Gov 310L 10-10-07

Gov 310L 10-10-07 - GOV 310L Topics: 1. the constitutional...

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GOV 310L 10/10/2007 11:06:00 Topics: 1.  the constitutional framework 2.  house elections 3.   4. Constitutional Framework: house elections o all 435 members are up for election every 2 years senate elections o 6 year terms of Office originally chosen by state legislatures popular  election after 17th Amendment. o they wanted to insulate the Senate from the public so to do this, the  members of the senate were chosen by state legislatures.  This  changed in 1913 by the 17th amendment. House Elections: these are low visibility elections and party identification is  crucial . the importance of party ID has declined over time though Reasons for decline: o fewer voters are loyal to a party o party loyalists identify less strongly o more voters are “up for grabs” o legislators have adjusted their behavior o the voters now tend to, more often than in the past, identify as  “independent.” o Results of Weaker Party ID increase in ticket splitting: voters are willing to vote for the nominees of two  different parties on the same ballot
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rise of divided government: no one party is in complete control of the  Congress and the presidency at the same time. o
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas.

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