US v Lopez

On January 28, 2020, in Assignments, by lwaddell

United States v Lopez is the last court case to deal with Federalism. This one looks at the Commerce Clause. I have included a link to the case, a link for the Commerce Clause and a sheet on how to brief a court case. Your assignment is to create a brief for this case. This assignment will be due at the beginning of the next scheduled class meeting.

United States v Lopez

Commerce Clause-explained

How to Brief a Court Case

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McCulloch v Maryland

On January 28, 2020, in Assignments, by lwaddell

McCulloch v. Maryland Assignment

  1. The exercise below gives you a list of Congressional actions. Using the argument in McCulloch v. Maryland determine whether or not the Congressional action below is an implied power of Congress. Your answer must incorporate rationale from the case and Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.
    1. Congress sets a federal minimum wage.
    2. Congress establishes the United States Air Force.
    3. Congress establishes national parks.
    4. Congress creates federal laws against pollution.
    5. Congress makes laws regarding discrimination in employment.
    6. Congress decides that televisions should have V-chips that enable parents to block certain shows.
    7. Congress passes the Gun-Free School Zones Act prohibiting anyone from possessing a firearm in a school zone.

McCulloch v. Maryland Syllabus from Justia.com
McCulloch v. Maryland Case Brief from Streetlaw.org

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Marbury v Madison

On January 28, 2020, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Marbury v Madison

1. Chief Justice Marshall recognized that all three branches of the government take oaths to uphold the Constitution. Why, then, did he feel that it is the responsibility of the courts to determine ultimately whether or not a law is unconstitutional when it is challenged in a case and controversy?
2. Why, according to Marshall, is the Constitution superior to any ordinary act of the legislature?

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Explore the Constitution

On January 27, 2020, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Using a separate sheet of paper, please answer the questions below. You will be reading the Constitution. All answers to the questions will be found in the Constitution. This assignment is due at the end of the hour in which it was assigned.

Exploring the Constitution questions
United States Constitution

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Federalism Activity

On January 24, 2020, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Here is the activity that was done in class dealing with Federalism.

Federalism Activity

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Federalism Lecture Notes

On January 24, 2020, in Information, by lwaddell

Here are the notes from the Federalism lecture.

Federalism Lecture Notes (pdf)
Federalism Lecture Notes 2020 (pdf)

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Exam Review

On January 24, 2020, in Information, by lwaddell

Here is a podcast that will help you review for the Unit 1 Exam.

Unit 1 Exam Review (mp3)

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Federalism Readings

On January 21, 2020, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Answer the following questions and turn in at the end of the period.

The Merits of the Federal System

1. Bryce points out that none of these political mechanisms would be successful without moral and material influences: the love of self-government and a “sense of community in blood, in language, in habits and ideas, a common pride in the national history and the national flag.” Is he right? Are these factors more important than the mechanism established under the Constitution, and are they still important? Are they still realistic assessments of the American populace?

2. Bryce notes that federalism allows local governments to experiment in legislation and administration without risking the fate of the nation as a whole. Is this kind of separation necessarily good? Does Bryce overlook many of the costs of federalism?

Gonzales v Raich

1.  Who did the Supreme Court defer to?

2.  What two clauses were cited in this case?  Explain both clauses and how the court used the clauses in their ruling.

McCulloch v Maryland

1.  What were the principal arguments used by Chief Justice Marshall to justify the extension of congressional power to include the power to incorporate a bank, even though the words “bank” and “incorporation” are no where to be found in text of the Constitution itself?

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Current Event-Federalism

On January 21, 2020, in Assignments, by lwaddell

During the semester we will be looking at the government and what they are doing right now to relate to the topics that we are discussing.  The current event is meant to be a thoughtful exec rise in seeing connections between lectures and readings and everyday life.  The events are to be typed and submitted via email to lwaddell@tempeunion.org by the assigned due date.  There will be no late assignments accepted.

The  current event can be about anything in the government that relates to Federalism.  This involves states’ rights, federal mandates, policies that impact states, 10th Amendment issues, to name a few issues that can be researched.

Follow the instructions found on the attached sheet on how to complete the current event.  All current events must be in your own words.

Current Event-PDF

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Discussion Post #2

On January 21, 2020, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Discussion Post #2 is now open. Be sure to read the rubric on how points are earned.

Discussion Post #2

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