Constitution guarantees a republican form of government. Contrasted in direct democracy Republican government Elected officials run the country Purpose of federalism was to allow creativity All states have 3 forms of government All states but Nebraska are bicameral Each entity seeking statehood needs and “acceptable” constitution STATE GOVERNMENT All state constitution writers wanted the representative branch to be the dominant branch Most state legislatives are the dominant branch, but are week LEGISLATIVE BRANCH- earn 7300 per year Lower Assembly Legislators are better educated and are more wealthy than average citizens House of Representatives-150 legislators Speaker of the House- perhaps most powerful politician in texas Other members of the house elect the speaker Million of Dollars are spent in the candidates race Speaker of the house does determine who is on what committee Lobbyists underwrite campaigns for speakers of the house
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