2018 Presidential Election

Will Sam get crap for using "Great Leap Forward" in the news?

No. That was a gift from Mark to me. Despite the historical context, I've always thought that "Great Leap Forward" was a cool name for a series of programs. Since i'll never get to use it in real life, I wanted to use it here. I also used back in Sam's Nomination Speech at the convention.

Much like it was last time, it's just one thing that everyone is going to pretend isn't directly connected to the death of 100 million people
 
Sam is now walking the parade route. Then he'll watch the inaugural parade, then after a brief rest GALAS! How many galas is Sam and Co. going to?
 
With the transition complete, here are the infoboxes for the two presidents who have served in 2019:

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  • Most of both biographies' has been established before. The most notable new thing is that former First Lady Mary Walken's maiden name is Marshall.
  • Seaborn's signature is my own creation, taken by trying to imitate the style of Rob Lowe's signature.
  • Walken having only an associate's degree was previously established. This makes him the first president since Harry Truman (who dropped out of college) to not have at least a bachelor's degree. He's also the only president besides James Buchanan to have military experience but not never serve as an officer.
  • Despite Sam being the fifth president elected from California (Hoover, Nixon, Reagan, and Lassiter are the others), he's the first California Democrat and is only the second Golden State native to be elected (Nixon, who was also born in Orange County, is the other).
 
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Tuesday January 22nd 2019

The possible contenders for the 2022 Republican Nomination

Although Sam Seaborn only took office two days ago, here we look at fifteen possible contenders for the Republican Presidential nomination in three years’ time.

It should be noted that we are not counting Vice-President Jack Hunter, last year’s nominee Henry Shallick and Kansas Governor Peter Gault who have all ruled out running for the nomination. Please note these names are in no particular order.


· Governor Ethan Butler (South Carolina)
Butler is up for re-election in this coming November and is very likely to sweep re-election. He is far less Conservative than his father who of course ran for President back in 2006. He ran for Governor back in 2015, as a “Compassionate Conservative” and has done lots of work on homeless and mental health issues, not normal Republican issues. He has an easy charm, and is likely to be formidable contender for the nomination if he runs.

· Senate Majority Leader Cody Riley (Alabama)
Has survived one attempt Democratic attempt to win back control of the Senate, his political stock is rising. Always conceded as a certain Presidential contender, since becoming Senate Majority Leader this looks less and less likely, and has said privately he doesn’t want to put his family through the ordeal of a Presidential run. Should also remember he was vetted by President Walken for VP in 2010, aged only thirty-six.

· Former Vice-President Elizabeth Clark (Texas)
After her failed bid for the nomination and attacks on her supposed “mental health” and attacks on her family, she dropped out after Iowa last year. Could she could come back? She could, people forget she is a formidable campaigner, but she will have questions to answer if she does decide to run.

· Senator Ruth Norton-Stewart (Ohio)
She is due to run for re-election in 2022, but is likely to be already looking at a White House. The former Congresswomen was on President Walken’s VP short-list in 2010, and was vetted again last year by both Henry Shallick and Peter Gault. Has crossover appeal, able to appeal to the Conservative base without putting off moderates and independents.

· Former Governor Emily Rudden (Indiana)
Rudden has an impressive record as a two term Governor, and left office with a 70% approval rating. Again like Norton-Stewart can appeal to the base and independents. She is known as a formidable campaigner, and known for her famous “flirty” relationship with the media in her home state.

· Senator Carlin Cassidy (Pennsylvania)
He swept to re-election in last November. The former actor as built up a formidable base of support in the grassroots of the party. He clearly has the name recognition and a large list of donors. Those close to him say he doesn’t have any real ambition to be President, but he will be under pressure to run.

· Senator Laura Shallick (Missouri)
Her husband has already ruled out running again in 2022, so why not his Wife. She is slightly more to the “Vinick” wing of the party and is yet another probable contender who is up for re-election in 2022. Her name alone will help, but she would need to break free of her husband’s shadow.

· Senator Barbara Layton (North Carolina)
Another favourite of the base of the Republican Party, like Norton-Stewart, a former Congresswomen, and would be seeking a second term like her as well. The thing that goes against her is a sharp tongue, and her famous temper, which might be a hindrance in a long campaign.

