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Why does Vermont keep picking the party for governor with fewer votes since 2006/2014?

Year, VT voting for winning party nationally, party candidate elected VT governor 2006, No, R 2008, No, R 2010, No, D 2012, Yes, D 2014, No, D 2016, No, R 2018, No, R 2020, No, R (Expected) Why does ...
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Would the hypothetical Exxon call be illegal?

This BBC article quotes Trump suggesting he could quickly raise large amounts of campaign funds by offering things to CEOs. President Trump went on to describe a hypothetical conversation: "How ...
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Why are people protesting against supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett?

I saw on the news that people are protesting against supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. I am not looking for any opinions, but would appreciate some background on these protests against her.
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How is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership different from the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

While the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) still exists after the US withdrew its signature, some predicted that the US withdrawal opened the door to China taking the lead with its own Regional ...
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Why are masks a political topic?

Why has coronavirus become such a political topic? What I mean by this - why are things such as mask wearing so political? Shouldn't we know whether or not wearing masks work? Why does the answer to ...
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Is there evidence that the Republican Party leadership wants fewer people to vote?

I want to know about whether or not many high profile Republicans want fewer eligible Americans to vote because they believe it could help them win more elections. An example that makes me suggest ...
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Why am I being asked to vote?

I keep getting letters and postcards urging me to vote. It's not specifying why or for whom, just says "vote!" I keep asking myself - why are they (who?) interested in people going to vote? ...
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What is the reason behind the USA's favorable response to India? [closed]

The USA was never seen complaining about India's intervention in the annexation of Hyderabad (1948), the Sri Lankan civil war (1987), and interference in the domestic politics of Bangladesh (1971 and ...
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Why US Embassy announces what Ukraine will do? [closed]

A few days ago US Embassy announced that "Ukraine will NOT be buying Russia's COVID vaccine". Why US Embassy makes any announcements for supposedly sovereign country in matters outside of US-...
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Understanding the electoral college [duplicate]

I understand that the electoral college makes the race more fair by allowing people in small states to have more of a voice. But, doesn't it take away the voice of people in large states? Right now, ...
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What if there is no Presidential winner on Jan 20?

In the year 2000, the state of Florida was in the process of various recounts when Bush v Gore put an end to the process on Dec 12, 2000, which allowed George W. Bush to become the 43th President ...
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What was the point of Trump trying to get dirt on Hunter Biden's dealings with Ukraine?

When Trump was impeached, the big issue was that he wanted to get dirt on his political opponent. He wanted dirt on Joe Biden's son and how he worked with an oil company and wanted to accuse Biden of ...
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How much is the USA dependent on British and French support in international relations?

I know the relationship is mutually beneficial. But, I am trying to understand the depth of relations between the UK-France with the USA. Can the USA function as smoothly as it is functioning in the ...
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How should the President of the United States handle mass media organizations that discredit him/her?

Presidential administrations in the recent past have fought a very public political battle of words with the media in the United States. The media is a very powerful entity with the power to sway ...
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The politicization of the supreme court

It seems that both the Republican and Democratic parties look at the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice as a political move. Optimally, a judge has no part in politics. Their personal opinion ...
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Is it legal for the US private company to provide services depending on political party?

Read about US company "Fortitude Ranch", specializing on providing secure vaults, who would open it's "survival camps" at the election day. Can such company theoretically provide ...
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Are Senator Schumer and House Speaker Pelosi New Democrats? [closed]

If I am correct, the Democratic Party is split into moderate and progressive wings. Moderate Democrats are also called New Democrats. But in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Democrats#...
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Why have unpopular figures like Putin publicly supported Trump? [closed]

Why have Putin and Kim Jong Un publicly supported Trump? Presumably they want Trump to win, but they must know that they themselves are wildly unpopular in America. The leaders of Russia and North ...
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Why might the Russians want Trump to win? [duplicate]

The American CIA reportedly believes that the Russians, in the form of the Russian government and possibly private actors, went to signficant length (psych / cyber ops) to help Trump win. Having said ...
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Why did President Trump compare news of floods and bad crops as insignificant to news of himself in Iowa? [closed]

From Donald Trump's rally in Iowa, skimming through the speech I catch the following phrases: "I talked to someone, he said..." (about 20x). "If you want to save your child, ..." &...
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How is number of justices determined if the US Supreme Court is expanded?

For the sake of argument, let's say that the US Senate, House, and Presidency are won by the same party; and they decide to pack the court. How is the number of judges in the Supreme Court decided? Is ...
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Two party vote share by under 18 population using census tract and precinct in 2016?

I read an article in the Washington Post. It talked about how most mostly black neighborhoods voted more Republican in 2016 than 2012. I wanted to do use this method by age instead of race. I was ...
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Why were pre-election polls and forecast models inconsistent with the election of Donald Trump?

As it's obvious now, pre-election polling and forecast models were inconsistent with the vote count in this election cycle as not many predicted a Trump victory. Is there any particular reason why ...
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In the United States, can the distribution of congressional representatives be adjusted in response to dramatic population shifts?

