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Why states matter : an introduction to state politics / by Moncrief, Gary F.; Squire, Peverill.;
Includes bibliographical references and index.When it comes to voting, taxes, environmental regulations, social services, education, criminal justice, political parties, property rights, gun control, marriage and a whole host of other modern American issues, the state in which a citizen resides makes a difference. The idea that states matter is the fundamental concept explored in this book - by accomplished scholars and authors Gary Moncrief and Peverill Squire - and has been an essential truth embedded within America's governing philosophy since the Colonial Era. Considerably less attention is paid to the gritty but essential political battles fought at the level of America's states than to the endless and infamous turmoil inside the beltway, but the political decisions made by those in state-level offices are of tremendous importance to the lives of people whose states they govern. This book introduces students to the very tangible and constantly evolving implications, limitations, and foundations of America's state political institutions, and accessibly explains the ways that the political powers of the states manifest themselves in the cultures, economies, and lives of everyday Americans, and always will. -- Publisher website.
Subjects: State governments;
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The rise of the states : evolution of American state government / by Teaford, Jon C.;
Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-265) and index.A flawed prognosis -- A new era in state government -- Financing the emerging state -- Restructuring state government -- Adapting to the automobile age -- Economic depression and accelerated change -- Working in the shadows -- Reform and recognition -- Epilogue: The continuing evolution -- Notes -- Index.
Subjects: State governments; Federal government;
© 2002., Johns Hopkins University Press,
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Narrowing the nation's power : the Supreme Court sides with the states / by Noonan, John Thomas,1926-;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 157-193) and index.Prologue: A recurrent struggle is resumed -- The Battle of Boerne -- Superior beings -- Votaries -- The sovereign publisher and the last of the menu girls -- Perhaps inconsequential problems -- Gang rape at State U. -- Sovereign remedy.Narrowing the nation's power is the tale of how a cohesive majority of the Supreme Court has, in the last six years, cut back the power of Congress and enhanced the autonomy of the fifty states. The immunity from suit of the sovereign, Blackstone taught, is necessary to preserve the people's idea that the sovereign is "a superior being." Promoting the common law doctrine of sovereign immunity to constitutional status, the current Supreme Court has used it to shield the states from damages for age discrimination, disability discrimination, and the violation of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and fair labor standards. Not just the states themselves, but every state-sponsored entity--a state insurance scheme, a state university's research lab, the Idaho Potato Commission--has been insulated from paying damages in tort or contract. Sovereign immunity, as Noonan puts it, has metastasized. "It only hurts when you think about it," Noonan's Yalewoman remarks. Noonan is a passionate believer in the place of persons in the law. Rules, he claims, are a necessary framework, but they must not obscure law's task of giving justice to persons.
Subjects: Government liability; State governments; United States. Supreme Court.;
© c2002., University of California Press,
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Basic Principles of American Government. by Sanford, William R.; Green, Carl R.; Sanford, William R.; Green, Carl R.;
Subjects: Government;
© 2006., Amsco School Pubns Inc
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The United States government manual 2016 / by United States.Office of the Federal Register.; United States.National Archives and Records Administration.;
"As the official handbook of the Federal Government, The United States Government manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees"--Preface.Declaration of Independence -- Constitution of the United States -- Chart: The Government of the United States -- Legislative Branch -- Judicial Branch -- Executive Branch -- Executive Branch: Departments -- Executive Branch: independent agencies and government corporations -- Quasi-official agencies -- International organizations.
