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A nomination is where a person, a person in power, or a political party presents a candidate to fill a position in government. Use to discuss the nomination process and any politics in deciding who the nominee will be. Use with tags for the position of nomination and/or tags about who is doing the nominating. Always use with a relevant country tag.

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Are US state political parties required to nominate the most popular candidates in their local primaries/caucases? [closed]

Do US state political parties have the freedom to arbitrarily decide which candidate ends up the nominee? Does that restriction/freedom hold at the national party level as well?
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Did SCOTUS have the authority to rule on McConnell's refusal to allow Obama to fill a SCOTUS vacancy?

In 2016, the death of Justice Scalia created an opening in the Supreme Court. Senate Majority Leader McConnell announced he would not grant a hearing for any candidate proposed by then-President Obama....
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How might a new candidate be chosen if a major party candidate becomes incapacitated after winning the primary but before the party convention? [duplicate]

The 2024 Presidential election is likely to feature the two oldest major party candidates in American history. There may be a non-trivial chance that at least one of them becomes incapacitated before ...
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Can a discharge petition be used to advance judicial nominations during Senator Feinstein's absence?

Democrats hold a thin 11–10 majority in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Dianne Feinstein is currently absent from the Senate due to health issues. Without her vote, the committee is deadlocked ...
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Where do I send a nomination for the Presidential Medal of Freedom?

I want to nominate someone posthumously for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Where do I send my nomination?
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What is the process for nominating a Speaker of the House?

I've now read that McCarthy has failed 6 times in his bid to be speaker, many in the past few days. Why is it only him that I'm reading about? Can the Democrats nominate someone too, even if they fail ...
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Is there any procedure or rule that prevents the President from nominating any person as Secretary of State?

“For this reason,” Hook continues, “we should consider human rights as an important issue in regard to U.S. relations with China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran. And this is not only because of moral ...
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Presidential appointments are made with "advice and consent" of the Senate. Are there examples of "advice"?

The Constitution says that Presidential appointments (e.g. Cabinet members, federal judges, SCOTUS Justices) are made with the advice and consent of the Senate. I've seen many hearings and votes on ...
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Why would the Senate not confirm a SCOTUS nominee?

Why would the Senate ever not confirm a SCOTUS nominee? The same President would just appoint someone else, so it will be someone else with the same ideology. Does it basically mean "This person ...
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Does the US public find credible excuses by some Senators that Justices who overturned Roe had misled them in Senate hearings?

Two or even three US Senators have said that [future] justices that ultimately overturned Roe had essentially lied to them, or at least seriously misled them in the Senate hearings on their ...
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Can an extra nomination in the French presidential election prevent a person's candidacy?

In order to be a candidate in a French presidential election, a person must obtain at least 500 "présentations" or "parrainages" from among tens of thousands of elected ...
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Can the Senate confirm a SCOTUS nominee before the seat is vacant?

The media is reporting that Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire at the end of this year's court term. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer issued the following statement regarding the confirmation ...
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What are the minimal criteria required to be appointed as a Supreme Court Justice by the U.S. President? [duplicate]

What are the minimal criteria required to be appointed as a Supreme Court Justice by the U.S. President? Do you have to serve a certain year? What's the minimum position you must have held? I see that ...
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What are the steps to fill a vacancy for vice president?

Suppose that it is 2007 and Dick Cheney is Vice President. He resigns to become a senator from Wyoming. What steps would be taken to fill this vacancy?
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What happens if a Senate Committee is 50-50 split on a nominee?

I know when the Senate itself is split, the Vice President will cast the deciding vote. But in committee hearings where they're voting to approve Cabinet positions (Such as a Department of Security ...
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Why is it common for senators to not vote on cabinet confirmations?

On January 20th, Avril Haines was Biden's first cabinet confirmation, receiving an 84-10 vote in the Senate. Similarly, Biden's nominee for Defence Secretary was confirmed in a 93-2 vote. Why is it ...
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What examples are there of federal judges being appointed to the Cabinet?

The media is reporting that President-elect Joe Biden is planning to nominate Judge Merrick Garland, who currently sits on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to be his Attorney ...
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What examples are there of former Cabinet secretaries being appointed back to the same position in a future administration?

President-elect Joe Biden recently announced that he was nominating Tom Vilsack to be his Secretary of Agriculture, the same position that Vilsack served in during President Barack Obama's tenure. Are ...
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What to do if the senate blocks all nominations?

My question is specific to USA politics. In USA officers and judicial nominees are often subjected to senate confirmation. However, it seems in today's polarizing climate this can effectively break ...
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Why is nobody in the Amy Coney Barrett hearings wearing masks?

I was watching the Amy Coney Barrett hearings yesterday (October 12; today is October 13th 2020), and I noticed how none of the senators present were wearing masks. In her address, Kamala Harris, ...
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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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Consequences of a late Non-Nomination of a US presidential candidate for ballots

Some aspects are covered already for the nominations themselves (e.g. What is the procedure for choosing a new Republican candidate for the US presidency if the nominee withdraws or is removed? and A ...
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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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What would happen if Biden died before becoming the nominee? [duplicate]

Let me preface this by saying that I hope Joe Biden doesn't die for any reason. Currently, 538's 2020 Democratic Primary forecast has >99% odds that Biden wins more than half of pledge delegates. ...
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Who would be awarded the nomination in the event something happened to the candidate with the most delegates? [duplicate]

Let's use the current situation: Sanders and Biden are the top 2 leaders for the DNC and it looks like Biden might win. Would Sanders be automatically given the nomination if Biden was declared ...
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Why is Mitch McConnell blocking nominees to the Federal Election Commission?

