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    Character Name: Lilakai Wauneka Avatar: Luci Tapahonso (First poet laureate of the Navajo Nation) Political Party: Democratic Seat Held: United States Senator, New Mexico (Class 1) Date of Birth: 19 November 1961 Place of Birth: Shiprock, New Mexico Place of Residence: Shiprock, New Mexico Race/Ethnicity: Native American (Navajo Nation) Gender: Female Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic Family Information: No spouse; no children Parents: Hoksay (father, b. 1931) & Ahson (mother, b. 1935) Wauneka (m. 1954) Siblings, Siblings-in-Law, Nieces, & Nephews: Hastiin Wauneka (brother, b. 1955) & Alex Johnson (b. 1954) (m. 1982) - No children Klah Wauneka (brother, b. 1957) & Angelica Clahchischilliage (b. 1961) (m. 1985) - Ángela Wauneka (niece, b. 1989), Jorge Wauneka (nephew, b. 1991), Cecilia Wauneka (niece, b. 1994) Atsidi Wauneka (brother, b. 1958) - Unmarried Radmilla Wauneka (sister, b. 1966) & John Frank (b. 1959) (m. 1999) - No children Educational History: 1976-1980, Shiprock High School, High School Diploma 1980-1982, Diné College, Associate of Arts in Social & Behavioral Sciences 1982-1985, University of New Mexico, Bachelor of Arts (Major: Political Science) Occupational History: 1985-1986 - Bureaucrat, United States Bureau of Indian Affairs 1986-1988 - Researcher, Congressional Budget Office 1989-1990 - Reporter, Navajo Times 1991-2005 - Delegate (Shiprock), Navajo Nation Council 1999-2003 - Speaker Pro Tempore, Navajo Nation Council 2003-2005 - Speaker of the Council, Navajo Nation Council 2005-2013 - Representative (New Mexico's Third Congressional District), United States House of Representatives 2013-present - Senator (New Mexico, Class 1), United States Senate
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    Signing out of this and all other characters. I have too much self-respect to be part of such a toxic community where the kind of abuse I've received from both players and administrators is not only acceptable, it seems to be encouraged.
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    The AB would like to thank @Ben for his dedication and service to the game. Last night, he tendered his resignation to the AB, which I accepted. In other news, the AB would like to welcome @Fisher! As of right now, we're still working out his exact responsibilities. Over the next day or two, I will be putting out new responsibilities for the AB as we're going to shuffle responsibilities some. We're looking forward to having new blood and new ideas brought on board!
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    The AB feels that sometimes, VGS and really the whole genre of political RPG simulations in general sometimes neglect the very vital aspect of our political system that is public relations and old-fashioned self-promotion. Likewise, we have felt that while we have a strong fundraising system with quarterly background fundraising automatic for active Senators along with allowances to hold multiple FRs each year and participate in specific SIG-oriented fundraising bonuses, we don't provide enough incentives to use let alone earn this money if you aren't seeking re-election soon, seeking higher office in the immediate future, or simply want more meaningful events in which to participate in during the off-years. So, we are officially announcing two policy changes at once: The first is that character activities will actually start to cost something, with the cost sheet linked at the bottom of this announcement. While we fully recognize that some of these costs will seem high compared to RL, there's a good reason: you each get basically free money every quarter with background fundraising and some of you may never have to face re-election unless the game goes into 2022 which we hope will happen but might not, and some simply will choose not to run for re-election when they are up anyway. Its a way of giving every person a reason to raise money and to use that money regardless of circumstance. The second is that, obviously, the impact of your public activities will have a higher impact than ever before. If you want to connect to voters more and appeal to local sensibilities outside of national politics to improve your ARs, here's your chance. If you wrote a book as a fundraiser, and want to ensure people read it beyond your core voters (say, in Des Moines or Manchester for instance), here's your chance. If a political party wants to organize a regional or even national multi-speaker rally tour promoting a piece of legislation or agenda, well you get the drift. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hestitate to ask.
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    Thank you all. I'm currently travelling, so I might not be the most responsive for the next couple weeks - it's a wonder why I allowed myself to finally join VGS now - but I'll hope to be more active soon.
