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Questions related to the Democratic Party, one of the two major parties in the United States.

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Why don't proponents of welfare services self-organize and do it themselves? [closed]

A welfare service functions in a relatively straight-forward way. People contribute with money to a certain fund. An organisation is set up which administers the use of those funds for welfare ...
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How does the DNC decide who they will let run?

How does the DNC decide who they will let run as a Democrat? Most people currently stray far from the platform already. What would happen if Rand Paul applied to run for president as a Democrat ...
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Which polls count towards DNC debate requirements (especially fall)?

There are polls released almost daily pertaining to the Democratic nomination. In order to attend the September 12–13 round of round of debates, candidates need to get donations from 130,000 unique ...
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Why is DC so, so, so Democratic?

Looking at Wikipedia’s page on the 2016 election, I see that Clinton got 90.48% of DC’s vote; Trump only got 4.07%. This is by far the most any candidate got in any state; behind it is it Nebraska’s ...
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Why did the DNC refuse to hold any debates on Fox News?

Back in March the DNC refused to hold any primary debates on Fox News. With the second Democratic Presidential Debate coming up in a few weeks on CNN, this question seems especially relevant. Fox ...
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Why do candidates not quit if they no longer have a realistic chance to win in the 2020 US presidents election

As background, some answers of Why run for president if you have no chance to be elected? are relevant, so I will concentrate on the differences. There are currently more than 20 candidates for the ...
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Why are Democratic presidential candidates promising free health care for Illegal Immigrants?

During the second night of the first Democratic Presidential Debate, NBC host Savannah Guthrie asked the ten candidates at the debate: "Raise your hand if your government [healthcare] plan would ...
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Do any Democratic presidential candidates support banning semi-automatic weapons?

In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida last year, there were a lot of calls on the left to ban all semi-automatic weapons. This post is an example of that. My question is, have ...
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What's the deadline for Democratic party primaries candidates for meeting the new debate criteria?

It seems the DNC has tightened the criteria for people to appear in the September debates. But - how long do the candidates have to meet the criteria? Do they need to meet it now already?
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Why is gun control associated with the socially liberal Democratic party?

In America, during the past few years (when I started to actually follow politics), gun control has been something that Republican politicians are almost all very strongly against, while it is ...
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Why is Colorado so different politically from nearby states?

In the 2018 midterms, Democrats gained control of Colorado’s Senate and elected a Democratic governor (the previous three governors were Democrats, too). However, nearby states like Utah and Wyoming ...
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How come there are so many candidates for the 2020 Democratic party presidential nomination?

It seems the number of candidates for the 2020 US Democratic Party presidential nomination has now reached 21 "major" candidates, plus 200 (!!) additional filing candidates (though two of the "major" ...
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What is the rationale for Democrats attempting to exempt African-Americans from this Ohio abortion ban?

According to USA Today the Democratic Party attempted to pass a slew of amendments to Ohio Senate Bill 23, which would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Most of them were pretty ...
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Why were there so few candidates for the 2016 Democratic Primary?

The common reason why the 2016 Democratic Primary had so few candidates seems to be because no one wanted to go up against Hillary. But I’m not totally sold on this. Polling I’ve seen shows she really ...
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Would slavery reparations be considered Bills of Attainder and hence Illegal in the US?

Recently, a few aspiring 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates (specifically Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren) have spoken out in favor of "reparations" to black people for American Slavery, which ...
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Why did Democrats in the Senate oppose the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (2019 S.130)?

The U.S. Senate voted in February 2019 to block the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which in the words of the bill itself would prohibit: a health care practitioner from failing to ...
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Does the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee have a museum or is it just offices? [closed]

I have only seen photographs of the exterior of the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in Washington. What is it like inside? Is there a museum? Is it opened to the public, or is it ...
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What are the requirements for a Democratic nomination in primaries?

Who decides how many candidates and which of them will be nominated by the Democratic party in a presidential election?
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What do Democrats mean when they call a wall or barrier “immoral”?

I don't want arguments for or against the wall/barrier on the United States' southern border. I would like to understand what Nancy Pelosi means when she or any other member of the Democratic party ...
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Is the US Congress more divided now than early on?

The US Congress has been very divided and partisan for my whole adult life, 10 years. There seems to be this idea of how politicians used to work together to get things done, and the house and senate ...
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Has any elected politician apologized for supporting the Women's March? [closed]

It's been reported that the "Women's March" organizers have close ties with "antisemitic and homophobic" organization "The Nation of Islam." The Democratic Party withdrew its support for the march ...
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Are there any known triggers for Avenatti deciding not to run for presidency?

According to Michael Avenatti, After Flirting With Run, Says He Won’t Seek White House, Avenatti announced that he wasn't running for presidency on Tuesday 4 December. The NYT article mentions his ...
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What was the main factor behind the Democratic gains in the 2018 Midterm Elections?

What was the main cause behind the Democratic pickups in House seats? Was it that they were doing something right, either in rhetoric or policy, that the American people liked or was it Republicans ...
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Why is the consensus that the Democrats are confident of overturning the House majority in the 2018 midterms?

I have seen numerous reports that describe how the Democrats are confident of overturning the House majority in the 2018 midterms. Where does this confidence spring from?
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Are there cases of Democrats engaging in voter suppression?

