2018 Presidential Election


Bryan Atkinson campaigning during the 2018 general election.
(Photo by Robert Powell-as established on original thread)

Thursday December 9th, 2021

Updated Polling:
Iowa & New Hampshire Polling


  1. Duke 38%
  2. RNS 22%
  3. Irving 18%
  4. Royce 7%
  5. Edwards 5%
  6. Forrester 3%
  7. Laurion 2%
  8. Wu 2%
  9. Moore 0%
    Undecided: 3%
New Hampshire
  1. Irving 35%
  2. RNS 24%
  3. Duke 14%
  4. Edwards 11%
  5. Royce 8%
  6. Forrester 2%
  7. Wu 2%
  8. Moore 0%
    Undecided: 4%

    Note: Polls undertaken since Ben Laurion suspended his campaign on Monday. (He does remain on the ballot in Iowa).
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Hunter rejects pleas for last-minute primary run

Saturday, December 11th, 2021

Vice President Jack Hunter (R-MN) again ruled out his candidacy for the Republican nomination after several establishment conservative commentators called on him to run as a candidate who could unite the party against divisive frontrunner Alan Duke (R-OH).

"I am flattered to be sought-after, but I will under no circumstances be a candidate for President of the United States next year." Hunter told reporters after he and Second Lady Amy Hunter welcomed elementary schoolers on a tour of the vice president's official residence at Number One Observatory Circle in Washington.

The rapid implosion of Governor Ben Laurion (R-MI)'s campaign has left party leaders struggling to find a standard-bearer from among the seven other declared candidates for president who can unite the party against Duke. Following Laurion's withdrawal, only senators Ruth Norton-Stewart (R-OH) and Jasper Irving (R-IL) have been presumed to have a shot at the party's nomination: Norton-Stewart herself was once the frontrunner but was eclipsed by Duke after months of lackluster campaigning and careful outmaneuvering by the former Oklahoma senator, while Irving's shift towards the political center has caused him to be viewed as an apostate of sorts by the hardcore conservative base that provides the energy in campaigns and turns out in primaries.

Hunter, as the highest-ranking Republican official in the nation, and one who has studiously stayed out of party politics in recent years, appears to fit the bill in the minds of establishment Republicans and Republicans who fear the effects of a Duke nomination.

Hunter had publicly pledged not to seek the presidency after winning the vice presidency in a contingent election in 2019 after Democratic electors rebelled against President Sam Seaborn's running mate, Inksoft founder Franklin Hollis. He and Seaborn have had a "tense, but cordial" working relationship according to current and former White House staffers, but Hunter has repeatedly told political allies he would not consider running for the presidency until "at least 2026" when Seaborn will not be on the ballot.



Saturday, December 11 2021

Former aide-de-camp: Barrie ordered falsified paperwork submitted to get medal

Gaffney, SC
— A former aide-de-camp to Kentucky Governor Ed Barrie (R) alleges that the former Army Chief of Staff ordered him to falsify paperwork that would get him the Distinguished Combat Service Medal (DCSM) while he was serving under Barrie.

Retired lieutenant colonel Mark Wilkes, who has been given a diagnosis of terminal lung cancer, told reporters for ACN and the Charleston-based The Post and Courier that in 1991, then-brigadier general Barrie ordered Wilkes, at the time a first lieutenant, to submit falsified paperwork that would qualify him for the DCSM. Wilkes was told to submit a document that claimed to have been a "recently re-discovered" copy of an after-action report written in 1970 that depicted Barrie as having distinguished himself in combat aboard the U.S.S Brooke, a Navy frigate Barrie had been assigned during part of his service in the Vietnam War.

"The Brooke never saw any combat, never fired its guns," Wilkes said. "But it had been patrolling off the coast of Vietnam, and [Barrie] was a rising star in the Pentagon at the time. Nobody was going to look too closely to see if what was on paper matched up with the rest of [the Department of Defense]'s records."