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    I made Media and Independents two separate groups, if our independents can't see or post in an area of the boards please message me!
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    @DutchSavage: Remember, the supposedly unqualified Jane Kelly was given the 'unanimously qualified' rating by the American Bar Association. #PassKelly
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    Being connected with the voters of your state, or sometimes even expanding beyond, is always a vital aspect of political life. In non-campaign years, this can become an essential part of maintaining or expanding your standing at home, of introducing yourself to new people across the country, or shifting public opinion towards your agenda on legislative matters. Likewise, the two political parties can often make a big impact without a region or a series of key states with issue or grouping-specific speaking tours featuring their all-stars as well as up-and-comers eager to expand their national influence and name recognition. The following are the costs (which will be strictly enforced) for all of the most popular of character activities in the game: Twitter: Free of Charge Press Conferences: Free of Charge Personal Website/Blog/Facebook: $10,000 per IG Quarter In-State/Local Publicity Tour (visiting local businesses, talking to local groups, etc.) $15,000 per stop, unique brief remarks required for each stop Book Promotion Tour: (link to book by the standards outlined in the fundraising guidelines required) $17,500 per stop in-state, unique brief remarks required for each stop $25,000 per stop out-of-state, unique brief remarks required for each stop Town Hall Events: $75,000 base cost -Add $15,000 per additional speaker Public Rally/Speech: $125,000 base cost - Add $25,000 per speaker - Add $60,000 per additional location Other Events: Public Activities are not limited exclusively to what is listed here, as creativity is strongly encouraged. If you are interested in hosting an event or some other medium of publicity not explicitly listed here, please contact the AB to inquire further as to cost and structure.
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    New 2017 NINC Schedule NINC Programming: Weekdays (All Times are ET) Time Show Name Host Description Category 7:00am-9:30am Bright and Early with Andrew Sutherland Andrew Sutherland NINC's flagship morning show. News 9:30am-10:00am By the Numbers with John Caffey John Caffey A look at the latest numbers which are impacting America. News 10:00am-11:00am Congressional Business Samantha Roscoe NINC provides live coverage of Congressional Business on this show. Samantha Roscoe hosts all studio coverage. Congressional Business 11:00am-1:00pm Washington View Michelle Stenson A show covering all of the latest developments of the day in Washington from the Senate to the House to the White House. News 1:00pm-3:00pm The International Power Hour Gal Hyacinthe The International Power Hour focuses on the biggest international stories of the day. It is designed on the schedule to line up with the late afternoon to evening period in London. News 3:00pm-4:00pm NINC News Update with Samantha Roscoe Samantha Roscoe A quick rundown of the day's stories in a brief news update style. News 4:00pm-5:00pm Featured Committee Events None NINC provides, normally tape-delay coverage of Senate committee business from throughout the day. Sometimes, depending on hearing times and lengths, hearings will be live. Congressional Business 5:00pm-6:00pm Executive Latitude with Bobby Smith Bobby Smith An indepth show covering the White House and in particular executive decisions and orders. News 6:00pm-8:00pm Stuck in the Middle with You Chris Brink Former Missisippi Congressman Chris Brink hosts a show featuring his moderate views. WARNING: Viewers may disagree with Brink's views regardless of party. Commentary 8:00pm-9:00pm NINC Editorial Various A nightly spot where polticians and other guests can come on NINC to speak their mind, Commentary 9:00pm-10:00pm Documentary Block Various NINC's Doc Block is a political documentary series, covering the major stories of the day, a lot of times in multiple parts and/or from multiple perspectives. The hosts of the Doc Block are various. Traditionally, only new episodes air in this slot. Original Programming 10:00pm-12:00am NINC News Update with Kurt Conner Kurt Conner A quick rundown of the day's stories in a brief news update style. News 12:00am-4:00am Conspiracy Theory/Doc Block Various Reair of NINC's Political Documentary series as well as it's conspiracy theory series fill in NINC's late night programming. New episodes of Conspiracy Theory air at 12:35am. Conspiracy Theory show is hosted by Boris Alphege. Conspiracy Theory actively mocks political stories and attacks of the day by bringing conspiracies into the picture. Original Programming NINC Programming: Weekend (All Times are ET) Show Name Time Host Category Sunday Mornings Eye on the Nation Murphy Johnson News
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    The occasional update from the House of Representatives regarding national legislation and the affairs of the chamber.
