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Discussion 1

Introduce yourself including your name, interests/ hobbies, what degree you are working on, and any other information you’d like to share.

 

In order to get full credit for the discussion students must answer the question and provide a 300-word response. In addition, you must also respond to two of your peers’ posts. Each peer response must be at least 100 words.

 

 

 

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Discussion 2

 

What are the three things you like and dislike about Texas?

 

By clicking on the following link, you can access Best States Rankings by U.S. News & World Report to assist you in answering the question.  

 

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rankings (Links to an external site.)

 

In order to get full credit for the discussion students must answer the question and provide a 300-word response. In addition, you must also respond to two of your peers’ posts. Each peer response must be at least 100 words.

 

 

 

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Discussion 3

 

Before the end of the year you will gather in Austin to change the Texas constitution as it exists today. You have been given authority to revise, delete, and/or add new amendments to this legal document. Please provide at least three (3) examples of how you would change this document as it exists today. You can access a copy of the current Texas Constitution by clicking on the following link

 

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/ (Links to an external site.)

 

In order to get full credit for the discussion students must answer the question and provide a 300-word response. In addition, you must also respond to two of your peers’ posts. Each peer response must be at least 100 words.

 

 

 

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Discussion 4

 

Considering most of you all live in or near Houston and Harris County, what are the three biggest challenges facing the city and county.

 

You can access a copy of the 2020 Kinder Houston Area Survey by clicking on the following link.

 

https://kinder.rice.edu/sites/default/files/documents/KI%202020%20Houston%20Area%20Survey%20Report_0.pdf (Links to an external site.)

 

In order to get full credit for the discussion students must answer the question and provide a 300-word response. In addition, you must also respond to two of your peers’ posts. Each peer response must be at least 100 words.

 

 

 

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Discussion 5

 

Should the Texas legislature meet more frequently? Should Texas lawmakers be paid more? Should there be term limits for members of the legislative branch in Texas? By clicking on the following link, you can access an article about the part-time nature of the Texas legislature to assist you in answering the question.  

 

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/12/08/hey-texplainer-why-does-texas-have-part-time-legislature/   (Links to an external site.)

 

In order to get full credit for the discussion students must answer the question and provide a 300-word response. In addition, you must also respond to two of your peers’ posts. Each peer response must be at least 100 words.

 

 

 

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Discussion 6

 

Should there be term limits for the Texas Governor? What is your opinion regarding the plural executive in Texas? If you were the Governor of Texas how would you address the COVID-19 crisis? By clicking on the following link, you can access an article about Governor Abbott and the strategies he has embraced in order to confront the pandemic.

 

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/03/22/texas-shelter-in-place-coronavirus-cases/ (Links to an external site.)

 

In order to get full credit for the discussion students must answer the question and provide a 300-word response. In addition, you must also respond to two of your peers’ posts. Each peer response must be at least 100 words.

 

 

 

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Discussion 7

 

Is justice for sale in Texas? How should Texas judges get their jobs? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the system you have selected? You can access a video on this subject by clicking on the following link

 

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/02192010/profile2.html (Links to an external site.)

 

In order to get full credit for the discussion students must answer the question and provide a 300-word response. In addition, you must also respond to two of your peers’ posts. Each peer response must be at least 100 words.

 

 

 

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Discussion 8

 

What is your opinion regarding the Texas voter ID law? Which party supports it, why? Which party opposes it, why? By clicking on the following link, you can access information from the Texas Secretary of State concerning the voter ID law in Texas to assist you in answering the question.

 

https://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/need-id.htmlLinks to an external site.

 

In order to get full credit for the discussion students must answer the question and provide a 300-word response. In addition, you must also respond to two of your peers’ posts. Each peer response must be at least 100 words.

 

 

 

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Discussion 9

 

Why is voter turnout so low in Texas? What historical and contemporary factors in Texas have helped create an atmosphere of depressed participation in the political process? By clicking on the following link, you can access an article about low voter turnout in Texas to assist you in answering the question.

 

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/02/23/texas-voter-turnout-electorate-explainer/ (Links to an external site.)

