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Most-efficient way to contact my elected representatives

Is there a single form that I can use to submit comments to all of my federal and state representatives at one time? I know that I can use each of their (2 US senators, 1 US representative, 1 MN ...
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How much more do men earn than women for doing the same job?

Yesterday on the State Of The Union address, Barack Obama mentioned something that I have heard a number of times in the past. This information is taken directly from the White House website: On ...
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When and how did the Republican establishment come to oppose NSA surveillance?

When there were revelations during the Bush administration that the National Security Agency was conducting warrantless surveillance of phone calls and emails, Democrats generally opposed the NSA's ...
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What options are available to a person who rejects the authority of the state (an anarchist)?

What options are available to a U.S. citizen who rejects the authority of all levels of government (an anarchist in the strict sense)? This hypothetical person wants neither the protection of the ...
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In the US how does the 13th amendment, 16th amendment work simultaneously with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

Why are income taxes not equivalent to involuntary servitude. I'm not voluntarily paying taxes, but by working the government is compelling me against my will to pay them. 13th: Neither slavery nor ...
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Can lies in a bio or under oath remove a politician from office or cause other legal trouble?

Wendy Davis, a Texan Democrat candidate, made false statements about her past. She said how she was single at 19 when she'd actually gotten divorced at 21. Davis might have separated from her ...
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Government Oversight Committee

How is a committee, for example, the House Intelligence Committee formed, how do the people that oversee the intelligence agencies get selected?
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Can a U.S. state criminalize activity that's legal in another state?

In the United States, there are many states which have laws prohibiting things which other states permit - gambling, marijuana, same-sex marriage, and gun ownership, for a few examples. Obviously, if ...
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In what issue was Barack Obama the only dissenting vote

I think I heard somewhere that there was a vote in the senate where Barack Obama was the only dissenting vote. I believe it was a vote to validate a war action. This would be when Obama was a ...
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What are the GOP's Alternatives to Obamacare

Given the GOP's objection to Obamacare, I have a question about its alternatives. Assuming that we are unwilling to repeal the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, which mandates that ...
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Legality of same-sex marriage compromise law

There are currently a number of states which permit same-sex marriage, and others which outright prohibit and refuse to recognize it. The latter laws are currently being challenged in courts all over ...
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Is there a way for a Constituent (or non-lobbyist) to introduce a bill in either house of the U.S. Congress?

I am curious as to both the theoretical and practical aspects of how an individual might get a bill introduced in congress. How might one go about this? One potential application might be for ...
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Why do US politicians commonly refer to the UK as “Great Britain”?

The United Kingdom's full name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Thus, technically, referring to the UK as "Great Britain" excludes Northern Ireland.
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Is there a procedure to recall US Senators?

I live in Colorado. Is there an procedure to recall a senator or representatives in Congress in my state? What are the steps in executing that procedure?
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Do any studies reflect a correlation between Republicans political positions and racial attitudes? [duplicate]

Dog-Whistle politics refers to code words that mean one thing to the general population, but have an additional, different, or special resonance for a targeted subgroup. alleged code words in the ...
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How many known cases of in-person voter fraud could have been prevented by Voter ID Laws?

Liberals often claim that while there may be other forms of voter fraud in the United States, like voter registration fraud, the only kind of voter fraud that a voter ID law can possibly prevent is in-...
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Do Republicans intend to put policy riders in the next appropriations bill?

Democrats and Republicans in Congress, under the leadership of budget chairs Patty Murray and Paul Ryan, recently agreed on a budget deal which specifies government funding levels for 2014. Of course,...
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What caused the racial shift of America's parties?

Until the 1960's, African Americans were overwhelmingly Republicans (except for some members of the New Deal coalition) and Southern whites were overwhelmingly Democrats. Then, after the passage of ...
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Accredited Investor laws for non-US citizens

My understanding is that in the US, accredited investor laws are in place to protect people from investing in high-risk ventures. This is, for instance, why KickStarter couldn't offer stakes in the ...
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When will the US hit the debt ceiling again?

After the debt ceiling showdown of October 2013, the US debt ceiling (basically the total amount of outstanding debt the US is allowed to have at a time) was suspended from October 16, 2013 until ...
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What is the necessity of the FDIC in the US banking system?

A bank's basic function is to "borrow short and lend long". In other words, it borrows money from depositors over the short term, promising to repay it on demand, while it lends most of that money out ...
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Do(did) hospitals turn poor patients away

During the healthcare debate leading up to the passage of the ACA, I was told by some sources that Hosptials have to treat anyone who comes into the emergency room, and that they often take a loss ...
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When a police officer asks your origin and destination, what are my legal rights? [closed]

I understand the 10 rules for dealing with the police and that you dont talk to the police but if you are stopped by the police and they ask you where you have been and where you are going, how should ...
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What is the purpose of farm subsidies today?

Roughly every five years, Congress debates and eventually passes an agriculture (i.e., farm) bill. The first farm bill, as I understand it, was passed during the Great Depression as a means of ...
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Supreme Court cases that were harbingers of New Federalism

Between the mid-1930s and late 1980s/mid-1990s the Supreme Court didn't invalidate any acts by Congress during the era of New Deal Federalism, but under the Rehnquist Court a revival of Federalism ...
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Why is the Slave Trade provision of the US Constitution so broad?