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    Press Secretary Hansen Clarke(D-Detroit) walks up to the podium Thank you for coming here today. I will not take much of your time. The White House wants to give some updates in response to Muriel & Elizabeth #1 The White House is working closely with authorities on the ground to respond to the incoming storms, especially Muriel and Elizabeth. We have seen, in the Caribbean, the amount of power that these storms can carry, and the amount of damage that these pair of storms can cause. We would, once again, like to encourage people in localities to follow the directives of their local leadership, and to please, of course, do what we should all do as Americans- look out for our neighbors in this time of need. FEMA, of course, is on the ground, assisting local governments with evacuations. We are also putting supplies in a position to move them down into effected areas after the storm hits, so that they can be there in as quickly of a time as possible. We will be working with the several states, as well as other states who are willing to share resources, to ensure that this process can be as effective as possible. #2 The White House is deeply concerned with the damage caused by these hurricanes in the Caribbean. The State Department, USAID, and other authorities, will be liasoning with local authorities to attempt to avert the massive humanitarian disaster that has hit the Bahamas, with nearly 90% of the population without power. The United States has always been a generous nation, responding greatly to those in need when disaster strikes- from our response to the Haitian earthquakes in 2009 to the Indian Ocean earthquake & tsunami in 2004, to countless other disasters, this has been a longstanding tradition of the United States, and it will certainly be no different today. There are a number of U.S. citizens who live in the Bahamas, and many more who frequently vacation there. It is a possibility that Americans are there now. The U.S. Government will work as hard as possible to ensure the safety of Americans on those islands, and to try and track all of the U.S. nationals who were on the islands when the hurricane hit.
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    Washington Roundup 2nd Quarter, 2017 Historic Drug Sentencing Law Enacted One of the most controversial policies of the War on Drugs has been dramatically altered in light of the passage and signing of the Mandatory Minimum Reform Act of 2017. Proposed by Senator Osiris Storm of New York, the bill dramatically reduces the vast majority of mandatory minimum sentences for drug related offenses as well as severely weakening the few remaining statutes. Furthermore, the bill expunges the records of all individuals twenty-one and under for first time, nonviolent offenses. The proposal passed the Democratic controlled Senate, but perhaps most surprisingly found an easy pathway through the House as well with a vote of 332-103. Only the Tea Party caucus and a small pocket of establishment Republicans opposed the bill while many of their colleagues backed the proposal. “With this bill i can proudly say that our young Americans will never have to worry about serving ridiculously long sentences for nonviolent crimes and will have their records expunged so that their prospects for jobs and to make living for themselves will never be harmed by the mistakes they have made in the past and the mistakes our government has made on legislation,” said Senator Storm after the Reform Act passed the Senate. Reaction to the Mandatory Minimum Reform Act’s passage and President LeClavers signing it into law has been generally positive. NAACP President Cornell William Brooks lauded the bill as “a historic leap forward for minorities” and “arguably the most important civil rights bill to pass in two decades.” Brooks went on further to praise both Senator Storm and the bipartisan effort on the proposal’s enactment. “The leadership of Senator Storm and the support of both Democrats and many Republicans helped this bill passed. America is a better and more just place because of it. There is still work to do, but this is a step forward." However, while most on the political spectrum applauded the news, the Send Them Back movement and numerous Tea Party organizations condemned the Mandatory Minimum Reform Act. Former U.S. Senator from South Carolina and President of the Heritage Foundation, Jim DeMint, opposed the passage of the bill. “Ever since mandatory minimum sentences and three-strike laws were enacted in the late 1980s and early 90s, crime rates have fallen across the board. But apparently, law and order no longer matters. Politicians are now more concerned about pleasing Twitter mobs than enforcing the rule of law.” Budget Agreement Passes, Signed into Law After a contentious budget process, the Bipartisan Budget Proposal of 2018/2019 has passed both chambers of Capitol Hill and been signed into law by President LeClavers. Following in the footsteps of the 2014 budget agreement, the new proposal makes progress towards a balanced budget with an estimated annual deficit of $299 billion. The lowest deficit since 2007 ($161 billion), the progress made by congress over the last few years has sparked rumors on Wall Street that Standard & Poor may restore the United States triple-A credit rating after stripping the U.S. of the rating back in 2011. "Without question, the United States is at its best place financially in quite sometime," wrote John DuBois of the Wall Street. "We have the lowest deficit relative to GDP since the early 2000s. An eighty percent reduction in the deficit over the course of just six years is remarkable and reflects well on our economy and government." CORRECTION: The Mandatory Minimum bill was amended to significantly reduce, not completely eliminate, mandatory minimums.
