April 14, 2014
Medical Marijuana and the Federal Government
Medical marijuana has been on the forefront of political debate in recent decades,
as its demand and medical purpose has increased. By definition, medical cannabis refers
to the use of parts of t
Who is head of the executive branch?
What court case ruled on abortion?
Roe vs. Wade
When was the declaration of independence?
July 4, 1776
Who was President during the civil war?
BUREAUCRACY - rule by desks, bureaucracy is only mentioned once in the
Cong - law
bureaucratic neutrality (a politician)
1/10% political appointees
merit employee 92%
Current events quiz:
1. Where did the Malaysian government announce that the plane had supposedly landed?
southern Indian Ocean
2. What did a federal appeals court put on hold in Michigan?
Same-sex marriage weddings
3. What country did the Senate vote to
EQUAL PROTECTION CLAUSE
Civil rights - 14th amendment -equal protection clause
discrimination - unjust criteria for treating someone w/bias
1896 - Plessy vs. Ferguson, cannot discriminate based on color or create terms
unsatisfactory due to
current events questions:
1. what has recently happened between crimea and russia?
crimea voted to join russia
2. What was Syria told to suspend in the US?
3. How many people have enrolled for coverage under Obamas health care law?
how a bill becomes law
proposal: establish minimum MPG for passenger cars (for example)
committee system: standing - permanent from congress to congress
select - topical, temporary
joint - across both houses (taxation, the economy, etc)
conference - when
current events quiz questions:
1. What is predicted to happen if the US leaves Afghanistan?
answer: Al Quaeda would regroup and stage another attack on the west if troops
completely withdrew from the country.
2. What is New Hampshire looking to repeal and
POLS 101-06 (CRN 23501)
General Education Social Science
Spring 2014 Express 2
TR 4:00-6:45, Maybank 100
Instructor: David Hinton
General Education Social Science Learning Outcome: Students apply social science
concepts, models or theo
Paper Instructions POLS 101
Write a 10 page paper on the following topic:
In class, we discussed the concept of Federalism and Pickerills article discussing the
example of Medical cannabis in the states and the resulting policy laboratories. Discus
Free Speech and
What is Academic Freedom?
Academic freedom is the belief that the freedom
of inquiry by faculty members is essential to the
mission of academia, and that scholars should
have freedom to teach or communicate ideas or
Free Speech, Censorship and the
What is Free Speech
(or Freedom of Expression)?
Dictionary.com: The right of people to express their opinions publicly
without governmental interference, subject to the laws against libel,
incitement to v
house of rep: 25 years old, citizen for 7 years, live in state they rep: 2 year
term; brings charges-impeachment
senator: 30 years old, citizen for 9 years, live in state: 6 year term
2. what role
know what a faction is
Marbury vs. Madison establishes power of judicial review
(for court cases, know what it establishes)
Mcull vs Maryland validates the elastic clause
strict scrutiny is when the burden of proof is on the government
repub. principle -
Political Party- a coalition of stable, enduring, and frequently-conflicting interests, organized to mobilize
support in competitive elections in order to control policy-making.
Base Voters- voters who tend to vote loyally for their party
ives- Reduced govt spending, personal responsibility, traditional moral values, big military
Liberals- value cultural diversity, govt programs for poor, public intervention in economy, not traditionally
3. Libertarians- minimal govt, public of
Civil Rights- freedom to participate in the full life of the community. to vote, use public facilities, equal
Seven Steps to Political Equality
1. A group defines itself
2. The group challenges society
3. The stories change
Interest Groups- Groups with one similar interest that lobby ideas and beliefs, they do not run candidates
Advocacy Explosion- a vast and swift increase in interest groups active in DC, beginning in the
Astroturf Lobbying- attempt
Civil Rights- freedom to participate in the full life of the community. to vote, use public facilities, equal economic opportunity
Seven Steps to Political Equality
A group defines itself
The group challenges society
The stories chang
Why is congress so unpopular with the American People? In your view, does congress deserve its low approval?
There are many reasons for Congresss low poll ratings. Congress is supposed to be the peoples branch. One is that Congress is
in a grid lock. The
Bundling- Form of fundraising in which an individual persuades others to donate large amounts
that are then delivered together to the campaign
Candidate-centered elections- Political system where individual candidates decide to run, rais
1. Free Practice (free exercise) Clause- Govt can not interfere with religious practices
2. Virginia Plan- Madisons plan, strengthened national govt relative to state govt, large states
New Jersey Plan - Most power should lie within the states,
federalism: the relationship between the states and federal government
the republican party makes abortion their platform. democrats are divided on abortion
parents - shape political attitude (conservative vs
CURRENT EVENTS QUIZZES
1. Representative Paul Ryans proposed budget would result in cuts in which social
Food Stamps and Medicaid
2. Health Care Law met its goal of how many enrollees?
3. Who is ready to blame GM?
an auto safet
CURRENT EVENTS QUIZ
1. What type of insurance bill is the senate trying to pass?
2. What are the US and Russia swapping over the crimean crisis?
3. What will Obama promote for women in an upcoming speech?
economic equality for women
To what extent has the Obama administration departed from traditional Democratic values and
The two main parties in the Unites States are the Republicans and Democrats: The Republicans are
generally described as being right of centre, they are a