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  1. Bolster did it in Reset 1, so might as well continue it into Reset 3. With courtesy for Bolster... 116th CONGRESS SENATE SEATING CHART SEATS 64, 10, 6, and 41 are RESERVED FOR SENATE LEADERSHIP PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE MICHAEL RICHARD PENCE, REPUBLICAN OF INDIANA PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE (tba) Seat 10, seat of the Democratic Leader Seat 64, seat of the Democratic Whip Seat 6, seat of the Republican Senate Leader Seat 41, seat of the Republican Senate Whip Democrats, left side of the Senate Aisle Republicans, right side of the Senate Aisle.
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    Game Mechanics

    Are Dark Secrets going to make a return, or is that retired again?
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    James Sutherland (R-IL)

    Mark Kirk succeeded by Mark Kirk? Sad!
  4. Elizabeth Sawyer, D-Maryland Birth Name: Elizabeth Madeline Beckenbauer Avatar: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Date of Birth: February 1st, 1970 Place of Birth: Scotland, Maryland Place of Residence: Scotland, Maryland Hometown: Scotland, Maryland Party: Democratic party Ideology: Populist Democrat Religion: Protestant, Calvinist Spoken languages: Spoken English, some Spanish Family history: Lucas Beckenbauer, father, U.S. Navy veteran, owner Beckenbauer Fishing Company, dob.5/17/1942, pob. Scotland, Maryland Madeline Beckenbauer, mother, U.S. Navy veteran, general practitioner, b.12/21/1942, pob. Lexington Park, Maryland Daniel Sawyer, brother, State senator, dob.5/15/1968, pob. Scotland, Maryland Justin Sawyer, brother, retired U.S. Navy serviceman, Trial lawyer, dob.1/20/1972, pob. Scotland, Maryland Andrea Sawyer, sister, U.S. Navy servicewoman, dob.12/23/1974 Leonard “Leo” Sawyer, spouse, U.S. Navy aviator, dob.7/2/1968, m.7/5/1992, pob. Crisfield, Maryland Janet “Jan” Sawyer, filmmaker, internet blogger daughter, dob.4/31/2001, pob. Scotland, Maryland Christopher “Chris” Sawyer, College student, son, dob.2/11/2003, pob. Baltimore, Maryland Bethany “Beth” Sawyer, College student, daughter, dob.2/11/2003, pob, Baltimore, Maryland David Sawyer, son, dob.9/15/2009, pob. Scotland, Maryland Educational history: B.A., History, United States Naval Institute, 1992 B.A., Military Arts and Sciences, United States Naval Institute, 1992 Occupational history: Member of the U.S. Senate from Maryland Since January 3rd, 2007 Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland’s 5th District January 3rd, 2003 - January 3rd, 2007 Armed forces history: U.S. Navy Active Service, 1992 - 2002 Reserve Service, 1992 - 2007 Lieutenant Commander 1996 - 2001 Lieutenant, Jr. Grade 1994 - 1996 Ensign 1992 - 1994 Elizabeth Sawyer (née Beckenbauer) (born February 1st, 1970) is an American politician and former U.S. Navy aviator who is serving as the senior United States Senator from Maryland since January 3, 2007. From 2003 to 2006 she held the position of U.S. Representative for Maryland's 5th congressional district as a member of the Democratic party. She was elected to succeed Paul Sarbanes in 2006, defeating Republican Michael Steele, the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, by a margin of 55% to 43%. She was reelected in 2012 taking 67% of the vote. She became a senior U.S. Senator on January 3rd, 2017, upon Barbara Mikulski's retirement. Sawyer won reelection to a third term in 2018, taking 65% of the vote. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Institute in 1992, performing at the top of her class, she would attain the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1996. She would retire upon the announcement of her pregnancy in early 2001 with the intention to raise a family with her husband, a fellow U.S. Navy pilot. After the September 11th attacks, Sawyer would feel compelled to run for the U.S. House of Representatives after incumbent Steny Hoyer announced his retirement. She would be elected in the 2002 U.S. House of Representatives elections by a large margin. Sawyer would become well-known for her privacy and veterans advocacy and her ambitious education and energy legislative efforts. Well-known as a team player, Sawyer would be recruited to run for the open Maryland Senate seat in 2006. Sawyer would manage a close electoral battle through the Summer months of 2006, however, Sawyer’s lead continued largely due to the growingly unpopular President Bush and other controversies that emerged in the campaign. The young Congresswoman Sawyer would win the 2006 Senate election by a convincing margin, tying her campaign with Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley’s own Governor campaign. She would make quick friends and would be an early endorser of the 2008 Barack Obama Presidential primary campaign, preferring to endorse Obama over