Congressional Research Service. October 31, 2013.
This report presents a profile of the membership of the 113th Congress (2013-2014). Statistical information is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on party affiliation, average age, occupation, education, length of congressional service, religious affiliation, gender, ethnicity, foreign births, and military service.
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42964.pdf [PDF format, 13 pages]
Migration Policy Institute. October 2012.
In the lead-up to the 2012 US presidential election, a major point of contention between Republican and Democratic candidates has been the division of responsibility for immigration policy and enforcement between the federal government and states. This is not surprising. When viewed through the local law enforcement lens, the current arrangement looks more like a patchwork of overlapping and potentially conflicting authorities than a systematic nation-wide approach to immigration enforcement. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
The Democratic National Committee. September 4, 2012.
Full-text of the Democratic Party Platform adopted by the delegates at the Democratic Party convention.
Congressional Research Service. June 12, 2012.
This report provides answers to frequently asked questions about the presidential nominating process, including how the delegates to the national conventions are chosen, the differences between a caucus and a primary, national party rules changes for 2012, and the national conventions themselves.
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42533.pdf [PDF Format, 26 pages].