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Bills for the Rich, Bills for the Poor

I present these 8 visualizations without much comment. Each one represents the bill titles sponsored or enacted by the party and district wealth of the politician who sponsored it. The bigger the word, the more often it was included in bill … Continue reading

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How to be better than Trump: Remember why you love our country

This is an optimistic essay. I believe every word of it. We have earned optimism and hope, and we need to remember why. Anyone can see the waves of fear encompassing our country, but there is no reason to let … Continue reading

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Dysfunctional government?

I’ve been going through a lot of legislative history recently. Occasionally, small facts stand out. The first bill introduced to the 112th Congress was titled “Hurricane Sandy supplemental appropriations bill.” Only one person decided to put their name on this … Continue reading

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Welcome!

I am a graduate student in political science at the University of Rochester, and hold a B.A. in mathematics and political science from Swarthmore College. I spent last academic year, 2015-2016, as a visiting instructor at Georgetown University. My research … Continue reading

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The history of party control in Congress

One of the big revelations I had as a high school student in the early 2000’s was that Democrats have almost exclusively controlled the House since the Great Depression, and have mostly controlled the Senate. This was not the impression … Continue reading

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