Craig Volden, Professor of Public Policy and Politics at the Batten School, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking, discusses the post-election wrap-up.
Batten's Craig Volden, co-director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking, has shown a significant drop in the number of truly effective Senate lawmakers. The departure of Senator Orrin Hatch furthers that decline. (photo courtesy of office of Sen. Hatch)
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