madison and the general politics of power-seekers and incentives.

An Extreme Example of the Problem with Primaries

Nobody is keeping the gate.

New York’s Gerrymandering Disarmament

When doing the right thing is the wrong thing.

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A Lament and The Reality of Politics

A illustration from the Senate race in Georgia.

An Action-Oriented Prescription

A follow on from yesterday.

The Flawed Nature of Representation in the US

Our representation problems are far, far more about structure than they are about the messaging of the parties.

Mike Lee’s Texts

He was clearly willing to subvert the election.

A “Fairer” Map for the 2022 House?

A potentially more representative map that still underscores deep flaws in our system.

Democratic Backsliding and the American Right

The only way to save our freedom is to destroy it.

America’s Four Parties

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans truly represent most Americans. Fixing that is exceedingly unlikely.

Virginia’s Youngkin Already ‘Underwater’

The Commonwealth’s undemocratic political system is, shockingly, unrepresentative of the will of its people.

Elections with Foregone Conclusions

Greatest democracy in the world, right?

Of Laws and Men

Our system lacks accountability.

More Rogan (but not Just Rogan)

Musings about US politics and culture.

On Moderate Legislative Power and Other Political Dreams

A bloc of moderates is not coming to a Senate near you.

Podcast Recommendation

SLT guests on Peaceful Political Revolution in America to talk American democracy.

On the Number of Parties, Part 3: More Sophisticated Counting

The effective number of parties.

On the Number of Parties: Basic Counting, Part 2

This time: some multi-party examples.

On the Number of Parties: Basic Counting, Part 1

Counting is not necessarily as straightforward as it may seem.

Revisiting Stacey Abrams’ Nonconcession

Assessing her actions in 2018 in light of 2020 and onward.

Single-Seat Districts are a Huge Problem

Politicians controlling lines control voters (instead of voters controlling politicians).

Trump, Electoral Fraud Lies, and the Primaries

Our system and the shaping of the GOP’s future.

The House of “Representatives”

The erosion of representativeness continues.

Election 2021 in Context: Looking at Electorates

The electoral calendar affects who the electorate is.

Backwards: When Politicians Choose Their Voters

Voters are suppose to choose elected officials, not the other way around.

Saving American Democracy

The Politician’s Syllogism rears its ugly head.

Thoughts on Partisan Cues and Filters

Thoughts on how we think.

Is Texas Undemocratic?

The Lone Star State has enacted some peculiar new laws.

The CA Recall

The system is not defensible.

The Size of the US House of Representatives

It hasn’t changed in over 100 years (but the population sure has).

Elite Behavior Matters

The College Republican National Committee Chairman elections shows the lessons taught by the national party.

The Problem isn’t Breyer, it is one of Constitutional Design

Put the frustration where it belongs.

Some CRT Theory/Politics of Race Thoughts

You know, some light weekend thoughts.

Sinema’s Misunderstanding of the Senate (and of Basic Politics)

The post really isn’t about Sinema as much as it about a theory of poltiics.

54-35

A damning number.

Once Again to Madison and Republics

The saga continues.

Hamilton on Super-Majorities

Looking to Federalist 22.

Counterpoint: The 6 January Commission and the Filibuster

I think this underscores the problem with the 60-vote requirement.

Competitive Pressures and Party Behavior

Assessing Republican strategic positioning (and the incentives in our system).

DC Statehood and Power Politics

More voice, more votes, more representation.

Weak Parties and the CA Recall

With an appearance by Caitlyn Jenner’s choice of party.

The Non-Competitive House

A recent report shows 78 of 435 seats in the US House are truly competitive.

Arguing Against Democracy

National Review’s Kevin D. Williamson advocates for less democracy in America.

Some Thoughts on Representation

How well do single-seat districts lead to representation? (And of what?)

The Rhetorical Framing of HR1

A truly silly characterization from Senator Mike Lee.

Arguments Over Definitions

The lack of common understandings and shared assumptions makes political conversations challenging.

A Key Legacy of the Trump Administration

Empowering authoritarians.

It’s the Single-Seat Districts

Our insistence on relying on an 18th Century understanding of electoral systems is our ongoing bane (if one values representative government).