Elections and party politics across the US

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    How are votes for Obamacare repeal going to cost House Republicans?

How are votes for Obamacare repeal going to cost House Republicans?

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Republicans trying to pass an Obamacare repeal bill found themselves supporting a historically unpopular bill, and are paying a steep electoral price despite the collapse of the effort. Looking at the results of a new experiment, Dan Cassino finds that support for the bill is costing one powerful incumbent 11 points in a race against an unnamed Democrat.

After the […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.5: The future of American progressivism

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.5: The future of American progressivism

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After a number of disappointing elections, many people have been left asking “Who is the Democratic Party?” In this episode, we’ll not only take on that question, but we’ll take a step further. Who will the Democratic Party be going forward? Will there even be a Democratic Party going forward?

This episode features Thomas Frank, author and former columnist for […]

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    Musicians are now more likely than ever to object to American presidential candidates’ use of their songs

Musicians are now more likely than ever to object to American presidential candidates’ use of their songs

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Music has been an integral part of US electoral campaigns for centuries. Since the 1960s, presidential candidates have increasingly used prerecorded songs on the campaign trail, and musicians have been objecting to politicians using their work ever since. Eric T. Kasper outlines the history of music in presidential campaigns, and notes that musicians are more likely than ever to […]

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    ‘Mine is a likable rogue, yours is a degenerate criminal.’ When it comes to ‘dirty campaign tricks’ partisans tend to ignore bad news about their own

‘Mine is a likable rogue, yours is a degenerate criminal.’ When it comes to ‘dirty campaign tricks’ partisans tend to ignore bad news about their own

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Pundits appear eager to portray the partisan battles waged during the 2016 U.S. presidential election as reaching new lows where dirty politics were concerned. Yet despite massive media interest in dirty politics and academic investigations into many aspects of this soft underbelly of democratic elections, very little is known about the way the public responds to news about dirty politics—whether […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.4: The Changing Face of American Conservatism

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.4: The Changing Face of American Conservatism

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From the party of Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump, the Republican Party is changing, but what caused these changes and where is American conservatism headed? This episode, we dive into these and other questions about the changing face of Republicans, the GOP, and American conservatism.

This episode features Yuval Levin, Editor of National Affairs magazine and a leading conservative thinker in […]

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    In New York, minor-party candidates win elections all the time – because they’re also major-party candidates

In New York, minor-party candidates win elections all the time – because they’re also major-party candidates

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Minor parties have a reputation for futility in the United States, but electoral rules in certain parts of the country enable them to survive, thrive, and influence elections. Benjamin Kantack argues that fusion laws, which allow multiple parties to nominate the same candidate, give minor parties in New York the ability to affect the outcomes of close U.S. House […]

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    More than ever, Congress was forming super-majorities to circumvent the possibility of a presidential veto when political interests were at stake

More than ever, Congress was forming super-majorities to circumvent the possibility of a presidential veto when political interests were at stake

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While the President is seen as having the final say in all US policymaking, congressionally formed veto-proof supermajorities are occurred more frequently on important issues between 1981-2008. Data collected by Linda Fowler and Bryan W. Marshall examine the paradox this pattern presents; partisan divisions that traditionally made legislation difficult to pass also provided mechanisms for enhanced party control […]

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    Why lawmakers want more guns after yet another mass shooting

Why lawmakers want more guns after yet another mass shooting

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After another mass shooting, this time targeting Republican lawmakers, pro-gun politicians argue for more firearms instead of less. Sierra Smucker explains the thought process behind this argument, its historical foundations and its modern-day implications for policy making around guns in the United States.

Another mass shooting struck the United States on Wednesday, June 14th. This time Republican lawmakers were […]

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    Poor weather doesn’t dissuade voting in noncompetitive elections – not even Hurricane Sandy did in 2012

Poor weather doesn’t dissuade voting in noncompetitive elections – not even Hurricane Sandy did in 2012

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Rational choice theories of voter behavior suggest that factors such as bad weather and a busy schedule should discourage voting in noncompetitive elections. Considering voter turnout in New York City in 2012 – in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – Viviana Rivera-Burgos, Narayani Lasala-Blanco and Robert Y. Shapiro find that personal motivation to vote can override minor and even […]

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    Trump holds more positive views toward Vladimir Putin than both his predecessor and his own foreign policy team

Trump holds more positive views toward Vladimir Putin than both his predecessor and his own foreign policy team

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Content analysis of public statements by Stephen Benedict Dyson and Matthew J. Parent shows that President Trump has described a more positive approach to Russia than that of President Obama, and President Putin has responded in kind. Data shows that foreign policy officials of the Trump administration hold significantly more hostile views toward Russia than the president, providing further […]

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