Category: Government

Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice

I’m a man, and if you think it’s hypocritical that a man is writing a piece about abortion, then I’d agree with you. I firmly believe women can and should be able to decide this issue for themselves without any…

Abusing Reconciliation?

Datagraphics can be used to inject civility into public debates. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (and others) has been quoted as saying that reconciliation has never been used to pass something like health care before. And people who are  pre-disposed…

Reviewing an NYTimes Infographic

Recently the New York Times ran an infographic on the proposed 2011 Federal Budget.  It’s a nearly perfect use of the treemap capability in data visualization where the size of the boxes is proportional to the amount of spending. If…

Gerrymandering and Congressional Power

Last time we saw that mathematical tools allow us to identify congressional districts that may be gerrymandered. These congressional districts are oddly shaped, but what isn’t immediately clear is whether these shapes are that way for legitimate political purposes (eg…

Gerrymandering and the 2010 Census

When a state gains population it may also gain a new congressional representative. Frequently this causes the state to redraw its congressional district boundaries. Since 2010 is a Census year, states that gain or lose a representative will be going…