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  • Michigan State University: Capital expenditure

    This project analyzed 2017 campaign finance data reported by Michigan state lawmakers. The initial intent was to determine how much of those funds came from special interest Political Action Committees rather than individual contributions. It blossomed into 10 stories that looked at such things as the difference in fundraising patterns between men and women, Republicans and Democrats. It ranked the partisanship of the state’s PACs, the largest PAC donors, the lawmakers who received the most and least, those who used the most of their own money and those who used no money at all. It discovered that the NRA spends very little on individual state lawmakers and those who break campaign finance laws rarely get hefty fines.
  • Benghazi: Rescue Interrupted

    Within days of the House Benghazi Committee releasing the results of its investigation, we sort through the partisanship and reveal new facts never before reported. These new facts, provided by multiple Obama administration insiders, undercut claims by Obama officials as well as both Democrats and Republicans in Congress. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_WzSNasG0
  • Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning The House of Representatives

    According to this book, gerrymandering, political leaders' desire to control sources of campaign funds and lawmakers' unfriendliness with each other have all contributed to the current polarization in congressional politics. Author Juliet Eilperin, drawing on her experiences covering Congress, tells the story of how things got to be this way, and how they can change.
  • Do Congressional Hearings Still Matter?, They Still Make a Difference, A Personal Note on Congressional Hearings, A Day in the Life of a Committee, The Changing Role of the Committee

    A World & I three-story special report examines the importance of congressional hearings over the decades after the World War II and today. The main story in the package looks at the role that hearings played in political scandals, discussions of seminal laws, and celebrity showcases. The article also provides insights on how and when some today's politicians - Bill Clinton and his wife amongst them - had their first experience with congressional hearings. Another story reports on the daily work of the Joint Economic Committee, and reveals the mechanisms through which it can impact world financial markets. A third story focuses on the diminishing importance of committees to the legislative process, and the increase of partisanship that further undermines the committee system. "Committees are likely to remain important, but they will become increasingly irrelevant from the standpoint of legislation," the special report concludes.
  • The sick legislature syndrome

    Governing reports on "the dangers of creeping partisanship" in the state legislatures. A major finding is that legislatures seem to be less partisan, when they are more of part-time bodies. The story compares the achievements of the "professional" legislatures - with full-time, large staff and stable membership, and the "citizen" ones - with part-time, small staff and high turnover, and hybrid. The two legislature types are exemplified with the Minnesota legislature, described as a "state-of-the art political institution," and the amateurish Tennessee's legislature. "Professionalism, partisanship and incivility are linked to each other in some unholy way," Governing reports.
  • Out, Patients!

    The Riverfront Times examines two health care reform bills that faced political partisanship and insurance-industry opposition during the 1998 session of the Missouri legislature.
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    The Dallas Morning News investigates the House of Representatives and the cooperative leadership of the Texas delegation in the House. Traditionally, members of the Texas delegation have always worked together - more so than other states' delegations - but with the shift to Republican control in the 104th Congress, partisanship threatens to split the Texas delegation. (Dec. 10 - 14, 1996)
  • Above the law

    Philadelphia Inquirer examines the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The investigation found that the court tolerates political partisanship, favoritism and conflicts of interest as a matter of course.