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Reading p.1Name:One Big Party?It’s a Party……but not the kind with ice cream and cake (usually).Politicalpartiesare groups of people who share similar beliefs about howthe government should be run and how the issues facing ourcountry should be solved.By organizing into political parties,people have more power to make their voices heard than theywould have if they acted alone.Political parties are powerfulorganizations that fight to get the government to act in ways thepolitical party believes is best.Political parties are organized atevery level of government, from the national level right down toyour own neighborhood.Five Roles of Political PartiesInform CitizensPolitical parties run campaigns forcandidates. During campaigns,political parties run televisionads, distribute pamphlets, postblogs, and help candidates givespeeches. All of this media helpspeople understand what thepolitical issues are and how government works.But beware: All of the information a political partydistributes isbiasedtoward its own partyplatform. Because of this, a political party shouldnot be a citizen’s only source of information.Nominate CandidatesPolitical parties are responsible forselecting candidates who will runfor political office. The partieschoose candidates who believe inthe party's platform. Thesecandidates represent the party’smembers and help to spread the party’s messageduring elections.Create BalanceThe most powerful politicalparty is the one that has themost members elected to office.Being in themajoritymeansthe party can focus thegovernment’s attention on issues that areimportant to the party’s platform.The party intheminorityworks hard to oppose the majorityparty and keep it in check. Usually the majorityparty is able to get many laws passed.Depending on the minority party’s strength, themajority may need to compromise with theminority before a law will pass. In this way theopposing party protects the interests of its ownparty supporters. A similar balance exists whenthe president and the majority in Congress arefrom different parties.Influence PolicyMembers of the Senate and the Houseof Representatives are also membersof political parties. The senators andrepresentatives from each party oftenwork together as a group to createand pass laws that support their party’s platform.The laws Congress passes affect the policies of ourgovernment.People in each political party wantthe government’s policies to reflect their ownparty’s platform.

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Coalition government, Two party system, Big Party

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