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POSI 2310 Chapter Review

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POSI 2310 Chapter Review 2310

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Principles of American Government
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Notes discussing How the Three Branches of Government work (and don't work) together
Principles of American Government
Joshua Quinn
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Date Created: 10/29/15
POSI 2310 Review How the 3 branches of the government work and don t work together Divided Government a Divided levels i Federal and state state and local ii Specific functions b Divided responsibility divided powers i Congress and legislative branch ii President and the executive branch iii The judicial branch iv Creates a more stable government c Fear of factions monarchy i Checks and balances ii Creates less efficiency The Legislative Branch a Tied to people closely answer to constituents i Elected subcommittees and important constitute issues pork spending b Founders saw aw preeminent branch thought it would be the most important i House of Representatives larger than Senate more outside influence opportunities for special interest groups ii Senate more nationally minded elite c Power is checked by i President veto of bills pressure congress ii Judiciary legal challenges iii People through elections d Power supported by i President has to work with them ii Judiciary The President and Executive Branch a Strong office i Singular authority and national election b Complex job i Domestic and international ii Policy implementation iii Cooperation with other branches c Power is checked by i Legislative branch ii Judiciary iii People through elections d Power supported by i Legislative branch 1 Congress has worked with president most of the time ii Judicial branch VI 1 Presidential appointments means support from some justices 2 Appointed form same party as president 3 Decide issues on ideological lines The Judicial Branch a Several levels i Local and state ii US district courts Court of Appeals Supreme Court b Least democratic branch i Members not elected less responsive to public opinion c Serves a legislative role i Questions of constitutionality Influenced by political issues Power checked by i Presidentexecutive branch ii Legislative branch can rewrite laws put stipulations iii Some states people through election f Power supported by i Everyone Case Study Obergefell v Hodges 2015 a Not single case six lowercourt cases originally represented 16 samesex couples i Appeals to Circuit Courts overturned bans ii Appeal to 6th Circuit upheld ban iii Disagreement between courts leads the case to the Supreme Court b Supreme Court issues decision i State bans are invalid ii Violation of equal protection clause c Battles over implementation i Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis 1 Wants different forms for samesex ii Tennessee 1 Is issuing licenses an option iii Alabama 1 Judge John Enslen amp 10th amendment 2 Proposes that the federal government should issue licenses 3 This power is not specifically stated in the Constitution so it falls under the 10th amendment and is left to the states d Public opinion e Involved executive and judicial branches f Cooperative Case Study Marijuana Legalization in Colorado a Colorado has ballot measure i Goes to popular vote passes by 54 ii State branches must cooperate create policy b In state challenges i Coates v Dish Network 2013 1 Man is fired for failing a urinalysis test 2 Colorado Court of Appeals 3 Question of quotlawful activity under state law a quotstill illegal federally b Conflict between state and federal law 4 Upheld by Colorado Supreme Court c Out of state challenges i Learning from history California 1 DEA raids on medical pot dispensaries despite Obama s promise not to 2 Concern over federal legal action 3 Action by DEA action by Congress ii Colorado and the Justice Department 1 Create the quotwatch and verify approach d Both cooperative and conflictual VII Case Study Opening of International Relations with Cuba a Late in Obama s term i Honeymoon is over concentrate on international policy ii Obama and Castro announced they were restoring diplomatic ties 1 Ties were broken when Castro had made a communist government iii Obama wants to ease restrictions on travel and trade 1 Commerce and treasury department involved 2 Diplomat went to Cuba to discuss terms b Legislative actions i Legislation in question 1 Trading with the Enemy Act 2 Cuban Democracy Act of 1992 or Torricelli Act 3 Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act of 1996 the HelmsBurton Act ii There are several bills in congress 1 Most won t come out of subcommittee c Other actors i Republican candidates for president denounced Obama 1 Except Rand Paul ii Public support 1 Poll majority of people say yes d UN vote on Cuban embargo UN condemns the embargo e Executive and legislative branch involved VIII Case Study quotSurface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 a Truck drivers i Roads are workplace federally funded ii Funds are often up for cuts b Write bill c Need a sponsor in House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee goo 3er i Bill Shutter R Pa Peter DeFazio D Ore Sam Graves R Mo Eleanor Holmes Norton D DC Passes committee vote unanimously Now must go to full vote in the House i Senate already passed quotDRIVE Act Conference committee revote in both chambers To President Obama Involved legislative and executive branch Cooperative


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