Poli100 Final Short Answer Review

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Poli100 Final Review SHORT ANSWER Party Discipline - When party leaders try to influence their members, the control party leaders have over its  legislature, when an election is close there is much more party discipline - Party unity: when people vote with their party, current rise in party unity, less gets done  because it causes gridlock 11/12 A17, "Senator Faces GOP Rebuke Back Home" http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/12/us/politics/12graham.html - Current South Carolina Republican Senator, Lindsey Graham is currently disappointing  Republican Senators in his home state. - They claim that he is not representing the wishes of the South Carolina people - “The feeling is if you’re not going to uphold the platform, then why bother to run as a  Republican?” - He is attempting to work with democratic senators (John Kerry), and was part of a team  that tried to create a bipartisan overhall of the immigration system Congressional Ethics - civility (treating others with respect) in congress is declining - being polite is important, especially when you don’t respect others beliefs (becomes the  only way to respect them as a person) o otherwise the norm of civility breaks down - Also disappearing: seniority and apprenticeship (with increasingly independent and  ambitious senators) - These norms are a kind of social capital, but they are being replaced with the value of  political loyalty (party discipline) 9/16 A13, "House Formally Rebukes Wilson for 'You Lie' Outburst" http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/16/us/politics/16wilson.html - Recently, during President Obama’s Health Care address to congress, Senator Joe Wilson  interrupted by yelling “you lie!” when Obama stated that illegal immigrants would not be  able to receive care under the plan
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- “breach of decorum and degraded the proceedings of the joint session, to the discredit of  the House.” - House guidelines on the rules for debate state that it is definitely not acceptable to refer to  the president as a liar - Racial connotations - Main point: lack of respect, diminishing value of civility Gerrymandering - redistricting = done by state legislatures (illegal to do it for “partisan purposes” but this is  ambiguous) - Gerrymandering = when state draws district lines for excessive advantage  o Divide up groups into different districts so that they can’t have a majority vote  (this can be used to advantage or disadvantage voters) 11/12 A30, "Gerrymandering, Pure and Corrupt" http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/12/opinion/12thu1.html - NY Times Editorial discusses redistricting in New York as “pure and corrupt” - Makes sure that incumbent legislators (those already in office) are safe from electoral 
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