Unit 5-- Elections and Politics (part 2): Congress, the Courts and the Presidency; & California Politics

I) Assigned Readings:

  1. The Politics of Power, Chapter 6, The Presidency
  2. "The 1 Percent Court" - Bill Moyers and Bernard Weisberger, The Nation (October 8, 2012)   
  3. "The Election Reform Moment," John Nichols, The Nation (Feb. 18, 2013)   
  4. "The End of the Solid South," Bob Moser, The American Prospect (May/June, 2013)  
  5. "Kabuki Democracy: And How to Fix It- Why a Progressive Presidency is Impossible, For Now," Eric Alterman, The Nation (1/5/2011)   The URL here takes you to a shorter version of the original article that was published in January of 2011. Note- I have not yet shortened the audio version.
  6. Please read the TERM VOTER REGISTRATION project assignment that is due during Week 12. You will find this in the Canvas module for week 12.

Optional Reading - click on this link for a list of supplemental readings to deepen your knowledge

II) Video Resources:

  1. Joe Mathews and Mark Paul, watch short video from authors of California Crackup and explore this website
  2. School House Rock revisited! "ALEC Rock," Mark Fiore, c/o BillMoyers.com (July 27, 2012)
  3. "Water," Penelope Cruz- Nature is Speaking Series, Conservation International

Voter Suppression

III) Important Dates/Notices: