These days when a partisan official chooses to break with the party to represent the interests of his constituents it really is news. Last week, Merv Riepe, a Republican State Senator in Nebraska cast the vote that blocked the passage… Continue reading
A thanks to Lee Drutman
for resurfacing a 2022 article in the American Political Science Review
, based on an original dataset of political parties in 20 Western democracies, suggesting that having more elected officials who are women associated with… Continue reading
Redistricting and the “party line” in New Jersey primaries receive some
(but not all) of the blame.
The NYT “teaches the controversy
” about policing partisan gerrymandering.
I have to say, I agree with some of the line-drawing concerns when it comes to deciding how much is too much. Which is why I’ve argued for a… Continue reading
New in the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly
, from Capital’s Mark Brown: a review of recent ballot access battles in Ohio. I suspect there’s even more to add to the “major-party monopoly” argument if you add the legislature’s all-out gerrymandering… Continue reading
Spotlight PA has a feature
on Pennsylvania school board elections with closed primaries (you’ve got to be a member of the party to vote in that party’s primary) and cross-filing (in which candidates can appear on multiple parties’ ballots).
I’m… Continue reading
There must be something in the water today.
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s editorial board decries
a “two-party system in a one-party town,” in advocating a switch from splintered partisan primaries to a nonpartisan primary with ranked-choice voting.
Illinois state Rep. Kam… Continue reading
A proposed change to next year’s Montana U.S. Senate primary that could have hurt Democratic Sen. Jon Tester’s reelection chances is likely dead after a state legislative committee shelved the GOP-backed measure Wednesday.
Some Republican lawmakers urged on… Continue reading
I recently had the pleasure of talking about both of these questions with Lee Drutman on Politics in Question
. As I have been spending more time talking to others about prospects for party reform–including this past week at More
… Continue reading
Friday’s decision is here
, with a little more illumination from the earlier hearing transcript here
Rep. Tricia Cotham becomes a Republican
, in a district that apparently went 61-38 for Biden
Mark Rozell discusses the impact of a redistricting map that pairs incumbents in five Virginia state legislative districts