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Politics For Dummies

DeLaney, Ann M.


3. Auflage Februar 2020
384 Seiten, Softcover

ISBN: 978-1-119-65295-3
John Wiley & Sons

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Get up to speed on the U.S. political system

Confused by caucuses, primaries, and pollsters? Puzzled by the various parties and special interest groups? Politics For Dummies has everything you need to understand local, state, and national politics; how to communicate with your elected officials; and what your representatives can do for you.

You'll find out all about lobbying groups, sub-committees, the government branches, and how elections work. Also included is new information on how to use online tools and social media to find out what legislation is on the floor, what issues are before the Supreme Court, and when congress and the Supreme Court are in session.
* Understand the United States political system
* Learn more about the three branches of U.S. government
* Discover the differences in federal, state, and local operations
* Get need-to-know information for involvement

This book cuts through the political jargon and provides clear, up-to-date details about everything from legislation to polls to presidential elections in the United States--and explains how you can become a political player yourself.

Introduction 1

Part 1: Politics and You 7

Chapter 1: It's Politics, Baby! 9

Chapter 2: The Money-versus-Vote Analysis 19

Part 2: Making Your Voice Heard 29

Chapter 3: Be a Part of the Solution -- Vote! 31

Chapter 4: Contributing Your Time or Money 43

Chapter 5: Telling Politicians What's on Your Mind 55

Part 3: Politics is a Team Sport 67

Chapter 6: Partying with Politics 69

Chapter 7: Taking Sides 91

Chapter 8: Joining a Special Interest Group 103

Chapter 9: Getting Political Online 121

Part 4: It's All Marketing 131

Chapter 10: Harry Handler Meets Carly Candidate 133

Chapter 11: Selling the Candidates, Warts and All 149

Chapter 12: Truth in Advertising 163

Chapter 13: Casting That Vote! 181

Part 5: Let the Campaigns Begin 189

Chapter 14: Who Says Talk is Cheap? (Where Your Contribution Goes) 191

Chapter 15: For Whom the Campaign Polls 205

Chapter 16: Dodging the Issues: What You Can Do 215

Chapter 17: Campaigning for Your Vote 225

Chapter 18: Negative Campaigning: The Dark Side of Politics 235

Chapter 19: The Money Thing: Is Reform Possible? 253

Part 6: Presidential Politics 263

Chapter 20: Throwing Their Hats in the Ring 265

Chapter 21: Getting the Party Started: National Party Conventions 277

Chapter 22: The Electoral College and the 2000 and 2016 Presidential Elections 285

Chapter 23: Filling Some Really Big Shoes: Electing a President 295

Part 7: The Part of Tens 311

Chapter 24: The Ten Commandments of Modern Politics 313

Chapter 25: Ten Things to Teach Your Children About Politics 317

Chapter 26: Ten Common Political Mistakes 323

Chapter 27: Ten (or so) Quotable Quotes 327

Appendix: State ID Voting Requirements 331

Index 353
Ann M. DeLaney is currently a Standing Trustee in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy for the Southern District of Indiana. She was the first woman to serve as Chair of a major political party in Indiana and the first woman nominated by a major party as a candidate for Indiana Lieutenant Governor. She has been a delegate to state and national party conventions.