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November 4, 1988 The Message -- Voters' Education Supplement I I !5 Duties of federal, state office holders listed Information below is compil- ComF'ce 'n6"npa'rfJsi2 publication, "Let's Talk Politics." DUTIES The president is the nation's chief executive and is commander-in-chief of the federal armed forces and state militia. The U.S. Constitution empowers the president to make treaties (with consent of the Senate), appoint federal judges and appoint and remove am- bassadors and all other officers of the United States. By statute the president is given many other specific responsibilities and powers. The vice president assumes the powers and duties of the presidency in case of the presi- dent's death, resignation or in- ability tO function in the office. The vice president participates in Cabinet meetings, presides over the U.S. Senate, is chair- man of the National Aeronautics and Space Council and serves the president in any other capacity that is or may be required. The governor is the state's chief executive. Like the presi- dent, the governor is era- powered to appoint and remove P..$ rs0,n obl. ; iiti.i Kdffjinit,(t i.v,e and pardons, convene the legislature in special session, veto legislation, serve as chair- man of various boards and ac- tivities, and be the titular head of a political party. The lieutenant governor assumes the powers and duties of the governor in case of the governor's death, resignation, or inability to function in the office. The lieutenant governor presides over the Indiana Senate, is commissioner of agriculture, is director of the Department of Commerce and holds other duties relating to ad- minstrative and legislative functions. The 100 members of the U,S. Senate (two from each state) are responsible, along with the 435 members of the House of Representatives (10 from In- diana), for making the nation's laws. The Senate has important duties exclusive to that body alone. These include the ratifica- tion or rejection of United States treaties with other countries and the confirmation or rejection of presidential appointments to many federal adminstrative and judicial posts. As a member of the U.S. Con- qress. ' "each U;S. ReDesen- bills that are introduced, and votes to enact federal laws on many subjects. These include, among otherS, the budget, na- tional defense, social security, labor issues; crime, education, agriculture, business, natural resources and conservation. In particular, : the House of Representatives has the duty to originate all bills for the raising of federal revenues (tax measures). The 435 seats in the House of Representatives are apportion- ed among the states on the basis of population after each decennial census. Indiana was reapportioned downward, from 11 House seats to 10, after the 1980 census showed that its population had declined relative to that of other states. The attorney general of In- diana represents the state in every lawsuit in which the state has an interest, including state courts and U.S. courts. However, the attorney general is not an enforcement officer and thus does not ordinarily pro- secute offenders. In criminal cases the attorney general's responsibility is generally limited to the handling of appeals. As legal advisor for other state ney general prepares inter- pretations or official opinions on how certain laws are to be ap- plied. This officer also super- vises the state's consumer pro- tection agency. The attorney general's staff includes more than 90 lawyers as well as law clerks, investigators and field auditors. The superintendent of public instruction and the State Board of Education are responsible for overall supervision of state educational standards in In- diana. Their responsibilities in- clude the setting of standards for training of teachers, prescribing of courses of study, approval of textbooks and appropriation of state funds for local school support. Indiana's educational system of public elementary and secon- dary schools consists of more than 300 School corporations with a total enrollment of nearly one million students. The Indiana Supreme Court has jurisdiction over appeals from judgments made in lower courts, with power to review and revise sentences imposed or to order new trials. The five Supreme Court justices also have responsibility for maintain- uds ' a'dmission' 16" disciplining and disbarment of attorneys, policing of judges and courtroom practices, and guar- ,ding against unauthorized prac- tice of law. The jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals is limited to the terms and conditions specified by the Supreme Court.-The Court of Appeals, which has four districts with three judges in each district, hears appeals from lower court decisions and may review the decisions of ad- minstrative agencies. State senators and state representatives -- members of the Indiana General Assembly -- have broad powers to enact laws. They can decree the type and rate of state taxes to be levied on citizens and businesses; create and abolish agencies of state goverment; determine the budget for state operatons and provision of ser- vices; set rules for operation of local governments and public schools; and authorize or pro- hibit local taxes. In addition to these and other general powers, legislators acting ,jointly in ses- sion are granted numerous specific powers by the Indiana Constitution. Elect a Working Team Shirley Jean COx County Clerk Current County Commissioner County Clerk 1973-1980 Youth Sports Volunteer Betty Hermann County Council at Large Current County Council Member Vice Chatrnmn - Republican Party Member State Welfare Board Dean Brane County Treasurer Owner Big E's Restaurant Glenwood Neighborhood Association Down, town Optimist Club Phil Mortis County Council at Large Medical Sales Representative U of E graduate Asst. Coach Rcitz Freshman Football Bob Steele County Recorder Current County Recorder 26 Years abstracter experience Fraternal Order of Eagles Danny Spindler Commissioner, Ist District Pres. of Given & Spindler Realty Boy Scout Council President USI Graduate Bob .Reid County Surveyor Reid Realty & Appraisal Co, Purdue Civil Engineer Masters Degree Shrine Luncheon Club Carolyn McCllntock Commissioner 3rd District WNIN TV/9 Director of Development Former City Parks & Recreation Director Evansville Zoological Society Linda Westfall Oldham County Coroner 10 Years In County Clerk's Office Warrick Co. Deputy Coroner in 1970's American Legion Auxllary Vaneta Becker Representative District 75 House Member Since 1981 Chairman, House Human Affairs Comm. Real Estate Broker Jim Anderson County Council at Large Owner Avtatek Labs Professional Pilot Hamilton's Mens Club -- PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT- Greg Server Senate District 50 State llouse & Senate Since 1973 Indiana Higher EducaUon Advisory Board Central High Guidance Counselor Joel Deckard Representative District 76 Authored legislation to create USI Independence, Southwtnd Rlverport, Dual Lane Hwy 62 ELECT Richard C. RUST Evansvi I I e-V anderb u rg h School Board "88 A FRESH VISION FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION PAID FOR BY THE COMMITTEE TO ELECT RICHARD C. RUST TO THE EVANSVILLE-VANDERBURGH SCHOOL BOARD * EXPERIENCED POLITICAL LEADER ' EDUCATOR * SUPPORTS BETTER INDIANA * SUPPORTS TOURISM DEVELOPMENT SUPPORTS JOB CREATION PROGRAMS "THE INCUMBENT HAS SERVED 24 YEARS. IT'S TIME FOR A NEW VOICE FOR DISTRICT 73." -- PAID POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT