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.
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.
Using code and statistical models, we created an interactive #dataviz tool that will show you exactly where (almost) every legislator in America stands on the political spectrum.
Read more about how it was done (and look at the open source code) here: http://snlg.ht/1uYtU6l
It’s a well-known Washington truism that the place to get rich is on #KStreet. But if you really want to strike it big, head through the revolving door.
That’s because lobbyists with government experience most likely make three times as much as those without it - and significantly more than a member of Congress.
Explore the cash behind K Street in Sunlight’s new series - Revolvers’ Dollars: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/01/21/revolving-door-lobbyists-government-experience/
We are excited to unveil a couple experimental data-driven visualizations that literally map 400,000 hours of U.S. television news. One of our collaborating scholars, Kalev Leetaru, applied “fulltext geocoding” software to our entire television news research service collection.
Extra-special: Sunlight gave a small grant to help the Internet Archive’s TV news project in 2012. :)