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Behind the Numbers: April 8, 2007 - April 14, 2007

Stevens: Alaska's Most Reliable Voter

Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska is not only the longest-serving Senate Republican, as Paul Kane reports, but also one of its more dependable voters. In fact, Stevens, 83, has by far the best attendance record among Alaska's three-person delegation since 1991 (GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski has missed fewer votes, but...

By  |  April 13, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Voting  
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Joint Fundraising Redefined

"Joint fundraising committees" are normally created by national parties to collect money for several candidates at once. The candidates are often from the same state. Funds collected by the joint committee are distributed among the candidates and the party. But Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., has turned the practice on its...

By  |  April 12, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Campaign Finance  
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Castle Picks Up the Pace

Republican Michael Castle, Delaware's lone representative in the House and a Democratic target in 2008, doesn't appear to be taking the challenge lightly. Castle's campaign filed its first-quarter report on Tuesday, showing $1.2 million in cash on hand. What's interesting is that Castle raised three times what he did in...

By  |  April 11, 2007; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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House Votes: Three Nail-biters So Far

The Democratic-controlled House has held more than 200 votes since the start of the 110th Congress, and so far there have been only three truly close votes with single-digit margins: the recent budget resolution, passage of the supplemental appropriations bill and a motion to recommit on a bill promoting the...

By  |  April 10, 2007; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Blue Dogs Sticking With the Party

Members of the House Blue Dog Coalition - moderate and conservative Democrats - have been in lockstep with their party on most votes so far this year, an analysis of vote data shows. A majority of the 43 Blue Dogs have voted with their party 98.6 percent of the time,...

By  |  April 9, 2007; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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About Behind the Numbers

Welcome to Behind the Numbers, a look inside the data that helps define political activity and debates. Behind the Numbers will feature looks at interesting bits of information from polls, surveys, and voting data -- much of it collected by The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com, but also from external sources....

By  |  April 8, 2007; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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