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Election reform: Is history repeating? A...

Election reform: Is history repeating? A Q&A with Jack Santucci

Many Americans are unhappy with the quality of governance and the two major parties. Last month, 43 percent of Americans surveyed by Gallup declared themselves independents. Unsurprisingly, public dissatisfaction has coincided with calls to reform elections, including nonpartisan primaries, ranked-choice voting, and other systems. We have been here before. Dr. Jack Santucci’s new book, More Parties or No […]

America’s fiscal stewards have left thei

America’s fiscal stewards have left their stations

The good news is that Congress avoided a government shutdown by passing a continuing resolution the other week, which President Joe Biden signed. So the federal tap will keep flowing, mostly at the same level, although the statute does provide extra dollars for the Ukrainian fight against Russia, the resettlement of Afghani refugees, and other […]

To win more seats in Congress, the GOP m...

To win more seats in Congress, the GOP must rethink primaries

Almost inevitably, the president’s party loses congressional seats during a midterm. Between 1934 and 2018, there were 22 of these elections and the incumbent party shed House seats in 19 of the 22 and Senate seats in 16 of them. The average loss per chamber was 28 in the House and 4 in the Senate…. (Read more)

Alaska’s election results do not discred

Alaska’s election results do not discredit ‘Final Four’ voting

Various conservatives are upset that Sarah Palin was defeated by Democrat Mary Peltola in the recent special election to fill Alaska’s lone House seat. Some of them point out that the former governor and vice-presidential candidate got the most votes in the June primary, and lament that a majority of voters picked a Republican in […]

What’s going on with ranked choice votin

What’s going on with ranked choice voting in Utah? A Q&A with Derek Monson

Utah is a very conservative state. Its two senators and four House members are Republicans, as are its governor and attorney general. The GOP holds majorities in both the state’s legislative chambers. The right has been in charge for decades. The state prides itself in running elections that make it easy to vote and hard to cheat. […]