NYU Texas Government Questions


1. Consider the main purpose of the first Texas state constitution Coahuila y Tejas-1827. What function did it serve and what did it prioritize? What problem(s) led to crises and conflict with the Federal Constitution of Mexico?2. Has the evolving relationship between the federal government and the states changed for the better or for the worse? Why?
.3 Do you think there are too many local elected officials? Why or why not? Can this highnumber have an effect on voter turnout during local elections? How might Texas increasevoter interest in, and information about, local elections?4. Why do you think the writers of the Texas Constitution adopted a part-time legislature? What are the benefits to having a part-time legislature? What are the costs?
5. Do you think Texas has struck the right balance in terms of gubernatorial power? Should the governor have more power? What additional powers should the governor have?At the beginning of the DF there will be a word bank of specific terminology that must be employed in your initial posting. When listing your initial post be sure to select the relevant terms and underline and bold them in your initial posting. This must be present in order to receive credit. You must also cite or reference your text book at least one-time and another source provided (for a minimum of two sources) employing APA format. Initial Posting must be completed by Wednesday on the week assigned. Failure comply with this rubric standard will result in no points being awarded..1 Constitution, Separation of Powers, Checks and Balances, Tyranny, Federalism, Supremacy Clause, Necessary and Proper Clause, Unicameral, Bicameral, Confederacy, Presidential Reconstruction, Congressional Reconstruction, Radical Republicans, Grange, Limited Government, Republican Government, Plural Executive, Impeachment
2. Federalism, Sovereign, Supremacy Clause, Tenth Amendment, Elastic Clause, Full Faith and Credit Clause, Public Policy Exception, Reconstruction, Civil War Amendments, Fourteenth Amendment, Incorporation of the Bill of Rights, “Separate but Equal”, Dual Federalism (Layer-Cake Federalism), Dual Sovereignty, Police Power, Cooperative Federalism (Marble-Cake Federalism), Categorical Grants, New Federalism, Block Grants, Coercive Federalism, Unfunded Mandates, Preemption, Independent State Grounds, Preclearance, Individual Mandate, Deferred action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)3. Constable, County Attorney, District Attorney, County Clerk, District Clerk, County Tax Assessor-Collector, County Auditor, County Commissioners’ Court, County Judge, County Commissioner, Home-Rule Charter, Preemption, Mayor-Council Form of Government, At-Large Election, Single-Member District, Commissioner Form of Government, Council-Manager Form of Government, Special Purpose District, School District, Nonschool Special District, Municipal Utility District (MUD), Property Tax, User Fee, Hidden Government, Council of Government (COG), Capital Appreciation Bond (CAB), Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP)4. Bicameral, Regular Session, Biennial, Special Session, Per Diem, Single-Member District, Constituent, Constituent Service, Redistricting, One-Person One-Vote Principle, Bill, Local Bill, Special Bill, General Bill, Resolution, Concurrent Resolution, Joint Resolution, Simple Resolution, Electoral Power, Investigative Power, Directive and Supervisory Power, Judicial Power, Impeachment, Introduction, Referral, Consideration by Standing Committee, Floor Action, Conference Committee, Standing Committee, Pigeonholing, Filibuster, Veto, Post-Adjournment Veto, Line-Item Veto, Speaker, Lieutenant Governor, Recognition.5 Line-item Veto, Impeachment, Appointment, Patronage, Senatorial Courtesy, Executive Budget, Legislative Budget, Veto, Post-Adjournment Veto, Special Session, Plural Executive, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Land Commissioner, Agriculture Commissioner, Comptroller, Secretary of State, Bureaucracy, Sunset Advisory Commission (SAC)

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