Moderates Nearly Extinct in the U.S. House

Posted on August 07, 2013

While many Americans describe themselves as ideological moderates, centrists have become increasingly rare in the House of Representatives, where their decline has contributed to congressional dysfunction and polarization.  The pace of the decline of House moderates over the last forty years has been remarkable.

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House Abortion Vote Reflects Anti-Crossover Trend

Posted on July 12, 2013

The June 18th vote in the U.S. House on abortion law reflects a trend towards increased polarization and a decline in crossover voting in the House. This analysis looks at which Members voted against their party's majority and compares the vote to a 1993 vote on abortion law.

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Scholars like Nathaniel Persily Shouldn't Count Out Fair Voting

Posted on March 05, 2013

Many election experts ignore fair voting reform solutions because they believe them to be politically infeasible. But the only way for fair voting to become achievable is for those who know about it to start talking about the positive impact it could have on American politics.

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Geography as a Failed Unit of Representation: Why Fifty States of Equal Population Is No Solution for Presidential Elections

Posted on February 15, 2013

The idea of electing the president with a creative alternative map of the United States in which every state has equal population has drawn sympathetic support from Atlantic writer Jim Fallows. But uneven population of states has little to do with what's broken in presidential elections, just as equal population congressional districts leave us with broken U.S. House elections. We must free ourselves from geographic boundaries and go to the real meaning of one-person, one-vote with the National Popular Vote plan for president and fair voting for Congress.

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