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Would it be sensible for the House Democrats to vote for McCarthy as speaker?

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." (Attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte) The Democrats, by refusing to assist the Republicans in electing a speaker of the house, ...
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What did the Democrats have to gain by ousting Kevin McCarthy?

Why would a Democrat vote for McCarthy? McCarthy is not from their party; Democrats are not normally inclined to vote for Republican speakers McCarthy single-handedly opened an impeachment ...
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Would it be sensible for the House Democrats to vote for McCarthy as speaker?

McCarthy may be too moderate for some extremist Republicans, but he's not moderate in the classic sense, not in line with Democratic policies, and his anti-democratic antics may pose a threat not just ...
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To whom does "Madam Speaker" refer during the Trump impeachment debate?

"Madam Speaker" is not Rep. Pelosi, but Rep. Diana DeGette, a Democrat from Colorado, who is serving as speaker pro tempore and presiding over the US House of Representatives for the debate on the ...
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How might Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the UK House of Commons "play hardball"?

The Speaker can grant ‘urgent questions’ to MPs on a subject - a mechanism which forces the relevant Government minister to appear in the House of Commons to respond to said question. As the ...
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Why would voting for a US House Speaker candidate from a majority party be "taboo" and punishable if you're a member of a minority party?

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." -- Napoleon Bonaparte (attributed) I think that's the basic mantra here: if the opposing party is having a leadership crisis, don't ...
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What did the Democrats have to gain by ousting Kevin McCarthy?

The current dispute over the speaker position makes the Republicans look like they are incompetent, out of control, at war with each other, and unable to perform even the basic functions of government....
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Did the Democrats have an endgame plan when they allowed the Republicans to remove the Speaker of the House?

The Democrats did not have a plan, exactly, they merely wanted a Speaker who would be willing to work with them (to some extent) so that the House could pass somewhat bipartisan bills. McCarthy has ...
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Can the speaker invoke the 25th amendment without the Senate?

With an the recent talks that Pelosi is going to "discuss" the 25th amendment in order to get rid of president Trump, what is the process for this? Does it have to be voted in Congress and ...
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What happens if a non-representative is elected speaker of the House?

This has never happened, and probably never will. If it does happen, what would mean is that the non-member Speaker would be a non-voting member of the House of Representatives. In a sense, there's ...
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Why is the Speaker of the House of Commons (UK) elected by secret ballot?

The rule was introduced in 2001, following the 2000 election of Michael Martin. That election took place "by means of a conventional parliamentary motion with recorded votes on an amendment for each ...
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Why is the current Presiding Officer in Scottish Parliament a member of Labour Party, and not the Scottish National Party?

In the UK system, the speaker is politically neutral, and this requirement of neutrality has been taken seriously by generations of speakers. Moreover it is quite common for the speaker not to be from ...
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Is there a time limit to elect the Speaker of the House of Representatives?

There is no official time limit, just a point where the question becomes irrelevant. It is theoretically possible for the entire two-year term of this Congress to pass without ever electing a Speaker,...
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What is the process for nominating a Speaker of the House?

Before each roll-call vote, members-elect are given the opportunity to nominate candidates by the Clerk of the House. They do so simply by stating that they are doing so; take for example the ...
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Did the Democrats have an endgame plan when they allowed the Republicans to remove the Speaker of the House?

It wasn't as much as them allowing him to be removed but refusing to back him after he backed out of deals with them in order to try and save his position. If he was willing to back out of deals to ...
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Was the scene depicting a Commons vote won by 3/4 of a vote real in "This House"?

The part of the play which I believe you're referring to can be read here, and refers to the actions of Walter Harrison, then a government whip in a committee stage vote, not a vote in the main ...
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From when & where is Kevin McCarthy quoted as saying "...there's two people I think, Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump."?

According to the Washington Post, it’s a recording of a June 15th, 2016 meeting held at the Capitol between senior Republicans, including McCarthy, Paul Ryan, Steve Scalise, Evan McMullin, Patrick ...
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Do UK voters know if their MP will be the Speaker of the House?

If the Speaker is seeking to continue in the position from the previous Parliament, then he or she runs as the Speaker rather than for a party (since the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums ...
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Does no-one standing against the speaker of the house in UK lead to the local electorate being disenfranchised?

Yes. It is a flaw in the British system (I am British). On the other hand, most British voters are effectively disenfranchised, because their vote will never make a difference to the result: they ...
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Honourable versus Right Honourable Members

Within the House of Commons, the title "Right Honourable" indicates that the MP is a member of the Privy Council. (In other contexts, it is also used for some peers and Lord Mayors). MPs who ...
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What is the process for nominating a Speaker of the House?

Supplemental answer to address the news side of it: You're only reading about McCarthy because the Democrats are business-as-usual (nominate one person, have all D's vote for him) but don't have ...
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What did the Democrats have to gain by ousting Kevin McCarthy?

Hard to say what their real reasons might be, but regarding McCarthy even though he agreed with them on the continuing resolution, they apparently could not forgive him other stuff: Democrats blasted ...
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Would it be sensible for the House Democrats to vote for McCarthy as speaker?

Conservative commentator and never-Trumper David Frum, in "No Tears for Kevin McCarthy," (The Atlantic, 2023-01-05), argues that McCarthy is so compromised that Congress, the country and ...
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Can the US House function without a speaker?

Q: Can the US House function without a speaker? For a while. There is a House rule for a vacancy in the Office of Speaker allowing the business of the House to continue until the election of a new ...
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Why did the Conservatives yield the Speaker chair?

The tradition of alternating parties is often mentioned, but is not really true. As Wikipedia's list of Speakers shows, it was broken most recently in 2000 when Michael Martin followed Betty Boothroyd ...
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Can a "minority" party elect, or at least choose the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives?

All that matters for electing the speaker is that a majority of votes is won by a candidate. It doesn't matter what party the voters belong to in determining the winner. In order to get elected to the ...
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Does no-one standing against the speaker of the house in UK lead to the local electorate being disenfranchised?

One could feel disenfrachised for all sorts of reasons: you could be in a politically 'safe' seat, or be an environmentalist in one of the constituencies that the Green Party doesn't field a candidate,...
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Why would voting for a US House Speaker candidate from a majority party be "taboo" and punishable if you're a member of a minority party?

The answer from zibadawa timmy provides a good explanation for general cases. However, the example cited in the block quote (James Traficant) has some special circumstances that deserve mention, ...
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What are the exact voting rules for electing the Speaker of the House of Representatives?

According to the current house rules, the Speaker of the House must be selected by a majority of votes, that is, more than half. While Jeffries had the highest vote total, he had only 212/434, which ...
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