Seth Masket, a Pacific Standard contributing writer, 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.
The ascendence of Brett Kavanaugh levied considerable damage to all three branches of government.
When it comes to presidential scandals, is all press really good press?
Democrats understand the last election determines how the party prepares for the next one.
Rather than being honest about Russian influence in 2016, Republican leaders are trying to enhance the legitimacy of their own president and party.
While the president has floundered on issues like health care and gun rights, he's been consistent on his belief in the need for an immigration crackdown.
We'll know in a few months whether Democratic leaders have lost control of their party.
When it comes to standing up against the NFL's new protest policy, many Democratic leaders have opted for passivity. But what if the importance of the middle ground has been substantially overstated?
Colorado's legislature had a productive year. But, because of the state's term limits, that output probably won't last.
Colorado is attempting an unusual style of primary election next month: allowing unaffiliated voters to choose which primary they'd like to vote in. What does that mean for politics in the Centennial State?
In most states, primary elections make official just who gets to call themselves the Democratic or Republican nominee. But that doesn't mean party leaders have to be neutral in those contests.
Sharp divisions between labor unions and reformers threaten to tear apart the Democratic Party in the Centennial State.
There's not been a sudden spike in sexual harassment within our state legislatures; this has been going on for decades. And professors who help send students to statehouse internships need to be mindful of that fact.
In politics, individuality is overrated.
Political parties at every level of government choose their nominees through primaries. That's the most important decision a party can make—and an organization's most important decisions should be made by members of that organization.
Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address tomorrow. Last year's (well-received) speech before Congress can serve as a blueprint for what we can expect to hear.
Sure, Trump's recent comments on his own brilliance might sound vexing. But candidates (and pundits) are always getting caught up in post-election narratives.
Capitol Hill and Hollywood are laying out two very different blueprints for dealing with sexual assault allegations.
It tells us a lot—none of it particularly good—about how she approaches her job as press secretary.
Whoever sets the president's agenda possesses a great deal of power. Often, that role belongs to the major political parties, or the president's most immediate set of advisers—but Trump's relationship with both is tenuous at best.