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How normal is it to have a ministry for a specific disability?

Bernie Finn MP is Shadow Assistant Minister for Autism. There is no (Assistant) Minister for Autism in the Victorian Government, nor is there a (Shadow) Minister for Depression, Spina Bifida, Neurosis,...
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Has anyone gained power via election fraud?

Elections are generally associated with democracy, but they do happen in dictatorships as well. The difference is that the election result in a dictatorship is manipulated to confirm the current ...
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What are some cases of US politicians going back to more 'junior' positions?

So for the purposes of this question there is sort of a loose hierarchy of US political positions in terms of responsibility and power. Like this: State legislator < House representative < ...
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Is it uncommon for a party to win presidency, but lose house seats?

In the United States' 2020 Presidential election, it appears as if Joe Biden and the Democrats have won the presidency, however as of writing this, have lost 5 seats in the house, and will likely lose ...
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Smallest MOV in Georgia history for president?

The election for president is very close in Georgia. What was the smallest margin of victory in both percentage points and raw votes for a presidential election in the US state of Georgia?
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Why does New Mexico resolve election ties with a game of Poker?

I just learned today that, according to the New Mexico Constitution, if an election ends in a tie, the race will be decided by a game of chance, either a coin-flip, high-card draw, or a single hand of ...
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Has a recount ever changed the winner of a state during a presidential election?

The Trump campaign stated that they'll ask for a recount in Wisconsin (and it wouldn't surprise me when either of the candidates will ask for one in other states). I'm wondering how often a recount ...
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The politicization of the supreme court

It seems that both the Republican and Democratic parties look at the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice as a political move. Optimally, a judge has no part in politics. Their personal opinion ...
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Has any US state legislature ever disregarded the outcome of a presidential election in that state to appoint all electors of a losing party?

Article 2 of the constitution has a clause saying: Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and ...
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What Problems are the UN facing and what Reforms will be needed to boost UN's efficiency?

I have been watching the recent 75th General Debate and I have seen some presidents (Ghanaian President...) urging and proclaiming for UN Reforms to boost UN efficiency on dealing with problems but ...
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Is the US age gap of voting behaviour unprecedented, and will it lead to a drastic shift of the political mainstream in foreseeable future?

According to the Pew Research center, young people in the USA leaned heavily towards voting for Democrats in the 2018 election. Notable are not only the 2018's (Compared to because of its historic ...
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Are there any good longitudinal studies of contested elections at the national level?

No electoral result happens in a vacuum -- and worldwide analogs to current events can provide interesting insights on what may happen with upcoming global national elections in an era when the ...
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In the United States, why aren't both legislative chambers involved in the Supreme Court confirmation process?

I'm following the situation around the recent Supreme Court vacancy left by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As a non-American, what's strange to me is that confirming a new SCOTUS Justice ...
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Why is changing the size of the Supreme Court considered dangerous today, when it has been done in the past?

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about "court packing", the process of increasing the size of the Supreme Court, thereby creating openings to be filled with new justices. A common ...
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Is there historical precedent for the US Senate to confirm a SCOTUS nominee from a POTUS of their own party in an election year?

There is debate over whether it is right for Donald Trump to try to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the SCOTUS now, because the election is coming up. Republican Senator Mitt Romney said he will still ...
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How does 9/11 compare with the fire in the Reichstag, Berlin – in terms of consequences? [closed]

Is there a similarity between 9/11 and the USA PATRIOT act and the Reichstag Fire in 1933, after Hitler used democracy to seize absolute power (although 67% didn't vote for him)? After 9/11 the ...
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Where On The Political Spectrum Do The Old US Political Parties Fall

I'm not a poly-sci major so I need some help to figure out a seemingly simple thing. I've been given a list of presidents and have to do some data visualizing with them. There is a list of parties, ...
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Why Is The U.S. Supreme Court Reviewing So Few Cases On The Merits?

The U.S. Supreme Court in recent years has been deciding fewer cases on the merits than it has at any time since the end of the U.S. Civil War. (Source) Yet, the volume of cases eligible for its ...
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Why is the USA so much more religious then other developed nations [duplicate]

The USA is an outlier in it's overall religiosity (ie percentage of citizens that consider religion a major factor in their lives) when it comes to developed & wealthy nations, being nearly twice ...
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Have any UK party leaders other than Sir Ed Davey been elected after previously losing a leadership contest?

Today, August 27th, Sir Ed Davey triumphed over competitors to become the leader of the Liberal Democrats after the position was vacated by Jo Swinson due to her failure to retain her Westminster seat ...
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What did Ayn Rand mean by “ men’s rejection of reason in favor of faith, and of self-interest in favor of self-sacrifice.”?

Basically, this statement is included in one of her book in subject of reasons, how totalitarianism developed.
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Business people who became governors or mayors in a major city? [closed]

Apart from Bloomberg, what other business people became governors or mayors of major cities in the USA? Businesses worth at least 100 million and first 10 cities by population. Business owners or top ...
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If the countervailing ideology to Progressivism is Conservatism, what is the countervailing ideology to Reactionary movements?

Background In the United States, Progressivism has been associated with sets of (normally left leaning relative to the political spectrum of the time) political reforms whose number and societal ...
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How do I find the full text of a bill from an early 1900s US Congress

Summary I'm researching a US House Representative by reading the bills he voted on, which are from the early 1900s. Where can I find the full text of those bills? Details The Representative I'm ...
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Did Karl Marx ever advocate anything? [closed]

Marx never advocated anything it seems. He never actually said communism was desirable, only that it would happen. The closest thing to advocating something would be the Gotha programme, but even then ...
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Why are the 2 US political parties called Republicans and Democrats?

