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    “The Legislature House was built to be the supreme democratic house of the national institutions as they are supposed to reelect every two years and the Senate was intended as an elite body that would act as a check on the House.” –The Constitution The founders feared that one government would become too strong, therefore establishing Congress as a bicameral legislature as an act against tyranny and inequality. This bicameral arrangement distributes equal power inside two houses that are a check…

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    The scene is idyllic -- a late May afternoon with a large crowd sprawled across a lawn, munching on Ben and Jerry’s ice cream treats. Bernie Sanders sure knows how to kick off a campaign. The picnic functioned as an invite to his followers to support him. And many accepted, as Sanders raised a stunning 1.5 million dollars in the first twenty-four hours of his campaign1. Sanders’ fundraising is not the only impressive part of his campaign. With 614,000 Twitter followers, 1,629,700 Facebook likers…

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    During the primary election season there was much discussion regarding whether bipartisanship is a positive or negative attribute as it relates to the work of the U.S. Congress. When I speak to students, I often mention the vital role of partisanship within the legislative branch of government. Since the majority party controls the legislative agenda, partisanship equates to being in a position of legislative leadership. But some – including former Sen. Evan Bayh and Sen. Olympia Snowe – blame…

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    powerful role in shaping each party’s representation in the House. The four quadrants of Congress, which include districts that have high levels of racial minorities and of educated whites, districts with high minority levels and low levels of white education, districts that have low minority levels and high white education levels, and districts with low minority levels and low white education, shape the impact of demography on parties in the House. The Democrats’ two greatest demographic…

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    William Gibbs McAdoo was an American lawyer and statesman. He was a progressive politician who was the leader of the progressive movement. He was driving force in the two presidential administrations of Woodrow Wilson. McAdoo was Wilson’s campaign manager and secretary and he eventually married Wilson’s daughter. From 1933-1938 he, as the U.S. senator of California. served During WWI McAdoo funded four fundraising events that raised a total of $18,000,000,000 for allied war effort. Although…

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    The intuitional structure of congress is one key factor that helps shape the legislative process. Even if a associate of congress, the White House, or federal agency has spent months budding and drafting a piece of legislation, it does become a bill until it is submitted officially by senator or representative to the clerk of the House or Senate and referred to the appropriate committee for deliberation. When the hearings are completed, the subcommittee may meet to "mark up" the bill; that is,…

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    1. A representative should represent the interests of the constituents, despite the own personal beliefs of the representative. Burke told his constituents that a representative owes them “his judgement; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.” Burke argues that by not making decisions based on their own consciences, representatives are diminishing the judgment of the people. However, I now believe that representatives cannot be blinded by their own beliefs…

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    Whenever the presidential elections come around, the populace primarily pay attention to the candidates from the Democratic party and the Republican party. The two main political parties are different through their political philosophies and other beliefs. However, they also share some common agreements. The main difference between Republicans and Democrats is their political philosophies. In general, Democrats are liberal and lean left on the political scale. Conversely, Republicans are…

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    The Texas Legislature is the most significant representative institution within the whole state. It is also the most powerful out of the three branches of government. The Texas Legislature consists of a bicameral body that is organized of one hundred and fifty House of Representatives members and of thirty-one Senate members. The House of Representatives has a chief presiding officer that is known as the Speaker of the house. Speaker of the house is one of the individuals that has a powerful…

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    In 1787, 55 men meet together to make a document to fix the government of the United States. All of the men were white and most were wealthy. The men gathered together to write a document that better explained the rules, who has power and what amount of power they have. The previous articles that had been written had left many details out so the men had to frame the declaration of independence so everyone knew the rules clearly. Federalism helped to protect against tyranny by appointing certain…

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