Day 6 - Districting in the House (Part 2)

183 views
113 views

Published on

Please contact me at lee.hannah@psu.edu for original files.

Published in: Education, News & Politics
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
183
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
5
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
1
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Day 6 - Districting in the House (Part 2)

  1. 1. DAY 6 – DISTRICTING IN THE HOUSE (CONT‟D.) July 3, 2013
  2. 2. Announcements  Fill out survey on which state you prefer to study in your legislative portfolio.  https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0TdRZT fxQqVeU3r  Current Events Essay #1 due on TUESDAY.  Look over rubric and sample essay in Assignments folder.  Check with me if you have questions about the article you selected.  Article should focus on topics we‟ve covered in the course.  Elections  Institutionalization  Concepts of Representation and Responsiveness
  3. 3. Results If Plan Were Adopted Nationwide Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/24/republican-vote-rigging-electoral-college_n_2546010.html Pennsylvania Breakdown - http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/President/2012/PA http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/11/07/1159631/americans-voted-for-a-democratic-house-gerrymandering-the-supreme-court-gave-them-speaker- boehner/
  4. 4. http://www.publicmapping.org/redistricting-forecast
  5. 5. Gerrymandering  District line-drawing that purposefully maximizes seats for one party or voting bloc.  Types of gerrymandering  Partisan  Pro-Incumbent  Majority-minority  http://www.youtube.co m/watch?v=9RtKwhd6
  6. 6. Majority-Minority Districts  Before VRA, “blacks were systematically „packed‟ into or „cracked‟ across congressional districts to weaken their influence” (DOL p.53)  What are the pros and cons of majority- minority districts?  How have the courts ruled?
  7. 7. http://www.nationaljournal.co m/congress/since-1982- minority-congressional- districts-have-tripled-graphic- 20120413
  8. 8. North Carolina 4th District Source: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/NC/4
  9. 9. Maryland 3rd Source: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/MD/3
  10. 10. Texas 27th Source: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/TX/27
  11. 11. Texas 23rd Source: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/TX/23
  12. 12. John Sides – “Gerrymandering is not what‟s wrong with American politics” Why should both of these lines slope downwards ?
  13. 13. Sides - Gerrymandering
  14. 14. Abramowitz et al. (2006)  Test three hypotheses to explain the decline of competition in U.S. House races  Redistricting Hypothesis  Partisan Polarization Hypothesis  Incumbency Hypothesis
  15. 15. Conclusions  Declining competition explained by:  A shift in the partisan composition of House districts.  But most of the change is occurring between redistricting cycles.  Decline in ability of challengers to compete financially. NOTE: Challengers classified as financially competitive if they accounted for at least 40 percent of combined challenger and incumbent spending. High- risk districts are those in which vote percentage of vote for presidential candidate of incumbent‟s party is less than national percentage.
  16. 16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrvpZx MfKaU Happy Independence Day!

×