Lecture 11 Congress - Congress PLCS 112 Lecture 11...

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Congress PLCS 112 Lecture 11 Highlights *Gerrymandering *Incumbency *How bill becomes a law (FYI) The Structure and Make-Up of Congress *Bicameral Legislature (Great Compromise) *Apportionment of House Seats *apportionment or distribution of House seats among states based on population *census shifts – gains and losses among states after 1929 *Representatives grew with population The Structure and Make-Up of Congress *Congressional Districts (435) *The Requirement of Equal Representation (Baker v. Carr; Wesberry v. Sanders) *Minority-majority districts in Georgia, North Carolina, etc. *malapportionment *Gerrymandering; “Packing and Cracking” *racial gerrymandering is usually ruled unconstitutional. * Representation Function: Trustee, Delegate, Partisan, Politico Reapportionment of House Seats following the 2000 Census North Carolina’s 12 district Congressional Elections *Who Can Be a Member of Congress? *House:
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2009 for the course PLSC 112 taught by Professor Sidlow during the Fall '08 term at Eastern Michigan University.

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Lecture 11 Congress - Congress PLCS 112 Lecture 11...

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