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Introduction to American Government October 3, 2008 POLS 1105H The University of Georgia Prof. Anthony Madonna ajmadonn@uga.edu
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Administrative www.fantasycongress.com Pi Sigma Alpha (the political science honors society) will have a meet and greet on Thurs, Oct 9 at 5:00 pm in Journalism 504. See me about withdrawing…
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Polls FLORIDA (CNN/Time): Obama - 51%, McCain - 47%. FLORIDA (Insider Advantage): Obama - 49%, McCain - 46%, Others - 1%. FLORIDA (Quinnipiac Univ.): Obama - 51%, McCain - 43%, Others - 1%. FLORIDA (Suffolk Univ.): Obama - 46%, McCain - 42%, Barr - 2%, McKinney - 1%, Nader - 1%. INDIANA (Research 2000): McCain - 46%, Obama - 45%. IOWA (Research 2000): Obama - 55%, McCain - 39%. MINNESOTA (CNN/Time): Obama - 54%, McCain - 43%. MISSISSIPPI (Rasmussen): McCain - 52%, Obama - 44%. MISSOURI (CNN/Time): Obama - 49%, McCain - 48%. NEVADA (Insider Advantage): Obama - 48%, McCain - 47%, Others - 1%. NEVADA (CNN/Time): Obama - 51%, McCain - 47%. NEW JERSEY (SurveyUSA): Obama - 52%, McCain - 42%, Others - 3%.
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Polls OHIO (SurveyUSA): McCain - 49%, Obama - 48%, Others - 1%. OHIO (Quinnipiac Univ.): Obama - 50%, McCain - 42%, Others - 1%. OKLAHOMA (SurveyUSA): McCain - 64%, Obama - 34%, Others - 1%. PENNSYLVANIA (Franklin & Marshall College): Obama - 45%, McCain - 38%, Others - 2%. PENNSYLVANIA (Quinnipiac Univ.): Obama - 54%, McCain - 39%, Others - 1%. PENNSYLVANIA (Muhlenberg College): Obama - 48%, McCain - 41%, Others - 3%. TENNESSEE (Rasmussen): McCain - 58%, Obama - 39%. TEXAS (Rasmussen): McCain - 52%, Obama - 43%. VIRGINIA (CNN/Time): Obama - 53%, McCain - 44%. WISCONSIN (Strategic Vision-R): Obama - 49%, McCain - 40%, Others - 2%.
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The Bailout Passes the Senate 74-25. $110 million in tax breaks and other sweeteners. Already 10+ House defectors.
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VP Debate It was a “home run!”
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Bias Against Action It is far easier to kill a bill than to pass one. Passage requires a sustained sequence of victories. Opponents need only win once to defeat a bill. Dead bills, however, can be revived and reintroduced. Defeats are never final, but neither are most victories.
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Despite all of its faults (and the public’s general disdain for its occupants), the U.S. Congress is the most powerful and independent legislature in the world. But had Congress not evolved the organizational structure and tools to carry out the mandate given it by the Constitution, it could not have succeeded. While we often characterize congressional politics as gridlock at its
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