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Are there any major left-wing conspiracy theories in the USA?

Related: Why does it seem like US conspiracy theorists are overwhelmingly Republican-oriented? The question above explores potential reasons why belief in conspiracy theories is more common among the ...
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Why are Deep South states said to vote so lop-sidedly Republican, when they have high percentages of African Americans?

States like Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, have in the range of 30% African Americans, who, from what I can tell, vote about 90% Democrat. Yet these states vote reliably Republican. What is the ...
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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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What do Democrats gain from pushing for DC statehood?

The House just voted for Washington DC to become a state, almost exclusively along party lines. While the arguments for statehood aren't new, equality for ethnic minorities is a greater concern ...
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Seen from Europe, why is there a hard separation between Republicans and Democrats in the US?

I live in Germany, and it seems completely strange to see a stable separation between Republicans and Democrats, and even somewhat near half of the votes for each. I see that the number of two ...
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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 has Speaker Pelosi been so hesitant to impeach President Trump?

I am curious as to why Nancy Pelosi (until 9/24/2019 17:00 EDT) seemed to be so reluctant to push for Donald Trump's impeachment. It seems that the Democratic Party is becoming increasingly outraged ...
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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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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 are Republicans (unlike Democrats) heavily criticized for their flip-flopping regarding the 2016/2020 US supreme court justice nominations?

It's hard to be on the Internet currently without encountering heavy criticism of prominent Republican politicians over Trump nominating a Supreme Court justice so close to the 2020 US election. As ...
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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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Is creation of new states via partitioning really possible in the US? Are there any precedents to this?

Background: Senate provides as much representation to Wyoming with a population of 580,000, as California with 39.5 million inhabitants. According to [1] | State | Rural ...
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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 mostly focused on increasing healthcare spending, rarely mentioning any proposals for decreasing the costs of healthcare services?

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are currently the two most prominent candidates campaigning for universal healthcare, as an expansion of Obama's original Affordable Care Act. However their plans ...
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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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Is it true that Jim Crow laws were primarily promoted by the Democratic Party?

I've been told that the laws had received widespread support amongst the Democrats of the time. This seems at odds with the current posture of the Democrat Party; is this true?
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Has Biden's campaign, or the Democratic Party, publicly voiced their opinion on granting some sort of immunity to Trump?

As a foreign spectator it seems likely to me that Trump won't leave the White House voluntarily. Losing his immunity appears to be a driving factor in why he is clinging to the position of power he ...
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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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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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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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Why do betting odds give Michael Bloomberg 10% chance of winning the Democratic nomination?

Currently https://www.electionbettingodds.com/ give Michael Bloomberg a bit over 10% chance of winning the Democratic nomination. Since he is polling single digits(not even close to double digits) ...
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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 makes California a Democratic state?

So, back in the 60s & 70s, California gave us Richard Nixon. In the 80s, President Reagan hailed from the state. At least as late as 1984, California was considered a safe Republican state. ...
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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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As an electoral candidate, isn't Yang precluded from conducting his "UBI experiment"?

In the US Democratic Party’s presidential primary debate a few days ago, candidate Andrew Yang announced his campaign will conduct a 1-year experiment with Universal Basic Income - by paying USD 1000 ...
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Was the November 2019 polling about the Democratic Party's lead over Trump trustworthy?

In November 2019, many polls (such as this ABC/Washington Post poll from November 5th) claimed that the Democratic candidates had double-digit leads over Trump. In the 2016 elections, however, polls ...
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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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Why does the daylight savings time in Pennsylvania seem partisan?

I am looking at the vote results on HB 335, a bill specifying that the state of Pennsylvania will observe daylight-savings time permanently, should the US Congress authorize this. The whole bill is ...
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What happens in a brokered convention? Why is the prospect of one seen as a threat to Sanders' presidential hopes?

With six (technically eight including Tulsi Gabbard & Tom Steyer) candidates currently still in the field for the Democratic presidential candidate nomination, it seems increasingly likely that no ...
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Donkey as Democratic Party symbolic animal

How come the US Democratic Party is OK with being associated with a donkey? Couldn't they push for a more flattering animal? An elephant has stronger positive connotations. Couldn't they try to be ...
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Are there more Democrats than Republicans in the United States?

I have been thinking about the Democratic Party and whether or not its members are more numerous than the opposing faction. Evidence to suggest this is the case: This party is expected to win the ...
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Are Democrat-led states handling COVID-19 better than Republican-led states?

If Democrats are more pro-science than Republicans, and if science helps control COVID-19, then it sounds logical that US states with a Democratic governor will handle COVID-19 better than those with ...
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How does the math for the Iowa Democratic Caucuses work?

I'm confused by the math used for Iowa caucuses. Here's an example: So there were 70 attendees. A total of 8 delegates assigned to the caucus But after taking into account viability... 9 votes were ...
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Why are the Syria and Iraq wars viewed differently among Democrats?

Currently, the Iraq war seems to be viewed very negatively by the US "establishment" of the Democratic Party—for example, in both the 2016 and 2020 primaries, people have been attacked for past ...
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How can the Trump Impeachment hearings be so split on party lines?

From what I've been hearing, it seems to me that the impeachment proceedings involving President Trump are split completely along party lines. This goes to the extent that while Democrats are saying ...
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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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Do any 2020 Democratic primary candidates support repealing the PATRIOT Act and eliminating mass surveillance in the United States?

Thinking back to how big of a scandal it was when President Obama signed the USA Freedom Act in 2015, and more generally how much flak Obama received with his handling of the 2013 surveillance ...
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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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Have Democrats gotten more liberal?

I'm a bit surprised by this Brookings Institute report on polarity showing Democrats becoming more liberal, though at one fourth the rate at which Republicans are becoming more conservative. The ...
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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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Do any 2020 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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Why was Eric Massa's asking of David Wasserman's age a red flag?

In Nate Silver's book he writes that Wasserman of cook political was interviewing Democratic congressman Eric Massa to evaluate Eric's rating by the agency. In the interview, he was looking for red ...
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Why is Georgia turning blue rapidly?

Georgia seems red from the beginning of the 21st century. In this time voted presidents from republican party. Both the senators are from republican party. Even in the last election when there was ...
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Do Virginia Democrats support the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact?

Virginia is not currently a member of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The NPVIC is very popular with Democratic voters (a 2018 Pew Research Center Poll showed 75% of Democrats support ...
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Is an expansion of the US Supreme Court really possible?

With the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, the idea of expanding the US Supreme Court has caught fire among some Democrats. With a 6-3 conservative majority on the court, prominent progressive ...
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Why is winning the NYC Democratic mayoral primary currently widely seen as tantamount to election?

During the Bush era and even before that, NYC has elected mayors that were at least back then resembled the governors of states like Vermont today (they had liberal social views, but had more ...
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Do any 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates support a 0 copay 0 deductible Public Option?

2020 Democratic Presidential candidate’s Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders support a single-payer “Medicare for All” healthcare plan with zero copays and zero deductibles. Other candidates, like ...
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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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Why did Hillary Clinton and her supporters think it was a good idea to demand Bernie Sanders' tax return?

From what I understand, Hillary Clinton and her supporters demanded that Bernie Sanders release his tax return, suggesting that he was refusing to do so and was hiding something, even though the ...
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What was the Caucus App supposed to be used for?

As many of you may know, the Iowa Caucus results are delayed, and many are citing the failure of an app that was involved in the process. https://www.npr.org/2020/02/04/802583844/what-we-know-about-...