The US federal government allows persons to elect their own leaders in this form of government.
Any government's main purpose is to
The total number of Electoral College votes is based upon the total number of?
The original document of freedom declaring rights Americans believed they deserved including, "the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is
the Declaration of Independence
The constitutionally listed requirements to be president include, must be 35 years or older, must have lived in the US for 14 years prior to election, must be a
natural born citizen
Congress is allowed to go beyond powers specifically listed because of the necessary &
First government of the US after the Revolutionary War, which established a firm "league of friendship" from 1781-1789 is known as?
Articles of Confederation
The US chose a bicameral legislature because of
balance of power
This gave women the right to vote
As a check on the power of Congress the Supreme Court can declare a law
The main purpose there is a judicial branch is
to make laws
The number of Electoral College votes a presidential candidate must receive to win or it will be a "contested presidential election."
2 major compromises of the US Constitution involved slavery because Southern states would have left the convention w/o them & Northern states recognized the ______ necessity of slavery.
John Locke believed in natural rights, consent of the governed limited government & rule
by the few
Generally, the Anti-federalist felt that the government created by the Constitution was too strong &
This power of the 5th Amendment allowed the city of Portage to take private land along Lovers Lane for fair compensation to widen he toad to benefit the public good.
This gave 18 year olds the right to vote.
The road to the presidency happens in this order: ______, nomination stage, National Convention, General Election, Electoral College vote, Inauguration.
Federal grants & contracts that members of congress try to obtain for their constituents are collectively referred to as
The arrangement by which individuals gain power through competition for the people's vote is called?
Civil Rights is defined as
equal right under the law
Reapportionment occurs every ____ to reallocate the 435 seats in the US House, reflecting shifts in the population of the states.
Political _____ is the process through which an individual acquires his own particular political orientations, including his knowledge, feelings, & evaluations regarding his political world.
The 10th Amendment state that power not delegated to the US by the Constitution, nor prohibited by the states, are reserved to the
Voting in presidential elections is the most common form of political ____ in the US.
The group of Congress made up of various member of the House & Senate to create a final bill for both housed to approve for the President to sign one version of the bill.
A ____ _____ is a team of men & women seeking to control the government by gaining office in elections.
The vast majority of bills introduced every session are ____ or tabled.
A way of prolonging debate in the Senate for as long as he continues to stand & speak is called.
American political parties tent to take middle of the road stands on major issues because most of the American electorate is
Third parties critically affect the Electoral College vote by bringing new issues to the public agenda & venting discontent & act as a
Congress can override a presidential veto by getting a 2/3 vote in the House & the
the right to vote
The New Hampshire primary is important because
it starts the campaign
In the Senate a filibuster can be ended by invoking
The legislative branch can check the power of the ____ branch bt creating newer lower courts.
By custom, the VP nominee is chosen on the basis of the ____ nominee's recommendations.
PAC's are committees organized by interest groups to channel money to ____ & candidates.
The number of member in the Senate is 100, in the House it's
The Democratic & Republican candidates for president are formally nominated by the national
A basic concept of democracy is a respect for the equality of all persons, an acceptance of the necessity of compromise, & the recognition of the fundamental worth & dignity of every
Courts of original jurisdiction are _____ courts.
_________ is a process by which a new district boundary is created to favor one party.
The entity of government who will determine who will be our president if no candidate receives a majority (270) of Electoral College votes is the
To actually fund a program, Congress must pass an ______ bill.
IN order for a bill to become law discussions in both the House & Senate committees & subcommittees must take place along with a comprise in the ______ committee.
______ of a president means that the president is indicted by the House.
The order of succession to the presidency is the VP, ____, the pro-tempore, cabinet members.
A constitutional duty of the VP is to preside over the senate & cast a vote to break a
The Supreme Court has the ability to choose which cases to hear by voting using the rules of
The ___ ____ resolution mandated the withdrawal of troops after 60 days unless Congress declared war or granted an extension.
The theory of the origin for the US that most fully explains our founding fathers purposes is the _____ _____ theory.
The current President of the US is
Which branch may overturn vetoes?
Which branch may negotiate treaties & appoint Supreme Court justices?
Which branch's main duty is to enforce the law?
This officer is the 1st to succeed to the presidency.
The Constitution only lists 3 official duties for this officer.
This house has final approval over presidential appointments.
This house of Congress may impeach the president & federal judges.
This branch will deal with legal disputes between the states.
This entity may elect the president if no candidate receives a majority of Electoral votes.
The main purpose of the judicial branch & the case of Marbury vs. Madison.
Congress's ability to impeach judicial & executive officials.
Checks & Balances
Government must follow the law as stated or be punished as any citizen.
This principle gives the people the ability to elect their leaders.
The division of powers among the federal government & state government.
The executive, legislative, & judicial powers are divided among 3 independent & coequal branches of government.
Separation of powers
The right of the courts to determine whether executive or legislative acts are or are not Constitutional.
The people are the only source of governmental power. The government can only govern with the consent of the people.
Each branch has certain powers with which it can check the operations & balance the other 2.
Checks & Balances
This court ruled that states could no longer ban abortions.
Roe vs. Wade
This case established that even executive privilege has its limits & the president must cooperate with investigations.
US vs. Nixon
Due to this case, police must now inform you of your rights as soon as you are a suspect in a case.
Miranda vs. Arizona
This case ruled that segregation was unconstitutional as it was "inherently unequal".
Brown vs. Board of Education
This case solidified judicial review as the main purpose of the Supreme Court.
Maybury vs. Madison
This case declared that K-12 students are under greater supervision thus are subject to greater control & less protection under the Bill of Rights.
Verona vs. Acton
This amendment gives you the right to remain silent; authorities may lie to you if you respond. Whatever you say may may be used against you.
This amendment protects our homes, businesses, papers, cars, & bodies from being searched w/o probable cause &/or a warrant implying a right to privacy.
This amendment guarantees accuse criminals the fight to a fair, speedy, & public trial in which they are able to confront the witnesses against them.
This amendment guarantees you the right to peaceably assemble & petition the government as long as your actions don't harm anyone else in the process.
This amendment guarantees a fair bail or fine & protection from cruel & unusual punishment.
This amendment allows Michigan to have a law allowing certain persons to carry concealed weapons & California to have socialized health care.
Who is the current governor of Michigan?
Who is the current district 6 House Representative in Michigan?
Who are the 2 Senators in Michigan?
Debby Stabinow & Carl Levin