Kathleen Babineaux Blanco
Former schoolteacher, Cajun, 1st female governor of LA
Thomas "Tennessee" Williams
Pultizer Prize winning author of many famous plays, incl "The Glass Menagerie" and "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Country music star, cowboy actor, twice served as LA governor
World famous folk painter and first African American to exhibit work in the New Orleans Museum of Art
A modern jazz musician who has earned 9 Grammy Awares and won a Pulitzer Prize for music
Earnest "Dutch" Morial
First black mayor of New Orleans
An extreme conservative candidate for governor in the 1991 election who had once belonged to the Ku Klux Klan and the Amnerican Nazi Party.
the oportunity to have a legal decision overturned by a higher court
a system in which citizens vote and decisions are made by majority rule
a person who tries to influence legislators or other public officials in favor of specific cases
a government where one person, usually a king or a queen, rules and makes all governing decisions
checks and balances
a system where power is psread among different branches of government so no one part becomes too powerful
a local regulation or law enacted by a city government
Early U.S. leaders felt the Articles of Confederation gave the Federal Government too little power over the states.
That is why a new constitution was created.
The "Father of the Constitution"
The idea of checks and balances
is central to our system of government.
Members of the Electoral College
are responsible for selecting the winner in the presidential elections every 4 years.
The U.S. has usually had
a two party political system, although there are smaller political parties.