I probably wouldn’t recommend them to take a contribution from Ray Rice, but it takes a LOT for a candidate to turn down money :)
Women make up more than half the U.S. population, less than one fourth of U.S. House witnesses
Women are underrepresented in Congress in more ways than one, a new analysis by the Sunlight Foundation finds: Of the more than 5,000 witnesses called to testify before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives during the current congressional session, fewer than one quarter have been female.
Read the full story here: http://snlg.ht/1trlxOZ
On Aug. 5, the Federal Communications Commission announced the bulk release of the comments from its largest-ever public comment collection. We’ve spent the last three weeks cleaning and preparing the data and leveraging our experience in machine learning and natural language processing to try and make sense of the hundreds-of-thousands of comments in the docket.
Some key findings:
We estimate that less than 1 percent of comments were clearly opposed to net neutrality.
At least 60 percent of comments submitted were form letters written by organized campaigns (484,692 comments); while these make up the majority of comments, this is actually a lower percentage than is common for high-volume regulatory dockets.
At least 200 comments came from law firms, on behalf of themselves or their clients.
For the rest of the analysis - and to dig into the data yourself - head to the full Sunlight blog post here.
Will she or won’t she? Hill-Hill may be taking her time on the question of 2016, but one thing is for certain: the anticipation certainly isn’t hurting her stock.
The DSCC’s Women’s Senate Network just announced a new fundraiser with Hillary on the marquee. The funder is to take place at…
Yowza. (Via our sister Tumblog that tracks the wild universie of political fundraisers: Political Party Time)
The blog that mines NYC’s massive data clearinghouse to visualize issues facing city dwellers, from education to eating.
From our sister tumblr, Political Party Time:
From the Sunlight Foundation blog:
Although President Barack Obama’s administration touts its support of an open and transparent government, there’s been a glaring exception: opening up political fundraisers to the pool of White House reporters who trail the president. So far, in 2014, President Obama has headlined 41 political fundraisers, according to data from Party Time. Of those parties, the press has been shut out of almost half – 19, to be exact.
How Birth Year Influences Political Views
From The New York Times:
A new model of presidential voting suggests President Obama’s approval rating — currently in the low 40s — will inform not only the 2016 election, but also the election in 2076. The model, by researchers at Catalist, the Democratic data firm, and Columbia University, uses hundreds of thousands of survey responses and new statistical software to estimate how people’s preferences change at different stages of their lives.
Politicians know immediately when big donations come in. Shouldn’t you?
With Citizens United and McCutcheon, there’s more money in politics than ever. We think it’s time to give voters better tools to track it.
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