A quick look at the numbers that are driving the conversation this week:
44 – Number of Representatives (so far) not running for re-election this year.
10 – Number of Senators (so far) not running for re-election this year.
59 – Number of years Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) will have served in the House after he retires this year -the longest Congressional tenure in American history.
$100 million – Amount billionaire Tom Steyer plans to spend on contributions to pro-environmentalist congressional campaigns this cycle
$400 million – Amount raised by the Koch brothers leading up to the 2012 elections.
~45,590,000 – Population of Ukraine
29.3% – Percent of Ukrainian population that speaks Russian as their native language
43% – 46% – Percent of Ukrainian population (both native and non-native speakers) that say they speak Russian in their home
1991 – The year Ukraine officially declared it’s independence from the USSR via popular referendum
More than 90% – Percentage of the population who voted for independence
56% – Percentage of the population in Crimea, which is 75% ethnically Russian, who voted for independence
1% – Pay increase for federal workers to be proposed in President Obama’s 2015 budget
3.3% -Pay increase for federal workers sought by the National Treasury Employee’s Union