Thursday, November 28, 2013

Guest Speaker

Dec 5th (Thursday),
Sen. Ron Wyden (D), Oregon will be paying us a visit during 3rd period as Smith and Neil's classes combine.  At this point, I have not system in place to get more students in there from other classes, but I'll try.  Be chatting with your friends and family over turkey and leftovers about things you'd like to ask.

Possible Areas of interest might include getting elected, party dynamics, local state and national issues.  Go to his web page, find out what committees he's on, and look up issues related to that.

We'll ALL do some research and question design Monday/Tuesday, with an opportunity to come up with cool thoughtful questions that elicit developed response.

Should be cool-- Sadly, I don't know any way to make it an all AP thing-- but I'll see if there is a way to extend the group size.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


I'm Just a Bill
Political Adds
Discussion Questions
Lecture / Discussion

Monday, November 11, 2013

Period 4 watergate

Bask in the awesomeness of your work. And look over it and get back to me if you see any issues.

Period 3 Watergate

Good job. A little bit of oddity on some posting; ask me to show you how, and what to post so that we have a link to your blog post. Impressive improvement over the year. Let's have it dialed in this week!

Period 1, Watergate

Great Work Period 1-- If you have a double post, let me know. I'm seeing some great finished content, and for those of you who are just finishing polishing it up, I appreciate that you submitted it. If you posted your whole 'blog address' instead of the post address, re-submit, and let me know. And take a look at your content and make any changes you see fit.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Phillippines

Here is the Link: Please make your Post today.  Feel free to edit until the weekend.

Part 1) How should the money be spent?  Identify critical areas for relief
Part 2) Support the idea that Charities are the most effective way to provide for relief.
Part 3) Research several Charities based on their expertise in the region, and cost efficiency (How much of each dollar goes to relief).
Part 4) Come up with a cool invention for something that could be used in the future for disaster relief.

Your assignment is to research how we as a community (class, school, bend) could best provide some help for the Philippines. With thousands dead, no power, and no shelter, my suggestion would to be to find the most effective, cheapest way to get clean potable water to them -- but any of the basic needs that you can identify, and creatively solve are good.  

There is no best answer.  But I'd love it if you could come up with a plan upon which could be useful down the road. I'm crowd sourcing this to you; hopefully one of you will find a good cheap way to minimize the effect of disease and death from poor water moving forward. To give you evidence of the need for this; following the Haiti earthquake, Cholera has been rampant. 8,000 have died from the cholera infection following the 2010 earthquake. Tropical disease is a real concern, and I welcome your thoughts and efforts.

This may end up being just a thought experiment, but we may come up with a best plan. Be diligent, thorough, and don't settle for finding one answer. Remember, whatever your thoughts are, make sure you are finding a solution for people with no shelter, no potable water, and in a tropical environment.


Thursday, November 7, 2013


Watergate Project:
Please find a general explanation to 'watergate' and read over it.  Wikipedia, PBS, etc.  Feel free to share links with each other.

Here is the publishing portion

Click HERE and find your assigned topic.

Create a well crafted post about the subject you've been assigned.  Historical information, and their role in the watergate break-in, scandal, etc.  Photos, Videos etc. are Nice.

Cite your sources. Must have at least one picture.  400-600 words is recommended length.  Include a link to the 'General Watergate' source you found as well.

Publish your blog post TODAY HERE .  Don't worry that it's not complete; you can edit it. 
Should be done by Tuesday, at the latest.

I will have the Timeline created over the weekend (Hopefully) and you can start reading your classmate's work.  I will include the 'uncovered' topics for the smaller class sections.

Chapter 10 discussion questions

How was your morning?

 Describe what initiatives and referendums are and what purpose they serve. Would you like to see more legislation subject to direct votes of the people or do you prefer to have the legislatures and Congress represent the people's interests more indirectly? Explain.

 Why does the text refer to GW Bush's first term as polarizing and how was this reflected in the 2004 election results?

 Describe who votes in the US and who stays home. Which groups have the highest turnout rates? Which have the lowest? Explain why you think some groups are more, and some less, likely to vote.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Some chapter 10 questions

1) Def legitimacy
2) Def referendum
3) Def initiative petition
a. Give 2 examples.

4) 1800 Election
a. nomination
b. tone
c. focus
d. troubling error

5) 1896 Election
a. Candidates
b. Issues
c. Campaign

6) 2004 What was GW Bush’s ‘great feat’
7) Role of US supreme court in 2000 election
8) What two key choices face every voter?
9) Suffrage? (specific amendments)
10) Enfranchisement and Voting?
11) Why not vote?
12) Rational voting theory
13) Def political efficacy
14) Define Civic duty 

15) 3 reasons for low US turnout
16) def voter registration
17) Voter registration differences from state to state.
18) Define Motor Votor Act
19) Who votes? What are the trends?
20) Explain Mandate theory of elections.
21) What are the 3 major elements of voters’ decisions
22) Evaluate table 10.2
23) Most important dimensions of candidate image?
24) What is policy voting?
25) 4 conditions for policy voting?
26) Obstacle to policy voting?
27) Define The electoral College
28) What was founder’s goal of elections?
29) How does each state’s election process work now?
30) Role of small states in elections?
31) Two tasks of elections, according to democratic theory?
32) Elections and policy as 2 way street?
33) How do policy differences affect elections?
34) Explain art of Ambiguity?
35) Explain how elections affect policy?
36) How does policy affect election?
37) Define retrospective voting
38) How has democracy affected the scope of government?