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August 27, 2013 8:51 AM The Very Slow Legalization of Marijuana

When I saw Dylan Scott’s story reporting that some Colorado officials were claiming “tacit approval” from the Justice Department for going ahead with the taxed and regulated cannabis market approved by Colorado voters, I was puzzled about exactly what was...

By Mark Kleiman

June 21, 2013 8:58 AM Why It Matters Where Federal Reserve Banks Are Located

What are the chances that both bank presidents—one as hawk, the other as d0ve—will dissent from the Federal Open Market Committee’s policy statement?  Today’s double dissent from the St. Louis and Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank (FRB) presidents highlights...

By Sarah Binder

June 12, 2013 9:03 AM How California Primaries Work Now

Remember how California switched to a top-two nomination system in 2012, ostensibly to lessen the role of parties? Well, as detailed here previously, the parties responded to that system by endorsing candidates prior to the primary, conveying to voters who...

By Seth Masket

June 05, 2013 10:33 AM State Legislatures: Where the Republicans Are Really Red, and Democrats Are Really Blue

I've been meaning to post about the release of Boris Shor and Nolan McCarty's state legislative data. With ideal points of every state legislator in the country over the past two decades, this is one of the most important datasets...

By Seth Masket

May 28, 2013 11:47 AM Why Did State Legislators Give Away Their Power to Pick Senators? On the Origins of the 17th Amendment

Despite it being the constitutional amendment that most altered the design of the federal government, and despite recent efforts by many prominent figures to repeal it, little is known about why the Seventeenth Amendment passed in 1913. Existing histories of...

By John Sides