As at Sep 2019 - we can see that the Federal Election Commission is down to three members, one short of its required quorum, making it toothless. Mitch McConnell could allow hearings for the current ...
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Why won't the Republicans (RNC) use a superdelegate system like the DNC in their nomination process?

Why won't the Republican National Committee (RNC) use a superdelegate system like the DNC in their nomination process? Is there a reason why they didn't push for this yet? What does the RNC think of a ...
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Do Senate committees really ever interview low-level nominees?

Does the United States Senate actually take the time to interview low level nominees like nominees for low military general ranks (Brig. General) or really specific roles that require senate ...
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How did the Kavanaugh confirmation move so quickly despite the serious allegations?

I did not pay attention to the news for a few days and am completely confused now. Last I saw, Kavanaugh was in the midst of his sexual assault hearings. I thought Trump had said he would let a ...
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Why weren't allegations based on Judge Kavanaugh's 1983 yearbook, raised during his nomination in 2006 to the DC Circuit?

I refer only to the allegations based on the Hon. Judge Kavanaugh's 1983 yearbook from Georgetown Preparatory School (like 'Renate Alumnus', and alcoholic consumption slang), and not those that were ...
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Is there any talk to change the nomination process for the SCOTUS?

I have previously asked why the SCOTUS (Supreme Court Of The United States) nomination and confirmation process is what it is. What I gather is that it ideally is a way to keep the Judicial branch ...
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Why can't the Republican party force a vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh?

In the related question What do Democrats have to gain, politically, by preventing Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court? various aspects of how the Democrats benefit from delaying the ...
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What criteria is used for a Supreme Court nomination while in Senate Judiciary Committee?

I have a policies and procedures question. I've been watching Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee on television. I'm having a hard time finding reading on the ...
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Can a lame duck Senate confirm a SCOTUS nominee?

Given that a number of reasons for delaying a vote on the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court have come up, it may happen that they will not be resolved until after the mid-term ...
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Abstaining from Senate vote on Supreme Court nominee

What would be the effect of an abstention vote by four US senators on a question of whether to confirm a Supreme Court nominee, if the result were that there were only 49 votes in favor of confirming ...
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Why didn't Barack Obama try to force the Senate to hold hearings on SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland?

US Constitution Article 2 says this about the appointments to the Supreme Court: [the President] shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint (...) Judges ...
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Is it known who replaces whom on SCOTUS if there are two vacancies?

Speculation is that Clarence Thomas may also retire while Republicans hold the Presidency, presumably to ensure his replacement is a Republican-appointed Judge. Let's assume that happens soon, and ...
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Can a large number of federal judges be confirmed at once in the US Senate?

President Trump has nominated many federal judges for Senate confirmation. As this list from Wikipedia shows, there is a huge backlog of judiciary nominations. For instance, only 20 judiciary ...
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Could a Party Choose Not to Nominate an Incumbent?

For example, if the Republican party wanted to hold a new primary in 2020 and pick someone other than Trump, is there any specific reason they could or could not do so?
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What influence do Democrats have in stopping Trump's nominations from being approved?

I am totally new to how the U.S. government works but my question is based on the news that I am seeing on CNN. It looks like everyone on the Democrats' side is opposing the Jeff Sessions nomination ...
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Can cloture for position nominations ever be returned to 60/100 in senate?

In 2013 in response to the Republicans rejecting President Obama's nominees, Senate Democrats reduced the vote to halt a filibuster to confirmation of certain government positions to 50 votes. Now, in ...
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Can the Senate reject all cabinet nominees?

As all high government officials require the consent of the Senate, would it be possible for a opposition-held Senate to continuously reject the nominations by the President? Senate confirmations ...
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What requirements are there for becoming a supreme court justice?

Can the president appoint anyone as a supreme court justice? What requirements are there for becoming a supreme court justice? Do you need to be a lawyer or not?
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Supreme Court Nominations

If the GOP loses the Senate majority in this upcoming election, will they still have enough power to block Supreme Court Justice nominee?
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Can the Senate postpone confirming a new Supreme Court judge virtually indefinitely?

Right now the Republican leadership are refusing to confirm a Supreme Court nominee in order to keep a Democratic President's nomination from being accepted. Can the Senate postpone confirming a ...
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Is Donald Trump officially the Republican nominee [as of May 7th]?

Googling the phrase 2016 primaries indicates that Donald Trump is the "likely Republican presidential nominee" (emphasis mine). While Donald Trump needs 1237 delegates to secure the nomination, he ...
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Is there an established method for changing a nominee after the convention?

This year there is the real likely hood that one or more candidates that could be nominated could be indicted, discredited, or simply prove themselves unfit to hold the office of POTUS. Is there ...
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Can the Senate wait until the election and then confirm the president's Supreme Court nominee?

Currently the Republican held Senate has vowed to block any Supreme Court nominee by President Obama. The president recently nominated Merrick Garland. Merrick is fairly moderate and, while he's no ...
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