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    There has been an apparent need for clarification on Press Offices. Without interfering too much in specifics of current events, there are two things worth noting. There are no specific game rules requiring separate Press Offices for campaigns, it is just helpful to the administrator trying to follow Elections. There is also no specific game rules saying Press Offices posted are treated explicitly as 'Congressional Press Offices' by the Administrative Board.
  3. After a lot of discussion, votes, and everyone getting their two cents in it is clear the most desired solution is to rework this round to be successful. So that's what we're going to do. This means several things. Number one, Quarter 4 of 1987 is being extended by twelve days to end on November 17th. This will allow the Administrative Board to easily catchup on any ongoing storylines, rework the Presidential election to make it more engaging and more open to players, and getting the fundamentals of the game back on track. Number two, players will be allowed to switch characters without penalty. This means a character switch in the next twelve days will not count toward your total allowed for the round. The Democrats are really in need of some new blood due to the fact that much of its membership have now come to the AB or have decided to switch parties. And finally, we are taking requests. Anything that has not been addressed this round that you think needs immediate attention, please bring it to us. We will work to make sure it's addressed as soon as possible. With that said, thank you to everyone who provided their input and thank you to everyone who has applied for the AB so far. We are still looking for applicants so please feel free to message Storm or I about joining the AB. Thank you.
  4. Gallup Congressional Approval Ratings, Quarter 4 1987 POLLING OF INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS ON REPRESENTATIVE'S APPROVAL/DISAPPROVAL Douglas Seymour (D, South Carolina) Approve - 47% Disapprove -39% Undecided - 14% ANALYSIS: Congressman Seymour has been very visible and active in the public eye. To boot, his ideology matches his state and district. The Congressman is also now a Presidential candidate and his constituents are largely excited about it. Although, and it will be a common warning, any candidate who doesn't remember they are still a Congressman could suffer back home. While Seymour has been recognized by his constituents for his work in Congress at this point, the same won't necessarily ring true if he misses work to campaign. Those who remain undecided on Seymour are largely those who are likely undecided in the Presidential race, taking the survey as a question if they would vote for Seymour for President. Al Baudin (D, Maine) Approve - 43% Disapprove -38% Undecided - 19% ANALYSIS: Al Baudin is very new and was just elected Speaker of the House. His constituents remain very much on the fence at this point in terms of where they stand on his tenure. For Baudin,his district is one which he will have to make clear his stance on the issues and be a leader for Democrats on the floor during debates. It remains to be seen if he will fulfill that role as Speaker of the House. Thomas Blackstone (D, Massachusetts) Approve - 44% Disapprove - 38% Undecided - 18% ANALYSIS: While the House Majority Whip has been vocal on issues in the past, lately, his constituents haven't heard a lot from him -- except that he's running for President. The Congressman needs to make sure he doesn't disappoint his constituents back home by not doing his job in Congress even as he juggles a Presidential campaign. Patrick Carroll (D, Massachusetts) Approve - 38% Disapprove - 39% Undecided - 21% ANALYSIS: Since being elected House Majority Leader nearly over a month ago, Carroll's constituents haven't seen much from him. A Democrat in Massachusetts has a lot of opportunity to make waves in New England and across the country. Carroll is especially in that position as perhaps the current most powerful Democrat in Washington. So far, however, his constituents have largely been disappointed. Elaine Pruitt (D, Texas) Approve - 40% Disapprove - 39% Undecided - 21% ANALYSIS: Conway is new to the Gallup poll and this is essentially her beginning point. The Congresswoman's district in Texas appreciates her early rhetoric on economic growth and looks forward to hearing more from her. Ari Goodman (D, Georgia) Approve - 46% Disapprove - 37% Undecided - 17% ANALYSIS: Congressman Ari Goodman has been very pro-active in Congress, introducing legislation which focused on his constituency and which were touted in the press. Additionally, Goodman was also one of many to announce their Presidential campaign. Goodman should continue his work for his district to keep him in their good graces. Georgia looks forward to seeing what Goodman is capable of and hopefully founding out more about his principles and ideas. John White (D, Florida) Approve - 43% Disapprove - 39% Undecided - 18% ANALYSIS: John White is brand new to the game -- literally, wink wink. Despite that, he has voiced his opinion on major issues such as the economy, the greyhound strike, among others. In addition to that, he announced his Presidential campaign. It looks promising for the Florida Congressman but his constituents want to see more out of him in Congress, participating actively on their behalf. White coming in first in the New Hampshire straw-poll also have him a slight boost. Leonard Brenner (D, Virginia) Approve - 39% Disapprove - 39% Undecided - 22% ANALYSIS: There has not been a previously recorded approval for Brenner. This is his starting point and his constituents look forward to seeing more from him. Kyle Fitzgerald (R, Texas) Approve - 49% Disapprove - 39% Undecided - 12% ANALYSIS: House Minority Leader Kyle Fitzgerald are generally pleased with how he has been preforming in Congress. Specifically they like that he's actively tackling different issues important to them such as illegal immigration and the issue of lower taxes. It was speculated early on whether or not Fitzgerald would run for President and his announcement also gave him a slight boost at home. His constituents, of course, still expect him to represent them in Congress and as the leader of the Republicans in the House but they are also eager to see if their Congressman can capture the Republican nomination. Michael Marshall (R, North Carolina) Approve - 49% Disapprove - 35% Undecided - 16% ANALYSIS: The former RNC Chairman is well known in his district due to his early leadership on key issues which were receiving national attention. In Marshall's district, his constituent support his reverent support for the President in addition to his call for more economic measures. The Presidential campaign of Marshall has received recognition by his constituents as well. Though many of his constituents remain skeptical if he is focused on them or just focused on national issues and Presidential aspirations. If Marshall doesn't qualm this criticism, he will very likely see his disapprovals rise. Anderson Kaine (R, Illinois) Approve - 48% Disapprove - 43% Undecided - 9% ANALYSIS: Congressman and Reverend Anderson Kaine has an established record in Congress, responding to major issues in the zeitgeist and has also announced his candidacy for the Presidency. Kaine coming