Wilkes, who retired from the military in 2008 after a distinguished career including service in Bosnia and Equatorial Kundu, said he regretted what he did but kept quiet out of loyalty to Barrie. What changed his mind was the Department of Justice alleging that Operation Healing Honor, a veteran's charity Barrie co-founded in 2007, had been defrauding veterans and its donors out of thousands, if not millions of dollars. While Barrie himself has not been named in the investigation, his son Ed Jr., an executive with the organization, was arrested Wednesday on counts of fraud, embezzlement, and obstruction of justice. Four other employees of the organization have been charged with similar crimes.

"I'll go to my grave wondering if I could have done something to prevent his organization from stealing from all the poor men and women who needed help," Wilkes said. "It's the thing that keeps me up at night the most."


Sunday, 12 December 2021

Indian PM Advani resigns to end political crisis

Indian Prime Minister Bijan Advani announced this morning that he would leave office after a decade in power, ending the political crisis within the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition.

Speaking to reporters, Advani said that the time had come for him to retire from "an active political role" and that he would seek a "less strenuous" role that would allow him to concentrate on "more spiritual matters."

"It is with great sadness that I will depart this role, and assume that of a political elder," Advani said. "It is my firm hope that my departure will end the current turmoil within the government, and allow it to continue in its constitutional duties."

The 71 year-old, who led his right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) back to power in 2011 had suffered a spell of political misfortune in his final year in office. The botched government response to a cholera outbreak in northern India shortly before the spring general elections led to his party being forced to rely on other members of the NDA for the first time since returning to power, a move that quickly chafed against Advani's autocratic management style.

The final straw came after BJP MPs and government ministers were caught attempting to cover up or downplay Advani's health problems after a series of high-profile incidents, including an emergency trip to hospital in October. The junior coalition members soon began openly speaking of leaving the government, potentially depriving the NDA of a majority and sparking the possibility of an opposition coalition coming to power. The prime minister himself became the main point of contention, with a sizable number of BJP members reportedly urging the prime minister to step aside to prevent the government's collapse and a roughly equal contingent came out strongly against such a move.

Advani's resignation will take effect once the party chooses his successor, expected to be sometime in the next week. Former prime minister Reva Achari Dharashiokar, the only living former prime minister of India and leader of the main faction within the BJP opposed to Advani, is expected to make a play for the party leadership as is Home Minister Prakash Goyal, who is widely seen as Advani's preferred successor.

Top Stories This Week

Barrie calls former aide "coward and a liar" over claims
Monday, December 13th, 2021

Embattled Governor Ed Barrie (R-KY) lashed out at his former aide-de-camp, retired lieutenant colonel Mark Wilkes, over Wilkes' claims that Barrie ordered him to submit falsified paperwork to be awarded the Distinguished Combat Service Medal, which Barrie was not entitled to wear. The governor, who himself retired as chief of staff for the United States Army in 2000, called Wilkes a "coward and a liar."

The remarks caused immediate outrage, especially after it was reported that Wilkes, who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer earlier this year, had earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal in Equatorial Kundu participating in a firefight when his position in a remote part of the country was ambushed. Barrie has faced questions from members of his own party over his involvement with a veteran's charity whose leaders, including Barrie's son, have been charged with fraud and embezzlement, with some Republicans in the state House of Representatives planning on introducing motions to impeach the governor. A recent poll showed that Barrie's approval rating has fallen to 35%, one of the lowest in the nation among sitting governors.

Mander Varma takes over as prime minister of India after surprise selection
Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

President of India Haiya Prabhakar swore in India's new prime minister, Mander Varma on Wednesday, just one day after it was announced that he would replace longtime prime minister Bijan Advani. Varma, who had served as Advani's finance minister during the latter's entire ten-year term, was not widely seen as a potential candidate to become the nation's 12th prime minister since the country gained independence in 1947. Former prime minister Reva Achari Dharashiokar and home minister Prakash Goyal were considered the most likely candidates to succeed Advani, but a meeting of leaders of the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appear to have sought to avoid a factional fight.

Varma, a former civil servant, is widely seen as an inoffensive technocrat, a dramatic change from Advani, a populist and outspoken Hindu nationalist. The selection has calmed the troubled political waters stirred up by BJP ministers attempting to conceal the former prime minister's increasingly poor health, and talk of a possible early election in the world's largest democracy has largely faded.

