The State Governor

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The Governor is just like a minipresident in each state. In other words they are state managers. The Governor commands the lion’s share of political attention in a state. It’s generally seen as setting the agenda for the legislative branch, and is basically the lead political actor; the figure most likely to appear on television on a regular basis. A governor term of office is four years with exceptions of New Hampshire and Vermont. The governor may serve any number of terms, but he or she cannot serve more than two terms in a row. As the president, the governor tends to receive the blame or enjoy the credit for the performance of the economy.
One of the major problems that the governor faces is the development of rising expectations by the public. To become governor the best position to run for governor is the attorney general. The attorney general is the best position to run because they know all the laws of the state. It is also, because they “fight crime” and having the title of “crime fighter” is always important from the voters. Voters always want someone who is hard on crimes. Other positions that are good to run for governor are state legislator, mayor of a large city, and extremely successful businessman.
As governor you have the power and responsibility to implement state laws. As well as overseeing the operation of the state executive branch. “The governor shares responsibility for running the government-implementing laws, issuing regulation, and doing the work of building the roads, maintaining the parks, and performing other public functions with the help of a cabinet” (Greenblatt and Smith 2013:238). Most of governors have the authority to appoint state court judges as well, in most cases from a list of names submit...

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...ey adopt “sunshine” laws. Improving legislative budget procedures to provide greater oversight of the executive branch and lastly, adopting new ethics. Pennsylvania has adopted all seventh recommendations. This happened during the last generation of the general assembly.
The purpose of the two branches is to divide power and not have one branch fully have power and control; both, the governor and the legislative work together to create laws and overseeing each other. Yet this is not perfect and not always is follow. Conflict between the two branches is a built-in feature of American government. Our nation's founders created a system that divides authority among the legislature, governor and courts to eliminate concentrated power in one place. But separation of powers is not absolute, and the conflicts that arise are usually resolved through the political process.
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