in first in the Iowa Republican straw-poll also gave him a boost. Anderson is well-liked within his district in Illinois but is not very well liked by Democrats in the district which explains his higher disapproval rating. Just as everyone else has been warned, if the Congressman is found to be ignoring his constituents back home, his disapprovals could possibly raise so it will be important to continue his work in Congress even as he juggles a campaign. Abe Saroyan (R, Montana) Approve - 42% Disapprove - 39% Undecided - 19% ANALYSIS: Congressman Saroyan shares some similarities with some others, even Democrats, who have announced for President. He is relatively new to the Gallup poll and in addition doesn't have an established record in Congress since Gallup started polling individual districts. His constituents are pleased with what he has offered in his Presidential campaign thus far and look forward to seeing more out of him. Zander Kahuhu (R, Washington) Approve - 50% Disapprove - 42% Undecided - 8% ANALYSIS: The newly elected Chairman of the Republican Party, Zander Kahuhu, is a Washington Republican that is largely well-liked by his constituents due to the clear fact he's working in Congress. Whether it be sponsoring or advocating for certain bills, such as his bill for Veterans or his support for the 'Helping Others Home Act', Zander Kahuhu matches his state and district well. His constituents are excited to see what he can accomplish as Chairman of the Republican Party. James Jefferson (R, Virginia) Approve - 40% Disapprove - 39% Undecided - 21% ANALYSIS: The Republican House Minority Whip, the second ranking Republican in the caucus and the only one not running for President, has been largely absent from the public the past month. His constituents would like to see more of him and especially since his boss is running for President and there is a void to fill in leadership in Congress. Ralph Barrett (R, Arizona) Approve - 39% Disapprove - 39% Undecided - 22% ANALYSIS: Ralph has been missing the past few months from the public eye but that doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't have a shot of making a comeback in his district. If the Congressman is active in the press, he might gain favor back in his district.
  5. Announcements regarding the 1988 elections will be posted here.
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    1988 Election Announcements

    Fourth -- for the purposes of the election rules, 'location' means state. You do not have to list the city.
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    1988 Election Announcements

    Some questions I've received by a few people, so I figured I'd address them for everyone. First -- yes, you may now campaign. Refer to the election schedule that Iowa is on the 21st and New Hampshire is on the following day. Second -- moving forward, fundraisers cost activity points per the election rules. This includes appeals to K-Street. Please review the rules on Activity Points and their importance. Third -- background fundraising WILL be coming out after platforms. The deadline for platforms are tonight, 11:59PM EST, and funding will be given following that.
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    Jackson Clay (D-IN-6)

    Welcome back! Remasked.
  9. Washington Post Election Coverage 1988 ISSUE #1 FRONT PAGE Congressman Douglas Seymour (D-SC) seen leaving the Democratic fundraiser in New York (AP Pictures) Party Fundraisers Showcase Potential Top Presidential Candidates (New York) - Over the weekend, Democrats gathered in New York and Republicans gathered in Texas respectively to hold dueling large fundraisers dinners which seemingly had ripple effects in Washington. Governor Mario Cuomo (D-NY) was present in New York at the Democratic fundraiser and Vice President George Bush (R-TX) attended the Republican dinner in Texas. Both of them have ruled out a Presidential run which made their respective appearances as household names seem as though they were giving a nod to prospective Presidential candidates whom are already making decisions about key upcoming primaries such as Iowa and New Hampshire, helping bring in large donors to the dinners. At the Republican dinner, several notable high-ranking members spoke extensively. RNC Chairman Michael Marshall (R-NC) attended and House Minority Leader Kyle Fitzgerald (R-TX) was there as well. Out of the two members of Republican leadership, analysts have said Leader Fitzgerald has made the most movement toward a Presidential campaign. "House Minority Leader Fitzgerald, from what I gathered, really resonated on the issue of taxes with those in attendance," a Republican source told the Post, "he laid out a specific plan and it really provides a clear picture of where he stands on these issues, there's no ambiguity." The source noted several issues were touched upon at the fundraiser by the different speakers. Congressman Abraham Saroyan (R-MT) gave a speech that played well to those concerned about national security and the military, according the source, and the speech "sounded like it was geared for a Presidential run." On a different token, Congressman and Reverend Anderson Kaine (R-IL) gave a speech heavily geared toward social issues. The speech was "heavily filled" with references to opposition to abortion and a war against Christianity internationally. The source noted Kaine is going to be "one of the big claimants" of the religious vote if he decides to run in the Presidential election. RNC Chairman Michael Marshall also appealed to the Christian Coalition crowd, emphasizing his role in the introduction of the 'Defense of Marriage Act' and assuring those in the crowd the importance of Judeo-Christian values. It remains unclear which of these four top speakers at the fundraiser intend to run for President, but by most analysts accounts, each of them share a fair shot at appealing to different cross-sections of the party. At the end of the fundraiser, the general feeling of the source was that donors had several highlights for the night. House Minority Leader Kyle Fitzgerald's specific plan (eliminating the Estate tax, AMT tax) on taxes was the main highlight, Congressman Anderson Kaine's blunt comments on fighting for Christianity is now seared into the mind of top endorsers in that faction of the party, and Congressman Abraham Saroyan's comments on his willingness to use the might and power of the U.S. military to spread democracy have peaked the interest of many already working within the Reagan Administration NSC. We were lucky enough to also score a source who gave us insight into what happened at the Democratic fundraiser dinner in New York. According to our source, the top three notable speakers at the event were Congressman Ari Goodman (D-GA), House Majority Whip Thomas Blackstone (D-MA), and Congressman Douglas Seymour (D-SC). Ari Goodman, the "old country boy from Georgia" as our source put it, gave a speech that sounded like a stump speech. The source noted it was particularly effective and the delivery was praised by those in attendance as someone who would resonate clearly with 'blue-collar workers.' "The speech did something no Democrat has been able to do effectively up to this point, and that is lay out clearly what Democrats have actually accomplished under President Regan the past year," our source said. House Majority Whip