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In Texas, all of the following are unique to home-rule cities, except
A) popular elections
A web page on which writers regularly record opinions, information, and link to other sites is known as a
All of the following were factors that led Texans to declare independence from Mexico, except
A) annexation to the united states
compared to political candidates at the national level, candidates in Texas
A) Have an easier time controlling or at least influencing how the media covers them
Websites computer applications that allow users to create online communities and engage in social networking are known as
A) Social media
Which of the following is not true of the 2008 election?
A) Democrats gained a majority in the Texas Senate for the second straight election
Which of the following is true of public radio stations like KERA and KUHT?
A) They provide substantial coverage of local, state, and national news
Which of the following interest groups would be an example of a professional group in Texas?
A) Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
Interest groups organized to promote policies that maximize profits and wages for their members are known as
A) Economic interests groups
Public education in the states of Texas is provided directly by
A) Local school districts
In most rural Texas counties, each county commissioner is individually responsible for
A) Building and maintaining county roads and bridges in his or her precinct
Which of the following would not be eligible to vote in Texas?
A) A person who has been declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
A city charter does all of the following, except
A) Establish state law
Which of the following have become effective campaign tools because they allow users to engage on social networking and create online communities
A) Social Media
In March 2012, a three-judge federal panel ordered a _______ primary election date for Texas
Which of the following is false regarding maquiladoras?
A) They enabled U.S. goods to be made with cheaper labor in Mexico and exported to the United States without being Taxes
The "Legislative Department" of Texas Government is provided for in
A) Article III of the constitution
A major job of municipal governments in Texas home-rule cities is to provide services like`
A) Police, Trash collection, and water
Since 2011, land-based industries in Texas have experienced record financial loses as a result of
A) A drought
Which of the following land-based industries formed the basis of the early economic development of Texas?
A) Cotton, Cattle, Timber, and oil
The Texas Constitution of 1869 provided for all of the following except
A) Six-year term for all executive officers
When it comes to agenda setting in Texas, the media
A) Struggle to exert influence because of a fewer reporters, fragmented government, competition with interest groups, and more.
A major requirement of the 1975 extension of the Voting Rights Act is that the ballot in all Texas counties must be
Texas doctors successfully used their professional organizations in lobbying the 76th Legislature to make Texas the first state that allows
A) Doctors to collectively bargain with health maintenance organization
Which of the following is not one of the main goals of racial and ethnic groups in Texas?
A) Reduce government interference in the economy
By 2014, approximately what proportion of Texas children were living in poverty
A) One in Four (1/4)
To cut costs and introduce residents to e-technology, Bexar county created a
A) Bookless digital library where patrons scan their library card and check in and out virtual books
Under the Texas Constitution, counties
A) are administrative arms of the state
Which county official represents the state in civil and criminal cases and provides legal advice to county official?
A) County attorney
Which of the following is true regarding freedom of press in Texas?
A) Texas has a shield law that protects journalists from having to reveal certain confidential sources
What year did Texans elect the first Republican governor since Reconstruction?
In Houston, a strong mayor-council city, __________ appoints the chief of police and posses veto power over ordinary majorities in the city council
A) The mayor
Who was the first Texas Republican elected in a statewide vote in the last half of the 20th century?
A) John Tower
Which of the following is common in the last days of an election campaign?
A) Interest groups make last minute contributions
Which of the following is true of women in Texas politics?
A) There are a variety of women's interest groups in Texas promoting equal rights, greater political participation, and other issues important to women
The Principe historic event shaping the 1866 Texas constitution was
A) Reinstatement into Union after the Civil War
By 2014, the Hispanic population of Texas
A) A comprised about 39 percent of the state
Which of the following tend not to be heavily partisan in Texas?
Which of the following is not true of Texas Campaign finance regulations for state offices?
A) There are no disclosure requirements by candidates
According to the U.S. constitution's national supremacy clause
A) Federal laws enacted under the U.S. constitution take precedence over state laws
Which of the following statements regarding the population of Texas is false?
A) During the 20th century, the state shifted from an urban to a rural society
The constitution submitted by the legislature in April 1975 to the voters was recognized as being
A) concise, orderly, and well-drafted
Amendments to the Texas constitution are proposed by the
A) Texas Legislature
Voter turnout for constitutional amendment elections
A) is typically low
More than _________ percent of U.S. exports to Mexico are produced in Texas
Which of the following geographic areas is not a Democratic stronghold in Texas?
A) German Hill County
A proposed la arising from citizen petition is called a(n)
The special election of 1975 on proposed Texas constitution resulted in
A) Defeat of all eight submissions with a low voter-turnout
Most voters in Texas learn about candidates for office through
Separation of powers
A) Places the lawmaking, law-enforcing, and law-adjudicating powers in separate branches of government.
