GLOSSARY OF TERMS
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Blue Dog Democrats
Common Sense Coalition
A coalition of senators started in 2017 to propose bipartisan solutions on issues that have become subject to partisan deadlock.
For more, read the Business Insider story.
Congressional Black Caucus (CBC)
In a word - YOU!
In terms of government, you are a constituent of whoever you elect to represent your interests. In terms of federal policymaking, that would be the following...
o In the House of Representatives, the Representative elected from your Congressional District who represents the people in that district.
o In the Senate, both Senators elected from your state.
Contract With America
In a sense, a state within a state.
The term can be used to describe a situation where a government's employees operate independently of elected representatives.
It takes on negative connotations when the employees are accused (rightfully or not) of doing so in an effort to undermine those elected officials.
For more, read this Politico article.
A general term describing the leaders who created the initial mold for the United States - from the Declaration of Independence to the Constitution.
Historians typically include the following as among America's founding fathers...
A group consisting of some of the more conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives. Not all representatives who are believed to members of the group acknowledge their membership.
For more about the Freedom Caucus, read the Pew Research Center report.
Political movements organized by constituents - the ones affected by policies - are called grassroots movements.
A general classification of how someone might view various public policies.
The following terminology and characterizations often are used to distinguish. They are only generalizations. People have various views on different issues.
|Wants high marginal tax rate||Wants low marginal tax rate|
|Understands global warming is real||Claims global warming is a hoax|
|Supports a woman's right to abortion||Wants abortion outlawed|
|Supports sex education in schools||Does not want sex education taught in schools|
Problem Solvers Caucus
A group of Republican and Democratic representatives who have agreed to seek bipartisan solutions to issues for which the parties tend to present incompatible proposals.
For more, read The Hill story.
Republican National Committee (RNC)
The organization that sets the official platforms for the Republican Party and funds Republican candidates' campaigns.
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