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NAACP | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

NAACP | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | 4 Collins, Hailey | Scoop.it
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
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Interest Groups | OpenSecrets

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OpenSecrets.org groups campaign donations by industry here. Find out who oil and gas industry's favorite political candidate is or how much have public sector unions donated to Democrats. And more.
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Super PACs - What Are They?⎢Civics in a Minute⎢TakePart TV - YouTube

Subscribe for more TakePart TV now!: http://full.sc/SwIjS1 Everyone is talking about Super PACs this election cycle. But what are they? Are Super PACs destro...
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PACs are Political Action Committees, which are private organizations that raise money for candidates or issues for their benefit. There were restrictions placed on the amounts of donations that could be given until Supreme Court uprisings evolved. To calm this, Super PACs, a.k.a independent expenditure only committees were created that allow anyone to contribute to a candidate's campaign. Students are taught about the involvement of PACs and Super PACs in fundraising for elections. PACs are, in opinion, protected by the first amendment because it is an alternative way for citizens to freely speak. This viewer was unaware that cannabis enthusiasts have created PACs. 

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JibJab.com - Time for Some Campaignin' - YouTube

See all of our JibJab Originals at: http://sendables.jibjab.com/originals In our first election satire since 2004's "This Land" and "Good to be in DC", we bi...
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Drones fly into the political ad wars

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Drones, long used in actual warfare, are now being deployed in political battles. Campaign advertising gurus are using small versions of the unmanned aircraft to shoot footage of a fly-fishing candidate, scenic shots of a downtown and a marina, a pol walking near wind turbines, and other promotional images. But the relatively cheap, flexible technology...
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Technology takes media higher when drones are being used to film campaign ads. This article covers how campaign advertising has become the newest trend in political advertisement by catching viewers attention with interesting arial images. Students learn about the impact that technology and media have on campaigns and how advertisement methods, such as this glitter, are used to capture voters' eyes. Campaign ads, however, should be more about the country's candidates and their involvement with issues than pretty images that warm the heart. This article stands out because it is not common to come across an article involving campaigning and crafts that are normally used by the military. 

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Quick Answers-General Questions

This page provides answers to frequently asked general questions.
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The Federal Election Commission is an agency designed to enforce the limitations held on the contributions used to finance elections under the Federal Election Campaign Act. The "general questions" page of this site answers the most frequently asked questions of citizens. The site gives more information to students that may not know what all the FEC does. This is a very reliable source of information because it comes from the FEC's website. The FEC even has regulations on campaign related internet activities, which some viewers may not know. 

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U. S. Electoral College, Official - What is the Electoral College?

U. S. Electoral College, Official - What is the Electoral College? | 4 Collins, Hailey | Scoop.it
The official U.S. Electoral College web site, providing current information about the presidential election, information about the roles and responsibilities of state officials and Electors, instructions for state officials and Electors, the timeline of key dates for the presidential election, information about laws and legal requirements related to the presidential election and the Electors, and Electoral vote distribution among the states. Use the Electoral College Calculator to predict who will win the next presidential election. View the state certificates of ascertainment and vote, popular vote results, find out who the electors are, and see results and certificates from past presidential elections.
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The Electoral College is the term used for the election of the president. Electoral elections are the first elections held, wherein selected electors vote for the president and vice president with their electoral votes. There are a total of 538 electors in the Electoral College, and  candidates must receive a majority vote of 270 to be elected. Unit 3 covers elections, and teaches students the details of presidential elections. This is a government website provided to inform the public of how elections are held. This site was very organized and easier to understand than another site providing this information. 

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Congressional Races in Georgia, 2014 cycle | OpenSecrets

Congressional Races in Georgia, 2014 cycle | OpenSecrets | 4 Collins, Hailey | Scoop.it
OpenSecrets.org has fundraising profiles for all 535 members of Congress (and more).
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Senator David Perdue and representative Jody Hice were both first elected in 2014. Each candidate received more individual contributions to help fund their campaigns. In AP government students learn how campaigns can be funded and the rules behind the funding.. This site was required to be scooped by students. The site gives information on every representative in Georgia. 

