El Estoque

Politically Perplexed: Who is the President of the Senate?

Politically Perplexed: Who is the President of the Senate?

Mihir Patil

November 1, 2012

  When El Estoque asked students who the President of the Senate was, we received a wide variety of responses. Out of 100 responders, 22 knew that the president of the Senate was Joe Biden.  The president of the Senate — not to be confused with the President Pro Tempore, who is responsibl...

Politically Perplexed: Who is the governor of California?

Politically Perplexed: Who is the governor of California?

Mihir Patil

October 22, 2012

When El Estoque asked students who the governor of California was, we received a myriad of responses.  Out of 100 responders, 31 knew that the current governor is Jerry Brown.  Brown is currently serving his third term as governor; his first was between 1975-1983.  Governors generally are only al...

Politically Perplexed: Who is the Speaker of the House of Representatives?

Politically Perplexed: Who is the Speaker of the House of Representatives?

Mihir Patil

October 10, 2012

When El Estoque asked students who the Speaker of the House of Representatives was, they came up with a variety of creative responses. Out of 100 responders, only 6 knew that the Speaker of the House was John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio. The Speaker of the House serves as the leader of the majori...

Politically Perplexed: What does ‘GOP’ stand for?

Politically Perplexed: What does ‘GOP’ stand for?

Mihir Patil

September 28, 2012

When El Estoque asked what 'GOP' stood for, students came up with a variety of creative responses. Out of 100 responders, only 15 knew that GOP is the abbreviation for “Grand Old Party,” known more commonly as the Republican Party. The GOP was formed in the 1850s when it split from the Democratic Party ...