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    APPROVAL RATINGS, Q2 2017, PART 1 of 3 The Senate Democrats Lewis Clayborne (Democrat - Oregon) Approval: 49% Disapproval: 39% Undecided: 12% Analysis: Having won reelection and continued on his path of hardwork and delivering results, the people of Oregon’s opinion of Senator Clayborne has improved. He is, in many circles, one of the most respected members of the Senate body. Plus, not only has he advertised himself well in the press offices but voters can easily access his voting record. Senator Clayborne has been, perhaps, the best model of consistency and delivering results over the last two years. However, there may be trouble on the horizon as discontent appears to be brewing within the Democratic Party. While Senator Clayborne may not be the target of the frustration, he may need to work some magic to keep the party and unified and intact heading into the next elections. Constituent Quotable: “Hardworking guy who sticks to his principles and works across the aisle. I’m proud to have him as my senator, despite some policy disagreements,” -Butch Gates, Las Vegas Marc Baudin (Democrat - Ohio) Approval: 42% Disapproval: 37% Undecided: 21% Analysis: Senator Marc Baudin is one of the Democratic Party’s new Blue Dog voices in the upper chamber of Capitol Hill. And thus far, he has done a solid job. Most voters are pleased with his handling of his job, though he has yet to do much to dramatically distinguish himself in the eys of most voters. His biggest problem thus far is his voting record needs updating so his constituents see what he’s doing. Otherwise, however, he is doing a good job marketing himself. Most Washington D.C. analysts view him as a politician with a high ceiling and as someone who may be able to bridge the divide between the progressive wing of the party and the emerging Blue Dogs. Constituent Quotable “Marc Baudin is up there representing Ohio well. I do wish he’d update his voting record a bit. But I have read in the papers how he’s getting the job done. So far, so good, though it’s still early.” -Bertha Wells, Toledo Dutch Savage (Independent - Illinois) Approval: 44% Disapproval: 33% Undecided: 23% Analysis: Not many people would have anticipated even a year ago that the media personality Dutch Savage would ever run for public office. But not only did Dutch Savage run and win the United States Senate seat in Illinois, but he is making many of his constituents proud. Savage has proposed a myriad of bills thus far in the first session. While he has not found any particular niche issue, he has covered a broad array of topics on both foreign and domestic policy. Perhaps most important is that he is offering legislation to appeal to essential rural Illinoian voters. He could perhaps focus more on improving his standing in the liberal bastion of Chicago which is instrumental for any Democrat trying to counter the more conservative rural vote. The biggest dilemma facing Senator Savage is he must find a way to balance his role as an independent while appealing to the liberal vote that helped elect him last November, hence the high level of undecided voters still figuring out their opinions on their senator. Regardless, Savage is off to a great start as a United States Senator and his constituents are pleased with his efforts. Constituent Quotable “I like what’s he’s doing. It’s about time we had a Democrat fighting for rural Illinois instead of focusing all their time on appeasing the big wigs in Chicago.” - Kurt LeGunn Kamaka Nikolao (Democrat - Hawaii) Approval: 47% Disapproval: 32% Undecided: 21% Analysis: Nikolao is emerging quickly as a rising young star in the Democratic Party. Extremely active in both his press office and on the Senate floor, Senator Nikolao has cast himself as a strong progressive who legislates on both national and state issues. Numerous bills of his directly target the interests of Hawaiians and have earned him applause from his constituents. He’s decidedly liberal and in Hawaii, that’s a good thing, especially if you’re delivering the goods. Constituent Quotable “This kid delivering for our state. I’m glad to see he’s focusing his efforts on this state and not merely on advancing his career on the national level.” -Bridget West, Honolulu Jackson Clay (Democrat - Indiana) Approval: 48% Disapproval: 44% Undecided: 8% Analysis: Jackson Clay’s power in the Beltway is rising. He is considered by many to be the most powerful Blue-Dog Democrat in the United States and may have another potential presidential bid