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Congressional Voting Records

Original post made by Stacey on Oct 15, 2010

Here's an interesting site to view data about House Representatives and Senators, bills, and votes. It's called OpenCongress: Web Link

What I found interesting about the tool is how high a percentage most representatives vote with their party is. There's talk about puppets in Congress. Well, the vast majority of them seem to be puppets!

Comments (5)

Posted by Margaret, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Stacey,
Thank you for this information!

Given that McNerney is "campaigning" as a moderate and an "independent thinker" his 96% democrat party line vote indicates otherwise.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Representatives in California were all 90% and above in line with their parties. The least partisan were McClintock at 91% and a John Campbell (R) at 90%. McNerney seemed around average. There were more partisan reps than McNerney in both parties.

Murkowski in Alaska is 84%. Independent thinker? Well, she's out.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 15, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Considering the higher percentage of with-party votes by other California Democrat reps compared to McNerney it would be technically correct to say he's more moderate! LOL! But in general it looks like everyone is pretty much partisan.


Posted by Margaret, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Stacey...you missed my point.
McNerney is deliberately misleading his constituents by claiming he is a moderate in his campaign material. He is not even close to a moderate.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

I don't care too much about that. It's called spin and it is expected in any campaign. Just like claiming that the tax cut expiration is a tax hike, it is all about which baseline you use.

My point is that none of the California reps are close to moderate, as measured by the percentage of with-party votes. The most moderate of the bunch is John Campbell followed by McClintock. And we see what happens to those even more moderate, like Murkowski.


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