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Don't Leave Dangerous Toys Out in Plain Sight | Seth Masket 2013-10-03
*Don't Leave Dangerous Toys Out in Plain Sight*

– a brilliant post from @smotus
reform  institutions  congress  cong113  filibuster  democracy  ilike 
october 2013 by tofias
Jennifer Nicoll Victor | Data Download
"In anticipation of release of LMO book, Cong caucus data (109 110 111) now available . Links page newly updated too."
data  congress  networks  ilike  from twitter_favs
september 2013 by tofias
Same-Sex Marriage: Who Led the Way to the Promised Land? | Masket
> What the above analysis suggests to me is that there is nothing unique to Judaism that caused these senators to support same-sex marriage. They did this because that's what liberals do. What made them liberals in the first place? A whole lot of things, including their religion.
jewish  gayrights  ideology  congress 
august 2013 by tofias
Vital Statistics on Congress | Brookings Institution | July 2013
Data on the U.S. Congress – A Joint Effort from Brookings and the American Enterprise Institute By: Norman J. Ornstein, Thomas E. Mann, Michael J. Malbin and Andrew Rugg
congress  data 
july 2013 by tofias
U.S. Congressional District Shapefiles, 1789-2012
This site provides digital boundary definitions for every U.S. Congressional District in use between 1789 and 2012. These were produced as part of NSF grant SBE-SES-0241647 between 2009 and 2013.

congress  maps  ilike 
july 2013 by tofias
A Computational Approach to Tracing the Progress of Policy Ideas in Legislation | Congress and the Politics of Problem Solving
> Scholars have long noted the importance of institutional position as a predictor of bill success. But when we compare the sponsors of successful policy ideas (whether a section of an introduced bill found its way into a different bill that became law) to the sponsors of successful bills (bills that became law), we find that legislative effectiveness is substantially more widespread. We can ask which individual members have the greatest success inserting language into legislation.
howabill  legislatures  congress 
april 2013 by tofias
Some Still Give Congress Good Marks -
> In follow-up interviews, those respondents to the Times poll gave a complicated and contradictory set of reasons for looking at Congress through rose-colored glasses. Several backtracked or qualified their support when asked to describe what they found so appealing about the institution. The words “idiots” and “ninnies” came up. One respondent described his positive response as accidental. Another mentioned she had been recovering from a recent surgery.
public-opinion  partisanship  congress  ilike 
march 2013 by tofias
Quote of the Day
"Go fuck yourself."

-- House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), quoted by Politico, to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) after Reid had publicly accused Boehner of running a "dictatorship" in the House.
mcq  congress 
january 2013 by tofias
Why party cartels matter.
“Go f— yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present.
ps426  ps421  congress  parties 
january 2013 by tofias
Barney Frank on coming out — Exit Interviews - The Washington Post
> The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe talks with retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) about how he opened up to his House colleagues about his sexuality before he came out of the closet.
congress  video  members_lives  retirement  ambition  gayrights  ilike 
december 2012 by tofias
xkcd: Congress
A History of The United States Congress: Partisan and Ideological Makeup (using DW-NOMINATE)
congress  rollcalls  ideology  history  spatial  boots  graph 
october 2012 by tofias
The most godawful human activity
"It's the most godawful human activity that doesn't involve physical pain. It's high tension, and it's boring and difficult work -- begging people for money and debasing yourself. I've known people who claim they've enjoyed it, but I think they're lying."

-- Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), in an interview with Men's Journal, on campaigning.
leadership  moneypolitics  viapwire  congress  elections  ps426 
september 2012 by tofias
Carney: 'I feel rotten' about accidental fracking vote ::
> State House lawmakers have apparently accidentally legalized fracking in North Carolina, due to a deciding vote one Democrat says was a mistake.
> Rep. Becky Carney, D-Mecklenburg, says she did not intend to cast the key vote that overrode the governor's veto of the bill.
> The vote was 72-47, exactly the number needed for an override. Without Carney's vote, the veto would have been sustained.
> Carney characterized her vote as "very accidental."
howabill  congress  rollcall  politics 
july 2012 by tofias
Who Likes Political Science?: Determinants of Senators’ Votes on the Coburn Amendment
Joseph E. Uscinski; Casey A. Klofstad. PS • October 2010. ABSTRACT In October 2009, political scientists learned of a Senate amendment sponsored by Tom Coburn (R-OK) that would eliminate political science funding from the National Science Foundation budget. The American Political Science Association condemned the proposed amendment, and concerned political scientists contacted their senators to urge the amendment’s defeat. On November 5, 2009, the amendment was defeated 36-62 after little debate. This article examines the vote on the Coburn Amendment to understand the role that senators’ personal, constituency, and institutional characteristics played in their votes. Logit analysis reveals that even after controlling for party, several factors signifi- cantly predict the vote, including the number of top-tier political science Ph.D. programs in the senator’s state and whether the senator graduated with a bachelor’s degree in polit- ical science.
politicalscience  congress  rollcall  ps  viamonkey 
may 2012 by tofias
Political Scientist: Republicans Most Conservative They've Been In 100 Years (It's All Politics - NPR Blog)
"Keith Poole of the University of Georgia, with his collaborator Howard Rosenthal of New York University, has spent decades charting the ideological shifts and polarization of the political parties in Congress from the 18th century until now to get the view of how the political landscape has changed from 30,000 feet up. What they have found is that the Republican Party is the most conservative it has been a century."
boots  rollcalls  ideology  gop  congress  ps426 
april 2012 by tofias
A Gender Gap in Policy Representation in the U.S. Congress? - GRIFFIN - 2012 - Legislative Studies Quarterly - Wiley Online Library
ABSTRACT In the first article to evaluate the equality of dyadic policy representation experienced by women, we assess the congruence between U.S. House members' roll-call votes and the policy preferences of their female and male constituents. Employing two measures of policy representation, we do not find a gender gap in dyadic policy representation. However, we uncover a sizeable gender gap favoring men in districts represented by Republicans, and a similarly sizeable gap favoring women in districts represented by Democrats. A Democratic majority further improves women's dyadic representation relative to men, but having a female representative (descriptive representation) does not.
congress  gender  representation 
february 2012 by tofias
Timeless Strategy Meets New Medium: Going Negative on Congressional Campaign Web Sites
James N. Druckman, Martin J. Kifer, & Michael Parkin. Timeless Strategy Meets New Medium: Going Negative on Congressional Campaign Web Sites, 2002–2006 - Political Communication - Volume 27, Issue 1

ABSTRACT In a few short years, the World Wide Web has become a standard part of candidates' campaign tool kits. Virtually all candidates have their own sites, and voters, journalists, and activists visit the sites with increasing frequency. In this article, we study what candidates do on these sites—in terms of the information they present—by exploring one of the most enduring and widely debated campaign strategies: “going negative.” Comparing data from over 700 congressional candidate Web sites, over three election cycles (2002, 2004, and 2006), with television advertising data, we show that candidates go negative with similar likelihoods across these media. We also find that while similar dynamics drive negativity on the Web and in television advertising, there are some notable differences. These differences likely stem, in part, from the truncated sample available with television data (i.e., many candidates do not produce ads). Our results have implications for understanding negative campaigning and for the ways in which scholars can study campaign dynamics.
congress  campaigns  web  ps426  emn 
february 2012 by tofias
At Election Time, Running From Millions -
Frank Bruni:

> Even many Congressional campaigns have grown drawn out and exorbitant. Is it any wonder, then, that Congress has become a wealthier club? As Eric Lichtblau reported in The Times recently, the median net worth of a member of Congress appeared to be $913,000 in 2010 and had grown 15 percent over six years. The median net worth for all Americans was about $100,000 and had declined 8 percent.
> There’s no simple relationship between privilege and policy. The Roosevelts and Kennedys, both spectacularly rich families, produced leaders known for their populism and protection of the less fortunate. Nancy Pelosi, a staunch defender of government aid, is thought to be worth as much as $196 million. John Boehner? Just $1.8 million, according to figures from 2010.
> Wealth in politics makes a certain sense. The same drive, vanity, accomplishment and ingenuity that fuel a successful political career often fuel high earnings beforehand. And those earnings in some instances win voters’ confidence.
members_lives  congress  ps426  ambition 
january 2012 by tofias
The Anti-Incumbent Election Myth - Alan I. Abramowitz (Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball)
"Based on the historical record we can confidently predict that if a large number of incumbents lose their seats next November, it will be because 2012 is a wave election and that almost all of the defeated incumbents will come from the party on the losing side of the wave."

RT : Abramowitz: "There has never been a true anti-incumbent election in recent history."
politics  incumbency  congress  elections  from twitter_favs
december 2011 by tofias
H.Res. 5: Adopting Rules for the One Hundred Twelfth Congress - Legislative Digest -
"A CBO cost estimate for H. Res. 5 is not available." – I wonder if (how?) they would've been able to come up with one.
congress  budget  debt-ceiling  institutions  ps426  cong112 
july 2011 by tofias
Why Would Congress Want a Debt Limit? — The Monkey Cage
Why Would Congress Want a Debt Limit? (Scott Adler & John Wilkerson at Monkey Cage see also Steve Smith in the comments)
congress  budget  debt-ceiling  institutions  ps426  cong112 
july 2011 by tofias
Comparing the 111th to the 112th Congresses | voteview blog
111th and 112th Houses and Senates using Comman Space DW-NOMINATE Scores.
rollcall  ideology  congress  cong111  cong112 
june 2011 by tofias
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