I shall post videos, graphs, news stories, and other material. We shall use some of this material in class, and you may review the rest at your convenience. You will all receive invitations to post to the blog. I encourage you to use the blog in these ways:

· To post questions or comments;

· To follow up on class discussions;

· To post relevant news items or videos.

There are only two major limitations: no coarse language, and no derogatory comments about people at the Claremont Colleges.

The syllabus is at http://www1.cmc.edu/pages/faculty/JPitney/gov106-fall15.html


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Elections, Religious Groups, and Reform

The SEIU (Service Employees International Union) has swung behind Obama. Here is an independent expenditure ad by its PAC:

Same ad in Spanish:

PowerPAC is not a PAC but a 501(c)(4). It has run pro-Obama ads with a religious theme:

Some background on the religion, politics, and the IRS.

Kennedy speech to Greater Houston Ministerial Association:

Obama speech to the United Church of Christ:

In the current decade, as the reading explains, we have seen a clash of Catholic Answers Action and the Catholic Action Network for Social Justice.

See here and here (go to p. 37) for data on religion and electoral preference.

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