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    Name: Jefferson Crawford Ashcroft III Date of Birth: January 19, 1964 Place of Birth: Washington, D.C. Place of Residence: Alexandria, VA Party: Republican, Establishment Seat and Class: Virginia, Class 1 Avatar: Josh Hawley Family Info Spouse: Sarah Madison (m. 1995) Children: Hugh (b. 1997), Alexandra (b. 2000) Educational History Harvard University (BA, JD) St Albans School Occupational History U.S. Senator from Virginia (2001-present) U.S. Representative for Virginia's 1st Congressional District (1997-2001) Legal Counsel, Rep. Herbert H. Bateman (1994-1996) Attorney, Private Practice (1990-1994) Biography Jefferson "Jeff" Ashcroft was born in Washington, D.C. in 1964, a member of the Ashcroft family, prominent in Virginia politics. His father was a Republican congressman from Virginia with close ties to the Reagan Administration. Ashcroft was raised as a conservative Republican and attended the prestigious St Albans School in Washington. Upon graduating, he was admitted to Harvard's class of 1986 with a letter of recommendation from Harvard alumnus and then-Treasury Secretary Donald Regan, for whom he had interned in his senior year. At Harvard, Ashcroft concentrated in history. He was a member of the Owl Club and was described as an above-average student. In his junior spring, he studied abroad at Tsinghua University in Beijing and spent his summers interning with Senator John Warner of Virginia. In his senior year, he wrote an undergraduate thesis on the Nullification Crisis, taking a favorable view of John C. Calhoun's states' rights position. He graduated magna cum laude with an offer to attend Harvard Law School the next fall. He received his JD from Harvard Law and was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1989. Ashcroft spent his first four years out of law school working as an attorney in Alexandria, Virginia. In 1994, he joined the staff of Rep. Herbert Bateman of Virginia's 1st congressional district, a family friend, as his office's legal counsel. In 1996, Bateman announced his intention to retire from Congress and endorsed Ashcroft to succeed him in the reliable Republican seat. Ashcroft stood for the Republican nomination unopposed and was elected to Congress that year, one of the youngest members taking up office. In the House, Ashcroft was a reliable Republican vote. He voted in favor of impeaching President Bill Clinton in 1998 following the Lewinsky scandal. In 2000, Ashcroft announced his intention to challenge then-Senator Chuck Robb. He won the Republican primary, narrowly defeating former governor George Allen, and went on to defeat Robb by very slim margins, with the help of aggressive campaigning alongside George Bush. He took up office in 2001. He voted in favor of the Iraq War.
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    I'd like you all to join me in welcoming @Recks to the Administrative Board!
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    Name: Michael Preston Madison Date of Birth: December 8, 1959 Place of Birth: Boston, MA Place of Residence: Philadelphia, PA Party: Republican Party State and Seat Class (use this for help) : Pennsylvania, Class III Avatar: Rick Santorum (y’know I had to do it) Family History: -Father and Mother: Edward and Catherine Madison -Siblings: Jackson Madison, Kaitlyn Campbell, George Madison, Theodore “Ted” Madison, Kathleen Warren, Elizabeth Madison -Wife: Melissa, aged 40 -Children: William (19), Edward (17), Carl (13) Educational History: -Abraham Lincoln High School, Class of 1978 Employment History: -United States Marine Corps, 1978-1989 -Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, 1989-1998 -US Senate, 1999-Present Anything Else You Want To Add: Bio: Michael Madison is the son of two immigrants from Northern Ireland. Edward, a British veteran who served in the RAF on a bomber crew, hailed from Northern Ireland, as did Catherine. Edward’s original last name was Madigan, but after the fierce fighting of the ‘20s, Michael’s grandfather, a staunch loyalist, changed their name to the similar-sounding (but English) Madison. Edward and Catherine immigrated to the United States in 1950, seeking a better life away from the declining British Empire. Settling in Boston, they made a living for themselves in the prospering post-War United States. They moved to Philadelphia in 1960, where Edward worked in a steel plant and Catherine worked as a homemaker for their many children. Originally Anglican, they began attending Mainline Protestant churches while living in Pennsylvania, before becoming evangelicals in the late 70s. Michael’s values were shaped by his childhood religious experiences, and he remains an evangelical today. Michael attended Abraham Lincoln High School, and he was known for being an exceptional student. Sometimes reserved, but very talented and intelligent, he was the star of his class. Instead of attending university after high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He’d always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, whom he had admired since childhood, but he decided to forge his own path and join the Marine Corps instead of the Air Force. He served honorably until 1999, when he was honorably discharged and began work at Barrett Firearms Manufacturing. [more to come on service] In 1998, he decided to throw his hat in the ring to run for Pennsylvania’s Senate seat on the Republican ticket. After a close victory, he defeated the Democratic candidate to become Pennsylvania’s Class III Senator. A dedicated conservative, he has railed against abortion and the Assault Weapons Ban while supporting religious freedom, low taxes, a balanced budget, and low regulation. He criticized the Washington establishment for selling out to China and ignoring theft of American intellectual property and loss of jobs when President Clinton and Congress enacted normal trade relations with China in 2000. After 9/11, Senator Madison supported the AUMF and use of military force against Afghanistan. He has sharply criticized Islamic extremism, calling it “one of the most dangerous threats America faces today”.
