Julia Azari

Was Paul Ryan A New Kind of V.P. Candidate?

The Ryan budget is in the news once again, attracting questions about the issues that will shape the 2014 midterms. Worth mentioning, however, is that only in the last 20 years – since the Contract with America in 1994 – have Congressional campaigns consistently focused on national party agendas.  Because of this nationalization of campaigns,… Read more »

Emergent Insurgents, and Why the New RNC Rules Matter

If the Republican National Committee has its way, we will see a different – shortened and streamlined – nomination process in 2016. The GOP will shorten its primary season, move its convention up, and hold fewer debates. A fourth rule change caught a few eyes in the media recently. According to Forbes, the RNC has… Read more »