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DC’s low-turnout, non-inclusive elections need reform

This past week, I filled out my ballot for Washington, D.C.’s June primary elections and mailed it. I did it out of a sense of civic duty not because I am under any illusion that any of my candidates will win in November’s general election. None of them have a

Why are serious debates in Congress so rare?

The Senate’s recent consideration of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was quite the spectacle. Any American who bothered to tune in to it likely felt dismay. Here was a person being considered for an important position. In any other job interview, there would have been a frank and open dialogue about her credentials

This year, Congress used the spending bill to invest in its own capacity

Much media and talking head attention has focused on the size of the recent omnibus spending package. This is understandable — 2,741 pages and $1.5 trillion is a lot of money. Much commentary appropriately has cited what was included in the legislation (aid for Ukraine) and what was not (more COVID-19 spending). Almost altogether ignored

How to end the voting wars

January was an intense month in the ongoing voting wars between the two major parties. Even the most eager observer of election politics likely was exhausted by it all.  The frenzy began with various media remembrances of the Jan. 6, 2020 riot in the Capitol that delayed the presidential transition.

Should we expand the House of Representatives — the Founders thought so

Are you one of the 77 percent of Americans who disapprove of the job Congress is doing? Well, some very smart people have a solution for you: We need to add more politicians to Washington. Funny, right? But once you finish snickering and actually think hard about the idea, it

Congress can prevent another Jan. 6 by updating a key elections law

The American public does not tend to think highly of Congress. Gallup’s historical poll shows public approval of our national legislature has hovered around 20 percent over the past decade. Very rarely have more than half of John and Jane Q. Public given the thumbs-up to the first branch of

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