Why has President Obama chosen to enact an executive order regarding pay of federal employees? What are the limitations on Obama’s executive order and executive orders in general?
Obama has chosen to enact an executive order to bar federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their payroll with each other. The limitations with Obama's executive orders are that he does not have the support from Congress on his initiatives.
What criticism is being levied against presidents’ use of executive orders? What is the criticism of this specific executive order?
The criticism being levied against presidents' use of executive orders is that they are pushing executive orders too far and should do more to work with Congress. The criticism on this particular executive order is that Obama is placing an undue burden on companies and increasing their costs.
What policy area has the White House chosen not to address with executive orders? Why might the Obama administration be hesitant to address this area?
The White House has chosen not to address gay rights in federal employment. The Obama administration might be hesitant to address this area because Congress may agree to sign a bill from the White House instead of them having to issue an executive order.
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. Who redraws congressional districts, when, and with what purpose(s) in mind?
The party with the majority of members in the House of Representatives redraws congressional districts in order to seek new voters to vote so that they can stay in office..
2. How does gerrymandering impact incumbency in the House of Representatives?
Gerrymandering impacts incumbency by securing an amount of votes so that representatives can be reelected.
3. What potential solution to gerrymandering is provided in the video? What implications would this have for an incumbents’ future reelection?
One potential solution is to redraw district maps based on population. Incumbents could be less likely to be reelected because there will be more diversity in votes rather than just the votes they are seeking in their region.
4. Are there any similarities that can be drawn between potential outcomes with the Electoral College and gerrymandering? If so, describe.
A similarity is that not everyones votes are taken into account. The Representatives are just focusing on the regions that they know will or could vote for them.
5. Does the fact that gerrymandering sometimes benefits Democrats and sometimes benefits Republicans make it justified?
It shouldn't be justified because both parties are still just focusing on one particular region instead of the entire state.
1. Based on this article, what would you say that the media is looking for in an ideal candidate for 2016? Is it the same for both parties?
The media is looking a strongly focused candidate as an ideal candidate for 2016. I think this applies more towards the Republican party because as of right now they don't really have a candidate that is catching much attention.
2. To what extent is Sabato focused on the issues (platform) of the candidates?
Sabato is very focused on the issues of the candidates issues to the extent that he has created a list of pros and cons for each candidate. He has listed each candidate in categories based on what level they are on and the disadvantages/advantages they have to becoming a candidate for 2016.
3. Sabato refers to the “permanent presidential campaign.” What does this mean, and what are the implications for government?
Sabato refers to the "permanent presidential campaign" as a way to describe how important it is for candidates to appeal and reveal their campaigns to the public.
4. Do you think that there is an advantage to being identified as an early leader in the presidential race? Why or why not?
I think there is not much of an advantage to being identified as an early leader in the presidential race because it is too early to capture that. Candidates could end up peaking before presidential elections come close. It could also be easier for them to make a mistake and risk losing support. The audience could also lose interest in the candidate.
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. Why are Democrats hopeful of a party realignment in Texas?
Democrats are hopeful of a party realignment in Texas because the Hispanic population is increasing in Texas. Hispanics tend to lean more towards the Democratic.
How is this related to the concept of minority majority?
This is related to the concept of minority majority because Hispanics are a minority that could possibly help the Democrats turn Texas into a blue state.
2. What are the trends in party identification within the state of Texas?
The trends within party identification in the state of Texas are Hispanics lean 46% Democratic and 27% Republic, Non-Hispanic Whites lean 26% Democratic and 61% Republic.
3. Why does Gallup suggest that the current situation is unlikely to result in party realignment in the near future?
Gallup suggests that the current situation is unlikely to result in a party realignment in the near future because the percentage of Hispanics leaning towards the Republic has increased over the last four years. Also, Hispanics have the lowest percentage of representation in voting because not very many of them register to vote.
How is this related to the concept of political participation?
This is related to the concept of political participation because Hispanics are not being fully represented in the voting polls.
4. What steps were taken to ensure a low sampling error in this poll?
Participants were chosen at random, 50% of participants were contacted on cellphones while the other 50% were contacted on landlines, interviews were conducted in Spanish if it benefited the participant, all phone numbers were chosen at random, all participants were 18 years or older.
All about the Electoral College. This original video from Disney Educational Productions tackles one of the most interesting elements of U.S. presidential el...
Karen Ortiz's insight:
1. The constitutional basis for the electoral college is to represent each state's popular vote in presidential campaigns. The system was put in place so that small states could be equally represented during the elections as big states.
2. The common strategy to getting 270 electoral votes is to try and win all the big states votes. "Safe" states role is to vote for the party that they usually vote for during elections. "Swing" states role is to try to be convinced by each party so they can ultimately be won over by either party.
3. The President is chosen by The House of Representatives when neither of the candidates receive the majority of the electoral votes.
4. The 2000 election reenergized critique on the Electoral College because candidate Gore had won the popular vote but the electoral college elected Bush as President. The citizens of the US thought it was unfair and that their vote didn't matter during the election.
5. I'm not satisfied with the current system because it does seem as if the peoples vote does not matter. I think a candidate should be able to become president if they receive most of the popular vote since that's the way the citizens of the US voted.
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. The article explains why Gallup chose a 13-year comparison. Do the historical events of this period explain the changes in public opinion? Why or why not?
The historical events in this time period does explain the changes in public opinion. The events in 9/11 definitely Had a lot to do with American's dissatisfaction with the Nation's involvement in world
affairs. Legalization of same-sex-marriage helped increase satisfaction in acceptance of gays and lesbians.
2. Examine the chart comparing Democrats' and Republicans' levels of satisfaction. Do these results coincide with your expectations (based on the textbooks' depiction of American liberalism and conservatism)? Why or why not?
The results do coincide with the textbooks' depiction of America. liberalism and conservatism because Democrats are more satisfied on issues that they favor as to where Republicans are less satisfied.
3. Based on these results, which public policy changes are likely to be supported by each party?
Democrats are most likely to support gay and lesbian rights, affordable healthcare,.
republicans are most likely to support issues with gun control and issues with poverty and homelessness.
4. The sampling error for this poll is +/- 4%. What does this mean, and how might it impact your interpretation of the data presented?
this means that only 95% of the information is at the confidence level. It might impact my interpretation of the information to not be 100% accurate.
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