The Office and the Senate
and the Senate
: Dwight shows partisanship as he is always loyal to Dunder Mifflin and he never does anything against the company. He is a very hard-worker and is the best salesman in
, which is hard to understand since he is short-tempered and often gets angry.
: Michael was a filibuster when he ran across to a train to kill time before he had to talk to his boss. His boss, Jan, needs to talk to him about downsizing the branch, and Michael really does not want to even think about downsizing.
: Toby in HR, is the Party Whip in
because he keeps the behavior and everyone in the office in check. Toby is a character portrayed as very boring. He is hated by Michael and likes Pam a lot. He is divorced and has a daughter.
: Dwight asks people to approve a bill. He needed a certain amount of signatures to approve this, so he tries disguising it as many different things to get the necessary amount of signatures.
: Conference room meetings serve as Caucuses because they discuss about current topics and who they believe would be appropriate for certain positions.
: The annex is a branch of the office with two departments: HR and customer service. The break room is right next to the annex, so, when people go back there, they are typically looking to buy a snack. Toby often gets excited when there are people who go into the annex, but, his excitement vanishes when they go into the break room. Sorry Toby.
: The president in
is Michael Scott, Regional Manager. Michael is very funny, however, most of his jokes are cruel and/or controversial. The people within
love working for him because he allows freedom and encourages laughter.
: Supplier Relations is the smallest department in
, therefore, the head and only member of it, Meredith Palmer, serves as the minority leader. Meredith likes to party and is a single mom. She is light-hearted and never bothers anyone in
President Pro Tempore
: Dwight is the Pro Tempore in
because he is second in command. His title is Assistant Regional Manager. He is in charge when Michael is gone. Dwight is the proud owner of Shrute Farms which is a sixty acre beet farm. He manages the farm with his cousin Moes, who is a very strange character.
: The constituents in
, are the clients of the salesmen. This is because the salesmen are the companies representatives for their clients.
: Gridlock occurs in
when Jan, Michael’s boss goes against his opinion and there is no progress made on a certain topic. For example, when Michael has to fire someone in the season 7 opener, he really does not want to fire anyone. Jan says he needs to, and, nothing gets done until someone IS fired a couple days later.
: The Part Planning Committee in
is a committee appointed for a special purpose: planning office parties. This committee consists of various people at different times. The leader is mainly Angela. Pam, Phyllis, Oscar, and Meredith also are in the Party Planning Committee.
: At a shareholder meeting, when Dunder Mifflin is believed to announce going out of business, Michael says he has a 45 day plan to get the company back on track. This is like legislative agenda because it is a plan of action for Dunder Mifflin to stay in business.
: The receptionist, Erin, serves at the legislative assistant in
because she helps Michael with everything and she helps the office environment and people overall.
: In The Office, Jim leaves the Scranton branch to the Stanford Branch. (The company forces Jim to leave the Scranton branch so they could have the accounting department be the majority in Scranton, not the sales). This is like gerrymandering because the company is moving Jim to a different place in order to have a majority in another branch.
: Sales is the biggest department in The Office. The leader of the sales team is Jim. Dwight, Phyllis, Stanley, Andy, and Pam are also salesmen/women. Jim loves playing pranks on Dwight in his past time. Some of his pranks include: Putting Dwight’s stapler in Jell-O, attaching a 500-foot red wire from the top of a telephone pole to the back of Dwight’s computer, and convincing Dwight that the day was Friday, not Thursday.
: Ryan, the youngest Vice President in Dunder Mifflin history sets up a website called Dunder Mifflin Infinity. With this website, he logs sales. However, he logged sales twice, not once. This is like honoraria because he is trying to manipulate the system to make more money.
: A meeting where local members of a party gather and register which candidate they want to run for office or which delegates they want to send to a convention. An example of a caucus are the Iowa caucuses which, since 1972, have been the first major electoral event in the long process of nominating Republican and Democratic presidential candidates.
Gerrymandering is when a political party redefines or divides districts in a state or the country so that the political party can have a majority in more districts.
A Legislative Agenda shows the priorities or plan of action of a party or a certain political figure. Trump has outlined his legislative agenda by putting out a '100 day plan' of action of what he is going to do as president.
: A legislative branch of government with two houses or chambers i.e. House of Reps and Senate, House of Commons and the House of Lords. The history of Bicameral Legislature goes back all the way to the found fathers, who favored this. The idea was to have the Senate be wealthier and wiser. Benjamin Rush saw this though, and noted that, "this type of dominion is almost always connected with opulence."
: Gridlock is when different branches of government or people with different views can not agree on something. The percentage of gridlocked issues has more than doubled since 1950 and is close to a new high.
: The Legislative Assistant is a staffer who helps their legislator by researching, drafting, and monitoring legislation.They can also give recommendation, and advice.
People who are being represented by a certain political leader. Jacob Calka and Spencer Shade are constituents to Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey because Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren are the representative of Massachusetts. It is their job to represent the people of their state.
: Partisanship is when somebody is extremely loyal to their party and are unwilling to compromise with other parties. John Cornyn is an example of someone who shows partisanship to their political party because John has been the Republican Party Whip for 15 years.
: A bill is a legislation proposed by a legislature. The bill won't become a law until it is approved the the legislation, and especially by the executive.
Honoraria is when a political figure tries to make money by speaking to the public or through paid speaking engagements. This is illegal though because a political would gain large amounts of money for just simply talking to their constituents.
Party Whip (D)
: Richard Durbin is the current Party Whip for the Democratic party. The job of the Democratic party whip is to keep the party in check. Richard has been serving for two years as the Democratic Party Whip.
: Mitch McConnell (R) is the Majority leader in the Senate. Part of the majority party in Congress (Republicans) that leads the proceedings in the day. The majority leader is in charge of working with committee chairs, organizing the presentation of new bills, etc.
: Chuck Schumer (D) is the current Minority leader in the Senate. Part of the minority party in Congress (Democrats ) that works with his party and the majority leader to lead the proceedings in the day and to make the process of voting and other political topics more efficient. The minority leader does the same things as the majority leader in working with committee chairs, organizing the presentation of new bills, etc.
President Pro Tempore
: Senator Orrin Hatch (R) is the President Pro Tempore in the Senate. He takes place of the president of senate if the president is away. The President Pro Tempore is third line of succeeding the president of he dies. The Vice President and the Speaker of the House are ahead of the Orrin Hatch.
Party Whip (R)
: John Cornyn is currently the Party Whip for the Republican party. The job of the Republican party whip is to keep the party in check. John has been serving as the Republican Party Whip for 15 years.
: Vice President Mike Pence (R) is the president of the Senate. He presides over the Senate only on ceremonial occasions or when a tie-breaking vote may be needed. The current president of the Senate is Mike Pence. He previously served as the Governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017.
: A filibuster is a political tactic that a politician uses to prolong a bill from passing by killing time. Ted Cruz was a filibuster when he stopped to read
Green Eggs and Ham
to his two daughters.
: A small legislative committee appointed for a special purpose. One example of a select committee in the house is the Select Committee on Intelligence.