Jul 14 '12

* David Schleicher: “What often ends up happening in state and local elections is that a voter casts a ballot for a candidate from the party whose national stances she agrees with. For all the paeans one hears to “our federalism” from politicians and judges, the paradoxical truth is that voters do not actually know more about elections and issues in their backyards. They know less.”

* Ezra Klein reports some responses to his “what matters” question.

* Stop dissing the social sciences.

* The value of sociology.

* Data is vs. data are.

* Mann and Ornstein: “5 delusions about our broken politics.”