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Texas Government Mid-Term Study Guide
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Civil Rights Act 1964
Makes discrimination unlawful in all places of public accommodation.
Guys elected to the city council in Crystal city that were harassed and intimidated by the Anglo establishment.
When two competing groups exist in the same parties.
The idea that all culture are accepted in a society.
American politics is characterized by elites protecting access to power and wealth.
Groups of people who try and control government by influencing elected officials.
A statement of policy positions and principles by a political party at a annual convention.
Prohibits poll taxes.
Right to vote.
- 1920, 19th amendment, Women's right to vote.
When the government tries to stop certain groups of people from voting.
Mendez vs. Westminster Schools 1947
- First desegregation ruling in the U.S. history
- 9th circuit decision.
1954 Hernandez vs. Texas
Must uphold non-discrimination in any public proceedings.
La Raza Unida
A political party formed in South Texas to advance the interests of Mexican-Americans by winning elections.
Voting Rights Act 1965
Allowed federal supervision of elections in the south.
Elections within a party to select a candidate to run against the opposition in the general election.
Holder vs. Shelby, Alabama
Supreme court overturned the voting rights act, saying it was no longer necessary.
Prohibits sexual harassment in the work place.
2013 Citizens United vs. FEC
Allows unlimited unaffiliated spending on elections.
Requires equality of sexes in educational institutions.
Lawrence vs. Texas
States may not pass laws that criminalize homosexuality.
Obergafell vs. Hodges
Supreme Court ruled that all states must allow same sex marriage.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Requires public places to make "reasonable accommodations" for the disabled.
A set of groups that align themselves with one of the major parties.
when citizens forge membership in a political party in large numbers.
when interest groups try and influence elections.
Political Action Committees - Groups that raise and spend money on elections and are unaffiliated with any candidates campaign
try to influence elected officials by shaping public opinion.
Directly petitioning elected officials for preferred policies.
Public interest groups
Groups that advocate for benefits that may not be divided among members of society.
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