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Exam #3 (Chapter 3, 4, 5)
Texas Govt 2306
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The 1991 "Ethics Bill" provided for all but which one of the following?
Bans the use of campaign contributions for living expenses
When people from an industry go to work for the agency regulating that industry, this movement is called
In 1929, _____, the oldest of the Hispanic organizations in Texas, was formed to combat discrimination against Mexican Americans.
the League of United Latin American Citizens
In which of the following arenas do interest groups attempt to affect public policy?
All of the above
From the perspective of democratic theory, efforts of wealthy special interests to create public support through campaigns to "educate" the public
All of the above reflect efforts of wealthy special interest
Which of the following is not correct about interest groups?
Interest groups engage in the electoral process by nominating their members for public office.
The 2003 Ethic Bill was an important improvement over the 1991 bill because it
All of the above provisions are improvements over the 1991.
Reforms in Texas' tort law that make it more difficult to win punitive damages against a business and reduce the maximum amount of damages that can be awarded reflect the power of
Texans for Lawsuit Reform
Lobbying is an activity that refers to
efforts to influence policymakers face-to-face.
Which of the following statements is not accurate with regard to the general rules of interest groups formation?
Those in the working class are more likely to join groups than those in the upper class.
A person who is suspicious of unregulated markets, places more faith in the ability of the government to direct economic activity, and favors less government regulation in issues of personal belief and behavior would probably be categorized as
A fervent belief that government should protect the little people of society from wealthy individuals and corporations has historically been known as
In economic policy, the basic principle underlying conservatism is
During the last two decades of the twentieth century, Texas went through a political
Committee chairs in the Texas Legislature
usually are distributed to members of both parties and are appointed by the leaders of the respective chambers
Which of the following statements about political parties in Texas traditionally has been correct?
Political parties are especially weak organizationally
On the issue of private gun ownership, conservatives generally want ______ regulation, and liberals want ______.
Virtually all elected Republicans in Texas are _____ first; a few are also ______.
economic conservatives; social conservatives
From the perspective of activists and candidates, the basic purpose of political parties is to
win elections in order to gain control over public policy
As a consequence of the one-party system that existed in Texas until the 1970s,
all of the conditions above existed
Not until Congress passed the ______ in 1965 did the federal government begin to enforce the right of African Americans to vote.
Voting Rights Act
The principal election officer in Texas is the
Secretary of State
In Texas ______ elections select the party's nominee and _____ elections select the officeholder.
The ethics bill passed by the Texas legislature in 1991
does not place any limits on campaign contributions for state elections/
Why does negative campaigning undermine democracy?
All of the above factors contribute to undermining democracy.
Poll taxes tests were all designed to
discourage voting by African Americans, Mexican Americans, and poor Whites.
Why is the percentage of Texans who vote significantly smaller than the percentage of Americans in general who vote?
All of the above are factors.
Elections and campaigns in Texas are incompatible with democratic theory for which of the following reasons?
The low voter turnout in state elections raises questions about the legitimacy of government, and the impact of money on campaigns suggest that wealthy elites control the policy process.
Primary elections in Texas are
technically closed but open in practice.
Voter turnout in Texas is
below the national average
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