Government Quiz 18

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Government Quiz


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  • 1. 
    Critics of the judicial selection process in Texas complain that ____
    • A. 

      Judges' reliance on campaign contributions compromise their independence

    • B. 

      Partisan elections create a divided and nonneutral judiciary

    • C. 

      At-large elections discriminate against minorities

    • D. 

      Partisa elections may produce judges with marginal quaifications

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 2. 
    In 1988, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) filed suit in federal court in an effort to change Texas' system of electing ________ at large.
    • A. 

      County commissioners

    • B. 

      County judges

    • C. 

      State senators

    • D. 

      State district court judges

    • E. 

      State Board of Education members

  • 3. 
    One analyst, James Harrington, sees the partisan election sysem as an advantage because ___________
    • A. 

      It forces judges to come out and talk to people

    • B. 

      It forces judges to at least identify with a political party and reveal something about themselves

    • C. 

      It forces judges to create a political agenda and be accountable to a political party position

    • D. 

      A and B only

  • 4. 
    A major disadvantage to a partisan elective system for selection of judges is _______
    • A. 

      Expensive campaign costs

    • B. 

      Low voter awareness

    • C. 

      The perceived influence of donations from law firms and corporations

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 5. 
    The advantage of a merit system is that it ________
    • A. 

      Protects against partisan sweeps and encourages voters to consider each judge's qualifications

    • B. 

      Lowers reelectioncosts in money for incumbent judges and justices

    • C. 

      Takes less time and energy for judges to spend on campaigning and fundraising

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 6. 
    According to the Judicial Taskforce of the League of Women Voters, the best system for gaining representation in the judiciary for women and minorities is _______
    • A. 

      The current partisan election system

    • B. 

      Gubernatorial appointments

    • C. 

      Countywide partisan elections

    • D. 

      Statewide partisan elections

  • 7. 
    The Texas judicial system's reputation was significantly tarnished by the large campaign contributions given by attorneys for both sides in Pennzoil's $11 billion lawsuit against Texaco.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    The 1995 legislature failed to adopt the judicial reform plan recommended by the bipartisan commission chaired by Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock in part because of Gov. George W. Bush's expressed preference for partisan elections.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False