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Monday, March 31, 2008

Review Term: plurality

plurality system (as defined by Wilson):
an electoral system in which the winner is the person who gets the most votes, even if he or she does not receive a majority; used in almost all American elections

OK, now onto a practical example:

Presidential elections: John McCain, the Democratic candidate (let's call this person Obamton), and Ralph Nader are all on the ballot in Illinois, vying for the 21 electoral votes. McCain gets 40%, Obamton gets 45%, and Nader gets 5% (the remaining 10% go to various write-in candidates - surely Mike Gravel is getting many of these votes). Obamton gets a plurality of the vote in Illinois, meaning that he/she gets more votes than any other candidate. Note that this is not a majority! He/she still gets all 21 electoral votes.


*A reminder that the 1st AP review sessions will be held this Wednesday April 2nd before and after school in 7058! Come get your packet and talk foundations & federalism!

*Find more review materials daily at www.cbs2chicago.com/school

Friday, March 21, 2008

Online Review Schedule

In addition to the live review sessions as listed in the previous post, as well as the print packet that will be available at the 1st session, I will begin posting review topics for discussion every day starting on Monday. Check these out daily, and be sure to offer your further comments or questions. Here is the schedule for topics:


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

AP Review!!

Please refer to the blog for all updates. Please also spread the word to your friends who took the course 1st semester. Review materials will be available after break.

All review sessions will be held in 7058. The same topics will be addressed before and after school.

Wed 4/2 Foundations & Federalism (plus pick up your paper copy of the packet)
Wed 4/9 Parties, Elections, Campaigns
Wed 4/16 Executive Branch
Wed 4/23 Judicial Branch (radio review after school - PSAE day)
Wed 4/30 Legislative Branch

Email me with any questions!!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

What now?

Clinton wins Texas, Ohio, and Rhode Island primaries.

Obama wins Vermont.

Texas Caucus results too close to call.

Huckabee drops out.

Bush endorses McCain.

What does it all mean? What will happen next?

(Your guess is as good as mine - I'd love to hear what you have to say..... My apologies for today's absence - the kiddo is sick - we were in the ER at 4:30 this AM! I should be back tomorrow though. Hope you like the movie so far!)