House Rules Committee
Speaker of the House
How does the House and the Senate have unique roles in bringing bills to the discussion and deciding whether to vote on it (i.e. House Rules Committee and Filibustering)?
Explain the difference between the Speaker of the House, the Majority Leader, and the Majority Party Whip.
Explain how committees and subcommittees influence legislation, and provide congressional oversight. How might the decentralized nature of the Senate make committees complicated and cause fragmentation?
What do voters consider the most when making their decisions--party affiliation, candidate evaluation, or policy? Why?
There are two contrasting ideas about who has the power before and after the election process. According to the mandate theory of elections, elected candidates feel that their victory entitles them to enact the policies they want. Conversely, voters feel that since elections are frequent, the government needs to be more responsive to their needs. Which idea is more accurate, and why?
What are the pros and cons to the electoral college? How does geography play into this question?
role of internet on campaigning
importance of commercials
impact of the news
important tasks of organizing the campaign (pick 3)
campaign contributions vs. independent expenditures
Federal Election Campaign Act
McCain-Feingold Act (2002)
527 Groups Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010)
501 (c) Groups
What is more useful towards learning about a candidate: the internet or commercials? How might this connect to our discussion of the mass media?
Describe the intricate process of campaign organization. How might this connect to financing a campaign?
What are some of the restrictions on campaign financing, and how have people gotten around them?
national party convention
party platform Questions
How were national party conventions criticized as not being fully democratic? How is the McGovern-Fraser Commission significant here, and how was the nomination process modified?
Do superdelegates really have more power over regular delegates? Why or why not?
How do presidential candidates work towards nomination within the political arena before the primaries and caucuses?
Which is more important towards selecting a nominee? The caucuses and primaries or the party convention? Why is this? What are some of the criticisms of primaries and caucuses?