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What is a filibuster?
A filibuster is a tactic often used to block a vote in the Senate.
What is a “527” group?
Groups known as 527s are tax-exempt organizations that raise money for political activities, including voter mobilization efforts and issue advocacy.
What’s the term for allowing citizens to attempt to get laws passed in cases where the legislature refuses to act?
Initiatives are public policy questions that are initiated by the people– usually by petition, and decided by voters at the ballot box.
Soft money is:
Soft money is unregulated contributions to a political party but not designated for a particular candidate.
What are the voters represented by elected officials known as?
A constituent is any voter represented by a particular official. Congressional representatives are elected by and serve the constituents who live in their districts.
Manipulating the shape of a voting district for political advantage is called:
Political parties often gerrymander, or redistrict, voting areas to gain a political advantage.
To spin means to give an interpretation on events or information– usually to enhance or protect a person’s public image. It’s why public relations officials are sometimes known as spinmeisters.
A formal written statement of the principles, objectives and policy of a political party is known as a:
The adoption of a platform is one of the main functions of a national party convention, where delegates often tussle over planks– or positions on issues– to put in the platform.
What is it called when voters remove an individual from office before their term is over?
There’s no provision for a recall at the national level, but 19 states plus the District of Columbia permit the recall of state officials.
What is a sunset provision?
A sunset provision sets a bill to expire after a specified number of years.
What’s the term for a person currently holding political office?
Generally, an incumbent seeking re-election has a better chance of winning than those challenging the incumbent.
What does “GOP” stand for?
The acronym for Grand Old Party– GOP– is used as a nickname for the Republican Party.
What does "PAC" stand for?
Generally, PACs are the arms of special interest groups that are legally permitted to give money to candidates running for political office. Corporations, unions and other groups may be represented by PACs.
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