Requiring majority winners for congressional elections: A Q&A with Ned Foley

Most elections for Congress feature a general election with a Democrat and a Republican who previously were picked by partisan primaries. These first-past-the-post elections present voters with a singular choice: Pick the Democratic candidate or the Republican candidate. This limited choice is becoming increasingly problematic for Americans as fewer and

Is democratic debate dead?

In mid-January, the Senate convened to consider election reform legislation. Many years had passed since the “world’s greatest deliberative body” had formally taken up the issue. The chamber spent a little over a dozen hours on the matter, almost all of which were consumed by senators delivering monologues to a

A democratic norm endures January 6th: Congress and deference to states’ election certifications

The siege of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and the effort to subvert the counting of all states’ lawfully submitted electoral slates appeared to validate the narrative of democracy’s impending demise. The incident sent shock waves through all three branches of government, and the day will live in

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

Nonpartisan redistricting in California: A Q&A with Sara Sadhwani

California recently finalized its redistricting map. The state lost one seat after the 2020 Census, but the Golden State still will send a whopping 52 legislators to the 435-member House of Representatives in January 2023. By law, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CCRC) draws the congressional districts, along with the boundaries

The one crucial thing Congress is missing with its postal reform

The Senate is set to pass legislation as soon as today to bolster the U.S. Postal Service’s flagging finances. The measure was supported by Democrats and Republicans and will then head to President Joe Biden’s desk, having already cleared the House in February. Securing any bipartisan agreement in this town

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