Virginia cancels Democratic primary, awards delegates to Seaborn
Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

The Democratic Party of Virginia confirmed Tuesday that they would cancel the state's Democratic party primary after only one candidate, President Sam Seaborn (D-CA) qualified to make the ballot. The announcement came one day after the December 13th filing deadline for candidates for the presidential primaries. Virginia law states that when "there is only one declaration of candidacy in a political party for the nomination for any office, the person filing the declaration shall be declared the nominee of the party for the office for which he has announced his candidacy and his name shall not be printed on the ballot for the primary."

The state's 116 Democratic delegates thus will be pledged to Seaborn at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. As of Tuesday, two more states, Connecticut (66 delegates) and New York (265), have both no other Democratic candidate besides Seaborn qualified to be on the ballot and election laws that would automatically award him victory in the state's primary should no other candidate qualify by the time the filing deadlines close.

US, Europeans consider air campaign against Bahji in Libya
Friday, December 17th 2021

The governments of the US and several European nations, including France and the United Kingdom, have stated that they are exploring the possibility of an air campaign in Libya, targeted exclusively against forces of the Islamic Bahji in that war-torn country. Secretary of State August Adair cited the Bahji's "extensive history as perpetrators of terror around the world" and the possibility that Libya could emerge as a safe haven for the group as reasons for western nations to consider using airpower against the group. The US has used drones to attack Bahji positions in Libya since the terrorist group's presence was detected shortly after the country fell into civil war, but analysts of the Libyan conflict say that the drone campaign has thus far had minimal impact on the Bahji's presence in Libya.

American Communist Party denies Seaborn is a "fellow traveler" after undergrad essay resurfaces on conservative social media
Sunday, December 12th, 2021

Co-chair of the American Communist Party Izzy Perez issued a statement Sunday that President Sam Seaborn was not a "fellow traveler" despite his undergraduate essay defending Daniel Gault, a man now known to have been a spy for the Soviet Union in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The statement came about after Seaborn's essay, written before his graduation from Princeton University in 1990, resurfaced on conservative social media with some, including former congressman Daniel Wellsley (R-CO) saying it "proved" that Seaborn was a communist.

"[Seaborn] has been bought by Wall Street and has continued to prop up the imperialist world order while in office." Perez said of the president. Gault, who worked in the State Department, was convicted of lying to the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) who were investigating possible communist agents during the so-called Second Red Scare at the beginning of the Cold War. Gault died in 1953 just six months into his prison sentence and his innocence, and of other accused Soviet spies during the late 1940s and early 1950s, became a cause célèbre in certain liberal circles until the new millennium. However, declassified and decrypted diplomatic intercepts taken by Army Signal Intelligence in the 1940s through 1950s and corresponding information in surviving KGB archives have since satisfied almost all historians that Gault was indeed a spy for the Soviet Union. Upon the decrypted diplomatic cables being declassified in 2013, Seaborn defended his thesis as being written with "publicly-available information at the time", but conceded that in light of the new evidence, he believed that Gault indeed was guilty of espionage.

Federal Reserve set to lower interest rates
Thursday, December 16th, 2021

The Federal Reserve announced on Thursday that it will begin to lower interest rates from its current rate of 3.5% to around 2.6% starting in February. Chair of the Federal Reserve Roberta Tyson told lawmakers on Thursday that the move, coordinated with an increase in the amount and frequency that the Federal Reserve plans to buy in government bonds is an attempt to "further encourage investment and other positive economic trends we have been observing" as the economy recovers from the 2020 recession. The plan will see the federal interest rate decline slowly over the next 24 months, with the rate reaching 2.6% in February 2024.

No clear winner in combative fifth GOP debate

Monday, December 20th, 2021

With just over three weeks until the presidential primary season begins, Republican voters at yesterday's debate at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, got to see the six candidates most likely to be their party's nominee square off in a combative debate. Moderated by ABC anchor David Muir, the free-ranging debate saw a whole lot of sparring between candidates, and between the candidates and Muir himself, but no clear victor.

