Lecture 5: Policy and Politics of the Legislature
How do people become legislators?
· Previous experience – City Council, School Board, County Sup
· Community activism
· Personal or professional experience (the cranky factor)
How do you get elected?
· Money, money, money. Where does it come from? Individuals, PACS
· Grassroots v. media/ mail campaigns; party supported or not
· Reapportionment/ Redistricting process
· Party interests – competitive seats State Legislature is inside pool.
Once Elected – how do you organize and office.
· It’s all about the district – prescence, especially the further from Capitol
· Constituent Services
The needs of the Members to be on specific Committees (District v. Fundraising v. Caucus Leadership):
· Policy/ Fiscal Committees germane to Member’s District or expertise
· Policy/ Fiscal Committees for raising money – “Juice Committees”
About Caucus Leadership – how and why things happen.
· Party above all (Caucus perspective)
· Re-election (Members Perspective and Caucus too.)
· District demands versus Caucus/ Party demands
· How Leadership works
Link between members needs (re-election) and Caucus needs.
Policy and Politics
Bill Authors and Sponsors
Lobbying and Special Interests
· So-called special interests and lobbying
· Types of lobbying (Association, Corporate, Contract, Government)
And – Back to Elections!