America’s Forgotten Empire

Our Pacific territories are giving more than they’re getting.

Alabama Remains Defiant

Legislature poised to approve new districts that appear to violate a federal court order.

Some Electoral College Thoughts

It really is rife with problems.

Fear of a Third Party

The Electoral College is holding a nation of millions back.

Yet Another Example of the Weakness of US Parties

The parties do not control their labels.

Independent State Legislature Theory Loses in SCOTUS

Good news with a cautionary note.

Proposed New Congressional Map for Alabama

The process that could chance Alabama’s congressional delegation begins.

Some Photos for Juneteenth

Remembering the past; living the future.

More on Alabama Districts

Diving into the structure of Alabama’s districts and highlighting deep problems.

On Primary Candidacies

Thinking about what is predictive as well as the usefulness of historical case studies.

Looking to Poland

Protests against the governing party signal tensions in advance of fall elections.

A Stew of Stupidity

Eight state have withdrawn from a system to prevent illegal voting because of ignorance and agitation.

A Depressing Headline

A sign of the times.

Age Limits? (not Term Limits)

It is something we need to think about.

Podcast Recommendation

Matthew Shugart on the Downballot.

Weak Parties (Yet Again)

A clear example from North Carolina.

Republicans and Democratic Backsliding

When winning is the only acceptable outcome.

Finland’s Ordinary Election

A refreshing instance of normal democratic politics amid interesting times.

Universal Voting Rights

DC has radically expanded its electorate.

Another Reason to Dislike the Electoral College

“Red States” and “Blue State”

Weak Parties, Part Gazillion

“The GOP” is not a singular unit.

On the Number of Parties 4: The Oddity of Two, Part 3 (Thinking About Just Two)

A post about thinking in a comparative way.

On the Number of Parties 4: The Oddity of Two, Part 1

A real example of American exceptionalism.

GOP Behavior

Ezra Klein has some thought on the Republican Party.

Primaries and Party Evolution

Open access to party labels has consequences.

Forecasting 2024 Way Too Early

There are at most eight toss-up states for the 2024 Presidential election.

More Alaskan Politics

And thoughts on party systems more generally.

Minority Rule Isn’t a Myth

The will of the majority can prevail even in a skewed system.

Podcast Recommendation

On Spurious Majorities and Other Thoughts on Electoral System Critiques

Because sometimes the comment box is just too small.

Increased Diversity in the 118th Congress

The next Congress will look a bit more like America than did the last.

Alaska Voters Had Real Choices and Made Them

Every vote counted, with refreshing results.

The Centrist Fantasy

Can moderate Republicans take back their party?

Moving Away From Off-Off Year Elections

Localities are consolidating local elections to coincide with national ones. Some don’t like that.

Districting and the 2022 House Results

The lines aren’t everything, but they need more attention than they get.

Not Both Sides

One of these things is not like the other.

Hakeem Jeffries, Fox News, and the Dangers of Sloppy Rhetoric

It would be nice if politicians and cable news outlets were more responsible.

Marginal Differences Magnify Individual Races

We used to (usually) know the results on Election Night because the outcomes were clearer.

Nevada ‘Blue Shift’ Expected to Keep Senate Democratic

Adam Laxalt’s big lead is slowly erodiing.

Republicans Winning House Popular Vote?

A surprising factoid in a bad election for the party.

Republican Losers Conceding, Not Rioting

A low bar has been cleared.

Democratic Ratfucking Worked

Boosting weak candidates in the Republican primaries paid off.

Calcified Democracy

A deep dive into why our politics are so broken.

Pelosi Attack a Turning Point?

What will it take to end the cycle of violence?

Why Not Direct Democracy?

Would bypassing politicians altogether make the system more just?

The Prevailing Myth of American Politics

A bit of a rant, I expect.