in his future. The people of Indiana see him rising in the ranks. However, the also see a voting record that’s not updated and a press office that could be doing a significantly better job at marketing what legislation he is putting out there to better their lives. Indiana voters do not really care about how effective a politician is at moving nominations along in committee. It’s good news, but it’s not what they pick up the newspaper for and to read about. Clay has proposed and fought for legislation that Indianans like. Plus, he’s now their most powerful voice in years with his new job. Clay’s approvals are higher than his disapprovals, but they could easily be higher if he updates his voting record and begins shaping his message better. “I like Jackson Clay and what he stands for. I proudly voted for him in 2016 and hope he considers running again in 2020. I just wish I could see what’s doing in the 115th Congress instead of only being able to see what he did back in the 114th Congress,” -Clarissa Jeffries, Indianapolis Osiris Storm (Democrat - New York) Approval: 49% Disapproval: 39% Undecided: 12% Analysis: Osiris Storm does not care who he offends or what gets in his way. Unabashedly progressive and one of the more vocal members of the Senate, Senator Storm has quickly distinguished himself as a liberal firebrand who is earning the ire of conservative talk hosts and the adoration of his base and minorities. The passage of his mandatory minimum bill has greatly pleased and roused support among such groups. He has also been a staunch defender of President LeClaver’s nominees. However, his emergence in the spotlight has not been without its fair amount of criticism as many Republicans ripped his handling and behavior as president pro tempore. Storm is quickly becoming the most hated Democrat in the Senate among conservative circles, raising his disapproval rating higher than most of his fellow freshman senators. But in New York, as long as the left loves you and the center can tolerate you, you’re probably going to be fine. And so far, Senator Osiris Storm is doing good. He will need, however, to update his voting record or constituents may sour on him. Constituent Quotable “He’s ruthless, no doubt. And if I were a Republican or even a moderate Democrat, I’d hate his guts. But man, Osiris Storm means what he means and is pretty good at getting the job done. You know where he stands. Sometimes that’s gonna piss you off, but most of the time he’s getting stuff done,” - Ralph Johnson, Brooklyn Hillary Edwards (Democrat - New York) Approval: 40% Disapproval: 37% Undecided: 23% Analysis: Hillary Edwards is in many ways a lite version of her colleague Osiris Storm. Not quite as beloved by her base but not quite hated by her enemies. As of late, she has upped her game and is beginning to recover her standing after initially stumbling out of the gate. Senator Edwards has ascended to DNC Chair, a role that fits her well coming from one of the most liberal states in the union.She has kept her voting record pretty well up to date, though the formatting is a bit strange. Her press office is active and voters are generally pleased with what they’re seeing from their senator. She should, however, attempt to target more of her legislation towards her constituents back home and make sure she has some accomplishments to pitch them besides her mere positions of power. “I like Hillary. She can be a bit bland at times, but overall she’s doing a steady job. Unlike Osiris Storm, I actually feel like she could work with people across the aisle. I have high hopes for her.” - Juanita Morales, Queens Amelia Beyer (Democrat - Minnesota) Approval: 36% Disapproval: 37% Undecided: 27% Analysis: It’s not that she isn’t showing up to work. She is. It’s that Senator Beyer has been completely inactive in her press office and has not touched her voting record. Her constituents are completely in the dark as to her activities, leaving many voters in Minnesota undecided as to how they view her. She should hit the airwaves more and advertise herself more effectively to her constituents, especially in light of the national realignment in politics that is shifting the midwest to the right and the south to the left. Constituent Quotables: “I haven’t seen or heard much of her in the press. I do know she’s voting, but I’d like to know which way,” -Sally Lillard, St. Paul
