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Protection of Young Consumers under the 2009 CARD Act,

U.S. Congress

The CARD Act was designed to protect consumers from unfair lending practices and create more government oversight of credit card companies. In many ways, the bill was written in response to the credit and foreclosure crises that helped spark the 2008…

What are Initiatives and Referendums?,

Rob Campbell

Currently, 24 states have some form of initiative and referendum process. Citizens can use the ballot initiative process to implement laws on their own; conversely, a referendum places an existing law to a popular vote. In this activity, students…

Who’s My Legislator?,

Virginia General Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly has created a quick form to look up your state elected officials. By filling in your address, you can find who represents your interests in the Virginia Senate and House of Representatives, as well as in the U.S. Congress. The website also provides contact information for your legislators, as well as a convenient link to each legislator’s official website.

Political Cartoonists Index,

Daryl Cagle and ClassBrain

This website offers five lesson plans and associated political cartoons every day. Such frequent updates ensure that each lesson plan covers the latest issues. By necessity, each lesson plan is fairly brief. It offers a brief overview of background on the political cartoon, a list of discussion questions, the state where the cartoon was published, and links to articles about the issue. The main page also offers a comprehensive index of political cartoonists, which includes the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Fredericksburg Freelance-Star, that visitors may want to use for research purposes or simply a quick laugh.

Pat Edmonson JJ Video,

patforvirginia

In this campaign ad, candidate Pat Edmondson has an interesting spin on the economic issues the government faces. Edmondson, who is running for Lieutenant Governor, takes her campaign staff to a soup kitchen to emphasize the need for economic aid for…

Virginia Economy at a Glance,

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

This website offers current information on what’s happening with Virginia’s economy. Don’t let the numbers intimidate you! These statistics can provide a lot of information about everything from the unemployment rate in Virginia to the economy of education. There is also more detailed information about urban centers in Virginia. Using this website requires a little extra work to see what all the numbers mean, but the information is well worth it.

Teen Business Link,

U.S. Small Business Administration

This government-run website is aimed at helping teens create their own small business. Teen Business Link covers everything from brainstorming ideas for a business to legal problems small business owners might face. Have you ever thought about what kind of business you might like to start? It’s also a step in the direction of understanding what issues small businesses (and even large ones) have to deal with every day.

What is the Real Cost of Buying a House and Car?,

Linda Long

Tax rates differ for citizens in Virginia, depending on where one lives. In addition, a local government may choose to spend collected tax money differently than another local government in the Commonwealth. In this activity, students simulate the…

The Politics of Solid Waste Management ,

Joe LaRocco

Virginians produce over 9.5 million tons of solid wastes every year. Solid waste management is a classic study of federalism. Federal, state, and local laws and ordinances have a multitude of requirements that apply to the disposal of solid wastes.…