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Democrats.org

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Democrats.org: Change that Matters
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This democratic website includes all of the democratic party's information. The site has pages that cover the political issues being dealt with, information on elections, ways to get involved, and a list of democratic communities. The site also has a page about a voter expansion project which is being organized by democrats in efforts to take voting restrictions away. In government, students learn about the different types of elections held and the requirements of each. The democratic party's website was chosen to be scooped over the republican site. The site is reliable, for it is organized by the democratic party. 

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Email

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Fill out this online form to send us an email.
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Mr. Hice,

    

I disagree with your pro-life actions to try to ban abortions. A woman should have a choice when it comes to having a baby. If a woman feels that she could not raise a child and that it would be better to be aborted, then she should be able to make the choice on her own. Because abortions are well studied, and widely practiced and available, then they should safely continue to be used. The pro choice decisions wouldn't mean that all citizens would need to study abortions or have abortions. They would allow females another option. If you are successful with your intentions, wouldn't population rise with poverty to follow? 

      If you made an appearance to speak to our AP government classes. We would benefit academically from hearing more of your political views and more of your knowledge of exactly how everything works. We have sent an appearance request to your site, and we would greatly appreciate a response.  Also, please consider my views for pro choice.

 

                                                                           Sincerely,
                                                                           Hailey Collins

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Chris Gardner's comment, January 30, 2015 10:21 AM
UNIT 2 11/11 SCOOPS WITH INSIGHT
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So you want to Run for Office?

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So you want to Run for Office?, an article by Christopher Crotty, , on Local Campaigns, Strategy & Planning, .
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If someone wanted to run for office, this website includes instructions, advice, and strategies to make things possible. The site offers a few steps. First, you choose the office you want to run for, and check the qualifications for the office. The, you file the required papers to get yourself on the ballot. You then decide what you will support and what you want to change in the area you would affect if elected. The website is a reliable source for anyone serious about running for office. However, it is very expensive to run a campaign. 

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Where Was Obama When the Middle Class Needed Him?

Where Was Obama When the Middle Class Needed Him? | 4 Collins, Hailey | Scoop.it
Six long years into presidency, Barack Obama has finally made the middle-class an explicit priority— placing “middle-class economics,” as he called it repeatedly in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, front and center on his agenda. But what the president is asking for may be too little and it’s arriving far too late....
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The author of this article speaks of the nature of President Obama's State of the Union Address in regards to his middle class economics. His ideas include lowering the tax burden on middle-class families and expanding access to education, job training, and retirement, in part by closing loopholes and raising taxes. Obama's ideas will most likely be shot down, considering Republicans make up majority of the House. At this point, Obama is basically on his own. This article is written about President Obama's State of the Union Address. It is a response from an informed/educated viewer who sums up Obama's ideas for the middle class. 

 
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Influence & Lobbying | OpenSecrets

Influence & Lobbying | OpenSecrets | 4 Collins, Hailey | Scoop.it
OpenSecrets.org has fundraising profiles for all 535 members of Congress (and more).
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The Voter's Self Defense System

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Project Vote Smart provides free, unbiased, in-depth information about current officials, candidates, issues, legislation, and voting. Non-partisan and nonprofit since 1988.
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YOU NEED INSIGHT FOR ALL THIS
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The Watergate Scandal: Timeline and Background - YouTube

This was one of the biggest political scandals in American history, and led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. http://www.WatchMojo.com learns mo...
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The Watergate Scandal caused the first resigntaion of a president: President Nixon. One of the biggest political scandals in US history started when the Pentagon Papers, which uncovered the hidden intentions to expand the Vietnam War, were leaked. The Nixon administration panicked because they were caught in a lie, so they payed the White House plumbers to break into the Watergate Hotel at the Democratic National Committee to steal information by bugging the rooms. This scandal involved bribery, burglary, and deceit through President Nixon, who untruthfully claimed to have nothing to do with it. AP government students learn about the short and long term effects of political scandals on the country. This video includes legitimate and useful information on what the Watergate Scandal was completely comprised of. 

