GOP and Dixie coalition set record pace on Hill
The conservative coalition of Republicans and Southern Democrats in Congress have shown a strength unequaled in the past 25 years, according to Congressional Quarterly.
Overall, the voting alliance - the backbone of President Reagan's support in both the House and the Senate during the 97th Congress - outpolled Northern Democrats on 92 percent of the recorded votes where the two groups faced off.
The coalition's previous high score was 89 percent in 1957, the first year the Quarterly began studying the conservative coalitions's voting patterns. Since 1978 there has been a gradual upswing in the alliance's annual ''win'' rate.