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Why does gerrymandering primarily benefit the Republican party?

Per this blurb, there was serious gerrymandering in six Republican states vs. one Democratic state. Does the GOP benefit more from this practice because they engage in it more often? Or more effective when they engage in it? Are there some underlying institutional factors that tilt in their favor?
posted by dragonfruit on Jul 2, 2013 - 17 answers

How do the U.S. political parties work these days?

I'd like to learn more about how the Democratic and Republican parties function, concretely, at present. Specifically: how establishment forces (influential donors, party officials, incumbents) influence the rise of candidates (at any level), and how these candidates integrated into the parties activities. I'm particularly interested in the role of political consultants (in media, fundraising, messaging) - what dynamics are at play as they are hired by candidates, how do these consultants' careers develop, what pressures do they face from the establishment, and what role do they play in shaping the policy positions? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on May 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Why should I vote for a major party candidate for POTUS?

I am looking for convincing arguments about why I should vote for a major party candidate for President of the United States. This isn't as direct a question as it sounds. [more inside]
posted by Invoke on May 14, 2012 - 31 answers

Who are these people?

When the media uses the phrase "GOP elite," to whom exactly are they referring? [more inside]
posted by lobbyist on Feb 2, 2012 - 21 answers

Help me find a good, realistic political novel

I'm looking for a realistic political novel that's not a spy thriller. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Sep 17, 2011 - 17 answers

America isn't a Democrat, it's a Republican! Er, yeah.

Where did the "America is a republic, not a democracy" argument come from, and how much truth is there to it? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jan 17, 2011 - 30 answers

James and Mary we're not

Help me navigated the political differences between me and my spouse! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2010 - 42 answers

Well designed t-shirts for the liberal gentleman?

I'm looking for stylish, well-designed Democrat / liberal / left-wing t-shirts. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Feb 25, 2010 - 16 answers

What responsibility does the Bush administration bear for the current financial crisis?

What responsibility does the Bush administration bear for the current financial crisis? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Mar 25, 2009 - 28 answers

I scream, you scream, we all scream for a grassroots campaign strategy!

I gather from Howard Dean's announcement today that he and the Obama People don't get along. I'm curious though how much Obama's win and the Congressional turnover are due to Dean's strategies and policies as head of the DNC. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Nov 10, 2008 - 21 answers

How to find out the percentage of registered republicans, democrats, and others in New York

Help! I desperately need to know what percentage of people in NYC are registered as democrats, republicans, and independent. Can anyone find the right link?! I can't find the information on NYC.gov but I have very little time, so I'm skimming. Thank you!
posted by omnigut on Nov 4, 2008 - 2 answers

So WHAT is wrong with socialism again?

PoliSci filter: I was hoping that someone can rationally, without rhetoric, explain to me why the word "Socialism" creates fear and extreme responses in far right-wing people. Soem very detailed specifics within. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Oct 14, 2008 - 61 answers

Christianity and Liberalism

Can a person be an evangelical Christian and still be a political liberal? This may sound like a simple question but I am open to any and all answers...I find my political views excepting a very few far right beliefs all fall far left....do I have my ducks in a row or do these two worlds necessarily conflict....and yes, I am voting for Obama.
posted by snap_dragon on Sep 24, 2008 - 55 answers

Income tax versus Fair tax....help

I need to better understand the proposed tax systems. Mainly the fair tax or sales tax versus an income tax. I am writing a paper for school on the viewpoints of TTARA (The Texas Taxpayers and Research Ass.) and CTJ (citizens for tax justice) but cannot gain a clear idea of what each side is proposing. Obviously the republicans want the fair tax, and since TTARA is business minded, I assume they too seek the fair tax, or at least support it. But what is the Dem idea of fair taxation? Do they want an income tax? What is all this talk on CTJ about income tax cuts? I don’t have the patience to sift through all the material so I'm hoping someone can give me a basic idea of the differing positions on the matter. Mainly answer the question of who wants what and why, and who benefits most from each plan.... Also what about the working poor, do they benefit most from an income tax? Etc. Etc.
posted by madmamasmith on May 4, 2008 - 17 answers

Delegate hunting

what will happen to the 26 delegates won by john edwards? he also won some unseated delegates in florida (maybe 13 or so). does he get to give those delegates to whomever he wants, presumably obama or clinton?
posted by brandz on Mar 9, 2008 - 5 answers

Democratic Primary Delegate Count of Terror

The CNN delegate count says Clinton: 818, Obama: 730, including estimated superdelegates. The MSNBC delegate count says Clinton: 834, Obama: 838, seemingly NOT including estimated superdelegates. What's up with that?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Feb 6, 2008 - 10 answers

Do I need to reregister for Alabama's Primaries?

I'm thinking about voting in the Alabama primary. This is something I've never done before. I'm already registered as a voter. I didn't vote in the last election but I did vote in the two (presidential elections) before that. According to UAB's Kaleidescope, I should register by January 25th. Is this the same registration as the last time I registered (for the general elections)? Should I register again? Should I just show up at my voting location? I haven't moved or anything. [more inside]
posted by robtf3 on Jan 23, 2008 - 3 answers

Making money in politics (without being corrupt)

Is it possible to make a decent, relatively steady living in (liberal to center left) politics in Raleigh NC? If so what job(s) should I start looking for? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Jan 4, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me get my head on straight about a political idea

How can a person who doesn't even have a blog start a meme like thing, a cultural change or influence based on word play? [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Oct 25, 2007 - 18 answers

How does one unregister to vote?

How does one unregister to vote? [more inside]
posted by ZachsMind on May 29, 2007 - 20 answers

Am i a republican, democrat, or liberal?

Political filter: Tell me the main differences between republicans, democrats, and liberals. I'm trying to find out where i fall into.
posted by flipmiester99 on Feb 27, 2007 - 38 answers

Good Political Internet Forums

What are some good online forums to talk about/debate politics on?
posted by Maia on Nov 11, 2006 - 7 answers

The suspense is killing me

Will the Dems take the Senate and/or the House on Tuesday? [more inside]
posted by Optamystic on Nov 4, 2006 - 18 answers

Election partying in Chicago?

Where in Chicago can I go to watch the election results come in? [more inside]
posted by jtron on Nov 2, 2006 - 7 answers

Can I choose between the greater of two goods? Please.

If a political canididate demonstrates that he or she is most definitely not cut out for the job but is running with the political party which you find most inoffensive, what if any options exist? [more inside]
posted by SinisterPurpose on Oct 5, 2006 - 18 answers

How to become a Delegate?

How does one in California become a delegate for the Democratic National Convention?
posted by semmi on May 2, 2006 - 3 answers

What is the official Democratic policy on Iraq?

What is the Democratic Party's official stance on the future of Iraq? If we were in power right now, what would we be doing differently? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Feb 4, 2006 - 12 answers

Why shorten "Democratic"?

"Democratic Party" vs. "Democrat Party" -- why? [more inside]
posted by aaronetc on Jul 26, 2005 - 17 answers

Does anyone care about America anymore?

Why do we only hear negative criticism of the US President? [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t on Jun 15, 2005 - 42 answers

Political Fundraising

Have any MeFites run for local public office? How did you raise funds? [+] [more inside]
posted by mds35 on Jan 4, 2005 - 18 answers

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