Gay marriage battle moves back to courts
A federal appeals court today will hear arguments in a constitutional challenge to Utah’s same-sex marriage ban – the first of five court challenges to state bans taking place over the next two weeks. This flurry of court activity comes on the heels of a number of other decisions striking down same-sex marriage bans in […]
What kinds of Supreme Court cases interest Americans? Not campaign finance
The public paid relatively little attention to last week’s major Supreme Court ruling striking down campaign contribution limits, but other high-profile cases do get a lot of attention.
Public’s anti-incumbent mood hasn’t always predicted big electoral swings
Despite surveys showing anti-incumbent sentiments at or near all-time highs, most members of Congress appear to have little to worry about.
House set to lose six centuries of experience as Dingell, other long-serving members retire
The spate of congressional retirement announcements may seem like a lot but is within historical norms. But the retirement of several long-serving members likely will further reduce overall experience levels in both the House and Senate,
Just 28% of Republicans believe GOP advocates its principles well
A minority of Republicans believe that their party is doing a good job in standing up for its traditional positions of smaller government, tax-cutting and conservative social values.
Congress ends least-productive year in recent history
Congress enacted 57 laws — just 49 of them substantive — in the first session of its two-year term, the smallest first-year legislative output in nearly two decades.
Homeland Security is viewed favorably by Americans ahead of Jeh Johnson’s hearing
About two-thirds of Americans have a positive view of the Department of Homeland Security.
5 facts about the U.S. Supreme Court’s public prayer case
Today, for the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a constitutional challenge to the practice of legislative prayer. Here are five facts about the case.
Only 1 in 7 House districts were competitive in 2012
In last year’s elections, winners won by at least 10 points in all but 62 of the 435 House districts.
As Americans head to the polls, state and local governments viewed favorably
More than half of Americans express a favorable view of their state government.