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  •  I don't remember if I linked to it here (7+ / 0-)

    but kos kindly linked to my interactive New York Senate voting charts.  

    As I noted in a comment, it's very strange that a) so many people of both parties voted with Dean Skelos more than 90% of the time and b) there's so little party separation in those percentages.  (Although the Republicans dissenting from Skelos mostly seem to do so on different votes than the Democrats.  By ideal point, the parties are indeed separated, as far as I can tell.)  

    As I said in a comment:

    If I were to make the same graph about neighboring Connecticut, comparing State Senators to Republican leader John McKinney, then all the Republicans would be at around 80% similarity to him (the range is about 73% to 84%), and all the Democrats would be at around 34% (the range is about 32% to 39%).

    I certainly doubt there are any other chambers in the country where multiple people in one party vote with the leader of the other party on over 90% of non-unanimous votes.

    Maybe I should have said "other states".  After all, that's New York state government for you.  If you don't like polarization, strong parties, and so on, then there's always New York state government.

    27, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-10 (formerly PA-02/NY-12, then PA-02/NY-14). Also at

    by Xenocrypt on Thu May 15, 2014 at 12:16:48 PM PDT

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