The research paper has 2 steps. First, you will analyze the background of your congressional district and your U.S. Representative. Second, you will analyze the political background of your state(Georgia) and 1 of your U.S. Senators. You may choose which senator to study; however, if one senator is newly elected and does not have interest group ratings, study the other one. Note that these are United States Representatives and Senators. Do not use members of your state legislature.
the first part will deal with your congressional district(GA 11th district) and congressman(Barry Loudermilk); the second part will deal with your state and senator(David Perdue). As explained in the presentation, interest group scores may be found at Vote Smart.
please use the source The Almanac of American Politics by Richard E. Cohen and James A. Barnes to find information for this paper.
Also, address and elaborate on each of the following questions in paragraph form:
What is the recent political history of your district and state?
How has your state and congressional district voted in recent presidential and congressional elections?
Can your district or state be considered to be leaning Republican or Democrat?
Are the political parties relatively even, or does one party dominate the elections?
Does your district have a long tradition of supporting one party, or has it been changing in recent years?
How did your representative and senator come to power? (Thoroughly describe their backgrounds.)
How do the interest groups (ADA, ACLU, ACU, CC or FRC) rate your representative and senator? (Note: If the Christian Coalition score is not available, you may substitute the Family Research Council score. Include the exact scores from each of these groups. The rationale for this is explained in the presentation.)
Based on these ratings, would you classify your representative and senator as conservative or liberal? Justify your answer.