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RIP Steve Solarz

The democratic cause lost an eloquent and effective champion yesterday when former Rep. Stephen J. Solarz (D-N.Y.) succumbed to cancer at age 70. Over nine…

China’s Free Rider Syndrome

There may be no method in North Korea’s madness, but the world’s response to its episodic outrages has settled into a familiar pattern. It’s a…

Why Republicans Can’t Maintain a Winning Electoral Coalition

As the new Republican House majority settles in and tries to figure out exactly which issues and positions to take, a new poll from Gallup…

Happy Thanksgiving

Progressive Fix would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the holiday. Regular blogging will resume on Monday.

Why Some States are “New Economy” States

When it comes to innovation-based growth, not all states are equal. Certain states are on the front lines, and are accordingly most likely to lead…

On the Myth of the “Right Turn”

In the wake of the mid-term elections, it makes sense that those on the political right would try to claim that there has been a…

How Two Republican Governors Are Giving High-Speed Rail an Unintentional Boost

Talk about a blessing in disguise. Just as the Obama administration’s high-speed rail program was running out of congressionally-appropriated cash, Governor-elects Scott Walker of Wisconsin…

Can Obama Mann Up?

Brookings Institution congressional scholar Thomas Mann is hardly known as a partisan bomb-thrower. A frequent co-author of books and articles on Congress and American politics…

Going, Going, Gone?

Book Review: The Disappearing Center, By Alan Abramowitz That our politics are now deeply polarized is a well-known fact. But do the polarized politics in…

Lame Duck Off to Bad START

No sooner had Congress convened this week for a post-election, lame duck session than a partisan squabble erupted in the Senate that threatens to scuttle…