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House: Two Immigration Votes

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s two recent votes on immigration: its 223-189 vote on a$694 million appropriations bill to enact new security measures along the U.S.-Mexico border and its 216-192 vote to end … Continue reading

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The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act: Plotting the House and Senate Votes

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act. The Civil Rights Act passed the House in a 290-130 vote and the Senate in a 73-27 vote. Below we use DW-NOMINATE scores to plot both votes. … Continue reading

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How Conservative is Eric Cantor?

Tonight comes the surprising news of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) primary upset by a Tea Party challenger. Just how conservative (or not) is Rep. Cantor? Using DW-NOMINATE Common Space scores (which measure the ideological positions of Members of … Continue reading

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House: Vote to Prohibit Funds for DEA Raids on State-Legalized Medical Marijuana

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 219-189 vote to prohibit funds for DEA raids on medical marijuana operations in states that have legalized it. Contrary to the narrative that it was mostly moderate Republicans … Continue reading

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House: Vote to Limit NSA Phone Surveillance

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 303-121 vote to limit the National Security Agency’s controversial phone surveillance program. As the plot below shows, there is almost no ideological organization to this vote. It would … Continue reading

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Senate: Vote to Invoke Cloture on the Shaheen-Portman Energy Bill

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the Senate’s failed attempt to invoke cloture on an energy efficiency bill sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) in a 55-36 vote. All but three Republicans … Continue reading

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House: Vote to Hold Lois Lerner in Contempt

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 231-187 vote to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. The vote was nearly party-line, with six House Democrats crossing over to vote in favor of contempt. As … Continue reading

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Southern Realignment through the 2012 Elections

Below we provide updated data on the southern realignment through the 2012 elections. Continuing gains among white voters has led to an increasingly Republican South (which we count as the 11 states of the Confederacy plus Kentucky and Oklahoma). In … Continue reading

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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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