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In Virginia, Northam and co are apparently close to a deal that would give 400,000 access to health care through Medicaid expansion: Virginia state Sen. Frank Wagner (Virginia Beach) said he supports allowing more poor people to enroll in the federal-state healthcare program on two conditions. He wants the plan structured so that Medicaid recipients […]

Capital Strike?

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On April 6, 2018

Elizabeth Bruenig’s column in the Washington Post yesterday is strange. At the heart of it is an analogy to help us make sense of advertisers abandoning Laura Ingraham’s show in light of her taunt

Democracy in Wisconsin

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On March 30, 2018

A followup on a previous post: After some reflection and several court orders, Scott Walker has graciously decided to stop depriving heavily Republican districts of representation in the state legisla

Checking in with Jesse Richman

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On March 16, 2018
I posted a couple of items here on the dubious methodological assumptions lurking in Richman, Chattha, and Earnest (2014), a paper that purported to show widespread evidence of non-citizens illegally voting in elections. I didn’t want to be particularly hard on Richman; anyone could make mistakes and write a bad paper, there’s professional pressure and […]

American Hippopotamus

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On February 19, 2018

If you’re tired of reading about the absurdity of American politics in the present, and would like to read about the absurdity of American politics in the past instead, you could do a lot worse

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Jacob Ambinder had a great piece on the failing politics of transit last week, well worth a read if you’re interested in that sort of thing. I particularly appreciate the way he gives a much smarter and more sophisticated response to Brian Rosenthal’s important reporting on the wildly inflated cost of the second avenue subway. […]

Some mid-week links

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On January 17, 2018

Really interesting look at some of the people and organizations who’ve been instrumental in an improbable leftward political shift in Alaskan Politics. I wonder what elements on the Ship Creek a

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Sunday links

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On December 3, 2017
I have some quibbles with the framing, but I really like Teresa Bejan’s Atlantic essay on the ancient origins of today’s campus speech debates. Among other virtues, it’s a useful corrective to the uncharitable and anti-intellectual and frankly lazy practice of treating the Kids These Days as merely immature or confused. Any road to a […]
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