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GOVT 2306 CHAPTERS 22, 23, 24, & 25

interest group

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political action committee (PAC)

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issue advocacy

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line-item veto

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post-adjournment veto (and benefit)

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attorney general

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land office

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civil law

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criminal law

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contingency fee

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capital case

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grand jury

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bench trial

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name game

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what is the primary objective of an interest gorup?

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where are interest groups usually most powerful?

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what gorup has notable political success litigating in federal courts?

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who is the largest and most effective public employee interest group?

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List 3 ways interest groups gain access to politicians and policy makers:

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What can lobbyists do?

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Who do Texas Trial lawyers frequently align with?

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when are individuals most likely to successfully lobby government?

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How many members in the Texas house? the Texas senate?

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What is the function of the local and consent calendar?

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How much is the yearly salary of a Texas representative?

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How long does the Texas legislature meet?

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What is the main difference between a bill and a resolution?

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List three constitutency services provided by Texas representatives:

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Who can write a bill in Texas?

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Where must all bills dealing with state revenue begin?

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What is the purpose of a conference committee in the Texas legislature?

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Why is the comptroller of public accounts so important to the legislature?

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How is the Speaker of the House of Representatives chosen?

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In the Texas House of Representatives, who has the power to allow a member to speak in floor debate?

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What type of district representation is utilized in the Texas House and Senate?

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In the Texas legislature what happens the year following a census?

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Why do Texas budgets not run into debt?

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What is the primary effect of a plural executive?

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Why did Texas establish a plural executive?

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What are the requirements to be governor of Texas?

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Who is the only Texas governor to be both impeached and convicted?

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Who becomes governor in the state of Texas if a sitting governor is unable to hold office due to impeachement and conviction, resignation, or death?

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What is the most important function of the governor's staff?

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List four powers belonging to the Texas governor:

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Give an example of the Texas governor's military powers:

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How significant is the Lieutenant Governor?

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What things is the DPS - Department of Public Safety - responsible for?

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List three legislative powers of the Texas governor:

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What is the Texas governor's greatest judicial power?

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What is the most important power of the state comptroller?

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Which office is charged with ensuring the accuracy of official weights and measures?

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List three things the Texas State Board of Education is responsible for:

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Who is responsible for implementing education policy decisions of the governor and legislature? (be careful...a little tricky)

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What is the purpose of the Sunset Advisory Commission in Texas?

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What types of cases does the Texas Supreme Court hear?

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Which court in Texas has appellate jurisdiciton over all death penalty cases?

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What are the main trial courts in Texas?

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What kind of disputes do Justice of the Peace courts handle?

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What do the majority of cases in municipal courts involve?

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In Texas, the legal standard of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is used in what type of case?

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Describe capital punishement in the state of Texas

Texas executes more individuals than any other state and has a statistically low rate of successfully appealed capital cases.

Why does Texas have one of the most controversial death penalty systems in the United States?

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Describe the incarceration rate in Texas, compared with other states:

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How are most judges in Texas chosen?

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In Texas, where are felonies (the most serious crimes) tried?

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What do almost half of the employees of the Texas attorney generals office do?

attempt to collect child support payments

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