RobynNordell.com Conservative Election Recommendations

Robyn Nordell's Conservative California Election Website

Currently-Posted Recommendations were for the June 3, 2014 CA Primary Election

Coming in Oct 2014…
Recommendations for the November 4, 2014 CA General Election
 

Election & Government Links for Kids & Teens!

Election and Basic Government Links
California Legislature & CA Kids "Stuff"
California Court System & Judicial Elections
Political/Election Coverage
Electoral College
Generation Joshua – Excellent Civics Mini-Courses & Much More!
Summer Worldview, Leadership, and Political Camps
More Ideas-Homeschoolers Page
LINKS DISCLAIMER – Parents are responsible...
OLDER TEENS - Learn About Important Issues!

ELECTIONS & BASIC GOVERNMENT LINKS
Elections Unit Study Resources & Reference Information!
One of the best Election Resources that I Have Seen!
Helpful for Kids, Teens, and Parents

"Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids"
Excellent K – 12th Political & Election Site!
Grades K – 2nd
Grades 3rd - 5th
Grades 6th - 8th
Grades 9th - 12th
Parents & Teachers

"Kids In The House"
Excellent Kids Site for Understanding the Basics on Congress
Lessons for Young Learners; Grade School; Middle School; High School
How a Federal Bill Becomes Law; Tour of the Capitol; 1st Day of Congress; Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, More

White House
White House 101 – Presidents, First Pets, Fun Facts, Inside the President's House
Disclaimer: I'd suggest that you use this White House site with discretion. While there are some wonderful elements on this site for kids and teens, many of the "issues" links and featured individuals promote liberal to leftist policies.

PBS Democracy Project – Fun Kids Site
Be President for a Day

Inside the Voting Booth

Elections 101 for Kids
This site is from the 2004 election, but it still has some excellent information.

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE & KID'S "STUFF"
Parents – Remember to check the sites that your children visit.

Assembly Kid's Stuff – Your Idea Becomes Law – Play this game to design your own bill and watch it become law in the State of California!

Just for Kids – State of California

California State Capitol Museum
Kids Zone; Virtual Tour of Capitol; much more

California State Symbols

California Court System

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TEENS
Robyn's Election 101 Page
Protect Marriage – Take the Decide for Yourself Quiz!
BeHeardProject.com
Conservative causes / Project-oriented SOCIAL NETWORKING site for mature teens and college students through age 40.
This is Associated with American Center for Law and Justice (Jay Sekulow)

Robyn's Get Equipped/Take Action Page
Excellent state and federal issues links.
Learn About Your Legislators and How Bills Become Laws.
Take Action on Proposed Legislation.
Discover How to Effectively Be Involved.

Political/Election Coverage
FOX News
Townhall.com
Jon Fleischman's Flash Report

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ELECTORAL COLLEGE
US Electoral College – How it works
Electoral College Calculator
270 to Win
Why its important to preserve the Electoral College
Phyllis Schlafly, 2000 article

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Generation Joshua –An Outstanding Program from Home School Legal Defense Association
Gen J is "Designed for Christian youth between the ages of 11 and 19 who want to become a force in the civic and political arenas. Our goal is to ignite a vision in young people to help America return to her Judeo-Christian foundations. We provide students with hands-on opportunities to implement that vision." Teens and adults from all faiths are welcome to take their civics mini-courses.

Gen J's Outstanding ONLINE Civics Mini-Courses:
Generation Joshua's Civics Education offers online self-paced courses for students of all ages. Classes include: Founding Fathers, Intro to Constitutional Law, Campaign School, Successful Campaigning, Revolutionary War Era Sermons, The Federalist Papers, Democracy in America, The Great Awakening, Constitutional Convention (group course), and America's Founding Documents.
Cost: The Generation Joshua civics courses are FREE with an individual or family annual membership to Generation Joshua.

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TEENS - SUMMER CAMPS - All from a Christian Worldview
These camps deal with one of more of the following areas: Developing a Christian Worldview, Positively Influencing Our Culture, Leadership Skills, Debate or Communication Skills, and Politics.

