House earmarks requests: Why, what, and who?

This year, after a 10-year moratorium, the majority leadership in the House of Representatives reinstituted the ability of members to submit federal funding requests for projects in their districts. More commonly known as “earmarks,” requests for local, regional, or state funding have existed since the first Congress. They have returned,

Why the Electoral Count Act needs reform: A Q&A with Matthew Seligman

The Electoral Count Act (ECA) burst into the news late last year. Some Republicans claimed this 1887 statute empowered Congress to reject states’ electoral vote slates, which could prevent a presidential candidate from reaching the 270 votes needed to be officially deemed the winner. Under this scenario, the House of

Biden’s administrative state erases Trump’s deregulatory initiatives

The Biden administration proposed more than eight hundred new regulations in its first four months in office. These new rules, which will have the force of law if adopted, were issued by seventy-nine different agencies, from the Agency for International Development to the Workers Compensation Programs Office. The three most

New York’s mayoral race shows that ranked choice voting works—even with snafus

fter an embarrassing administrative gaff, a few zany candidates, and nationwide anticipation, New York City’s final vote tally for the mayoral primaries is in. Eric Adams won the Democratic contest and will face off with long-shot Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa for Gracie Mansion. Both candidates were selected by ranked choice

New York City mayoral race shows ranked-choice voting works

Ranked-choice voting passed another big test in New York City. Around 800,000 New Yorkers voted in last week’s Democratic mayoral primary. Now as the final vote tallies come in, despite city officials’ mishandling of the vote tally, we can see that critics’ worst fears about this voting system were needless.

How Utah balances ballot access and election security: A Q&A with Amelia Powers Gardner

By all accounts, Utah ran its 2020 elections very well, avoiding the political acrimony and lawsuits that have occurred in Arizona and some other states. Utah’s election policies enable ease of access to ballot while maintaining high security. How did Utah strike this balance? To answer this question, I spoke

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