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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Iowa Progress: Players with Power

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Progress

So Congress.org just released congressional Power Rankings, and lo and behold, Iowa is doing pretty well.

Congressmen (and women) were ranked according to 15 ‘characteristics of power,’ including things like positions, influence, and legislative activity. You guys should probably just check out the background page to learn about their methodology, but here are some highlights:

In addition, the project team recognized that Members of Congress can exert or possess power that can’t be measured by these standard measures. Therefore, we created the “Sizzle/Fizzle” factor. For example, Sizzle factors can include a legislator’s unique background and experience (Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)) or relationships (Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY))

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