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    This will be the official thread for discussing the start date of the upcoming latest round of VGS. As always, the players will have a huge input over the reset era which will ultimately be selected. As discussion goes on, choices will be narrowed down and we will have votes if need be.
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    Character Name: Jackson Clay Political Party: Democratic Faction: New Democrat Seat Held: IN- Class 3 Date of Birth: November 11, 1965 Place of Birth: Muncie, Indiana Place of Residence: Muncie, Indiana Race/Ethnicity: White Gender: Male Religious Affiliation: Methodist Family Information: Wife: Stacy (b.1963, m.1990) Children: Jackson (b.1999) Educational History: (Include school names, specific degrees, and years of graduation) Burris Laboratory School, Graduated 1983 Ball State University, BA in Political Science, Graduated 1987 Notre Dame Law School JD Graduated 1991 Occupational History: (include specific job titles and employers and years in which that job was held.) Congressional Aide Phil Sharp-1990 Associate- Ice Miller Law Firm, 1991-1995 Mayor- Muncie, Indiana 1995-1998 Senator- Indiana Class 3 1998-Present
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    I have quite enjoyed being an owner, but I feel compelled to play in what looks to be an exciting reset. I have resigned as owner, and passed my stake equally up between Anderson and Ironsides.
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    1. Administrator Emeritus 1.1 Administrator Emeritus shall be considered an honorary position for former Chief Administrators and Administrators in good standing, to enable them to form part of an advisory committee to the current Administrative Board, on issues concerning the game. 1.1.1 To be considered in good standing, a former Chief Administrator or Administrator must not have been fired or sanctioned by either the owner(s) or Chief Administrator, respectively. 1.2 In order to qualify for Administrator Emeritus status, an Administrator must serve for a length of 60 days, inclusive of leave of absences no longer than 7 days and a Chief Administrator must serve for a length of 90 days, inclusive of leave of absences no longer than 7 days. 1.3 The duties of the Administrator Emeritus will be entirely advisory in nature, though from time to time, they may petition the Chief Administrator on important matters, detailing a resolution which can either be accepted or rejected by the Chief Administrator. 1.4 In order to promote a neutrality among parties in game, those entitled to Administrator Emeritus status will temporarily forfeit such status for the duration of their active participation in "party politics" of the game. 1.5 The Chief Administrator and the Owners will not seek out those who they believe to be entitled to such status, if you believe you are entitled, please forward a message to the Chief Administrator and the owners of Virtual Government Simulation.
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    Mel Donovan, Oregon มาล่าดีโดโนแวน วุฒิสมาชิกโอเรกอน Romanized Birth Name: Maladee "Mel" Lam-Bailey Thai Birth Name: มาล่าดีาลำ-ไบเลย์ English Legal Name: Maladee (née Lam-Bailey) Donovan Avatar: Yingluck Shinawatra Date of Birth: February 28th, 1955 Place of Birth: Garibaldi, Oregon Place of Residence: Garibaldi, Oregon, Alexandria, Virginia Hometown: Garibaldi, Oregon Party: Republican party Ideology: Economic conserevative, socially Left-Libertarian, Realpolitik foreign policy Religion: Protestant Calvinist Ethnicity: Half-Thai, Half-American White Gender: Female Spoken languages: Spoken English, spoken Thai, some French David Bailey, Father, U.S. Marine Corps, owner of Evergreen Eatery, former state senator, RNC Oregon delegate, dob.4/11/1925, pob. Garibaldi, Oregon, United States, dod.12/15/2000 Pitchaya “Pu” Lam-Bailey, Mother, high school teacher, Tillamook County Board of Education, dob.5/1/1927, pob. Nakhon Ratchasima, Siam Adam Donovan, Jr., Spouse, Writer, U.S. Marine Corps, retired CIA, pob. Garibaldi, Oregon, dob. 12/21/1955, m. 5/12/1980 Esther Donovan, Daughter, dob. 7/22/1988, student, writer, pob. Garibaldi, Oregon Andrew Donovan, Son, dob. 7/22/1988, student, filmmaker, theater actor, pob. Garibaldi, Oregon Adam Donovan, III, Son, dob. 1/1/1989, student, theater actor pob. Garibaldi, Oregon Educational history: J.D., Constitutional law, Princeton College, School of Law, 1980 B.A., Constitutional law, University of Oregon, 1977 B.A., International policy, University of Oregon, 1977 Occupational history: U.S. Senator from Oregon Since January 3rd, 1997 Member, Oregon State Senate, 16th District 1991 - 1997 Analyst, Central Intelligence Agency 1980 - 1988 Chief Editor, Princeton Law Review 1978 - 1980 Oregon Delegate, Republican National Convention 1976, 1988, 1992 Organizer, Oregon College Republicans 1973 - 1977 Maladee Donovan (born on February 28th, 1955) is an American politician and lawyer serving