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  • Bell 3 Blog # 10

    Posted by JOANNA BLUME on 11/18/2019

    Recently in class we have been studying our state government and comparing it to our national government.  We have discussed many similarities and differences. One such similarity is the roles played by both the legislative and executive branches in creating the federal and state budgets. At both levels of government this can prove to be quite a contentious process. For a budget to pass at any level compromises need to be made on both sides of the political aisle. For this week’s blog I would like you to read the article below and respond to the questions.

     

    1. Describe the roles played by both the state legislative and executive branches in the budget process. How does this compare to the same process at the federal level? 
    2. How important is compromise in this process? 
    3. Should lawmakers be able to "call it quits" before the job is done? Explain.

     

    Your response should be at least five sentences in length.  Please remember to SIGN IN and EDIT your writing.

     

    Lawmakers Call it Quits for 2019

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  • Bell 4 Blog # 10

    Posted by JOANNA BLUME on 11/18/2019

    Recently in class we have been studying our state government and comparing it to our national government.  We have discussed many similarities and differences. One such similarity is the roles played by both the legislative and executive branches in creating the federal and state budgets. At both levels of government this can prove to be quite a contentious process. For a budget to pass at any level compromises need to be made on both sides of the political aisle. For this week’s blog I would like you to read the article below and respond to the questions.

     

    1. Describe the roles played by both the state legislative and executive branches in the budget process. How does this compare to the same process at the federal level? 
    2. How important is compromise in this process? Should either side compromise if they believe it will lead to an ineffective budget?
    3. Research NC’s revenues and expenditures. Where would you like to increase/decrease state government spending.  Explain why.
    4. Should lawmakers be able to "call it quits" before the job is done? Explain.

     

    Your response should be at least five sentences in length.  Please remember to SIGN IN and EDIT your writing.

     

    Lawmakers Call it Quits for 2019

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  • Bell 3. Blog # 9.

    Posted by JOANNA BLUME on 11/4/2019
    This week we will begin our study of the third and final branch of government, the judicial branch. The role of the judicial branch is to interpret the law, right? However, judges do not always reach the same conclusions when they interpret the law. Some judges view themselves as strict constructionists. These people believe in going by literally what our Constitution says. Others have a view of a judicial activist. These people believe that the Constitution should evolve with the times. When these two views clash, you get divisive decisions handed down. With this discussion in mind, here is what I would like you to do:
     
    1. Go to Complete List of Controversial Cases and choose one case and read the case description. 
    2. Come back here and first explain which case you chose and what it was about.
    3. Explain what makes this case so controversial. (If you can't do this, pick a different case!)
    4. How did the Court decide the case? Explain their decision. 
     
    Your response should be at least five sentences in length. Please remember to SIGN IN and EDIT your writing.
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  • Bell 4. Blog # 9.

    Posted by JOANNA BLUME on 11/4/2019
    This week we will begin our study of the third and final branch of government, the judicial branch. The role of the judicial branch is to interpret the law, right? However, judges do not always reach the same conclusions when they interpret the law. Some judges view themselves as strict constructionists. These people believe in going by literally what our Constitution says. Others have a view of a judicial activist. These people believe that the Constitution should evolve with the times. When these two views clash, you get divisive decisions handed down. With this discussion in mind, here is what I would like you to do:
     
    1. Go to Complete List of Controversial Cases and choose one case and read the case description. 
    2. Come back here and first explain which case you chose and what it was about.
    3. Explain what makes this case so controversial. (If you can't do this, pick a different case!)
    4. How did the Court decide the case? Explain their decision. 
     
    Your response should be at least five sentences in length. Please remember to SIGN IN and EDIT your writing.
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