Elections and Campaign Court Cases

On March 18, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Here are series of Supreme Court cases that will be helpful in your studies.  You will want to complete a summary in your own words of each case.  Include the outcome, the Constitutional point that is being argued and the impact of the case.  This assignment is due at the beginning of the next class period.

Buckley v Valeo (1976)
Bush v Gore (2000)
McConnell v FEC (2003)
Citizens United v FEC (2009)

Answer the following questions for Citizens United. These are to be done on a separate sheet.

Comprehension and Critical Thinking Questions

1. What were the facts of the case in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010)?
2. How did the Court rule?
3. What was the Court’s reasoning for its decision?
4. In his dissent, Justice Stevens asserted, “In the context of election to public office, the distinction between corporate and human speakers is significant. Although they make enormous contributions to our society, corporations are not actually members of it. They cannot vote or run for office. Because they may be managed and controlled by nonresidents, their interests may conflict in fundamental respects with the interests of eligible voters….Like all other natural persons, every shareholder of every corporation remains entirely free…to do however much electioneering she pleases outside of the corporate form.” How would you respond to this statement?
5. Do you agree with the Court’s ruling? What is your constitutional reasoning?


President Obama was critical of the Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in his State of the Union Address.

1. How would you respond to the president’s statement?
2. What resources would you use to support your response?

The president said:

“Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests—including foreign corporations—to spend without limit in our elections. Well, I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong.”

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Notes Assignment Update

On March 6, 2019, in Information, by lwaddell

For each chapter we will be taking notes. You will receive points for this assignment. The due date for Chapter 2 Notes will be 1/18/19. This will be handed in at the beginning of class.

AP Government Chapter Homework.
AP Government Chapter Notes Rubric

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Political Parties-Reading

On March 6, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Here is a  reading for Political Parties.  Answer the questions that proceed the reading and send your responses to lwaddell@tuhsd.k12.az.us

Two-Party System

1. According to APSA, weakened parties would result in what?
2. Discuss the consequences of the decline of political parties in America.
3. Explain what the party model envisions.

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Current Event-Political Parties

On March 6, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Political Parties are in the news frequently. You are to find an article that relates to one of the five tasks of a political party. Be sure to review the changes to the current event project. This assignment is due at the next class meeting.

There is a new format for current events. One, they must be typed. Two, they are going to require a bit more thought and analysis on your part. Please read the attached guidelines to ensure that your current event is eligible for full credit.

AP Government Current Events Guidelines
AP Government Current Event Rubric

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Chapter 8-Study guide and notes

On March 4, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Here is the study guide and note assignment for chapter 8. Both of these will be due on 3/22 at the beginning of class.

Chapter 8 Study Guide

AP Government Chapter Homework.

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