Former Oklahoma senator Alan Duke, who has accumulated a wide lead in balloting for the Hawkeye State's January 11th caucuses, was the main target of attack, primarily from the three lowest-polling contenders on stage attempting to make a splash: former Michigan congressman Gus Edwards said that Duke's "Restore America" campaign would "drive a stake into the heart of our party" by playing on xenophobia, racism and homophobia for votes, while Georgia senator Charlie Forrester said that Duke's budget proposals were "the height of foolishness" and touted his own executive experience as a former governor. Robert Royce, a former Pennsylvania senator and senate majority leader, said he was "disappointed" by the policies his former colleague had expanded on, saying some were "blatantly unconstitutional" such as Duke's childcare plan that would more than triple the child tax credit given to parents who obtained a "letter by their faith leader attesting to regular attendance at worship services."

For his part, Duke ignored attacks from other candidates, including his two main rivals, Illinois senator Jasper Irving and Ohio senator Ruth Norton-Stewart. He instead challenged President Sam Seaborn's leadership and toughness, saying that Seaborn had allowed "the Mediterranean to fall apart" with the collapse of Libya into civil war and the Turkish conquest of Cyprus. Duke claimed that Seaborn's "lack of action" endangered the safety of the Holy Land and pledged "a return to muscular diplomacy" under a Duke administration.

"America won't be taken by events abroad any more," Duke said. "Under my leadership, we won't be led by cringing elitists who care more about being 'woke' than standing up for America's values."

Irving and Norton-Stewart also critiqued Duke, but spent more time airing their disagreements over the party's direction. Norton-Stewart said Duke's plans would "run into the buzz-saw of Democrat-appointed judges", but reserved most of her ire for Irving, whose highly-publicized critiques of the party's strategy in last month's budget showdown she said "stabbed loyal Republicans in the back." Irving appeared in a combative mood, calling Norton-Stewart "soft" and "indecisive" and provoking Duke by asking him if he "had actually read the Constitution."

The Illinois senator also had a brief tussle with Muir, after Irving repeatedly interrupted Norton-Stewart during her response to one of Irving's lines. Muir asked Irving to stop interrupting Norton-Stewart, and the two argued briefly over rules before Royce interrupted to ask Norton-Stewart to finish her reply.

Flash polls conducted Sunday night into Monday morning show little movement in the polls among any of the candidates participating. Two candidates, former North Carolina governor Andrew Wu and California congressman Alton Moore, were excluded due to polling below two percent nationally within the past three weeks.

Atlantis Cable News

Cyprus Crisis remains unresolved as Turks refuse to recognize the Greek Cypriot Government

Rome, Italy-
Talks to resolve the Cyprus Crisis remain non-existent as the Turkish Government continues to refuse recognize the Greek Cypriot Government. With the Turks refusing to even consider talks with the Cypriot Government, and the Greeks unwilling to enter talks until the Turks recognize the Cypriots, absolutely no progress has been made. The Cypriot Government, who remain in exile in the British Sovereign Base Areas, have thus far resisted pleas from the Greek Government to seek refuge in Athens. British Officials are believed to be of a similar mindset, wanting to the remove the threat of a Turkish attack. While MOD sources are telling ACN that they believe it is "extremely unlikely" that the Turks will try anything, they believe the best way to ensure that is for the Cypriots to be evacuated to the Greek Mainland. There are also more questions about what to do with the thousands of Greek Cypriot refugees who are currently being housed in the SBAs. While some had stated that they should be released back to the island, others are concerned as to the validity of the Turkish Army's guarantee of safety. Without even any hope for peace talks, the Cyprus Crisis seems to be headed for a long winter.
An early Christmas present of some world (and Michigan) leader infoboxes:


Mia Kirshner as Kate Sansellfort
Chris O'Donnell as Ben Laurion
Vincent Riotta as Yigal Peretz (new casting)
Anupam Kher as Mander Varma (new casting)

Sansellfort is of course TTL's answer to Justin Trudeau, as the child of a prime minister of Canada becoming prime minister themselves. Unlike Trudeau, she did this while her father is still alive.

The only real new name is her successor as Leader of the Opposition, who is a Conservative frontbencher who was named interim leader after former PM Leslie Van Merhalls resigned. Her husband's name is a combination of Justin Trudeau's first name and his wife Sophie's maiden name.
Now that Laurion is out of the race, I figured I could post his infobox.

