Chapter 11- Congress

Chapter 11- Congress - Chapter 1- Congress I. The Basic...

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1 Chapter 1- Congress I. The Basic Facts. A. House 435 Members. 1. 2 year terms. 2. Each states representatives based upon population after census with minimum of 1. B. Senate 100 Members. 1. 2 per state 2. Direct Elections of Senators in 1913 under XVII Amendment. 3. 6 year term and 1/3 elected every two years. C. Article 1 of Constitution. 1. Article 1 Section 8. 2. Senate Advise and Consent Role. D. Differences between House and Senate. II. Congressional Elections. A. Incumbents and Careerism. 1. 97 % of incumbents re-elected in House. Redistricting advantage. 90% in Senate 2. Advantages of Incumbency. a. Pork-barrel projects and earmarks . b. constituency service strategy c. campaign fund raising advantages. 3. Open Seat . Retirement, resignation, run for higher office and redistricting. 4. Major Swings in Power. Realignment and 1994. B. Elections. 1. National Issues v. Local Issues. a. Former Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neal: All politics is local.:
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course POL 1013. taught by Professor Harmon during the Fall '06 term at Texas San Antonio.

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