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Voters’ Ideological Perceptions of 2014 Senate Candidates

In this post we use Bayesian Aldrich-McKelvey scaling to analyze voters’ perceptions of the ideological positions of Senators and Senate candidates who will be running in close races in 2014 (we also describe the Bayesian Aldrich-McKelvey scaling method in our … Continue reading

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An Update on the Presidential Square Wave through 2013

Below we plot the first dimension DW-NOMINATE Common Space scores of the presidents in the post-war period, which we refer to as the “presidential square wave” due to its shape. An ideological score is estimated for each president throughout the … Continue reading

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Senate: Vote to Invoke Cloture on the Nomination of Debo Adegbile

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the Senate’s 47-52 vote to reject cloture on the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Adebbile is a controversial pick because of his ties … Continue reading

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House: Vote to Raise Debt Ceiling (updated with Senate Vote on Cloture)

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 221-201 vote to pass a clean increase of the debt ceiling. The bill passed with the support of only 28 Republicans and all but two Democrats (Reps. John … Continue reading

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DW-NOMINATE Video, 1789-2013

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An Update on Polarization through the First Year of the 113th Congress (Part II)

Note: Raw data and additional graphs tracking congressional polarization can be found at: http://voteview.com/political_polarization.asp. In our earlier post, we showed that polarization between the parties in Congress continued to rise through 2013: setting new records in both chambers. One natural … Continue reading

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The House and Senate Votes on the Farm Bill

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 251-166 vote and the Senate’s 68-32 vote to pass a five-year farm bill that cuts $8 billion from food stamps. In the House, Republicans voted 162-63 in favor … Continue reading

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Political Polarization and Income Inequality

Two topics that will likely get a lot of attention in President Obama’s State of the Union address are gridlock and income inequality. In this post, we detail how trends in income inequality and political polarization are strongly intertwined with … Continue reading

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The House and Senate Votes on the 2014 Omnibus Spending Bill

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 359-67 vote and the Senate’s 72-26 vote to pass a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that funds the federal government through October 1, 2014. All of the Nay … Continue reading

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An Update on Polarization through the First Year of the 113th Congress (Part I)

Note: Raw data and additional graphs tracking congressional polarization can be found at: http://voteview.com/political_polarization.asp. Now that 2013 — the first year of the 113th Congress — has wrapped up and all 640 roll call votes in the House and 291 … Continue reading

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