· Former Governor & Senator Rob Buchanan (Virginia)
Long regarded as a possible Presidential contender, he won election to the Senate last year so is not due to run again until 2024. Normally it is difficult for a one-term Senator to run, but Buchanan has been a Governor and a Congressman. His home state went to President Sam Seaborn in last November by over 5%, the first time it had been won by a Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. He would be likely to swing the state back in a general election.

· Senator Curtis Ryan (Oregon)
Another formidable Senator. He is loved in the Republican Party mainly due to him unseating Ricky Rafferty in 2016. Was very close to being Peter Gault’s running-mate if he had won the nomination, and one suspects that if the Kansas Governor had stuck to his original plan of naming him as his VP before the final ballot, he probably would have won the nomination.

· Governor Owen Wells (Maryland)
The former state Congressman won in 2016 running as a “Vinick Republican” although he was helped by an awful campaign by then incumbent Democratic Governor Andrew Fitzpatrick. He has a 60% approval rating in a state which President Seaborn won by over 26% in November. Like Ethan Butler if he wins re-election next year, it could put it him on course for a White House bid.

· Governor Adam de Haan (Texas)
The former Attorney General in the Lone Star state won a bitter three way race for the Governor’s mansion in 2016. If he wins re-election next year, he would be serious contender, and is likely to be running against Gun Bill introduced by the Seaborn Administration as he has made a made fighting against type of gun control legislation.

· Governor James Ritchie (Florida)
He is term limited next year, and will have served over ten years in the post. He backed away from running last year, and was a co-chair of the Shallick campaign and a key surrogate. He would love to run and unseat the protégé of his Father’s nemesis, twenty years after Rob Ritchie’s landslide defeat.

· Congressman William Durham (California)
Other than Peter Gault he was the big surprise to come out of the 2018 nomination fight. He won six states during the primary campaign and polled an impressive seven million plus popular votes. Insiders believe that he wants to focus on the Senate Special Election against President Seaborn’s appointed replacement Gabe Tillman rather than a second Presidential campaign.
 
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116th United States Congress

Senate Committee Memberships
Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee

Chairman: Fletcher Carey (AR)
Ranking Member: Robert Starkey (MT)
20 Total Members: 11 Republicans, 9 Democrats

Republicans:
Jim Simon (SD)
James Lancaster (KY)
Max Lobell III (GA)
James Taglio (KS)
Charlie Forrester (GA)
Joe Joeckler (IA)
Barbara Layton (NC)
Bryce Bradley (IA)
Matt Chantler (ND)
George Wirth (MT)

Democrats:
Sarah O’Brien (VT)
Stephen Wilson (ME)
Hubert "Arkansas" Smith (AR)
Ben Newell (CO)
Rudi Robinson (IN)
Rick Remick (LA)
Matt Clausen (PA)
Lara Mansfield (MN)



Senate Appropriations Committee
Chairman: Emmit George (NE)
Ranking Member: William Wiley (WA)
31 Total Members: 16 Republicans, 15 Democrats

Republicans:
Dan Hammond (TN)
Dylan McNamara (MS)
Kent Harris (WY)
Robin Fulton (SD)
Robert Cantina (AK)
Cody Riley (AL)
Robert Roanoke (OK)
Dylan Garrison (OH)
Carlin Cassidy (PA)
Joe Joeckler (IA)
Carlos Cabrera (CO)
Matt Chantler (ND)
George Wirth (MT)
Lewis Henderson (MO)
Sam Hedrick (WV)

Democrats:

Arthur Breech (HI)
Calvin Bowles (KY)
Vic Huntington (NV)
Andy Ritter (NM)
Becky Reeseman (MI)
Lou Thornton (VA)
William Katt (ME)
Rudi Robinson (IN)
Marietta Nerlinger (VT)
Antonio Rodrigues (AZ)
Joe Derrick (MD)
Alicia DeSantos (FL)
Nate Bradshaw (WI)
Lara Mansfield (MN)



Senate Armed Services
Chairman: Sam Wilkinson (KS)
Ranking Member: Andy Ritter (NM)
27 Total Members: 14 Republicans, 13 Democrats

