For the FRQ have 5-6 sentences for each question.
Free-Response Question One
A. Discuss third parties and the challenges they face in winning elections. In your discussion, explain three reasons third parties have difficulty in our political system.
B. Identify one third party candidate who received a significant number of popular votes but no electoral votes.
C. Identify one third party candidate who received significant popular and electoral votes
A. Explain two arguments that support the idea that the Electoral College be replaced by a direct popular election of the president.
B. Describe the impact the abolishment of the election college would have on the following:
1. political parties
2. presidential campaign strategies
3. identify one institution that would benefit from direct elections and explain why this institution would benefit from the change.
a. Discuss one positive and one negative argument about Congressional incumbency.
b. Discuss the effect term limits might have on Congress.
2. Now respond and comment to what you believe (agree or disagree) and on a student’s personal response to both of the questions above. Have explanation.
“1. The positive side of Congressional incumbency is that those who have already served on Congress have a much easier time when going through re-election and campaigning. However, for those trying to become a Congress member for the first time, it makes their campaigning almost impossible, and their campaigns are much more limited.
2. Term limits would definitely make incumbency much more fair for those campaigning and for those trying to become a part of Congress for the first time. Term limits would ensure that not one person is able to serve for too long of a time and allow new people to run for Congress.”
“1. Congressional incumbency can bring both positive and negative congregations. For the positive congregation, congressional incumbency can retain a popular congressman in power and help block any rookies, if possible. This basically shows that there are more experienced and skilled workers in the Congress. For the negative congregation, it can cause a result of a poor, unfair congressman remaining still in the Congress longer than needed, which is adds a huge disadvantage for the Congress and the people he represents.
2. Term limits can help reduce the liability of the congressional incumbency. Even though a poorly simple leader may manage their position for a couple years, it would be impossibly difficult for them to provoke the Congress for a longer time. This would also restrict the power of any Congressmen, just as same as the term limits provide for the presidency. This would also allow many various selection of applicant’s chances to take charge of the office and create fresher, new ideas to the Congress.”
d. Do interest groups narrowly focus on their own agenda or promote public interest?