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Questions tagged [united-states]

Questions relating to the government or the politics of the United States of America

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Who will become Maine Attorney General in January?

Janet Mills will become the next governor of Maine. I believe she is currently the Maine Attorney General. My question is, who becomes the Maine Attorney General on the day she moves office?
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Census boycott for political purposes

It occurred to me that if one is a supporter of X party living in a far Y state, one might cast an indirect vote against Y in the house and presidential races by not taking part in the census. Due to ...
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Data on vote and seats

I'm looking for a data on: Nationwide data from 1946 on Democrat and Republican share of the national vote Share of the seats in Congress in the same period. Would it be possible to collect the same ...
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Can the Senate block House Subpoenas?

Does the Senate have the ability to block a subpoena submitted by the house of representatives?
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Can federal courts overrule North Carolina's vote ID constitutional amendment?

North Carolina voters approved a voter ID amendment to the state constitution; I assume that carries more weight than the voter ID laws that have already been overturned, but can the federal court ...
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Can an American Political Party kick out a member?

Can a United States political party kick out a member? For example, could the Republican Party have kicked Roy Moore out? I am not talking about affecting the ballot, but removing his registration as ...
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Are Native American tribes considered part of the United States?

What is the principle of Tribal Sovereignty? Does it mean that Native American tribes are not part of the United States?
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Fake News: How can a government of and by the people address the problem? [closed]

The Washington Post today published an article titled ‘Nothing on this page is real’: How lies become truth in online America [no paywall.] The article lays out examples of how our media (social or ...
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How often does Congress try to overturn Marbury v. Madison?

Two out of the three sections of H.R. 6784 (the "Manage our Wolves Act") have clauses stating that they aren't subject to judicial review (I suppose Congress is fine with having the judiciary muck ...
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What are the rules, laws, and procedures to approve and remove press members from white house press conferences?

In November 2018, an event in American politics involved a certain reporter for CNN, Jim Acosta, having his press credentials revoked by the White House, thereby barring his access to the White House ...
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Ghost voting prevention in US state legislative bodies

Context Ghost voting, in this context, is when legislators vote for bills on behalf of other members who aren't actually present. I am somewhat embarrassed to say that I never knew about this ...
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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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Why is counting election totals more difficult than lottery administration?

This may seem like a rant. But I will show a few point of similarity which will show that it is an actual question. First, states administer lotteries. Just as states administer both state and ...
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On Florida machine recount - how limited to Senate/Gov/Agriculture

The machine recount required by FL law is underway. Are the scanning machines reprogrammed to only tabulate senate, governors, and Ag.Secty? Or do the scanners actually do a complete retabulation of ...
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What powers does the Rules Committee (US House of Reps) have?

My understanding is that the Rules Committee (House of Reps) gets a bill after it comes out of the relevant committee and: schedules the bill for hearing on the floor (date/time) adds special rules ...
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When and where was the first US “Butterfly ballot” used in a presidential election?

When and where was the first US "Butterfly ballot" used in a presidential election? Was it: 1996 In 1996, it was clear that some people who intended to vote for Bob Dole accidentally voted ...
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Can both US Senators from a state be elected at the same time?

I understand the US constitution mandates three rolling 'classes' of nearly equal numbers of Senators be elected every two years, each for 6 year terms. The convention has been to not elect both ...
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Stated reasons why Trump waited until the day after the election to oust Sessions?

Trump has been critical of now-former AG Jeff Sessions for some time now - more than a year - largely around his recusal from the "Russia investigation". Is there any reasoning provided as to why he ...
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What are the repercussions of a poorly designed ballot?

I've been following the Florida senate race, and according to multiple sources, something seems to be off about the votes in a specific district. It mentions that the design of the ballot itself ...
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How is the electoral voters selection? can they vote illegally to anohter candidate if they will? [duplicate]

Who are the people who give electoral votes? I mean, how are they selected? Who selects them? Was there any point in the history, that one of these people votes illegally? Like he/she had to vote ...
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What was the popular vote in the US 2018 House election?

Does anyone know where I can find figures for the total votes cast by party in the US 2018 House elections? I've been unable to locate them.
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What solutions have been proposed in the US to an abstract contaminated vote bag problem?

Suppose in an anonymous voting system, we have a bag of 100 legitimate votes soon to be counted. Unfortunately, before the 100 legitimate votes reach the the counting table, a man in a bandit mask ...
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Is the US one of the most decentralized countries in the world? [duplicate]

After living abroad in a small, politically centralized country, I came back to the United States and suddenly realized how strange federalism feels to me. Individual states have so much political ...
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Why does Broward County FL need to apply a voter fraud law around handling of provisional ballots?

On November 6th an in-person registered FL voter, (whose driver's license was scanned on-site), was given a provisional ballot for reasons not clear at a later time. The voter then dutifully filled ...
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How can we find representatives from specific cities?

I would like to know U.S. House of Representatives from Houston, Atlanta, and Los Angeles in 1980. I know districts and city boundaries do not overlap, but is there any way to know them?
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Who organised the Belleau Wood cemetery visit on November 10th 2018?

