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Which key Constitutional principle states that the people have the power or ultimate authority?
Within a Federal system of government, power is divided between what two governments?
national and state
What is the goal of the system of checks and balances within the Constitution?
one person does not have all the power
What is the main job of the Legislative Branch?
How many members are in the Senate/ House of Representatives?
What is the age requirement for being a member of the Senate / House of Representatives?
senate 30 years old
house 25 years old
How long is a term of office (in years) for a member of the Senate / House of Representatives?
senate 2 years
house 2 years
How many Senators / Representatives does each state get?
senators 2 per state
representatives based on population
What role does committees & sub committees play in the legislative (law-making) process?
they elect who is going to be in the house/legislature
What is the role of the rules committee in the legislative or law-making process?
so they can get through more bills faster and more efficient
What article in the Constitution covers the Legislative Branch?
the first article
Who must give their approval for a bill to become a law?
What is the role of the appellate courts?
to deal with first appeals
Who checks the power of the President to veto a bill passed by Congress?
What do members of the Conference Committee hope to achieve?
compromise the differences between houses to get one version of the bill
What is the main job of the Executive Branch?
to enforce laws
What are the qualifications for serving as POTUS (President)?
35 years old
and born in the US
Who checks the power of the president to appoint members to the U.S. Supreme Court?
What is the role of the president's cabinet?
to advise the president
What are the seven roles of the President?
commander in chief
chief of state
Which role was President Obama fulfilling when he recently spoke at KU?
chief of state
What is the difference between formal and informal powers of the President?
formal given by the constitution
informal are given to himself
What informal power allowed President Truman to desegregate the military?
What informal power allowed President Lincoln to imprison individuals without a trial during the Civil War?
What is the main job of the Judicial Branch?
to interpret the laws
What power does the Supreme Court have to check the power of the Legislative Branch?
can declare laws unconstitutional
How many U.S. Supreme Court justices are there?
How long is the length of term for a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court?
What two types of courts make up the dual court system here in the U.S.?
federal and state
What types of cases are heard by State Courts?
involving state law
What types of cases are heard by Federal Courts?
constitutional or involves many states
How many opportunities does someone have to appeal in the state courts?
What types of cases does the U.S. Supreme Court most often chose to hear?
violation of constitution
What is judicial review?
the power to say a law is unconstitutional
At what level will you find trial courts?
Why is our justice system so complex with so many levels?
justice system can take away our life liberty and property
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