Skip to main content

View Diary: Confirmed, Chuck Schumer couldn't be more wrong in his wrong attempt to break voting (117 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Does that first plot (state legislative ideology) (0+ / 0-)

    show Arizona's legislature as slightly more liberal than the US as a whole?

    To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

    by sneakers563 on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 10:21:30 AM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    •  Yep. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      sneakers563

      Unfortunately, that's how screwed up our legislatures are right now. While the AZ result may seem implausible, it's explained by two factors:

      -The AZ leg. Republican majority is relatively small compared to other red states.
      -The AZ leg. Democratic caucus is more liberal than average.

      Given that majorities nearly always get their way, however, perhaps the more interesting measure is the ideology of the majority. And here, AZ scores toward the conservative end (hence, it's third in the next chart: polarization).

      "I've always admired your tart honesty and ability to be personally offended by broad social trends." -Principal Skinner.

      by cardinal on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 11:08:17 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yeah, I see it's #3 in polarization (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        cardinal

        Still, I was somewhat surprised that it falls on the liberal side of the spectrum overall.

        To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

        by sneakers563 on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 11:21:58 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  If the "middle" were (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          sneakers563

          an absolute middle -- pegged to ideology -- then the AZ leg would be right of center. But unfortunately, Republicans dominate state legislatures by such a ferocious margin that a closely-split leg with liberal Democrats like AZ falls on the left-hand side. It's truly depressing for anyone who realizes that state government has more impact on (most of) our day-to-day lives than the federal government. 2010 was the disaster that keeps on giving.

          "I've always admired your tart honesty and ability to be personally offended by broad social trends." -Principal Skinner.

          by cardinal on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 11:32:21 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (160)
  • Community (74)
  • Elections (45)
  • Bernie Sanders (43)
  • Environment (43)
  • 2016 (41)
  • Hillary Clinton (36)
  • Spam (35)
  • Culture (35)
  • Republicans (34)
  • Climate Change (32)
  • Media (32)
  • Civil Rights (28)
  • Labor (27)
  • Congress (26)
  • Law (25)
  • Science (24)
  • Education (24)
  • Texas (23)
  • Barack Obama (22)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site