4 November 2015

Presidential Campaign and House of Representatives Politics

For the week of November 8, 2015

In the first half of the show, Kathryn Pearson, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, discusses the latest in the 2016 Presidential campaign. The second half focuses on Professor Pearson’s new book, “Party Discipline in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:15) Media outlets differed on whether Clinton or Sanders won the CNN Las Vegas debate; (3:06) Whether publications with younger readership, especially online publications, favored Sanders, while more traditional publications favored Clinton; (4:12) Clinton came across as a progressive who can get things done and Sanders identified with liberal issues; (5:26) How Sanders handled the gun control issue; (6:16) Clinton has only a slight lead in the polls; (7:06) The importance of a high voter turnout among minority voters for the Democratic Party; (8:03) How Clinton and Sanders poll among minority voters; (8:45) Trump and Carson have both made inflammatory remarks that may be damaging to their candidacy; (10:17) Trump has fallen behind Carson in the polls; (11:32) Bush’s campaign is in jeopardy
  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:15) Pearson’s new book collects data from the House 1987-2012, starting with Speaker Jim Wright; (2:25) Between these years, party loyalty increased significantly; (4:15) Party loyalty in a unified vs divided government; (5:10) Party loyalty can affect how well a politician can serve his or her district; (8:00) The contribution of Super PACs on party loyalty; (9:39) A comparison between the House of 1987 and the House today; (11:18) The likelihood of change in the House