Thomas Blackstone gave a speech that the source said "very much" sounded like a speech of someone intending to run for President. It was a progressive speech, according to the source, and it "could be a missing piece that is needed" in the Democratic primary according to many donors. At the end of the night, Congressman Douglas Seymour -- the man who is perhaps the most for sure nominee in the race -- gave a speech highlighting his major accomplishments. According to our source, Seymour's speech reminded donors of his major role in legislation such as the Higher Education Savings Act, Protecting American Textile Workers, among other major legislation which has had major coverage in the media. The source noted that Douglas Seymour clearly has the best foundation at the moment, and the most attention from donors, but both Ari Goodman and Thomas Blackstone serve as "worthy, considerable" challengers." "Donors are impressed by the words of Goodman and want to see him lay out more foundation for a campaign over the next few months," the source told us, "they want to be assured their money will be going toward something real." That seems the key these next few weeks for candidates, to reassure donors and begin to build a base of voters at the upcoming straw polls and in the media. Upcoming Strawpolls Have Big Stakes for Candidates in Wide Open Fields (Washington D.C.) - The upcoming straw polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, for Republicans and Democrats respectively, are going to play a "huge role" in giving candidates name recognition at the beginning of the Presidential race, unlike anything we've ever seen before in recent history according to many analysts. In an op-ed written for The Washington Post, political analyst Kelliher McCaul noted we haven't had two parties with such open primaries "since the election of 1952" when General Dwight Eisenhower was nominated for the Republicans. With the wide open primaries, and none of the candidates carrying the amount of name recognition a Vice President might have or the leading General of World War II might receive, the 1988 Presidential field is 'wide open.' "I'm amazed we haven't seen more people dipping their toes in the water, at the very least," McCaul wrote, "because this election is unprecedented in how open it is for new faces to emerge and cement their names on the national stage." Those who participated in the large donor dinners over the weekend are largely expected to attend the respective straw polls. Analysts have also warned, however, that too much thought can be put into early polling. "If a candidate delivers a particularly good speech, makes a slip up and gives a gaffe to the media, or a new candidate emerges after the straw poll, things just fundamentally change," Washington Post's Jacob Olliver warned, "the straw poll is an indication perhaps, but sometimes people just put too much stock into it." Largely there has been agreement that the straw-poll, if nothing more, will serve as a stage to introduce candidates to the national media who will be more free to cover the speakers freely and without reservation. "Candidates will do well to appeal to the specific voters of Iowa and New Hampshire respectively," Olliver noted, "which, from where I'm sitting, doesn't reflect the country." SIDE STORIES Republicans Hold Slight Lead in Generic Congressional Ballot (Washington D.C.) – In a poll conducted by ABC News/Washington Post showed Republicans currently hold a slight lead in the national congressional generic ballot, edging out Democrats 52% to 45%. This is despite the fact that Democrats have shown an ability to enact policies through Congress, even putting the Reagan Administration in tough situations such as when the ‘Protecting American Textile Manufacturing Act’ was passed and the President eventually vetoed the bill. Some analysts have attributed the lack of voter’s warmth toward the party due to the fact that they haven’t shown consistent leadership in the House. Democrats do have a record to tout, but analysts have largely agreed they have failed to put together a unified message as Republicans have been able to do over the past few months. Democratic Primary Rule Changes Could “Fundamentally Change” 1988 Election, Experts Predict (Washington D.C.) – NBC Elections analyst Jacob Olliver recently released an op-ed in the New York Times with the subject being the upcoming Democratic Presidential Primary, a recently changed election process which Olliver predicted could “fundamentally change” the face of the election. The rules were silently changed earlier this year and sources say it was done unanimously within the party. Super delegates were abolished, the threshold to receive delegates was reduced to 10%, and winner-take-all system was stripped from all state primaries and caucuses, replaced by proportionate delegate distribution. On a local level, the changes have rocked many with some being angered by the stripping of super delegates. “I have participated in the Democratic National Convention as a super delegate twice now,” Alice Lawson, a locally elected Democrat in Michigan told us, “this is needlessly taking the voice away from people like myself who didn’t have one before.” The super delegate system was criticized by activists as favoring candidates who were seen as more electable or more friendly to the national party and requiring glad-handing to get votes. Olliver predicted if the Democratic primary happens to be a particularly close election, a proportionate system could help a more unconventional candidate reach the threshold needed to either win or compete at the national convention. Voters Identify National Security as Top Issue in Upcoming Election (Washington D.C.) – In a Gallup poll released this week, likely voters identified national security as the top issue they are concerned about heading into the 1988 election. The issue has consistently topped issue polls and it has been no different as of late, with voters increasingly concerned and watchful of the Soviet Union. The second issue was the economy and jobs, and behind that was high taxes. Crime, the deficit, and healthcare were also not far behind in the Gallup poll. Political analyst Maryann Landry said the poll was reflective of skepticism of American foreign policy and what changes might come as the Reagan administration makes its exit. “Iran-Contra is still an issue, it’s still relevant, and it hurts Republicans on the issue of national security,” Landry wrote, “yet Democrats, as in other areas, have managed to provide the popular President with little public scrutiny on the issue.” Landry predicted the issue of national security has yet to be framed by either party among likely voters. Most pundits have agreed, though, that it will be important for Democrats to have a candidate who can qualm any fears of independent voters looking for a commander-in-chief who can lead in times of tumultuous chaos. On that same token, political strategists in the Republican Party have acknowledged they are looking for a candidate who can resonate on the issue of national security the same way Vice President George Bush would have been able to do if he had decided to run. At the end of the day, the race is yet to be defined by any single issue and voters remain on the fence on which party is best suited to handle the issues they list as top priorities.
