Sunday’s Forum

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. OzarkHillbilly says:

    A Mississippi school district is really showing it’s ass by firing an assistant principal for reading “I need a New Butt” to 2nd graders on Read Across America Day.

    In a letter to Price, the superintendent reportedly called the book “inappropriate”, pointing to references to flatulence and noting that it “described butts in various colors, shapes and sizes (example: fireproof, bullet proof, bomb proof)”.

    Really? Protecting 7 year olds from fart jokes? Ever know a 7 yo who couldn’t tell a fart joke? Me neither.

    Price told the Times literacy instruction was crucial at his school, in a county where more than 21% live under the poverty line. “We have a lot of reluctant readers,” Price said. “I am a firm believer that reluctant readers need the silly, funny books to hook them in.”


  2. CSK says:

    Well, my principal rule for entertaining the under-ten set has always been: “When in doubt, drag out the booger and hiney jokes.” Works all the time.

  3. CSK says:

    An American journalist, Brent Renaud, was shot and killed by Russian troops outside Kyiv.

  4. Sleeping Dog says:

    The Russians begin eating their own.

    A Russian spy chief is said to have been placed under house arrest in a sign that President Putin is seeking to blame the security services for the stalled invasion of Ukraine.

    Sergey Beseda, head of the FSB’s foreign intelligence branch, was arrested with Anatoly Bolyukh, his deputy, according to a leading expert on the Russian security services.

    Andrei Soldatov, who is co-founder and editor of Agentura, an investigative website that monitors the FSB and other agencies, said that sources from within FSB had confirmed the detention of both men.

    Vladimir Osechkin, an exiled Russian human rights activist, also confirmed the arrests. He added that FSB officers had carried out searches at more than 20 addresses around Moscow of colleagues suspected of being in contact

    Not a surprise. Putin needs someone to blame.

  5. Sleeping Dog says:

    Florida fails to pass condo safety measures following Surfside collapse

    They had plenty of time to pass performative legislation like Don’t Say Gay, but none that could save Floridians’ lives,

  6. CSK says:

    @Sleeping Dog:
    The FSB was supposed to have leaked information about an assassination plot against Zelenskyy a week ago.

    And Putin has fired eight of his generals, blaming them for the battlefield failures in Ukraine.

  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Sleeping Dog: Shades of Texas, they had lots of time to deputize all their anti-abortion zealots, or take aim at the parents of trans kids, but fix their electrical grid? Hell no.

  8. Sleeping Dog says:


    We all know that the blame wasn’t going to be laid at Vlad’s feet and he won’t hold his inner circle accountable, so…

  9. MarkedMan says:

    @Sleeping Dog:

    A Russian spy chief is said to have been placed under house arrest

    Interesting. I read a piece last week from an analyst that basically said Putin’s only real internal threat came from the security agencies. Pro-active strike? Warning shot?

  10. CSK says:

    @Sleeping Dog:
    He’s probably having fantasies about his inner circle now, only the fantasies might not be paranoid.

  11. CSK says:

    At a rally in South Carolina, Trump urged his fans to “lay down their very lives” to fight against Critical Race Theory.

    I’m sure he’ll be on the front line himself. S/off, if it’s really necessary.

  12. CSK says:

    President Obama has tested positive for Covid. Other than having a scratchy throat, he says he feels fine.

  13. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Oh, come on. Deputizing anti-abortion zealots to do extra-governmental harassment and taking aim at the parents of trans kids costs a fraction of what fixing the electrical grid would. And they’ve already got the “it’s your own fault if you fell for our short-sighted option” protection of the utilities in place. Why would they need to fix the grid?

  14. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker: Well, you know, doing something for the benefit of their constituents?

    DOH! We’re talking about Texas, whatever was I thinking about?

  15. steve says:

    Link goes to an article about a woman who was having a miscarriage but her providers were afraid to provide appropriate care due to the Texas abortion law. I am old enough to remember treating women ( I almost said people but this really is women) for septic abortions. From my old guy and maybe a bit sexist (but I dont have to care since i am old) I think the worst deaths are those of the younger mothers. Anyway, this woman lived but its just a matter of time until we have an avoidable death.


  16. Jax says:

    @steve: This could’ve been me. I had a miscarriage at 20 weeks, went to the ER when I started bleeding, they sent me home and told me to “wait for something to pass”, then go see my OB/GYN in the morning. I passed out in my OB’s office the next morning when something “passed” while providing a urine sample. Luckily their office was right next to a major hospital. All I remember is seeing the wheelchair I was in covered in blood, then I blacked out again. Woke up after a D&C, and my OB telling me it took two blood transfusions.

    I can’t even imagine being in that situation again, and having the doctors be afraid to do what needed to be done to save my life.