Project #95736 - Texas History/Government

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Lesson 1--------------------------------

Chapter 1: The Context of Texas Politics
Chapter 2 (listed in the back of the text): Federalism: State and Local Politics within a Federal System
Chapter 2: The Constitutional Setting
Chapter 11: Local Government

Choose ONE of the following questions to answer in the Discussion Board:

  1. Discuss the political culture of Texas. Do you accept what Professor Elazar has identified as the dominant political culture in Texas?
  2. Explain the influences that shaped the Texas Constitution of 1876. Explain the individuals and groups that played a role in drafting the document, and the sentiments held by those individuals and groups that resulted in the specific governmental design set forth in the constitution.
  3. Provide an understanding of the relationship between the national and state governments. Explain which powers are held by the national government, which powers are reserved to the states, and those powers shared by both the national and state governments.

Breakkk

 

Lesson 2-----------------------------------------------------------

Chapter 6: The Texas Legislature
Chapter 7: The Governor
Chapter 8: The Administrative State
Chapter 9: The Judiciary
Chapter 10: The Substance of Justice

Choose ONE of the following questions to answer in the Discussion Board:

 

  1. Distinguish between the regular and special sessions of the Texas legislature. Describe the specific features of each and explain the role of the governor.
  2. Identify the legislative tools of persuasion available to the governor and describe how they are used to influence the legislative process. Explain which tools are most effective
  3. How does Texas rank in the number of prisoners, use of the death penalty, and in the success of the system? Is the system working, and is it working for all Texans equally? 

Lesson 3--------------------------------------------------------------

Chapter 3: Interest Groups
Chapter 4: Political Parties
Chapter 5: Voting, Campaigns, and Elections

Choose ONE of the following questions to answer in the Discussion Board:

  1. Describe the purposes and functions of interest groups and why people participate in them.
  2. Describe the historic evolution of the Republican Party in Texas.
  3. Describe the eligibility qualifications and registration process for voting in Texas. Identify those socio-economic factors that influence voter participation.

 

Lesson 4-------------------------------------------------------------

Chapter 12: The State Economy and the Financing of State Government
Chapter 13: Public Policy - People
Chapter 14: Public Policy - Resources

 

Choose ONE of the following questions to answer in the Discussion Board:

  1. Identify and describe four types of taxes that fund state (not local) government. Explain the relative merits of each tax in terms of generating revenue.
  2. Identify and describe the various bodies that govern the public schools in Texas. Explain some of the specific issues with which these bodies have to deal. Do you think issues of education should be determined by politicians or by trained education officials.
  3. Identify some of the federal government programs that the state of Texas administers in the area of health and human services. Describe any particular issues connected with these programs. Do you believe these programs should be administered by the state, or directly by the federal government?

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Due By (Pacific Time) 12/08/2015 12:00 am
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