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I am “attending” the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association next week. By “attending” I mean that I am cancelling my tickets and my hotel room and participating online. My only panels that haven’t collapsed are either online or hybrid. On top of that, I’ve spent the last few days sick with something […]
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The Tilted Election

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In 2020 Election
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On November 4, 2020
We spend a lot of time talking about the structural barriers that Democrats face, most notably the malapportionment of the Senate and, relatedly, the Electoral College. Democrats must also contend with extreme gerrymandering, which may be about to get a lot worse, and post-Shelby County voter suppression, So our elections are hardly the “free and […]
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Zolan Kanno-Youngs has an important piece in the Washington Post about the legal authority for the Trump administration’s deployment of little green men* in Portland. After President Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to send personnel to protect monuments, statues and federal property during continuing protests against racism and police brutality, the Department […]
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Budapest Dreams

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In hungary
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On March 30, 2020
So the Hungarian parliament just gave dictatorial power to everyone’s favorite example of democratic backsliding, Victor Orbán. Hungary’s parliament handed Prime Minister Viktor Orban the right to rule by decree indefinitely, effectively putting the European Union democracy under his sole command for as long as he sees fit. While governments around the world assume emergency powers to […]
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