What was Congress' approval rating as of Feb. 2012?
10% approve of job of congress
Who sits in the 112th congress?
top occupations: business, law, and public service
What is redistricting?
the process of alternating election districts in order to make them as nearly equal in population as possible. Takes place every 10 years, after each population census.
What are important law making tactics?
rider, logrolling, multiple committee referrals, table, killer amendment, and filibuster
What is a rider?
small bill attached to larger bill
What is logrolling?
What is a table?
What is a killer amendment?
What is a filibuster?
prolonged debate in senate- stall or kill bill
What are the House of Reps?
-435 members(apportionment of states)
-2 year terms
-less flexible rules
-policy specialists w/ emphasis on taxes and revenues
-less media coverage
What is a senate?
-100 members(2 per state)
-6 year terms
-more flexible rules
-virtually unlimited debate
-policy generalists with emphasis on foreign policy
-more media coverage
-equal distribution of power
What is time and money?
-average cost of House election: 3 million
-average cost of senate election: 8-12 million
What is incumbency advantage?
-average re-election success rate of house: 95%
-average re-election success rate of senate:90%
What is Midterm Election Woes?
voter turnout goes down about 20%
Why don't people pay attention during midterm elections?
-lack of media coverage