The NRA is supported by millions of Americans which gives it tremendous power and influence allowing it to sway voters on their side. The NRA is using this support and power to do all it can to get votes against Dr. Murthy who is trying to tighten gun control which is against the NRA's views. Votes and popularity is at stake because those senators who side with Murthy and support tighter gun control policy will lose the vote of those who are for a loose gun policy.
The President decides on the surgeon general but it has to be approved first by Senate. The President must make a decision on choosing someone who will be approved as well as support what he wants. White house should pursue someone who is not so radical and involved in "dirt" . Instead they should have someone who can easily be supported on major topics like gun control, abortion, etc. Basically someone who is reasonable and well liked by the people.
Mo Rocca, host of the film "Electoral Dysfunction" airing on PBS, helps us understand just what the Electoral College is, how it affects our choosing the president, and introduces us to one lawmaker's plan to abolish it.
Footage from "Electoral Dysfunction" courtesy of Trio Pictures.
Hayden Turkington's insight:
What is the constitutional basis for the Electoral College and why was the system put in place? The Framers came up with the Electoral College as a way to elect the President and Vice President in a way that is somewhat fair to the people and does not give too much power to the federal government. This Electoral College would meet every 4 years and the number of electors for each state would be equal to the number of senators and representatives.
What is the common strategy to get to 270, and what role do “safe” and “swing” states play? Because there's a total of 538 electors so a candidate has to get at least 270 electoral votes to win. Safe states are states that are known to be made up of mostly one party so the candidates don't have to spend much time campaigning there because it's pretty much already decided. Swing states are states that could go either way so candidates spend most of their time there to win it.
How is a president chosen when none of the candidates receives a majority of the electoral college vote? The House of Representatives chooses
Why did the 2000 election reenergize critique of the Electoral College? Al Gore won the popular vote but George Bush won the Electoral vote and since Bush won the electoral vote he was elected president. This upset people because although a majority voted Gore, he didn't win.
Are you satisfied with the current system? Explain why or why not. No I'm not satisfied because as a nation built on Freedom and power for the people, the electoral college is going against this and taking away the people's vote and instead putting it in a few electoral's hands.
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.
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...
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.
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