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Giovanni “Gio” Pagnotto (R-NJ) Name: Giovanni “Gio” Pagnotto Date of Birth: July 4th, 1967 Place of Birth: Tottenville, Staten Island, New York Place of Residence: Allendale, New Jersey Party: Republican Political Ideology: Centrist Republican Religion: Roman Catholic Family Background: Dad: Frank Pagnotto (b.1938) Mom: Sandra Pagnotto (nee Freeman) (b.1940) (d.2012) Brother: James “Jimmy” Pagnotto (b.1970) Wife: Amanda Pagnotto (nee Romero) (b.1977) (m.1995) Son: Kevin Pagnotto (b.1996) Son: John “Johnny” Pagnotto (b.1999) Educational Background: B.A in Public Administration at Rutgers University (class of 1989) Occupational Background: Quarterback, New York Jets (1989-1994) Quarterback, Chicago Bears (1994-1998) Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens (1998-2001) Quarterback, New York Jets (2002) Founder/ CEO, Pagnotto Foundation (1994-2010) U.S Representative, New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District (2011-2015) U.S Senator, New Jersey Class 2 Seat (2015-present) Giovanni “Gio” Pagnotto was born in Tottenville, Staten Island, New York on July 4th, 1967 to high school football coach Frank Pagnotto and nurse Sandra Pagnotto. He is the older brother of Jimmy Pagnotto. Early on in life, he developed a love of the two things his dad enjoyed, football and politics. His dad would take him and his younger brother to the high school practices and games to surround Gio and Jimmy with football. Once Gio got to high school, he played under his dad as starting varsity Quarterback for all four years of his high school career. He did exceptionally well, breaking school records and leading the team to the State title twice. He wasn't recruited as much as his brother did (his brother was a star wide receiver), but got a full ride scholarship to play football at Rutgers, which he accepted. While at Rutgers, he was redshirted in his freshman year, learning the system and working on his accuracy. By the time his Sophomore, he redshirt freshman year came around, he competed for the starting job. He didn’t win the starting job at first, but he got into his first game after their starting quarterback got injured. It was already a blowout loss for Rutgers, but Gio showed signs of greatness in the game. He officially took the starting job and never looked back. During his redshirt Junior year (his real senior year), he was getting looked at by NFL scouts, citing he could be a great 3rd-4th round pick for a team. Afterwards, failing to find a master degree he would enjoy, he decided to skip his final year of eligibility and entered the NFL draft. Scouts liked his improvement of his accuracy and his throwing power, but had questions about his awareness and his size. He blew them away at his pro day, but performed average at the NFL combine. He was selected with the 70th pick (3rd round) by the New York Jets. Staying local, the Jets were happy to select him as they’ve been watching him since the beginning of his college career. He started his career with the Jets as the backup, but gained the starting role after poor performance of the Jets starting quarterback. He played above average, but didn’t wow anyone with his play. In 1994, he got traded to the Chicago Bears. He was their starter and did better than expected, leading them to the playoffs in his second season. He got injured halfway through the 1996 season, and never returned to his peak performance. He got released by the Chicago Bears in 1998 and sign with the Baltimore Ravens, providing that veteran experience to their younger quarterback. In 2000, the Baltimore Ravens won the super bowl, however Gio only played in the last few minutes of the 4th quarter. He resigned with the Ravens on a one year deal for the 2001 season. After nothing notable happening there, he went on to sign with the New York Jets in 2002, and retiring after the 2002 season. In 1994, shortly before moving to Chicago, he started the Pagnotto Foundation. The Pagnotto Foundation raised money to open up soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and helped homeless people restart their life. He opened up their headquarters in Little Italy (Manhattan). He had his father run the company during the NFL season, and Gio ran it during the off season. Gio took it over full time in 2003, after retiring from the NFL. In 2010, he stepped down as CEO, giving the position to a old college friend under the stipulation that when his son, Kevin, graduates from college, he steps down and let Kevin run the foundation (Johnny plans on playing basketball), so Gio can run for Congress. He challenged Scott Garrett in the primary, defeating him 51%-49%. He then, after a tough campaign cycle, he won 52%- 48%. He faced little opposition in his time in Congress, being a generally liked Congressman by both sides of the aisle. In 2015, Gio decided to run for U.S Senate and won the very crowded primary with 30%, with the next opponent had 22%. He then faced incumbent Cory Booker. This was considered an uphill battle for Gio and most political pundits wrote him off. However, Gio out performed Booker in the 3 televised debates and out campaigned him. Election night arrived, and still most the pundits believed that this race was Booker’s, though gonna be closer than they originally thought. At first, CNN, CBS, MSNBC, and ABC called the election right when the polls closed, however throughout the night, Gio’s early lead didn’t shrink as fast as they thought it would and all of those networks took back their called race and put it back under their undecided columns. At 11:54 pm EST, the impossible happened, and all the major news networks called the race and declared Gio the victor, 49.9%-49.8%. Many political pundits call it “the second biggest upset of the decade”, behind Larry Hogan’s victory in Maryland in 2014. During his time in the Senate, he has been described as the “most bipartisan senator”. In his free time, Gio spends time with his family and friends in his home in Allendale, New Jersey. He is also a huge fan of the Nets, Rangers, Yankees, and, of course, New York Jets. He still attends New York Jets home games, if he has time. He also volunteers at soup kitchens and still keeps in contact with his foundation, which his son Kevin has recently taken over, after graduating from Columbia University. His son, Johnny, plays college basketball for University of Michigan, where he got a scholarship to play at. His brother, Jimmy, is a State Senator in New Jersey (in Cape May), which he became after retiring from the NFL.
