Monthly Archives: March 2012

Basic Space Scaling of Preliminary 2012 National Election Study Data

Below we use the Basic Space Scaling package in R to scale the ideological locations of political stimuli (the parties and 2012 presidential candidates) with data from the preliminary release of the ANES 2010-2012 Evaluations of Government and Society Study … Continue reading

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Senate: Vote to Invoke Cloture on JOBS Act

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the Senate’s 76-22 vote to invoke cloture on the JOBS (Jumpstart our Business Startups) Act, a measure which trims federal banking and financial regulations. There are two aspects of this … Continue reading

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Senate: Vote on $109B Transportation Bill

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the Senate’s 74-22 vote to approve $109 billion in funding for highway projects. Support for the bill was largely bipartisan, with all Senate Democrats voting “Yea” and Senate Republicans splitting … Continue reading

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Senate Vote on Keystone XL Pipeline and House Vote on JOBS Act

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the Senate’s vote to approve the Keystone pipeline (which failed, by a 56-42 margin, to reach the required 3/5 supermajority threshold), and the House’s vote on House Majority Leader Eric … Continue reading

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Measuring Polarization through Chamber and Party Medians over Time (1879-2012)

Are congressional Republicans, as a recent New York Times article suggests, “stampeding to the right”? Below we use first dimension DW-NOMINATE scores, which measure the locations of members of Congress along the ideological (liberal-conservative) scale, to plot the median location … Continue reading

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Senate: Vote on Blunt Amendment (Allow Religious Institutions to Opt Out of Contraception Coverage)

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the Senate’s vote on an amendment offered by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) which would allow religious institutions to opt out of providing contraception coverage to their employees. A measure to … Continue reading

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