The governor of Texas
Gregg Abbot is the current governor, Rick Perry is no longer governor
The Basics of the Governor
Formal Qualifications of the Office:
- 30 years old
- An American Citizen
- A citizen of Texas for the previous 5 years
- Serves a 4 y
Moralistic: government is a positive force, values the individual, functions to
benefit the general public
Individual: government is a practical institution that furthers business and
intervenes minimally in peoples lives
Pappy O Daniel
W. Lee O Daniel
Flour salesman and radio host
Ran for governor in 1938
Platform issues included the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, and oldaged pensions
Post-World War II Texas
Discrimination against African Americans and Latinos st
Who are your Texas Senators? Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn
Predominate belief in the nineteenth century
Gods will for America to expand westward
Term was coined by John L. OSullivan
Politics in the Republic
There were no politi
Texas pioneered the regulation of monopolies, railroads, child labor, and
other employer abuses
Reformed prisons, taxes, and insurance companies
James Jim Ferguson
Entered into Texas Politics in 1914
Worked as a migrant laborer in C
Politics Midterm Vocabulary
Annexation: the incorporation of a territory into a larger political unit, such
as a country, state, county, or city
Secession: the separation of a territory from a larger political unit.
Specifically, the secessi
1. after statehood, which political party dominated politics - Democratic
2. Political parties are essential to democracy because they provide a link between people and government
3. Which of the following is a deterrent to higher voting turnout in texas
Indirect Influence of Government
o Endorsing a candidate that is running for office
o Creating a PAC
Educating the Public
o Informal gatherings
o Formal occasions to honor a person
Invitations to speak at eve
Voter turnout is lower in Texas than the national average
Previous voting restrictions
Military vote (Carrington v. Rash)
Long Resident Requirement
Property Owner in Bond Elections
Who cant vote?
Citizens under the age of 18
Certain convicted felons
Individuals found mentally incompetent by a court of law
Amending the Constitution
First proposed amendments must be approved by 2/3rd of each house
Then in order to be rat
The Executive Branch
Requirements of the Governor
Must be a citizen
Must be at least 30 years old
Must be a resident of the state for at least 50 years
Divided power between elected officials
Texas is one of seven stat
Texas has a bicameral legislature
31-member Senate and 150-member House of Representatives
Senators serve four-year terms
Must be 26 years old
Must be a citizen
Must have resided in the state for 5 years and the district for 1
The Texas Constitution in Perspective
Constitutional Convention of 1875
Cut salaries for governing officials
Placed strict limits on property taxes
Restricted state borrowing
Two year term for governors
Attorney General and State judges are elected b
Texas during the civil war
Governor Sam Houston attempted to prevent secession from the Union
Approximately only 5% of Texans own slaves
Texas was primarily responsible for the defense of the frontier and the
Mexican border during the conflict
India is a country that is positioned in Southern Asia between the countries of Burma and
Pakistan, as well as bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. India shares
borders with Bangladesh 4,05
A ballot printed by the government (as opposed to the political parties) that allows
people to vote in secret.
The small pieces of paper produced in punching data cards, such as punch-card
A type of primary where a v
Elections are the defining characteristic of representative democracy. Voting holds elected officials accountable.
The degree of political participation (voter turnout and suffrage regulations) is the most consistent indicator of
Bill to take $ out of state treasury for a public purpose. Tx Gov doesnt have this power.
Consisting of two houses or chambers; applied to a legislative body with two parts, such as a
senate and a house of
Federalism - Constitutional division of powers delegates some power to the national government and
reserves some to the states.
1. National Powers
a. Delegated Powers: powers granted to the national gov by US Const.
a.i. Expressed powers (Enumerated power
The incorporation of a territory into a larger political unit, such as a country, state,
county, or city.
Antitrust legislation Legislation directed against economic monopolies. Abuse by insurance co,
railroads, and corporate.
1. Texas 28th state annexed in 1845
1st Repub US Senator since Reconstruction John Tower.
2. The early years Republic of Tx.
a. Declared independence from Mexico in 1836 Texas Revolution - English/Scotch-Irish (Anglo-American) culture of
Chapter 14 Local Government
1. Issues of national importance also are highly relevant to local governments.
2. In 2008, the U.S. Conference of Mayors emphasized several objectives, including anticrime measures, climate
protection, public housing assistanc
School finance reform program requiring the transfer of taxable property
Hood plan resources from wealthier to poorer school districts.
accountability responsibility for a programs results; for example, using measurable standards
Taxing and Budgeting
Texas sets the budget every 2 years (biennial)
Texas has the 3d largest state budget
The Texas legislature passed and sent to the governor the largest budget in the states historya total of almost
$182.2 billion was approved for fisca
found not guilty in a court of law.
the legal system used in English-speaking countries in which two contesting
parties present opposing views an
The most important distinction between civil and criminal law is the way each deals with court findings.
In criminal law, the aim is punishment, but in civil law, the remedy (the means used to redress an injury) is
relief or compensation.
the standard used to determine the guilt or innocence of a person criminally
charged. To prove a defendant guilty, the state must pr
The US is considered the most litigious country in the world. of the worlds attorneys.
The Texas Judicial system
o 337 people per attorney
o TX is 18th among the states in terms of litigation.
o Texas has more than 2700 courts and approximatel
In the United States and Texas the local government has the most employees.
1. The executive branch
a. T he executive branch is the part of government that administers the law and implements public
The executive branch of governme