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Has any member of Congress served concurrently in State Office?

The Constitution's ineligibility clause prohibits Senators and Representatives from also serving in the Executive or Judicial Branch. Has there ever been a situation where a Senator or Representative ...
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Do any states within the U.S. plan to introduce legislation which would enable a deduction similar to the Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction?

I understand that the Qualified Business Income deduction, introduced into law by the Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017, is applicable at the federal level as a 20% deduction of qualified business income ...
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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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Do state senators and representatives have offices in Washington DC or in the state capitol?

I live in Oregon, and our senators are Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden. I understand that they have offices in Washington, D.C. If that's the case, who are the senators and representatives working in the ...
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Why are US state legislatures, as opposed to the federal one, bicameral?

The federal legislature in the USA is bicameral, with the Senate (supposedly) representing states, with equal voting power among state, and the House of Representatives (supposedly) representing the ...
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Can California really ban their residents from traveling to states without LGBT protections?

The State of California passed legislation (AB 1887) that banned travel to Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and most recently, Texas. Alabama, South Dakota, and Texas all recently ...
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What U.S. constitutional rights do federal/state prisoners have?

Are your constitutional rights limited once you are convicted of a crime and sentenced to prison? Is there any clause in the US constitution that deals with this or is it simply based on crime one has ...
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How can state-level senate/house bills be denied a vote if they have many sponsors?

The Young Turks report that a bill in Maryland is being "denied a vote" despite having many supporters and sponsors. I'm not at all well-versed in US parliamentary procedure. From what I do know ...
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One of the candidates for state legislature suspended their campaign. What happens if they win?

I have noticed that for the 2016 election for Minnesota Senate District 50, one of the candidates has suspended her campaign: Republican Kirsten Johnson of Richfield filed for the seat, but has ...
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Effective differences between legislatures by number of houses?

Many countries have bicameral legislatures with two houses, like the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, etc. Many others are unicameral with just the one, like Norway, Greece, Israel, ...
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Why are emergency service professionals exempt from CA prohibitions on texting while driving?

When I first read the article headlined "Police Officer Will Not Be Charged For Killing Napster Exec While Texting And Driving — Because It's Apparently OK For Police To Do That" I expected it would ...
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US Constitution: who participates in Constitutional Conventions?

I am trying to understand the process of amending the U.S. Constitution. I believe I understand the usual process of amendments (2/3 of Congress, 3/4 of state legislatures), but I don't quite get how ...
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Why does “The Pechanga Coalition” have a voice in California Online Poker Politics?

So I've been trying to figure this out for weeks and I can't find the answer anywhere. No one brings this up, and maybe I'm just ignorant of how the political system works and it's perfectly normal ...
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If judges are appointed, why should law makers be elected? [closed]

I'm from the UK. I think the following reasons are why we appoint judges instead of electing them: Appointed judges make decisions that are more independent and unbiased, because they only care about ...
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when will we hear the results of this court case? [closed]

There was a senior who was suspended for self defense. He's suing the school. I heard the court was going to hear his case. This is really another question about the zero tolerance policy, but really ...
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Mark Levin and The Liberty Amendments: Process

Article V of the United States Constitution says the following: The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the ...