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NPP #5: Southern Party-Switchers

As a part of a daily series called Non-Political Politics (NPP), Yusoof Monawvil posts daily maps on the obscure, quirky, and unconventional aspects of the United States’ key political institutions—in an undoubtedly non-political manner


Today’s NPP map takes a look at party-switching among Senators. party-switching-npp5

Blue: consistent party affiliation  |  Mid-purple: one Senator has switched party affiliation  |  Purple: both Senators have switched party affiliation


Unlike most NPP maps I make, this one shows some geographic correlation. It seems that the Deep South has a higher proportion of party-switching Senators than other regions of the United States.

At first glance, one might assume that these Senators were part of the old Yellow Dog Democrat brand but in reality, this only accounts for Mississippi’s Thad Cochran—a Southern Democrat who turned Republican amidst the nomination of Richard Nixon in 1968.

The other three Southern Senators—all former Democrats—switched parties much later than Nixon’s nomination and presidency.

  • John Neely Kennedy (LA): 2007
  • Bill Cassidy (LA): 2001
  • Richard Shelby (AL): 1994

As years went on, Southern Democratic Senators found that the increasingly progressive platform of the party hurt them in the polls. Far from being the remnants of an old Southern Democratic political machine, these Senators’ party switches were the results of political polarization and the slow disintegration of the Democratic big tent.

 

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Midterm Profile: Sherrod Brown

This week’s midterm profile takes a look at Ohio’s Senior Senator, Sherrod Brown, the populist Democrat from Mansfield.

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With Josh Mandel essentially being a shoo-in inside the GOP primary, Democrats nationwide are skeptical of Brown’s ability to keep up with his young opponent, whom he beat in the last election by a margin of six points.

Even though Brown comes from a state that Trump won in by a sizeable margin, his consistent fiscal policy and bipartisan work sets him apart from many Senate Democrats. When it came to Ohio and the Democratic firewall states in last year’s election, it was Democrats of a more liberal and seemingly distanced brand that led dissatisfied independents to go the Trump route.

Sherrod Brown definitely is not the polar opposite of Trump-voting Republicans. He opposed NAFTA when he served in the House and voiced dissent regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership during the Obama White House.

Unlike Trump, Brown has remained consistent in this shared regard—eager to point out the Trump White House’s dependence on corporate America, calling the White House “a retreat for Goldman Sachs executives.”

All in all, I’d say that Democrats ought to pay more attention to the races of Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow, Montana’s Jon Tester, and Missouri’s Claire McCaskill. I’d go as far as to say that taking up a more populist platform and attitude like Brown’s might help them secure their seats.

 

NPP #4: Children of the Senate

As a part of a daily series called Non-Political Politics (NPP), Yusoof Monawvil posts daily updates on the obscure, quirky, and unconventional aspects of the United States’ key political institutions—in an undoubtedly non-political manner


In light of recent events, today’s map addresses the matter of children in the Senate.

…I speak not of childish or immature acts on the floor of the Senate, but of the actual children of Senators.

Sum of Senators' Children


Some noteworthy points of interest:

  • Arizona’s Senators have a total of twelve children between them: Senator Flake with five children, and Senator McCain with seven children.
  • Utah’s delegation comes second with a total of nine children between Senator Lee and President Pro Tempore Hatch, with three and six children, respectively.
  • Out of South Carolina’s delegation, neither Tim Scott nor Lindsey Graham have any children.

NPP #3: Gender in the Senate

 

As a part of a daily series called Non-Political Politics (NPP), Yusoof Monawvil posts daily updates on the obscure, quirky, and unconventional aspects of the United States’ key political institutions—in an undoubtedly non-political manner


npp-three-genderinthesenateBlue: Delegation fully male | Purple: Delegation split| Red: Delegation fully female


Today’s NPP map features a look at the gender makeup of the Senate. Though women make up little over a fifth of the Senate with a total of twenty-one seats being filled by women, only three states have fully female delegations: New Hampshire, Washington, and California. Out of those twenty-one female Senators, sixteen are Democrats, and five are Republicans.

Quite curiously, both members of New Hampshire’s delegation were governor directly prior to being elected to the Senate, Freshman Senator Maggie Hassan’s tenure being from 2013 to 2017 and Senior Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s tenure lasting from 1997 to 2003.

 

 

NPP #2: Seniority in the Senate

As a part of a daily series called Non-Political Politics (NPP), Yusoof Monawvil posts daily updates on the obscure, quirky, and unconventional aspects of the United States’ key political institutions—in an undoubtedly non-political manner


Senior Senator Decade of Entry
Today’s map features each Senior Senator’s decade of entry by state. Unsurprisingly, the most senior of Senators is Vermont’s Patrick Leahy, followed by the current President Pro Tempore—Utah’s Orrin Hatch and Mississippi’s Thad Cochran. On the other end, we have Alabama’s Luther Strange, appointed earlier this year by former Governor Bentley to fill Sessions’ seat.