as the Junior Senator of Oregon. Previously a member of the Oregon Senate, Donovan is a member of the Republican Party and is the first Asian-American woman elected to the Senate and first Thai member of the U.S. Congress. Born and raised in Garibaldi, Oregon, Donovan graduated from the University of Oregon in 1977, earning a Juris Doctorate from the Princeton College School of Law in 1980. Donovan would also serve in the Central Intelligence Agency as an analyst. Donovan retired after eight years. Elected to the Oregon Senate in 1990, she would become known for her support of free trade policy and free market economics. Donovan announced her intention to run in the 1996 Oregon Special Senate Election to replace disgraced Senator Bob Packwood. Donovan ran with her reputation, playing up her bipartisanship for free trade and business. Oregon Senate Pro Tempore Gordon Smith eventually won the nomination, with Senator Donovan ending up in third due to a poor campaign. Donovan would run in the regularly-scheduled 1996 Oregon Senate election, branding herself as a “Neo-Republican” that supports equal opportunity, economic rights, balanced budgets, and guaranteed employment. The pseudo-Rockefeller Republican campaign was ambitious, though far from perfect, with Gordon Smith running again after losing to Ron Wyden. Donovan attempted to appeal to Libertarian Republicans, arguing her support of Federalism would protect individualism. Donovan eventually won the nomination by a very close margin over Smith and a divided conservative field. Donovan ignored social conservative Oregonians to run as a “responsible moderate” in the summarily moderate-to-liberal Oregon, though Election Day turnout was very much down due to her seemingly apathy to the social conservative cause. The state senator would win a very narrow margin against the Democratic party nominee, 48.3% to 47.5%. Donovan has since served as the Senator from Oregon, defeating Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury in 2002 55.4% to 43.9%. Donovan relishes her being a recurring thorn in the side of movement conservatives, though she is adamant of her support of the party.
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    Statement to the Press 2Q 2003 (7/21/2019) Good afternoon. I have a brief statement. I will not be taking any questions at this time. I am pleased to announce that I will be serving as Chair of the Senate's Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Judiciary Commercial. I am already talking to Republican Ranking Member Leo Walker of Texas, and Democrat Ranking Member Thomas Jenkins of North Carolina, with the intent of the committee, to the greatest extent possible, operating in a bipartisan manner. This will, hopefully, mark the beginning of the return to the concept of politics stopping at the water's edge. Thank you.
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    Thanks to @Anthony for pointing out I hadn't set the party group permissions. You should be able to post in the hopper now!
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    Avatar: Harry Reid Personal Info Name: Jack King Born: 1/15/1939 Age: 64 Place of Birth: Albany, New York Place of Residence: Bay Ridge, NYC, New York State: New York Senate Class: 3 Party: Democrat Religion: Catholic Economic Status: Upper Class Gender: Male Race: Caucasian Family Parents: Marilyn King 1913-1996 Patrick King 1910-1990 Spouse: Sarah King 1942-Present Children: Lori King 1960-Present Madison King 1962-Present Francis King 1965-Present Kathrine King 1970- Present Education: Bay Ridge High School University of Pennsylvania Columbia Law School Degrees: B.S. in Political Science with a Minor in History, and later a Law Degree from Colombia Occupational History: New York ASDA (1964-1972) Chairperson of the Kings County Democartic Party (1972-1973) Kings County District Attorney (1975-1977) Congressman from New York’s 5th district (1977-1987) Chairperson of the New York State Democratic Party (1982-1985) U.S. Senator (1987-present)
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    Let's say that we go with the House. What happens? Usually, we go with a Senate to have younger and/or more inexperienced people play for them. What happens? Many seats (sometimes half) default before the new Congress is signed in. The parties switch out Senators without accountability, in which the game suffers because we can't handle the large player player base needed for a sim. The player base swears to itself it won't do another House-based sim until when the next reset ends when someone has a bright idea that'd make it better. Personally, I'd rather have a functionally-unicameral sim than kid ourselves to think we're able to fit two houses. I'm not at all experienced when it comes to polsimming (December is gonna be my fifth anniversary of it), but I can't help but see us repeating ourselves. Though, I must ask, does a Senate really produce opportunities for new players or are we kidding ourselves?