Subjects: Federal government;
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Gangsters to governors : the new bosses of gambling in America / by Clary, David,1974-;
"Generations ago, gambling in America was an illicit activity, dominated by gangsters like Benny Binion and Bugsy Siegel. Today, forty-eight out of fifty states permit some form of legal gambling, and America's governors sit at the head of the gaming table. But have states become addicted to the revenue gambling can bring? And does the potential of increased revenue lead them to place risky bets on new casinos, lotteries, and online games? In Gangsters to Governors, journalist David Clary investigates the pros and cons of the shift toward state-run gambling. Unearthing the sordid history of America's gaming underground, he demonstrates the problems with prohibiting gambling while revealing how today's governors, all competing for a piece of the action, promise their citizens payouts that are rarely delivered. Clary introduces us to a rogue's gallery of colorful characters, from John "Old Smoke" Morrissey, the Irish-born gangster who built Saratoga into a gambling haven in the nineteenth century, to Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate who has furiously lobbied against online betting. By exploring the controversial histories of legal and illegal gambling in America, he offers a fresh perspective on current controversies, including bans on sports and online betting. Entertaining and thought-provoking, Gangsters to Governors considers the past, present, and future of our gambling nation"--Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subjects: Gambling; Gambling; State governments;
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Twin Peaks / by Latt, David J.,television producer.; Frost, Mark,1953-creator,screenwriter.; Lynch, David,1946-creator,television director.; MacLachlan, Kyle,1959-actor.; Ontkean, Michael,actor.; Amick, Mädchen,actor.; Ashbrook, Dana,1967-actor.; Beymer, Richard,1939-actor.; Boyle, Lara Flynn,actor.; Fenn, Sherilyn,actor.; Frost, Warren,actor.; Lipton, Peggy,1947-actor.; Marshall, James,1967-actor.; McGill, Everett,actor.; Nance, Jack,actor.; Wise, Ray,1947-actor.; Horse, Michael,actor.; Goaz, Harry,actor.; Twin Peaks Productions, Inc.; Paramount Pictures Corporation (1914-1927); Lynch/Frost Productions.; Propaganda Films (Firm); CBS DVD (Firm);
DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround stereo., Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo., Dolby Digital mono., NTSC, remastered.Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, Warren Frost, Peggy Lipton, James Marshall, Everett McGill, Jack Nance, Ray Wise, Michael Horse, Harry Goaz.Originally broadcast on television in 1990-1991.Not rated.Follow FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper and Sheriff Harry S. Truman as they try to hunt down just who killed Laura Palmer in the sleepy town of Twin Peaks, Washington.Disc one: The pilot (original and international versions) -- Disc two: Season 1, episodes 1-4 -- Disc three: Season 1, episodes 5-7 -- Disc four: Season 2, episodes 8-10 -- Disc five: Season 2, episodes 11-14 -- Disc six: Season 2, episodes 15-18 -- Disc seven: Season 2, episodes 19-22 -- Disc eight: Season 2, episodes 23-26 -- Disc nine: Season 2, episodes 27-29 -- Disc ten: Special features.Director of photography, Ron Garcia ; edited by Duwayne R. Dunham ; music composed & conducted by Angelo Badalamenti.
Subjects: Television serials.; Mystery television programs.; Suspense television programs.; Television programs.; Television series.; Detective and mystery television programs.; Thrillers (Television programs); Video recordings for the hearing impaired.; United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation; Murder; Government investigators; City and town life;
© ©2007., Paramount : CBS DVD,
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The price of government : getting the results we need in an age of permanent fiscal crisis / by Osborne, David,1951-; Hutchinson, Peter,1949-;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 337-360) and index.Getting a grip on the problem -- Setting the price of government -- Setting the priorities of government : buying results that citizens value (at the price they are willing to pay) -- Strategic reviews : divesting to invest -- Consolidation : smart mergers -- Rightsizing : the right work, the right way, with the right staff -- Buying services competitively -- Rewarding performance, not good intentions -- Smarter customer service : putting customers in the driver's seat -- Don't buy mistrust--eliminate it -- Using flexibility to get accountability -- Make administrative systems allies, not enemies -- Smarter work processes : tools from industry -- Leading the transformation and managing the politics.
Subjects: Fiscal policy; Budget; United States;
© c2004., Basic Books,
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The S word : a short history of an American tradition... socialism / by Nichols, John,1959-;
Includes bibliographical references and index."More of a socialist than I thought": Walt Whitman and a very American ism -- "A broader Patriotism": Thomas Paine and the promise of red Republicianism -- Reading Marx with Abraham Lincoln: Utopian socialists, German communists and other Republicians -- A legal and peaceable revolution of the mind: The socialism that did happen here -- "Simply a stupid piece of despotism": How socialists save the First Ammendment -- For jobs and freedom: The "militant" radical socialist who dared to dream of a march on Washington -- "But what about democratic left politics?."A few months before the 2010 midterms, Newt Gingrich described the socialist infiltration of American government and media as "even more disturbing than the threats from foreign terrorists." John Nichols offers an unapologetic retort to the return of red-baiting in American political life -- arguing that socialism has a long, proud, American history. Tom Paine was enamored of early socialists, Horace Greeley employed Karl Marx as a correspondent, and Helen Keller was an avowed socialist. The "S" Word gives Americans back a crucial aspect of their past and makes a forthright case for socialist ideas today." -- P. [4] of cover.
Subjects: Socialism;
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We the people : an introduction to American politics / by Ginsberg, Benjamin.; Lowi, Theodore J.; Weir, Margaret,1952-; Tolbert, Caroline J.; Spitzer, Robert J.,1953-;
Part I. Foundations. Introduction: the citizen and government -- The founding and the constitution -- Federalism -- Civil liberties and civil rights -- Part II. Politics. Public opinion -- The media -- Political parties, participation, and elections -- Interest groups -- Part III. Institutions. Congress -- The presidency -- Bureaucracy -- The federal courts -- Part IV. Policy. Domestic policy -- Foreign policy.Includes bibliographical references and index.
© 2013, W.W. Norton & Company,
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