Concepts of Government
Functions, myths and illusions
Perspective on the nature of politics
Politics is who gets what, when, and how.
The people who own the country ought to govern it.
Many of our rich men have not been content with equal protec
US Constitution was written to compensate for the problems of a weak central
government under the Articles of Confederation.
And now for something completely different
Monty Pythons second treatise on governance
Homework Reading Assignment 3 / Quiz PSCI 1040
Topic: US Supreme Court Interpreting Data, Tables and Charts
This is both a homework assignment and a take-home quiz. This is not an endorsement of the
sentiments contained in the readings.
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A Part-Time Job? The Texas Legislature
US v Texas legislative design
Texas, like 49 other states, has a two-house legislature based on the Congressional
Congress is a full-time legislature, the Texas Lege i
CHAPTER 17 QUIZ REVIEW
President _ broke his well-known campaign pledge of "no new taxes" by creating a third tax
rate for those with the highest incomes, and several years later _ created a fourth level tax
a. Richard Nixon; Gerald Ford
b. George H
CHAPTER 14 Quiz Review
Early in its history, the Supreme Court faced an issue of major importance that would
shape the republic; that is, what happens when a law enacted by Congress
a. is vetoed by the president.
b. is ignored by the American people.
CHAPTER 8 QUIZ REVIEW
Texas governors serve a
a. four-year term, limited to two terms served.
b. two-year term, with no limit on the number of terms he or she may serve.
c. six-year term, with no reelection to another term.
d. four-year term, with no limi
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The federal courts have jurisdiction in Texas over cases involving all of the following types of
violations of federal
violations of Texas
Cases between two or more states are originally heard by
both state supreme courts simultaneously.
the federal district court in the state that initiates the lawsuit.
10. the federal circuit court of appeals.
13. the Sup
1. All of the following are important powers of the speaker of the House and the
lieutenant governor except
recognition on the floor.
appointing chairs of committees.
deciding to which committee to
1. Independent agencies are important components of Cabinet departments.
1. The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission has mandated that no government official may
serve in any single office for more than twelve
1. A signing statement is
4. an announcement the president makes about his interpretation of a
congressional enactment he is signing into law.
7. an announcement made by a presidential candidate when formally
accepting his or her pa
1. A presidential veto can be overridden by a
two-thirds vote in both houses of
majority vote in both houses of
three-fourths vote in the Senate.
majority vote in the House of
1. For a Texas governor, what is the benefit of a post-adjournment veto?
4. It requires a unanimous vote from both houses to
7. It is the only way to veto legislation without giving
10. The le