Thursday, February 8, 2018

Month 6 week 2 The Electoral Process

The Electoral Process



Read the Following Article: 

The Electoral College is a process, not a place. The founding fathers established it in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.
The Electoral College process consists of the selection of the electors, the meeting of the electors where they vote for President and Vice President, and the counting of the electoral votes by Congress.
The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators. Read more about the allocation of electoral votes.
Under the 23rd Amendment of the Constitution, the District of Columbia is allocated 3 electors and treated like a state for purposes of the Electoral College. For this reason, in the following discussion, the word “state” also refers to the District of Columbia.
Each candidate running for President in your state has his or her own group of electors. The electors are generally chosen by the candidate’s political party, but state laws vary on how the electors are selected and what their responsibilities are. Read more about the qualifications of the Electors and restrictions on who the Electors may vote for.
The presidential election is held every four years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. You help choose your state’s electors when you vote for President because when you vote for your candidate you are actually voting for your candidate’s electors. (downloaded from: archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/about.html, 10/24/2014) 

Watch the Following Clips:

Watch the following clip on how the Electoral College functions at:
1.     http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/about.html    (Federal Gov Archives)
2.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCjWPo70XZY       (Disney Education)

Please respond to the following questions:

  1. In your own words, describe how Electoral College functions?
  2. Explain why our Founding Fathers created the Electoral College?
  3. Respond to one post of a fellow student

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Month 6.1 State of the Union Address

State of the Union Address

Directions: Watch the State of the Union Address on 1/30/18 P.M. If you missed the address, please search for it online and watch it.  Review the list of Presidential Roles below. Listen for examples from the address in which the President is executing a specific role from the list below. Take notes during the address and answer the questions below. Post your answers.




PRESIDENTIAL ROLES

Chief Executive

Powers:

  • Implements/Enforces Laws, Treaties, Court Decisions, etc.

  • Appoints officials to office and can fire them

  • Issues executive orders

Checks:




Chief Legislator

Powers:

  • Proposes legislation

  • Vetoes legislation

  • Message power

  • Calls special sessions of Congress

  • Makes State of the Union Address to Congress

Checks:




Commander in Chief

Power:

  • Head of the armed forces

Checks:  




Chief Diplomat

Powers:

  • Sets overall foreign policy

  • Appoints and receives ambassadors

  • Negotiates treaties and executive agreements

  • Gives diplomatic recognition to foreign governments

Checks:  





Head of State

Powers:

  • Ceremonial leader of nation

  • Living symbol of the nation

Checks:




Chief Jurist

Powers:

  • Appoints federal judges

  • May issue pardons, amnesty, commutations, reprieves to people convicted of federal crimes

Checks:





Chief Administrator

Powers:

  • CEO of federal bureaucracy, with its millions of employees and trillions in annual spending

Checks:




Non-Constitutional Roles

Head of Political Party:

  • Selects Vice Presidential nominee

  • Midterm election support of candidates in his/her party

  • Primary fundraising force

Chief Economist:

  • Responsible for overall economic health

  • Nominates the Federal Reserve Board of Governors

  • Proposes federal budget

Chief Citizen:

  • Representative of the American people

  • Provides moral leadership


Questions: 
 Review the list above of Presidential duties. Watch the State of the Union Address. Find examples from the address in which the President speaks under the authority or role of one of the Presidential duties listed above. For instance; when the President discusses the economy, he is the Chief Economist.
Select 3 Presidential Rolls and give an example for each roll from the State of the Union Address in which the President executes the specific role.