Archive for January 2013
Scott Brown: The Return of the King?
If Scott Brown wins Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate special election in June he will return to the chamber with the ninth shortest gap in service in history.Read More
The Oldest (and Youngest) US House Delegations in the 113th Congress
West Virginia and Oregon have the oldest multi-member delegations to the House with Kansas and Arkansas the youngest.Read More
The Price of Palin: $15 per Word Spoken During FOX Contract
Sarah Palin uttered more than 189,000 words over 150 appearances on various FOX broadcasts during her three years as an analyst at the network, or $15.85 per word.Read More
Bill Burton: Don’t Criticize Beyoncé!
During an event at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Thursday afternoon, former Obama Deputy Press Secretary and Priorities USA senior strategist Bill Burton was asked what he thought of the Beyoncé lip synching scandal at the president’s inauguration event….Read More
Western Women: Regional Gender Disparities in Congressional Representation
Women have been elected to the U.S. House from western states at 2.5 times the rate as the rest of the country over the last century, with the region electing nearly 1/3 of all female-held seats with just 1/7 of all House seats.Read More
The Birth States of U.S. Representatives (113th Congress)
Eight U.S. House delegations boast an all homegrown membership, led by Iowa and Mississippi; five delegations come in at 25 percent or less including Virginia and Minnesota.Read More
Rand Paul Resurrects the Nullifiers
Kentucky GOP U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s recent vow that Congress should “nullify anything the president does that smacks of legislation” in his executive orders on gun control brings to mind a minor political party which was founded on perceived federal…Read More
Sanford Seeks 1st US House Seat by Ex-South Carolina Governor Since 1850s
The last time a former governor of the Palmetto State won a U.S. House contest was a decade before the Civil War (William Aiken).Read More
FOX Still Shunned at Obama Press Conferences
The favorite news outlet of conservatives ranks just ninth in presser questions in Obama’s first term, getting to ask questions at only half the rate of the Big 3 broadcast networks.Read More
Will West Virginia Democrats Hold Jay Rockefeller’s Seat?
The party of retiring five-term U.S. Senators has held the seat 83 percent of the time in the next election since popular vote Senate contests began a century ago.Read More