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Seth Masket

Seth Masket
Seth Masket is a political scientist at the University of Denver, specializing in political parties, state legislatures, campaigns and elections, and social networks. He is the author of No Middle Ground: How Informal Party Organizations Control Nominations and Polarize Legislatures (University of Michigan Press, 2009). Follow him on Twitter @smotus.

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The 2016 Presidential Race Has Already Started

And this is the most exciting part.

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For Most, There’s Never a Right Time to Protest

Every important movement faces significant push-back; that doesn’t mean it won’t succeed.

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What an Electoral Game Changer Actually Looks Like

Despite the usual array of punditry, there’s not much President Obama could have done in the weeks leading up to the recent mid-terms to change the outcome.

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Yes, Republicans Can Still Win the White House

If the economy in 2016 is where it was in 2012 or better, Democrats will likely retain the White House. If not, well….

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In Praise of Canvassers

It is still, by far, the most reliable campaign method of actually getting someone to turn out to vote.

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What It Took for a Democrat to Win in Last Week’s Mid-Terms

A few lessons from Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper, one of the only purple state Democratic governors to win re-election last week.

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Would a Gridlocked Republican Congress Help Democrats in 2016?

Looking at the historical data, we can tell that voters do not seem to punish a party for running a gridlocked Congress in the next presidential election.

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That Time the Polls Were Wrong

As Election Day approaches, a reminder that polling, while generally quite reliable, has a few blind spots.

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When Disease Becomes Political: The Likely Electoral Fallout From Ebola

Will voters blame President Obama—and punish Democrats in the upcoming mid-term elections—for a climate of fear?

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Republicans Stand to Make Gains in State Legislatures

And that’s a much bigger deal than whether or not a few seats shift in the House of Representatives.

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Does Forecasting an Election Change the Outcome?

If Nate Silver tells you that one candidate has a 90 percent chance of winning, why bother to vote?

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Should We Be Told Who Funds Political Attack Ads?

On the value of campaign finance disclosure.

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Freaking Out About Outliers: When the Polls Are Way Off

The idea of such a small number of people being used to predict how millions will vote sometimes irks observers, but it’s actually a very reliable process—most of the time.

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2014: A Pretty Average Election

Don’t get too worked up over this year’s congressional mid-terms.

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What’s at Stake in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District

For political scientists and other political observers, this is one of the most fascinating races for a House seat in the country.

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Why We’re Not Holding State Legislators Accountable

The way we vote means that the political fortunes of state legislators hinge on events outside of their state and their control.

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How Low Voter Turnout Helps Public Employees

To a surprising degree, as voter turnout goes down, public employee compensation goes up.

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Ferguson Is a Serious Outlier

One black city council member is not nearly enough. In a study of city councils, only one place in America had a greater representational disparity than Ferguson, Missouri.

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The Best Use for Initiatives?

Colorado makes a case for using a citizens’ initiative as a threat against government that forces legislators to act.

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The Deeply Political Birth of a State

How naked political maneuvering guided the creation of Colorado 138 years ago.

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Why Isn’t Obama More Popular?

It takes a while for people to notice that things are going well, particularly when they’ve been bad for so long.

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How Small-D Democratic Should Our Political Parties Be?

We need to decide how primaries should work in this country before they get completely out of hand and the voters are left out entirely.

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How Can We Fix the Broken Primary Election System?

A look at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s comprehensive consideration of the issue.

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The Bankruptcy of Authenticity

Every presidential candidate is essentially playing some sort of role. That doesn’t mean that they’re lying.

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Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

A Word of Caution to the Holiday Deal-Makers

Repeat customers—with higher return rates and real bargain-hunting prowess—can have negative effects on a company’s net earnings.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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