This Week in Political Wonkery – June 5, 2018, Edition

A voter casts his ballot in California’s midterm primaries (Photo: New York Times)


California’s electoral experiment may produce bad outcomes for both parties.

Here’s how it works:

One election reform that could save California’s (and our country’s) politics.

One way some political scholars and pundits have suggested fixing California’s system is by using a different method, called ranked-choice voting, which has already had some success and is preparing for another test run this month in Maine.

American Politics

Despite their bad rap, the polls have largely been right.

America keeps growing, but its representation hasn’t changed.

Political Theory

Why liberals should resist embracing “progressivism.”

Understanding the world using a “realism” lens.

Other Research & Analysis

New study connects white American intolerance and support for authoritarianism.

Lots of super interesting tidbits in this story. Noah Berlatsky offers the key takeaway from the new study:

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