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A few weeks ago, Bloomington Representative Matt Pierce unsuccessfully introduced an amendment to add Indiana to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. That’s the effort to circumvent the Electoral College by having states promise their electors to the national popular...
The Electoral College is like the old joke about the leaky roof: when it’s raining, you can’t go on the roof to fix it. But when it’s not raining, the roof doesn’t leak. In 30 of the last 32 presidential elections, the Electoral College hasn’t leaked. But, like Al Gore backers...
Much of the history of postwar presidential politics has revolved around the South’s attempts to get presidential nominees of its liking. 2016 is the region’s greatest and most overlooked success. The frontloaded primary calendar is a pattern begun by South Carolina Republicans...
What if Republicans were Democrats and Democrats were Republicans? This year’s wild election has been a crash course in how the byzantine ways the states select convention delegates affect the nomination process. How does Donald Trump lock up the Republican nomination without...
Three weeks ago, I asserted in this space that the presidential race had shifted against Donald Trump, and the math was pointing toward a contested convention. So that went well. I should have listened to what I wrote at the start of the campaign, when I expected a single non-...
Democrats are replaying 1980. Republicans are replaying 1880. 1980 saw President Jimmy Carter seeking reelection against a primary challenge from the Senate’s leading liberal voice, Ted Kennedy. Carter swept the early primaries and built an insurmountable delegate lead. But...
Wisconsin's primary didn't change the trajectory of the Republican presidential race. It confirmed it. Donald Trump remains the one candidate with a realistic possibility of clinching the nomination on the first ballot. But that possibility is less likely than the coverage of...
I posted in this space a few months ago my argument for why Donald Trump is unlikely to be the Republican presidential nominee, outlining two possible routes the primary process might take. One of those scenarios is playing out exactly as predicted – yet there is a wave of...
Republicans aren’t touting it. Freedom Indiana didn’t testify on it. No one has vocally opposed it. But on the same day the Senate killed an LGBT civil rights bill, it also quietly sent the House a bill that would move Indiana from one end of the spectrum on an LGBT issue all...