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    Press Office of Roy Goldstein (R-FL-18)

    Rep. Goldstein Introduces Bill that Rewards Small Businesses that Accommodate the Handicapped Washington D.C- Congressman Roy Goldstein (R-Coral Gables) introduced the Small Business Access Improvement Act of 1990 earlier this week. The Small Business Access Improvement Act of 1990 is a bill that rewards small businesses that renovate their place of business to make it handicap accessible by giving them tax credit. Congressman Goldstein spoke a few words on why he introduced, which can be found below:
  3. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. Goldstein (for himself, with thanks to Mr. Upton) introduced the following; A BILL To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a refundable credit to small businesses for the costs of providing nondiscriminatory public accommodations to disabled individuals. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Small Business Access Improvement Act of 1990'. SEC. 2. REFUNDABLE CREDIT FOR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS REQUIREMENTS. (a) IN GENERAL- Subpart C of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to refundable credits) is amended by redesignating section 35 as section 36 and by inserting after section 34 the following new section: `SEC. 35. COSTS OF PROVIDING NONDISCRIMINATORY PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS TO DISABLED INDIVIDUALS. `(a) GENERAL RULE- In the case of an eligible small business, there shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this subtitle for the taxable year an amount equal to the lesser of-- `(1) the eligible public accommodations access expenditures for the taxable year, or `(2) $5,000. `(b) ELIGIBLE SMALL BUSINESS- For purposes of this section, the term `eligible small business' means a person-- `(1) engaged in the trade or business of operating a public accommodation which is required by Federal law to make such public accommodations accessible to, or usable by, an individual with a disability, `(2) the gross receipts of which for the preceding taxable year did not exceed $1,000,000, `(3) which employs fewer than 15 employees, and `(4) which elects the application of this section for the taxable year. `(c) ELIGIBLE PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS ACCESS EXPENDITURES- For purposes of this section-- `(1) IN GENERAL- The term `eligible public accommodations access expenditures' means amounts paid or incurred-- `(A) for the purpose of removing architectural, communication, or transportation barriers which prevent a public accommodation from being accessible to, or usable by, an individual with a disability, or `(B) for providing auxiliary aids and services to individuals with a disability who are employees of, or using, the public accommodation. `(2) EXPENSES IN CONNECTION WITH NEW CONSTRUCTION ARE NOT ELIGIBLE- The term `eligible public accommodations access expenditures' shall not include expenses described in paragraph (1)(A) which are paid or incurred in connection with the design and construction of any facility the first occupancy of which occurs after December 31, 1990. `(d) OTHER DEFINITIONS AND SPECIAL RULES- For purposes of this section-- `(1) DISABILITY- The term `disability' means, with respect to an individual-- `(A) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual; `(B) a record of such an impairment; or `(C) being regarded as having such an impairment. `(2) PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION- The following privately operated entities are considered public accommodations for purposes of this section, if the operations of such entities affect commerce: `(A) an inn, hotel, motel, or other similar place of lodging, except for an establishment located within a building that contains not more than 5 rooms for rent or hire and that is actually occupied by the proprietor of such establishment as the residence of such proprietor; `(B) a restaurant, bar, or other establishment serving food or drink; `(C) a motion picture house, theater, concert hall, stadium, or other place of exhibition or entertainment; `(D) an auditorium, convention center, or lecture hall; `(E) a bakery, grocery store, clothing store, hardware store, shopping center, or other similar retail sales establishment; `(F) a laundromat, dry-cleaners, bank, barber shop, beauty shop, travel service, shoe repair service, funeral parlor, gas station, office of an accountant or lawyer, pharmacy, insurance office, professional office of a health care provider, hospital, or other similar service establishment; `(G) a terminal used for public transportation; `(H) a museum, library, gallery, and other similar place of public display or collection; `(I) a park or zoo; `(J) a nursery, elementary, secondary, undergraduate, or postgraduate private school; `(K) a day care center, senior citizen center, homeless shelter, food bank, adoption program, or other similar social service center; and `(L) a gymnasium, health spa, bowling alley, golf course, or other similar place of exercise or recreation. `(3) AUXILIARY AIDS AND SERVICES- The term `auxiliary aids and services' includes-- `(A) qualified interpreters or other effective methods of making aurally delivered materials available to individuals with hearing