GOV 310L 10-17-07 - GOV 310L Topics: 10/17/2007 11:03:00 AM...

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GOV 310L 17/10/2007 11:03:00 Topics: The term limits controversy: congressional term limits o there are none term limits in the states o in most/many states there are term limits argument for and against term limits term limits : constitutional or statutory  limitations on the number of terms that  a legistlator can serve. a response to incumbents’ high success rates: o between 1980-2002… o 90% sought another term o 93% of House members succeeded Average vote percentage: 71% o 89% of Senators succeeded general patern is that members of Congress stay in office for longer periods  of time percentage of serving more than 12 years o 19 th  century: 3% (House), 11% (Senate) o 20 th  century: 35% (House), 41% (Senate) legislative politicization legislators are more likely to place electoral concerns atop their list of  priorities, and incumbents are more likely to run for (and win) reelection electoral objectives are sometimes pursued at the expense of policymaking
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Term limits debate: especially heated in the 1990’s part of the Republican “Contract with America” in 1994 U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton  (1995) ruled term limits unconstitutional,  meaning that term limits on Congress would have to be enacted as a  constitutional amendment. o
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