New York Senator Hillary Clinton on the basis of her genuineness. She would quickly become alienated from the Clinton block of the Democratic party. As a Senator, Elizabeth Sawyer would continue her advocacy for privacy and her criticisms of the PATRIOT Act in her early Congressional career and PIPA in 2011 and 2012 as a Senator. After the Citizen’s United v. FEC decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, Sawyer would work to overturn the decision to no avail, though campaign finance reform is a continued Congressional goal. However, the Senator would make a name for herself as an expert commentator on foreign policy and foreign affairs, as well as an activist for national security and immigration, supporting the 2013 Immigration bill. Sawyer would gain recognition for being a stringent endorser of Martin O’Malley’s 2016 Presidential campaign, Sawyer stayed neutral throughout the 2016 Democratic primaries, in recognition of her apparent casting out by the Clinton wing of the Democratic party. Since the 2016 Presidential election, she has become a noted critic of President Donald Trump and the Republican party’s inflammatory rhetoric on immigration, foreign policy, and the economy. Senator Sawyer, however, has proven willing to cross the aisle in attempts to work with Congressional Republicans on bills of importance to largely marginalized groups, such as internet content creators, NASA policy, Federal prison abuse issues, and has been a fervent defender of the #MeToo movement that has gained popularity in recent years. Sawyer still resides in her hometown of Scotland, Maryland, though she does make her usual commute using Amtrak as similar to former Vice President Joe Biden. Married to Leo Sawyer, the two have four children of their own, one being a noted internet blogger and animation YouTuber by the name of Jan Sawyer. Senator Sawyer’s noted hobbies include sailing, kayaking, as well as participating in the Congressional Baseball Game, with baseball being a major secondary hobby throughout her life. Maryland’s 5th Congressional district election, 2002 Party Candidate Votes % Democratic Elizabeth Sawyer 147,777 67.85% Republican Joseph T. Crawford 69,758 32.03% Green Bob S. Auerbach (write-in) 234 0.10% Total votes 217,769 100.00 Democratic hold Maryland’s 5th Congressional district election, 2002 Party Candidate Votes % Democratic Elizabeth Sawyer (inc.) 204,200 73.12% Republican Brad Jewitt 72,727 26.04% Green Bob S. Auerbach 427 0.15% Constitution Steve Krukar 1,902 0.68% Total votes 279,256 100.00 Democratic hold Maryland Democratic primary results, 2006 Party Candidate Votes % Democratic Elizabeth Sawyer 247,429 31.97% Democratic Benjamin L. Cardin 233,902 30.22% Democratic Kweisi Mfume 233,538 30.17% Democratic Others 58,973 0.76 Total votes 773,842 100 U.S. Senate election in Maryland, 2006 Party Candidate Votes % Democratic Elizabeth Sawyer 977,777 54.95% Republican Michael S. Steele 787,420 44.25% Green Kevin Zeese 12,899 0.72% Write-ins 1,016 0.05% Total votes 1,779,112 100 Democratic hold Swing U.S. Senate election Maryland, 2012 Party Candidate Votes % Democratic Elizabeth Sawyer (incumbent) 1,777,696 67.30% Republican Daniel Bongino 700,291 26.33% Independent S. Rob Sobhani 129,933 16.37% Libertarian Dean Ahmad 33,150 1.22% Write-ins Various 121 0.10% Total votes 2,641,191 100.0% Democratic hold U.S. Senate election Maryland, 2018 Party Candidate Votes % Democratic Elizabeth Sawyer (incumbent) 1,400,714 64.87% Republican Tony Campbell 709,017 32.83% Independent Neal Simon 30,984 1.43% Libertarian Arvin Vohra 16,973 0.78% n/a Write-ins 1,359 0.06% Total votes 2,159,047 100.0% Democratic hold
  5. Representative Julie Carpenter, R-ME-1 Full Name: Julianne Siobhan McMurphy Carpenter Avatar: Susan Collins Date of Birth: January 1st, 1931 Place of Birth: South Boston, Massachusetts Place of Residence: Portland, Maine Hometown: South Boston, Massachusetts Party: Republican party Ideology: Center-right Faction: Establishment Republican Religion: Roman Catholicism Languages: Spoken language is English, fair proficiency in Irish William McMurphy, father, founder of McMurphy Engineering, Republican Party fundraiser, dob. 5/28/1900, pob. Galway, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Elizabeth McMurphy, mother, former high school teacher, dob. 7/1/1905, pob. Galway, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Robert McMurphy, brother, retired U.S. Marine Corps veteran, dob. 3/10/1925, pob. Galway, Free State of Ireland Seán McMurphy, brother, U.S. Foreign Service, Boston City Councilman dob. 3/1/1930, pob. South Boston, Massachusetts, United States, Brian McMurphy, brother, businessman, dob. 4/12/1933, pob. Boston, Massachusetts, United States Daniel McMurphy, brother, true crime author, dob. 2/29/1938, pob. South Boston, Massachusetts, United States Dewey