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Part #1 Foundations
The Context of Texas Politics
Part #2 Processes
Part #3 Institutions
The Texas Legislature
The Texas Governor
Local Governments -- Cities, Counties
and Special Districts
Issues in Texas
Politics -- Water Resources, Prisons, Public Education, Religion and Politics, Demographics
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How To Read a Texas Legislative Bill (PDF)
Republican Presidential Primary Satire
Super PACs 2012
Super PACs 2016 (PDF)
and Equal Protection Cases 1856-1948 (MP3 Audio Downloads, varying lengths)
Landmark United States Supreme Court decisions focusing on civil rights
and equal protection between 1856
of US Elections (Online Videos, varying lengths)
Led by Martin Lewis, this map-intensive YouTube course explores the geography of US elections (both past
and challenges the suggestion that we are simply divided into a Red America
and Blue America. It's really much more complicated than that. The course was first offered by Stanford's Continuing Studies program in 2008. (The original posts – "the course will last five weeks," "includes a debrief after the election," "begins in October," "a new lecture will be posted each Wednesday"
and etc – are still online. Ignore those. The course ended 2 years ago but all materials were left for public use.)
The 10th Amendment
and States' Rights (video – 56 min)
and Louis Michael Seidman talk about what the 10th amendment entails
and discuss the concept of states' rights.
of Democracy (MP3 Audio Downloads, varying lengths)
Incumbents have won more than 98% of their races for the US House of Representatives since 1998. The electoral advantages of incumbency have also grown for senators
and in state
and local elections. With rising concern about the dearth of competition, the Cato Institute
and the Brookings Institution have come together to sponsor a conference that addresses several vital questions: Does the lack of electoral competition harm American democracy? Why are incumbents virtually certain to be reelected? Does campaign money or redistricting doom challengers? What might be done to increase competition in our elections?
The 4-minute You Tube video,
Texas Legislation, is several years old but still just as true – and just as shocking – today.
Negative Political Advertising (3-hour video)
Speakers talk about the impact of negative political advertising on the 2012 election, including the history of negative ads and how those ads affect people's views.
The Negative Consequences of Uncivil Political Discourse (PDF)
and Media Coverage (44-minute video)
A panel discussion about political spin and media coverage of campaigns and politics
Political Ads (45-minute video)
Kenneth Goldstein on the latest technologies in customized political advertising used by political parties and election campaigns
What Home Pages Tell (and Don't Tell) About a Candidate
What it’s like to live on $2 a day in the United States (PDF)
What Do You Believe? (PDF)
Who's in Charge? (PDF)