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    National Independent News Company (NINC) Audience: 1,315,000 viewers Revenue: $850,000 So once again NINC comes out on top not due to the sheer amount of work you guys produce (which I couldn’t go through and mark all of it) but because of their strict journalistic ethics and their dedication in presenting the news. The top three pieces that I think are really good, 1. Zamora Budget Proposals Literally no either media source covered this especially when Zamora suggested highly unpopular and downright absurd cuts like the reducing the Civil Rights Division in the DOJ and reducing funding for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund 2. Chamber of Commerce endorsement refusal When the Chamber of Commerce refuses to endorse the Republican presidential candidate that’s huge and you covered it well, bringing both Moreno and Clayborne to offer their insight really sealed the deal with this one. 3. Zamora Interview While this interview was shorter and actually quite a nice fluff piece instead of questioning Zamora directly as to why he let the Republican majority erode in the elections, it presented an embattled man to most viewers but many saw him to be hypocritical especially with this line, “However, after the election results came in, it became clear to many in the GOP that we would need to take a hardline stance against the President and Democratic Party's agenda. With the Senate Republican caucus eyeing this strategy, I decided that it was time for me to wrap up my time as caucus leader so I could continue to embrace my sincere faith in bipartisan governance.” Due to the fact that NINC released his budget proposals and the constant PR attacks made by the Senate Democrats, this interview polarized viewers from supporting a man who believes strongly in bipartisanship to mocking the former SML for his new found sense of bipartisanship. Progress Forward Readership/Audience: 130,000 Revenue: $234,000 I’m very conflicted with your first interview to be honest and your audience was too. The interview felt like an coordinated attack instead and asking the tough questions as to why Edwards decided to endorse and even campaign for a Republican, however these questions needed to be asked surely since the Senator A) Represents a Blue State and B) Has styled herself as a progressive. However it was a coordinated attack but Edwards was able to withstand the attacks especially on school choice, and she did have a point, school choice wasn’t the only issue that Washburn was running on and the repeated attacks on that where tiresome. It was also low blow in my opinion to add that commentary after the interview especially since you did not do it for Senator Savage’s interview. As for your second interview it was unsurprisingly fair and balanced and asked meaningful questions concerning the budget, the supreme court, and yes Hillary Edwards. But unlike the Hillary Edwards interview, the audience was more comfortable with this one and it reflects better on you guys to stick to interviews like this, while you may be a progressive news source, you still have to adhere to professionalism. The Washington Daily Readership: 140,000 Revenue: $250,000 A very balanced magazine including the first article concerning the supreme court nominees, just focusing on what happened including the now controversial nomination of Justice Jane Kelly, however it wasn’t perfect. There could have been more analysis but then again you used the viewpoints of senators across the political spectrum to do that I think with Baudin, Coburn, and Savage.As to the polling release, you could have done way better than just releasing the numbers, you could have written an article with analysis so that wasn’t all that great. But do keep up the good work! Bread and Roses Magazine Readership: 97,000 Revenue: $150,000 It’s hard to label this newspaper, some might call it progressive, others might call it full on socialism but I prefer to view it as democratic socialism and the ideas reflect that. It rails against the Democratic Party for taking the course of moderation but fails to acknowledge the various amount of moderates in the senate caucus, while the few Democrats who read this agree with that opinion, in honesty their opinion of the article means horsecrap as your main audience eats this up willingly and wants more. Interestingly enough you could have attacked LeClavers for submitting to a budget of moderation but instead you threw that pent up leftist anger at the party itself and led out a somewhat vision of what the party should do instead. While this isn’t news per say it’s a very strong opinion piece if you buy into democratic socialism so good job there.