McMurphy, brother, Analyst, Central Intelligence Agency, dob. 6/4/1940, pob. South Boston, Massachusetts, United States Kathleen McIntyre, sister, attorney, dob. 1/19/1942, pob. South Boston, Massachusetts, United States Joseph McMurphy, brother, U.S. Naval Intelligence officer, dob. 3/31/1945, pob. South Boston, Massachusetts, United States Andrew Carpenter, spouse, writer, former Republican party speechwriter, dob. 12/21/1932, m. 1955, pob. Portland, Maine Andrew Carpenter, Jr., son, dob. 9/29/1961, pob. Los Angeles, California Danielle Carpenter, daughter, dob. 9/29/1970, pob. Portland, Maine Siobhan Carpenter, daughter, dob. 2/1/1972, pob. Portland, Maine Benjamin Carpenter, son, dob. 7/2/1974, pob. Dublin, Ireland Samuel Carpenter, son, dob. 2/7/1976, pob. Dublin, Ireland Educational History: B.A., Theater Arts, The Juilliard School, 1958 B.A., International policy, Harvard University, 1952 Occupational History: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine’s 1st District January 3rd, 1983 - Present U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Ireland February 20th, 1973- January 20th, 1977 Fundraising Chairwoman, Republican National Committee 1969-1973 Chairwoman of the California Republican Party 1967-1969 Actress 1958-1966 Electoral history: U.S. House of Representatives election in Maine’s 1st District, 1988 Representative Julie Carpenter, Republican, 55.22% State Senator Thomas Andrews, Democratic, 44.40% Others, Various, 0.38% U.S. House of Representatives election in Maine’s 1st District, 1986 Representative Julie Carpenter, Republican, 49.38% Fmr. Governor of Maine Joseph E. Brennan, Democratic, 48.01% Perennial candidate Plato Truman, Labor for Maine, 1.71% Others, Various, 0.81% U.S. House of Representatives election in Maine’s 1st District, 1984 Representative Julie Carpenter, Republican, 60.28% Member of the Maine House of Representatives Barry J. Hobbins, Democratic, 38.74% Others, Various. 0.98% U.S. House of Representatives election in Maine’s 1st District, 1982 Fmr. Ambassador Julie Carpenter, Republican, 50.55% Businessman John M. Kerry, Democratic, 47.83% Businessman Gregory J. Fleming, Libertarian, 1.71% Biographical narrative: Julie Carpenter (born Julianne Siobhan McCarthy) is an American politician, diplomat, and actress currently serving as the U.S. Representative from Maine’s 1st District, which is a seat she has held since 1979. Born in 1930 Boston to William McMurphy, Sr., an Irish-born businessman, and industry magnate. The McMurphy family would slowly grow their wealth during the 1940s and 1950s economic boom. Julie Carpenter would marry Andrew Carpenter, a Nixon foreign policy advisor and GOP speechwriter in 1956. After attending Harvard University for International policy, Julie Carpenter would attend Julliard for Theater Arts. Acting career Julie Carpenter became an actress for recurring roles in television comedies in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Carpenter would find success in comedy more than drama. Carpenter would struggle to break out, though she would become better known for her Conservative activism. She would become far friends with many Conservative actor-activists, though she experienced a falling out with Jimmy Stewart after his opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, though their friendship would maintain over the years. Entrance into Republican Party politics Her falling out with Stewart would be negated by her enthusiastic campaigning for former actor Ronald Reagan. Her role in campaigning for Ronald Reagan’s 1966 California Gubernatorial bid would be preceded by her successful bid to become the Chair of the California Republican Party. Carpenter would end her career in acting after ascending to the CA GOP Chairmanship. 1968 would have Carpenter become a surrogate and campaign adviser for Richard Nixon’s 1968 Presidential campaign. Carpenter would be recommended by Nixon to run for the national party’s open finance chairmanship, a position that she would promptly take. Despite politically agreeing with President Nixon, she would become troubled by the White House’s lack of transparency throughout the term. Diplomatic career Carpenter would become well-liked by the Irish, participating in many Irish-American and Ireland-based charities during her acting career. Carpenter’s proficiency in Irish, her still-strong Irish accent that she picked up from her Southie family, her strong family roots in Galway, and most importantly her diplomatic lenience would contribute to her being a lucrative candidate to be the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Ireland. Carpenter would have her hands full with the ongoing Troubles in North Ireland and the United Kingdom, a conflict that she was well learned in. Carpenter’s diplomatic career to Ireland would be well-regarded, especially by the Irish government, with its uneventfulness