Obama is unable to gain support for his cause, so he passed an executive order. Executive orders are not laws, so they are able to be challenged by the courts. Critics are afraid this order will hurt contractor and leave them legally vulnerable, and that Obama is too independent from congress. He hasn't help the rights of gay contractors because the White House is waiting to a bill to be passes to protect all contractors
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Gerrymandering is the practice of drawing congressional districts in order to for one certain party to get a majority. It's named after the founding father Elbridge Gerry, who drew an oddly-shaped district that was likened in political cartoons to a salamander. Districts drawn in this way are often very strangely shaped. People have suggested basing districts off of population and geography to fix this problem. Incumbents are almost always re-elected in this circumstance. The winner take all in the electoral college system can be likened to this, as each situation doesn't really allow for the minority party to be heard. That also means incumbents will often win.
1. Many of the advantages he listed for candidates of both parties were things like experience, popularity, and personality. Based on his selections, he's saying the ideal candidate is firm in their beliefs, and popular with the public.
2. Only to some extent. He did name disadvantages like "too libertarian" or "too conservative", but many more of the advantages and disadvantages were about things like popularity and personality.
3. Permanent simply means ongoing. The candidates will always be in the public eye, and thus must always present an image to the public. The government is full of people who are only there to keep a job, and who must present the ideal image of whatever party they represent.
4. Yes, because it could help with popularity and getting your name out there.
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. The Democrats are hopeful because the Democratic population is growing larger, and may soon be a majority. This is related to minority majority because a minority is no longer a true minority; no group has enough people to create at least a 51% majority.
2. Most of the state still identifies as Republican, but the Democratic population is rising. 3. Even though many Hispanics are identifying as Democrats, just as many are identifying as Republicans, and political participation among Hispanics is generally very low.4. Phone numbers were randomly selected, and both home phones and cell phones were used. Each surveyor had a quota to meet to ensure a large sample size. The sample were weighted to account for age, gender, religion, etc. and nonresponse.
1. Roberts has been mainly conservative , and he had been very good at persuading the more liberal justices to compromise, meaning he is in the majority. 2. Precedent is the way past cases have been decided. Typically, Roberts has stuck with past rulings. 3. He may persuade the public to side with him on issues, or try to influence justices. 4. Justice Scalia because he is very strong in his beliefs. 5. The appears to be a liberal bias, as many of the interviewees are liberal in belief, and the descriptions of the court are not in a positive view.
1. The NRA sent out an alert to its members, asking them to call their senators to reject the candidate, since the NRA can't do anything themselves. Their concern for this candidate is that he is much too anti-gun. 2. If the Democratic Senators from conservative states do not vote with their constituents, they risk being voted out of office. They also risk being at odds with the president's views. The concern for the Senate is that Democrat control will start to decline. 3. The President chooses the candidate, but the White House can delay or cancel the vote for the approval or conformation of the appointment. 4. The vote could be delayed, or another candidate could be chosen. Recently, the White House has learned that the way nominations are approached needs to be changed.
1. The Electoral College was put in place by the founding fathers to avoid a popular vote, and to avoid giving too much power to the government. They didn't want to force elections into the House, and information was too hard to come by in their day to rely on a popular vote.
2. The common strategy is to focus on large states and gain a majority of the votes.. Safe states are almost guaranteed to give electoral votes to a particular candidate. Swings states may determine the outcome of an election, as their electoral votes are not guaranteed.
3. The House of Representatives is called upon to choose the candidate, with each state casting a vote.
4. Al Gore won the popular vote, but George Bush won the electoral college. This led many people to believe that this defeated the original purpose of the electoral college and gave large states to much power
5. Yes. I think it is an efficient way to count the votes and elect presidents.
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. Events such as 9/11 can change how the public views the nation, or how the public lives their lives.
2. Yes, it matches up. Many of the Republican views match up with conservative view, and many of the Democratic view match up with liberal view. For example, the Republicans are mostly okay with the current amount of gun control, while Democrats are not.
3. Democrats will most likely advocate for things like more environmentally friendly policies, more gun control, etc. Republicans will most likely advocate for things like less taxes and the repeal of the affordable health care act.
4. The sampling error accounts for any potential errors made while conducting the polls. This means that the numbers may be slightly inaccurate.
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