Most of it is taken from his biography here. I had to retcon where he got his undergraduate degree because Lansing Community College only offers two-year degrees, not the four-year one he would need to get into law school. My retcon is that he did most of the first two years of his bachelor's degree at Lansing and then transferred to Michigan State.
Peretz is the new president of Jerusalem (formally the Free World Holy City of Jerusalem) who was elected last month. His deputy is a new creation, and his surname makes him out to be an ATL member of a formerly influential Arab family in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Council is the city-state's legislature. His backstory as the last head of the Jerusalem Developmental Authority was mentioned in the article where he became the new president.

Peretz, of course, was an Israeli by birth and served his mandatory two years in the IDF before moving to Jerusalem. The Ankara Agreement and subsequent bi- and tri-lateral treaties between Israel, Jerusalem and Palestine make it incredibly easy for Palestinian and Israeli citizens to move to Jerusalem and obtain Jerusalem citizenship (with some exceptions, like active-duty military personnel or people convicted of certain crimes), hence Peretz being a dual citizen.
I used FaceApp and a slight bit of editing on a picture of Kher to make Varma's infobox image. As stated in the story introducing him, he served as finance minister during all of Bijan Advani's tenure and is essentially an inoffensive technocrat.

His positions as Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Leader of the House (in the Lok Sabha) are both posts usually held by the prime minister, hence Advani being his predecessor in both posts.

India uses the title "Member of Parliament" for members of both houses of its parliament (the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha), hence the split. You can kind of see how different both houses' election methods are just from the infobox, where the Lok Sabha is elected by first-past-the-post (what the UK, Canada & US use for their lower houses) while the Rajya Sabha is (mostly) indirectly elected by the legislatures of the states and union territories via single-transferrable vote
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (but I'm not going through the whole rigamarole):

List of presidents of the United States who were Freemasons
Since the office was established in 1789, 45 persons have served as President of the United States. Of these, 15 (one third) are known to have been Freemasons, beginning with the nation's first president, George Washington, and most recently the 45th president, Glen Allen Walken.

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George Washington
1st • April 30, 1789 –
March 4, 1797
Initiated on November 4, 1752, in Fredericksburgh Lodge No. 4, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Elected Worshipful Master on December 20, 1788.
(About 11 others that I'm not going to cut-and-paste)
Harry S. Truman
33rd • April 12, 1945 –
January 20, 1953
Initiated on February 9, 1909, in Belton Lodge No. 450, Belton, Missouri. First Worshipful Master of Grandview Lodge No. 618, Grandview, Missouri in 1911. Elected Grand Master of Missouri on September 25, 1940 and served until October 1, 1941. Received the 33rd Degree on October 19, 1945. Made Honorary Grand Master of the Order of DeMolay on May 18, 1959.
Gerald Ford
38th • August 9, 1974 –
January 20, 1977
Initiated on September 30, 1949, in Malta Lodge No. 465, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Passed on April 20, 1951 and raised on May 18 of that year in Columbia Lodge No. 3, Washington, D.C. Received the 33rd Degree on September 26, 1962. Made Honorary Grand Master of the Order of DeMolay in April 1975.
Glen Allen Walken
(born 1949)
45th • January 20th, 2011 –
January 20th, 2019
Initiated on August 17, 1972, in Grandview Lodge No. 618, Grandview, Missouri. Elected Worshipful Master in 1979. Received the 33rd Degree on March 4, 1989. Appointed Grand Orator of the Grand Lodge of Missouri on October 3, 1995 and served until September 30, 1996. Made Honorary Grand Master of the Order of DeMolay in February 2011.

In addition to the individuals listed above, Lyndon B. Johnson was initiated into the first degree of Freemasonry – "Entered Apprentice", October 30, 1937, in Johnson City Lodge No. 561, at Johnson City, Texas, but did not advance any further and did not become a full member of his lodge, Owen Lassiter was made an honorary Shriner (and appendant body of Freemasonry), and as a youth, D. Wire Newman was a member of the Order of DeMolay. Also, there is speculation suggesting that Thomas Jefferson was a Freemason; however, there is no record of him being initiated into any lodge, nor are there any references to Masonic membership in his personal papers.
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OOC: I totally forgot that Prometheus_2300 and I had (mostly) compiled lists of each state's senators starting from 1985 onwards.