and relative lack of controversy being the point of highlight. After serving the United States overseas, Julie Carpenter would look to support Ronald Reagan once again, except now as a foreign policy adviser. Despite her enthusiastic work and solid surrogate work, many in the Republican Party would attempt to convince her to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in her newfound home in Maine. Having always hated the lack of winter in California, Julie Carpenter would find much to love in her husband’s hometown of Portland, Maine. Her more socially centrist and economically conservative views would find a fair home in the historically moderate state of Maine. Julie Carpenter finally would become convinced despite a tempting offer to return to an Ambassadorship. 1981 would see the actress-turned-diplomat run for the U.S. House of Representatives. Mrs. Carpenter goes to Washington Knowing well of the rules of politics and connections, Julie Carpenter would take on her new Maine residence in stride. Intentionally choosing against surrogates outside of Maine’s 1st District, Carpenter employed door-to-door, coffee shop-to-coffee shop politics. Julie Carpenter would feel at ease with her pro-trade policies and supporting lower taxes for the lower and middle classes. Carpenter would also run on the premise that she would fight for Mainard steelworkers, autoworkers, and factory men through supporting Unions, fishing rights through free trade support, and sportsmen’s rights through a conservative understanding of the Second Amendment. Carpenter would support pushing for better funding of the Department of Education. Julie Carpenter would eventually defeat her opponent by a considerable margin. She would continue to find her way to re-election in the relatively swingy district. Despite her foreign policy experience, Congresswoman Carpenter does not often speak out other than against the American involvement in Iran-Contra. Carpenter found an ally in Illinois Congressman Anderson Kaine, though Julie Carpenter has largely focused on district and state-based issues. Carpenter is well known to be both pro-life and anti-death penalty on the basis that “God commands us to not kill, therefore we should never kill.” Julie Carpenter resides in Portland, Maine with her five fantastic children and her husband, who has found a career as a writer.
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    Andrew Landingham D-Ohio 13th

    MR. LANDINGHAM!!
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    Important

    Guys, real talk, if you're 18 and a U.S. resident y'all outta vote! Regardless of party, just do it! Seriously! Vote! Now!
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    Crystal Ball Game 2018

    House of Reps Q1: How many house seats will each party have following the election? This is the straightforward one. 222 for the Dems, 213 for the GOP Q2: How many races will be "too close to call" as of midnight Pacific Time? 25 seats Q3: Surprise! Which incumbent will be the most surprising person booted from office? The winner is determined by a casual glance at news coverage, so make sure it is a big name! Bob Menendez US Senate Q4: What will be the party breakdown of the US Senate following the election? 50-50 Q5: Call Each Race. Percentages are optional. Arizona: Sinema (D) v McSally (R) Florida: Nelson (D) v Scott (R) Indiana: Donnelly (D) v Braun (R) Missouri: McCaskill (D) v Hawley (R) Montana: Tester (D) v Rosendale (R) Nevada: Rosen (D) v Heller (R) North Dakota: Heitkamp (D) v Cramer (R) Texas: O'Rourke (D) v Cruz (R) West Virginia: Manchin (D) v Morrisey (R) Q6: Pick a race not listed in Q5 that will be an upset. Bonus: Tell us the narrative we hear from it. Leah Vukmir pulls an upset for the ages with Wisconsin voting Baldwin out by a close margin. The prevailing narrative would be about voter suppression and high focus would be on voter ID laws like some were speculating last cycle. State Governors Q7: What will be the party breakdown of governors following the election? Q8: Call Each Race. Percentages are optional. Florida: Gillum (D) v DeSantis (R) Georgia: Abrams (D) v Kemp (R) Kansas: Kelly (D) v Kobach (R) Nevada: Sisolak (D) v Laxalt (R) Ohio: Cordray (D) v DeWine (R) Wisconsin: Evers (D) v Walker (R) (Note on this, I have seen four Evers ads for every one Walker ad that I've seen...I'm predicting MASSIVE numbers for Evers in the 18-30 y/old range. Q9: Pick a race not listed in Q8 that will be an upset. Bonus: Tell us the narrative we hear from it. Johnson defeats Waltz in the Minnesota race. It'd have the same narrative as my Vukmir win prediction. Other Q10: Predict something absurd. This is open territory. The more specific, the better. Every single result will be the exact same as the latest RCP poll. Why this? Because the polls are, nine times out of ten, incorrect.
