Honoring Fallen Journalists

Rick Hutzell at The Advocate (Baton Rouge): You don’t have to be a journalist to know that a strong free press, a pillar of a vibrant democracy, is under attack. Newspapers, particularly those that focus on local news, are closing around the country. At the same time,...

Civility in the House

Don Wolfensberger at The Hill: Threats of violence aren’t just emanating from outside Congress. On Monday of last week, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) shared on his official accounts an animated cartoon showing him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and...

Blue State Inequality

From The New York Times: It’s easy to blame the other side. And for many Democrats, it’s obvious that Republicans are thwarting progress toward a more equal society. But what happens when Republicans aren’t standing in the way? In many states — including California,...

Political Violence

Lisa Lerer and Astead W. Herndon at NYT: [V]olent talk has tipped over into actual violence in ways big and small. School board members and public health officials have faced a wave of threats, prompting hundreds to leave their posts. A recent investigation by Reuters...

The Size of the House

At AEI, Jay Cost discusses the possibility of increasing the membership of the House of Representatives.  A few years ago, Daniel Ludlam wrote his CMC senior thesis on the topic, extending his analysis to the California Legislature.  

Upton Gets Death Threats

Felicia Sonmez at The Washington Post: Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) has received multiple death threats in the days since he voted for President Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal, with the overwhelming majority of the calls coming from outside the congressman’s...

Partisanship and Patriotism

Fox News interview, November 7: CHRIS WALLACE:Congresswoman Cheney, how do you balance being partisan and patriotic?  REP. LIZ CHENEY:You know, I think a lot of it has to do with being focused on substance and recognizing that there are places where we’re going to...

Civic Education in College

Samuel J. Abrams at AEI: A recent study revealed that community college students who take political science classes are more likely to register to vote, turn out to vote, and understand constitutional checks and balances.   As a political science professor who...