Republican Governance is Deadly

Texas Governor Greg Abbott likes to brag about Texas’ business environment and jobs record, especially if he can also get in a swipe at California and other blue states while doing it.  California Governor Gavin Newsome has started his own effort at defending his state against his conservative rival Governors by running advertisements in Florida and Texas challenging the red state policies of both.  We […]

Showing up and doing things for people is good politics

The American Prospect just published an interesting article from Alexander Sammon about the RNC setting up community centers in an attempt to court minority voters into the GOP fold. These community centers perform typical political party functions such as serving as a center for voter registration and mobilization, but they also make an explicit attempt […]

Know Your Enemy: Right Wing Syllabus

As a lifelong lefty I have gone through waves where I would read a ton on the right wing and then through periods where I would ignore it completely.  Since Trump’s election I have been in a “reading a ton” cycle.  Below I want to highlight everything I have read in recent years that have […]

Democracy vs. Plutocracy in America

When I teach Introduction to American Politics I like to frame the course around the question of “How democratic is the United States”?  The text I use offers a fairly simple definition of democracy as popular sovereignty (or rule by the people) which is present in a polity when the values of political freedom, political equality, […]