Griswold Assignment

On March 28, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Griswold v Connecticut
1.Can a right be fundamental yet not enumerated in the Constitution?
2. Should the state ever have an interest in the relationships and actions between consenting adults?  In what instances?

Supreme Court Brief of Griswold-oral arguments are available to listen to.

PBS Landmark Cases

Heritage Foundation-be sure to read this.  It looks at Justice Stewart’s dissent.

Current Event-Civil Liberties

On March 27, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

This  current event can be about anything in the government that relates to civil liberties.  This involves anything related to the Bill of Rights.

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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Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Readings

On March 27, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Here are the readings for Civil Liberties and Rights.  Please email your responses to lwaddell@tempeunion.org

Anti-Federalist 84

  1. Brutus argues that states have something that the federal government does not, what is it?
  2. What is seen as the major failure of the federal Constitution?

Justice Holmes

  1. Explain the clear and present danger test.
  2. What did Holmes do in Abrams v United States that differed in Schenck v United States?

Plessy v Ferguson

  1. Explain the separate but equal doctrine.
  2.  Discuss the impact of this decision on society in the early 1900’s.

Exam #3 Review

On March 24, 2019, in Information, by lwaddell

This podcast cover the third exam.  This podcast covers the  following but not limited to Federalist #10, Washingtons Farewell Address, Citizens United, Party Platforms, Voting Behaviors, Pluralism, Elites, and Unions.

AP US Government-Exam #3 Review (audio)

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Interest Group Project

On March 22, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

For this assignment you will get to know some Interest Groups.  There are several the AP would like you to know.  You need to look up each Interest Group and write a quick summary.  Some things to include are who do they represent, what is their issue, what resources do they have, i.e., voters, cash and how do they influence government?

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
American Medical Association (AMA)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
National Association of Manufacturers  (NAM)
Sierra Club
National Rifle Association (NRA)

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Interest Group Readings

On March 22, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Answer the questions that proceed each reading and send your responses to lwaddell@tuhsd.k12.az.us

Madison’s Dilemma

1. Is the thinking of the framers relevant to contemporary politics?
2. Does Madison have anything to say that resonates with the dynamics of American politics in the twenty-first century?
3. Should groups, for example, be required to look at more than one issue, or should they be required to explain how their positions and interests would benefit the nation?

Interest Groups and the American Political System

1. What is the relationship between a system of government and the behavior of groups?
2. Mark Rozell and Clyde Wilcox note several factors which contribute to the important role played by interest groups in American politics. What are those factors and what is their role?
3. Discuss the single-member district system according to Rozell and Wilcox.

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This  current event can be about anything in the government that relates to elections, campaigns, and voting.  This involves upcoming elections, voting rights, voting districts (gerrymandering) are a few topics.

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
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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?

Extension 

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.
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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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