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D C statehood timeline

Let's assume DC statehood passes Congress this summer. How soon after that could it have elections for House and Senate? How soon could those members be seated? Would they need a state constitution ...
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Is Iran considered a democracy by the Western world?

In Iran, there is a supreme leader and a guardian council on top of the parliament. Any candidate for parliament must be approved by the supreme leader and the guardian council. Therefore, this is not ...
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What would it take for the District of Columbia to be made a state?

It seems the Biden administration supports the recognition of the District of Columbia as another US state. This raises the question of what will it take for this to happen? Obviously, such a state ...
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How is rational basis test applicable in this situation? [closed]

How might Justice Joseph Bradley’s argument that a law barring women from practicing law could be upheld because of women’s “timidity and delicacy” be regarded as an application of the rational basis ...
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Why do white supremacists use the term “Anglo Saxon values”?

I heard on the news about a group called "America First" that supposedly wants to protect "Anglo-Saxon values". Other American and European nativists have also used that phrase. ...
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What ideas about policing, police power, and police conduct have classical theorists offered? [closed]

For the sake of this question I'm defining "classical" as "Pre-Renaissance." I am looking for quotes or sources from authors recognized as political theorists or philosophers, but ...
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Does a sitting US president require a passport to travel internationally?

The same question related to Queen Elizabeth II has been asked and answered on this site: The Queen does not require a passport to travel internationally. I am interested in learning whether this is ...
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Does congress recognize any ethical obligations to avoid influencing sitting juries? [closed]

There is a fundamental tension between U.S. 1st Amendment freedoms of speech and press and the 2nd and 14th Amendment right to due process and trial by an impartial jury. In the U.S., the legal ...
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Why do people at the top of a bureaucracy/government have to get paid the most?

This comment says that One of the de facto laws of compensation in a bureaucracy is that nobody can get paid more than the guys at the top Why is that? Is it because of tradition, or is there some ...
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Is there a correlation between a county's swing towards Democrats from 2004-2020 and increase in minority population?

In 2020's presidential election, it was shown that Joe Biden lost support from nonwhite voters, most of whom were ideologically conservative. However, he not only still won this voting group, but he ...
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Has a U.S. president (or other politician) commenting on a criminal case ever actually led to a major setback for the prosecution?

We often hear politicians-- and U.S. presidents especially-- being criticized for weighing in on criminal cases on the grounds that their comments could prejudice a jury. Most recently Joe Biden and ...
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Must Scottish voters cast both constituency and regional votes for their vote to be valid?

Scottish voters are heading to the polls on the 6th of May to elect 129 MSPs to a new term in the Scottish parliament at Holyrood. Each voter gets to cast two votes. Their first vote is a local ...
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How do members of extremely large political bodies 'learn the ropes'?

The classic example is the New Hampshire State House, which is (in)famous for having an large number of members with a fairly high turnover rate, many of whom completely lack political experience and ...
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What is the purpose of the UN having multiple conventions on the same thing rather than making amendments to previous conventions?

The UN often has multiple conventions on the same thing (example). Is there any reason they do this rather than amending a previous convention? e.g. maybe it is harder to make an amendment than a ...
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How do states with no state income tax like Florida or Texas generate tax revenue?

How do states with no state income tax like Florida or Texas generate tax revenue? Do they have higher property tax or sales tax? I compared their property and sales taxes with other states with ...
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Why does Joe Biden always tweet from @POTUS and not @JoeBiden?

I have noticed that ever since Joe Biden took office, he has tweeted from @POTUS. However Donald Trump, for example, tweeted primarily from his personal account, which is suspended. When @JoeBiden ...
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Is boycotting or hurting businesses an instance of hard power?

As an example of what I'm talking about, here's what's happening in Myanmar: Since some professors in our medical universities did not join the civil disobedience movement, surgeons, dentists and ...
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Why does the Cook PVI of states not predict whether another state has (statewide) elected officials of the other party? [closed]

I've noticed something interesting: that the partisanship of a state does not seem to predict the willingness of a state to vote for people from the other party. Let's use January 1st, 2010 as a ...
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Why Fascism is called a far right ideology? [duplicate]

I wonder why Fascism is called a far right ideology? The three logics of Fascism that Ted Wringley have presented (not taking into consideration the irony) seems very much like what the leftists ...
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Why do news articles often refer to the leader as opposed to the country?

Some examples: Philippines' Duterte would send navy ships in South China Sea to assert claim over resources Putin's Answer to U.S. Sanctions Is More Economic Isolation Boris Johnson poised to raise ...
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What voting system are we using over on CGCC to elect chat ROs?

Currently, over on CodeGolf.SE (CGCC for short), we are holding an informal election for new room owners of our main chat room. As this is an informal election, we haven't asked SE for the same ...
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What is the average net income in Germany? [closed]

According to oecd.org, the net income of a single person at 100% of average earnings (no child) after taxes was 42,697.59 US dollars. But when I look at de.statista.com, they state that the average ...
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Understanding how Fascism showed that direct government is not same as self-government

Harold Joseph Laski in his book Parliamentary Government in England writes: Direct government, in short, is not the same thing as self-government; it may, indeed, as the experience of Fascist ...
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Voting system with two votes as a defense against fear of voting for a loser - is it anywhere in the world?

In some countries there is a big fear among voters of voting for a party that doesn't end up in the parliament because they didn't reach the minimum threshold of votes, making their votes go in vain. ...
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How can I identify a transparent government?

In previous government (democratically elected) in Myanmar, there was no media freedom and no internet freedom given in Rakhine State and the government did not answer transparently to the questions ...
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What is the role of the Kaladan project?

