Monday, June 2, 2014


This should be better.
Today Post test.
Tomorrow, go over grades with you.
Tomorrow, enter test corrections, notes, check blogs.  Get final grade.
Not today.

Have your blog updated, and test corrections done, and notes with you.

Do the post test.

5 pt.s XC if you improve your grade.

Friday, May 30, 2014

optional blog post

Optional Blog Post.

Cite the above, and summarized. (vaccine, Ashland).

Find ONE more sources, site and summarize.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Amendment Blog Post

Make up assignment from Last Friday.
Blog Post, 15 points.

Pick an Amendment.
Copy in the Text.
Explain in your own words what it says, and why you think it's important.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

If you blend it, they might come.



You don't have to put your name, you can put anon, put down what you will bring; if one person brings berries, and one bananas, etc. If you don't contribute, no guarantee you can have a smoothie.

things we need;

Monday, May 19, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

remaining schedule.

With excessive absences due to a variety of concerns (rock concerts, senior skip days, end of year sports), dealing with the schedule is a balancing act.  Here is where we are for the rest of the year.

5/16 Friday: Blog Post (30 points)
5/19 Monday: Test (40 points), Ch 12-16
5/20 Tuesday: Test Corrections
5/21 Wednesday: Detailed Test Review.  CH 17 and 18.
5/22 to 5/23 Thursday- Friday:  Seminar: Exploration of changing views of Gender in Society through Film.  Refreshments will accompany on Friday.  Also, if time allows, the annual Patrick Kilty "Graphic Design Project"(30 points).

5/27 Tuesday: Detailed test review, Chapter 19-20
5/28 Wednesday: Test. 17-20. (40 points)
5/29 Thursday:  Corrections
5/30 Friday : Blog Catch Up Day (Field day).
5/31 Monday/Tuesday.  Optional Blog. 60 points. Your Choice to do or not.  Won't count against your grade.  Reasonable effort on this project will be given full marks.  Not any more time to do than any other assignment, just given more weight as a gift.

All the questions from ever.

Test Bank

Health Care Blog Post. 30 Points.

Go HERE and Examine the 5 listed countries, summarize, Bullet points are fine.
Go HERE and compare various costs.

Describe what system you would like, and WHY

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Test Resources

Here are some test resources for your use.  2009, and 1999 Multiple Choice tests, with answers, and I've highlighted a few targeted FRQ's on some of our more recent material.  

Multiple Choice Links:

2009 Multiple Choice Test (With Answers) (word doc).

FRQ Links:

I Am available Wednesday after school, any lunch, any period 6 if you'd like help understanding any of the Multiple Choice questions, or any FRQs.

If at least one or more person makes a request, I can come in any evening after 5:15 for an hour or two to review.    Don't hesitate to ask.  

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Earth Day.

Earth Day.
You watched the video on the history of the Environmental movement.

Part 1:  Bibliographic annotation for.

American Masters, A fierce Green fire.  Use the internet, and cite the source.  Summarize. In a paragraph format.  MLA format, but you don't have to reverse indent if you don't like.

Direct link to the video.

Part 2:  2 more sources about some aspect of the Environmental movement that 'speaks to you.'  This could be managing fisheries for recreation, saving the whales, etc., clean air, clean water, solar power, nuclear power, clean coal.  I don't really care, but don't be contrarian for contrarians sake.  Look for something good about the Planet,  and dig in.

Cite the sources, summarize, in MLA format.

Write a statement of purpose about what you would like to see done about the issue you have researched, and WHY.

Monday, April 21, 2014


Scariest Easter Bunny Ever

essays 19 and 20

You'll get some more class time for these.

If you are taking the test, AP test prep wednesday, in my room.  
Starting at 8:30 a.m. (come earlier if you'd like!)

19, and 20

(1999_1)In the 1990’s presidential election campaigns have become more candidate centered and less focused on issues and party labels. The change has been attributed both to how the media cover presidential campaigns and to how candidates use the media. Identify and explain two ways in which the media have contributed to candidate-centered presidential campaigns. Identify and explain two ways in which presidential candidates’ use of the media has contributed to candidate-centered campaigns.

Your answer should not include a discussion of presidential primary elections.

(1999_2)National interest groups often target national-level policymaking institutions to achieve their policy objectives.

Select one of the following national interest groups.
- AMA (Medical Association
- NAM (national assoc. of Manufacturers)

For the group you selected do each of the following.
- a identify one major national-level policymaking institution that this group targets.
- b describe one resource or characteristic of the group you have chosen and explain how it influences the choice of the target you have identified in (a)
- c describe another resource or characteristic of the group you have chosen and explain how it influences the choice of the target you have identified in (a).

