1. President Obama has chosen to enact an executive order regarding the pay of federal employees because he can not get it passed through Congress, and wishes to close the gender gap and discriminatory pay.
2. The limitations of Obama's order and Executive orders in general are that the Supreme Court could declare them unconstitutional and that it only affects Federal employees unless state governments decide to follow the same trend.
3. There is criticism that President Obama is pushing the limit of his executive power, and that if he chose to put forth bills that both parties could agree on, legislation might be passed.
4. Criticism specific to this order: Many believe that this order could promote wage-related lawsuits against companies that are contracted by the federal government, and that it makes information more available to others.
5. The White House has chosen not to address anti-discrimination on gays/lesbians.
6. They might be hesitant to address this area because there could be potential out-lash, and the possibility of a drop in the support from the people.
1Video 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 majority party redraws the congressional districts every ten years based off of the national census. The purpose in mind is to gain more members of the same party in their districts in the hopes/belief that this will get themselves reelected.
2. Gerrymandering impacts incumbency by that it allows for a congressman to be reelected constantly, leading to this person becoming incumbent for several years.
3. A potential solution to gerrymandering would be to use algorithms to define district lines based off of population and party denomination. This could make it to where incumbents are not reelected another time.
4. There are many similarities between the potential outcomes of the electoral college and gerrymandering, such as how the people don't really decided on what goes on.
5. No, because it is constantly abused and makes it unfair for individuals of another party.
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 of 9/11 and the fall in economic growth, most people began to lose the positive thoughts of the government. However, many continued to remain content with the social change.
2. Yes, because the democrats remained happy with the current situation, yet the republicans continued to fight for their policies to be enacted.
3. Republicans, being conservative, would support policies for immigration and abortion rights. Democrats, being liberal, would support policies for healthcare and military spending.
4. This sampling error would mean that there is a small difference in the ideas of both parties, and a 95% confidence level in the polls. With it being a small error, it would not change any interpretation I had.
1.An interest group like the NRA is using its power to influence the appointment of the Attorney General because he opposes guns, therefor he is for gun regulation.
2. Senators who vote for Murphy are more likely to not be reelected in the states where the NRA holds power. This makes it to where their approval rating drops, and to where their constituents are likely to vote against them.
3. The White House/President has the ability to delay an appointment or remove the candidate from the process entirely. The Senate must approve/vote for the appointee, so the president and the senate have a tight relationship.
4. The president must have more support from the democratic senators over republicans if he is to have his appointment approved. The president recently found out that he has to make a compromise between both parties of the house.
All about the Electoral College. This original video from Disney Educational Productions tackles one of the most interesting elements of U.S. presidential el...
Zachary Smart's insight:
1. The constitutional basis for the electoral college is that every state gets an equal vote in for the presidential election. This was put into place because the founding fathers did not want to put the power of elector into the people's hands. They would vote for the local runner instead of anyone outside his or her normal people.
2. The common strategy to getting 270 electoral votes is to focus on the larger states and states where they often switch between political parties. These are known as "swing" states, where debates determine whether or not the people will vote for a democratic or republican electorate or not. "Safe" states are where the population is strictly one party or the other, meaning that the presidential candidate belonging to that party does not have to worry about it.
3. When a candidate does not receive the majority of the electoral votes, it goes to Congress. The House of Representatives then votes within itself until a majority is reached, with the winning candidate being elected President.
4. The 2000 election re-energized the critique of the electoral college because President Bush won the popular vote by little over 2000 votes. This caused many to demand a recount of the ballet, leading to controversy. This led to the electoral votes being put into a pending state, making it to where the president was not elected for a couple of months.
5. I am not currently satisfied with the electoral system. It is unfair for the people vote for who they want as president, but not really get their vote in. I could understand if there was a limit to the number of votes in the larger states, but elsewhere it seems to be unfair.
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 are hopeful because the population of Texas is 46% Hispanic, and it continues to rise due to an increasing Minority Majority.
2. Out of the Hispanic Texans, 27% of them are republican, while 56% of them are democratic. In the White population, 61% are republican, while 26% are democratic.
3. It's unlikely to happen because white Texans are not being swayed at all by the Democrats, which stops its advance throughout the state. Only with every person that is a democrat, and voting, will the Democrats gain sway.
4. Random sampling with a quota of 50% cellphone respondents and another 50% of land-line respondents is done. The cellphone numbers are done entirely through a random number generator, while the land-lines are chosen randomly through a list.
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