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GOVT 2306 HCC skipworth
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proponents of "devolution revolution" argue...
that authority of state governments should be expanded
veto overrides rarely occur in tx due to short legislative session
cloture vote in tx requires 25 votes
legislation is not always fully considered...
which is a result of limited legislative session of tx legislature
authority of state...
argue that the authority of state govs should be expanded
public opinion leadership are important bc they are constitutionally weak
tx govnr. is one of the most powerful in the nation
chief counsel for the state of tx
tx executive is said to be?...
regulation of oil and gas
tx railroad commissioners most important task today
secretary of state
which executive office is appointed by the gov.
4 year term
gov. serves a... year term?
tx senate rules make the lt. gov. power over the senate?...
tx constitution is shortest and most succnt. in US?..
tx constitution reflects high level of citizen trust towards govrnmt.?
constn. has more than 400 ammendments
tx constn. lacks substantial implied powers
North Korea is an example of which form of government
what political activity is most linked to popular sovereignty
the phrase "one person, one vote" best describes which concept
all citizens are theoretically equal under the law
state of nature is a condition of a peaceful co-existence
the primary purpose of politics is to manage scarce resources
Americans tend to support the idea of equality of opportunity, instead of results
life, liberty, and property
Thomas Hobbes believed that the governments only job was to provide order, but Locke theorized that the governments job was beyond this, including...
law regulating the volume that music can be played
which is an example of a policy consistent with negative liberty
positive liberty states that your rights end when they infringe on another
largest industry in texas...
which political party controls Texas today
Texas is considered to be "low tax, low service" state
Texas is considered to be a business friendly state
The Texas Railroad Commission regulates oil production
Poverty rate in Tx is much lower than the national average
Equality of oppurtunity
When it comes to equality, most Texans favor...
fastest growing group in Texas
most of texas' population growth is driven by illegal immigration
too much detail
chief criticism of Tx constitution
initial powers are granted by government by reading into the constitution. The Texas Constitution lacks substantial implied powers.
The Texas Constitution has over 400 amendments
The Texas Constitution reflects a high level of citizen trust toward government
The Texas Constitution is one of the shortest and most succinate state constitutions in the country
The constitution serves as a document listing all of the rules and regulations that society will be governed by
problems with the constitution are usually not present in the public consciousness
a government that has its powers defined a restricted by the constitution
popular sovereignty is the idea that the government derives its power from the people
Governer Davis' actions while in office led the framers of the Texas Constitution to adopt a distrustful view of the government
secretary of state
which executive office is appointed by the governor..
4 years term
the governor serves...
the texas senate rules make the Lt. Gov.'s power over the senate...
absolute right to pardon a convicted felon
what is NOT a judicial power of the governor?
control and constrain the governor
proponents of the plural executive in Tx contend that it does what it was intended to do
only veto spending provisions
with a line item veto, the governor may...
governor appearing on CNN
an example of "going public"
public opinion leadership is important to Tx governors because they are constitutionally weak
the Tx governor is one of the most powerful
the state comptroller is responsible for the regulation of the internet in Tx
elected in partisan votes
Most Tx judges are...
most likely to hear traffic misdemeanors
are not courts of original jurisdiction
function of the grand jury
to determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial
valid reason for grant of appeal
defendant claims police did not inform them of rights
what sort of cases does the supreme court of Tx hear
both civil and criminal jurisdictions
most district courts exercise
number of courts of appellate jurisdictions in Tx
laws passed by US Congress can have the effect of law in Tx.
The Tx prison population is expected to skyrocket
race and gender of judges in Tx do not reflect the state population
The Tx supreme court has been accused of giving preferential treatment to corporate campaign donors
Tx has one of the highest incarceration/execution ratess
when jury is chosen for a criminal trial
an election to determine which candidate a political party will run for office
a process where citizens propose and vote on state laws
process where legislature proposes laws and citizens approve them
process that allows public to remove office holders before re-elections
actual popular vote totals are used to determine the winner of presidential elections
is a person currently holding elected office
men are more likely to win than women
voter turnout in America is
all of the above..(lower tan in the past, highest for presidential elections, lowest for local elections)
the economic theory of voting states that people with higher incomes are more likely to vote
iron triangles are criticized because what group is left out of the process?
Madison's theory of pluralism cautions against allowing too many factions to express themselves in society
activities of groups and organizations that seek to influence legislation and persuade political leaders to support a groups position
political action committees
legally-sanctioned organizations that allow corporations, labor unions, and interest groups to raise money and make contributions to candidates in national elections are called...
which group is more likely to be a member of an interest group?
institution more likely to be targeted by lobbysists
courts are not effective in advancing the agendas of lobbyists
example of a grassroots campaign
campaign to urge every day citizens to write their congressman
interest groups often nominate and run candidates for office
business and trade groups have the largest lobbying presence in Washington
politicians often cast interest groups in a positive light
interest groups play a significant role in American politics
the number of interest groups continues to grow in today's political climate
interest groups largely stay out of electoral politics
all of the above
at a basic level, a party is a group that...
first political party in America
every four years
how often does each party hold their national convention
which branch of government is most heavily shaped by political parties
America utilizes a three party system comprised of democratic, republican, and green party
which group is most likely to identify with democrats
establishes that the supremacy of the national government and the Constitution of the state governments
tax cuts for the wealthy
democratic party focuses on everything except...
