1. Who/what has been consistently favored in Roberts court decisions? Conservatives are consistently favored in Roberts Court decisions. Seen here in this quote, Chief Justice Roberts convinces and sways the opinion of two liberal justices: "Last year, in the second-biggest surprise of his decision upholding President Obama’s health care law, Chief Justice Roberts persuaded two liberal justices to join the part of his opinion allowing states to opt out of the law’s expansion of Medicaid."
2. What is precedent and in what ways has the Roberts court largely made rulings based on precedent? Precedent is a judgment or decision of a court that is cited in a subsequent dispute as an example or analogy to justify deciding a similar case. Roberts court largely made rulings based on the precedent because in 2007 Roberts took steps toward limiting campaign finance regulations, then being accused of overruling a precedent.
3. Why does the Obama administration have an overall poor record in defending their interest in the Supreme Court? The Obama Administration has an overall poor record is "largely due to philosophical differences with the court’s conservative majority."
What strategy(ies) might the President pursue to see greater success in the Court? A strategy could be to make the court decide on an overall conservative or liberal bias on one certain case, although this would maybe make things worse, it could be a strategy. Also another strategy could be to exaggerate the rhetoric behind what you want to happen with the case in point.
4. Which Justice is considered the “swing vote” on the court and why? Kennedy because he is older and has a larger legacy and more power, also has been on the Supreme Court for a considerable amount of time so he has more sway over the others in what they decide.
5. Is there discernible bias in the way this article was written? Why, or why not? Yes there is a bias because not only does anything you will see, hear or watch has a considerable amount of bias and loyalty to their party but also because this article seemed to be written as almost an attack to Chief Justice Roberts.
1. the NRA is exercising its influence on this appointment by going back to old tactics that bring in the idea of the common man and the grass roots ideals. The specific concerns are that the doctor will enact his anti-gun beliefs.
2. Reelection is what is at stake for senators, the greatest concern lies within the hands of their constituents whom are faced with a double sided challenge and it seems like they lose either way even backing the democratic affiliations.
3. The presidents/ white house role in the conformation process is that the runner has to be appointed by election then the senate rules a majority vote.
4. Strategies the white house could use are to watch the race and use constituents better because the democrats and white house cannot afford to lose more democrats in office representing their plans. Republicans are projected not to support this democratic surgeon. The white house learned that in order to have their political parties reelected they need to be careful on who they choose and how radical their beliefs are
All about the Electoral College. This original video from Disney Educational Productions tackles one of the most interesting elements of U.S. presidential el...
Holly Adams's insight:
1. The founding fathers did not want Congress to have all the power of the electing the President. However they were worried that if they left it up to the people, most would vote for their local candidate. The system was put in place to not give the larger states an ufair advantage.
2. Unless the November elections have one candidate winning by a landslide, the voting is based on the available 270 counted votes from the states electoral college members. Safe States are generally known as states where the candidate will not need to visit and campaign as strongly for, unlike a Swing state which is a state that the candidate must visit in order to gain the majority of votes to win that state.
3.The House of Representatives elects the President that won the most electoral college votes and each state delegator counts as one vote.
4. The media reports slammed the issue of the election of 2000 and declared that recounting ballots was unconstitutional.
5. I am not satisfied with the current system. I believe it is super corrupt in that our voice is actually not heard at all. If you live in a mostly democratic or republican state then there is no way by you voting you will make a difference. Also, it completely disregards third parties that run and those third parties will never have a real or fair chance at running our country if the system we have now continues on.
More Americans today are satisfied with where the nation stands on acceptance of gays and lesbians, federal taxes, and healthcare availability than were satisfied in 2001. But Americans' satisfaction with the economy has declined.
1. Yes, historical events of the period explain changes in the public opinion. The American people have become attached to social events but very unsatisfied with the direction of the government and economy. 2. The results do go with my expectations due to the liberal views coinciding with democratic satisfaction in most areas discussed, while republican and conservative parties only agree with few. Only some issues dont have gaps, showing differing views. 3. Republicans support conservative ideals such as military support, where as democrats support things such as environmental changes and new gun laws. 4. Sampling errors on the poll is +/- 4% meaning there was a small error and that some groups may not have had correct interpretations the way it should have been deserved. Also, not all numbers are always going to be taken 100% accuratley every time, there is always room for marginally small errors.