  10. Washington Post Election Coverage 1988 ISSUE #2 FRONT PAGE ABC News/WaPo Poll: Seymour, Fitzgerald Lead Respective Fields Nationally NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY Seymour - 24% Blackstone - 20% Goodman - 19% White - 14% IOWA DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY Seymour - 25% Goodman - 22% White - 19% Blackstone - 12% NEW HAMPSHIRE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY Blackstone - 25% Goodman - 23% White - 19% Seymour - 13% NATIONAL REPUBLICAN PRIMARY Fitzgerald - 26% Kaine - 21% Marshall - 19% Saroyan - 13% IOWA REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY Marshall - 24% Kaine - 22% Fitzgerald - 18% Saroyan - 12% NEW HAMPSHIRE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY Fitzgerald - 30% Saroyan - 24% Kaine - 17% Marshall - 12% Polling MoE 3% (+/-) (Ames) - A poll released today by ABC News/Washington Post gave a more clear picture of the Presidential election race as the country rushes toward the early contests of Iowa and New Hampshire. The two leading their fields nationally, Congressman Douglas Seymour (D-SC) and House Minority Leader Kyle Fitzgerald (R-TX) have both more established name recognition than some of their opponents, which has partly been attributed to their national leads. In addition, they have more established records on key issues which has given them an early boost. Congressman Seymour has been involved or taken the lead on several major pieces of legislation which have been noted as key agenda items of Democrats in Congress. Fitzgerald, on the other hand, has been focused on policy as well. The Congressman has been a major proponent of reduced taxes and has been an early leader on the issue of trade deficits and trade policy. At this point, however, analysts caution against giving too much creedence to national polling. "The undecideds remain very high," Larry Zata, a pollster for ten years told The Post, "the electorate as a whole remains largely undecided on the current fields." Congressman Douglas Seymour has been credited with establishing an early presence in the Presidential race by Democratic strategists. House Majority Whip Thomas Blackstone (D-MA), on the other hand, entered the conversation much later than Seymour. National polling doesn't tell the full picture, however. Polling in Iowa and New Hampshire are what most are following at this point and early polls point to the potential for Seymour and Fitzgerald to cement their front-runner status early on in this race. On the other hand, political analyst Jacob Olliver wrote an op-ed calling the upcoming Presidential election the 'most wide-open, politically unpredictable' in modern history. "I don't see there being a good picture on who leads these races until after the early primaries," Olliver said, "these numbers are too soft and aren't telling the full picture -- mainly, who is going to connect key issues." In Iowa, Seymour leads the field. But close behind him is Congressman Ari Goodman (D-GA) who has been peddling a message early-on focused on changing the economic system to benefit the working class. Goodman has also been credited for connecting with rural voters. Goodman is doing relatively well in both Iowa and New Hampshire, a sign that his strategy of rural connection might be working in his favor. Congressman Seymour leading in Iowa might be due to his brand of politics; social conservatism wrapped in a bow of economic populism. The brand has not translated well to New Hampshire, where Seymour currently polls last among all filed candidates. "Seymour's numbers in New Hampshire could be concerning," Republican strategist Barbara Handel noted, "if his lack of appeal translates to more major states, it could hurt him later in the race." In New Hampshire, for Democrats, House Majority Whip Thomas Blackstone (D-MA) leads within the margin of error. Behind him is Congressman Ari Goodman who, as mentioned, has seen very positive polling in both Iowa and New Hampshire. Congressman John White (D-FL), a virtual unknown before entering the Presidential race, won the New Hampshire straw-poll that was held for the first time for Democrats. It seems that, despite most calling his candidacy a long-shot, White only tails Blackstone by 6% in New Hampshire. "If Congressman White's speech at the New Hampshire strawpoll was an indication of his ability to connect with voters, then he is going to be a strong candidate in this race," Olliver wrote in his analysis. So far, there isn't a clear indication where these candidates stand on some very key issues and it remains to be seen how revelations on those issues will end up changing voters' minds in the coming weeks. For Republicans in Iowa, former RNC Chairman Michael Marshall (R-NC) has the led within the margin of error. Behind him is the winner of the Iowa Republican strawpoll Congressman Anderson Kaine (R-IL). Kaine and Marshall have both been contributed with exciting evangelical Republicans, a base which is strong in Iowa and is a faction known for their political participation in the state. Also a faction known for their growing strength within the GOP. Congressman Marshall has a more established record than Kaine, though some wonder if his focus on Beltway issues such as the King nepotism hearing or the Iran-Contra affair might've been a mistake for Marshall. "Entrenching yourself in issues like these doesn't generally end up resonating with voters," Olliver said, "but it comes with the territory of heading the national party." Olliver acknowledged that Marshall likely did receive more name recognition for being so instrumental in Republican media efforts on those issues. Congressman Kaine has caused some skepticism by Republicans due to his firebrand rhetoric on faith. It was noted that issues such as school-prayer, pornography, and flag burning could become central issues within the Republican Party with Kaine and Marshall as major