1. Because he cannot get Congress to pass his equal pay act. He can only impact the economy through the federal government and its contracting, and that executive orders can be overturned through congressional lawmaking or through the court system.
2. It is believed that the president’s power is being pushed too far and that he needs to work with Congress more.
3.The White House has chosen not to address the issues of workplace discrimination or gay rights because they are both very touchy situations and they do not want to lose the support they have.
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. The winner of the majority vote gets to redraw district lines in order to maintain majority seats by having ¾ of the districts support their party.
2. Through Gerrymandering, those apart of the House majority are able to redraw the districts to make sure that they would vote for them, making it easier for them to get reelected.
3. The gerrymandering problem would be solved with mathematical algorithms to redraw districts based on their population and location. This would make the reelections closer to what the citizens actually want.
4. Electoral College and gerrymandering? If so, describe.
Yes, both the Electoral College and gerrymandering are set up in a way where the popular vote isn’t necessarily how the results turn out.
5. No, the fact that the House itself has the power to change that it helps is unfair. It benefits more the majority party than American citizens.
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, because events such as 9/11 and war have made Americans less satisfied with the government.
2. Yes because Republicans are conservatives and are rarely satisfied by anything, whereas most things satisfy Democrats, liberals.
3. Republicans will support the more conservative policy changes and Democrats would support the more liberal policy changes.
4. It means that the error goes from -4% to +4%, this impacts my interpretation by letting me know that not ever Republican and Democrat will agree/disagree with the things with all the things it says they do in the chart.
1. The NRA is exercising its influence by sending out letters to its members telling them to vote against Dr. Murthy and threatening to not support any democrat in favor of him. They are doing this because they believe Murthy will advocate for stronger gun control.
2. Reelection is at stake for Senators. The greatest concern is in Alaska, Arkansas and Louisiana.
3. The President plays a role by appointing candidates.
4. The White House needs to find a way to gain more Democratic support in order for the appointment to go through. They learned that they must appoint candidates that will please everyone.
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.
Megan Barnhart's insight:
1. The spread of information wasn't very dependable back when the Electoral College was first put into place. The Framers also believed that states would just nominate their favorite person.
2. Presidential candidates spend most of their time in the "swing sates" which are states where the voting could go either Democratic OR Republican. "Safe states" are states that are guaranteed to vote one way or another.
3. If no candidate receives a majority vote, the House of Representatives votes for the president.
4. In 2000, Al Gore won popular vote, but Bush won the electoral vote. The American people felt as if the Electoral College went against their will.
5. I am not satisfied with the current system. The Electoral College may have work however long ago when information about candidates was hard to spread, but now that most people are at least somewhat informed on each presidential candidate, I believe that the majority of citizen votes should count toward choosing the president.
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. Democrats in Texas are hopeful for a party realignment because of the recent increase in the Hispanic population. The majority of minorities tend to vote democratic, so the minority majority may push Texas into becoming a Democratic state.
2. Most white Texans vote Republican, while Hispanic Americans and African Americans tend to vote Democratic.
3. Because of the low political participation in the “minority” races, their votes that are Democratic will not be there, making the state of Texas still mainly Republican.
4. The poll was taken 50% on landlines and 50% on cellular phones, widening the age range of the poll. The responses were weighted for race, ethnicity, gender, age, and other national demographics.
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