Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor of the Washington Monthly.

He is also the founder Progress Pond where you can find all his writing. Before joining the Monthly, Martin was a county coordinator for ACORN/Project Vote and a political consultant. He has a degree in philosophy from Western Michigan University.

Iowa Presents a Problem for the GOP

Because my grandfather was a professor at the University of Iowa, my father grew up in Iowa, although I don’t think Iowa City is very representative of the state as a whole. In some respects, it’s probably a lot like Athens, Georgia, where my father’s brother was a professor for several decades. Iowa City is… Read more »

Bernie for President?

If Bernie Sanders runs for president as a Democrat, he could have a similarly energizing effect for the left that another Vermonter had in 2003 and 2004. Of course, Howard Dean was a moderate Democrat and a WASP, not a 75 year-old socialist Jew with a Brooklyn accent. If the election of Barack Obama made… Read more »

Maybe Free Money Isn’t a Bad Idea After All

Ryan Cooper begins his piece in the new Washington Monthly magazine with a straightforward pitch: How would you like to get $2,000 in free money today, fresh off the government printing presses? And what if I told you it wouldn’t just be a nice windfall for you and your friends and family, but that we’d… Read more »

Arthur Brooks Mistakes Anger for Envy

Here is some information from a February 19-23, 2014 CBS News poll: Americans are still pessimistic about both the economy and the direction the country is headed in overall. Sixty-two percent think the economy is in bad shape, while just over a third rates it as good. These perceptions have not wavered much over the… Read more »

Jerry Brown and Potheads

The man once dubbed “Governor Moonbeam” by Chicago columnist Mike Royko is concerned about California being overrun by potheads: “Well, we have medical marijuana, which gets very close to what they have in Colorado and Washington. I’d really like those two states to show us how it’s going to work,” he said on NBC’s “Meet… Read more »