The Texas Grange was important in shaping Texas Government because it
A) Advocated "retrenchment and reform"---a weak and cheap government
As a result of Thelma White's 1955 lawsuit against the state of Texas, the court ruled that
A) The state laws requiring segregation in higher education were valid
Which of the following happens at the party state convention during presidential election years only?
A) Selection of potential presidential electors
The closest presidential election of modern times was in
A) 2000, when republican George W. Bush defeated Democrat Al Gore by four electoral votes
In the case of the NAACP v. Alabama (1958), the U.S. Supreme Court
A) Recognized the right of association as part of the first amendment
The 1866 Texas Constitution extended to African Americans the right to
When it comes to shaping our perception of events and issues, the media
A) Provide information, but their ability to shape opinion is reduced by personal knowledge, connections, and pre-existing opinions.
The supreme Court's process of applying portions of the Bill of Rights to states through the Fourteenth Amendment's due process clause is referred to as
Which of the following is true of media ownership today?
A) Just six corporation own most of the national media outlet
Which of the following conclusions is not supported by today's research on media influence?
A) The media have an influence on what citizens think about
Low voter turnout in Texas is attributed to all of the following, except
A) The repeal of laws that expanded suffrage
Which statement best describes the Libertarian party?
A) It supports limited government and maximum individual liberties
In 2010, Republicans in the Texas House of Representatives
A) Gained a supermajority for the first time since reconstruction
The first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city was
A) Annie Parker, sworn in as mayor of Houston in 2010
The Texas Constitution has needed hundreds of amendments due to
A) It's specificity and detail
Manipulating legislative district lines to favor a political party or group is referred to as
What year did Texans elect the first woman ever to represent the state in the U.S. senate?
In 2014, how did delegates tot the state party conventions communicate their experiences and describe the proceedings to those outside the conventions?
A) Via social media such as Facebook and Twitter
Texas newspaper have generally supported
A) Conservative political candidates
Which of the following does not describe the Texans elected to a state constitutional convention in the summer of 1875?
A) Residents interested in strengthening the power of state government
The main role of a state party's chair is to be the party's
A) Key strategist and key spokesperson
According to the text, Texas has had ___________ constitutions
Which of the following was not prohibited by an amendment to the Texas Constitution in November of 1991?
A) Campaign contribution from political action committees
During the period of Reconstruction that followed the Civil War (1865-1873), the __________ party controlled Texas politics.
The two sources for the powers of the Texas government to govern are the
A) Texas Constitution and Texas's membership in federal Union
Texas faces water challenges due to which of the following factors?
A) Increase population
D) All of these above
A system of government in which power is divided between national government and associated regional governments is a(n)
A) Federal System
Members of the Texas Ethics Commission are selected by the
A) Texas governor
Collecting vehicle county taxes and fees and registering voters is the responsibility of the
A) county tax assessor-collector
The power of government to appropriate private property for public projects is referred to as
A) Eminent domain
The federal government extended its power to regulat5e aspects of the economy such as railroads, worker safety, minimum wages, and maximum hours principally through
A) Board interpretation of the interstate commerce clause
Texas may divide into as many as five states under the terms of
A) The congressional resolution admitting Texas into the Union
Which statement best describes the Green Party?
A) It advocates environmental protection and government reform policies
The most common way that Americans get their news is from
Governor Rick Perry, in opposing federal stimulus funds the Obama Administration hinted at
A) having Texas secede from the Union
Something protected by the Texas Bill of Rights that is not protected by the U.S. Bill of Rights is
A) right of crime victims
A political party that is not one of the major is referred to as a
A) third party
Precinct Conventions in Texas are usually
A) Lightly or sparely attended
In 2011, an amendment to the Texas Constitution authorized a program to
A) provide low-interest loans to college students regardless of financial need
In order to obtain a primary nomination in Texas, a candidate must receive what part of the popular vote?
A) An absolute majority
In the 50 countries with no county attorney, the function is performed by
A) a resident district attorney
In the 1970s, the media in Texas supported Common Cause and other public interest groups in pushing through legislation to require
A) open meetings and open records
Adopting the county's budget and setting the property tax rate is the duty of the county
What proportion of the state population in Texas lives below the poverty line?
A) One-Fifth (1/5)
Candidates began to use social media for their campaigns in a major way in
A) 2008 and 2012
Which political party during the latter part of the 19th century focused on agrarian issues and posed a challenge to the Democratic party of Texas?
A typical percentage of voter turnout for a Texas local election is
A) 10 percent or less
People are more likely to hear and remember ideas and information if they come from
A) a trusted opinion leader
Which is a true statement regarding agriculture in Texas?
A) it is characterized by a decreasing number of farms with large acreages
The regulation of interstate and foreign commerce among the several states by the U.S. Congress is an example of a(n)
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