There are three aspects to this test: performing research on the wikis, performing research on the internet, and adding information to an established page. Upon completion of each element, add them to the section of this page called "Results". This test is timed; plan to spend approximately one hour on it in total. Note your start and finish times in the section below.
Before beginning the test you must register with Ballotpedia. Please create a user account for yourself following this naming pattern: First name, month, day. For example: Sara0317. If you have previously created an account on Ballotpedia you may use that account.
Note your start and finish times here.
Start time: 9:37 PM EDT
End time: 11:11 PM EDT
Answer the questions below. Provide citations to your answers in proper wiki citation format. Please use pages on the wiki to find your answers.
- How many statewide measures were on the 2008 South Dakota ballot?
- How many states have a Lieutenant Governor? Which states do not?
- Who are the members of the Michigan State Senate Redistricting Committee?
- How many measures relating to Medical Marijuana were on the ballot in 1998? Which (if any) were approved?
- Who is the current representative for District 35 in the Texas House of Representatives?
Answer the questions below. Provide citations to your answers in proper wiki citation format.
- Who is on the City Council for Sun Prairie, WI? When were they elected?
- What was the decision in the case of California State University, Fresno Assn., Inc. v. Superior Court in California?
- Who sponsored HB 477 in the Utah 2011 session? What did the bill do? What is it's current status?
For the final portion of the test you must add a vote results box to a state legislator page. Vote result boxes require important wiki skills including research, proper citations and table building code. Guidelines for adding one to a page can be found at Writing:Election histories (state legislators). Select one of the candidates from below, add a section with a vote results box, then link to the section you added in the "Results" section indicated below. After completing the section,
cross the link you used out on this list.
Wiki research answers
- Seven measures were on the 2008 South Dakota ballot.
- 45 states have a Lieutenant Governor. Arizona, Maine, Wyoming, Oregon, and New Hampshire do not.
- The members of the Michigan State Senate Redistricting Committee are Joe Hune (chair), Rick Jones (vice chair), Dave Hildenbrand, Jim Marleau, John Moolenaar, John Proos, Virgil Smith, Steven Bieda (minority vice chair), Bert Johnson.
- There were six ballot measures relating to medical marijuana in 1998. Measures in Arizona (Prop. 300), Alaska, Nevada, Washington, and Oregon passed, while Prop. 301 in Arizona failed.
- The Representative for Texas District 35 is Jose Aliseda (R).
Internet research answers
- The members of the Sun Prairie City Council are, with election dates in parentheses:
- Hariah Hutkowski (2006)
- Russ Fassbender (2007)
- Jonathan Freund (2006)
- Steve Villand (2007)
- Al Hoffmann (2010)
- Zach Weber (2004)
- John Murray (2007)
- Mary Polenske (2010).
- California State University, Fresno Assn., Inc. v. Superior Court (2001) revolved around the attempts of The McClatchy Company, owners of the Fresno Bee, to force California State University to divulge the identities of donors who had received private suites in the university's new Fresno sports arena in exchange for their contributions. The California Fifth District Court of Appeals rejected McClatchy's request on the grounds that donations were managed by California State University, Fresno Association, Inc., a non-profit corporation. Thus, they were not part of the university per se and not subject to public records disclosure laws. The Court's primary finding was that "auxiliary associations that act on behalf of public universities are not in themselves public bodies and are therefore not subject to public records requests."
- HB 477 in Utah's 2011 legislative session was a bill to amend the state's government records access law. The bill, sponsored by Lyle Hillyard (R-25th), limited public access to certain state records, including various forms of electronic communication (e.g. instant messages, video chats). It also restricted access to the personal e-mail accounts of state government employees. Having successfully passed through the legislature, it was signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert on March 8, 2011.