NASPActs Policy Basics: Political Parties & the Federal Legislative Process
Some will remember Schoolhouse Rock! from Saturday morning cartoons (and those that don’t can take a quick visit to ABC for a peek at the 1970s public service announcements ) where we learned how a bill becomes a law. Though Bill’s progress omits the role of political parties, the federal legislative process hasn’t really changed that much in the last 40 years: legislation gets introduced in one or both chambers, is referred to the appropriate committee, is (sometimes) passed out of committee for vote by the full chamber, and, if passed by both chambers of Congress, is sent to the President for signature (or veto). In this post, NASPA Director of Policy Research & Advocacy reviews the process for moving bills through Congress a bit more thoroughly by discussing how political parties influence the process.
Policy Update for May 23 through June 2
This post provides national and state policy updates relevant to student affairs professionals for the weeks of May 29 to June 2, 2017.
Eye on ’18: All Politics are Local
While it seems early to many to be thinking already about the 2018 midterm election cycle, Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Cooper v. Harris to overturn the redistricting in two North Carolina districts stands as a reminder of the importance of the gubernatorial races in 2018 and their impact on the political landscape for the next decade or more. This blog by NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will briefly explore the history of redistricting in the US, touch on current conversations around racial and partisan gerrymandering, and set the stage for the importance of the 2018 gubernatorial elections and the 2020 Census in determining the course of our political future through 2032.
Public Policy Agenda Update
In this post Shawn DeVeau, Knowledge Community (KC) Liaison to the Public Policy Division, provides an update on current revisions underway to NASPA's Public Policy Agenda.
NASPActs Policy Basics: Your Role in Our Representative Democracy
Engaging with our representative democracy is essential to maintaining the health and function of our nation’s government. Whether you’re just getting started on your journey to becoming an engaged participant or looking for a resource to share with those who are starting theirs, this post from NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will lay out some specific suggestions for learning and engaging in local, state, and national policy conversations. Student affairs professionals are sometimes hesitant to engage in active advocacy because of uncertainty about where their role as campus employee ends and their rights as a citizen begins. While we can’t offer legal advice or guidance, we have provided some tips and suggestions for engaging politically as an institutional employee.
NASPActs Policy Basics: Our Representative Democracy
Since the 2016 election season, political activism and awareness seems to be on the rise. Our representative democracy functions best when citizens participate, so increased collective interest in how our government works and how to participate in it are definitely good, even when they bring into sharp focus the depth of political divisions in our nation. No matter where your opinions and positions fall on any social or political spectrum, understanding the basics of how our government works, including the role that political parties play, will help you be more effective in adding your voice to our national discourse. If you’re relatively new to the policy world or just need a quick refresher, this post from Teri Lyn Hinds, NASPA Director of Policy Research & Advocacy, provides a brief overview of our representative democracy and your role in it.