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Ideology

A body of ideas or views of the world that reflect the social needs, values, and ideas of an individual or group.

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Radical

A person with extremely liberal political views who favors rapid and widespread change to the current political & social order.

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Liberal

A person expressing political views or policies that favor the use of governmental power to promote individual liberties and social progress.

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Moderate

A person opposed to extreme views, one whose political attitudes are between those of liberal and conservative.

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Conservative

A person expressing political views or policies that favor traditional values and the idea that gov't should stay out of the affairs of private citizens.

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Reactionary

A person with extremely conservative political views who favors the widespread changes necessary to return an earlier government or society.

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Straw Poll

An unofficial vote or poll indicating the trend of opinion about a candidate or issue.

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Sample

In polling, a small number of people drawn from and analyzed as representative of the total population to be surveyed.

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Mass Media

Those sources of information and means of communication that reach large numbers of the public.

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Primary

A nominating election where a party's candidate us chosen for the general election, may be open or closed.

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Caucus
(election)

A meeting of leaders of a political party to select candidates.

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Caucus
(congressional)

Legislators meet to discuss party strategies and conduct party business.

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Lobbying

An organized process by which an individual or group tries to influence legislation or policy.

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Litigation

Using the courts to achieve the goals of a special interest group.

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Electioneering

The process of actively & publicly supporting a candidate or party.

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Soft Money

Money, not regulated by federal law, used by political parties for general expenses.

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Bipartisan

A group made of members of both political parties.

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Interest Group

A private organization of like-minded people whose goal is to influence and shape public policy.

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Platform

The formal written statement of the principles and beliefs of a political party.

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Political Action Committee

A political arm of an interest group set up to contribute to political campaigns.

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Political Party

A group if people organized to influence government through winning elections and setting public policy.