candidates with a very real chance of eventually becoming the nominee in August. Both Fitzgerald and Congressman Abe Saroyan (R-MT) did not see positive movement in Iowa, although that is likely due to the fact that Marshall and Kaine are doing so well there. In New Hampshire, the story is nearly opposite. Congressman Kaine comes in last with the New Hampshire Republicans whom are clearly more interested in Congressman Fitzgerald's tax plan -- a key reason many analysts believe he has a comfortable lead even as so many voters remain undecided in the race. Surprisingly, Congressman Saroyan trails Fitzgerald polling in second. Saroyan has been described as the 'dark horse candidate' but some believe his speech in the New Hampshire straw-poll and particularly what he has said so far in regards to national security and the military might have resonated with New Hampshire voters. "National security and the Cold War remain very real issues with New Hampshire voters," Olliver said, giving credit to Saroyan for "taking an early cue" on the issue. Overall, the races are close and all polling indicates millions of primary voters and caucus-goers remain undecided on who they intend to vote for, leaving campaigns and campaign operatives salivating at the opportunity to try and shape their own narrative and their own picture of what the race should look like and who the respective nominees should be come the party conventions in the summer. The candidates' positions on key issues will come to light through the campaign, the upcoming debates, and their platforms. This could vastly change not only the race but also the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries themselves. SIDE STORIES Republicans Outraise Democrats in Q4 (Washington D.C.) - Democrats have dropped the ball this Quarter despite being able to set the national agenda in the House. Democrats have allowed Republicans to control the narrative on DOMA and the economy. The lack public leadership of rank-and-file Democrats has reflected on the national party and their and excitement is a lacking factor according to strategists. Union donors all over the country have looked toward the results in Chicago following the Greyhound drivers strike for how fights for a better wage might play out all over the country. According to Democratic strategist Mary-Ann Foley, Democrats have "not taken advantage" of stories like the economy or the union strikes to excite their base. The Republican Party, on the other hand, have been able to encourage their donors and especially evangelical Republicans, who have been riled up through a major push by national Republicans for an agenda of 'family morality' and 'curbing efforts damage the moral foundation of America' as major Republican Presidential candidates have put it. The Democratic party will need to refocus in order to ensure they don't fall behind for the sake of their majority in the House. As long as they continue to lay prone, Republicans will be able to put themselves in the driver seat driving the national narrative all-the-while providing likely Republican voters a reason to come out and vote on Election Day. Evan Bayh Announces Indiana Governor Run (Indianapolis) - In Indiaia, it might get competitive in the 1988 election. The state is expected to be a possible major stop for Presidential campaigns, but it also could be a target of Democrats looking to pick up the Governor's mansion. In the Indiana gubernatorial race, we know Governor Robert Orr (R) will be retiring due to being unable to run for another term. Bayh, the current Secretary of State of Indiana, announced his run for the Governorship today in Indianapolis. Bayh has been discussed as being a 'New Democrat', a coalition of Democrats looking to bring back so-called 'Reagan Democrats' to the party. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan won Indiana overwhelmingly. But analysts say Bayh has a real shot at the Governor's mansion. "Democrats like Bayh can win," an Indiana Democrat said, "they just have to talk about the right things."
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    Darren Gauthier (R-CT-2)

    Approved, welcome to the game!
  12. Washington Post Election Coverage 1988 SPECIAL ISSUE #2 FRONT PAGE Congressman John White speaks to participants of the strawpoll in New Hampshire (ABC News) John White Upsets in New Hampshire WHITE – 34% (1173) GOODMAN – 23% (793) BLACKSTONE – 21% (725) SEYMOUR – 20% (689) OTHER – 2% (70) TOTAL: 100% (3,450) (Nashua) – In a stunning upset, Congressman John White came away with a big victory at the Democratic New Hampshire fair and strawpoll after entering the race as a late entrant. “John White came, he spoke, and he conquered,” Jamie Winsley, a New Hampshire strawpoll participate told The Washington Post. “The words on taxes, the words on the debt and deficit, they felt real,” she said. It was largely agreed upon that White had given the best speech focused on the attendees of the night. This is the first time a strawpoll has been held in New Hampshire to rival the Republican-held strawpoll in Iowa. The mood was festive and New Hampshire Democrats were happy for the attention they were receiving. “We’re one of the first to vote in the nation, our state carries a lot of weight,” one participant said. The speech given by White was well received. It was given a lot of attention by the strawpoll participants and appealed most to the New Hampshire Democrats who attended for its relatable material and conscious of the national zeitgeist. That much was clear. But White remained a virtually unknown Congressman from Florida to many. His brand was unheard of and he wasn’t in attendance at the recent fundraiser that was held in the state. But tonight, at least, he won over the crowd with his talk of fiscal conservatism and tax cuts. Congressman Ari Goodman of Georgia came in second place, albeit trailed closely by both Thomas Blackstone and Douglas