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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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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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