  9. I'm willing to do the next post if no one else would like to jump in.
  10. The John F. Kerry Administration President John Kerry/Vice President Bill Nelson (D) Speaker of the House Blanche Lincoln (D) Senate Majority Leader Al Gore (D) Secretary of State Joe Biden (D) Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (D) Secretary of Treasury Chris Dodd (D) 2004 Congressional elections Senate Majority Leader Al Gore, Jr. (D-Tennessee) Senate Majority Whip Paul Wellstone (D-Minnesota) Senate Minority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tennessee) Senate Minority Whip Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) 109th Senate Makeup: 54 Democrats (-4), 46 Republicans (-4) 51st Speaker of the House of Representatives Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas) House Majority Leader John Murtha (D-Pennsylvania) House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) House Minority Leader Richard Cheney (R-Wyoming) House Minority Whip Julius Caesar Watts (R-Oklahoma) 109th House Makeup: 240 Democrats (+12), 185 Republicans (-12) John Kerry took on the Presidency with stride. While Kassebaum and McCain looked to have dissolved the Progressive coalition that Hart and Cuomo had made, it was going to be quickly undone. The Kerry Administration would have a unique task as the "Massachusetts Liberal" was taking the oath of office. Richard Arnold, a compromise candidate made by Cuomo in the heat of his re-election campaign, would announce his retirement the day before the 2004 Presidential election. Arnold's resignation would be attributed to the very strange map that saw the normally swingy state of Illinois go solidly for Kerry while Pennsylvania became a nail-biter. Domestic Agenda President Kerry, unlike other Presidents, believed that Supreme Court Justices ought to have strong convictions, rather than the centrism that resembled Arnold's judicial career. President Kassebaum was a staunch believer against this position, yet her advisers would have her pursue a lame duck confirmation. Kassebaum would find a strong Constitutionalist in the name of William Pryor. The most striking part of the nomination of William Pryor would not be his Conservative stances, but the ramrodding of the lame duck, Republican-controlled Senate that looked to confirm the former Alabama Attorney General. The Pryor Supreme Court nomination would fail by a vote of 51-49, with Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski casting the deciding negative vote in a very dramatic fashion. Murkowski would be reviled by the Conservative base while many lost the respect that they had for the first female President. Kassebaum would continue to be a polarizing figure for both the political left and right, while centrists consider Kassebaum to be more good than bad. Kerry would take Kassebaum's failure and twisted the knife during the transition. While Kassebaum apologized to the nation for her partisan-fueled transgression, Kerry would look forward to perhaps nominating an entirely new left bench. Kerry would nominate Appeals Court Justice Diane Wood to succeed Arnold. Many criticized the former Associate Justice for even creating this entire thing, though many credit Richard Arnold for his jurisprudence in his many years on the Federal bench. William Rehnquist had been considered a reliable vote for Conservatives on the Court. While he considered retiring sometime in the early 2000s, Rehnquist believed that McCain would have a much better opportunity to nominate a Conservative on the bench than not. When his health began to seriously deteriorate in the spring of 2005, Rehnquist would announce his retirement from the court. Kerry would gladly use this rare, second opportunity to nominate a Supreme Court Justice. Merrick Garland, a man who had prosecuted the perpetrators of the OKC Bombing in 1995, would succeed Rehnquist. Rehnquist would be followed in 2006 with the retirement of Gilbert Merritt, by which Sonia Sotomayor would be appointed and confirmed with fanfare and little controversy. President Kerry's judicial achievements, however, would not be undone by the reforms he would make to the economy. Kerry rolled back the amount spent on national defense in the 2005 Federal Budget. The Kassebaum tax cuts would be summarily reversed, placing high taxes on the upper class and wealthy corporations. Many tax loopholes would be closed, especially tax havens. Strict guidelines would be implemented in the Frank Reform and Banking Reform Act of 2005. The economic reforms brought on by Kerry would have a relatively positive effect on the economy. The economic stagnation of the 2000s, often called "the Long Growth", would finally see positive results that accelerated the economy. Kerry would be lauded for his attempt to truly do something regarding Climate Change, with Senate Majority Leader Al Gore ushering through the Climate Science Reform Act of 2005, also known as the Gore Act. Cap-and-trade policies would be implemented alongside tax credits and cuts to incite "green" business. This legislation would be considered controversial and helped formulate a populist response from the Republicans. Regardless, the Gore Act would be passed in Kerry's First 100 Days alongside anti-tort reform, voting reform, and further legislation against income discrimination. The Kerry Administration would see that the Democrats needed some sort of rallying cry to secure a solid campaign. The 2006 State of the Union Address would have the President make a fervent plea for a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The debate would go on for months as Speaker Lincoln and Senate Majority Leader Gore negotiated with Frist and Cheney on specifics. The Bipartisan Immigration Reform Act of 2006 would finally be passed in the Summer of 2006, while many anti-establishment candidates fervently criticized the Kerry Administration over what both Progressives and Conservatives thought were weak measures. Regardless, the United States would finally have an efficient, simple immigration system and a Southern border fence. 