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Lecture 9_19 - Redistricting Gerrymander Incumbents Primary...

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Congress Congress 9/19 Lecture Outline 9/19 Lecture Outline Organization of Congress Members and Constituencies Incumbents Elections
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Organization of Congress: Committees, I Work Specialization Standing committees
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Organization of Congress: Committees, II Role of seniority Subcommittees Fragmentation of oversight
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Organization of Congress: Individuals Ultimately free agents Senators especially
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Who Can Serve? Age Citizen Residency
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Terms House: 2 years Senate: 6 years (1/3 rd every 2) What did the Supreme Court have to say about term limits ?
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Geographic Constituency Reapportionment
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Unformatted text preview: Redistricting Gerrymander Incumbents Primary goal? Safe or unsafe? Incumbency Advantage At what point would you worry about how democratic our system is? What are the sources of the incumbency advantage? Visits to district Franking Media Fundraising Casework Pork barrel What are the effects of the incumbency advantage? Less accountability Fewer women and minorities Open seats are best shot Elections Candidate-centered Yet party still matters Any questions?...
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