Monthly Archives: January 2013

House: Vote to Extend the Debt Ceiling for Three Months (No Budget, No Pay Act)

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 285-144 vote on the No Budget, No Pay Act. The measure extends the debt ceiling for three months (until 18 May 2013) but requires that the House and … Continue reading

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House: Vote on $50 Billion Hurricane Sandy Relief Package

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s 241-180 vote on a $50 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package. The vote was unique in that the majority party was “rolled”, as House Republicans voted 49-179 in opposition … 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. DW-NOMINATE is a statistical procedure that estimates the ideological positions … Continue reading

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An Update on Political Polarization through the 112th Congress

The 112th Congress closed unceremoniously this month with a series of votes (by the House and Senate) to avert the “fiscal cliff”. With this data, we can now analyze roll call voting in the 112th Congress in its entirety and … Continue reading

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House: The Speaker Election for the 113th House

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s vote on the Speaker of the 113th House. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) won, receiving 220 votes and overcoming concerns about a mutiny among conservative House Republicans. Rep. Nancy … Continue reading

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House: Vote on the Fiscal Cliff Deal

Revised 3 January 2012: We have updated the plot with the votes of the four missing Yea legislators and the three missing Nay legislators. The substantive findings remain unchanged. Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the … Continue reading

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Senate: Vote on the Fiscal Cliff Deal

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the Senate’s 89-8 vote on a fiscal cliff deal reached late Monday. The agreement permanently extends the current income tax rates for individuals/families with annual incomes below $400k/$450k. It also … Continue reading

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