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Republicans, Immigration and a Blue Texas

The growing importance of immigration and the Hispanic vote is further highlighted in this piece from the New Yorker. It offers the slightly surreal prospect of a Democrat voting Texas as a potential outcome of Republican immigration policy. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/11/19/121119fa_fact_lizza Advertisements

Hispanics

This piece in Foreign Affairs examines the inreasing importance of Hispanics in US politics. It also suggests that unless Republicans do more to win Hispanic vote their hopes of recapturing the White House are doomed. http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/138430/ray-suarez/hispanics-and-national-politics

Will Boehner control Congress

An excellent piece in the current edition of the New Yorker examining whether or not Boehner will be able to control the Tea party faction within the Republican party. This is obviously excellent for the Unit 4 work on Congress that we will do after January but it is also good in terms of divisions … Continue reading

The Hispanic Vote

This excellent piece in Foreign Affairs examines the importance of the Hispanic vote in US presidential elections. It also suggests that unless the Republicans can find a way of winning over Hispanics they will struggle to win the Electoral College in the future. http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/138430/ray-suarez/hispanics-and-national-politics?page=show

Immigration

An excellent summary of recent immigration policy from the NY Times. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/i/immigration-and-emigration/index.html

Black Candidates in 2012

The underrepresentation of African Americans in US politics is a key issue in the ‘Race and Ethnicity’ topic this excellent piece in the Washington Post examines the problems faced by African Americans in the 2012 Congressional elections. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/11/14/a-very-tough-election-for-black-candidates-not-named-obama/

Campaign finance

An excellent piece from the NY Times looking at the background of Citizens United and the implications of the new funding climate on the 2012 election. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/c/campaign_finance/index.html

Election 2012

There have been so many articles published during the last 24 hours on every possible aspect of the US elections. Here are some of the articles that I have enjoyed the most: If you want to look at some electoral stats the Washington Post is an excellent place to start http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/election-map-2012/president/?hpid=z3 they also have an … Continue reading

Ethnic Minority Voters 2012

The outcome of the 2012 election could be determined by the electoral preferences of minority groups. The African American population in America has supported the Democrat Party since they became partr of the New Deal Coalition in the 1930s. In 2012 it is not whether or not African Americans will vote for Obama but whether … Continue reading

The Debate

Romney clearly won the first Presidential Debate but one strong performance will not be enough to resurrect his faltering campaign. The impact of the debate and Romney’s short lived revival in the polls is discussed in the following two articles. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/08/romney-debate-bounce-real-but-fading?INTCMP=SRCH http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/07/henry-porter-obama-romney-debate/print

Obama= Reagan

This is quite a long article but it is definitely worth reading. This piece from Newsweek is comparing Reagan and Obama. Although this superficially seems to be a futile exercise the notion that Reagan is a seminal President for the Republicans and that Obama could become one for the Demcorats is significant. This piece has … Continue reading

The Electoral College

The Electoral College is the defining process behind the election of a US President. That check on the excesses of democracy put in place by the Founding Fathers dominates discussion of presidential elections because ultimately however many votes you win won’t help you if you can’t convert it into electoral college votes (just ask the Bull … Continue reading

Swing States

Ultimately most US Presidential elections boil down to the behaviour of voters in Swing States- we all know how Texas and New York will vote in November, the interesting part of US election night is always what happens in the ‘purple’ states with no defined, predictable Republican or Democrat tendencies. This excellent graphic from the … Continue reading

A divided nation?

We keep telling you this but the single most important narrative in American politics is the process of partisan polarisation. This trend influences almost every aspect of American politics and was clearly evident at the Party Conferences. This piece from today’s Guardian suggests that the two conventions showcased two very different parties: one, the Democrats driven … Continue reading

Negative Campaigning

Negative campaigning is the process of discrediting your opponent rather than focusing on your own attributes. It has been on the rise in American poltics for a while and is closely linked to the process of political polarisation. Negative campaigning has long been associated with disillusionment and political apathy and the continued rise of negative … Continue reading