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Susan WB

Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt


1) an area of land, as in the District of Columbia, where the capital city of Washington is located. 

2) an area of a state.  Each district has one representative in the House of Representatives.

Example:  The Representative from Minnesota's 4th district is Betty McCollum.


A paper (or collection of papers) with written or printed information.  They are often official papers. a document


to choose (a candidate) by voting.

Example:  In November of 2008, we will elect a new President.


a part of the world (a continent).  Europe is east of North America, across the Atlantic Ocean.  It is north of Africa, and west of Asia.  There are many countries in Europe such as England, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and many others.


having to do with the national government, rather than the government of a specific state.


the leader of a state government's executive branch.  Just as the country has one President, each state has one Governor.


The freedom to live as you wish and go where you want.


a promise or vow.

Example:  On January 20, the new president takes the oath of office and begins his term.


how many people live in a place.

Example:  The population of Minnesota is about 5 million.


to approve; to make an agreement official.

Example:  Amendments to the Constitution must be ratified by state legislatures.

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