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    Idk what Conrad has planned, but as the author of most of the old bio guidelines you cite I can say that there wasn't a prohibition on being famous, just a prohibition against claiming things that inherently would make you sound like more of a hero or give you more of a name rec on the campaign trail then your fellow Senators without earning it, which is why like A-list celebrities, NY Times Best Selling Authors, winners of like top prizes for civil rights or peace etc was prohibited, to curtail campaigns being too focused on bio-claimed accomplishments rather than policies and IG accomplishments.
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    I would rather use Discord for general chat / party chats, because I'm on it already, and VGS would be the only reason I'd ever use Telegram. But I'm not that particular about it.
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    So the fundamental question in my view is the political context in which players prefer to play. 2016 gives you the rise of right-wing and left-wing. So if players want intense primary fights and lots of party soul-searching, this is the year for it. Neither party has a clear advantage in this year. 2012 is pointless to play; there's nothing interesting here. 2008 is a policy-heavy year. So if players want to spend time trying to resolve the Great Recession, the Iraq War, the healthcare crisis, the national deficit, and all our other problems, this is the year to do it. The Democrats have a clear advantage in this year. 2004 is the post-9/11 year. People are still scared, and the big issues are foreign policy related. Want to have a war-focused and fear-focused game? This is it. Neither party has a clear advantage in this year. 2000 is the "good" year, especially if we decide not to have 9/11. Want to play in a positive period in which the economy is growing, there's a surplus, and America is the respected leader of the world? Pick 2000. Neither party has a clear advantage in this year. Nothing prior to 2000 really offers anything that one of these dates does not offer, unless you want to go WAY back (e.g.: 1968, 1946, 1860, 1776).
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    Hi there. So most if not all of you know me, I'm Conrad and I've been appointed by the triumvirate of owners as the new Chief Administrator of Virtual Government Simulation. My previous experience involves being a player, administrator and of course owner and Chief Administrator of the game directly preceding this one, Virtual America. As most of you know, Virtual America was a relatively successful/active game and I plan on making VGS as active as possible also. I recognize there was a level of bad blood following the closure of VUSA and the emergence of VGS with myself and Christopher Reed, I would hope given previous going on's in this game that the bad blood people had with me has cleared up. With my appointment as Chief Administrator, I want to take this opportunity to alert members of the community that had previous feuds or problems with me that they can now come to me and talk about it. I want VGS to succeed and return and to do this we must come together as one community. When I was approached to take the role of Chief Administrator just over a month ago by one of the owners, I told them I would think about it and just a few days ago I went back and told them that I would take the job. I recognize that certain could-be players will/do have issues with some of the owners, but as a condition of my appointment, I requested complete and total control over game affairs, which includes direction of resets, rules and what some sceptical players/members are concerned about: discipline and punishments. Despite my often trollish behaviour, I'm sure most of you recognize me as a generally serious and fair person, where needs be. With this in mind, I hope it will help assuage concerns regarding what could happen to members if they return to the community and I want to give them an opportunity to read this post, which I have no doubt they will or get wind of. My decision to head the revival of VGS lies in my belief that we ought to see a return of a traditional medium level sim, different from what I categorize as the "capitol hill model". I am confident that a chunk of players hold this belief as well, and I'm willing to test that. Over the next few days after spreading word that there will be a new round etc, I will open up the particular threads surrounding things like reset dates and other gamely functions which we traditionally look at, fundraising, house/senate and others to name a few. I will also be reviewing the rules in order to make the place work better. I will say, and I will go back to my reputation for being tough on those that don't conform to the rules. I will not allow the type of flaming, insulting and otherwise damning behaviour that occurred before throughout the community to affect it again, the administrative board will operate a zero tolerance policy on this, for the good of the entire community. Members can be assured that they can play the round without facing open harassment from other members. That's it from me for now, I will continue to update the community via forum and telegram over the next few days and I hope to see a return of our previous members who migrated in the past.
