data for politics #28: Republican Senators are Less Sensitive to their General Electorates

By Jon Green (@_Jon_Green)

At various points during the Trump administration, progressive activists have trained their focus on key “swing” Republican senators who are perceived to be open to opposing key elements of the Republican policy agenda. This dynamic was present in full force last week during the culmination of the nominating process for Brett Kavanaugh. There were a variety of reasons why one might expect a handful of Republican senators’ votes to have been on the table during this nomination fight, and yet Kavanaugh’s nomination proceeded almost entirely on party lines. The reasons why various Republicans may have opposed Kavanaugh are as follows:

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data for politics #27: Same Day Registration Can Increase Voter Turnout

By Charlotte Hill (@hill_charlotte) and Jake Grumbach (@JakeMGrumbach)

Voting reform is on the map in the 2018 elections. At least six states are considering updating how people register to vote, either through legislative action or ballot initiative. Some of these reforms, like Florida’s felon re-enfranchisement initiative, focus on boosting registration and turnout among specific populations; others, like a new Michigan ballot initiative, make it easier for people to register and cast a ballot on the same day.

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