Study Guide Exam 2(revDA)

Study Guide Exam 2(revDA) - Terms to Know for Exam II...

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Terms to Know for Exam II Agenda Setting – the media helps determine which political issues become part of the public debate. Amicus Curiae – “friend of the court” is not a direct party to a case but has a vital interest in its outcome. They write their opinion about the case that helps the court come to a decision. Appellate Court – a lower court has already taken some action and one of the parties has asked a higher court to review the lower court’s action. Appropriations – a component of government spending Bicameral – a legislative assembly composed of two chambers or houses Bill – a proposed new law introduced within a legislature that has not been ratified, adopted, or received assent. Briefs – a written legal document used in various legal adversary systems that is presented to a court arguing why the party to the case should prevail. Cabinet – the secretaries, or chief administrators, of the major departments of the federal government. Cabinet secretaries are appointed by the president with the consent of the senate. Caucus – a normally closed meeting of a political or legislative group to select candidates, plan strategy, or make decisions regarding legislative matters. Chief Justice – the justice on the Supreme Court who presides over the court’s public Sessions. Civil Law – a system of jurisprudence, including private law and governmental actions, for settling disputes that do not involve criminal penalties. Class Action Suit – a lawsuit in which a large number of persons with common interest join together under a representative party to bring or defend a lawsuit, as when hundreds of workers join together to sue a company. Closed Rule – the provision by the house rule committee that prohibits the introduction of amendments during debate. and puts a limitation on how much debate there can be Cloture – a rule allowing a supermajority of the members of a legislative body to set a time limit on debate over a given bill.
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Commander in Chief – the power of the president as commander of the national military and the state national guard units (when called into service) Committee Markup – the process by which a U.S. Congressional committee or state legislative session debates, amends, and rewrites proposed legislation. Conference – page 353 Conference Committee – a joint committee created to work out a compromise for house and senate versions of a piece of legislation. It happens when one chamber passes a bill different then the other chamber and the other chamber refuse to accept the changes made Constituency – the district making up the area from which an official is elected. Each member of congress’ primary responsibility is to their own district, not to the congressional leadership, a party, or even congress itself. Criminal Law – the branch of law that deals with disputes or actions involving criminal
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course POLISCI 202 taught by Professor Anderson during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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Study Guide Exam 2(revDA) - Terms to Know for Exam II...

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