Was yesterday’s United States visit to the Aisne-Marne American cemetery in Belleau Wood, fifty miles east of Paris, organised by President Macron? In other words: was it a bilateral event, or merely ...
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Why would the Attorney General not just wait to be fired?

In an answer to the question why the President would not just fire the Attorney General a user explained that after a (requested) resignation the President could appoint a temporary replacement ...
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Is the use of “fear” effective in terms of voter turn out in US elections…?

The November 6th election has seen record turnout in some states that were electing senators and representatives. Use of fear has been around for a long time but this election has seen unpresident ...
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Titles for US public figures

It appears that it is customary in the US to continue to refer to prominent public figures by the title they previously held, e.g. President Obama, Secretary Clinton etc. I understand that this is ...
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How can the US Senate bypass the Majority Leader's agenda?

If the US Senate Majority Leader doesn't want to bring a bill to the floor for a vote, are there other mechanisms that would allow the bill to be voted on anyway? If so, what are they?
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What is the problem with Broward County Fl election results?

Press reports say that Broward County is still "counting ballots", I assume they really mean that the optical scanning machines are still reading the ballots and tabulating the votes for each ...
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Can Matthew Whitaker legally change the budget for the Special Counsel Investigation at a whim?

Background According to 28 CFR 600.8, the budget of a Special Counsel investigation is handled as follows: (a)Budget. (1) A Special Counsel shall be provided all appropriate resources by ...
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Did the framers of the US Constitution foresee huge differences in representation in the Senate, such as between California and Wyoming?

Wyoming currently has a population of about 600 thousand people, while California has a population of almost 40 million, yet each have two senators. Hence, it could be argued that a person in Wyoming ...
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Does Trump's hush-money problem make him vulnerable to impeachment and removal?

A recent long article in the Wall St. Journal painstakingly recounts a sequence of events regarding President Trump and some controversial payments. The article does not go into detail as to how this ...
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Make sense of the NYT Senate totals?

I'm pretty confused by the New York Times' page describing the Senate results (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/06/us/elections/results-senate-elections.html). It says that the Democrats ...
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Do American voters tend to vote for candidates who promise their demographic more voting power?

One objection to "more democracy" is that voters will vote in whatever way gives themselves more political power, without due regard for the institutions they are voting to modify or the ...
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Why would the President not just fire the Attorney General?

According to several newspapers, e.g. this article, or even the (now former) Attorney General's resignation letter, President Trump asked Jeff Sessions to resign. Similar things are also shown in TV ...
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Was the enacting of DACA unconstitutional?

I had seen one of the arguments towards Trump's efforts to end/reform DACA was that Obama had exceeded his Presidential power when executing such an order. U.S. District Judge William Alsup ...
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How much aid has the United States given Israel compared to occupied Palestine?

Since Israel's declaration of the State of Israel how much aid has Israel received from the USA compared to occupied Palestine (up to the present moment)?
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Best metric for comparing poll queue times?

In the 2018 Midterms, some very determined Georgians waited over four hours in line to vote. Every two years there are precincts that torment voters with long lines, but never mind how or why... I'm ...
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If an Attorney General tried to defund a special counsel investigation, could the House fund it?

Hypothetically speaking, if an incoming Attorney General wished to stop an ongoing investigation without cancelling it and tried to make the investigation grind to a halt by removing funding, would it ...
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30+ years ago, why was there often a huge split between the presidential and house elections but not anymore?

In 1988, Republican presidential nominee (and incumbent vice president) George H.W. Bush won 40 out of 50 states and a 7.8% margin in the popular vote. On the same day, Democrats in the House of ...
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What impact will keeping the Senate but losing the House have on Trump's ability to implement his agenda?

In the 2018 mid-term election, the Republicans lost the house but appear to have increased their majority in the Senate. Will that give President Trump more power to implement his agenda (...
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Why are some precincts so slow to report after an election?

After every US election, in seemingly every state, there are a handful of precincts that are very slow to report. Sometimes they are several hours or even days behind the majority of precincts in ...
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Where are detailed results of New York State elections available?

Where can I find published the official election results for New York State (USA)? We just had an election which included many NY State offices (as well as federal US) but their results are very hard ...
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What does Farrakhan mean by “false Jews”?

In a speech of his, Farrakhan referenced "false Jews": These false Jews promote the filth of Hollywood that is seeding the American people and the people of the world and bringing you down in moral ...
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What does it actually mean for the Republicans to have lost the House of Representatives?

As a non-US person, (German) radio told me the Democrats would now be able to force Trump to publish his tax return and prevent him from funding his wall. That's probably a nice little "haha" for us ...
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What instruments does the House of Representatives have to control the executive branch of government?

The US election is mostly over and the Democrats have gained a majority in the House of Representatives, while the Republicans have got a majority in the Senate. What political instruments (for ...
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On the Washington Times election page, why does Wyoming's icon have no stars? [closed]

On the Washington Times election page there is a "State Tracker" panel with links to each state's results: Each icon has a motif comprising blue and red fields with white stars on the blue field. I ...
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What is the difference between a special polling location and a general polling location?

This was asked by a friend of mine, and he wanted to know the answer. Upon searching for his polling location, he was given a special polling precinct and a general polling precinct, which were two ...