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    Would you make one for Mel Donovan, perhaps including a mountain resembling Mt. Hood atop or behind the words "Mel Donovan, Senator for Oregon"? If not, then an evergreen would behind the aforementioned words would be great. Y'all we really need to give Bolster a round of applause for taking the time with these designs!
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    Mr. President, If I may respond to my colleague from Indiana. I understand his concerns about the issue of women's health and his arguments that this bill may not have the effect of reducing abortions I have. However, those arguments miss the point of this bill. It is not a question of women's health or reducing unwanted pregnancies in our society or even fighting what many call the culture wars. No this bill is about who we are as a nation. About the moral bedrock of our society. Are we a nation that endorses a cruel and inhumane form of torture just because it benefits a few in our society? I pray that we are not. I pray that we are wise enough to understand how to help the unfortunate and downtrodden in our society, while still sticking to the morals and norms that guide our society. I yield.
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    Mr. Daniels, for himself and others proposes A Resolution Condemning and censuring Senator Mollie Fowler of Hawaii Whereas the Declaration of Independence declares, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Whereas recent remarks made by Senator Mollie Fowler bring shame and disgrace upon the United States Senate and all of congress Whereas the remarks by Senator Fowler promote an infanticidal agenda that has no place on either side of the debate concerning abortion and reproductive issues Whereas the remarks by Senator Fowler do not represent the views of either party in Washington D.C. and are disavowed by all members of this chamber. Now therefore, be it Resolved, That- (1) The United States Senate strongly condemns the remarks made by Senator Mollie Fowler of Hawaii which dehumanize the lives of innocent unborn children and promote an infanticidal agenda contrary to American ideals and beliefs; (2) Senator Fowler of Hawaii be censured; (3) Senator Fowler present herself in the well of the U.S. Senate for the pronouncement of censure; and (4) Senator Fowler be censured with the public reading of this resolution by the President Pro Tempore
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    Mr President, I'm a conservative. I believe in balanced books. But I have to ask, what on earth are my colleagues thinking, politicizing the debt while we are at war? It was not even two years ago when I joined my colleagues in one of the first major acts as a United Senator to vote in favor of the decision to send our boys to war, following the dastardly attacks on our country on September 11th, 2001. When we voted in favor, we were committing to the long haul. At the very least, surely we were not going let our debts lapse, less than two years later, while American fighting men and women are on the ground, under fire, in another country. Let's not forget, Mr President, how privileged we are to sit here and grandstand about dollars and cents while others are risking their lives on the other side of the world. So I say this: let's pay our bills, whatever the cost. Let's get our armed forces the resources they need to finish the job. Let's keep the lights on at home. And when the job is done and our boys are home, then we can talk about balancing this budget. I yield.
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    Senator Chuck Stevens on Partial-Birth Abortions Is Senator Fowler insinuating that a baby is not a baby until it's come to full term and been delivered? If a fetus is just a fetus then I suppose she'd have no problem with abortions at 30+ weeks. Well she may support abortions up until the child is delivered but for me a baby is anyone who at least has a heartbeat and cognitive brain functioning. Not to mention murdering anything that can feel is just barbaric as well as cruel and unusual..
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    Mr. President, This procedure involves the almost full birth of what is obviously a human baby. The abortionist will then stab the baby's skull , vacuum out the brain, and crush the baby's skull. That is intensely barbaric. The most delicate and innocent of our species have no business being savaged like that. This dangerous technique must be banned. It has no place in the civilized world. I yield.
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    “Gentlemen! I don’t want to interrupt your party of speaking of the war but would anyone care to share a blooming onion with me?”
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    Waller enters, mumbling the lyrics to "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" to no one in particular. He grabs a booth as far away from his colleagues as possible and attempts to avoid eye contact.
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    Molly Kiely Fowler @Fisher I have already introduced multiple bills that would make farming a viable profession once more by allowing farmers to sell their crops for fair prices in weak seasons and rewarding commodity pool members with trust certificates. These reforms will benefit your home state and mine. I encourage you to place them on the HELP docket.
