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POLS week 1 notes

by: Kristin O'Flaherty

POLS week 1 notes POLS 2311

Kristin O'Flaherty
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its the first couple days of notes after exam 2.
US Government
Dr. Boyea
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Date Created: 03/30/16
Week 1 POLS notes 2/15  The storm  current events  using Hurricane Katrina as an example  General Russel L. Honore***  HK is an example of: o it's hard to figure out who’s in charge o spending clause  current events:  o Justice Antonin Scalia passed away (1936­2016) o appointed in 1986 by Ronald Reagan o Longest serving justice o first Italian­American on the US supreme court o leader of the conservative wing o pioneer of the originalist approach to decision making  argued that judges must restrain themselves by the law and constitution  intent not relevant, only the written word o most influential justice in decades  affected both political/legal friends and enemies o Co­Founder of the Federalist Society o Bush v. Gore (2000)  lack of standards in FL recount that extended well past the 2000  presidential election o D.C. v. Heller (2008)  most prominent 2nd amendment case, protects an individual’s right to  possess a firearm o Citizens United v. FEC (2010)  right of corporations and unions to spend unlimited money in elections o Crawford v. Washington (2004)  “testimonial” statements by non­present witnesses not admissible o currently have 8 justices in the US supreme court o Just this year’s cases:  Abortion, Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole ­ restrictions on Texas abortion  clinics  Affirmative Action, Fisher v. University of Texas ­ admission policies at  the University of Texas  Obamacare, Zubik v. Burwell ­ mandate that religious non­profit provide  access to birth control  Public Sector Employment, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association  ­ whether non­union members should be charged fees  2016 o a quandary for the US Senate and Republican Party  President Obama has a right to nominate a replacement  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated no action until new  president is elected o Very important to the republican party o could shift the court to 5 liberal judges o real stakes for electing viable candidates  places Bush, Kasich, Trump, and Sanders in different light 2/17  American Federalism o Hurricane Katrina as an example o Defining Federalism o Alternate arrangements o Qualifications for Federalism  louisiana purchase­ Thomas Jefferson doubled the size of the country  federalism­ joint relationship between state and national govts  Bush ­ armed military; Blanco ­ no/pushes back  Why? Posse Comitatus Act of 1878  Honoré stuck responding to both Bush and Blanco  the video shows how federalism can fail  federalism­ joint relationship between state and national govts  marked by fluctuation  Federalism o hybrid arrangement o involves divided authority between 2 or more levels of govt  Unitary System o one single sovereign national govt o complete authority o Great Britain  House of Parliament o North Ireland  Confederal System o Association of independent states o subnational government level o Articles of Confederation o CSA (Confederate States of America)  Qualifications for Federalism o Constitutional relations across borders  2 sets of laws apply o Constitution must protect from encroachment (protect ability to survive and exist)  supremacy clause (Art. 6) → national government  10th Amendment → states o Both levels of govt may apply leverage on the other  Senate → state government  Spending Power (Art. 1) → national govt


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