Trivia Quiz On US Political Party

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US Political Party Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 
    A ________________  ______________ is a group of people who share a common body of principles or goals and who attempt to control government by winning elections.
  • 2. 
    The __________________ Party formed and took control of Texas politics and government from            1868 to 1874.           
  • 3. 
    The __________________ Party dominated Texas politics from 1874 to 1986.      
  • 4. 
    With Roosevelt’s New Deal, an ideological split in the Democratic Party formed between the             ______________________ and the _________________________ factions.   
  • 5. 
    Functions of political parties include:            5.   ___________________   Government Actions            6.   ___________________   Candidates      7.   ___________________   Voter Choice8.   ___________________   ­­­­­­­­Government Programs
  • 6. 
                The three levels of political parties in Texas are the local ____________________, counties or             ______________________ districts, and the State.     
  • 7. 
    The temporary organization of Texas political parties consists of __________________ held at the           precinct, county, and state levels.  
  • 8. 
    Precinct conventions are traditionally held on the evening of the ________________ election, which is usually on the first Tuesday in ______________________.   
  • 9. 
    Precinct conventions elect a ________________________ Chairperson, elect delegates to the             _________________ convention, and adopt _____________________ resolutions.  
  • 10. 
    Permanent Precinct and County party chairs are elected in the __________________ election.      The State chair is elected at the _________________ convention by convention delegates
  • 11. 
    A county convention is at the same level as the state ________________ district convention, and             is usually held on the third _________________________ after the primary election.  
  • 12. 
    County conventions elect a convention ________________, elect delegates/alternates to the             ____________________ convention, and adopt ____________________ resolutions.   
  • 13. 
    The state Executive____________________ sets the date in June for the state convention.  
  • 14. 
                The state convention elects a convention ____________________, a permanent state        _____________, a state _______________________ committee, and national executive          ______________________ delegates.  
  • 15. 
    In Presidential years, state conventions elect delegates/alternates to the ______________ convention and elect presidential ___________________ for the Electoral College.   
  • 16. 
    The state Chair and Vice-chair may not be of the same _______________.   
  • 17. 
    The state Executive Committee consists of one man and one woman from each _______________           district. 
  • 18. 
    In Texas, party affiliation is determined by voting in the _______________ election or by             signing a nominating petition for a member of that party.   
  • 19. 
    The ______________________ Party is predominantly liberal today.    The conservatives in the   past few years have moved from the ___________________ Party to the ____________________          Party.   
  • 20. 
    New Texas residents and young people are more likely to identify with the ________________    Party.   
  • 21. 
    Liberals, African-Americans, Hispanics, lower income people, and women tend to identify themselves with the _______________________ Party.   
  • 22. 
    Upper income people, men, and conservative Christians tend to identify with the  ______________  Party. 
  • 23. 
    ____________ is an organized group of people  that seeks to influence public policy. 
  • 24. 
      _________________ groups want to INFLUENCE government decision-makers, whereas political parties want their people to BE government decision makers.
  • 25. 
    Two examples of Texas Business Interest Groups in Texas are the Texas Association of     ____________________ and the Texas Association of  _________________ .. 
  • 26. 
    Two Trade Associations are the Automobile ______________ Association and the Texas Bankers             __________________________.  
  • 27. 
    Professional Associations in Texas include the Texas __________________  _________________           Association (TTLA), the Texas _____________________ Association (TMA), and the Texas   State _______________________ Association (TSTA).  
  • 28. 
    Unions traditionally have not done well in Texas, but among the more successful AFL-CIO          affiliates are the Texas ______________, ___________________, and ___________________       Workers Union (OCAW), and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal          ___________________ (AFSCME).  
  • 29. 
    Hispanic interest groups include the League of United _________________  ________________            Citizens (LULAC), and the Mexican American ______________ __________________ and          Education Fund  (MALDEF). 
  • 30. 
    LULAC was the origin of the national program called ____________ ___________. 
  • 31. 
    The most powerful African-American interest group in Texas is the ____________________.  
  • 32. 
                National Organization for Women, Baptist Christian Life Commission, Common Cause, and __________________ Club are considered ___________________  interest groups.  
  • 33. 
    In 1991, the Texas legislature established a limit of $______________ that a lobbyist can spend   on a public official.  
  • 34. 
    The greatest asset of an interest group is credible ____________________.
  • 35. 
    The principal job of a lobbyist is gaining _______________ to public officials and providing them            with ________________________.   
  • 36. 
    The contact point between an interest group and public decision makers is normally a        ___________________. 
  • 37. 
    When an interest group mobilized their members to contact public officials, this is called             “________________________” lobbying.     
  • 38. 
