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What does Nicholas Watt mean that May has “enough tellers for her Brexit vote”?

From journalist Nicholas Watt on Twitter: With two Tory MPs supporting Theresa May’s deal she has one breakthrough: enough tellers for her #Brexit vote I believe this is a reference to some system ...
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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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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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Does Congress formally offer training to inexperienced legislators?

Everyone in Congress came from somewhere. It's possible that they were once in local or state government or active in major social causes, but that's not a safe assumption. The problems and ...
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Alternative voting systems in parliamentary procedure

When a body is considering a proposal and an amendment to that proposal, there are three alternatives -- original proposal, amended proposal, and status quo. The only procedure I've ever seen applied ...
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How does a development proposal for general public move in U.S?

I am not a U.S native but very much interested in understanding this. Let's say the U.S president has an idea that he thinks can improve, using government's money, the general welfare of the public. ...
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Is there a ballot Initiative at the Federal level? [duplicate]

I understand that, roughly, 20 states have a Ballot Initiative process. To clarify: A citizen may gather a set number of signatures, on a petition, to have an issue or item placed upon a ballot for ...
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What is the point of asking the Prime Minister about their engagements for the rest of the day?

Every week (or so it seems) the Prime Minister is asked the same meaningless question and gives the same meaningless answer. For example: Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle) (Con) Q1. If she ...
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What changes would be necessary in the UK to force a general election if the Prime Minister resigns?

At present in the UK, should a prime minister be removed from office (either by resignation or made incapable of fulfilling the office due to injury, illness, or death) the party forming the ...
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Do Members of Parliament have to register interests before voting?

Are Lords and Members of Parliament obliged to register an interest prior to voting on proposed UK legislation?
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How can the federal United States congress conduct a public referendum vote?

Is it possible for congress to delegate voting on specific policies to a nationwide popular vote at the federal level? If so, how would this be accomplished?
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Can an organization's presiding officer vote during their impeachment? [closed]

Members in an organization I am involved in are attempting to impeach the President of the organization for negligence of duty. The Constitution/Bylaws of this organization state the following: ...
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What does it mean to send a resolution “over, under the rule”?

This is in the congressional record from yesterday: RESOLUTION OVER, UNDER THE RULE-S. RES. 18 Mr. MCCONNELL. Mr. President, I have a resolution at the desk. The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The clerk ...
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What is the purpose of the motion to reconsider the vote by which the resolution was agreed to, in the first Senate session?

As visible in yesterday's Congressional Record, there are a number of uncontroversial motions made by the majority leader which passed by unanimous consent. After the motions pass, he moves to "...
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How can a bill pass the US Senate by a vote of 3-0?

The Palm Sunday Compromise was a bill which passed the US Senate by a vote of 3-0, 97 not present. How is it possible for the Senate to conduct business with the overwhelming majority of its members ...
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Is House Resolution 368 Permenant?

US House Resolution 368 amended Clause 4 of standing rule XXII of House Procedures and was passed on September 30th, just before the government shutdown took effect. It prevented members other than ...