Interest Group Project

On December 10, 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 answer the following questions:  who do they represent, what is their issue, what resources do they have, i.e., voters, cash and how do they influence government? The final product should be very similar to the Political Parties Project. Keep it simple, do not need over the top projects. This assignment is due at the beginning of the next class period.

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 December 9, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Answer the questions that proceed each reading in this google form.
Interest Group Readings Responses. No other submissions will be accepted.

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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Campaign Finance

On December 9, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Here is the activity for Campaign Finance.

Campaign Finance Activity
Campaign Finance Visual

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Discussion Post #8

On December 5, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

The discussion post is now open. The topic is voting.

Discussion Post #8

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Campaign and Elections Court Cases

On December 5, 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)

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Current Event-Campaigns, Elections, and Voting

On December 5, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

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.

Current Event-PDF

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Final Exam Review Guide

On December 2, 2019, in Information, by lwaddell

Here is the final exam review guide. Please look at every term in the context of government. If you have any questions, please let me know.

AP US Government Final Exam Review Guide

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Electoral College Web Quest

On December 2, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Please complete the Electoral College Web Quest. You will need to make a copy of the assignment and then share it with me. Again, make a copy of the assignment and then share it.

Electoral College Web Quest