      Interest groups attempt to reach government decision makers through FIVE areas:             24.       _____________________            25.       _____________________            26.       _____________________            27.       _____________________            28.       _____________________
  • 39. 
    Any Texas party whose candidate for __________________ receives more than 20% of the vote             must hold a __________________ election to nominate candidates.   
  • 40. 
    To win a primary election, a candidate must receive a ________________ of the total vote.                Party candidates are nominated for a general election in Texas by winning a ______________  election.  
  • 41. 
    In Texas, the primary election is a _________________ primary, meaning that only party members may participate.   
  • 42. 
    In the 2012, Fifty-three percent of voting age population and Fifty-eight percent of ___________________ voters voted in the General Election.
  • 43. 
    An election that is held on days other than the primary or general election, and are used to fill       vacancies, adopt propositions, or approve bond issues is called a ________________ election. 
  • 44. 
    To win a special election requires a __________________ of the total vote.   
  • 45. 
    Failure of any candidate to receive sufficient votes for victory in the primary or special election    results in a ________________ election.  
  • 46. 
    A general election is held on the Tuesday after the first _________________ in November, and   requires a ____________________ of the votes to win.   
  • 47. 
    General elections are administered and funded by the ________________, and are overseen by the          Secretary of __________________ , who is the chief elections officer of the state.  
  • 48. 
    Local elections to elect city councils and school boards are nonpartisan and are usually held in the month of ________________.  
  • 49. 
    The three M’s of Texas politics are ___________________, _________________, and      ____________________,  
  • 50. 
    In a statewide Texas election, the key to name recognition is _______________ advertising
  • 51. 
    The majority of Texas campaign contributions come from _______________ contributions.  
  • 52. 
    Texas law requires every candidate to designate a campaign ________________ and to report contributions and expenditures. 
  • 53. 
    There are __________________ limits to individual or PAC contributions to legislative or            executive campaigns in Texas.   
  • 54. 
    Most candidates have turned to professional political ____________________ to plan and           organize their campaigns.  
  • 55. 
    The most important political consultants operate in the area of opinion ________________ and             __________________ services.  
  • 56. 
    During the campaign, consultants use __________________ polls to determine the effectiveness of the campaign’s theme and advertising.   
  • 57. 
    Texas voter qualifications include ___________ citizenship, ____________ years old, residency in _____________________, and voter ________________________ at least 30 days before the election. 
  • 58. 
    Once a person is registered to vote in Texas, they must re-register only if they change their _______________________.
  • 59. 
    Under the ___________________ voter law, a person may register to vote when obtaining a driver’s license.
  • 60. 
                Early voting in Texas usually begins ____________ days and ends __________ days before the scheduled election day.
  • 61. 
                Casting votes for candidates of various parties, rather than from a single party, is called ______________ ticket voting.      Voting for all candidates of one party is called ____________ ticket voting
  • 62. 
    The vehicle through which governments project their operating costs for each fiscal period is the _________________________.
  • 63. 
    When a government spends more than it takes in, it is ___________________ spending
  • 64. 
    An accumulation of annual overspending creates a governmental __________________.
  • 65. 
    The ____________________ of Texas does not allow a budget that spends more than it takes in.
  • 66. 
    The ______________________ of Public Accounts must provide to the legislature the maximum amount of money it may spend in their budget.
  • 67. 
    The Texas budget is adopted by the ______________________ each __________ years.
  • 68. 
    The Legislative ___________________ Board is the primary budgeting authority in Texas. 
  • 69. 
                The Budgeting in Texas is overseen by six people:            9.         Lieutenant ______________________            10.       __________________ of the House            11.       Chair of the House Ways and _________________ Committee            12.       Chair of the House ______________________ Committee            13.       Chair of the Senate ___________________ Committee            14.       Chair of the Senate __________________   Affairs Committee
  • 70. 
    The current projected spending ceiling for the next State of Texas budget is $____ Billion. 
  • 71. 
    The largest expenditure in the Texas budget is traditionally for ____________________.
  • 72. 
    The second largest, and fastest growing, area of budget expense is in the area of Health and _______________________   _________________________.                                
  • 73. 
    The largest source of income for the State of Texas, at 46.6% is ________________.
  • 74. 
    The largest tax income source for Texas, at 25.6% of all income, is the _______________  tax. 
  • 75. 
    The largest non-tax source of Texas income, at 34.8%, is _____________________ income.
  • 76. 
    Taxes that are more harsh on the rich are called __________________ taxes.
  • 77. 
    Taxes that are more harsh on the poor are called __________________ taxes.
  • 78. 
    All of Texas taxes are ___________________ taxes.
  • 79. 
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