The United States midterm elections will decide who controls the Senate and House during the remaining years of the Trump Administration’s first term. In order for the Democrats to gain control over the House, they would need to see a net gain of 24 seats. To regain control of the Senate, Democrats would need to keep all of their seats and capture two of the Republican seats for a 51-49 majority. Of the seats up for election, 35 are held by Democrats, and nine are held by Republicans.
We’ve pulled together a collection of related books, articles, and social media content to help our readers better understand these elections. Be sure to check back each week for more content, and follow our hashtag #BeBallotReady for Midterms 2018 updates.
“The wisdom of Henry Clay: advice for the modern-day politician”
Henry Clay succeeded as Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Secretary of State, leader of his party in the Senate, and as “The Great Compromiser.” But most of all, he was a political model for generations. In that capacity, his words speak to us still.
“Dignified debates: a better way to argue about politics”
Polarizing political issues and party loyalty make it difficult for modern politicians to reach across the aisle. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong breaks down the five steps to making strong arguments that can help improve discussions in the senate chamber, classrooms, and even the family dinner table.
“Are you an informed voter? [quiz]”
Referencing a selection of titles from our What Everyone Needs to Know® series, we collected questions about a variety of topics, including climate change, healthcare reform, and the news media. Take the quiz to find out what you need to know more about before voting.
Read between the headlines.
Read through the selection of articles below to read-up on some of this year’s key political issues.
Virtual Issue: Media Coverage of Polls
A virtual issue of Public Opinion Quarterly brings together scholarship that examines news media’s coverage of public opinion polls.
U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction
Provides an introduction to the creation of the U.S. Congress by the founding fathers, and explains the role that Congress plays in the U.S. legal system.
“How Democrats and Republicans Think About Politics”
Analyzes the different ways that Republicans and Democrats approach political issues, and how those differences influence their approach to voting. Concludes that Republicans conceptualize political choices in ideological terms, while Democrats perceive political choices as involving group interests and are more likely to support practical compromise.
“Gendered Personalities and Political Behavior”
Introduces the correlation between gendered personalities and political attitudes and behavior using psychological and political science literature. Argues that masculine and feminine traits can theoretically predict how individuals and political parties stand on various issues.
“How Does Political Change Occur?”
Examines the observed changes in the geographic party support in presidential elections by looking at two different theories: compositional effects, which focus on changes in state characteristics; and contextual effects, which focus on change in how those characteristics matter to election outcomes.
“Schools, State, and Political Power”
Discusses how public schools have played a vital role in helping traditionally marginalized communities access paths to political empowerment, and demonstrates how state takeovers of local school districts reveal fundamental dynamics of political power.
“Liberal and Republican Conceptions of Citizenship”
Examines what it means to be a citizen within liberal and republican political theories: liberalism as the dominant political philosophy of our time, and republicanism as bringing to the fore a new focus on citizenship.
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