2006 Congressional elections Senate Majority Leader Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) Senate Majority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) Senate Minority Leader Al Gore, Jr. (D-Tennessee) Senate Minority Whip Paul Wellstone (D-Minnesota) 110th Senate Makeup: 58 Republicans (+12), 42 Democrats (-12) 53rd Speaker of the House of Representatives Christine Todd Whitman (R-New Jersey) House Majority Leader Michael Pence, (R-Indiana) House Majority Whip Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. (R-Oklahoma) House Minority Leader Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas) House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) 110th House Makeup: 238 Republicans (+43), 197 Democrats (-43) President Kerry would find himself caught between Progressive Democrats that openly criticized the President for what they perceived as inaction while holding the majority in Congress. National Conservatives were mad at the President in general, proclaiming his weakness in the midst of a rising Communist Russia. Learning from Gingrich's Contract with America, Whitman, Pence, and Watts together crafted with retiring Senate leader Frist and first female Senate Majority Leader Kay Bailey Hutchison a much more populist series of bills that they would work with Kerry to pass in the 110th Congress. Despite the very good economy and a good record on paper, the DSCC and DCCC fielded simply bad candidates that would prove controversial such as longtime Ohio Senator Jerry Springer, corrupt such as New York City prosecutor Eliot Spitzer, or suffered spoilers such as the case of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman's independent run that garnered him 25% of the vote to John Ensign's 45% and Dina Titus's 35%. The Republicans would find themselves on the cusp of the largest Senate victory since 1958. Yet many attribute the growing economy to have stopped their record short. Regardless, the Republican party would elect their first female Speaker of the House in Christie Whitman and the first female Senate Majority Leader in Kay Bailey Hutchison. Foreign Policy John Kerry's foreign policy had far more of a focus as his domestic policy. While the Russian Redoubt, as it was called, was completed with the Treaty of Shanghai, Kerry sought to diversify American interests in the Middle East and Maritime Asia. Rising Arabic and Persian nationalism caused the United States to support rather shady groups such as the Mujaheddin in Afghanistan. When the aforementioned groups began to attack allies in the region, Presidents Cuomo and Kassebaum would quickly divert attention away from the true grimy work that these extremists were causing. Kerry believed that this was an unconscionable moral wrong and ended many relationships in the Middle East, most notably the Saudis. This, while completely moral stance would cause an extreme imbalance in the region that allowed an Islamic Cold War, as some would label it, to arise between the Saudis and Iran. Both were united in their belief that Islam was incompatible with the "imperialist" agendas of the Russians and Americans. The flip side of this was their desire to politically and economically dominate the other. The result would be entangling alliances that saw a complex situation look to only get worse as Arab nationalism reached a fever pitch on July 4th, 2006. July 4th would see the storming of the U.S.-Oman Embassy after weeks of protests that quickly turned violent. The situation would be only heightened when, in a situation of incompetence, it appeared that the Ambassador to Oman had been killed in a plane crash that Omani extremists declared was a sabotage of the plane- a U.S. Military plane. The aftermath of this attack would drive anti-Omani and wartime sentiment in America through the roof. The same could be said with Oman, who would reject Saudi and Iranian suggestions of a political alliance. A relatively contained situation would explode when Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, having previously been an ally of the Saudis, began an attack against them in an attempt to stifle a possible civil war. U.S. and Soviet leaders would condemn this unprovoked act of aggression and began joint air strikes in Operation Lightning Fury. Lightning Fury would spark further nationalist sentiments across the Arabic world, leading to protests of this action in Jordan, Algeria, and Pakistan. The originally anti-Western and anti-Soviet protests would slowly become anti-government protesters as the relatively pro-West governments began to suppress certain peaceful protesters. Lightning Fury would conclude with an economically broken Iraq and an enraged Iraqi people. Saddam Hussein would give another public speech that seemed routine, except that the crowd was as volatile as ever. It only took a radical with a lucky shot and a dream to ignite what would become one of the most volatile times to live in the Arab world. The Assassination of Saddam Hussein would see the fall of a West-cooperative or Russia-cooperative Middle East. The failure to capitalize on what appeared to be American bloodlust after the Muscat Embassy attack would bring down the approval of John Kerry's foreign policy. Yet it would be elsewhere that Kerry found success. The Organisation of American States would see an increasingly important role in foreign policy, while the slow peeling away of the Republic of Yugoslavia from Russia would become slowly complete. Yugoslavia itself would see a time of immense change as it transitioned from a Constitutional monarchy (1990-2002) that contained King Alexander II, though the transition into a full constitutional republic would be complete in 2002 and ended the Second War of Yugoslav Unification (1997-2002). Yugoslavia would, despite many fully intending to maintain the existence of Yugoslavia, appear to be at its breaking point. The 2006 Federal elections would see controversy after controversy that President Kerry sought to redeem the dissolving that Boris Tadić was essentially forced to manage. President Kerry would negotiate with the regional leaders as to a place in the U.S. where they could have discussions and Atlanta, Georgia appeared to be the most agreed place. The talks would start with the possibility of Yugoslavia ever actually unifying into one cohesive state. This