Independent State Legislature Theory

A theory floated in Bush v Gore could radically change American elections.

Defending the Constitution Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic

What should conservatives who can’t support the party of Trump do?

President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Medal of Valor ceremony, Monday, May 16, 2022, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Medal of Valor ceremony, Monday, May 16, 2022, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

The News is Bad for Biden

The nature of American political reporting distorts our perception of reality.

Minority Rule in a Winner-Take-All System

How long can the unsustainable be sustained?

Fixing the Primary Problem

Could Alaska point the way to a solution?

January 6 Committee Divided on Which Non-Starter Recommendations to Make

They’re taking their eye off the ball.

New York’s Gerrymandering Disarmament

When doing the right thing is the wrong thing.

A “Fairer” Map for the 2022 House?

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

Elections with Foregone Conclusions

Greatest democracy in the world, right?

A Note on Primary Elections

Data from Texas underscore a frequent point about primaries.

Back to Court Expansion

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

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.

Gerrymandering State Legislatures

Representatives Choosing Their Voters Rather than Vice Versa, Chapter 412.

The House of “Representatives”

The erosion of representativeness continues.

Goodbye to Swing Districts?

A largely mythical beast may become even more rare.

Backwards: When Politicians Choose Their Voters

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

Today in Asked and Answered (Voting Rights Edition)

The Biden administration is not doing enough.

Two Nations, Indivisible

We’re an incredibly divided country but splitting it into two is impossible.

New York Plotting Aggressive Gerrymander

The Democratic legislature is likely to set aside the map proposed by the independent commission.

Is Texas Undemocratic?

The Lone Star State has enacted some peculiar new laws.

Some Additional Readings on Hungary (Tab Clearing)

For anyone who might be interested.

Negotiating the For the People Act?

Kinda, sorta, maybe, but probably not really.

Smart Designers Create Imperfect Rules

Even the smartest designers can’t anticipate all the flaws with the rules they write.

The Importance of Time Horizons in Politics

And general considerations on mid-term elections.

The Non-Competitive House

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

Trump Judges Will Hit Their Peak in 2040

A quirk in our system combined with shrewd gamesmanship will give them unprecedented power.

United States Less Democratic Than it Used to Be

Multiple indicators point to a decline in the representativeness of the American system.

The Republican Advantage in the House

Any “fair” drawing of districts will yield a GOP advantage over time.

HR1: Good, but Not Enough

And what GOP opposition says about the party.

Stop Blaming the Framers for Everything

America’s institutions are undemocratic but only some of them are a product of the Constitution.

The Pendulum Is Broken, Not Swinging

Historical precedents fall apart when we’re in a truly unprecedented time.

Fantasies of a Post-Trump Republican Party

The GOP will almost certainly survive. But in what form?

President Donald J. Trump greets guests on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, prior to boarding Marine One en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. to begin his trip to Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Nevada. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian) President Donald J. Trump greets guests on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, prior to boarding Marine One en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. to begin his trip to Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Nevada. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

The Republicans are Going Nowhere

The party is unlikely to suffer consequences for its anti-democracy actions.

On Faux Analysis of Biden’s Win

Arguments and analyses that are, well, turkeys.

No Congressmen in Biden Cabinet?

Competing priorities.

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All’s Fair, Even if It’s Unfair?

A defense of the indefensible.

Political Culture Eats Institutions For Lunch

Institutional reform is necessary, but we can’t accomplish much in the face of tribalism.

The Consequences of Design

The convergence of design flaws in the constitution and a flawed leader have brought us to brink of an electoral crisis.

Why Republicans like the Filibuster

It creates a veto gate that they are almost guaranteed to control when they need it.

Thinking about the Injustice that Feeds the Flame

The evidence is clear. Injustice feeds rage and rage sometimes boils over.

Why Democrats Have to Play By Different Rules

The Republicans are playing a different game.

Supreme Court Returns With A Politically Volatile Docket

The Supreme Court returns to work today with a significant number of high-profile cases on its docket.

The Main Remedy to Trump is an Election

But, our process to elect the president is highly flawed.

Trump Administration Still Trying To Justify Including Citizenship Question On Census

The Trump Administration has informed Federal District Court Judges in Maryland and New York that it intends to still try to justify putting a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

Whither Electoral Reform?

Change isn’t likely.

Supreme Court Hands Trump Administration A Loss In Census Citizenship Case

In a clear defeat for the Trump Administration, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that the Federal Government could not ask about citizenship on the 2020 Census.

Supreme Court Takes Federal Courts Out Of Partisan Gerrymandering Fight

In a significant setback for challenges to partisan gerrymandering, the Supreme Court has effectively ruled that Federal Courts do not have jurisdiction to hear challenges to redistricting based on partisan motivations.

Democrats Clash In First Night Of First Debate

Democrats clashed, to some degree, in last night’s inaugural debate of the 2020 season but they clearly agreed far more than they disagreed.