POLISCI NOTES - 17/03/2008 20:25:00 1. “some real...

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Unformatted text preview: 17/03/2008 20:25:00 1. “some real politics” 2. the constitution and congress 3. bicameral structure: • house of representatives • senate 4. elections to congress 1. 2002 – republicans took over both house and senate because peak of Bush’s popularity • Bush helped campaign for them 2006 – Nancy Pelosi first woman speaker of the house • democrats took over both house and senate • Bush’s popularity plummeted – wanted to send more troops over to Iraq (only supported by about 25% of Americans) • 62% were unhappy with US domestic politics 2. framers feared tyranny – had to strike a difficult balance congress – a representative bodythat is empowered to create laws – the lawmaking part of the government • legislative – branch of govt that makes laws at the federal level • until early 1900s, congress had more power than president • what powers do constitution give congress? • Powers today in 2008: o Congress makes big policy laws that have to do with all the state o Makes and approves the budget o Power over taxes o Regulate commerce o Declare war o A lot of a say in presidential appointments o Monitors the president o Impeachment • Powers of congress are limited – congress can’t go against or violate bill of rights 3. Congress is bicameral (2 houses: senate and house of representatives) 17 th amendment says people have power to elect senators directly main rules of senate • give advice and consent to president • senate appoints upper level judicial appointments (president elects who he wants to put in office, senate has to approve, has final say) • try impeachment cases • advises on international treaties • 6 year terms • 100 senators • at least 35 years old house of representatives • at least 25 years old • revenue bills • certain impeachment cases • 2 year terms • reps vary on population – CA has 52 currently, most in house of all states issues of representation • US congress is highly unrepresentative in race (mainly white people in congress), economics (mainly wealthy people in congress), doesn’t represent all age groups, gender (mainly men), education Cost of senate race/campaign = $6 million Cost of house race/campaign = $1.5 million Get money from individual contributors (corporations, businesses, single people) Political action committees (PACs) – private organizations that’s sole purpose is to raise money for a political campaign Political parties give candidates money Incumbency factor Recumbent – someone who is currently in office and is hoping to be reelected •...
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This note was uploaded on 05/20/2008 for the course POSC 100 taught by Professor Haas during the Spring '08 term at CSU Long Beach.

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POLISCI NOTES - 17/03/2008 20:25:00 1. “some real...

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