Since I forgot to post anything Christmas related, consider this as a late Christmas/holiday season gift that I'll eventually finish before quite a few of it becomes obsolete in January 2023.

I already did three of these (California, Delaware and Minnesota) that are linked in the list below. I'll double that with the next three most populous states after the land of Owen Lassiter, Arnold Vinick and Sam Seaborn:

Lists of United States Senators (1985-present)
AL • AK • AZ • AR • CA • CO • CT • DE • FL • GA • HI • ID • IL • IN • IA • KS • KY • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NV • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OK • OR • PA • RI • SC • SD • TN • TX • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WI • WY

United States Senators from Florida
Class 1
1965-1997: Bill Randall (Republican)
Elections: 1964, 1970, 1976, 1982, 1988, 1994
1997-2004: Alan Broderick (Republican)
Elections: 1998 (special), 2000
2004-2019: Seth Randall (Republican)
Elections: 2006, 2012
2019-2025: Alicia DeSantos (Democratic)
Elections: 2018

Class 2
1967-1969: Edward Gurney (Republican)
Elections: 1966
1969-2010: Rafe Framhagen (Republican)
Elections: 1970 (special), 1972, 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008
2010-2015: Eric Swenson (Republican)
Elections: 2010 (special)
2015-2027: Tanner McClay (Republican)
Elections: 2014, 2020

Florida is one of the states that has different Senate classes from OTL. IOTL they have a Class 1 & Class 3 seats, while here they have Classes 1 & 2.

For the class 1 seat, Broderick resigned after allegations of personal misconduct and was replaced by Seth Randall. The 1998 special election Broderick won to fill the remainder of the elder Randall's term isn't mentioned in the linked bio, but would have been necessary since Florida requires special elections to fill the remainder of Senate terms at the next general election.

The class 2 (OTL Class 3) seat is where things get funky. Framhagen was established as having taken office in 1969, but Class 2 seats aren't up in 1968. Luckily (?) the person who held the seat in 1969 was Edward Gurney, who was indicted in an influence-peddling scandal in 1974 and declined to run for re-election. ITTL, Gurney tried to get his beak wet a bit too early and has to resign in 1969, with Framhagen getting picked to replace him a week before Richard Nixon is sworn in. Framhagen announced his early retirement in 2010, and Swenson won a special election to fill the remainder of his term (a nice bit of retconning by the early writing team/contributors to handle the unchecked amount of Senate races in the early days of the old thread).

United States Senators from New York
Class 1
1971-2001: Anthony Gianelli (Democratic)
Elections: 1970, 1976, 1982, 1988, 1994
2001-2025: Andrew Thorn (Democratic)
Elections: 2000, 2006, 2012, 2018

Class 3
1981-1990: Michael Casey (Democratic)
Elections: 1980, 1986
1990-1991: Mike Jackson (Democratic)
1991-1993: Harvey Beame (Republican)
Elections: 1990 (special)
1993-2011: Michael Daschowitz (Democratic)
Elections: 1992, 1998, 2004
2011-2017: Jay Cruger (Republican)
Elections: 2010
2017-2023: Tim Burrell (Democratic)
Elections: 2016

Excelsior did the list of all NY's senators back in 2018. This entry is just transferring that graphic to text.

Casey resigned in 1990 following his son's death in a car accident.

United States Senators from Texas

Class 1
1965-2009: Joseph Furman (Republican)
Elections: 1964, 1970, 1976, 1982, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006
2009-2013: Barton Hopkins (Republican)
Elections: 2010 (special)
2013-2025: Davis Roberts (Republican)
Elections: 2012, 2018

Class 2
1961-1985: John Tower (Republican)
Elections: 1960, 1966, 1972, 1978
1985-1991: Paula Granholm (Republican)
Elections: 1984
1991-1999: John Hoynes (Democratic)
Elections: 1990, 1996
1999-2003: Randolph Whitney (Republican)
Elections: 2000 (special)
2003-2010: Elizabeth Clark (Republican)
Elections: 2002, 2008
2010-2027: Mark Cumberland (Republican)
Elections: 2012 (special), 2014, 2020

Quite a few notable names on this list, including two vice presidents and the 1986 GOP nominee.