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    For Immediate Release Press Secretary of the Democratic National Committee 430 South Capitol St SE #3, Washington, DC 20003 Profile: Judge Jane Kelly "A highly qualified Supreme Court nominee" (Washington, D.C.) President Harrison LeClavers nominated federal appellate judge Jane Kelly to fill a vacancy on the United States Supreme Court. After confirming Sri Srinivasan to the Supreme Court earlier in the congressional session, Republicans in Congress are obstructing the nomination of Judge Kelly - who would be the fourth female Supreme Court justice - from passing the Senate, despite her high qualifications. Who she is: She's is a United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit judge who previously served as a longtime public defender in Iowa. She would be the first public defender to serve on the Supreme Court in United States history. She was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as only the second female Eighth Circuit court judge. Kelly clerked for both Democratic and Republican-appointed Judges, including, Donald Porter and David Hansen. Fun Fact: Judge Kelly received the John Adams Award from the Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, which recognizes an individual’s commitment to the constitutional rights of criminal defense. "This is a local Iowa girl, an intelligent and well-rounded lawyer who is from humble beginnings," said DNC Chairwoman, Hillary Edwards. "Jane Kelly is a highly qualified Supreme Court nominee and there's absolutely no reason to prevent her from becoming the fourth female Supreme Court justice and first justice with a public defender background. With Judge Kelly on the court, it'll be an addition to our nation. I am extremely confident she will uphold our nation's laws and defend our Constitution and Republicans should not uphold her nomination any longer." Highlights from Kelly's Senate committee hearing "Thank you for the question, I do not believe that a judge's personal views should be known or at least talked about, there is a clear separation in the law and personal beliefs, that is something I will uphold if I am granted the chance to serve on the supreme court. As to my judicial philosophy, I believe that the times have changed significantly since our constitution was written and which means we must view it how modern society would interpret it." "Senator I believe the second amendment is still relevant in today's America." "Our country's founders who were of different religious backgrounds themselves knew the best way to protect religious liberty was to keep the government out of religion." "I have clerked for two judges, taught at the University of Illinois College of Law, served as a public defender and supervising attorney, and have served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for four years. I've tried cases and made judicial opinions on cases that have impacted this nation, I believe strongly that my experience in the law which has passed decades has prepared me for the duties of a supreme court justice."
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    The House approves the bill by a 332-103 vote with core opposition coming from factions within the Tea Party and GOP Establishment Voting Blocs.
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    I'm reposting this bio, and signing it in again!
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    HELP Kamaka Nikolao @Bolster Chair Dutch Savage @Old Ironsides Ranking Majority Member Lewis Clayborne Hillary Edwards @Christopher Williams
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    Sign out, please. I just don't have the time for a full-time character. I'll be keeping up with Brink on NINC's coverage
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    Mr. President, Is your current plan to simply ignore my parliamentary inquiry? I still hold the floor and refuse to yield.
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    Michelle Stenson: Now joining us is New York Senator Hillary Edwards. Thanks for joining us Senator! Hillary Edwards: Thanks for having me. Michelle Stenson: With the Tea Party Caucus being discontent on lack of communication with Republican Leadership on budget talks, how much have you heard from your party leadership on them? Hillary Edwards: The last I heard was that our caucus leader, Senator Nikolao, was in talks with leader Clayborne on ensuring that some of our progressive initiatives are included in the budget - including the Violence Against Women Act and continuing to provide healthcare to the first responders from 9/11. Nevertheless, I just have to say, Democrats put out a budget and the Republicans didn't - instead insisting on a bipartisan deal. Well, the Republicans and Senator Merchant need to put up or shut up and understand that elections have consequences and that a huge chunk of the president's agenda is going to have to be included and some conservative principles sacrificed. This budget process is a cloud over Washington, it's really overshadowing the congressional agenda in Washington. I'm very much on the side of those who say, 'look, we don't want another continuing resolution - figure it out'. And I think that's very much the mentality of the average American at this moment - our leaders need to exhibit leadership and make it it happen. Michelle Stenson: What do you think of the GOP leadership in the House’s decision to not agree to consider another continuing resolution? Hillary Edwards: This has definitely gone