More Irresponsible Rhetoric from Trump

Basic trust in process is essential for democratic governance to function and major party nominees ought not be undercutting that trust for cynical gain.

Federal Courts Strike Down Voter ID Laws In Wisconsin, North Carolina

Big losses for proponents of Voter ID laws in two swing states.

Federal Court Rules Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

A big setback for one of the most restrictive Voter ID Laws in the country.

America’s Partisan Divide Is More Unhealthy Than It Has Been In Decades

Americans have increasingly come to view their political opponents as not just wrong, but evil, stupid, and immoral. That’s not something that makes for a healthy representative democratic republic.

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Can Donald Trump Translate Poll Numbers Into Votes?

If Donald Trump is going to win in early states like Iowa or New Hampshire, he needs a ground game that will get voters to the polls. It doesn’t seem like he has much of one right now.

Both Sides Do It: Voter Suppression Edition

Today, many states and municipalities are having elections that will mostly attract Democrats.

Voter ID and Alabama’s Budget Mess

Budget cuts mean it is now harder to get an ID in much of Alabama.

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

A Federal Appeals Court has dealt a setback to Texas in the battle over its Voter ID Law.

The Stories we Tell Ourselves (Battle Flag Edition)

An important tenet of the internet is “don’t read the comments.” Well, I have violated that rule of late–which means more musings on the symbols of the CSA.

New York Teachers’ Exam Ruled Racially Biased

Being required to demonstrate competency in liberal arts to teach is racially discriminatory, a federal judge has ruled.

Supreme Court Upholds Campaign Finance Limitations In Judicial Elections

In a marked departure from recent cases, the Supreme Court rules that states can impose significant restriction on solicitation of campaign contributions in judicial elections.

Supreme Court Declines Challenge To Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law

Another setback for those opposed to Voter ID laws.

There’s Little Evidence That Voter ID Laws Impacted The 2014 Elections

Based on the available evidence, there’s very little evidence that Voter ID laws had a significant impact on the midterm elections.

The Ivy League Supreme Court

Every member of the Supreme Court graduated from an Ivy League Law School. That kind of homogeneity is not healthy.

With The Midterms Done, Will Republican State Legislators Revisit Electoral College “Reforms?”

After the 2010 elections, several newly Republican state legislatures flirted with the idea of changing the way their state allocates Electoral Votes. The outcome of last weeks elections raises the possibility that this could happen again.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Walk This Way Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Tenth Circuit Bars Effort By Kansas, Arizona To Add To Requirements For Voter Registration

States may not add to Federal requirements for voter registration, the Court rules. Which makes perfect sense.

Hyperpartisanship Harms American Politics, And American Life

There’s more to life than politics. Unfortunately, there are many Americans who don’t seem to recognize that fact.

Is Early Voting A Bad Idea?

Early voting is a still new idea in the United States, but one that has quickly spread to a majority of states. But, is it a good idea?

Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law To Remain In Effect Pending Appeal

Another pre-election stay ruling from the Supreme Court.

Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law

A victory for the opponents of Voter ID laws that will be untouchable by the Supreme Court.

Fifth Circuit Allows Texas Voter ID Law To Remain In Effect

After a setback, Texas will be allowed to enforce its Voter ID law. At least for now.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

A victory for opponents of Voter ID in Texas, but it’s not likely to stand up on appeal.

Supreme Court Blocks Wisconsin Voter ID Law, But Will Likely Uphold It In The End

Opponents of Voter ID laws should not get too excited over the fact that the Supreme Court has stayed Wisconsin’s law from going into effect for now.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Wisconsin Voter ID Law

An unsurprising decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Supreme Court Allows Changes In Ohio Early Voting To Remain In Effect

The Supreme Court has issued a stay that will allow changes to Ohio’s early voting law to remain in effect for this year’s election. That was the correct decision.

7th Circuit Allows Wisconsin Voter ID To Stay In Effect

A set back for opponents of Voter ID in Wisconsin.

The Scourge that is in-Person Voter Fraud

The numbers are shocking!

Federal Judge Rejects Voting Rights Challenge To North Carolina Ballot Changes

A major voting rights ruling out of North Carolina.

Voter ID Laws Are A Solution In Search Of A Non-Existent Problem

There is simply no evidence of the kind of in-person voter impersonation that Voter ID Laws were designed to prevent.

Rand Paul Warns Republicans That Voter ID Emphasis Is ‘Offending People’

Once again, Rand Paul is challenging conservative orthodoxy.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law

A legal setback for Voter ID laws in Wisconsin.

One to watch: Alleged Voter Fraud in North Carolina

Voter ID supporters are pointing to a report from the North Carolina Board of Elections as proof of ongoing Voter Fraud. But, while long on facts, the report has yet to reach any such conclusions.

What Voter Suppression?

Do Voter ID laws really suppress voter turnout? The evidence from at least one state doesn’t prove it.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The That’s No Moon Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Voter ID Laws Cause Problem For Married Women

Women in Texas who changed their name when they got married may have trouble voting.

Federal Government Sues Over Texas Voter ID Law

Reports of the death of the Voting Rights Act have been greatly exaggerated.

Groundswell: Conservatives’ Lame Answer to JournoList

Conservatives are doing what the criticized JournoList for doing—even though JournoList didn’t.

Texas Voter ID Goes Into Effect, AG Cites Voting Rights Act Decision

Effective immediately, Texans will have to show photo identification to vote.

Arizona Law Requiring Proof Of Citizenship To Register To Vote Struck Down By SCOTUS

Today’s decision by the Supreme Court was, on the surface, a victory for Federal Supremacy, but the issue itself is far from resolved.

The Horrors of Having to Think Differently

Thinking can be an uncomfortable exercise.

Petraeus Hindsight Bias

As is often the case with sex scandals, pretty much everything ever written about General David Petraeus takes on an ironic double meaning in hindsight.


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