Friday, April 18, 2014

special ap test prep day

Next Wednesday, during the ACT test, I'll be AP test reviewing.
Come one, come all.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Essays 17 and 18

These questions are from 2010, and are essays 15 and 16 (Click to enlarge), the graph goes with essay 15.



Monday, April 14, 2014

Essays 15 and 16

2006-2 In recent decades, entitlement programs have constituted a substantial portion of the United States federal budget. Social Security is the largest entitlement program in the US. From the information in the chart above, and your knowledge of the US government and politics, perform the following tasks.
(a) define entitlement program
(b) What is the primary source of revenue for the Social Security program
(c) Identify one threat to the future of the Social security program should the trends depicted in the chart continue
(d) Describe on demographic trend that threatens the future of the Social Security program and explain how it is responsible for the threat that you identified in (c )
(e) Explain how any one of the trends in the chart above would change if the age of eligibility for social security were raised.

2006-3 The United States congress and the president together have the power to enact federal law. Federal bureaucratic agencies have the responsibility to execute federal law. However, in the carrying out of these laws, federal agencies have policy making discretion.
(1) Explain two reasons why Congress gives federal agencies policy making discretion in executing federal laws.
(2) Choose one of the bureaucratic agencies listed below. Identify the policy area over which it exercises policy-making discretion and give one specific example of how it exercises that discretion.
a. Environmental Protection Agency
b. Federal Communications Commission
c. Federal Reserve board
(3) Describe two ways in which Congress ensures that federal agencies follow legislative intent.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


5 pages a day...
I think this band is cool
CH 17 

1. Capitalism
2. Mixed Economy
3. Multinational corporations
4. Walmart Facts related to impact to American and global economy (listed over 3 pages).
5. SEC
6. Minimum wage
7. Labor Union
8. Collective Bargaining
9. Irony of Sam Walton’s autobiography
10. Clinton’s motto
11. Economic conditions and voters’ choice?
12. The Parties views on the economy?
13. 2004 election and economy?
14. Unemployment rate?
15. Discouraged worker?
16. Summarize graph17.1
17. Inflation
18. Consumer Price Index
19. Summarize graph 17.2
20. Laissez-faire
21. Monetary policy
22. Monetarism
23. Federal reserve system
24. Fiscal policy
25. Keynesian economic theory
26. Supply Side Economic
27. Laffer Curve
28. Why is it hard for President’s to control the economy
29. Protectionism
30. WTO
31. L1-B Visa
32. Goals of Business and Public Policy
33. Impact of Corporate corruption
34. Anti trust policy
35. FDA
36. NLRA

Monday, March 31, 2014

Chapter 16

1. 2 kinds of court cases? Explain.

2. 3 types of participants in Judicial System?

3. Jurisdiction of district courts?

4. How many criminal cases go to trial?
5. How many civil cases go to trial?
6. What is a diversity of citizenship case?
7. How many judicial circuits?
8. What is the difference between a judge and a justice?
9. Role of partisanship in selection of judges?
10. Define the following:
11. Standing to Sue
12. Class action suits
13. Justiciable disputes
14. Amicus curiae brief
15. Original jurisdiction
16. Appellate jurisdiction
17. District courts
18. Court of appeal
19. Supreme court
20. Senatorial Courtesy
21. How many cases submitted to supreme court each year?
22. Explain writ of certiorari?
23. Explain what court cases are likely to be selected by the courts?
24. Define solicitor General?
25. How many cases heard each year?
26. Define Per curiam decision?
27. Define amicus curiae briefs?
28. Define opinion?
29. Who writes the opinion?
30. Dissenting opinion?
31. Concurring opinion?
32. Stare decisis?
33. Precedents?
34. Can the court over rule it’s own decisions. Give example.
35. Define judicial implementation.
36. Define original intent
37. Define the 3 eras of Courts and policies (p. 526)
38. Explain Marbury v. Madison.
39. Define judicial review?
40. Explain the ‘9 old men’
41. What was the role of the warren court?
42. Explain the character of the Burger Court
43. Explain US v. Nixon
44. How do the courts serve as a check on the tyranny of the majority?
45. Explain judicial restraint?
46. Explain judicial activism.
47. What is the doctrine of political questions?
48. What is statutory construction?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

essays 13, 14

Essays 13, 14

2008-1) Congressional reapportionment and redistricting are conducted every ten years. When redistricting is conducted, politicians often engage in gerrymandering.
(a) Define congressional reapportionment and explain one reason why it is important to states.
(b) Define congressional redistricting.
(c) Explain two goals of politicians when they gerrymander during redistricting.
(d) Describe two limits that the United State Supreme Court has placed on congressional redistricting.