City on a Hill Summer Youth Leadership Conference
Capitol Resource Institute's City on the Hill is a nonprofit organization composed of Christian men and women involved in the fields of Christian ministry, education, business, law, medicine, media and public service - organized for the purpose of sponsoring this fantastic educational opportunity. Highlights of the program include workshops on our Christian heritage, the government of California, grassroots community organizing, the influence of the news media, and career guidance.

Patrick Henry College's Teen Leadership Summer Camps (associated with HSLDA)
Examples of past camps: Constitutional Law, Journalism, Political Activism, Cultural Engagement, Debate, U.S. History, Intelligence & Foreign Policy. Teen Leadership Camps provide an exciting context for students to explore an academic discipline and learn to apply a biblical worldview to the issues of today. Classroom sessions are taught by Patrick Henry faculty and other field experts, and field trips to nearby historical sites and centers of American government enhance the camp's unique experience.

Worldview Academy's Week-long Camp
WVA Leadership Camps train students, ages 13 and up, in worldviews, servant leadership, apologetics and evangelism.
Worldview Academy is a non-denominational organization dedicated to helping Christians to think and live in accord with a biblical worldview so that they will serve Christ and lead the culture.

Summit Ministries 2-Week Conferences
Intensive two-week educational conferences (for high school and college students) that analyze the major worldviews of our day and contrast them with the Christian Worldview. Manitou Springs, Colorado.

Generation Joshua Family & Teen Camp
The purpose of the camp is to educate teens and parents on what it means to be civically involved. Camp attendees listen to lectures by prominent conservative leaders. Past speakers have included individuals such as David Barton (Wallbuilders), Bill Jack (Worldview Academy), Rep. and Olympic Silver Medalist Jim Ryun, and other inspiring individuals. Interspersed throughout the lectures is a mock Presidential campaign. In this simulation, participants learn the nuts and bolts of campaigning and what it takes to be elected.

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LINKS DISCLAIMER – Parents are responsible...
It is generally wise to either preview election-related sites before your child or teen looks at them, or to look at them together. Some sites are clearly from a conservative or conservative Christian worldview (i.e. Generation Joshua, Wallbuilders), some are pretty neutral (i.e. Ben's Guide), and others can be more liberal in obvious or subtle ways (i.e. PBS Democracy Project). Especially be vigilant when looking at a secular site which is "helping" the students to "understand issues."

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OLDER TEENS - Learn About Important Issues!

PARENTS
Preview these links to be sure that they are Age-Appropriate for Your Teens
Explore the Idea of Learning to Vote Your Values!
What issues are of greatest importance to you? Most people respond with answer like the economy, health care, education, national security, and immigration. These are important issues. Here are some other Very Important Issues – "life" (abortion, euthanasia, etc), marriage (marriage between a man and a woman vs. same-sex "marriage"), parental rights, appointing "strict constitutionalist" judges (judges who rule according to the constitution and don't make up new law as they go)...

Your teen years are a great time to begin learning about important issues. Here are some excellent conservative sites and some key issues that you might want to begin exploring.
Here are other excellent "Issues" Links:
  • Human Life and Bioethics
  • Marriage and Family
  • Economics and Taxes
  • The Courts
  • Education

  • Here's Robyn's favorite "Issues" Link

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    BASIC INFORMATION on the California Court System

    Student Resource Center

    Superior Court of California / Orange County
    California Court Overview-FLOW CHART
    California Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Superior Courts
    California Court History / Structure
    Criminal Court
    Civil Cases
    Juvenile Court

    Fact Sheet – California Judicial Branch
    Basics on California Supreme Court, Appeals Courts, and Superior Courts

    Courts: About Trial Courts (Superior Courts)
    California has 58 trial courts, one in each county. In trial courts, or superior courts, a judge and sometimes a jury hears witnesses' testimony and other evidence and decides cases by applying the relevant law to the relevant facts. The California courts serve nearly 34 million people.

    Summary - Methods of California Judicial Selection