Day 11 - Consequences of Elections: Issue Uptake

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Day 11 - Consequences of Elections: Issue Uptake

  1. 1. DAY 11 – ISSUE UPTAKE & LEGISLATIVE PORTFOLIO July 12, 2013
  2. 2. In the News  Immigration Reform  http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=501494 21n  http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3036789/#52448498  Senate Vote Breakdown  http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/113/senate/ 1/168
  3. 3. In the News  Farm Bill  Fallout in June - http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50149421n  June Vote  http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/113/house/1/286  http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/how-the-farm-bill-failed-93209.html  July 11 Vote  http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/113/house/1/353  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/us/politics/house-bill-would-split- farm-and-food-stamp-programs.html?ref=politics  Pennsylvania News  Gay Marriage Rulings Put Governor Corbett in a bind  http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/gay-marriage-tom-corbett- pennsylvania-94032.html  Patriot News http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/07/same- sex_marriage_gay_marriage_1.html
  4. 4. Discussion  If we are trying to determine whether a legislator is responsive to their constituents or not, what evidence might we use to build a case?
  5. 5. Legislators as Representatives  Mayhew (1974) identifies three general categories of activities that legislators use to express their interests and promote reelection  Advertising  Credit-claiming  Position-taking  Which aspect is Sulkin investigating?
  6. 6. “In short, elections can promote responsiveness not just by serving as a mechanism through which constituents can replace poorly performing legislators, but also by providing an incentive for all legislators to adapt their behavior in office to avoid a challenge.” Sulkin (2005, p.25)
  7. 7. Legislative Portfolio Resources  Posted on Angel in the “Assignments” Folder and in the “Links/Research” Folder.  Start thinking about the three House members you want to study.  A great starting point is GovTrack.us which allows you to see the shapes of the districts, the ideology scores of the legislators, and links you to OpenSecrets (Campaign Finance) and VoteSmart (Interest Group Ratings, recent statements, etc.)  There are a number of other excellent resources in the Word file that should give you a good head start.
  8. 8. Reading for Monday  Read all of Chapter 5 in DOL  DO NOT READ Fenno (1977) article

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