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    Waller Calls 'Anti-War' Movement to Action at Protest Washington, DC -- Speaking to a small, but energetic crowd of protesters assembled outside the White House, Senator Elis Waller (I-AK) lambasted the "war-criminals and wannabe tough guys" who engineered and continue to support the Iraq War before detailing his vision the direction the Anti-War movement should take in order to end "this imperialist monstrosity." Waller began by critiquing his pro-imperialist colleagues in the Senate noting "Just as during the Vietnam imperial escapade, we're already seeing war hawk politicians in both parties issue offensively hyperbolic remarks about 'mission' and 'duty.' The higher the body count, the greater sum total of human misery, with each unconscionable crimes against humanity their rhetoric assumes an even more brazenly nationalist, hysterically arrogant character. The reality is that they'd much rather wave the flag, kiss a baby, lie to the public that what we're doing is morally correct, that it is necessary, and call it a day than allow a narrative about the butchering of children, of mothers and fathers, of the elderly, all while war-contractor share prices skyrocket." Waller then transitioned to describing his pessimism regarding an institutional resolution to the conflict before delving into how he believes the Anti-War movement can capture the conflict's narrative. "The easiest way to put an end to this abomination is to deprive Bush and Cheney of funding to wage it," the former Anti-War activist candidly argued, "I'll tell you right now - though - that even though I'll fight tooth and claw to do so, it just isn't going to happen. Both parties have marched along to the beat of imperialism for too long for them to change course now, especially when their donors have so much money to be made in the business of imperial conflict. The truth is that even if there were more courageous elected officials willing to take a stand against the barbarism occurring, as we speak, in Iraq, the institutions of the United States are designed to impede the change necessary to build a better, more humane society from occurring. Real change, whether the labor rights, women's rights, civil rights, the free speech movement, all came from radical, organized movements from below. That is our job - to sow the seeds of a modern, massive anti-war movement." The second term Senator suggested that the nascent movement should "ensure that a moral argument is central to its message. He elaborated that the movement should "clearly, articulately present to the public the crimes that are being committed in their name, with their tax dollars, and coherently ask them 'who benefits from all of this?'" It should "emphasize that this is an illegal war and acknowledge the flimsiness of the evidence that prompted it, but at the end of the day our message must be that: children, mothers, fathers, the disabled, the elderly - the most vulnerable - are being killed by our government so that oil companies and war contractors can pad their pockets." He acknowledged that, "we'll be labeled as pinkos, as traitorous scum," before assuring the group that "if we are united, if our righteous demands are pure, if our numbers reflect our resolve for a better world, we can put an end to this war." Waller ended his remarks by performing a version of Phil Ochs' "We Seek No Wider War" adapted for Iraq. Questions or requests for comment should be referred to Press Secretary Mark S. Angle. ###
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    Name: Charles "Chuck" Stevens Date of Birth: 7/4/1953 (age: 50) Place of Birth: Des Moines, IA Place of Residence: Davenport, IA Party: Republican State and Seat Class: Iowa, Class 3 Avatar: Craig Huey Family History: Shelly (nee: Heinz) Stevens Educational History: Iowa State University (1971-1975), B.A. in Agriculture Studies Employment History: U.S. Army, (1975-1990) Davenport City Council At-Large Alderman (1991-1995) Mayor of Davenport (1995-1998) US Senate (1999-Present) Anything Else to Add: Religion: Born Again Christian NOTABLE VOTES: 2001 - Patriot Act - Aye 2001 - Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 - AYE 2001 - Authorization for Use of Military Force against Terrorists (9/11) - AYE 2002 - No Child Left Behind Act - NAY 2002- Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 - AYE
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    Name: Stephen Vanterpool Date of Birth: October 3rd, 1957 Place of Birth: Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania Place of Residence: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Party: Democratic State and Seat Class (use this for help) : Pennsylvania Class 1 Avatar: Bob Casey Jr. Family History: Elizabeth Vanterpool (Wife, b. 1959), Jon Vanterpool (Son, b. 2001) Educational History: undergraduate- University of Pennsylvania (1976-1980) Law School- Yale Law (1980-1984) Employment History: Private Civil Defense Lawyer (1986-1990), Pennsylvania State Senator from the 45th District (1990-1998), Senator from Pennsylvania (2001-present) Anything Else You Want To Add:
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    Molly Kiely Fowler I'm proud to be introducing the Equal Rights Amendment to the Senate. True equality under the Constitution for men and women is long overdue and I am proud to be working toward this bill's passage in Congress.
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    Whoops, had a brain fart there. Thanks for catching that.
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    The Democratic Leadership masking doesn't have moderation controls for the DNC WR. Could we please get these? It already starting to grow a bit messy and chaotic in there without being able to pin permanent topics Likewise, if you get the chance could the DNC WR get an archive subforum?
