Proposed Solutions to America’s Perceived Political Decay

Last year, renowned political scientist Francis Fukuyama released the second volume of his two-part work on political systems, Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy. In his work, Mr. Fukuyama illustrates how America’s current political decay is largely the result of our remaining fixed to the outmoded system of Madisonian checks and balances, which no longer meets the demands of our industrial and globalized society. He contends that this system became antiquated when the United States transitioned from an agrarian to industrial economy…

REDLINE: Israeli Relationship Tested with Netanyahu Visit

“Never has so much been written about a speech that has not been given.” That was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, speaking to members and supporters of the Israel lobby AIPAC. In this issue of REDLINE, the FPR team explains why this White House tenses up every time Bibi is in town.

Political Pragmatism in California’s 52nd Congressional District

It’s October 2014 and it is all about the Senate. Although our biennial midterm elections include the House the Representatives as well, coverage of the lower chamber has been minimal this cycle. All eyes are on the U.S. Senate and whether Harry Reid’s Democratic Party will cling to its slim majority or if the GOP will win the net six seats needed to flip control of the upper chamber. Polls certainly point to the latter case being more likely, but with a month to go until Election Day, both possibilities remain…

Race for the Senate 2014: A Cheat Sheet

With the current situation in the Senate, the Republican Party would need a net gain of six seats in order to take back control from the Democrats. Of the ten closest elections listed below, Democrats hold eight of the seats and the Republicans hold two. Already, three races (West Virginia, Montana, and South Dakota) are solid Republican pick-ups from the Democrats. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) have decided to retire from politics in these two red states. Former Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) was selected earlier in…

The Establishment Wins in NJ-03

The Establishment vs. Tea Party divide within the Republican Party has been documented ad nauseum throughout the first six months of this election year. Last Tuesday’s GOP primary in Mississippi, which saw state senator Chris McDaniel narrowly edge six-term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran and force a run-off  election between the two Republicans later this month, only further accentuated the never-ending topic of analysis that is the GOP Civil War. Recent Republican primaries in Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina, where establishment candidates won the nomination over their respective challengers from the…