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Department
Political Science
Course
CAS PO 111
Professor
Graham Wilson
Semester
Fall

Description
Congress, cont. “The Washington Community”­ starting to decline as staff begin to increase in district  offices • congressional staff o apprenticeship system: start young, poorly paid o people go to school, appointments, interest groups after o representatives rely on staff for issues that they don’t know about o no job security­ staff also dependent upon rep. o ex. Don­Frank (regulating financial sector)­ staffers very important in  creating the bill • rise of party control o party unity: majority (51%) of one party opposes the majority (51%) of the  other  1970s­ low party unity  1990s­ much more  today­ 80% of the time • upward trend for both House and Senate o percentage of people likely to vote with the party on a party unity vote  1970s­ many more people not voting with the party  today/recently­ 90% unity • if you bet that a Democrat would vote with the Democratic  party, you would probably win  Senate also extremely low in the 70s and increases over time • 1968­ only 50% Democratic unity o change in party control  southern Democrats vs. non­southern Democrats­ smaller  difference today • 60s/70s southern Democrats became Republicans; today  southern Democrats represent minorities or poor whites  Republicans have become more conservative  party is much more important  intense minority issues  civil rights • Truman’s liberal agenda wiped out by conservative  Democrats  Congress has become more partisan because it is more organized 
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