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    From The Office of Senator Kyle Fitzgerald For Immediate Release Washington, DC – Senator Kyle Fitzgerald (R-CA) spoke to the press after introducing the Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act. “I believe in the Second Amendment, but I also believe that we need well-regulated gun laws in accordance with that amendment. The Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act would renew – for a period of ten years – the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994. Research shows that immediately after the Assault Weapons Ban took effect, it saved lives and achieved its goals. Assault weapons traces declined 20 percent, gun murders declined 10 percent, and murders of police officers by offenders armed with assault weapons declined from an estimated 16 percent of gun murders of police to 0 percent. The results of the past ten years have more than justified another ten years, and that’s why President George W. Bush also supports the assault weapons ban. Even President Reagan supported it. I’m hopeful that we can get this reauthorization passed so that we can protect our citizens and police officers from dangerous gun violence. Like I said, I’m a supporter of Second Amendment, but there are certain weapons of war that should only be used by our men and women in uniform who are fighting for our freedom.”
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    @Bolster Will you do one for my guy?
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    I like everything about this character! Best part is being able to call yourself "Brother Rick" in PRs lol
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    Press Release #1 The Honorable Craig Smith US Senate 520 Hart Office Building Washington, DC FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SMITH AMONG FIRST TO SUPPORT DEBT CEILING INCREASE WASHINGTON, DC -- Senator Craig Smith of New Hampshire was the first to step forward in support of the Debt Solvency Act today when it was filed for Senate consideration. The Act, authored by Senator John Allen of Nevada, raises the Federal Debt ceiling from $6.4 trillion to $8.5 trillion. Senator Smith, when asked, stated "It's a clean Debt Ceiling increase, necessary to maintain the functions of Government, including the current and future actions in Iraq and services for our unemployed here at home." The Senator went on to express concern that some of the more radical Democrats might try to block the bill, putting their own desires ahead of the needs of the Nation. The Debt Ceiling establishes a limit on how much money the Federal Government can finance through borrowing. The increase proposed would allow the Federal Government to continue operation until the Second Quarter of 2005. Without the increase, the Federal Government would run out of borrowing authority in late May, 2003. For further information, contact Media Specialist Cory Gardner at (202) 224-2841 ext 4. fax: (202) 228-3194. email: cory@nh.senate.gov
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    JFK Airport closes due to BA Flight 5678 running of the runway JFK Airport in New York has been temporarily closed due to a British Airways flight overshooting the runway. The aircraft involved was a Boeing 747, which touched down from London Heathrow. National Transportation Safety Board Officials have arrived at the airport and have began looking into what happened. No casualties have been reported as of yet.
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    Name: Maj. Wesley Worthington Jr. Date of Birth: 8/10/1943 Place of Birth: Newport, Rhode Island Religion: Episcopalian Place of Residence: Providence, Rhode Island Party: Democratic State and Seat Class (use this for help) : Rhode Island Class 1 Avatar: Oliver North Family History: Mother, Rosemary (Smith) Worthington Father: Wesley Worthington Sr. Wife: Mary Worthington (B. 1944, M. 1964) Son: Jackson "Jack" Worthington (B. 1965) Son: Harrison "Harry" Worthington (B. 1966) Son: Wesley Worthington III (B. 1974) Daughter: Hailey Worthington (B. 1975) Educational History: St. Georges School (1957-1961) United States Military Academy at Westpoint (1961-1965) Yale Law School 1975-1978 Employment History: U.S. Army (1961-1975, includes time as a cadet, retired as a Major. Law Student (1975-1978) Prosecutor, Rhode Island Department of Law (1978-1983) Rhode Island Attorney General (1983-1987) Congressman for Rhode Islands First Congressional District (1987-1995) Class 1 Senator for Rhode Island (1995-Present) Anything Else You Want To Add: Born to an upper class family in Rhode Island, the greatness of the United States was instilled in Wesley from a young age. Like all hard working Americans, he was able to achieve the American Dream, gaining admission to Westpoint despite somewhat lackluster grades. In 1964, he married his high school sweetheart, and was later deployed to spread freedom and democracy in Vietnam during the late sixties and seventies. While serving, he was astonished by the perceived lack of loyalty shown by his fellow Americans, especially at his own party's presidential nominating convention in 1968. During his campaign for Attorney General of Rhode Island in 1982, an old quote from Worthington about the ending of the war surfaced, nearly ending his campaign. He had said that "American heroes died while hedonistic ingrates without a modicum of respect for the stars and stripes, for the freedoms forged from the blood of the valiant, could chase skirts, sing hippie tunes, and use holier than thou language to condemn a war they were too cowardly to fight". However, he was able to characterize his gaffe as "misguided patriotism" and defeated his Republican opponent in part by labeling him un-American for never serving in uniform. He served as AG from 1983-1987, before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and in Congress he strongly supported the Gulf War and President Bush's efforts to free Kuwait from tyranny. He was a strong supporter of President Clinton, voting for the 1994 Crime Bill, Welfare Reform, and de-regulation of the free market. During his 2000 Senate re-election campaign, he ran partially on his support for the two latter initiatives. Worthington was quoted as saying that "This country was built by God, hard-work, and capitalism, but in recent years many of us have lost touch with the good brought by all three. During my time in Congress, I've helped put an end to excessive freeloading off the Government, and cleared the way for the free market to work its magic and grow our economy for decades to come." Worthington now lives in Newport with his wife, and enjoys golfing, sailing, and working with veterans groups, in addition to his duties as a Senator. They are currently grandparents to four girls and three boys.
