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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


  1. MarkedMan says:

    I don’t think Hogan has any serious competition in the primary. I just looked up the race at Ballotpedia and as near as I can tell there isn’t a recognizable name there. None of the other candidates appear to have any government experience whatsoever.

  2. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    Le sigh.

    How do you read these tabs and not wonder at the stupidity of homo sapiens ? Seriously?

    Eagerly awaiting the release of version 2.1. The current release has some serious bugs.

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Publisher’s slip-up reveals James Comer is hawking book about Biden impeachment inquiry.

    I can’t wait for the whoppers in that cheap paperback.

    GOP official who claimed 2020 election was stolen voted illegally 9 times, judge rules.

    I loved the judge pointing out that he went to several probation hearings during the time he was illegally voting. “You can’t plead ignorance, Buddy.”

  4. Jen says:

    Via WaPo: GOP official who claimed 2020 election was stolen voted illegally 9 times, judge rules. Sigh.

    A reminder that a Black woman in Texas who didn’t realize she was ineligible to vote did this ONCE, and was sentenced to FIVE YEARS IN PRISON. A Texas appeals court just acquitted her, but not before completely wrecking her life. So.

  5. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite: Easy, I never read the news in absence of believing that humans are seriously flawed. It dovetails into the idea that Easter is both essential and insufficient.

    ETA: Regarding the GOP stolen election official: How do you suppose that he knows how serious the problem of illegal voting is except by personal experience?

  6. Gustopher says:

    @Jen: A black woman who the state of Texas registered to vote, failing to verify whether she was or was not eligible*. A black woman who had every reason to believe that she was doing the right thing.

    *: an election security reform I would support is to make all voters who registered within 30 days of an election use provisional ballots, to ensure that they are eligible to vote. Since voting rules vary by state, but news is generally national, there’s a lot of room for good faith mistakes, plus it cuts down on opportunities for fraud (which has never been shown to happen at scale… but since Republican office holders seem intent on committing voter fraud, we should harden security)

  7. Slugger says:

    I didn’t see a title for the Comer book about the Biden impeachment. I’d like to suggest Money for Nothing/Chicks for Free. Other ideas welcome.

  8. Kathy says:


    I just had a 90s flashback: a book about nothing.

    Of course, the deplorables should appreciate a thick tome with 799 blank pages.

  9. Ken_L says:

    Despite warning that a second Trump term would be a threat to democracy, Esper still couldn’t bring himself to say he’ll vote for Joe Biden. I’d love one of these “I wrote in X” voters to tell us one day what point they think they make by metaphorically shouting into the void.

    And if Comer doesn’t move to impeach the president, nobody’s going to buy a book full of whiny excuses. Trump Republicans will be too busy looking for a lamppost to hang him from.

  10. steve says:

    Everyone knows the real cause the Baltimore bridge accident but the elitist, deep state government is covering it up. It’s the jab!


  11. CSK says:


    Nah. The deep staters want to deprive the Trumpkins of vital supplies that come through the Port of Baltimore.

  12. Flat Earth Luddite says:


    Of course, the deplorables should appreciate a thick tome with 799 blank pages

    Only if it comes with crayons.


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