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Monitoring and Influencing Government

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Congress
the national legislative body of the U.S., consisting of the Senate, or upper house, and the House of Representatives, or lower house
First Amendment
an amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting Congress from establishing a religion, and from
interfering with freedom of religious exercise, press, speech, assembly, or petition
interest group
a group of people who are concerned with a particular issue and who try to influence legislators to act in their favor, also known as a special interest group
lobbying
participating in activities in order to influence government officials
political action committee
an independent political organization that promotes the cause of a particular interest group, usually through raising money and campaigning to elect candidates who support the group's views
media
plural form of the word "medium," refers to various means of communication. For example, television, radio, newspapers and the Internet (web) are different types of media. The term can also be used to describe news organizations as a whole group.
citizen
a legal member of a state and/or country
democracy
a system of government in which political power is held by the people
lobbyist
a person who participates in activities in order to influence government officials
watchdog
a person or group who acts as a protector or guardian
bias
a preference, opinion or attitude that favors one way of thinking or feeling over another
propaganda
the method of spreading ideas or information for the purpose of helping or hurting an institution, a cause, or a person
political party
an organization that tries to get political power by electing members to public office so that their political ideas can become laws or policies
amend
to change
Anti-Federalists
a group of people in the early United States who opposed ratification of the U.S. Constitution because they feared a strong national government and a lack of protection for individual rights
city council
the governing body of a city
Democratic Party
a political party that believes that the federal government should take a more active role in people's lives, particularly those who are in need
Federalists
a group of people in the early United States who favored the establishment of a strong national government and who worked for ratification of the U.S. Constitution
Florida Supreme Court
the highest court in Florida
party platform
a written statement of the goals of a political party
perspective
point of view
ratification
the process of formally approving something
Republican Party
a political party that believes that the federal government should play a less active role in people's lives and that individuals can take care of themselves without government help
public opinion
the views of the general public
public policy
government actions in the form of laws, rules, or regulations