2008-2)A number of factors enable presidents to exert influence over Congress in the area of domestic policy. However, presidents are also limited in their influence over domestic policymaking in Congress.

-The Constitution grants the president certain enumerated powers. Describe two of these formal powers that enable the president to exert influence over domestic policy.

-Choose two of the following. Define each term and explain how each limits the president’s ability to influence domestic policy making in Congress.
*Mandatory spending
*Party polarization
*Lame-duck period

Monday, March 17, 2014

Article of the day.

This is really cool.  Especially if you're into skiing.  Or journalism.  Or computers.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday, Happy weekend.

Finished 15 discussion today, you should be into CH 16 reading, here's your reading link of the day…. I think you'll like it.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Chapter 15

1. Name 4 Bureaucratic Myths and Realities
2. Explain Growth in Civilian Gov. Employees
3. Name 3 things Bureaucracies Do.
4. Demographics of Bureaucrats
5. Patronage
6. Pendleton Civ Svc Act
7. Civil Service
8. Merit Principle
9. Hatch Act
10. OPM
11. GS Rating
12. Senior Executive Service
13. What is the Plum book. How many jobs?
14. How many Cabinet Departments. Name 5.
15. Define Independent Regulatory Agency? Name and describe 5
16. Humphrey’s Exec. V. US (What is it).
17. Gov Corp. 2 Examples.
18. Independent executive agencies.
19. Policy implementation. 3 Elements.
20. List Why Implementation fails.
a. Explain: Bad program design
b. Lack of Clarity
c. Lack of Resources
d. Administrative Routine
e. Administrative Disposition
21. Define SOP
22. Explain success of 1965 Voting Rights Act
23. Define Regulation
24. Give 3 examples of Significant Government Regulation.
25. Munn v. Illinois
26. Significance of Interstate Commerce Commission
27. Incentive System
28. Deregulation
29. 3 arguments in favor of Dereg
30. 3 arguments opposed to Deregulation
31. 4 ways prez can pressure an agency
32. 4 ways Congress tries to control the Bureaucracy
33. What are Iron triangles.
34. Ex. Of Iron Triangle.
35. Ex. Of Destruction of Iron Triangle
36. Describe Bureaucracy relative to size of US Pop.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


…is a reading day… read an extra 5 pages.  We started 4 days ago if you're counting.

Read this article if you like.

Monday, March 3, 2014


1) Keep reading Chapter 14.  We've been working on it since last Tuesday, so 5 days worth by Wednesday.-- first half discussion Wednesday, second half Thursday.
2) Is your Annotated Bibliography on the spill done?
3) Are your Essay Prompt Outlines 11-12 done?

I'll be in a little before lunch if you need to see me for any reason.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

annotated bibliography

Cool video 
Cool Video Bouncy House

Work on essays 11 and 12;

and, work on your

Annotated Bibliography
Source one: The frontline we watched on 'the spill.'

Source two: 
read or watch; your choice
Source three: your choice, something about the oil industry

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Chapter 14 Questions

Chapter 14 Questions

1.     Budget
2.     Deficit
3.     Expenditures
4.     Revenues
5.     Income tax
6.     16th amendment
7.     Explain fig 14.1
8.     What is a progressive tax
9.     What is a flat tax
10.  Federal debt
11.  Government bonds
12.  Why might our gov have taxes
13.  Tax loophole
14.  Perot loophole
15.  Tax expenditure
16.  Tax reduction
17.  Put ‘America in perspective’. (Chart)
18.  How has federal budget grown?
19.  How big is US Gov. relative to western nations.
20.  How did
21.  Cold War raise budget?
22.  Military industrial complex?
23.  How have defense expenditures varied?
24.  What are large components of defense budgets?
25.  Biggest slice of budget pie?
26.  Social Security Act?
27.  Medicare?
28.  Payer to payee ratio for Social Security?
29.  Possible Solutions?
30.  Figure 14.5
31.  What is incrementalism?
32.  Are all budgets incremental?
33.  Uncontrollable expenditure?
34.  Entitlement?
35.  Budget and Lasswell?
36.  What are the stakes?
37.  What are the strategies?
38.  Who are the players?
39.  House wasy and means committee
40.  Senate Finance Committee?
41.  Budget and Accounting Act
42.  24. OMB
43.  25. Power of the Purse
44.  26. Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control act of 1974
45.  27. CBO
46.  28. Budget resolution
47.  29. Reconciliation
48.  30. Authorization Bill
49.  31. Appropriations bill
50.  32. Did the 1974 reforms work
51.  33. Continuing Resolutions
52.  34. Gramm-Rudman-Hollings
53. 35. How does ‘democracy’ affect budget?