In the United States, elections are run by state governments. Each state is allotted a certain number of congressional representatives based on its population. The population of each state is ...
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Can Twitter/Facebook actions on NYP article really be called “censorship”? [duplicate]

Recently, after New York Post placed an article about Hunter Biden ties with Ukraine business, Twitter and Facebook started to restrict spreading of it. Trump immideately called this a censorship: So ...
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Is Michigan the only US state without a State of Emergency (or similar type of order)?

On October 2, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court (MSC) released an opinion regarding the Governor's state of emergency renewals. The syllabus of the opinion states that: The Governor did not have ...
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How is the audience for NBC Town Halls chosen? [closed]

I was just watching NBC's town hall interview with Donald Trump, and was very distracted by a lady sat behind him who kept nodding ferociously whenever he spoke and shook her head whenever he was ...
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Is it realistically possible that Trump's tax returns could contain information that gets him in legal trouble? [closed]

This is somewhat related to this question, but I don't think it's a duplicate. Also, there's a chance that this would be better suited on Law Stack Exchange. With Trump's attempts to prevent his taxes ...
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Why is Joe Biden addressed as Vice President even if he's not the current one? [duplicate]

During interviews or debates, Joe Biden is often addressed as Mr. Vice President or referred to as Vice President Biden. This sounds very odd to my (Dutch) ears; nobody would address a former (prime) ...
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Is there any evidence on how much impact the Lincoln Project is actually having?

The Lincoln Project and Republican Voters against Trump are generating huge publicity and producing some of the slickest adverts I've ever seen. But is there any evidence that they are having any ...
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Historical record of Senate primary vote total predicting statewide presidential result

I was thinking about a potential swing state (Georgia) and the fact that the Democrats got 8 percentage points more votes than the Republicans. I was thinking about the historical accuracy of this as ...
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Do primary vote totals tend to indicate the winner in the general election for US Senate?

In June, the Democratic Party won the primary vote in Georgia by ~9 percentage points, 1.19 million to 0.99 million. Do Senate primary vote totals where both sides are having competitive primaries ...
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Is the SCOTUS confirmation hearing anything more than a grandstanding opportunity?

I listened to the first day of Senate confirmation hearings today for SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Today was just the opening statements by all the members of the Judiciary Committee, and nothing ...
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Why do politicians create more advertising badmouthing their opponents, rather than promoting themselves?

I live in Iowa and have been inundated with a lot of political advertising everywhere (TV, mail, internet) as the 2020 US election approaches. It seems to me that most of the political advertising ...
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What does Amy Coney Barrett have to do with abortion, healthcare, etc?

Barrett Avoids Slips as Democrats Press on Abortion, Health Care Democrats grilled U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett for hours about abortion rights, health-care law, guns and election ...
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What steps has President Trump's “global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality in the 69 nations where it is illegal” taken?

The Trump Pride webpage asserts: Through his bold plan to end the HIV epidemic to his global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality in the 69 nations where it is illegal, President Trump has proven ...
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What benefit does the USA gain when it withdraws from WHO?

Donald Trump threatens to quit WHO. Yet I don't see any benefit the USA could gain by doing so.
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Are there any official statistics on average rejected/missing/lost ballots by mail?

Some time ago, Washington Post presented an article about flaws of mail voting. Another article tells about "tens of thousands" such ballots. And that caused me to ask this question: Is ...
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Is there some way to find out the senate or house candidates endorsed by Bernie Sanders?

Wikipedia lists endorsements in each race, e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections_in_Texas#District_25. Some tweets by candidates also announce ...
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What is the purpose for ads for candidates that are basically guaranteed to lose?

I saw this ad for a man named Joe Collins. He is running for CA-43 and put out a new video attacking Maxine Waters for not living in the district she represented for 44 years. It depicts her as ...
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Ballot Stubs, is this a voter's secrecy issue?

Below is pictured the bottom stub on an Ohio ballot. If you are mailing in a ballot, dropping off at a drop box your instructions are to "do not remove this stub". What is the function of ...
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How would a mute person take an oath of office in the United States?

Many officeholders in the United States are required to take an oath of office. How would a mute person do this?
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Were there any thaws in the post 2000 US-Russian relationship?

Background I have recently become interested in the triangle US-Russia-China. For the Chinese-American relationship there are many analyses that provide ostensible patterns of freeze and thaw, such as ...
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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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Does Amy Coney Barrett’s record suggest she would vote to overturn Obergefell v. Hodges?

Quoted in Bloomberg after the first day of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing: Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Delaware said Barrett’s confirmation could endanger Supreme Court precedents ...
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Why do Senators and Representatives miss so many votes?

We send these people to Washington to do one main job: to vote on bills to make them laws. For example, in the 115th Congress, 33 Representatives and three Senators missed 10% or more of votes, across ...
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Why won't President Obama apologize for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Why won't President Obama apologize for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? He will be visiting Hiroshima soon, and he has said that he isn't going to be apologizing.
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Why did America only attack Japan with atomic bombs and spare Germany?

Why did America use atomic bombs to end WWII with Japan but not do the same to end the war with Germany?
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What are the actual mechanics of counting rank-choice (instant-runoff) votes?

I've been volunteering at my City Clerk's office as a poll worker working on preparing to count votes on vote-by-mail and early-voting ballots. Our work is governed by very specific procedures (as it ...
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What are the requirements for receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom?

I was reading about the Presidential Medal of Freedom and how the president of the United States awards this medal to people who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or ...

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