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Win the White House | iCivics

Win the White House | iCivics | 4 Collins, Hailey | Scoop.it
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Running a campaign is a long process. Candidates have to find balance between fundraising, making appearances, creating campaigns through media, and taking polls to win the most votes possible. Students are taught about what must go into a campaign for the best turn out. Win the White House is a fun and competitive way for students to learn how candidates have to pay attention to each state during elections to gain voter's favor. The game begins with a tutorial for beginners, which helps a lot. The democratic candidate lost, receiving only 222 votes. 

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The Living Room Candidate

An archive of presidential campaign commercials from 1952 to the present, organized by year, type, and issue, with teacher resources and playlists by experts.
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The "Living Room Candidate" is the collection of televised presidential campaign ads from the time they were created in 1952 until 2012. The series of videos show how candidates have used different techniques of advertisement to persuade people to vote for them. In government classes, students are to understand how technology and media have effected campaigning. The series contains all of the original campaign ads, which makes this source very reliable. The comparison of videos have shown, in opinion, how candidates try to manipulate public viewers for their advantage. 

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Primaries vs. Caucuses⎢Civics in a Minute⎢TakePart TV - YouTube

Subscribe for more TakePart TV now!: http://full.sc/SwIjS1 Are primaries and caucuses the fairest way to pick our presidential candidates? Let us know what y...
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Primaries are elections that can be voted upon by registered voters, with majority vote ruling. Closed primaries require voters to be party members, then there are open primaries that may be voted on by any registered voter, also blanket primaries allow any voter to vote and the top two majority winners continue. Caucuses are local meetings held where supporters do anything from giving speeches to pleading for others to vote for their preferred candidate. AP students are required to know the differences in the three types of primaries to understand how different elections are polled. This video is only about a minute and a half long and has the needed information on primaries and caucuses. It is very reliable and helpful for students that may need quick knowledge. 

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Libertarian Party

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The Libertarian Party website has every bit of information about their party. The site includes the party's history, ideologies, issues and actions, news, events, election information, ways to get involved, and a quiz to conclude wether one is a libertarian or not. The quiz on their site had already been scooped and taken in a past unit of AP government. Their site is very informative, and interesting which could persuade viewers to join. Also, it had a very interesting article that will be scooped on these topics. 

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How Republican vs Democrat are you?

How Republican vs Democrat are you? | 4 Collins, Hailey | Scoop.it
This short test can tell exactly where you align.
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The results showed that the answers chosen were more democratic than republican. The strongest party sided with was the green party matching up to 77%, with liberal views right behind it at 76%. A set of questions are answered by the testers to identify their political party. Students are learning about the ideologies that make up each political party. The test has a good number of questions to ensure that the results are as accurate as possible, which makes the test reliable. The scoop was chosen to help the student personally be able to understand the differences in political parties through discovering their own. 

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UNIT 3 SCOOPS 12/11; GRADE 110%; GREAT WORK!
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Voting Registration

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The registration process first had me go through a check list to ensure that I was eligible to vote. They check list asked if I was a citizen, if I had ever been convicted of a felony, etc. The online registration then had my fill out all of my personal information. This included things like my address, phone number, ethnicity, etc. The registration process took be maybe five minutes. It is a very quick and simple way of registering. The site even gives you the option to print or email a confirmation. 

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Libertarian Party of Georgia

Libertarian Party of Georgia | 4 Collins, Hailey | Scoop.it
Smaller Government. Lower Taxes. More Freedom.
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The Libertarian Party of Georgia promotes the legalization of marijuana, and organizes the gay pride festivities in Piedmont park. The committee's website is all for a smaller government, lower taxes, and more freedom. Mr. Gardner has taught AP students that libertarians don't want to be bothered by people, and that they're all about people doing their own thing. This scoop was chosen because the libertarian views are appreciated. This site leads viewers directly to the insights of the libertarian party members, therefore it is a reliable source. Ideas of libertarian views remain the same, which are still somewhat agreeable. 

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