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Is there precedent for a losing candidate to be appointed to the Senate shortly after the election?

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey recently appointed Martha McSally, the losing candidate in the 2018 Senate election, to the state's other Senate seat. Is there any precedent since 19131 for a Senate ...
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Are there any states which never had any appointed Senators?

In most states, the governor is able to appoint Senators on a temporary basis. Senator Jon Kyl's appointment was the first in Arizona. Are there any states where no Senators have ever been appointed?
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Famous appointed Bridge-Builder politicians

Are you aware of any famous recent examples (possibly supported by an article) where the US President appointed a cabinet member because of his good relationship with the opposition?
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How do you get a seat in the confirmation hearings?

How does one get a seat into the confirmation hearings? In watching the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, there seems to be a sort of spectrum of people allowed in the room. The people sitting on the right ...
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What kind of documents are being requested in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing?

In the (currently on-going) Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing there is some disagreement about which documents should be released; this answer gives a good overview of the situation. Quoting from ...
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What is the point of congressional confirmation hearings?

This year has seen no shortage of seemingly pointless hearings, where candidates make fools of themselves only to still be appointed to their designated role anyways. Some notable examples: Betsy ...
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Have any studies been performed which show that campaigning for or being appointed to an office of public trust leads to criminal activity?

Consider List of American state and local politicians convicted of crimes List of American federal politicians convicted of crimes while in general persons who have been convicted of a crime are ...
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How does turnover in the Trump administration compare to previous administrations?

There have been a number of high-profile departures from the Trump administration for various reasons. For example: Michael Flynn, Hope Hicks, Rex Tillerson, Sean Spicer and many others. While this ...
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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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Why would the POTUS typically not want to interview U.S. Attorney candidates

I hear and read about the news regarding these highly unprecedented and unusual interactions with Trump engaging with and interviewing candidates he will appoint as U.S. Attorneys. Most of the news ...
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Can the president reappoint someone that Congress has rejected?

Say that the president of the United States nominates a person to a position and Congress chooses not to confirm them. Is it possible (though I imagine politically unwise) for the president to re-...
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How are Trump's nominees stalled in the Senate?

Last year, a Pol.SE question asked How would a minority party in the Senate be able to delay the appointment of the President-elect's cabinet? The top answers said they can't, because the ...
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Why is there reluctance to appoint new members to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has five seats. Two of them are currently vacant, leaving only three members, and I recall that there were also two vacant seats under the Obama ...
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When does Trump fill the empty FTC positions? [closed]

Is there a consensus among analysts when this will happen? Or is there precedent from previous presidents of when they usually fill open positions in the FTC?
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What does this mean “upending standard committee rules”?

I'm just wondering if someone could break this down Senate Republicans pushed through a pair of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees Wednesday, upending standard committee rules to circumvent a ...
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Goldman Sachs Alumni in Trump Administration

I've read in the press that Donald Trump has a lot of Goldman Sachs' Alumni in his administration. I know that Steve Bannon worked for Goldman Sachs, but who else in Donald Trump's administration is ...
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Has a US President ever nominated a sibling to the federal courts or the Supreme Court?

Judge Maryanne Trump Barry presides on the 4th federal circuit Court of Appeals, and certainly has all the traditional requirements for appointment to the SCOTUS, except perhaps one--she's 79 years ...
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How replaceable are “career” bureaucrats by new administrations?

In the old days, when a new administration came into power, all the cronies of the previous administration would be fired and replaced with officials loyal to the new government. In modern times, this ...
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Are there some patterns as to which judges in US are elected and which are appointed?

It looks like some judges in the US (seems mostly on local level) are elected, whereas some (e.g. SCOTUS) are appointed. Is there a good, well-known pattern (based on judge level, locale, etc...) ...