Nate Persily

Law professor, Columbia University

Charles Beekman Professor of Law and Political Science at Columbia and author of the book: "Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy."

Nate Persily appears in the following:

The Impacts of Redistricting on Tuesday's Election

Friday, November 09, 2012

In the lead up to Tuesday's election, public policy experts worried that redistricting efforts would greatly change the course of races for the House of Representatives. Nate Persily,...

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How Voter ID Laws Could Affect the 2012 Elections

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Today the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear a controversial case that's been winding its way through the state's courts throughout the summer. The case will determine the constitut...

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Government Shutdown Would Cost Billions

Monday, February 21, 2011

Early Saturday morning, House Republicans, prodded by fervent Tea Party freshmen passed a bill slashing government spending by $61 billion immediately. That vote forces Republicans and Democrats into a political showdown that could boil over into a government shutdown. How could this affect you? We speak with Nate Persily, Charles Beekman Professor of Law and Political Science at Columbia University, and the author of the book "Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy."


Tight Races Could Lead To Recounts

Monday, November 01, 2010

On Tuesday, voters will cast their ballots, bringing mid-term election season to a close. Unless, of course, some races are too close to call. Polls show that close Senate and gubernatorial races in Nevada, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin, Alaska, Colorado, Ohio and Florida could require recounts.

It’s an anxiety-inducing thought — and could potentially leave the House and the Senate hanging in the balance while the chads (or the absentee ballots, or the broken machines) get sorted.


Takeouts: FDA Cutting Down Salt; Supreme Court On Animal Cruelty Videos

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

  • NUTRITION TAKEOUT: The average American consumes about 1,200 milligrams more sodium a day than they should. Too much sodium in our diets could lead to hypertension and heart disease. To combat this, the FDA is proposing a ten year plan to cut down the amount of salt in our foods. Marion Nestle, an NYU nutritionist and author of "Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety," has the details of the FDA's plan and tells us whether it might work.
  • LEGAL TAKEOUT: The Supreme Court invalidated a federal law that banned videos depicting violence against animals, in an 8-1 decision yesterday. Columbia University law professor Nate Persily looks into why the Court ruled they way it did.


Creative Solutions for a Frustrated Nation

Friday, February 26, 2010

All week we’ve been exploring the mechanics of a broken legislative body in our series, “Frustration Nation.” We wrap up the series with a look at the solutions to government gridlock. Can we move away from filibusters? Should we rehaul our election rules? Should we get rid of the Senate altogether?

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How to End Political Gridlock on Capitol Hill

Friday, February 05, 2010

"Gridlock" is a term that went from engineering jargon to everyday lingo during a transit strike in 1980. Now it's used more to describe the situation on Capitol Hill, with partisan rancor holding up major legislation. We find out how stuck Congress really is and look at new ways to break the deadlock.


Implications of the Supreme Court's Decision in 'Citizen's United'

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Today's Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC represents the most significant campaign finance and perhaps First Amendment decision we've seen from the Court in a very long time. The decision struck down the part of the McCain/Feingold campaign finance law (BCRA) that banned corporations and unions from using their treasury funds to run candidate specific ads before a federal election. The decision treats corporations like individuals, focusing on the value of their speech as opposed to the unique identity of the corporation as speaker. Previous decisions, now overruled, had held that corporations presented a unique corruption threat to the political process: "that immense aggregations of wealth [amassed] through the corporate form" posed dangers that individual expenditures did not.

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Census 2010: Why It Matters, How to Do It Better

Friday, January 01, 2010

All week long, we've been talking about the importance of the 2010 Census. To wrap up these conversations, we invited Nate Persily, professor of law and politics at Columbia Universit...

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Supreme Court to Consider 'Hillary, the Movie'

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

A relatively innocuous (albeit negative) documentary on Hillary Clinton released during the 2008 election season may lead to something bigger than itself.  Today, the United States Su...


Do Senate Confirmation Hearings Matter?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

It is Day Four of the U.S. Senate's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, and The Takeaway is asking: are Senate confirmation hearings a chance to explore t...


With a Narrow Ruling, the Voting Rights Act Survives

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an 8 to 1 ruling yesterday to exempt a small Texas town from government oversight of their voting process. In a case that could have gutted the key provi...


Sonia Sotomayor: Obama's Supreme Court Pick

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Early reports say that President Obama has made his choice for the U.S. Supreme Court. The pick to fill retiring Justice Souter's seat appears to be Sonia Sotomayor. She has been a ju...

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The role Justice Souter played in court

Friday, May 01, 2009

Justice David Souter is planning to retire after more than 19 years on the Supreme Court, giving President Obama his first chance to fill a vacancy. What was Souter known for, and wha...


New Supreme Court ruling limits Voting Rights Act

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 yesterday to limit the Voting Rights Act. The ruling says there is no duty to draw voting districts that will elect black candidates in areas where blacks ...


Governor Blagojevich v. The Law?

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

As if Illinois' political crisis wasn't complex enough. Embattled Governor Rod Blagojevich has appointed former Attorney General Roland Burris to President-elect Obama's vacant Senate...


What President-elect Obama needs to know about gun policy

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Taking on an issue like gun regulation in the US can mean political suicide for even the savviest of politicians. Nate Persily, law professor and political scientist at Columbia, joi...