question was muddled, though it would become clear that the demands of every representative could not be met and a unified Yugoslavia maintained. Slowly, each representative would be convinced of this, while discussions of the proper way to divide itself would be discussed. Eventually, the slow process of making nations would begin, with nine separate nations beginning at the end of the conference. Slovakia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska, Vojvodina, Serbia, Kosovo, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Atlanta Accords, as it would become known, would be a historical turning point that would, as many expected, started as a controversial act that many pan-Yugoslavians began riots over, though it would calm down when many began to accept that Yugoslavia would be no more. Armed conflict would be something that the United States would actually see during the Administration of John Kerry. The isolation of North Korea by the U.S., China, and Russia would see its own culmination when Kim Jong Un attempted to strike at South Korea, though was quickly driven back by basically every country. The Korean Missile Crisis would be much less of a crisis and more of a guess that North Korea would not actually use their nuclear weapons against military targets. This would be proven false when they fired at Chinese, American, and South Korean forces. President Kerry would order Operation Korean Freedom, a military operation that lasted less than a month. While Kerry would have a massive approval spike in the Spring of 2007, Kerry was a legislative lame duck unless he would be able to retake Congress after the DSCC and DCCC's failures the previous year. 2008 Presidential election Kerry looked like he was sure for defeat after the so-called Arab Spring in the Summer of 2006. The next year, he would look like he was going to dominate the Republican field. The Conservative competition would be many, with Governor Mitt Romney leading national polls through the start of 2007. Senator George Allen looked to rival the Conservative position, while Huckabee and Santorum looked to return to take up the "Faith and Family" wing of the party. Mississippian Republicans Trent Lott and Haley Barbour reportedly considered Presidential runs, though it would be Lott that went through with his run. Florida Governor Crist, Colorado Governor Owens, Illinois Senator Fitzgerald, and Ohio Senator Kasich would make campaigns of their own, though faltered as the money primary truly commenced. The controversial Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski would continuously bat down considerations of running, while Maine Senator Susan Collins toured GOP donation circles in an apparent exploration of a campaign. Former Florida Governor and Education Secretary Jeb Bush was asked if he would run for the Presidency though he would deny consideration after George W. Bush announced his campaign in July of 2007. VP Bush knew very well that GOP chances in 2004 were slim to none. The hiring of the famed and controversial "Darth Vader of American politics" Lee Atwater, efficient operative Steve Schmidt, and GOP communications and polling guru Frank Luntz formed a sort of "unholy alliance" that intended on placing George Walker Bush on the national ticket in 2008. A massive unknown would emerge from a place that many Americans forget is a part of the United States. Luis Guillermo Fortuño Burset is as American as any other person that was born on American soil. The young Puerto Rican, however, emerged as a top contender for the Presidency from his record of cutting state spending through halting government raises, cutting government salaries, and cutting working and middle-class tax rates. The ballooning deficit that Puerto Rico had been suffering under is slowly being released by Governor Fortuño. The rhetorical style from the Puerto Rican Governor would slowly rival that of his other candidates as the Republican field whittled down further. Fortuño would find himself securing a strong third place while Romney and Bush were at a delegate tie. Romney would take New Hampshire while Fortuño solidified his placement as a true alternative to the Massachusetts and Texan contenders. South Carolina would see immensely dirty tactics that Fortuño and Romney would decry, though it would be Bush that saw a victory there. Nevada pulled in for Romney while Mini-Tuesday saw Fortuño make a Conservative comeback. Huckabee, Santorum, and Crist would eventually capitulate and endorse the Puerto Rican Governor. Super Tuesday would place Fortuño solidly in third place, though it was becoming increasingly more likely that Romney and Bush would not have enough delegates to secure the nomination. Romney, Bush, and Fortuño shared the position of the most likely to win the nomination in the April and May primaries, though June's primaries would place Fortuño at a solid third. While it began to look more likely that the Puerto Rican would have to settle for kingmaker, a story regarding Bush's 1976 DUI would be brought up by sources close to the Romney campaign. The Bush campaign would then make sure that "that Mormon ******* would pay" in the words of Atwater. Multiple instances of shady business deals, "heartless" mass firings, and a strange story regarding Romney and keeping their dog on the roof of their car would all be brought up in an attempt to completely discredit the Massachusetts Governor. "Probably true" information would be disseminated at a furious pace from the Bush campaign while push polling RNC delegates left a sour taste in everyone's mouths. George Bush looked more and more desperate to win while Romney appeared to be unable to keep track with discrediting these allegations. A silent delegate campaign would begin as the primaries officially ended with Bush and Romney in a bitter deadlock. The first ballot at the Pittsburgh RNC would give a deadlock, as with the second, and third ballots. Fortuño would be asked if he would break his delegates off of their convention obligations, to which he made a grandiose speech that he would not release his delegates, instead demanded a fourth ballot so that "the Conservative conscience will prevail over dark secrets and backroom