impairments; `(B) qualified readers, taped texts, or other effective methods of making visually delivered materials available to individuals with visual impairments; `(C) acquisition or modification of equipment or devices; and `(D) other similar services and actions. `(4) Controlled groups- `(A) IN GENERAL- All members of the same controlled group of corporations (within the meaning of section 52(a)) and all persons under common control (within the meaning of section 52(b)) shall be treated as 1 person for purposes of this section. `(B) DOLLAR LIMITATION- The Secretary shall apportion the dollar limitation under subsection (a)(2) among the members of any group described in subparagraph (A) in such manner as the Secretary shall by regulations prescribe. `(5) PARTNERSHIPS AND S CORPORATIONS- In the case of a partnership, the limitation under subsection (a)(2) shall apply with respect to the partnership and each partner. A similar rule shall apply in the case of an S corporation and its shareholders. `(6) COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT- In the case of any taxable year beginning in calendar year 1991 or thereafter, this section shall be applied by increasing the $5,000 amount under subsection (a)(2) and the $1,000,000 amount under subsection (b)(2) by the cost-of-living adjustment for the calendar year. The cost-of-living adjustment for any calendar year shall be determined under section 1(f)(3), except that subparagraph (B) thereof shall be applied by substituting `1990' for `1987'. `(7) NO DOUBLE BENEFIT- No deduction or credit shall be allowed under this chapter with respect to any amount for which a credit is allowed under subsection (a). `(e) REGULATIONS- The Secretary shall prescribe regulations necessary to carry out the purposes of this section, including regulations for determining what expenditures are to be treated as eligible public accommodations access expenditures.' (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- The table of sections for subpart C of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of such Code is amended by striking the item relating to section 35 and inserting: `Sec. 35. Costs of providing nondiscriminatory public accommodations to disabled individuals. `Sec. 36. Overpayments of tax.' (c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 1990. SEC. 3. REDUCTION IN CURRENT DEDUCTION FOR REMOVAL OF ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS TO THE HANDICAPPED AND ELDERLY. (a) IN GENERAL- Subsection (c) of section 190 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to expenditures to remove architectural and transportation barriers to the handicapped and elderly) is amended by striking `$35,000' and inserting `$20,000'. (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 1990.
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    Marshall Amendment 1

    Aye
  5. Press Office of Roy Goldstein
  6. AYE Marshall Amendment 1 NAY PRESENT COSPONSOR SPONSOR Small Business Access Improvement Act of 1990
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    Roy Goldstein (R-FL-18)

    Roy Goldstein Name: Roy Goldstein Date Of Birth: 2/28/1949 Place Of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, New York Place Of Residence: Coral Gables, Florida Party: Republican Faction: Establishment Religion: Jewish Family: Wife: Amanda Goldstein (nee Martinez) (b.1951) (m.1971) Son: Ben Goldstein (b.1973) Daughter: Monica Goldstein (b.1975) Education: B.A in Finance at University of Miami (Class of 1971) Occupation History: Intern, U.S Department of the Treasury (1970) Accounting Department, Carnival Cruise Lines (1972-1979) CFO, Freeman Properties (1979-1983) U.S Congressman, Florida's 18th Congressional District (1983-present) Roy was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 28th, 1949, to Richard Goldstein, an accountant, and Nancy Goldstein (nee Marino), a school teacher. Roy grew up in a middle class neighborhood and was an average kid. He went to high school at Fort Hamilton High School, where he excelled in his studies. He also played basketball, due to his parents forbidding him to play football. He played well enough to earn scholarships to Rutgers and Miami (FL). He decided to attend University of Miami, since the weather was nicer. He attended the University of Miami on his athletic scholarship, even though he could've been accepted based on his academic success in high school. He studied finance while playing college basketball. Early on in his college basketball career, he had some NBA potential due to his quickness. However, after a combination of injuries and a better player coming in and taking his minutes away, he decided to focus more on academics and less on a slim chance at making the NBA. He met his future wife, Amanda Martinez, at a college party the week after his finals in his junior year. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1971 and proposed to his girlfriend, Amanda, a few weeks after graduating. After getting married, he decided to stay in Miami and find a job there. He joined the newly formed cruise line, Carnival, in their accounting department. He enjoyed his time working there, stating that he would have worked their his entire career at one point. However, in 1979, his old college friend, Frank Freeman, decided to start a property management company in Downtown and asked Roy to be his CFO in the new startup company. He decided to help out his friend due to the fact that the pay was better, and the commute was closer (he was commuting from Coral Gables to Doral where Carnival was located). He held this post until he got elected to Congress in 1983. Roy has always had an interest in politics, dating back as far as him in high school. He interned for the Department of the Treasury while attending Miami in the spring. After his private sector career started to takeoff, he became more invested into politics, he started to donate to local republican politicians and was an active member of the Republican Party. In late 1981, he was recruited by friends, local politicians, and fellow donors to run for Congress against long time incumbent Claude Pepper. He entered the race in early 1982 and began his uphill battle against the favored incumbent. However, Roy promised to be focused on the district and be a independent like republican if elected. He also pin pointed that Claude was way too far left for the district and the nation. Claude did out fundraise him during the election, but on election night, Roy won by the closest margin of the night, 50.05% to 49.95%. He has yet to face serious contention for the seat since he was first elected. While not in D.C, doing what he was elected to do, he spends his time in his Coral Gables home with his family. He likes to fish, shoot hoops with his kids, host and attend parties, and rout for the Dolphins every Sunday. He also attends Hurricane sporting events from time to time, especially their basketball games during the season. He also has donated to the University and does guest lectures in both their finance and political science classes, however ever since being elected, he has slowed down on the guest lectures to focus on his congressional duties.
  8. I'm voting rework, and have an idea. I think we should have people either sign out their current characters and create senate candidates or decide run for Senate with their housie. It's a good way to save the reset and switch branches of Congress to help fix the realism problems, like have actual consequences (losing your seat in the next election) if you aren't being realistic for this time period. Also, since it's a presidential year, you can sign in a "more upgraded" player to run for President or use your housie. What I mean by more upgraded is that you can sign in a governor or something like that, but nothing crazy. We also have to speed up the quarters, if a scenario isn't gaining any traction with the player base, end it and move the round forward. The slow rounds are causing people to lose interest in this round and/or game. Just an idea to help save this current reset and make it more interesting.
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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. 225 R 210D Q2: How many races will be "too close to call" as of midnight Pacific Time? 38 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! Josh Gottheimer US Senate Q4: What will be the party breakdown of the US senate following the election? 55R 45R Q5: Call Each Race. Percentages are optional. Arizona: Sinema (D) v McSally (R) McSally Florida: Nelson (D) v Scott (R) Scott Indiana: Donnelly (D) v Braun (R) Braun Missouri: McCaskill (D) v Hawley (R) Hawley Montana: Tester (D) v Rosendale (R) Tester Nevada: Rosen (D) v Heller (R) Heller North Dakota: Heitkamp (D) v Cramer (R) Cramer Texas: O'Rourke (D) v Cruz (R) Cruz West Virginia: Manchin (D) v Morrisey (R) Manchin Q6: Pick a race not listed in Q5 that will be an upset. Bonus: Tell us the narrative we hear from it. New Jersey, I just have a gut feeling Bob Menendez will lose his job and New Jersey will have it's first elected Republican Senator since 1972 State Governors Q7: What will be the party breakdown of governors following the election? 29R 21D Q8: Call Each Race. Percentages are optional. Florida: Gillum (D) v DeSantis (R) DeSantis Georgia: Abrams (D) v Kemp (R) Kemp Kansas: Kelly (D) v Kobach (R) Kobach Nevada: Sisolak (D) v Laxalt (R) Laxalt Ohio: Cordray (D) v DeWine (R) Corday Wisconsin: Evers (D) v Walker (R) Walker Q9: Pick a race not listed in Q8 that will be an upset. Bonus: Tell us the narrative we hear from it. Another gut feeling, I think Connecticut will finally have a Republican Governor after this election ***all these predictions are made possible by Modelo Especial*** Other Q10: Predict something absurd. This is open territory. The more specific, the better.
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    Press Office for James Jefferson

    Radio Free China Act Signed into Law Falls Church, Virginia- While meeting with a group of Chinese-American constituents in Falls Church, Virginia, Congressman James Jefferson (R-Herndon) proudly announced that President Ronald Reagan (R-CA) signed the Radio Free China Act, which Congressman Jefferson sponsored. A transcript of what he said is attached below: -Press Secretary Debbie Smith
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    Leave of Absence

    I'm back
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    Leave of Absence

    Taking LOA starting Tomorrow and coming back Monday night. I might pop in but no promises. I'll be on telegram tho
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