Article One Section 9 of United States Constitution contains a provision, as a concession to the South, that the slave trade may not be banned by Congress until 1808. But the language of the ...
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What legally constitutes character assassination in the US?

Recent examples: the GQ interview with Phil Robertson, that got him fired from A&E's Duck Dynasty, or the George Zimmerman 911 call that was edited, and that edit made him appear racist. ...
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Was the end-of-life counseling provision kept in Obamacare?

In the initial version of Obamacare, there was a provision in which if someone wanted to have a voluntary counseling session with a doctor about end-of-life care, discussing things like advanced ...
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If you are illegally searched, and the police find nothing, what can you do?

If police search your car or house without a warrant, without permission, and without probable cause, and they don't find anything incriminating, do you have any recourse? I know about the exclusion ...
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How much does the House Bipartisan Budget bill of 2013 increase spending in the next two years?

The House recently passed a budget and ended the sequester cuts that under current law would extend into 2023. How much does this bill increase spending in the next two years? (in actual dollars and ...
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During an election how is it decided whose name is on the ballot

If the name anyone who wanted to run for office appeared on every ballot, then election ballots would be unmanageably long. For high-profile elections, there is almost always a democrat and ...
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What percentage of people receive SNAP benefits for extended periods of time?

The FARRM bills major expenditure, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), supports over 40 million people. What percentage of people have received SNAP benefits for more than 5/10/20/...
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Does the first amendment protect business owners from being forced to work for protected classes?

Certain classes are protected from discrimination in the United States. The intersection of the right to freedom of speech and being free from discrimination is getting more attention due to some ...
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What factors account for the large drop in young voters identifying with the Democratic Party?

A recent Harvard poll, young Millennials (18-24 year olds) have been trending less Democratic. With a drop of 12 percentage points from November 2009 to November 2013. This is in sharp contrast to ...
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Was Nelson Mandela a Terrorist?

I stumbled upon this website and I thought this website was pretty interesting. I think this question is relevant to politics, since this is all we hear about on the news. On the mainstream media, he'...
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Doesn't the 14th Amendment guarantee that anyone can run for president? Not just natural born citizens?

If, as the 14th Amendment states, any naturalized citizen is afforded all the same privileges and protections of the law as a natural born citizen, then doesn't this mean any citizen can run for ...
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Is it necessary to allow preferential treatment based upon race in order to ensure equal protection under the 14th Amendment?

Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI), or Proposal 2 (Michigan 06-2) was passed into Michigan Constitutional law by a 58% to 42% margin on November 7, 2006. The constitutional amendment outlawed ...
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What are the total unfunded liabilities of the top 5 states?

Detroit recent bankruptcy that left its 20,000+ retirees with less than 1/5ths of their pensions. This has left many people concerned about the finanial stability of the various state retirement plans....
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Has anyone called for the elimination of limited liability?

One of the justifications that liberals make for the regulation and taxation of corporations is that corporations are by their very nature government-subsidized enterprises, because the government ...
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How wealthy are state legislators in Texas?

Something you see in political publications from time to time is a piece about "the top 50 wealthiest members of Congress", or "the average wealth of senators". However, I've found that information ...
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Why don't unions negotiate members-only contracts in right-to-work states?

How unions are generally formed is that the workers at a company take a vote, and if a majority vote for collective bargaining, then all the workers get represented by a union in negotiations with the ...
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Why did the Supreme Court consider the Obamacare Medicaid expansion coercion?

As part of Obamacare's efforts to expand access to healthcare, it included an expansion of Medicaid. Medicaid is a program that receives some federal funding, but it's administered by the individual ...
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Does Obamacare grant transitional authority to the President?

President Obama has been claiming that a lot of his actions lately on Obamacare are allowed because the ACA grants him broad "transitional authority" to do certain actions necessary to make the ...
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What portion of the Affordable Care Act originated in the House?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare was declared constitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States. In Justice Roberts opinion, he declared that the individual mandate ...
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How much has Obamacare cost Senate Democrats in public support?

Early in November, President Obama met with Senate Democrats concerning the rollout of the Affordable care Act. A group of 15 Senate Democrats–all up for re-election in a year–met with President ...
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How many senators approved the change to the cloture rule in 1975?

According to this answer, only a simple majority is needed to change the Senate's rules not a supermajority. Ordinarily, a point of order compels the Senate to follow its rules and precedents; ...
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Did the Senate break their own rules by invoking the nuclear option?

Senate Democrats modified the rules of the Senate, invoking the nuclear option The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to invoke the so-called “nuclear option,” making it possible for Congress to confirm ...
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What factors account for the Republicans election failures in urbanized areas?

It seem that in most urbanized areas in recent years (2000 - present) Democrats win more elections on average than Republicans. According to debt.org: if an area has more than 500,000 people, it ...
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Why was the Healthcare.gov site development managed so badly?

The US Department of Healthcare and Human Services was ultimately responsible for managing the contract(s) that developed the federal healthcare exchange website, Healthcare.gov. As has been widely ...
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Which states have the highest percentage of people who qualify for subsidies on the healthcare exchanges?

The Affordable Care Act allows for taxpayer funded subsidies to purchase health care plans on the exchanges. Households that make less than %400 of the federal poverty level qualify, about $46,000 for ...

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