TPV Explains: The government in our backyards | Introductory education on state and local lawmaking
It is torturous to observe how little most Americans understand state and local government/politics.
And that is putting it mildly.
That is why I am going to help explain what various statewide positions like Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General actually do and why who holds those positions is important. I will also be showing the role that state legislatures play in the lives of people all over the country.
This is the introduction to that series.
If you have control of state governments, you have the upper hand when it comes to political power in the United States.
It is also important to learn about state supreme courts and the impact they have on everyday people.
In addition, I will be explaining what role county and municipal governments play in the lives of everyday Americans, and how this level of government is arguably the most important when it comes to providing services.
If we are to repair the damage that our country is facing, then we need to know how the systems of government work in our country.
As much as Speaker Pelosi deserves credit for how hard she has fought Trump, Democratic State and Local lawmakers/leaders are some of the greatest unsung heroes of our dark times. It was Democratic Attorney Generals who have consistently fought and defeated the Trump administration in court. Democratic Governors are fighting for good policy and for people. Democratic state legislatures are providing some of the best protection for people anywhere in the country.
Even in Red States, Democratic elected officials are fighting back. For example, in the state of red state of Georgia, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the Atlanta City Council have fought the deportation machine of ICE by refusing to do their bidding by saying that they will not hold any detainees for them.
This is why it is important to know every level and branch of government.
I will leave you all with lesson zero.
The vast majority of all governments in the United States, from state to the smallest municipal governments, follow the same template that the Federal Government does in terms of structure. This means that most state, county and municipal governments will have a legislative body, an executive body, and a judicial body.
In addition, all of these levels of government will have the press, interest groups, political parties, and activist organizations as active players in the political process.
Stay Tuned everyone.
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