Republicans:
Herman Morton (WY)
Clark Gibson (ID)
Dylan McNamara (MS)
Patrick Stacy (TN)
Robert Cantina (AK)
Max Lobell III (GA)
Mark Cumberland (TX)
Michael Rojas (NM)
David Morrison (LA)
Barbara Layton (NC)
Brad Maxwell (SC)
Jasper Irving (IL)
Bryce Bradley (IA)

Democrats:
Robert Starkey (MT)
Dante Jenkins (NJ)
Arthur Breech (HI)
Chris Casey (CT)
Andrew Howard (WA)
David Kuhio (HI)
Michelle Van Dorn (CT)
Hubert "Arkansas" Smith (AR)
Bradley Denning (OK)
Jim Velasquez (RI)
Rachel Mears (WV)
Tim Burrell (NY)



Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
Chairman: Herman Morton (WY)
Ranking Member: Calvin Bowles (KY)
25 Total Members: 13 Republicans, 12 Democrats

Republicans:

Ann Choate (MS)
Marc Elderton (UT)
Gina DiMeo (ID)
Charlie Forrester (GA)
Tanner McClay (FL)
Brad Maxwell (SC)
Fletcher Carey (AR)
Alan Garland (AL)
David Morrison (LA)
Lewis Henderson (MO)
Ellie Wilkins (NH)
Jamie Muller (ND)

Democrats:

Andrew Thorn (NY)
Ryan Lyndell (MA)
Sarah O’Brien (VT)
Nicole Kershaw (CA)
Vic Huntington (NV)
George Englemann (NH)
Michelle Van Dorn (CT)
Clare McAuley (DE)
Matthew Spencer (NV)
Antonio Rodrigues (AZ)
Joe Derrick (MD)
Tony McMichael (AZ)



Senate Budget Committee

Chairman: James Taglio (KS)
Ranking Member: Mitch Bryce (IL)
21 Total Members: 11 Republicans, 10 Democrats

Republicans:
Dan Hammond (TN)
Alan Garland (AL)
Bill Daniel (NE)
Sorah Wheeler (AL)
Laura Shallick (MO)
Marc Elderton (UT)
Curtis Ryan (OR)
Davis Roberts (TX)
James Clarke (WI)
Jamie Muller (ND)

Democrats:
Stephen Wilson (ME)
George Englemann (NH)
Jimmy Fitzsimmons (MA)
Nicole Kershaw (CA)
Becky Reeseman (MI)
Ben Newell (CO)
Clare McAuley (DE)
William Katt (ME)
Joe Derrick (MD)


Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
Chairman: Jeff Heston (UT)
Ranking Member: John Huntingdon (RI)
26 Total Members: 14 Republicans, 12 Democrats

Republicans:
Dan Hammond (TN)
Randall Thomas (MI)
James Lancaster (KY)
Alan Garland (AL)
Bill Daniel (NE)
Carlin Cassidy (PA)
Jasper Irving (IL)
Gibson Carluke (IN)
James Clarke (WI)
Carlos Cabrera (CO)
Ellie Wilkins (NH)
Rob Buchanan (VA)
Sam Hedrick (WV)

Democrats:
Robert Greys (OR)
Stephen Wilson (ME)
George Englemann (NH)
Jimmy Fitzsimmons (MA)
Andrew Howard (WA)
Arthur Breech (HI)
Cain McClelland (MD)
Jim Velasquez (RI)
Matthew Spencer (NV)
Antonio Rodrigues (AZ)
Alicia DeSantos (FL)



Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Chairman: Patrick Stacy (TN)
Ranking Member: Vic Huntington (NV)
20 Total Members: 11 Republicans, 9 Democrats

Republicans:
Clark Gibson (ID)
Kent Harris (WY)
Sorah Wheeler (AK)
Laura Shallick (MO)
Dylan Garrison (OH)
Michael Rojas (NM)
Curtis Ryan (OR)
Ruth Norton-Stewart (OH)
Carlos Cabrera (CO)
Matt Chantler (ND)

Democrats:
Robert Greys (OR)
Chris Casey (CT)
Andrew Howard (WA)
Jim Velasquez (RI)
Sam McCord (SC)
Matthew Spencer (NV)
Marietta Nerlinger (VT)
Tony McMichael (AZ)



Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
Chairman: Clark Gibson (ID)
Ranking Member: Robert Greys (OR)
21 Total Members: 11 Republicans, 10 Democrats

Republicans:
Herman Morton (WY)
Robin Fulton (SD)
Marc Elderton (UT)
Carlin Cassidy (PA)
Kenny Sattler (NC)
David Morrison (LA)
Jasper Irving (IL)
George Wirth (MT)
Jamie Muller (ND)
Sam Hedrick (WV)

Democrats:
Sarah O'Brien (VT)
Andy Ritter (NM)
John Huntingdon (RI)
George Englemann (NH)
Vic Huntington (NV)
David Kuhio (HI)
Becky Reeseman (MI)
Ben Newell (CO)
Rick Remick (LA)



Senate Finance Committee
Chairman: Randall Thomas (MI)
Ranking Member: Ryan Lyndell (MA)
28 Total Members: 15 Republicans, 13 Democrats

Republicans:
Patrick Stacy (TN)
James Taglio (KS)
Jeff Heston (UT)
Jim Simon (SD)
Fletcher Carey (AR)
Mark Cumberland (TX)
Charlie Forrester (GA)
Curtis Ryan (OR)
Ruth Norton-Stewart (OH)
Tanner McClay (FL)
Kenny Sattler (NC)
Michael Rojas (NM)
Brad Maxwell (SC)
Bryce Bradley (IA)

Democrats:

Calvin Bowles (KY)
John Huntingdon (RI)
Andrew Thorn (NY)
Mitch Bryce (IL)
Nicole Kershaw (CA)
Rudi Robinson (IN)
Lou Thornton (VA)
Clare McAuley (DE)
Matt Clausen (PA)
Alex Crossley (NJ)
Nate Bradshaw (WI)
Peggy Jones (MN)



Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Chairman: Kent Harris (WY)
Ranking Member: Joseph McKenna (DE)
22 Total Members: 12 Republicans, 10 Democrats

Republicans:
Cody Riley (AL)
Marc Elderton (UT)
Sorah Wheeler (AK)
Robin Fulton (SD)
Davis Roberts (TX)
Robert Roanoke (OK)
Ruth Norton-Stewart (OH)
Gibson Carluke (IN)
James Clarke (WI)
Carlos Cabrera (CO)
Rob Buchanan (VA)

Democrats:
William Wiley (WA)
Andrew Thorn (NY)
Ryan Lyndell (MA)
David Kuhio (HI)
Dante Jenkins (NJ)
Michelle Van Dorn (CT)
Jim Velasquez (RI)
Cain McClelland (MD)
Rachel Mears (WV)




Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee
Chairman: Jim Simon (SD)
Ranking Member: Nicole Kershaw (CA)
23 Total Members: 12 Republicans, 11 Democrats

Republicans:
Dylan McNamara (MS)
Patrick Stacy (TN)
Kent Harris (WY)
Jeff Heston (UT)
Max Lobell III (GA)
Sorah Wheeler (AK)
Dylan Garrison (OH)
Kenny Sattler (NC)
Brad Maxwell (SC)
Gibson Carluke (IN)
Ellie Wilkins (NH)

Democrats:

William Wiley (WA)
Robert Greys (OR)
Sarah O’Brien (VT)
Vic Huntington (NV)
George Englemann (NH)
David Kuhio (HI)
Sam McCord (SD)
Bradley Denning (OK)
Matt Clausen (PA)
Marietta Nerlinger (VT)



Senate Governmental Affairs Committee
Chairman: Alan Garland (AL)
Ranking Member: William Katt (ME)
14 Total Members: 8 Republicans, 6 Democrats

Republicans:
Ann Choate (MS)
James Lancaster (KY)
Laura Shallick (MO)
Ruth Norton-Stewart (OH)
James Clarke (WI)
Bryce Bradley (IA)
Ellie Wilkins (NH)

Democrats:
Andy Ritter (NM)
Dante Jenkins (NJ)
Robert Greys (OR)
Sam McCord (SC)
Hubert “Arkansas” Smith (AR)



Senate Judiciary Committee
Chairman: Dylan McNamara (MS)
Ranking Member: Andrew Thorn (NY)
22 Total Members: 12 Republicans, 10 Democrats

