Voter Turnout and Congressional Change
In recent decades, there have been three basic ways that turnout has worked to produce the sort of “big wave” midterm that the Democrats are hoping for next week.
Lack of Competition in Elections Fails to Stir Public
The concern among some politicians and political experts over the lack of competitiveness in U.S. elections is generally not shared by the public. Moreover, voters appear to lack a clear sense of whether the elections in their own House districts are competitive or not.
How Often Do Members of Congress Tell the Truth?
Not often, two political scientists found. Plus, economists say they know why tall people earn more.
A Do-Nothing Congress That’s Done Too Much of the Wrong Thing
Approval ratings and reelect numbers are way down.
States Probe Limits of Abortion Policy
The U.S. Supreme Court may loom largest in the legal history of abortion in the United States, but state capitols from the 1800s to today have been the crucibles of America’s evolving abortion policies. Stateline.org highlights the pivotal role that states continue to play in setting abortion policy.
Congress Faces Record Public Discontent
Belief that this Congress has accomplished less than its predecessors is higher than at any point in the past nine years; Republican leaders take the blame.
Independents Sour on Incumbents
Allegations of corruption are fueling political discontent among independents, who are unhappy with Congress in general and their own representatives in particular.
Supreme Court’s Decision in Gonzales v. Oregon
The Pew Forum analyzes the Supreme Court’s January 17 decision that the 1970 Controlled Substances Act (CSA) does not give the U.S. attorney general the authority to prohibit Oregon doctors from prescribing lethal doses of drugs to certain terminally ill patients who want to end their own lives.