Discussion Board Assignment Instructions

1. In contemporary federalism, there are no formal divisions between the national government and localities. What is the name of the theory that symbolizes this relationship?

2. The power of the federal government to prevent state or local governments from enforcing their own laws because the laws conflict with the Supremacy Clause is called __________.

3. Which of these is not a local entity provided for in state constitutions?

4. The expectation of reciprocity, where congressional members support each other’s bills, is called

5. The states and the national government working together to implement public policy is an example of ___________ Federalism.

6. Which model of congressional representation holds that Congress members will take whatever position their constituents direct them to take?

7. What parts of the United States were described by Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis as “laboratories of democracy”?

8. Political action committees (PACs) can donate up to _______________ per campaign.

9. How often do congressional elections occur?

10.Which of these is not an argument for maintaining the federal system?

 Think about conversations around politics when you were in primary school (around age 10). What were some of the ways you learned about the political establishment through family members and friends? How were you politically socialized as a child? Use evidence (cite sources) to support your response from assigned readings or online lessons, and at least one outside scholarly source.

Using the Supreme Court’s website, research one case that deals with a contentious issue of your choice. (These issues can be racial discrimination, right to bear arms, same-sex marriage, hate speech, suicide, etc.) After finding a case, describe the Constitutional issue at the heart of the case. Summarize the points, the opinion, and at least one dissent used to come up with their conclusions. Did you agree with the majority opinion or the dissent?

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