Why are the 2 main parties in the United States called the Democrats and the Republicans? The US is both a democracy and a republic, and neither party's platforms seem to be built around the ...
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Why did the acronym GOP stick to the Republicans and not to the Democrats?

The general definition “Grand Old Party” appears to have been originally used for both the Republicans and the Democrats, but it was finally used to specifically refer to the Republican Party: GOP ...
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How did Black Americans vote in presidential elections prior to 1936?

While researching data for another answer of mine, I came across Factcheck.org’s breakdown of the Black presidential vote from 1936. Unfortunately, this data only goes back until the first re-election ...
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Does the motto “Don’t tread on me” have a specific political color?

According to the following extract, the expression has in recent decades been associated with conservative groups: Don’t tread on me: Originating as a motto on an iconic Revolutionary War flag, don’...
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Has any government throughout history banned foreign currencies?

Has any government throughout history banned foreign currencies? It happened in Zimbabwe in 2019 for example. How about other countries? I'm also interested in broader answers, like governments ...
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Are any American politicians advocating the removal of slaveowning Presidents' imagery?

After the recent removal of statues by protesters around the world, London has called for a review while British activists have proposed the removal of statues of people such as Gladstone for "his ...
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What are the concrete demands of Germans who want to “put an end to” (Schlussstrich ziehen) nazi commemorations?

The head of the German nationalist party Alternative für Deutschland (AFD) has demanded einen Schlussstrich unter Deutschlands Nazi-Vergangenheit, which in English translates more or less as to put an ...
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Has a leader ever been so successful the opposition “switched sides”?

(Not sure if this should be on the History SE) I'm thinking of something like this: say Alice is the Prime Minister, and Bob is the Leader of the Opposition. Alice does something which Bob strongly ...
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Have there have been confirmed cases of Unmasking Abuse? [closed]

When the name of a US citizen is incidentally collected by the US Intelligence Community as part of intelligence activities, the name in masked in intelligence reports to protect the person’s identity....
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Has there ever been a presidential election where every state voted the same way as in the midterms?

Has there ever been a presidential election where every state voted for the same party as in the House elections in the previous midterm? If so, when was it? And, if there has never been as of writing,...
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What is the difference between leadership and statesmanship?

Is there any difference between leadership and statesmanship? The terms are sometimes used interchangeably. But sometimes a significant difference is also observed. Please cite a few examples if ...
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When was the last time the deputising convention in Prime Minister's Questions was broken?

The BBC reports that later today, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will face Sir Keir Starmer in the first Prime Minister's Questions since the latter became the new Labour party leader. The Foreign ...
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Why wasn't Charles de Gaulle President of France during the 4th Republic? [closed]

As we all know Charles de Gaulle was the commander of the Free France that liberated France from the Vichy regime and from the German occupation. After that victory, though, he was the chairmen of the ...
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Has a tied vote ever happened in a UK Parliamentary election?

I'm aware that if a vote is tied in an election, then a tie-breaker is conducted which leaves the result to chance. As far as I know in recent years this has only occurred in local council elections; ...
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What did Ted Kennedy mean when he referred to “the muck of Irangate” and “the muck of Watergate”?

After Robert Bork's nomination as a Supreme Court justice, Sen. Ted Kennedy took the floor and declared: Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, ...
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Was “The Mandate of Heaven” a theory of directly democratic revolution?

The Mandate of Heaven philosophy states that if a ruler was overthrown by the people, it was Heaven executing its will - with respect to an ineffective ruler. The Duke of Zhou created the idea in ...
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Was Change UK the shortest-lived political party ever?

Change UK was a centrist political party founded by disgruntled members of parliament from the Labour and Conservative parties which sought to achieve a second Brexit referendum. The party's final ...
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What's the reason for overusing of the word “revolution” in 1969? [closed]

According to this Ngram there had been a rise in using the word "revolution" through 1986 and 1969. What could be the reason? could it be because of a special upheaval in the world? Any answer is ...
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What has been the historical trend of U.S. congresspeople voting as blocks?

It feels as though every time I've looked at voting records from the U.S. congress, I notice that virtually everyone votes with their party; that is, for any given bill, every Republican votes the ...
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Are there past examples of China commiting to and then managing to boost its imports by dozens of billions of dollars?

In the recently announced US-China [mini]deal China has pledged to boost US imports by $200bn above 2017 levels and strengthen intellectual property rules. I'm curious how realistic is the first ...
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Is there an European precedent for all coalition in power parties being led by women + female PM?

Not sure if this is more fit on History, but Finland politics offered an interesting situation - all coalition parties are led by women: Social Democratic Party - Sanna Marin Centre Party - Katri ...
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Is Iran missile strike the first unanswered strike to the US after Cuban crisis?

As everyone already heard, recently Iran launched a missile strike on US military bases in Iraq. US didn't answer with anything but tweets. Is it the first time after Cuban Missile Crisis, when armed ...
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Iran threatening to attack Dubai

Hours ago Iran had threatened to attack Dubai, referring to Dubai as "America's leg" because of our U.S. owned oil businesses and shipments there. When Iran threatened to attack U.S. troops or ...
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Congressman Jeff Van Drew is switching parties over Trump impeachment: has this ever happened before?

New Jersey Representative Jeff Van Drew has switched parties from Democrat to Republican over the House of Representatives' vote to impeach President Trump, citing its partisan nature and the ...
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Evidence of Democratic-Republican Party Realignment Circa 1950?

What evidence is there of a Democratic-Republican party realignment during the 1950's in the US? Usually, references to the Southern strategy are made, but I haven't been able to find any peer review ...