Gregory Koger

Will an Immigration Bill Help the Republicans?

On June 27, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill 68 to 32. This was a laudable accomplishment in itself, but it is also an interesting foray into political science. While the underlying problems with the current system have languished for years, the impetus for this effort has been 2012 election. After the results… Read more »

Why Didn’t the Democrats Just End the Filibuster?

Last Tuesday’s announcement of a deal to end an institutional crisis in the Senate gave the Democrats almost everything they were asking for: approval of President Obama’s nominees for Secretary of Labor, EPA Administrator, Ex-Im Bank President, and Richard Cordray as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In addition, Obama will withdraw two nominees… Read more »

Crowd-Filibustering in the Texas Senate

Earlier in the week, the Texas Senate was paralyzed on the last day of a special session by a 12 1/2 hour filibuster against a bill banning late-term abortions and setting strict standards for abortion facilities. (See the Texas Tribune’s liveblog for a detailed timeline). The primary obstructionist was Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth), but after… Read more »

Ranking of Worst Think Tanks in the World

It seems that the “Center for College Affordability and Productivity” has issued a ranking of “worst college teaching” using data obtained from… Based on a similar analysis of think tank punditry, this is the worst “study” ever from the worst think tank anywhere. People, I understand the urge to rank colleges. As centers of education… Read more »

Why National Science Foundation Grants in Political Science Matter

On Wednesday Senator Mikulski (D-MD), the floor manager to H.R. 933, a bill to fund federal agencies for the remainder of the fiscal year, accepted an amendment (#65) offered by Tom Coburn (R-OK) to increase scrutiny of National Science Foundation grants in political science. According to the Library of Congress website, Coburn’s amendment was cosponsored… Read more »