Gerrymandering origins

Is Gerrymandering to Blame for Our Polarized Politics?

Gerrymandering is the process by which districts for the House of Representatives are drawn so that one party has a distinct election advantage.
Tammany Patronage

Why Did U.S. Postmasters Once Have So Much Political Cachet?

American bureaucracy used to work through patronage, an informal system of job-distribution by the party in power. Why did it change?
currency

How Political Events Change Currency Value

What causes shifts in currency after a political event is, essentially, human expectations.
Nixon transcripts

What Affects Our Trust in Government?

Government distrust has been on the decline for decades, but a recent poll shows a slight increase.
1896 Presidential Ballot

Ballot Position: It Matters

Did you know that ballot position can have an effect on voting? The first-listed candidate is more likely to be voted for.
anxiety voter

How @realDonaldTrump Won the Anxiety Voter

Donald Trump’s evil genius lies in using the unique capacities of online communication to fuel and ignite anxiety, fueling authoritarian sentiments.
U.S Deficit

Do Americans Like Government Spending? Depends How You Ask

Whether or not Americans approve of government spending depends strongly on how the issues are framed.

Why Racism Is Terrible for Everyone’s Health

Heather Gilligan explores the impact of racism on the fight towards universal health care.
wealth discrepancy in USA

Does the Rise of the 1% Signal the Fall of Democracy?

Americans have been thinking more about economic haves and have-nots than we have in a long time.