Obama book offers key insight about how laws really get made

In a photo from 2004, Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama, right, speaks with a fellow legislator on the floor of the state Senate chamber. AP photo/Randy Squires Amid all the attention on former President Barack Obama’s new book, what may not have shown up in the reviews is mention of a two-page summary that, for legislative scholars like me, includes what may be the shortest and perhaps best description of how legislatures really work, even for political scientists. Based on his time as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004, the brief passage crystallizes the inner workings of the legisla…

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