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Yes, this has happened five times1. I modified this list of "double-barrel"2 Senate elections, published by the UVA Center for Politics, to show only the elections where both Senate seats of a state flipped to the opposing party in a single election. 1Includes only elections after 1913 when the Seventeenth Amendment, which established the direct ...


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There have been 4 Presidents who had skipped their successors' inauguration. This Raleigh News & Observer article listed those Presidents and their reasons for not attending their successors' inauguration. John Adams skipped the 1801 inauguration of Thomas Jefferson It marked the first time in history the presidency was handed over to the opposing ...


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Actually, upon further research, it seems that a supermajority requirement to pass legislation was discussed and dismissed in the Federalist Papers. FEDERALIST NO. 58 is primarily focused on arguing against regularly increasing the size of the House of Representatives, but James Madison concludes by briefly mentioning a proposal to require more than 50% of ...


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There is very little historical precedent. Only two such referendums have been held, for Alaska and Hawaii, with large majorities in favour of statehood in both cases (more than 80% in Alaska, more than 90% in Hawaii) Prior to this there were votes to ratify a proposed constitution, with 71% approval in Oklahoma, though its not clear how many of the 29% ...


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In addition to the presidents mentioned in the answer by panda, none of the following Presidents attended the inauguration of the next President: William Henry Harrison (1841) Zachary Taylor (1850) Abraham Lincoln (1865) James A. Garfield (1881) William McKinley (1901) Warren G. Harding (1923) Franklin D. Roosevelt (1945) John F. Kennedy (1963) Each died ...


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The founding fathers didn't have an idea of a filibuster because when the house and senate started all you needed was a simple majority to end debate. However it was at a later date that it got changed in the Senate but not the House. In reality it was created as an unintended consequence of trying to simplify the rules and everything was run by majority ...


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