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Mid-Term Elections / Casualty List (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Mid-Term Elections / Casualty List (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Mid-Term Elections / Casualty List Mid-term elections / Midterm Elections are the national elections held in November of the even-numbered years between presidential elections. Mid-term election years include 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022, etc. Presidential elections are held very 4 years, including 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, […]

“The seven stages of the office seeker”

“The seven stages of the office seeker”

“The seven stages of the office seeker,” by Edward Williams Clay (artist) and John Childs (lithographer). Image and text from the Library of Congress: A satire on patronage and corruption in New York State politics, based on the medieval theme, perpetuated in American folk art, of the “life and ages of man.” Here the seven […]

Four Out of Ten Books Published by TheCapitol.Net Receive High Honors at Benjamin Franklin Awards

Four Out of Ten Books Published by TheCapitol.Net Receive High Honors at Benjamin Franklin Awards

How many presses can claim 40 percent of their books as winner or finalist in one of the publishing industry’s most prestigious awards? TheCapitol.Net is one that can. The Virginia-based DC-area publisher has published ten titles, all on understanding how the federal government, Washington, and the media actually work. Four of them have received recognition […]

House Committee on Repeals

House Committee on Repeals

New laws and programs are often initiated as a way of resolving problems. At the same time, new laws and programs serve as “accomplishments” for members of Congress. Unfortunately, more often than not, such “accomplishments” do not actually differ that much from programs and laws that are already in existence. As a result, the federal […]

“Accomplishments” in Congress

“Accomplishments” in Congress

“Accomplishments” in Congress are often collected and touted to fuel reelection bids. Every two years representatives face the grind of election while senators face election every six years. During the interim, members continue to run reelection campaigns. The question of “what have you done for me lately?” hangs over the heads of all Congressional members. […]

The Power of the Majority Party in Congress

The Power of the Majority Party in Congress

There is no getting around the fact that members of the majority party typically decide the most crucial questions presented to Congress. Furthermore, members of the majority party also primarily control what will be considered by their chambers on a daily basis. In the end, the fact that a member can vote does not really […]

Upcoming Media Appearances by Joseph Gibson, Author of “A Better Congress”

Upcoming Media Appearances by Joseph Gibson, Author of “A Better Congress”

Upcoming Media Appearances by Joseph Gibson, Author of A Better Congress January 21, 2011, 8:40 am Eastern WATD, Boston, MA South Shore’s Morning News with Rob Hakala January 24, 2011, 10:00 am Eastern WGTD, Milwaukee, WI The WGTD Morning Show January 30, 2011, 11:00 am Eastern WLW, Cincinnati, OH The Bill Cunningham Show Journalists: To […]

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How the Ordeals of Running for Congress Affect the Results of Congress

How the Ordeals of Running for Congress Affect the Results of Congress

Running a campaign for Congress can require resources that are typically out of reach of most average Americans. As a result, the pool of people that can realistically even consider mounting a campaign to run for Congress is naturally small. In order to mount a congressional campaign, potential candidates must be prepared to devote their […]

“Joseph Gibson on how to improve Congress”

“Joseph Gibson on how to improve Congress”

In general I find Congressional reform proposals, including filibuster abolition, difficult to evaluate. There is no simple model at hand. Sometimes the median voter model is useful, but in most cases it implies the reforms don’t matter, a conclusion which I would not wish to accept so readily. Multi-dimensional cycling models often imply that either […]

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Book Review by Jim Harper in WashingtonWatch — “A Better Congress: Change the Rules, Change the Results”

Book Review by Jim Harper in WashingtonWatch — “A Better Congress: Change the Rules, Change the Results”

If you’re looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer for the Congress-watcher in your life (or for yourself), look no further than A Better Congress: Change the Rules, Change the Results. The book is written by a congressional insider who knows how the system works—and how people work within the system. Author Joseph Gibson served as […]

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