Republicans:
Sam Wilkinson (KS)
Jim Simon (SD)
Randall Thomas (MI)
Jeff Heston (UT)
Mark Cumberland (TX)
Dylan Garrison (OH)
Michael Rojas (NM)
Bill Daniel (NE)
Barbara Layton (NC)
Lewis Henderson (MO)
Rob Buchanan (VA)

Democrats:

Dante Jenkins (NJ)
Rudi Robinson (IN)
Rick Remick (LA)
Bradley Denning (OK)
Lou Thornton (VA)
Rachel Mears (WV)
Tim Burrell (NY)
Gabe Tillman (CA)
Alicia DeSantos (FL)



Senate Rules and Administration Committee
Chairman: Gina DiMeo (ID)
Ranking Member: Andrew Howard (WA)
19 Total Members: 10 Republicans, 9 Democrats

Republicans:
Emmit George (NE)
Ann Choate (MS)
Robert Cantina (AK)
Robin Fulton (SD)
David Morrison (LA)
Davis Roberts (TX)
Robert Roanoke (OK)
Joe Joeckler (IA)
Sam Hedrick (WV)

Democrats:
Joseph McKenna (DE)
Jimmy Fitzsimmons (MA)
Mitch Bryce (IL)
Stephen Wilson (ME)
Clare McAuley (DE)
Matthew Spencer (NV)
Alex Crossley (NJ)
Lara Mansfield (MN)



Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee
Chairman: Mark Cumberland (TX)
Ranking Member: Stephen Wilson (ME)
19 Total Members: 10 Republicans, 9 Democrats

Republicans:
Patrick Stacy (TN)
Laura Shallick (MO)
Fletcher Carey (AR)
Bill Daniel (NE)
Gina DiMeo (ID)
Tanner McClay (FL)
Brad Maxwell (SC)
Jasper Irving (IL)
Gibson Carluke (IN)

Democrats:

Joseph McKenna (DE)
Mitch Bryce (IL)
Arthur Breech (HI)
Vic Huntington (NV)
Michelle Van Dorn (CT)
Alex Crossley (NJ)
John Huntingdon (RI)
Peggy Jones (MN)



Senate Veteran’s Affairs Committee
Chairman: Davis Roberts (TX)
Ranking Member: Sarah O'Brien (VT)
17 Total Members: 9 Republicans, 8 Democrats

Republicans:
Robert Cantina (AK)
Max Lobell III (GA)
Herman Morton (WY)
Carlin Cassidy (PA)
Curtis Ryan (OR)
Barbara Layton (NC)
Jamie Muller (ND)
Rob Buchanan (VA)

Democrats:
Jimmy Fitzsimmons (MA)
Chris Casey (CT)
Cain McClelland (MD)
Antonio Rodrigues (AZ)
Marietta Nerlinger (VT)
Tony McMichael (AZ)
Peggy Jones (MN)



Senate Indigenous Affairs Committee
Chairman: Robert Roanoke (OK)
Ranking Member: David Kuhio (HI)
13 Total Members: 7 Republicans, 6 Democrats

Republicans:
Emmit George (NE)
Robin Fulton (SD)
Bill Daniel (NE)
Joe Joeckler (IA)
Kenny Sattler (NC)
Matt Chantler (ND)

Democrats:
Calvin Bowles (KY)
Becky Reeseman (MI)
Jim Velasquez (RI)
Sam McCord (SC)
William Katt (ME)



Senate Select Ethics Committee
Chairman: James Lancaster (KY)
Vice Chairman: Chris Casey (CT)
6 Total Members: 3 Democrats, 3 Republicans, tie-breaking vote goes to the chairman

Republicans:
Emmit George (NE)
George Wirth (MT)

Democrats:
William Wiley (WA)
Matthew Spencer (NV)



Senate Select Intelligence Committee
Chairman: Dan Hammond (TN)
Vice-Chairman: Dante Jenkins (NJ)
19 Total Members: 9 Republicans, 7 Democrats (+3 ex officio members)

Republicans:
Sam Wilkinson (KS)
Gina DiMeo (ID)
Tanner McClay (FL)
Charlie Forrester (GA)
Ellie Wilkins (NH)
Lewis Henderson (MO)
Bryce Bradley (IA)
Rob Buchanan (VA)

Democrats:
Robert Starkey (MT)
Ryan Lyndell (MA)
Lou Thornton (VA)
Tim Burrell (NY)
Gabe Tillman (CA)
Alicia DeSantos (FL)

3 ex officio members: Cody Riley (AL) as Majority Leader; Jimmy Fitzsimmons (MA) as Minority Leader;
and Andy Ritter (NM) as Ranking Member of Armed Services Committee.
 
