New Hampshire Partisan Voting Index (PVI)
The Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI) compares how a congressional district votes relative to the nation as a whole. The index objectively measures each congressional district as a means to allow comparisons between districts that are relevant in both mid-term and presidential election years. The index is derived by averaging a district’s voting results from the previous two presidential elections...
Tea Party Dog Whistles and the 17th Amendment
Marc Ambinder writes perceptively about “the slow mainstreaming of wacky ideas. Call it the victory of the heckler’s vetoers or attribute it to the dynamics of the way groups are formed, but more and more outre ideas are finding their way into politics these days.” His wacky idea du jour is the tea party-backed call to repeal the 17th Amendment which provides for the direct election of U.S....