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    I was waiting on you to complete the bio. Approved!
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    People are being approved as they make their characters, as soon as we get a few more people, we'll get things properly kicked off!
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    Elis Waller (I-AK) Date of Birth: December 16th, 1926 Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, NY Place of Residence: Homer, AK Party: Democrat (1947-1965) Independent (1965-Present) Caucuses with the Republican Party Independent, Caucusing GOP State and Seat Class: AK - Class 3. Avatar: Art Garfunkel Family History: Married to Melinda Waller (m. 1952), one child Phil Waller (b. 1954). Educational History: B.A. in History, Oberlin (1947-1951). Employment History: United States Army (1944-1946) Minor/Aspiring Folk Singer (1946-1969) High School History Teacher (1969-1988) Alaska House of Representatives (1989-1993) US Senate (1993 - Present) Few United States Senators can boast a more unusual path to that august body than Elis Waller. Born into a working class Brooklyn family, Elis lacked much direction during his childhood, getting mediocre grades in school and without the slightest inclination regarding what he aspired to do with his career. When eligible, he enlisted in the US Army, a decision less borne of heroic dreams and more as that was simply what everyone else his age was doing. He didn't see much combat. Following the war, Elis enrolled in Oberlin College, majoring in history, becoming the first in his family to earn a college degree, in the process. There, he discovered his first passion - the first thing to ever excite him in life: folk music. He and his college comrades started an unsuccessful group which promptly broke up upon graduation. Not ready to commit himself to a "real" office job however, Elis attempted to strike a career for himself. He was mildly successful doing so, jamming with folk heroes like Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs a couple of times. Truth be told, he could never hold a candle to icons like them, and his lack of name-recognition, even among folk connoisseurs indicated such. Nonetheless, Elis kept attempting to forge something in the world of subversive music, particularly as Lyndon B. Johnson escalated the war in Vietnam, which he considered to be a "crime against humanity". By that point, as one can imagine, Waller had developed a coherent ideology. He rejected the label "Democrat" which he had worn out of respect for his parents, who had considered Franklin Delano Roosevelt to be a saint and the New Deal his miracle. Both the Democrats and Republicans - in his mind - were guilty of "imperialistic pillage," and supported segregation domestically, thus he identified with neither. Waller's activity in the anti-War movement and folk scene ended with the election of Richard Nixon in 1968. He became (temporarily) disenchanted with movement politics and was profoundly burnt out. As such, he and his wife decided to move as far away as they could imagine - settling in Alaska where Elis began work as a teacher at a Native American reservation. His "time-out" from politics was never destined to last, however, and in 1974 he volunteered for Mike Gravel's re-election campaign. Gravel was the lone politician that Waller admired due to his vehement opposition to the Vietnam War and courageous decision to enter the Pentagon Papers into the public record. Following Gravel's victory,. Elis continued teaching and only re-enetered the political realm in 1988 when he ran for the Alaska State House, defeating an incumbent who he portrayed as out of touch, and focusing on local issues such as indigenous rights and land policy. From that position, he announced a long shot bid for the Senate in 1992. He attributes his stunning victory (in which he won by only a few thousand votes) to the popularity of third party candidate Ross Perot on the presidential ballot - Waller took particular care to identify himself with Perot despite possessing some significant ideological disagreements - and due to Alaska's fiercely independent pathos. During his time in the Senate, Waller opposed the vast majority of Bill Clinton's agenda, with votes against NAFTA, the crime bill, welfare reform, and the 1996 Telecommunications Act. He has ardently opposed George W. Bush's foreign and civil liberties agenda, voting against the 2001 AUMF, the PATRIOT Act, and Iraq War authorization. He voted in favor of the Bush tax cuts in 2001, based on the unconventional logic that it would deprive the US of funding to expand its empire. Waller realizes his principled stands have significantly eroded his approval in Alaska amid the post 9/11 surge which he privately considers to be "nationalistic hysteria" and is leaning toward not running for re-election in 2004, as such. Despite holding both parties in contempt, Waller caucuses with the GOP due to his zealous support for gun rights and refusal to enter the same cloakroom that Lyndon B. Johnson once lurked in.
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