I put Furman in the wrong Senate class in my infobox of him, but he's actually in the Class 1 seat and began his Senate career in 1965, not 1967.

For Class 2, both Hoynes and Clark resigned to assume the vice presidency. Whitney was described as having resigned due to scandal in Clark's bio, but Clark took office at the end of his term normally. So I'm going with that it was an oversight and Whitney instead declined to seek re-election rather than resign.
And let's take it up to 10 states with the next four admitted to the union after Delaware:
Lists of United States Senators (1985-present)
AL • AK • AZ • AR • CA • CO • CT • DEFL • GA • HI • ID • IL • IN • IA • KS • KY • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NV • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OK • OR • PA • RI • SC • SD • TN • TX • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WI • WY

United States Senators from Connecticut
Class 1
1977-2013: Joseph Rathburn (Democratic)
Elections: 1976, 1982, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006
2013-2025: Michelle Van Dorn (Democratic)
Elections: 2012, 2018

Class 3
1975-2005: Edward Steel (Democratic)
Elections: 1974, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1998
2005-2011: Howard Niering (Republican)
Elections: 2004
2011-2023: Chris Casey (Democratic)
Elections: 2010, 2016

Not a whole lot to Josh Lyman's homeland. Niering was Glen Allen Walken's Secretary of Education, but he was already a lame duck (Casey had been elected to replace him after choosing not to run for a second term).

United States Senators from Georgia
Class 1
1973-1979: Sam Nunn (Democratic)
Elections: 1972 (special), 1972
1979-1982: Simon Whitacre (Republican)
Elections: 1978
1982-2012: Max Lobell I (Republican)
Elections: 1982 (special), 1984, 1988 (special), 1994, 2000, 2006
2012: Nick Cameron (Republican)
2012-2025: Charlie Forrester (Republican)
Elections: 2012 (special), 2012, 2018

Class 2
1979-1985: Mack Mattingly (Republican)
Elections: 1978
1985-1997: Jameson Hardwick II (Democratic)
Elections: 1984, 1990
1997-2011: Grace Hardin (Democratic)
Elections: 1996, 2002, 2008
2011-2023: Max Lobell III (Republican)
Elections: 2010 (special), 2014, 2020

Georgia is another state with an altered Senate Class (the class 1 seat is IOTL class 2), and so we felt free to depart from Lobell's wikipage graphic from the old thread. Richard Russell III eeking out another ten years seems pretty far-fetched considering the man was in pretty poor health when he died IOTL, so Prometheus came up with the character of Simon Whitacre to displace Nunn, then resign (appointed to some ambassadorship? resigned in disgrace?) and Lobell I winning the special election to replace him. I inserted a special election in 1988 that would is meant to be the point where Georgia's senate classes "switched"/a dividing point to allow us to retain the pre-1973 senators for that seat.

We retconned the entire "Nick Cameron" saga to make it make more sense: in the original thread, Georgia passed a law that prevented governors from filling Senate vacancies (not the case IRL), and Cameron upset Forrester to win the GOP primary in a special election, but Forrester won the primary in the general. In our version, Cameron was picked by then-governor Mike Schofield (R) to fill the seat, a shock because everyone thought former governor (and current presidential candidate) Charlie Forrester was going to be the pick. Cameron, being a rich GOP megadonor who had never held elected office before, had a remarkable tin ear and quickly lost the favor of the GA primary electorate (something that has never happened before IOTL Georgia), leading Forrester to win the primaries for both the special and regular elections.

The OTL class 3 seat was rather abruptly changed somewhere after Lobell III replace Hardin into being the new class 2 seat, so rather than Hardin losing her bid for a third term, there's an awkward retcon of her resigning and losing re-election in a special election for her own seat. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Hardwick replaced "Joe Porter" as Grace Hardin's predecessor for the seat. His backstory involved being a former colonel and a hawk on military matters. I like his intensely southern name better, so hat-tip to Prometheus on this one.