deals!" Fortuño would win the fourth ballot by a landslide, well over that of Romney and Bush. The Vice Presidential nominee would have to be chosen quickly and independently. Many saw the potential positives of nominating Virginia Senator George Allen, though he would decline. Hutchison and Whitman would both be reached out towards and both declined. Ohio Senator John Kasich, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, former U.N. Ambassador Condi Rice, Missouri Senator John Ashcroft, New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg, and New York Governor Rudy Giuliani would highlight the top of Fortuño's VP list, though in actuality Fortuño would narrow the list down to Kasich and Talent, preferring Rice, Gregg, Ashcroft, Giuliani, and Brownback in the Cabinet. The tables would be quickly turned as Governor Bush would suggest to Governor Fortuño that he ought to select someone that he personally knew from their friendship in Congress that Bush developed in the 80s and 90s: Don Rumsfeld. longtime Illinois Senator and Congressman, former Secretary of Defense, and White House Chief of Staff, Rumsfeld garnered a knowledge of Washington that rivaled only his protege, Speaker Dick Cheney. While the retired Speaker preferred not being nominated for VP if he had to leave Halliburton, he was open to the idea of a Secretary Cheney. Don Rumsfeld would be approached for the Vice Presidency and, while it came with much convincing, Rumsfeld would be placed with the young Puerto Rican Governor. Fortuño/Rumsfeld would face off against President Kerry and Vice President Nelson. The General Election campaign would be energetic and enticing as Kerry sought to campaign from the Bully Pulpit, making full use of the Rose Garden. Fortuño, meanwhile, would abuse the weakness of this by making many speeches on the same level that the crowd would be, with the only dividing line being a line of Secret Service agents. Fortuño would be seen with Rumsfeld mixing with the crowd while attacking the President for "hiding behind his desk and not listening to the American people." Kerry would infamously retort that "I'm fine with hiding behind my accomplishments, the economy has never been in better shape and our defenses are a sign to the world." The following weeks would see the economy take a pause, then a collapse. The clip "the economy has never been in better shape" would be used brutally by the Republican campaign (advised by the aforementioned Atwater). The economy would decline into a recession as banks and corporations would declare bankruptcy due to taking on bad loans. The 2008 Economic Crisis seemed inevitable, yet it was Kerry that looked like he was doing the most to stop the economy from completely unraveling by proposing a massive economic stimulus package on par with what FDR would propose in the depths of the Great Depression. The 2008 Presidential Debates would do no better as Fortuño appeared ready to face the worse economic crisis since the Great Depression with Don Rumsfeld at his side. Then 10/20 happened. A brisk, Tuesday morning would be interrupted by planes being flown into the World Trade Center, the Sears Tower, the Empire State Building, and the Capitol Building. The New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. attacks would shock the nation to its core as the perceived safety of the American homeland was proved to be absolutely not safe. President Kerry, for his part, did his best to ensure that the nation would feel safe. His jingoistic performance in the debates, however, would be panned as fraudulent. Governor Fortuño made use of this by suspending his campaign and directing further campaign resources directly to the victims of the attacks. When al-Qaeda was found to have been responsible, Kerry would be immensely pressured to take some sort of military action, yet John Kerry was insistent that America is not to be a "mad lion, attacking at anything that crosses its path." Yet hawkish Democrats and the GOP as a whole decried Kerry's lack of immediate action. The Fortuño Campaign was essentially non-existent, with grassroots organization taking the place of national campaigning. A campaigning moratorium would be agreed to by Kerry and Fortuño, though it appeared that the latter benefited the most from the agreement. The election would fittingly go down to the wire with record-breaking turnout in all states. The Great Recession already stoked the American people's frustrations with the current state of Washington. The 10/20 Attacks would make many voters go berserk in terms of frustration with it all, which made the result as historic as the campaign that preceded the result. Governor Luis Fortuño, R/NPP-Puerto Rico/Former Senator Don Rumsfeld, R-Illinois, 315 electoral votes, 54.8% of the popular vote President John F. Kerry, D-Massachusetts/Vice President Bill Nelson, D-Florida, 223 electoral votes, 45.1% of the popular vote 2008 Congressional elections Senate Majority Leader Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) Senate Majority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) Senate Minority Leader Paul Wellstone (D-Minnesota) Senate Minority Whip Chuck Schumer (D-New York) 111th Senate Makeup: 63 Republicans (+5), 37 Democrats (-5) 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives Christine Todd Whitman (R-New Jersey) House Majority Leader Michael Pence, (R-Indiana) House Majority Whip Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. (R-Oklahoma) House Minority Leader Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) House Minority Whip Xavier Becerra (D-California) 111th House Makeup: 259 Republicans (+21), 179 Democrats (-21)
  11. Evan

    Vote: Speaker of the House Election

    Congressman Paul Cavalieri (R-CA)
  12. I'll take the one after Tilsley, then.
  13. Evan

    Technical Requests

    Once again, The System proves itself to disproportionately discriminate against minorities.
  14. Evan

    Leave of Absence

    LOA for a week or so. Between an AWOL AB and the rediculousness of the start of this reset, I need a break.
  15. Mr. Chairman, I second the motion by the Gentleman from Nebraska. I yield.
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