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Hello and welcome. This site was developed to keep you informed about the various lessons and activities that are held in our Government/Economics and Honors Government/AP Macroeconomics classes.


HGov: Campaigns and Voting

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision changed campaigns in America. The ruling gave corporations and unions the green light to spend unlimited sums on ads and other political tools, calling for the election or defeat of individual candidates. Today we watched Big Sky, Big Money which explores how the Supreme Court’s decision changed political campaigns in America, starting at its epicenter in Montana. It tracks the inner workings of a dark money group, Western Tradition Partnership, through boxes of documents initially found in a meth house in Colorado.



Econ: Supply and Demand Quiz

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Find and identify supply and demand concepts in the article:

What Made Beanie Babies So Successful?
Beanie Babies article
Sarah Stephens has a passion – she loves Beanie Babies. Sarah is far from alone. She is one of millions of people – girls, boys, teenagers, and adults – caught up in the mania that made Beanie Babies the best selling collectible toy animal…..


HGov: Voting


Voting is the most widespread form of active political participation among Americans. Yet voter turnout is significantly lower in the United   States than in other democratic nations. The requirement that Americans must personally register in order to establish their eligibility to vote is one reason for lower turnout among Americans; other democracies place the burden of registration on government officials rather than on individual citizens. The fact that the United   States holds frequent elections also discourages some citizens from voting regularly.


Econ: Supply and Demand Project

Form a group and do the following: Choose a product of your own making and/or one with which you are familiar that will be affected by the dynamics of a market economy. Make up clearly stated headlines, which reflect each of the shifters / determinants that will cause a shift in demand and show how each will impact on your product. You must draw a separate graph for each factor. The headlines should fully explain the change! Do the same for the shifters / determinants that cause a shift in supply. You must draw a separate graph for each factor.


HGov: Review Judicial System and SCOTUS Case Studies


The U.S. judicial system not only resolves conflicts, but also shapes public policy through the judicial review process. The United States has two separate but related court systems: one federal and one state. The two systems maintain exclusive jurisdiction in some areas but overlap when cases involve both state and federal laws.

State judges are elected or appointed by the governor or legislature. In states using merit selection, judges are appointed and then confirmed by voters in a retention election. Federal judges are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

Each state has its own hierarchy of courts. Trial courts of limited and general jurisdiction handle most cases. Intermediate appeals courts and state courts of last resort review cases appealed from the lower courts. The federal judicial system also includes special courts with very specific jurisdictions. Most cases involving federal law and the Constitution are tried in U.S. district courts. Decisions made there can be appealed to higher courts, including the Supreme Court.


Article I Supreme Court Case

  • McCullough v. Maryland

Amendment 1 Supreme Court Case

  • Engel v. Vitale
  • Lemon v. Kurtzman
  • Texas v. Johnson
  • Tinker v. Des Moines
  • Gitlow v. New York

Amendment 2 Supreme Court Case

  • United States v. Miller

Amendment 4 Supreme Court Case

  • Terry v. Ohio
  • Kyllo v. United States
  • Whren v United States

Amendment 5 Supreme Court Case

  • Miranda v. Arizona
  • Malloy v. Hogan
  • Hamdi v. Rumsfeld

Amendment 6 Supreme Court Case

  • Gideon v. Wainwright

Amendment 8 Supreme Court Case

  • Furman v. Georgia
  • Robinson v. California

Amendment 9 Supreme Court Case

  • Griswold v. Connecticut

Amendment 10 Supreme Court Case

  • United States v. Morrison

14th Amendment Supreme Court Case

  • Robinson v. California
  • Malloy v. Hogan
  • Hunt v. Cromartie
  • Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka


Econ: Graphing Changes in Supply Demand Equilibrium


More practice on graphing shifts in supply and demand and explaining the changes in the market as it moves to a new equilibrium when there is a shift in either supply or demand.


HGov: SSA Sick Around America 2

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Some states required insurance companies to cover everyone but found that many people waited to buy insurance until they fell ill, causing higher ratio of unhealthy to healthy people in the insurance pool. As a result, insurance companies stopped doing business in those states. That left only five states, New   York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont, to guarantee everyone insurance. A privilege reflected in premiums that is three times higher on average. Around the world, other developed democracies offer universal health care, requiring insurance companies to cover everyone. People are mandated to buy it; insurance for the poor is subsidized; and governments control prices by setting the cost of everything. But efforts to implement similar policies in the U.S. have proven unsuccessful.


us healthcare reform 2    Across the nation, reaction to the 2010 health care legislation that made its way through the House seemed to echo the bitter division in Washington. While people referred to the legislation as “health care,” “health reform,” “health insurance reform,” and “Obamacare,” the actual title of the bill is something else entirely: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Republicans see the new law as a government takeover produced by back room deals and rammed through Congress. Most Democrats hailed it as historic, and President Obama declared that the law will set in motion reforms that generations of Americans have fought for, marched for, and hungered to see. Meanwhile, progressives who had long called for a Medicare for all system were disappointed by the legislation, which builds on the U.S.’s private, employer-based insurance system.  Your paper will examine one of three issues of health care in the United States.



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