Seymour. It was his talk of rural families and rural farmers which gained him fans at the strawpoll. “Congressman Goodman provided a real plan with real policies to give more job opportunities to people like me and my family,” Jennifer Braxton, a participant, said. Braxton said she intended to donate to the campaign of Goodman as well. “I’ll be voting for Ari in the primary,” she said. The Congressman spoke extensively on economic investment, helping out American farmers, and doing more on healthcare in government. Goodman has been seen as a prime challenger to Douglas Seymour for southern states and the same voting-bloc. In third was House Majoirty Whip Thomas Blackstone of Massachusetts, a favorite among some political analysts due to his regional advantage and New Hampshire being in his backyard and his general positive reputation as being a lasting member of Democratic leadership. Blackstone gave an extensive speech covering various topics and outlined his campaign principles and own personal connection to key issues. “While I appreciate Congressman Blackstone’s empathy and his morals, the U.S. can’t just keep printing more money to pay for things,” John Ricker, a Nashua resident said in opposition to Blackstone. “I wish I would’ve heard more out of him on deficit reduction.” The House Majority Whip did win some fans at the strawpoll, however, with many claiming he was more electable than his counterparts. “Similar to Congressman Douglas, House Majority Whip Blackstone has a record of getting things done, passed through Congress, and signed,” Democratic strategist Alwyn Landry said, “people believe he can go on to beat a Republican in the general election.” Coming in last place, shocking to some, was Congressman Douglas Seymour of South Carolina. The Congressman has been considered the perennial front-runner for Democrats before the race was even officially underway. With a more established campaign than many of his counterparts, there was some expectations Douglas would fare better in the strawpoll. According to sources with knowledge, donors are excited about the candidacy of Seymour. But he fell short at the strawpoll and that excitement failed to carry over to participants. When asked about Seymour, one participant said his bid felt "too disconnected from New Hampshire.” Others didn’t appreciate his perceived social conservatism. Those who did vote for him, however, felt a sense that he wasn’t being given credit for his electability. “I think the results aren’t based on reality but rather just what everyone wanted to hear,” Greg Howard, a Seymour supporter said after he heard the final numbers come in. The New Hampshire Democratic strawpoll, the first of its kind, was by all counts a success for the party as a whole. With over three thousand likely voters participating this weekend, it was clear Democrats generated some excitement in the state for their upcoming primary. On the other hand, political pundits have been just as critical of the strawpoll and its results as they are of the Iowa strawpoll and the time and effort spent on that. “It’s a mixed bag,” David Crenshaw, Washington Post political analyst said, “it remains to be seen if this John White, an unknown, can shape this message to appeal to more than a handful of New Hampshire voters.” Another analyst predicted Thomas Blackstone’s possible regional advantage was underplayed by the strawpoll results and would carry more weight in the upcoming primary. And other strategists also said the poll underrepresented the fact campaigns have not even started to build organization in the state of New Hampshire. Regardless, at the end of it all, the Ferris Wheel kept spinning into the night as candidates shook hands and continued to speak with New Hampshire voters about the upcoming primary and the importance of participating in just a few weeks. “Congressman Seymour will fare better in places like Iowa, places like South Carolina, Florida, the list goes on,” Republican strategist Sarah Feldman said, “this might be a little bit of a hiccup PR wise, but there’s no doubt the media will be taking about his proven record, the bills he has championed and passed, before this thing goes to a real vote.” Indeed, that’s where critics of the strawpoll point to; even those with little name recognition can win over a small group at a state fair and not go on to win the state. With the campaign officially underway after the filing deadline closes tonight, the races have officially captivated American's across the country. A Washington Post/ABC News poll is expected to be released soon which is sure to give a more full picture of what's likely to come in both the Republican and Democratic primaries as we head toward a barrage of television ads, stump speeches, and policy squabbles.
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    1988 Election Announcements

    I am going to go ahead and extend Senate Election registration deadline to the 25th to allow both parties more time to put together candidates for the seats that are up. This means the filing deadline will just fall on the same day that platforms are due (November 25th, 11:59PM EST).
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    John White (D-FL-18)

    Biography looks good, welcome back John! Better get that signature changed before I make those duties official.
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    1988 Election Announcements

    Check the last couple of announcements above, they are important. For those filing for President -- please also post your campaign threads in the Presidential Election forum with your budget included in the first post. It is important that all budgets are kept up-to-date and orderly as they are a primary function of checking numbers and ensuring all expenses and income has been accounted for. Plus, candidates are going to be receiving money, and it is important that is recorded. Thanks.
  16. Washington Post Election Coverage 1988 SPECIAL ISSUE #1 FRONT PAGE Kaine seen greeting visitors at the Iowa strawpoll upon arriving (Washington Post) Kaine Wins Iowa Strawpoll IOWA GOP STRAWPOLL RESULTS KAINE – 33% (1398) MARSHALL – 26% (1102) SAROYAN – 22% (932) FITZGERALD – 19% (805) OTHER – 2% (85) TOTAL: 100% (4322) (Ames) - The Iowa Republican straw-poll has always been an event which has drawn ire from some in the political realm – either for being too much work for such an inconsequential event or whether it’s the fact that the strawpoll isn’t necessarily an indicator on who will win Iowa in the end. After all, this weekend’s Iowa fair and strawpoll only had about 4,000 or so attendees give or take. A concert held in Ames the same night drew a crowd well over 7,000. Over 100,000 are expected to vote in the caucus in January. “This event is standard fare for politics,” one observer agreed, “a whole lot of show, pomp, and circumstance just to be disappointed a while later.” Others, however, note that a win at the Iowa strawpoll can be a big boost for a campaign – even if it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll go on to win the state, it does mean they have some momentum and the ability to garner support. Plus, it’s also an opportunity to corral donors who want to be reassured of base support before writing any big checks. At the 1987 Iowa Republican strawpoll, the crowd was bigger than years past. There was more excitement in the air at the event than usual. Jim Terell, an Ames resident of thirty-nine years, said the event made him excited about volunteering for Republican Candidate Congressman Anderson Kaine of Illinois. “My family has owned a farm here in Iowa for a long time and the Reverend seems to understand what that means,” Terell said, noting Anderson’s comments on farmers as his prime reason for voting for him in the strawpoll. Congressman Anderson has been increasingly talked about as a favorite among evangelicals, being a reverend and speaking on those issues which are of prime importance to evangelical Christians. Interestingly, Anderson didn’t speak as extensively on social issues dominating the media right now (such as DOMA), but he spent more time on the first amendment and how he would help out farmers in the state. It seemed to pay off at the strawpoll as Anderson won out with over 1300 votes nonetheless. “I think it was the talk of unions and his support of farms that won it for the Reverend,” another resident and straw-poll voter Terra Dawson told us, “plenty of blue collar folks here in Iowa who want better intend to support Reverend Anderson.” While this was a common sentiment among those we questioned, a heavy focus did seem to be on major social issues which seem to be dominating the news lately. Right on Congressman Anderson’s tail was RNC Chairman Michael Marshall of North Carolina who spoke extensively on key social issues, including abortion and what he described as ‘Christian moral values.’ In his speech, he also spoke about taxes, the deficit, and balancing the budget, yet it seemed his words on ‘Christian values’ won him major support at the strawpoll. “I had my hand ready to check for Rev. Anderson, but I recalled the words of Marshall on protecting the moral code of America, and it seemed stronger to me,” one resident said, who was bussed in to participate at the event from a local Church in Iowa. It might be anecdotal but it did seem Marshall’s record on key social issues did give him a leg up in Iowa. Coming in third place was Congressman Abe Saroyan of Montana, a dark horse of sorts who came into larger consideration following the fundraising dinner held in Houston, Texas. According to sources, his words on the military and foreign policy piqued the interest of the likes of Vice President George Bush and others within the current Reagan administration. At the strawpoll, however, Congressman Saroyan gave a speech worthy of the stump and hammered home the theme of not settling for ‘good enough’, as those around him sang the praises of President Reagan. While Saroyan did the same thing, he did it noting he knew it ‘wasn’t enough.’ This message seemed to resonate with those in attendance. Finally, in last place came House Minority Leader Kyle Fitzgerald of Texas, a surprise to some who believe that Fitzgerald’s message on taxes and immigration is likely to resonate with primary voters. The House Minority Leader spoke in specifics on what he intended to do in order to cut taxes and curb growing trade deficits. His words on immigration also seemed to be agreed upon by most all attendees. While it’s only speculation on the potential impact on the poll, Fitzgerald also didn’t deliver any message on key social issues currently dominating media headlines. At the end of the day, some political observers continue to believe House Minority Leader Kyle Fitzgerald could still be a favorite to win Iowa, despite what the polls say. Others believe Congressman Anderson Kaine is a strong favorite due to his strong stances on abortion, the Defense of Marriage Act, and the second amendment. “If Marshall had not been so strong on these issues early on and been a leader on issues like DOMA, which has been somewhat controversial but is popular among this crowd, then Anderson would be the favorite to win Iowa,” political analyst Jacob Olliver wrote in an op-ed. One Republican strategist noted that House Minority Leader Kyle Fitzgerald will likely fare better in the state than the strawpoll is giving him credit for. At the end of the event, the candidates went home (or, more likely, to their hotels) and confetti, ketchup smeared paper plates, and soda bottles were left to be swept up. The Iowa caucus is only a week away and the campaign is finally in full force. The Iowa Republican strawpoll, the first major event of the campaign, has given us but a taste of what’s to come.
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    1988 Election Announcements

    The following Telegram chat is going to be used for primary coverage, election panels, general coverage of the election, election debates, and eventually election night itself. All results and information will still be posted on the boards, but being in this chat might mean you get information a little sooner than others. CLICK HERE TO JOIN CNN: 1988 ELECTION COVERAGE TELEGRAM CHAT.
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    USA Today Roundup

    Pope John Paul II greets the sidelines at airport upon arriving in San Francisco (ABC News) Pope John Paul Visits AIDS Sufferers, Accepts Congressional Invite (San Francisco) – Pope John Paul II arrived in San Francisco late Wednesday evening and has met with AIDS sufferers this morning. Pope John Paul II is on a 10-day long visit to the United States and he intends to spend five days of it in California and New York. In San Francisco, the Pope has spent the day embracing AIDS patients and praying with them, also visiting the local hospitals. “God loves all of them, without limit and without distinction,” the Pope told those at the Mission while in an emotional embrace with several young children. The Pope had to drive past groups of protesters to reach the hospital, with many angry that the Pope is condoning “deviant behavior,” referring specifically to homosexuality. Behind police barricades, protests shouted “shame!” at the Pope as he entered another hospital. Inside the hospital and the churches, however, were often tears and words of encouragement and love from the Pope. Recent action from Congress to define marriage between ‘one man and one woman’ has sparked some controversy due to speculation the bill is in response to the AIDS crisis and the gay community as a whole. Protesters could be seen with signs that read ‘Pass DOMA’ and ‘Protect our Families.’ In a move that has surprised some, newly elected Speaker of the House Alphonse Baudin sent an invite to Pope John Paul II to address the United States Congress. According to sources, there was hesitation from the Pope to accept the invitation due to the possibility of it seeming politically motivated. However, after a short time of deliberation, a letter was sent to the Speaker accepting the invite to speak before Congress. The address is expected to happen sometime next week and the Pope also has a meeting scheduled with President Ronald Reagan. Pope John Paul II will become the first Pope to address the U.S. Congress. Pictured; Greyhound strike in 1983 which ended in violence (AP Pictures) Greyhound Bus Drivers Strike for Better Pay and Benefits (Chicago) – Greyhound drivers in Chicago have started a strike for better pay and benefits, stoking a response with over 3,500 drivers now striking and the number growing. The drivers have threatened to continue the strike until better pay. John G. Allen, 49, a driver of seven years, said the strike was “about our proud, our dignity, just making an honest living.” John was resting at the Chicago headquarters where drivers are picketing and his words rang true as union members and workers all echoed that all they wanted was a boost in pay and more time off. Fred G. Currey, the chairman of Greyhound, denied any possibility of an employee takeover of the company saying “the company is not for sale and we are confident in our ability to continue operations as normal.” In fact, Greyhound has been diligent in finding substitute drivers and has been in training overload, hiring new drivers and putting them into training immediately. Business analysts argue that Greyhound is bound to keeping prices low due to the competition from rail and airlines. On the other hand, union members argue their employees should matter more. The strike is a small example of the growing battle between unions and corporations, as corporations such as Greyhound try to compete in growing markets and workers try and fight for better pay and better benefits. ''You're nothing but replaceables who drive,” Jeanne Tilly said, “that’s what they’re saying and it makes me not ever want to return, even if they asked me to.” Jeanne has been driving with Greyhound for over ten years. Nonetheless, it seems Greyhound is unwilling to come to the table and would rather prove that they are capable of dealing with any potential turnover as a result. Picture of the home of slain Councilman Malcolm Rowe (Houston Chronicle) Houston City Councilman and Wife Shot in Apparent Personal Revenge Plot (Houston) – In what police are now describing as a ‘personal revenge plot’, Herbert James Walker is being charged with two counts of premeditated first degree murder charges after he broke-in to the home of Houston City Councilman Malcolm Rowe and shot him and his wife Beth Rowe. The police arrested Walker the same day that he shot the councilman and his wife. In an interview, Walker told investigators that Rowe was responsible for denying him a permit for his food truck at several meetings. According to police, Rowe was not in fact responsible for approving or denying permits and Walker was not aware of that fact. Records show, however, that Walker attended several meetings of the city council and each time was referred to city hall. According to transcripts from one meeting, Councilman Rowe did refer Walker to the city hall at least once to appeal for a permit. County prosecutors say the confession from Walker along with the premeditation of the murders is potentially grounds for seeking out the death penalty during sentencing.
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    1988 Election Announcements

    I have been getting some questions about the platform deadline for the Presidential election. All platforms are expected to be in by November 19th to receive grading before the key first primary and caucus states. The schedule has been updated as well.
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    Elaine Pruitt (D-TX-2)

    Approved, welcome!
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    Technical Requests

  22. 'Defense of Marriage Act' Brought to House Floor, Critics Wary of Implications (Washington D.C.) - The House is debating the 'Defense of Marriage Act', introduced by RNC Chairman Michael Marshall (R-NC), legislation which would define marriage as being between one man and one woman under federal code. The legislation was brought to the floor after a vote which received more than two thirds of Congress agreeing to debate it on the floor. The Defense of Marriage Act, or 'DOMA' as some politicians have referred to it, defines marriage as being between 'one man and one woman, 'one husband and one wife.' Despite the overwhelming vote in favor of debating the legislation, commentators are scratching their heads on what caused the 'definition of marriage' to suddenly become the top issue in the United States Congress. ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) activist Larry Kramer, however, presented his own theory in a recently released statement to the press. "This is clearly a response to the growing concern and growing alarm to the AIDS epidemic within the gay community," Kramer wrote in his statement, "this purposeful targeting of this community because of an epidemic like this is not only callous and short-sighted, but truly reprehensible." Kramer called on activists to oppose the attempts by Congress to pass 'DOMA' and finished his press statement by saying ACT UP would be doing its part to lobby Congress members. On the other hand, the Christian Coalition has said the bill has nothing to do with the AIDS epidemic and is instead legislation designed to protect the historical religious institution of marriage and cement that leading a moral lifestyle which emphasizes families at the core is fundamental to American culture. Founder of the Christian Coalition of America, Pat Robertson, called it a "positive step forward for a society that recognizes morality and recognizes the importance of family." At a recent Republican fundraiser, it was reported RNC Chairman Michael Marshall touted his support of the Defense of Marriage Act and made sure to mention that he was the lead sponsor of the bill. Reverend and Congressman Anderson Kaine (R-IL) has also been seen as a candidate that could appeal to the religious faction of the Republican voter base in the 1988 primary. "It seems like the 'defense of marriage' is now another core component for those who are appealing to the heavily religious faction within the Republican Party," Republican strategist John Sawyer said, "although this particular action does come across as a more reactionary response to the AIDS epidemic." According to a poll conducted by the National Policy Research Center in January of this year, only 11% of American's said they approved of same-sex marriage while 66% of American's said they were opposed. Aside from this, there hasn't been a lot of action or discussion on the issue of defining marriage or recognizing same-sex marriage in this decade. Several times, questions of same-sex marriage have appeared in courts across the country and have systematically failed to receive recognition, with the most recent being a case in Pennsylvania which denied divorce of a same-sex couple because a same-sex couple is inherently ineligible to marry in the first place. It is clear proponents of the legislation have both the country and the law on their side, however critics have warned that responding to the AIDS epidemic by targeting same-sex couples is a "slippery slope." The legislation appears to be set to pass the House of Representatives with members of both parties voicing their support, including most notably on the Democratic side, likely Presidential candidate Douglas Seymour (D-SC). Notable possible opposition on the Democratic side is House Majority Whip Thomas Blackstone (D-MA), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, who voted against debating the bill on the floor.
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    Administrative Announcements

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