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  Jim Ryun ranks third among U.S. House's most partisan conservatives
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DescriptionCongressman Jim Ryun is the third-most-partisan conservative in the House of Representatives, according to a new analysis by mathematicians at Georgia Tech University.

"I'm a mathematician, not a political scientist. This is just what the math happened to spit out on this particular problem," said Peter Mucha, one of the report's authors. He added: "Other ways of measuring might not tag him as being so far to the right."

Ryun, a Kansas Republican who represents the 2nd Congressional District, which includes the western half of Lawrence, has never shied from the conservative label. But his spokesman on Wednesday rejected the analysis.

"Since when can an algorithm tell you a person's views on something?" said Nick Reid, pointing out that Ryun has voted against two major Republican initiatives -- Medicare reform and the No Child Left Behind Act -- in recent years.

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