Tax the (upper) middle class, please

Mark Schmitt explained how taxes aren't a punishment. They're part of our shared obligation. Politicians, starting with Bernie Sanders and H

Giving the two parties even more money will not solve polarization

Lee Drutman explained how giving the two parties even more money will not solve polarization, and how empowering small donors is not going t

Does the “women’s vote” in US politics actually exist?

For the last 30 years, analysts have framed gender issues in politics as a “gap” between how men and women vote. Will a given development, a

Seattle's new political vouchers are an experiment. How will we know if they're working?

Giving everyone $100 for political contributions is brilliant — if people use the money.

A Lost Generation of Democrats

As Republicans never tire of pointing out, the Democratic candidates for president are old. The average age of the leaders, Hillary Rodham C

Secrets of the Chamber

Lee Drutman reviewed "The Influence Machine: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Capture of American Life, by Alyssa Katz, in t

There is a better way to run presidential debates. Actually, there are several.

We are now four debates into the 2016 presidential campaign, and the emerging consensus is that the format stinks. Yes, there may be some en

America may be in a reinforcing feedback loop of growing inequality and Republican rule

Lee Drutman explains why the Democrats are in big trouble for the foreseeable future.

Paul Ryan's block grant scheme is doomed — for one simple reason

Mark Schmitt on how governors don't really want flexibility — they have plenty — and how Ryan's scheme is another gimmick.

The Benghazi-fication of the House of Representatives

Mark Schmitt on how the congressional battle between radicals and institutionalists reflects and reinforces divides of race, ideology, and r

The nonpolitical is political — especially on the right

Mark Schmitt on Trump and Carson, The Apprentice and Zondervan.

Why “gender gap” analysis of American politics is mostly wrong

Recently, Benghazi and Ben Carson have pushed gender politics to the side of 2016 coverage. But with Hillary Clinton calling sexism on Berni