Yes, it is Voter Suppression

When procedures lead to more rejected ballots and fewer voters, what else is there to call it?

Banning ‘Insurrectionists’ Redux

Lawyers in North Carolina are trying to get a Congressman off the ballot.

Game of Chicken Kiev

The United States and its NATO allies are in a dangerous standoff.

On Moderate Legislative Power and Other Political Dreams

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

Why Are Biden’s Polls So Awful?

A pretty good President has numbers comparable to his historically bad predecessor.

The Abuse of Power in a Small Town Police Force

Not Mayberry. Not even close.

Speaking of Moderates and Independents…

More on self-identification and partisan ID.

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In honor of MLK, some dubious tweets & a lesser-known speech

Once again, today marks a day where folks who would never have supported Dr. King decide they should praise him

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Monday Tab Clearing

Let the browser be cleared!

SCOTUS Mythology Exposed

We deserve better.

Republicans Take Over Virginia

Elections have consequences: Old Dominion Edition

Why isn’t Biden Magical?

Some pundits have high standards.

What exactly is ballot harvesting? And what happened in Georgia?

While there is an investigation, it doesn’t appear ballots were sold for “$10 a piece”

Stupid 2024 Fantasies

The silly season has commenced a mite early.

Monday Morning Clearing of the Tab

Items for your consideration.

January 6th Yeah But-ism

Yes the riots were a disgrace but the Democrats . . . .

If It Was an Insurrection, Why Hasn’t Anyone Been Charged with ‘Insurrection’?

It doesn’t matter what I believe. It only matters what I can prove.

Biden’s January 6 Anniversary Speech

A necessary but likely irrelevant gesture.

Still no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election

After more than a year and countless investigations into election fraud, the big lie continues to be a big lie

Capitol Riot: One Year Later

A roundup of reflection on a somber anniversary.

Podcast Recommendation

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

Government Cases and the Federal Courts

A lone judge has halted the military’s vaccine mandate.

Are Americans Over January 6?

A new poll offers mixed results.

Some Tabs

Some tabs plus some tabs equals some tabs.

On the Number of Parties 3: More Sophisticated Counting

The effective number of parties.

On the Number of Parties 2: Basic Counting, Part 2

This time: some multi-party examples.

Podcast Recommendation

Arend Lijphart on the “Peaceful Political Revolution in America” podcast.

On the Number of Parties 1: Basic Counting, Part 1

Counting is not necessarily as straightforward as it may seem.

Warren’s Argument for Court Packing

It’s not compelling.

A Quote to Ponder

A somber thought about this present moment.

Revisiting Stacey Abrams’ Nonconcession

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

Back to Court Expansion

Two members of the presidential commission reach the conclusion that expansion is needed.

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Vigilante Politics

We’re likely to see more instances like the Capitol Riot and the Kyle Rittenhouse shootings.

Speaking of the Poor State of American Democracy

Look no further than the Georgia GOP primary for governor.

Single-Seat Districts are a Huge Problem

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

Unilateral Disarmament on Gerrymandering

Democrats and Republicans are playing by different rules.

A Coup Plotted in PowerPoint

They took notes on a criminal fucking conspiracy.

Putin, Ukraine, and History

Russia’s leader sees the situation in the former Soviet Republic quite differently than the West.

The Phony-Tough and Crazy-Brave

Violence, masculinity, and American politics.

A Republic, not a Constitutional Monarchy

Barbados provides an illustration of a frequently misunderstood concept.

Trump, Electoral Fraud Lies, and the Primaries

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

Hezbollah in Latin America! (Part Gazillion)

A possible murder plot in Colombia embedded into a problematic multi-decade narrative.

Biden, the FARC, and Domestic Politics

The Biden admin is about to take a demilitarized group off the terrorist list and some people aren’t happy about it.

More Capitol Riot Sentencing

A woman who declared “Civil War is coming” and “they have to kill me” has asked for and received leniency.

The House of “Representatives”

The erosion of representativeness continues.

Is Autocracy Really Winning?

A depressing magazine piece argues it is.

The Latest Example of the Nonhierarchical Nature of US Parties

A minor story that illustrates a far bigger problem in our politics.

Rittenhouse Takes: Good, Bad, and Ugly

The reactions to a verdict that were predictable (indeed, predicted) are over the top.

Where Do the Republicans Go From Here?

This man is the face of the post-Trump party.