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Here is a little bit from MountainDew17 (edited) from a private post he sent me regards the confirmation process of Cabinet members by the Senate.

Every Senate-confirmable appointment is assigned to a designated committee. the committee will do what a senate committee does (mostly some grandstanding with a little political posturing thrown in, and maybe they'll actually ask a relevant question now and again). At the end, the Committee with vote to either endorse, not-endorse (tie), or report "unfavourably". No matter what they do, it can still go to the floor for a full vote. However, only one nominee has been approved by the whole Senate after being reported upon unfavourably (Henry Wallace, 1946).

Committees are as follows:

Secretary of State- Foreign Relations
Treasury- Finance
SecDef- Armed Services
AG- Judiciary
Interior- Energy & Natural Resources
Agriculture- Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry
Commerce- CST
Labor- HELP
HHS- Finance, with consultation from HELP
HUD- Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs
Transportation- CST
Energy- Energy & Natural Resources
Education- HELP
VA- Veteran's Affairs

Trade Rep
- Finance
DNI- Select committee on intelligence
OMB- Budget & Governmental affairs
CIA- Select Committee on Intelligence
EPA- Environment & Public Works
Small Business- Small Business & Entrepreneurship
 
Yet another presidential infobox set. In this case, a massive set of all TTL vice presidents since 1991. The other two non-OTL vice presidents (Bush and Pierce) have had their infoboxes done here.

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  • With Hunter's inauguration, there are now a record (both TTL and OTL) eight living vice presidents: the seven above plus Bush. My headcanon is that Walter Mondale (the only living OTL VP from before 1985) died in 1994 when former VP Roland Pierce won the Democratic nomination just like how Jimmy Carter died when D. Wire Newman became president.
  • The most notable bit of info added to Eisenhower's infobox is that I've established Dwight Eisenhower as his great-uncle instead of a "distant uncle" that his previous biography listed. I've also put his current residence as the same city that the Clintons live at IOTL after realizing that technically Chappaqua fits the "upstate New York" where Eisenhower's residence was established as being.
  • Hoynes' term as Texas Governor makes him the most recent VP to hold another office after leaving the vice presidency since either Hubert Humphrey (returned to the Senate) or Gerald Ford (who of course became president).
  • All of Russell's biography was previously established, including his wife's maiden name (which is usually the one thing that I have to add).
  • Baker's wife died in an apparent suicide in 2012 that saw one doctor arrested (presumably for criminal negligence). His sister Erin (listed in the infobox) is a current representative from California.
  • Tripplehorn was clearly based on former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, which is why he shares Daschle's alma mater (South Dakota State) and military experiences as an officer for Strategic Air Command. This also makes Tripplehorn the most recent VP to be a military veteran (the last OTL was Al Gore) and the 2010 Democratic ticket as the most recent major party ticket where both members were veterans (the last OTL was the Dole/Kemp ticket in 1996). It also means that ITTL there have been three vice presidents who have led the Senate Democrats (LBJ, Hoynes and Tripplehorn).

    Tripplehorn is also the second VP to be born in South Dakota (Hubert Humphrey is the other). Not bad for the fifth least-populous state in the union.
  • Most of Clark's biography has been established. I think the only thing new is her middle name.
  • I admit the reason I made Hunter's first and middle names "John Jacob" is because I can see Ed Helms reacting perfectly once it's revealed that that's Jack Hunter's legal name. I'm establishing Hunter's father as John (with a different middle name so that Hunter isn't a Jr.), who died in 1990 and allowed Hunter to inherit the Minnesota Twins, and Carl as his brother who Jack gave the Twins to once he became Mayor of Saint Paul. I'm establishing that Hunter originally was attending USC but dropped out when his father died and eventually completed his degree at the University of Minnesota before starting his political career. Him having a World Series ring from being the Twins' owner when they won their most recent World Series in 1991 was previously established.

