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Amendment 1: North Carolina

North Carolinia has voted to pass Amendment One outlawing gay marriage in the state. A good example of direct democracy in the USA/ civil rights. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/09/north-carolina-passes-amendment-1

How Pressure group activity has changed- the iMob

The use of new social media has revolutionised how we protest. This short piece discusses several specific examples and looks at the impact of the iMob on American politics. Any question on methods used by pressure groups in the US would benefit from it. http://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/default/files/public/The%20World%20Today/2012/april/0412marshall.pdf

Five Lessons from the GOP Primary

Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post has suggested that the five key lessons so far in the GOP primary campaign are as follows: 1. Conservatives aren’t picking up what Mitt Romney is putting down. 2. It’s a Super PAC world. We’re just living in it. 3. Barack Obama is Mitt Romney’s biggest ally 4. Debates … Continue reading

Super Donors

A great piece from the NY Times regarding the emergence of the Super Donor- wealthy individuals backing the Republican candidates. These figures utilise the Super PAC structure to donate millions to the candidates. An interesting take on elitism and campaign finance. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/22/us/politics/in-republican-race-a-new-breed-of-superdonor.html?_r=1&hp

Campaign Finance

Some excellent links provided by the U6th (many thanks). Campaign finance is an interesting topic and examples can be multipurpose as much of the material links into the Pressure Group topic as well. This piece from abc profiles the biggest donors to the Republican primary campaigns http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/pac-pack-men-money-candidates/story?id=15479174#5 While this piece looks at the role of … Continue reading

“The Best Democracy Money can buy”

Mark Twain’s description of the American system remains as pertinent today as it was when he uttered in the nineteenth century. This piece in today’s Guardian is absolutely packed with interesting figures about campaign finance, the role of SCOTUS in regulating campaign finance and the contribution of Pressure Groups to campaigns. All in all it … Continue reading

The Politics of Protest- on both sides of the Atlantic

Left Foot Forward have an interesting post looking at the nature of protests against government austerity and economic hardship in both the USA and the UK. This piece http://www.leftfootforward.org/2012/01/the-new-politics-of-protest/ is littered with excellent examples of the Pressure Group topic in Unit 1 and its counterpart in Unit 3. It also examines the nature of pluralism and … Continue reading

2012 Republican Primaries get uglier

Newt Gingrich is desperately trying to play himself back into the Republican Primary race after lacklustre showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, and having been the victim of attack ads in the first two states he is trying to give Romney a taste of his own medicine prior to the vote in South Carolina. This … Continue reading