Legislative strategy is not rocket science. But do me a favor and keep that between us since that's what I do for a living. Editorial writing doesn't pay like it used to. For those of you who have never been involved with a legislative initiative, let's cover the basics. First, getting a bill passed is wildly more difficult than defeating one. The difficulty rises exponentially as the reach of the new policy grows. For example, changing the length of time a dog license is effective is a pretty light lift. Conversely, allowing Sunday alcohol sales in Indiana is apparently impossible. This is ...

It only took seven years and nine months for Congress to successfully override a veto by President Obama. Of course that statement would imply that the Senate and House have been relentlessly trying all of this time.  They haven't. It is really a shame that the juvenile tenor of our presidential election has gotten in the way of a fantastic example of the intricacies of congressional strategy.  What happened in Washington this week is actually pretty important.  If polled, I wonder how many Americans even know what happened. Thank goodness I'm here for you. In May, the Senate passed the Justice Against Sponsors ...

There is a strange phenomenon occurring in politics this year, and I was having trouble labeling it.  Labels seem more important than they used to be, since so many of us don't get far enough past the headline or the Twitter feed to understand the reasons for it.  That tendency doesn't apply to my readers. My punchlines are always at the end. Research served me well this week when I came across a 2012 study in the journal of Current Biology by a group of scientists from the University of London titled "Selfish-herd behavior of sheep under threat."  A conclusion in ...