The Kaladan project it seems is the one of the wonders taking place. However I really do not understand what is the point connect Myanmar with India for a route that will connect the main Indian ...
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What are the major policy differences between Clinton and Biden?

In a very broad sense, what are the main differences between the policies of Hillary Clinton Vs those of Joe Biden (based on statements made by their respective campaigns or other official/reliable ...
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Why was President Troare of Mali 'furious' at the arrest of the Ivoirian Minister of Planning for embezzling funds?

In 1984, Thomas Sankara, a military officer, revolutionary activist and President of Burkina Faso, was elected as the President of CEAO, the Economic Community of West Africa. Under his administration ...
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Studies on the application of “Red Flag Laws” in the US

I'm looking for objective studies describing how red flag gun laws involving Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) are being used in those U.S. states that have implemented them. I'd like to see ...
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Why did the West reject Stalin's proposal for reunification of Germany in 1952? [closed]

As mentioned here, in 1952 Stalin proposed a reunification of Germany and free elections there, in exchange for Germany not being part of NATO.
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Why is climate change a problem when one can just offset the carbon? [closed]

The average annual carbon footprint of an average person is 4 tons, more or less: https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/carbon-footprint-calculator/ The price of carbon offsetting is ...
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Is Duverger's Law a theorem or an empirical regularity?

I wanted to know if Duverger's law ("[T]he simple-majority single-ballot system favours the two-party system") was/can be derived from a mathematical model of elections, like the Median ...
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What are the limitations on the structure of a US state government?

Upon a quick scan of the U.S. Constitution, the only direct reference I find as to how state governments are to be structured is in article IV, section 4: "The United States shall guarantee to ...
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What are the differences between autonomous administrative divisions and confederated states in Myanmar?

I learned that Wa State is currently an autonomous administrative division of Myanmar but in current government reform, Rakhine State wants to be a confederated state and other remaining states ...
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Why doesn't the US condition aid to Israel to force it negotiate over the Israeli-Palestine Conflict?

US military assistance to Israel dates back to 1962 when President Johnson decided to sell anti-aircraft missiles to them. Since then, the US has given Israel $110 billion of military aid. This makes ...
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Can the President of the United States ignore the Supreme Court?

If the President (and their administration) considered the Supreme Court to be politically "illegitimate", would they be able to ignore its rulings? Is there any precedent for this?
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Are there examples in the world in some countries, of non supreme court members of the governments having legitimacy to interpret the constitution?

I've heard some armies make oaths to defend the constitution. Also I've heard about sheriffs publicly refusing to enforce a law on constitutional grounds. I'm not sure if they have the legitimacy to ...
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Why does the Executive make (promulgate) laws? The laws should be made by the legislative

The Executive, as its name suggests, should be working for the execution and in the Polity, I think, it would be executing the laws. The laws are made (or consented, if you like) by the legislative (...
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What are the barriers against a one state solution in the Israel-Palestine conflict? [duplicate]

In an interview by the Washington DC based Foundation of Middle East Peace, Palestinian-American Youssef Munayyer of the Arab Centre said this on the 'two state solution': The idea of having faith in ...
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Empirical Evidence Regarding The Effectiveness of Writing Your Representatives

Letter writing (including email) and phone call campaigns are popular actions people are called to participate in to create pressure and change legislator behavior. It's taken as axiomatic that this ...
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What prevents somebody with principles that do not align with a major US party from running for election their platform?

In the United States, because of the two party system, it is infeasible for somebody who isn’t an incumbent president to win an election without being part of either the Democratic or Republican Party....
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Why does the Fossil Fuel industry absorb 85% of global subsidies? [closed]

According to the IMF, around 85% of global subsidies is given to the fossil fuel industry, this amounts to roughly $5 trillion dollars. This makes no sense. One major aim of subsidies is to nurture ...
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Why are countries consistently ranked across “nice” lists?

I have noticed over the last couple of years, that countries that are ranked high on one list that ranks by a property that is favorable, also rank high on other similar lists. For example on https://...
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Electing fewer group representatives than groups when the whole electorate votes on them

At my work we need to elect three representatives among four separate departments. There is a max of one representative per department. Any member of a department can run as a candidate. There is no ...
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Right of attendance at a Parish Council Meeting [closed]

My Parish Council has chosen to hold a face to face meeting on 12th April in the village hall. Parishioners have been sent an email saying that it is probably not legal for them to attend due to covid ...
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What is armed struggle and why did it work in countries like Nepal but not in Phillipines and Peru? [closed]

Philippines,Peru and Nepal seem to the similar countries economically. Then why did the armed struggle work only in Nepal and not in all these places? Where did the government go right in these places ...
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Why is the USA so much concerned about the human rights violations in Xinjiang, but less so about Kashmir? [closed]

Kashmir is a disputed territory between India and Pakistan. Xinjiang is controlled by China (it might be worth noting that India also claims ownership, but has no power there). Kashmiris want ...
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What does India not being a member to the 1951 Refugee Convention mean?

What does India not being a party to the protocol mean in the context of legal documents pertaining to refugee protection. A slightly detailed insight to this is most welcome. https://www.unhcr.org/...
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Are Venezuela's dismal finances the result of Maduro's mismanagement, the US sanction, or both? [duplicate]

Is the dismal financial situation of Venezuela because of Maduro's mismanagement or the US sanction or both?
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Which laws are relevant to evaluate whether the EU might launch further sanctions against Russia in the case of Alexey Navalny?

I reflect on which sanctions might be taken by the EU against Russia since they demonstrate again by the case of Navalny how they treat human rights of the oppostion in Russia. Since my research on ...

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