    Hunter is also the third Minnesotan to become vice president (Humphrey and Mondale were the others) and the first Minnesota Republican to hold the office. He's also the second MN native to hold the job after Walter Mondale. He's also the first vice president to serve with a president from another party since Andrew Johnson (although technically Johnson and Abraham Lincoln ran together under the "National Union" label in 1864, the former was a Democrat and the latter a Republican).
 
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Thursday January 24th 2019

Shannon confirmed as Secretary of Defense

The Senate confirmed the appointment of retired general Jack Shannon as secretary of Defense on late on Wednesday evening, making him the first member of Sam Seaborn's Cabinet cleared to take office.

Shannon who required a waiver from both houses, to serve in the cabinet because it was under seven years since he served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, but this was completed within an hour. Shannon's hearing by the Senate Armed Services started on Tuesday morning before being passed with an endorsement by the Committee, signed by the Republican Chairman Sam Wilkinson and the Democratic ranking member Andy Ritter. In committee, Shannon actually suffered the harshest attacks from Democrats, including Andrew Howard (Washington) & Dante Jenkins (New Jersey). On the formal vote in the Senate Chamber only one Senator voted against Shannon, Democratic Senator Sarah O’Brien of Vermont.

Today we expect confirmations from the appropriate committee's regarding Kate Harper, Sean Boone and Matt Skinner. Whilst the Senate Foreign Relations Committee goes into a third day of questioning of former Ohio Senator August Adair for Secretary of State. Once they have finished the with Adair, it will be the turn of Maine Governor Paris Stray regarding the position of UN Ambassador.
 
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Thursday, January 24th 2019

Supreme Court unanimously strikes down state laws not recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages

In the first major Supreme Court decision of the new court term, the Supreme Court handed down a rare unanimous major decision, declaring state laws that reject out-of-state same-sex marriages are unconstitutional. In the case of Wilson v. Levin, all nine justices were unconvinced by the arguments put forward by defenders of state laws that did not recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages in states where same-sex marriage isn't legal. The majority decision, signed to by six justices and written by Chief Justice Evelyn Baker Lang, found that the laws violated both the "full faith and credit" clause of the Constitution (mandating that states honor the ""public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state") and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

A concurring decision written by Justice Christopher Mulready (joined by Jackson Hoyt and Howard Weston) agreed on the violation of the "full faith and credit" clause, but did not find a violation of the Equal Protection Clause.

Social conservatives in the remaining states that have not legalized same-sex marriage have reacted negatively. Recently inaugurated Governor Edward West (R) of Alabama called the decision "judicial overreach" and the product of "activist judges forcing their beliefs on the people of Alabama and other states", while Congresswoman Carol Goodman (R-MO) claimed that the decision was a "backdoor way of normalizing homosexual deviance in areas of the country that have...refused to deviate from old-fashioned American values."

The legal victory for same-sex marriage supporters is one in another string of legal victories for same-sex couples as popular acceptance for same-sex marriage continues to rise. In the fifteen years since Massachusetts became the first state to legalize it, same-sex marriages are legal and performed in 39 states, the District of Columbia and most territories. Since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 2013, the federal government also recognizes same-sex marriages performed in states and districts where it is legal.

"The arc of history continues to bend towards justice," Chet Marcuse, executive director of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocacy group, said in a statement praising the decision. "Through the tireless work of activists, allies and everyone who supports equality and justice for all, we are knocking on the door of nationwide marriage equality just like the brave activists who helped end bans on interracial marriage a half-century ago."

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  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
 
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Friday January 25th 2019

Adair, Harper, Skinner & Boone all confirmed by the Senate

Four more members of the incoming Seaborn administration where confirmed by the Senate yesterday. Former Ohio Senator August Adair was cleared by the Foreign Relation Committee, before a vote on the Senate floor with only 3 votes against, two Republicans, Alaska Senator Sorah Wheeler (Alaska), Davis Roberts (Texas) and one Democrat Alex Crossley (New Jersey). Adair was sworn in by Vice-President Hunter at the White House within minutes of the Senate vote.

The Senate votes for Harper, Skinner and Boone all passed on the Senate floor without a single vote against any of them, which was a surprise.
 
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