on too long. Our leaders need to make it happen and figure out how they're going to spend taxpayers' money. Continuing resolutions won't do. Of course, shutting down the government is never prudent, but I think there's this complacency that comes with the fact that no one wants to shut down the government and therefore we pass a CR. Well, the Congress and the American people, we are at our wits end. The message to our congressional leaders, is basically, get it done and figure it out. Now, I'd be very supportive of an agenda that is bipartisan; at the same time there's some important priorities that we have to fight for and that we are going to make sure is included. But put your bipartisan measure out there on the table, let's see it, let's debate it, and let's have a vote. Period. Michelle Stenson: Are you planning to support another continuing resolution? Hillary Edwards: Well, speaking personally, not on behalf of the CPC or any one else, but I will support another continuing resolution under the one condition that there's a measure that's out there and the debate is beginning. I won't support a CR without a budget. But to give us time to assess a bipartisan deal to fund the government and vote on it - if a shutdown is imminent - I'd support a continuing resolution to keep the government open while we have a robust debate. Michelle Stenson: So, if a budget deal is not looking likely, you will not support another CR? Hillary Edwards: No. Our leaders need to get a deal on the table. Period. Perhaps if we get in a situation where there's a shutdown, it'll put some pep in their step. And I think the American people would blame the Republicans for slow-walking the process. We have a budget, we're debating a Democratic budget right now. The president's agenda, the Democratic agenda is out there. We've done our job, but apparently Senator Merchant is not doing enough in the negotiations to reach a deal. And that's egregious. As I said, elections have consequences, so the ball is in Senator Merchant's court to sacrifice some ideals for the sake of funding our government and ending this madness. Michelle Stenson: In the Senate, your party put it’s own budget proposal on the floor for full consideration, do you agree with the decision to do that? Hillary Edwards: Oh, most definitely. It shows clearly to the American people that we are doing our jobs. The president is doing his job. Senator Clayborne is doing his job. Where's the Republican budget? No where to be found. Now, Senator Merchant - the GOP leader - claims it's because they want a bipartisan deal. Well, now he's at the negotiating table and won't deal. The reason a budget is not passed right now is because of him and because of the failed Republican leadership. If we shutdown, it'll be on their hands. Michelle Stenson: You recently voted against an amendment to said budget proposal by Illinois Senator Dutch Savage to hold off the elimination of deferrals of corporate taxation on offshore profits. You were only one of two Senators in that boat. Why were you opposed? Hillary Edwards: The amendment practically slow-walked the principle that everyone should pay their fair share of taxes in order to, I guess, appease Republicans. That's not something I supported. Michelle Stenson: What would your ideal budget contain? Hillary Edwards: Of course I am a fan of the Democratic budget. In the meantime, any budget - to earn my vote - must include a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act that either never expires or expires in ten years. It is shameful that for the past four years, we've failed to fund the fundamental anti-violence grants that have protected women in the unprecedented legislation to address the violence and assault of women and girls across the country. The Violence Against Women Act is not just a landmark proposal, it's also a model for countries around the World on how their governments can support their women and girls from all different types of assault and violence. It's important and I am proud to be standing up for women and girls in my home state of New York and across the country. I will not stop fighting to ensure it's included in the budget. We've gotta make it happen. Michelle Stenson: Do you believe Republicans and Democrats will be able to come together to agree on a budget? Hillary Edwards: I hope so. But the sensationalist, made-for-TV polarization in Washington is disheartening. Michelle Stenson: Thanks for joining us today Senator Edwards! Hillary Edwards: Thank you for having me!
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    NIKOLAO SPONSORS BILL WITH ZAMORA FOR NATIVE HOUSING Washington, DC – This week Senators Kamaka Nikolao (D-HI) and Diego Zamora (R-NM) introduced legislation that would expand housing for indigenous peoples across the United States, including reauthorization of the Native Hawaiian Homeownership Act. In a statement, Senator Nikolao stated that "working together to make legislation more inclusive and much more effective is how government works." He continued to say that he is pleased that Senator Zamora reached out to him to include native Hawai'ians in this bill. "In many cases, Natives of our islands are forgotten because many think of the indigenous people on the mainland when we hear 'indigenous people'."
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    @C-SPAN: House Caucuses reportedly both frustrated with the lack of a budget proposal. @C-SPAN: House GOP considers blocking another continuing resolution.
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