Saturday, August 08, 2009

"Small-state" senators with big-time clout

Great article about the U.S. Senate by Nate Silver on fivethirtyeight:

As you all surely know, the Senate is not a terribly democratic institution. A voter in Wyoming -- population 533,000 -- has about 70 times more ability to influence the Senate's direction than one in California -- population 36.8 million. And the lack of representativeness can be particularly acute when the Senate is conducting business at the committee level. Max Baucus's "Table for Six," for instance, which may very well determine the fate of efforts to reform health care, is made up of members who collectively represent about 6.5 million people, or around one-fiftieth of the country's
population.

Read entire article at http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2009/08/real-problem-with-senates-small-state.html

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