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The superminority quandary (access required)

House Democrats have introduced 178 bills in the 2011 legislative session, and at the 52-day mark only 19 of those bills remained alive.

In filing bills, they have a choice: Make a statement and lose, or move to the center and (maybe) survive.

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At first glance, a newcomer to Twitter may think many politicians have lost their minds. Their tweets can be outlandish, contain poor grammar and are often filled with ridiculous positions on policy issues.

But it’s all by design. And it’s often not actually the real politician doing the tweeting.