By Shutting Down the Senate

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (AZ)


The Path Toward Majority Rule in the U.S. Congress

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is threatening to obstruct all Senate business if the Democrats attempt to pass ordinary legislation by majority vote. He claims that the 60-vote requirement was part of the “Framer’s vision” for the Senate. It wasn’t. It was the product of happenstance and compromise. Image: Gage Skidmore.


The Supreme Court fails to address the real problems in the way the American President is elected



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Even though every state and the U.S. DOT’s National…



How to Unlock Democracy in the United States


No candidate will want to campaign wearing personal protective equipment.

The primaries are disrupted.

Already, some states that voted on March 3 took extra precautions to prevent the spread of the virus at polling places. Washington State, currently home to the worst known outbreak, votes entirely by mail — luckily for them. Oregon and Hawaii are the only…


No one has managed to get elected to the U.S. Congress with a label other than “Democrat” or “Republican” for 72 years. Yet virtually every other democracy has more than two political parties represented in the national legislature— even countries using the same electoral system as the US.


Paul Schimek, Ph.D.

data scientist, democracy advocate, transportation analyst

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