Barbara Sinclair left a lasting legacy in political science

Last week, eminent political scientist Barbara Sinclair passed away. She was a renowned congressional expert who contributed as both a researcher and a public intellectual. Read More

Here are four possible reasons that the White House wants a filibuster on the Iran nuclear deal

“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (AP file) The White House reportedly has enough votes in the U.S. House and Senate to sustain a… Read More

How do you (try to) stop fast-track trade authority? With three separate filibusters.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul delivers a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, in this still image taken from video, on Capitol Hill in… Read More

Boehner’s dissidents: More historical context about speakership revolts

The opposition to the reelection of John Boehner by the right wing of the Republican caucus exposed the usually obscure world of nominating and electing… Read More

The revolt against Boehner in historical perspective

John Boehner is on the verge of being reelected House Speaker.  To reach his goal, he must first surmount a challenge from within his… Read More

Senate flashback: The opening day filibuster over a racist senator in 1947

Today each chamber begins the 114th Congress with a set of institutionalized rituals. The U.S. House will begin with a quorum call, election of… Read More

Reid's tactical nuke and the future of the Senate

Now that we know that the ability to filibuster depends on the tacit consent of the majority, senators are much more responsible for their own obstruction and for the filibustering they tolerate. Read More

The Senate can help Republicans choose their presidential nominee

In this political environment, we should identify and welcome opportunities for bipartisan progress whenever we see them. One such opportunity has arrived: filibuster reform. For… Read More

Filibusters and unicorns explained

Like many important political concepts, filibusters can be hard to define and identify, but we do it because the modern filibuster--unlike unicorns--has a dramatic impact on our national politics. Read More

Crowd-Filibustering in the Texas Senate

Yesterday, the Texas Senate was paralyzed on the last day of a special session by a 12 1/2 hour filibuster against a bill banning… Read More