Merry Christmas to local government: How lovely are thy branches

This Christmas tree is based on a Square Beacon spreadsheet of Bloomington city council’s roll call votes for 2020. Rows are votes taken. Columns are councilmembers, date-time of vote, and item description. Green indicates yes/passed. Red indicates no/failed. Items are sorted by clock time (not by date), from early to late hours. It’s not a surprise that controversial topics tended to come later on the clock.

Analysis | What 2 years worth of roll call votes confirm: 9 Democrats on Bloomington’s city council mostly agreed, but not always

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Analyzing the raw statistics of roll call votes for Bloomington’s city council show that most of the time, the nine elected members of the local legislative branch are in agreement. It’s not a surprising result, given that they are all affiliated with the same party. They’re all Democrats.

A closer look at voting patterns might at first suggest that two departing councilmembers, Chris Sturbaum and Allison Chopra, could be outside the council’s mainstream of political thought, and separate from each other.

But factoring in attendance and a couple of isolated voting topics probably accounts for their apparent maverick status. They probably fit comfortably in the same corral as their fellow Democrats.
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