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Quiz: Inflation

February 20, 2024

Who’s in charge of interest rates? Who does inflation affect most? Take the quiz to test your knowledge.  

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City Councils

January 23, 2024

What is It?   Can you fight city hall? Well, hopefully you have a great city council and you can just ask nicely. Here’s what…

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Quiz: State Legislature Headlines of 2023

January 10, 2024

What vote in Ohio made national news? Is anyone trying to make housing less expensive? Take the quiz to test your knowledge.  

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Quiz: Climate Adaption

August 9, 2023

Which energy source requires the most land? An animal sanctuary in Louisiana is running practice drills to teach what kind of animal to take shelter…

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Congressional Budget Office

July 19, 2023

What is it? Ever hear about a bill and think “that’s obviously a great idea…what’s stopping Congress from passing it?” Then you read a little…

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What Is Civic Genius?

June 26, 2023

A lot of folks in our community have been asking recently how Civic Genius got its name. As we all prepare to celebrate this Fourth…

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Quiz: Congress

May 31, 2023

What did the 17th Amendment do? What happens to bills once they’re introduced? Take the quiz to test your knowledge!  

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Quiz: Local School Boards

May 9, 2023

Who negotiates with the teachers union? Can anyone go to a school board meeting? Take the quiz to test your knowledge.  

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Department of Education

April 24, 2023

What is it? It might seem like something called the Department of Education would run schools across the country, but in fact, your state and…

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