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House: Vote on Clean DHS Funding Bill

Below we use updated DW-NOMINATE scores to plot the House’s 257-167 vote to pass a clean funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The cutting line (separating predicted Yea votes from predicted Nay votes) divides the 75 Yea … Continue reading

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Senate: Vote to Override Keystone XL Pipeline Veto

Below we use updated DW-NOMINATE scores to plot the Senate’s 62-37 vote to override President Obama’s veto of a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The Senate fell five votes short of a successful veto override. Eight Senate … Continue reading

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House: Vote on Three-Week DHS Funding Bill

Below we use updated DW-NOMINATE scores to plot the House’s 203-224 vote to reject a three-week funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Ideology appears to do a good job of dividing the 191 Yea Republicans from the … Continue reading

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An Early Look at Polarization in the 114th Congress

Now that the 114th House has conducted 66 roll call votes and the 114th Senate has voted 53 times, we now have enough data to take a very preliminary look at ideological polarization in the new Congress. Following standard practice, … Continue reading

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The House and Senate Votes to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

Below we use updated DW-NOMINATE scores to plot the House’s 266-153 vote and the Senate’s 62-36 to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. 28 House Democrats and 9 Senate Democrats joined all voting Republicans in supporting the measure. As seen … Continue reading

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The Speaker Vote: 6 January 2015

Updated 30 January 2015 Below is the vote to elect John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House. The actual roll call was 216 for Boehner, 164 for Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), 24 Republicans voted for other Republicans, 4 Democrats voted … Continue reading

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An Update on the Presidential Square Wave

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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House and Senate Polarization 1879 – 2014

Below we show the polarization of the Political Parties for the 1879 through 2014 period (46th to 113th Congresses). Polarization is measured by the distance between the means of the Democrat and Republican Parties on the first (Liberal vs. Conservative) … Continue reading

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House: Vote on $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill (the “Cromnibus”)

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House‚Äôs 219-206 vote on a $1.1 trillion spending package (the so-called Cromnibus). The vote split both party caucuses, with House Republicans voting 162-67 in favor of the bill and … Continue reading

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The House and Senate Votes on the Keystone XL Pipeline

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 252-161 vote and the Senate’s 59-41 vote on approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The Senate fell one vote short of approving the measure, which was designed in part … Continue reading

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