Willie Horton

October 20, 2020 USGOPO 0

Dog-whistle politics. The 1988 Willie Horton Ad is considered to be one of the most explosive political ads in modern times. The ad, created by […]


October 19, 2020 USGOPO 0

The division within the Democratic Party. Superdelegates are unelected and unpledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention.¬† Generally they are elected officials (congress members, governor, […]

Critical Elections and Realignment

October 14, 2020 USGOPO 0

Political Realignment? A realigning election is rare in American history. Political scientists generally agreed that there have been at least five realigning elections in American […]

Brands of Federalism

September 1, 2020 USGOPO 0

Many ways to define national and state powers. Trying to understand and recall all the different terms that define the flow of federal money that […]

Dark Horse Candidate

July 4, 2020 USGOPO 0

More horse-race campaign jargon. “A¬†candidate nominated after multiple ballots at a political party’s nominating convention. During the first few ballots at the 1844 convention a […]