Modern Republicans are often accused of trying to suppress the right to vote for minorities. Are there cases where the modern Democratic party (ie post Jim Crow) is accused of suppressing the right ...
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Dem anti-Kavanaugh strategy: why focus on sexual assault allegations, as opposed to a blend of issues? [closed]

The Democratic party seems to be putting a lot (all?) of its hopes on the Ford sexual assault allegations for blocking the Kavanaugh nomination. Media coverage has been extensive and highly polarized. ...
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Is the Democratic Party actually a left wing party? [closed]

The terms left wing, centrist and right wing are all relative of course. The Democratic party is generally supportive of gender equality issues and LGBT rights, more sympathetic to immigrants. But the ...
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Has the DNC barred Sanders from contending in the 2020 Democratic primaries?

The DNC has recently approved some structural reforms, many which are suspect in several ways IMHO, but a particularly interesting one is the following (ignore the pen markings, just read the second ...
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Why is proportional representation a nonpartisan issue in the US?

In Western Europe for example, many legislatures have a party-list system and are structured with proportionality, but in the US supporters for a change of system are almost entirely nonpartisan. The ...
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Understanding gerrymandering in the Maryland example?

I was reading an article in the NY Times explaining the math behind gerrymandering. They used the Maryland 6th District as an example, that had 26k wasted votes and all 133k republican wasted votes. ...
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Is there evidence that the Democratic Party defends illegal immigration? [closed]

Is there evidence that the Democratic Party defends illegal immigration? Statements made by Democratic party officials or seat holders are preferable to Democratic leaning media sources.
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What are the obligations/duties of “a Democrat” vs an independent? (US House/Senate)

Over the past two years we've heard media discussions regarding whether various political figures should "run as Democrats"/"Republicans"/"Green"/other parties, or "run as independents", for the US ...
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Turnout in U.S. midterms

What is the average voter turnout among Democrats in U.S. midterm elections? How does it compare to Republican turnout?
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What's the deal with the Independent Democratic Conference?

The New York Times reported that Democrats in Albany "have agreed to reunite and end seven years of infighting." Wikipedia indicates that the problem grew out of the 2009 crisis, in which two ...
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What is the US 'Deep State' and what evidence is there for it?

I've heard whispers of a 'deep state' run by the Clintons or Obama or various liberals/democrats and I never really gave it much thought. It sounds kind of crazy - that said, I have to admit, I don't ...
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What are the primary objections Democrats have to a border wall?

Taking Trump out of the issue, Democrats have largely been united in their opposition to building a wall on the border with Mexico (with a notable half-measure in 2006). It became quite the ...
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Why did Democrats oppose Ted Cruz's provision to allow funds from 529 plans to be used for homeschooling?

Senator Ted Cruz proposed an amendment to the recent tax reform bill to allow funds from 529 plans to be used for homeschooling1, but the Democrats voted against it and it did not make it into the ...
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Why are Democrats fighting over Conyers seat in Congress?

I read in the news today that Democrats are fighting over who will take over Rep. Conyers seat in Congress until the next election. I don't understand. The governor of Michigan is a Republican, so ...
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Did Lyndon Johnson predict that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would cause the Democrats to lose the South?

Up until this time, it was the Democrats, not the Republicans that were opposed to Civil Rights. Even the leaders opposing the Civil Rights Movement in the South were Democrats. But did Johnson ...
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What would make a Democratic Libertarian and a Republican Libertarian different?

In the context of the USA; what ideas would make a Libertarian go Democrat, and what ideas would make them go Republican? As Libertarianism fits more or less in this strange middle ground of ideas ...
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Being “registered” as Democratic/Republican/Independent vs being a party member

I was following online media during last year's primaries, and noticed anchors and commentators discussing people's "registration" as Democrats, Republicans or Independents (never for other parties ...
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How do half votes work in the DNC chair election?

The first round of the DNC chair election just passed. The results where Sally Boynton Brown 12 Keith Ellison 200 Jehmu Greene 0.5 Peter Peckarsky 0 Tom Perez 213.5 ...
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Attitudes of the two parties towards the central bank

The article on Economist Making Fed Great Again says: That matters because Republicans have long sought to overhaul the central bank by subjecting its monetary policy decisions to review by the ...
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Are we currently seeing another ideological realignment happening in today's unstable political climate? [closed]

Are we currently seeing another ideological realignment happening in today's unstable political climate? Similar to how, in the years since the WW2 post-war period, the main political parties ...
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Are Democrats alleging that Russia tampered with the vote tallies?

In Belief in conspiracies largely depends on political identity, it's reported that many democrats reported positively to a question about whether Russia tampered with the vote tallies for the 2016 ...
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How exactly are the number of super delegates determined for the Democratic primaries?

So I totally understand that the super delegates include those such as the president, vice president, senators, past presidents, etc., but I was wondering if there was an exact mathematical equation ...
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Are there Democratic politicians or groups that support Trump's positions, and if so why?

I was wondering if a Democrat, politician, voters, or special interest groups have found common cause with Trump ideas or policy positions as having some positive outcomes?
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Why are certain views/values amassed in one party, like Republican vs Democrat?

I don't know how to explain my question but basically I don't follow politics much and for instance can't really tell the difference between liberal/conservative vs Democratic/Republican, but recently ...
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Have the Republican and Democratic parties “swapped places” in some ways?

I was just reading about the left-right political spectrum and that reminded me: I once read that the Democratic and Republic parties, over time, have swapped places in some way, so that the ...
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Does empirical evidence exist that suggests that African Americans and/or Latinos are more likely to be Republican if they are in the middle class?

While "poor", "middle class" and "upper class" can be defined differently (the US defines the poverty line 2 different ways by two different agencies) are there any studies that conclude in the US ...