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GTI: American Political System presentation

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David McNeill

on 14 July 2011

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Official White House Photo by Dylan Entelis
Municipal: Mayor, city council, etc.
County: commissioners,
school board, etc.
police dept
fire dept
parks & rec
public works
"All politics is local" - Tip O'Neill
STATE GOVERNMENT
Governor: head of executive branch
General Assembly: state legislators
health
education
insurance
transportation
Legislative
Judicial
Executive
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
can override veto
makes laws
enforces law
interprets/upholds law
can veto a bill
nominates judges
declare executive action unconstitutional
confirms judges
declare laws unconstitutional
How does the government pay for services?
Taxes: income, sales, property, etc.
Are taxes a good/bad thing?
ELECTIONS
VOTE
Electoral college: red states vs. blue states
Popular: 69,456,897
Popular: 59,934,814
Electoral: 365
Electoral: 173
What does this mean for politicians running in an election?
Why is there such low voter turnout?
LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Source: George Mason University
2-party system
What are the pros & cons with this system?
How do laws get passed?
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/371414/january-18-2011/the-word---disintegration
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