Author Archives: Jason Horwitz

The Deadlock Blame Game

Perhaps I’m just stating the obvious here, but we have deadlock, my friends. Democrats may want to pass some more active policies to deal with the economic situation, but Republicans in Congress have shown that they are unwilling to sign … Continue reading

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The Impending Government Shutdown (No, Not That One)

I’m going to get a little ahead of myself here, and talk about the impending government shutdown.  No, not the one that was going to happen yesterday if the debt ceiling were not raised.  Actually, what would happen if we … Continue reading

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UPDATE: The New Key Players in Congress

A few days after last November’s election, I posted some predictions about the partisan makeup of the new Congress.  In the process, I discussed which representatives and Senators would be pivotal players over the next two years.  These predictions were … Continue reading

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And…We’re Back!

Apologies for the long hiatus.  I hope to dedicate more time to writing posts, recruiting more contributors, and expanding the readership of this blog going forward.  Here are a few of the topics you can expect to see, among others, … Continue reading

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The Will of the Voters

In the wake of an election, pundits like to ask, What was the message from voters?  What do voters want?  After all, this is a crucial question for politicians.  It is important for a politician to know what his or … Continue reading

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Issues in the Lame Duck Congress

This Monday, the 111th Congress will convene for the first day of its last session.  This session, called the lame duck session, occurs after the election but before the new members of Congress take their seats, on January 3.  Historically, … Continue reading

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The New Key Players in Congress

Elections have consequences.  When the members of Congress change significantly, we expect to see different kinds of policies make it to the President’s desk.  We also expect to see different members of Congress making headlines.  In this post, I predict … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance, Part II: Motivations

In the last post, I looked at the money going to each political party in elections over the past decade, and whether unregulated, non-transparent spending is a greater problem now than in the past.  In this post, I delve more … Continue reading

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Correction

I’ve realized that I misunderstood the data I presented this morning.  The 2010 numbers that I quoted were totals for all candidates that had run for office as Democrats and Republicans.  Since there were many more Republican than Democratic candidates … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance, Part I: Is This Year Different?

Note: Some numbers in this post are incorrect.  The correction is posted here. I was initially going to touch on three questions in this post: Is the amount of money in elections this year unusual?  Why do people give during … Continue reading

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