In the 1980's, Ronald Raegan added what issue to the republican platform
political parties engage in fundraising...
all of the above
political parties have organizations at what level?
which of the following issues have persisted throughout America's history
reform of the primary system have led to the end of party machines
party machines are a type of ballot box used by parties to count votes in a primary
Ronald Raegan was responsible for the realignment of the democratic party of the 1980's
Duvergers law states
that the nature of the American electoral system pushes out third parties
gives policies legal force
all of the above (events and crisis, interest groups, president)
primary agenda setters for congress
the international course of action followed by government in dealing with problems or matters of concern
central problem in regards to social security funding
over time the system will pay out more than it takes in
agenda setting is..
a set of problems to which policy makers believe that they should be attentive to is an...
all of the above (voters, elites, interest groups, bureaucrats)
who is the most responsible for policy implementation?
communist thought is partially responsible for the development of social democracy
parties help the election process by facilitating a process to pace candidates on the ballot
in situations of conflict between state and national law, national law prevails due to the supremacy clause
the right to regulate for the public health and welfare of the citizens, is reserved to the states by
all of the above (stock market, segregation, highways)
commerce clause is used to justify the federal regulation of...
state and federal powers were clearly separated
under dual federalism, which of the following is the most true
another term for the powers granted to the states in the tenth amendment are...
The first president who was elected partly due to a promise to return power to the states
it is argued that federalism does what?
McCullough vs. Maryland dealt with what constitutional issue
full faith and credit clause
the clause that ensures that judicial decrees and contracts will be binding and enforceable in another
are accountable to the people
under the constitution, national and state governments...
concurrent powers are shared by governments
creative federalisms main goal is to reduce red tape
US vs. Lopez cautioned lawmakers not to interpret the commerce clause too broadly, but has had little real effect on federal power
Gibbons vs. Ogden helped to develop the meaning of the commerce clause
The Devolution Revolution has not had a lasting effect on the nature of federalism
the legislative and executive body of a county in Texas
incorporating a territory into a city
process of annexation typically involves...
preside over commissioners court
dillons rule states that
states grant their local governments legal authority
majority of sales tax go to the...
on average, more than 25% of local government revenue comes from federal grants
home rule charters lay out the rules under which a county will operate
assessing property value
tax collectors are responsible for collecting taxes and...
the council manager system of government was riddled with corruption in the 19th century
municipal bonds are means through which local governments borrow money
Texas cities are typically not required to pay...
most large cities in Tx utilize the at large system of representation
once every two years
Texas Legislation typically meets...
2 year terms
members of the Tx House of Representatives serve...
4 year terms
Members of the Texas Senate serve...
The Texas Constitution grants veto power to the...
the most powerful position in the Tx House of Representatives is...
every 10 years
apportionment and redistricting occurs...
halting action on a bill by taking advantage of senate rules allowing for unlimited debate is called...
Texas legislators are among the lowest paid in the nation
bills that come before the Texas senate require 2/3 vote to be brought forward foe consideration
Lt. Governor's power over the Texas senate are rather weak
legislation is not always fully considered
which of the following is the result of limited legislative session of the Tx legislature
a cloture vote in the Tx senate requires 25 votes
veto overrides rarely occur in Tx due to the short legislative session
the texas executive is said to be...
chief council for the state of Tx is...
The largest city in Texas is which of the following
Equality of Results
When it comes to equality, most Texans favor which of the following
Most of Texas' population growth is driven by illegal immigration
Implied powers are power grated to government by reading into the constitution. The Texas Constitution lacks substantial implied powers
authority of state governments should be expanded
Proponents of the "devolution revolution" argue thatect
Hiring sheriff's deputies.
Which of the following is a responsibility of the office of sheriff
personal property taxes
Texas cities are typically NOT required to pay which of the following taxes
Most large cities in Texas utilize the at large system of representation
Secretary of State
executive offices is appointed by the governor
defendant claims police did not inform him of his rights
valid reason for the court of appeals to grant an appeal
Texas' prison population numbers around 2 million
person currently holding elected office
Incumbents tend to win elections. What is an incumbent
Whites are more likely to vote than minorities
Voter registration is automatic in America
Free-riders are those that do not belong to a group, but benefit from its activities
monies to help buy foods
healthcare cost are expected to
increase much fasters than the rate of inflation
fraud in food stamp program is
crafting of appropriate and acceptable proposed courses of action to ameliorate or resolve public problems is called
qualify for un-employment benefits if you
all of the above (poor, old, ill, and working class)
medicaid was designed to provide health care
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