A look back at a few of the most illuminating, odd, and controversial reports published by Smart Politics this year.
Only 1 of 25 New Jersey U.S. Senate incumbents have lost their renomination bids since the state’s first direct election in 1916.
What rules could be introduced in the Senate to ensure the filibuster is no longer a ‘strategy for hijacking’ the chamber and ‘demoralizing the country?’
The late Senator from Hawaii served with 218 Democrats, 189 Republicans, and five independents and those from third parties; more Minnesotans served with Inouye than Senators from any other state (14).
While 27 percent of House Democrats issued official press releases on the Newtown, Connecticut murders, only 6 percent of Republicans did so and no GOPer mentioned the word ‘gun’ in their statements.
Six new faces entering the Senate in January served in the House and 51 overall; Hawaii, Virginia, and Massachusetts have the highest all-time rate of choosing Senators with House experience.
Gubernatorial incumbents from Michigan are victorious more than three-fourths of the time in general election bids with Republican incumbents at more than 80%.
Two Minnesota-born U.S. Senators have been elected to seats outside of the Gopher State over the last two cycles.
Of the 12 newly-elected U.S. Senators to take their seats in the 113th Congress, just four were born in the state they will represent: Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona, Republican Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota,…
Only one sitting U.S. House member has been appointed out of 15 appointments to the U.S. Senate from South Carolina; only four of these appointed senators were subsequently elected to the chamber