Course-Level Objectives met with this assignment:
- Describe state and local political systems and their relationship with the federal government.
- Describe separation of powers and checks and balances in both theory and practice in Texas.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of Texas government.
- Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in Texas.
- Analyze the state and local election process.
- Identify the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
- Analyze issues, policies and political culture of Texas.
Activity for Assessment:
- How much does it cost to run for office in Texas?
- How will you raise money? (read this handy info from the Texas Democratic Party before you violate any campaign finance laws: https://www.txdemocrats.org/act/run-for-office )
- What interest groups will support/oppose you? Go to https://votesmart.org/interest-groups/TX/#.WXjT4ojyuUk and identify two (2) interest groups that you think will support your campaign, and two (2) who will oppose your campaign. Explain why, referring to your platform.
- What’s your SLOGAN?
- Design a campaign sign.
- Which newspaper, official, celebrity endorsements will you seek? Why?
- How do you get out the vote? Given your issue stands, what voter groups do you need to target? What is (refer back to the district analyses documents on your current legislator’s homepage).