It is said that there are only two elections in Washington, D.C.: the last election and the next election. The summer of 2015 has not yet come to a close and already the next presidential election seems to be getting into full swing—more than a year before Election Day! As the esteemed members of the electorate rev up (or steel themselves) for another season of mudslinging, robocalls, and Super PACs, it might be interesting to hearken back to elections of yore. How do the political campaigns that we experience today compare to those that James Madison was familiar with?
July 17, 2015 -- Do subsidies to individual industries really create jobs and promote national interests generally, or do they corrupt government, serve only the interests of well-heeled and well-connected businesses, and increase income inequality? This debate has a long history in the United States.
June 23, 2015 - Although many of the specific issues relating to today’s redistricting fights are unique to our own time and place, the underlying principles (as well as the underlying political dynamics) have been with us from the beginning.
June 11, 2015 -- Elizabeth Chew, Ph.D. will join James Madison’s Montpelier as its new Vice President of Museum Programs. Beginning on August 24, Dr. Chew will oversee all of the organization’s curatorial and educational programs in addition to spearheading research, archaeology, and acquisition initiatives.
June 11, 2015 -- Montpelier archeologists discovered a James Madison Wine Bottle Seal this past week, a discovery that sheds light on the lives of the Madisons and the enslaved community at Montpelier.
April 30, 2015 - Students from Richmond, Virginia’s Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School and Douglas S. Freeman High School placed second and third at the national “We The People: the Citizen and the Constitution” civics competition held this week in Washington, D.C.
April 16, 2015—In recent weeks, Indiana and Arkansas have both been under fire for passing Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs). The acts of these two states mirror many similar state laws, as well as a federal law that was passed with broad bipartisan support in 1993, but they also include some noteworthy differences.