Monthly Archives: July 2013

Current Events Quiz

This week’s quiz is live in MySearchLab.  Good Luck!

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The Future of the United States

Your perspective:  On a domestic and/or foreign scale, where do you see the United States in 5 years?  In 10 years?  20 years and beyond?

The New York City Primary

Do You Use Social Media?

What social media outlets do you use?  Why do use those sites?  If you don’t use a social media site, explain why you don’t use one.

American National Government

Media News Cycle

At the end of June 2013, the United States Supreme Court handed down key rulings concerning the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996.  Respective supporters and detractors in both rulings voiced their opinions and had their moments in the media spotlight.  One month later, the media has now focused its attention on the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial and the birth of the future King of England.  Why the sudden shift in the media’s focus?  Why not spend more time on the impact related to Supreme Court decisions?

Secretary of…

Here is an internet ad that was created a few years back for a candidate running for Alabama Agriculture Commissioner.  In Alabama, Ag Commissioner is an elected position.  In most states, however, it is an appointed position.  The appointment would be made by the Governor.  Most states have an elected Lt. Governor, while a state like Tennessee does not have a Lt. Governor.  Other states elect their Secretaries of State, State Comptrollers, or State Treasurers, while other states rely on the appointment power of the Governor to fill such positions.  Outside the executive position of Governor, what other statewide positions do you believe should be filled by an election?  Which ones should be filled by an appointment by the Governor?