A fun fact, aside from Cameron's brief tenure, both of Georgia's senators have been related in some way for at least a decade ITTL: the Lobells are grandfather-grandson, while Charlie Forrester is married to Lobell I's youngest daughter, making Forrester his current colleague's uncle by marriage.
United States Senators from New Jersey
Class 1
1982-1995: Bernard Calloway (Democratic)
Elections: 1982, 1988
1995-2004: Joe Lazzieri (Democratic)
Elections: 1994, 2000
2004-2013: Mike Brace (Republican)
Elections: 2004 (special), 2006
2013-2019: Cameron Calabresse (Democratic)
Elections: 2012
2019-2025: Alex Crossley (Democratic)
Elections: 2018

Class 2
1979-1989: Martin Dale (Democratic)
Elections: 1978, 1984
1989-1991: Luther Platt (Democratic)
Elections: 1989 (special), 1990
1991-1997: Martin Dale (Democratic)
Elections: 1991 (special)
1997-2027: Dante Jenkins (Democratic)
Elections: 1996, 2002, 2008, 2014, 2020

Calloway is a new character, replacing Frank Lautenberg. Lazzieri resigned in disgrace and Brace was appointed to replace him.

The Class 2 seat is a bit more complicated. Dale was established as a senator when he ran for the Democratic nomination in 1986, being Secretary of Labor for a few years under Newman, Democrat's Senate whip from 1991 to 1997. The first two are easy to square with Platt already existing to replace Dale when he's appointed to Lassiter's cabinet. However, it's slightly problematic accounting for how Dale got back into the Senate so quickly after being a sitting Cabinet official, given that the Hatch Act means he would have to resign to campaign for his old seat.

My solution is this: Dale quickly grew to dislike being in the Cabinet and made it clear he wanted to return to the Senate. Newman, unpopular and fearing Dale was really trying to leave in order to set himself up for a presidential run, promised him that he would accept his resignation upon his successor's confirmation. Naturally, Newman nominated people he knew would not pass the Senate, trapping Dale and antagonizing Senate Democrats (after all, Newman is an analog for Jimmy "Poor Relations With Rabbits, Iran AND Congress" Carter). Platt, Dale's longtime aide, campaigned openly on being a placeholder for Dale and won in 1990. New Jersey's GOP governor felt duty-bound to appoint Dale when Platt resigned the day before the 102nd Congress came into session and Dale easily won the special election for the rest of Platt's term.

United States Senators from Pennsylvania
Class 1
1977-1995: Dayton "Sam" McKenna (Democratic)
Elections: 1976, 1982, 1988
1995-2001: Tony Marino (Democratic)
Elections: 1994
2001-2013: Morgan Mitchell (Republican)
Elections: 2000, 2006
2013-2025: Carlin Cassidy (Republican)
Elections: 2012, 2018

Class 3
1981-1993: Eddie Calhoun (Democratic)
Elections: 1980, 1986
1993-2017: Robert Royce (Republican)
Elections: 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010
2017-2023: Matt Clausen (Democratic)
Elections: 2016

Nothing really new in this one. Tony Marino is notable for being first a senator from Pennsylvania, then a congressman from Ohio. Notable that this was written seven years before the 70th Governor of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for the Senate seat in Utah.

Royce, of course, is currently seeking the presidential nomination after being Senate Majority Leader for a dozen years.
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Friday December 31st, 2021

New Year Honours: William Morgan becomes a Lord, Frank Cameron & Jack Norris knighted​

William Morgan who served in three of the four great offices of state (Foreign Secretary, Home Secretary & Chancellor between 2011 & 2018) has been elevated to the House of Lords in the New Year Honours list.

Morgan who has been MP for Bury North since 1996, is also a former serving member of the Parachute Regiment, having served during the Falklands War and in Northern Ireland during the troubles. His elevation means a by-election will be required in the new year.

MP's Frank Cameron and Jack Norris whom have both served as deputy Prime-Minister have been knighted, and both men will now have "Sir" before their name. Both men will remain as MP's.