Texas Politics Today 2009-2010

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Cengage Learning, Jan 14, 2009 - Political Science - 448 pages
A perennial best-seller on Texas politics, TEXAS POLITICS TODAY, 2009-2010 Edition, offers students a wide range of viewpoints from multiple authors, each a recognized authority on the Lone Star State. Its rich, nuanced presentations of such current issues as diversity, immigration, redistricting, and the 2008 election give students a realistic perspective of the Texas political system and decision-making processes. Packed with instructional aids and up-to-the-minute information, TEXAS POLITICS TODAY, 2009-2010 Edition, provides a thorough, candid analysis of government that not only increases student awareness of state policy and its effect on their lives but also motivates them to get politically involved.
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I am reading this book. It is ok so far. I usually do not review books. I am Texan and I disagree with the intoductory pages- I will edit my review later. I have never nor will I ever mark the Hispanica or Latina box- in my childrens schools (They attend Catholic schools since they began Kindergarten) nor will I ever. I have also trained my kids now at ages 7 & 17 they do not respond to those boxes either. We check the American Indian box. As our American Indian/Spain=Mexican ancestors go back to 1493. So these statistics are not accurate. Many hundreds of thousands of Mexican-Americans check the American Indian "North American Natives". Unless our government creates a box specifically stating Mexican I have an obligation to check the closest Ethnicity to my ancestors. My friends and sisters, cousins and extended relatives do the same or use the White box. I do not mark the White box although Spain is in Europe. Christopher Columbus under the Royal Crown of Spain Queen Isabella discovered Texas and Mexico. It is Easy a no brainer if you are Texan and/or Mexican but Republicans make it complicated because it is not Politically Advantageous to their agenda. Nowadays noone I know fits the Mexican stereo typical profile. For example my husband is German and my sisters husband is Sicilian. Our kids are often told by their European decendent friends they do not look Mexican. My kids now say " well get use to it because this is what Mexicans look like" I am told that myself. It is up to the parents to teach their kids who they are. In addition, I teach my kids North American History and World History-- How Greed and Slave Trade caused the Battle over Texas Spain Repbulic of Mexico abolished Slavery. Queen Isabella was Catholic.


The Texas Constitution in Perspective
Voting and Elections
Political Parties
Interest Groups
The Legislature Organization and Structure
The Legislative Process
The Governor
The Bureaucracy
The Judiciary
Law and Due Process
Taxing and Budgeting
Spending and Services
Local Government

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William Earl Maxwell is a professor emeritus at San Antonio College, where he has taught courses in U.S. and Texas government since 1971. Throughout his career Maxwell has focused on innovative teaching techniques and improving the teaching and learning environments for students. As part of that effort, in 1975 Maxwell co-authored UNDERSTANDING TEXAS POLITICS, his first text on Texas government. He also co-authored such texts as POLITICS IN TEXAS and THE CHALLENGE OF TEXAS POLITICS: TEXT WITH READINGS. He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Sam Houston State University.

Ernest Crain did his graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin, spent 35 years teaching Texas government at San Antonio College and now lives in Montgomery County, Texas. He has co-authored UNDERSTANDING TEXAS POLITICS, POLITICS IN TEXAS: AN INTRODUCTION TO TEXAS POLITICS, THE CHALLENGE OF TEXAS POLITICS: TEXT WITH READINGS and AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY: TEXAS EDITION. His special areas of interest include party competition, comparative state politics and Texas public policy.

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