Presentation on theme: "Fiscal: having to do with spending Conservative: in politics, prefers low spending and low taxes, balanced budgets Unabashed: not ashamed Centrist: in."— Presentation transcript:
Fiscal: having to do with spending Conservative: in politics, prefers low spending and low taxes, balanced budgets Unabashed: not ashamed Centrist: in the middle Tenure: period serving in a position Crusading: fighting for a cause Progressive: liberal, strong democrat in favor of change Deficit: Budget shortage Revenue: Money coming in Prescient: able to predict the future Moratorium: suspension, stop until further notice Mortgage: Payment plan for a house Scorn: Criticism Pension: Retirement Plan Liberal: Very Democratic Conservative: Very Republican Post-partisan: Not really a Democrat or a Republican; some of both. Innovative: Creative
Elected Officials Representatives in government Examples: In Maryland, the Governor, State Senators, Delegates, Comptroller, Attorney General, etc.
Primary Election First round of voting where parties pick their candidates. For example, who will run for the democrats?
General Election Voting deciding who will actually take office. For example, will the democrat or republican win?
Candidate Someone running for office as an elected official.
Campaign An effort by a candidate to be elected
Political Party Political Party- An organization that brings together people with similar views to elect candidates that will represent them
America has two MAJOR political parties
Democrat Symbolism COLOR BLUE
Famous Democratic Presidents John F. KennedyBill Clinton Franklin D. RooseveltLyndon B. Johnson
Base of a Political Party Base A demographic group that reliably votes for a particular party
Demographics Demographics provide statistical data about specific population groups Examples: race, age, income, gender
Democrat’s Base Majority of Minority Populations
Democrat’s Base Gay Population
Democrat’s Base - College Students
Democrats on the Issues
Republican Symbolism COLOR RED “G.O.P” (Grand Old Party) Elephant
Famous Republican Presidents Dwight D. EisenhowerAbraham Lincoln Theodore RooseveltRonald Reagan
Republican Base Wealthy Business Owners
Republican Base Gun Owners
Republican Base Christians against abortion
Republicans Support Heavy Military Spending
Republicans Want harsher policies for illegal immigrants
General Stances of Republican Party
REPUBLICAN Political Party? DEMOCRATIC
What do political parties do?
Political Parties provide their candidate with the funding to compete for office and expose their candidate to the public.
Third Party Political parties that represent people who do not share the beliefs of the democrats or republicans
Cynthia McKinney; Green Party
Little guy vs. Big Guy
Where do the numbers come from? U.S. Census - a survey of the American population taken every 10 years
If running for a public office (like mayor) in Atlanta... Whose votes do you need to win?
Unemployment Demographics in America If you are speaking to teenagers, you might want to mention the job training program you will pass once elected.
Religious Demographics in U.S. What do religious demographics look in each state? In each city? In each small town?
Politicians USE demographic data to understand voting trends/patterns
Demographics and Politicians
The following graphs will show Americans’ voting trends by… Gender Race Age Income Level Level of Education
Voting Age Population of States by Level of Education
Politicians pay attention to people who VOTE
CFU: Can you tell the difference?
Interest Group an organization with a very specific legislative goal and that lobbies members of Congress to get their way
Looser and less strict gun laws; more protection for Second Amendment
What do interest groups do? They LOBBY. Lobbying - the use of different strategies to influence lawmakers to get what you want What are some examples of lobbying? 1. Meeting with legislators 2. Organizing letter campaigns on an issue 3. Calling legislators to praise or complain 4. Making donations to campaigns 5. Produce adds on candidates’ behalf
Mass Media Organizations that provide news and information to the general public (citizens)
Newspapers, Magazines, Radio
Power of Mass Media
What causes different media sources to focus some issues more than others?
Mr. Kennedy is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers So, when asked who is the best QB in the league, he is biased when he says it’s Big Ben.
This reporter is listing the number of dead soldiers in Iraq, but is he really saying something else? Media can send messages through what it chooses to report