1. President Obama has chosen to enact an executive order regarding pay of federal employees because he is trying to close the gap of pay between men and women, also race. The limitations on Obama’s executive order and executive orders in general are he does not have the congress support for the initiative, Republicans say he is pushing his powers too far which makes it hard for both parties to come to an agreement. 2. The criticism being levied against presidents’ use of executive orders is that he does not have the congress behind him in this decision/ideal. The criticism of this specific executive order is giving an undue burden on companies causing them to increase their pricing. 3.The policy area that has the White House chosen not to address with executive orders is that of the same-sex marriages and discriminatory areas working within the fed and with the anti-discrimination. The administration is hesitant because it may cause a significant drop in public support and approval which would lower the country's opinion on the president.
Video on msnbc.com: The age-old practice of politicians re-drawing Congressional districts to find friendly voters, or, gerrymandering, has allowed members of the House of Representatives from both sides of the aisle to stay in power regardless of...
1. State Legistlatures Redraw the districts. They do it so the districts fit and your political party wins office, by including a majority vote of a political party into a smaller party location, so your party can win. It happens when one political party gains control.
2. The people holding office positions set the district so it helps incumbency, due to the fact that you start from a lower point and work your way up so the public eye knows you already.
3. A solution provided is creating districts based on geography and population to eliminate gerrymandering. The implications would be that incumbents would have to be more sparse with their campaigns and actually go to different places because then they wouldnt as easily have the majority vote.
4. Yes. The electoral college and gerrymandering have many similarities. For example, they both take many people's opinions and create one as a whole. In other words, your opinion may not count depending on where you live.
5. No. This system we have in place right now is not justified no matter what. It should be illegal. Both parties are basically scheming their people into voting the way they want with gerrymandering.
1. The media is looking for candidates prepared for 2016 that is essentially a perfect politician. This candidate should also have the best intrests of America at heart. The Democrats are focused on Hillary Clinton whereas the Republicans want someone with strong morals. 2. Sabato's focus is not reflected on the candidate/election issues. Sabato actually has a focus on the candidates different strengths and weaknesses. He is trying to wean out all the 'bad' candidates of the race. 3. The Permanent Presidential Campain means that the campaining of a candidate is done for a president. The faces of the election faces many obstacle due to the fact that once they run, their personal life is now on newspapers and nothing is secret anymore. 4. If you are in the runnings as a candidate early you have an advantage because your face and name are out there. It also has its disadvantages due to the privacy issues. -Holly Adams
Texas remains a Republican-leaning state because its white residents are becoming increasingly Republican and its large Hispanic population, though solidly Democratic, is less so than Hispanics nationally.
1. Texas has had an influx of Hispanic influence recently. The Democratic party is hopeful of a large outcome in the Hispanic people to vote for Democrats. Even with the Hispanic influence, Texas remains a red state mostly Republican. Add in the African American population in Texas and the minority blue could potentially out-do the mostly Caucasian red area. With the Hispanics leaning towards Democratic views, Texas politics could change from red to blue soon.
2. Non-Hispanic votes counted in Texas are very high Republican numbers. With the consistent African American Democratic votes, Hispanics now seem to lean towards Democratic views as well. Because of the minority that do not register to vote, the polls are not close in recent elections.
3. Gallup believes that the turnout of the Democratic vote will not be as large as others think because the minority do not actually register to vote. The white race still makes up 62% of the votes in Texas.
4. Some factors that contribute to Gallup's 95% assurance of percentage points are accurate are landlines being utilized as opposed to cell phones. Also, most surveys were curved to match regional demographics including race, age, and gender. Basically giving somewhat of equality to all races in order to vote. Even though the percentages are based off of these factors, there are many more not mentioned that can apply but arent necessarily looked upon in the minority voting system.
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