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    Local Media Quotes

    Congressmen are allowed to make statements to local media outlets if they wish to. These can be picked up by player media or national news. Note that this is not an 80s equivalent of Twitter nor should it be used as a means of "feuding" with other players. Excessive usage pertaining to arguments with other players will result in a negative penalty to both individuals involved with their approval ratings. Name: Party: Interviewing Agency: (what local newspaper/radio)
  2. The AB has released a temporary IVS that can be found here. We will be assimilating the faction system into the IVS by the end of the week. For now the current IVS will help get the House Rules vote tallied and other preliminary votes within the Congress.
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    House IVS

    The temporary House IVS can be found here. NOTE: The AB will be assimilating the faction system into the IVS by the end of the week.
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    State of the States

    Governor Casey Appoints New State Treasurer Following High-Profile Death of Budd Dwyer Pennsylvania State Treasurer Budd Dwyer committed suicide on live television due to bribery accusations. Pennsylvania (Q1-1987) - Governor Bob Casey (D-PA) has appointed G. Davis Greene Jr. (D-PA) as Pennsylvania's new state treasurer following the high-profile death of incumbent Budd Dwyer (R-PA). People across Pennsylvania are still reeling over the press conference that culminated in Budd Dwyer committing suicide with a revolver on live television. Uncensored footage of the suicide was televised on multiple local news networks across Pennsylvania with complaints from families due to the graphic nature of the content. Mr. Dwyer had previously been convicted of 11 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, perjury and interstate transportation in aid of racketeering, and consequently faced a sentence of up to 55 years imprisonment and a $300,000 fine. Budd Dwyer maintained his innocence throughout the process and had previously rejected a plea deal that would have only given him one bribe receiving charge that would have given a five year sentence. Dwyer's co-defendant, former state party chairman Bob Asher (R-PA), received a one year sentence from District Court Judge Malcolm Muir. Mr. Dwyer was scheduled to be sentenced the day after he committed suicide. A leaked letter from Budd Dwyer to Governor Casey indicated his belief that his wife should be appointed to replace him as state treasurer. The topic of Mr. Dwyer's eventual resignation had already been an issue within the state prior to his death that resulted in a deal being made between Governor Casey and the state legislature to appoint a Democrat to the office. Reports have seemingly indicated that Budd Dwyer sought the assistance of both President Reagan and Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) in acquiring a presidential pardon prior to the press conference. Budd Dwyer made claims regarding perceived bias by both prosecutors involved in the case and the FBI in his televised press conference. The National Association of State Treasurers has called for an investigation to determine the merit of Mr. Dwyer's claims. The Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility has announced that it will investigate the claims made by Budd Dwyer along with the FBI.
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    Ralph Staples Barrett

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    Player Media: The Scoop

  7. Folks, I've got some updates for everyone: The AB will be ruling on the nepotism issue by tomorrow along with the publishing of the updated IVS. An official OOC calendar for 1987 will be released by Wednesday so players can be made aware of the timing of the round. The offer for applications to join the AB remains open and I'd encourage interested individuals to send a PM to me.
  8. All news articles pertaining to pre-1987 events will be posted here throughout the following days for players to view as we near the launch of VGS Reset 2.
  9. It's been brought to my attention that the character marched in Selma. This is a violation of the character creation guidelines and must be retconned. You are allowed to be active in civil rights but you cannot place your character in a major civil rights event and Selma would classify as that. @Storm
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    Guy Hughes (D-TX-2)

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    Alexandra Bell Peterson (D-FL)

    Welcome and approved!
  12. VGS Reset 2 has officially begun! Players are free to begin work in the House and posting in their press offices. Be sure to have a voting record and bank account. Have links to your material in your bio.
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    Zander Kahuhu (R-WA-8)

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    Jackson Clay (D-IN-6)

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    Pre-1987 News Articles

    1986 Midterms - A Reflection Speaker Tip O'Neil (D-MA) opted not to run for reelection as Democrats maintained their majority in the House. United States - The 1986 midterms have come and gone and there is little doubt that Washington is about to face a shakeup of a scale unheard of in recent history as both major parties find themselves leaderless. Speaker of the House Tip O'Neil (D-MA) announced early last year that he would not stand for reelection in 1986, opening up a Speakership contest that will reshape the House for the next two years. House Majority Leader Jim Wright (D-TX) has already announced that he intends to step away from leadership due to recent health-related issues, leaving no frontrunner for the position. Republicans similarly find themselves leaderless as House Minority Leader Robert Michel (R-IL) announced his desire to step down, making way for a new leader to take the reins of the House GOP. Pundits expect the upcoming leadership contests to bring politicians from both sides out of the woodwork to stake their claim in the futures of their respective parties. Republicans find themselves on the losing end of the 1986 midterms despite significant gains relatively maintained in the House from the Reagan Landslide in 1984. Republicans will enter the 100th Session of Congress with 197 seats, a net lose of 2 seats from 1984. Democrats have increased their majority in the House to 238 seats following the surprisingly strong showing of House Republicans in 1984. Preliminary reports seem to indicate a larger number of freshman congressmen elected to serve in the upcoming session on both sides of the aisle. The most significant event of the night is the Democratic retaking of the Senate, albeit, by a slim margin. Defeats in Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, and North Dakota have given Senate Democrats a 51-49 majority in the Senate. Senate Democrats are expected to be led by Robert Byrd in the upcoming session as Bob Dole returns to his old position as Senate Minority Leader. Republicans across the country faced tough battles due to scandal within the Reagan Administration and discontent with the current state of Congress. The loss of the Senate could be significant for the GOP as there are murmurs of a potential vacancy in the Supreme Court within the next year but those rumors have not been confirmed. All was not completely lost for the GOP in 1986 as they scored a net gain of eight governors mansions while holding key states like California and Illinois under their control. House of Representatives - 100th Session of Congress Democratic Party: 238 Seats Republican Party: 197 Seas U.S. Senate - 100th Session of Congress Democratic Party: 51 Seats Republican Party: 49 Seats
  16. I am going to make an executive decision and move the starting date of VGS Reset 2 to Wednesday 9/19/2018. It's clear that neither party has their leadership in order yet and I want to give both parties maximum amount of time to get those squared away so we can hit the ground running by Wednesday.
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    Rep. Jacky Williams (R-CA)

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    Kyle Fitzgerald (R-TX-7)


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