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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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Senate Polarization after the 2014 Elections

Though partisan polarization has increased dramatically in both chambers of Congress over recent decades, it has beenmore pronounced in the House than the Senate. There is reason to believe that yesterday’s midterm elections will narrow this gap, increasing the ideological … Continue reading

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The House and Senate Votes to Approve Obama’s Request to Arm and Train Syrian Rebels

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 273-156 vote and the Senate’s 78-22 vote to approve President Obama’s request to arm and train Syrian rebels. As seen below, both votes split the parties, with 85 … Continue reading

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Evidence of Assymetric Polarization in Congress with Common Space Scores

There is little question that the parties in Congress have moved ideologically further apart over recent decades. But has polarization been symmetric (with both parties moving away from the center at roughly equal rates), or has it been assymetric (driven … Continue reading

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The Senate Vote to Invoke Cloture on the Campaign Finance Amendment and the House Vote to Condemn the Taliban Prisoner Swap

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the Senate’s 79-18 vote to end debate on a constitutional amendment to protect campaign finance regulations and the House’s 249-163 vote on a resolution condemning the Obama administration for not … Continue reading

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