We analyze a common feature of p-Kemeny AGGregation (p-KAGG) and p-One-Sided Crossing Minimization (p-OSCM) to provide new insights and findings of interest to both the graph drawing community and the social choice community. We obtain parameterized subexponential-time algorithms for p-KAGG-a problem in social choice theory-and for p-OSCM-a problem in graph drawing. These algorithms run in time O*(2(O(root klogk))), where k is the parameter, and significantly improve the previous best algorithms with running times O*(1.403(k)) and O*(1.4656(k)), respectively. We also study natural "above-guarantee" versions of these problems and show them to be fixed parameter tractable. In fact, we show that the above-guarantee versions of these problems are equivalent to a weighted variant of p-directed feedback arc set. Our results for the above-guarantee version of p-KAGG reveal an interesting contrast. We show that when the number of "votes" in the input to p-KAGG is odd the above guarantee version can still be solved in time OX(2(O(root klogk))), while if it is even then the problem cannot have a subexponential time algorithm unless the exponential time hypothesis fails (equivalently, unless FPT = M).