Monthly Archives: February 2013

Senate: Cloture and Confirmation Votes of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the Senate’s 71-27 cloture vote and its 58-41 confirmation vote on Former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) for Secretary of Defense. Eighteen Senate Republicans joined all voting Senate Democrats and Independents … Continue reading

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Senate: Vote to Invoke Cloture on the Confirmation Vote of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the Senate’s 58-40 vote to invoke cloture on the conformation vote of Former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) for Secretary of Defense. The vote fell two votes short of the 60-vote … Continue reading

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Lincoln and the Ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment

The plot of Best Picture-nominee Lincoln centers around the dramatic passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to abolish slavery in the United States. Following the Senate’s 38-6 passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in April 1864, Daniel Day-Lewis as President Lincoln must … Continue reading

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Senator Robert Dole (R-KS) and Polarization in the US Senate

In a recent article on gridlock in the US Senate, Senate historian Don Ritchie remarked that: “Part of the shift in the Republican Party means that old-time senators like [Senator Robert] Dole who were to the right of their party … Continue reading

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