Category Archives: Current Events

No Middle Class In Major League Soccer Could Be A Problem

Major League Soccer players might go on strike soon over the lack of free agency. This has to do with An MLS being a “single entity,” meaning that: “[I]nvestors… purchased equity in MLS itself rather than any team. MLS did almost everything for its … Continue reading

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Legislative Effectiveness, Part II: The South

This is a second post about legislative effectiveness. The first post is here. After looking at the difference in legislative effectiveness between the majority and minority parties using new research from the book The Lawmakers, this is a more in-depth … Continue reading

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Legislative Effectiveness, Part I: Pelosi vs. Boehner

Two political science professors, Craig Volden and Alan Wiseman, have come up with a way to measure the effectiveness of individual House representatives in their new book. They’ve created a “legislative effectiveness score” (LES) that compares each individual member’s legislative … Continue reading

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Map Quest: Nashville Residential Building Permits

Strap on your tool belt, we’re talkin’ ’bout building permits! Specifically, we’re dipping our toes into the building of new homes in Nashville, Tennessee, where we mourn the loss of former resident Swizzle Stick to the Big Apple. Bye, Tay-Tay! … Continue reading

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Heath Care Update: Medicaid Enrollment Is Up Where They Want Medicaid

Not surprisingly, Medicaid enrollment is up in states where they want Medicaid. Since open enrollment for expanded Medicaid coverage started last October under Obamacare the Affordable Care Act, the federal government has been releasing Medicaid enrollment numbers for all 50 states. In the … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Brazilian Players with One Name

The World Cup is coming! The World Cup is coming! The tournament opens on June 12, when host nation Brazil plays Croatia in Sao Paulo. I feel likes it’s snuck up on me, even though I’ve been diligently following the US … Continue reading

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An Atlanta Hawks Requiem: The Brooklyn Nets Turned Good

I thought I might jinx my Atlanta Hawks with my January post about how awful the Brooklyn Nets were. If I believed in jinxes and the consequences of forgetting to “knock on wood,” I would point to this paragraph: As … Continue reading

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