1. Describe in detail the process by which someone becomes president. What was the coalition that Trump put together in order to win the Electoral College? Since a different person won the popular vote than the Electoral College twice in the last 16 years, is it time to get rid of this system? Explain using examples.
2. How do interest groups lobby Congress, the Supreme Court and the executive branch? What strategies and techniques do they employ? What makes for a successful lobbyist? What is the role of money in this system? Explain using examples and case studies.
3. Should the government have a large or small role in society (economic)? Is it the government’s business to either raise the minimum wage or to prevent US companies from shipping jobs overseas? What about assisting the poor? Should the U.S. have a robust social safety net or not? What is your philosophy regarding government regulations?
4. Discuss voter turnout. Who votes and why? Why is voter turnout low? What proposals exist to increase voter turnout? Who is likely to vote for Democratic candidates? Who is likely to vote for Republican candidates? What are some reasons for these tendencies? How might this change over time? Explain using examples.