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.

Today in Stupid

If you are a scientist, what are you supposed to make of the fact that one of the two major political parties in the United States has grown stone-cold stupid? Example one: Education in science will be opt-out in Missouri, if a bill requiring schools to notify parents if “the theory of evolution by natural… Read more »

Does Anyone Still Listen to Karl Rove?

I wonder if the cohort that watches Fox New Sunday still thinks that Karl Rove has any credibility. The producers of the show must think so, since they keep inviting Rove back. But his pronouncements are increasingly absurd. Take his performance this morning: Democrats are raising a fuss about the closure of the George Washington… Read more »

Using a Discharge Petition to Overcome Gridlock

According to reporting by the Associated Press, there have been only two successful efforts in history to use a discharge petition to force legislation onto the floor of the House of Representatives: “The discharge petition worked in 1986, forcing a vote on a gun rights bill, and in 2002, ensuring a vote on campaign finance… Read more »

How Obstruction Works

From time to time, I find it necessary to write a new iteration of an old article about Senate procedure in order to explain why the Senate either cannot (or finds it very difficult to) do certain things. Ian Millhiser has written a very fine piece in this genre for Think Progress in an effort… Read more »

Something is the Matter With Kansas

Kansas State Representative Keith Esau has introduced a bill that would eliminate no-fault divorce in the Sunflower State. He has some interesting ideas on matrimony: “No-fault divorce gives people an easy out instead of working at it,” Esau told The Wichita Eagle on Friday. “It would be my hope that they could work out their… Read more »