Social Data Mining: How Congress is Edging You Out, Again (S3E7) by TheInnerLoop published on 2013/02/22 21:20:40 +0000 This week on The Inner Loop Michael Willis and Howard Marlowe talk about RAP. No, not the music, rather the “Relationships, Advocability, and Political capital index” (RAP) that is now being used to calculate which friends’ lawmakers will most likely listen to and which neighborhoods will most likely vote for them. A congressman’s old classmate or a senator’s fellow church member may soon play critical roles in promotion of ideas for new bills. Upcoming campaigns may rely more upon old relationships than traditional mailers. Byron Tau from Politico reveals the latest on the RAP index and social data mining; the newest tools lobbyists and campaign managers are using. Does this edge out smaller communities? Will values be shadowed by favoritism? Howard is on the ones and twos and Michael has the rhymes. This will be interesting.