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Legislative seats are distributed according to population through a process known as ...
What five-letter term refers to the imprisonment or murder of political opponents within a party or country?
political action committee
A group of citizens or businesses that attempt to influence congressional decisions is sometimes referred to as a "PAC." For what does this abbreviation stand?
A TV station that does not allow a candidate to present political advertisements could be violating the ...
A. shield law
B. equal time ruling
C. fair staging concept
D. impartiality proviso
E. fair comment & criticism standard
What is the name for the general political activity that consists of organized actions by a political party or a candidate, designed to attract voter support in an election?
A consistent "states rights" advocate would oppose ...
A. local elections of school boards
B. building interstate highways
C. national military services
D. passing strong divorce laws in a state
E. federal aid to education
What hyphenated adjective describes political organizations such as the Moral Majority, the National Organization for Women, the Sierra Club, the National Rifle Association, and Common Cause?
Members of what major U.S. political party are associated, correctly or incorrectly, with the interests of business, the propertied, and those opposed to the ideas of the welfare state and "big government?"
A person who joins the majority after withholding support until the popular majority is clearly known is climbing aboard or jumping on what type of conveyance?
Legislative measures unlikely to pass are sometimes tacked onto a bill assured of passage. Such measures are known as ...
After the House passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a group of Southern senators staged a fifty-seven day debate and the issue was precluded from coming to a vote. Such a tactic is called a ..
When Ellis Ivy was elected governor, he appointed his brother as attorney general, his uncle as superintendent of public instruction, his daughter as comptroller, and his wife as hospital safety czar. Such granting of political favors to relatives is called ...
The Political Spectrum
Which organization is the most politically conservative?
A. John Birch Society
B. United Farm Workers
C. Congress of Racial Equality
D. National Organization of Women
E. American Civil Liberties Union
Theodore Roosevelt used what term to describe fanatical or irrational members of political and religious groups?
C. Typhoid Marys
D. lunatic fringe
E. Callithumpian band
In the United States, it originated with the spoils system. What is the 3-syllable name for this practice in which jobs and favors are distributed to the politically faithful rather than according to merit?
What title is given to the assistant to the majority and minority leader in Congress who is responsible for enforcing party discipline?
What name, first used in the 18th century, implies that journalists wield as much political power as the nobility, the clergy, and the masses?
Elbridge Gerry, former governor of Massachusetts and vice president under Madison, is memorable because his name became part of what political term meaning to rearrange electoral districts for political gain?
Candidates who spread malicious or derogatory statements about their opponents during a political campaign are engaged in ...
A. filth flinging
B. bilge hurling
C. mud slinging
D. grime heaving
E. sludge throwing
Which slang term describes politicians who flip-flop on issues?
Political campaigning by federal employees is restricted by which act passed in 1939?
A. Dawes Act
B. Hatch Act
C. Simonds Act
D. Townshend Act
E. Burlington Act
Senator Westman and Senator Eastman agreed to vote for each other's bills, even though neither had any genuine interest in the other's proposed legislation. Name this legislative practice.
Liberals and Conservatives
Candidates are often classified as being conservative or liberal. Which term is associated with those who are very conservative?
A. left wing
B. high wing
C. right wing
D. mono wing
E. black wing
What is the two-word expression for a "physician" of sorts whose main responsibility is to shape positive news coverage out of unfavorable political stories?
During what season are the U.S. presidential conventions held?
To move from site to site or from town to town making campaign speeches is to ...
E. stand down
What term, first used in the 1830s to describe those who frequented the hallways of government buildings, applies to a person who attempts to influence legislation for the benefit of a special-interest group?
James Polk was not well known as a candidate and his presidential nomination had not been expected. Therefore he was a ...
A. low rider
B. dark horse
C. top banana
D. small potato
E. fly in the ointment
What political doctrine was suggested by Alexander Pope with these words?
Be not the first by whom the new are tried,
nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
The individual items or principles upon which a political party bases its campaign are called ...
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Answers to Politics
3. political action committee
17. fourth estate
24. spin doctor
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