 

In order to get full credit for the discussion students must answer the question and provide a 300-word response. In addition, you must also respond to two of your peers’ posts. Each peer response must be at least 100 words.

 

 

 

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Discussion 10

 

with and one thing you disagree with for both parties. Please use the following format.

 

Texas Republican Party Platform agree:

 

Texas Republican Party Platform disagree:

 

Texas Democratic Party Platform agree:

 

Texas Democratic Party Platform disagree:

 

https://www.texasgop.org/platform/ (Links to an external site.)

 

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https://www.texasdemocrats.org/our-party/texas-democratic-party-platform/ (Links to an external site.)

 

Due to the polarization within the electorate, Republicans and Democrats, you have been selected by a large movement in Texas to create a new political party. For your “initial post” you must include the following about the new party using the following format:

 

Create a name

 

Provide a one sentence motto (What does your party stand for?)

 

Determine the party’s positions on these major issues facing Texans:

 

        a. Immigration reform

 

        b. Improving education

 

        c. The tax system

 

        d. Improving healthcare

 

In order to get full credit for the discussion students must answer the questions and provide a 300-word response. In addition, you must also respond to two of your peers’ posts. Each peer response must be at least 100 words.

 

 

 

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Discussion 11

 

There are around 100,000 associations and interest groups in the United States. Nearly two out of every three Americans at some point will belong to a group or association. Individuals who have a higher socio-economic status such as yourselves are more likely to belong to a group or association. I would like you to do some research and tell me three groups or associations you would like to join and the reasons why. Are interest groups beneficial in Texas politics? What are the advantages and disadvantages? By clicking on the following link, you can access a website that provides information about several groups and associations.

 

https://votesmart.org/interest-groups#.XpKZyXJ7nb0 (Links to an external site.)

 

In order to get full credit for the discussion students must answer the question and provide a 300-word response. In addition, you must also respond to two of your peers’ posts. Each peer response must be at least 100 words.

 

 

 

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Discussion 12

 

In your opinion what policies should be implemented to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in Texas? What impact will your decisions have on the physical and mental health of Texans, along with the economy of the state?

 

The following link provides information about Governor Abbott’s response to the crisis.

 

https://www.statesman.com/news/20200425/politics-behind-abbottrsquos-most-consequential-decision (Links to an external site.)

 

In order to get full credit for the discussion students must answer the questions and provide a 300-word response. In addition, you must also respond to two of your peers’ posts. Each peer response must be at least 100 words.

 

 

 

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Discussion 13

 

What is your position regarding the death penalty in Texas? What are the advantages of disadvantages of the death penalty in Texas?

 

The following links provide information and facts about the death penalty in Texas and the U.S. https://www.tdcj.texas.gov/death_row/ (Links to an external site.)

 

https://files.deathpenaltyinfo.org/documents/pdf/FactSheet.f1585003454.pdf  (Links to an external site.)

 

In order to get full credit for the discussion students must answer the questions and provide a 300-word response. In addition, you must also respond to two of your peers’ posts. Each peer response must be at least 100 words.

 

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Discussion 14

 

What type of tax structure (progressive, regressive, etc.) is best for Texas? Should Texas implement a state income tax?

 

The following link is an article regarding a state income tax in Texas.

 

https://www.texastribune.org/2019/10/09/texas-doesnt-have-income-tax-and-isnt-getting-one-any-time-soon/ (Links to an external site.)

 

In order to get full credit for the discussion students must answer the questions and provide a 300-word response. In addition, you must also respond to two of your peers’ posts. Each peer response must be at least 100 words.

 

 

 

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Discussion 15

 

Where do you get your news and information from? What steps do you take in order to prevent the spread of fake news? What is your opinion of local, state, and federal officials concerning their response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

 

The following link is a list of Texas media outlets.

 

https://lrl.texas.gov/currentIssues/newsMedia.cfm (Links to an external site.)

 

The following link is an article regarding public opinion concerning the coronavirus.

 

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/04/24/texas-coronavirus-poll-economy-jobs/ (Links to an external site.)

 

In order to get full credit for the discussion students must answer the questions and provide a 300-word response. In addition, you must also respond to two of your peers’ posts. Each peer response must be at least 100 words.

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