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    For immeadiate release: Following a vote within the caucus, Senator Samuel Crafts (D-CO) has been elected Senate Minority Leader and Senator Lewis Berryhill (D-NY) has been elected Senate Minority Whip. With this new leadership we all look forward to pushing policies intended to help all Americans regardless of income, race, gender, or sexual orientation.
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    Motion to table has passed 3-2
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    Senate Senator Graham Chambers (R-AR): 52% / 32% / 16% Senator Bobby Newport (D-CA): 50% / 33% / 17% Senator Amanda Willenhouse (D-CA) 53% / 34% / 13% Senator Richard Crawford (R-CO) 42% / 37% / 21% Senator Samuel Crafts (D-CO) 50% / 35% / 15% Senator Carol Armstrong (D-CT): n/a (No activity since signing in) Senator Lucille Ricardo (R-FL): 44% / 37% / 19% Senator Steven Andrews (R-FL): n/a (No activity since signing in Senator Edward Morrow (D-IL): 49% / 34% / 17% Senator Michael Madison (R-IN): 50% / 35% / 15% Senator Charles Talleyrand (R-LA): 46% / 34% / 20% Senator Elizabeth Houston (R-ME): 43% / 33% / 24% (Just joined, not as much to go on as others) Senator Calvin Ward (D-NY): 53% / 32% / 15% Senator Lewis Berryhill (D-NY): 40% / 30% / 30% Senator Barclay Calhoun (R-NC): 39% / 31% / 30% Senator Paul Kressler (D-PA): 40% / 38% / 22% Senator Nicholas Rhodes (R-SC): 46% / 31% / 23% Senator Eugene Go (R-TX): 44% / 35% / 21% Senator Kyle Fitzgerald (R-TX): 53% / 37% / 11% Senator Lincoln Reynolds (I-VT): 40% / 38% / 22% Senator Jack Doyle (R-WV): 41% / 36% / 23% House House Majority Leader Major Grant (D-RI): 57% / 31% / 12% House Minority Leader George Smith (R-TX): 51% / 31% / 18% Congressional Party Approvals Senate Democrats: 48% / 43% / 9% Senate Republicans: 48% / 44% / 8% House Democrats: 48% / 42% / 10% House Republicans: 46% / 41% / 13%
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    who decides on who a maverick? People vote differently on a lot of issues. Let's be honest half of this is because a lot people want everyone to vote lockstep with the party. Most voting doesn't happen that way in the US Congress. states and issues matter. Why should a person lose their ability to swing votes because the parties cant learn how to compromise. making a maverick vote seems more like making this a uk style sim where you cant break the whip or your kicked out of the party.
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    @Sovereign@LMR @RecksJust a reminder for your speeches
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    The RNC should be more concerned as to why the Republican President has been so disrespectfully silent during ongoing tragedy in Vermont.
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    Mr. Chair, I agree with the ranking member that both these pieces of legislation have benefits and are needed in light of the recent disaster. We should do our due diligence to ensure the legislation makes it to the Senate floor in an expedited fashion. I second the motion to suspend for both. I yield
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    Mr. Chairmen, We’re government oversight. This is the Rules lawyering nerdfest. Complying would’ve been taking care to add the summary before docketing. The rule doesn’t state comittee or floor it says docket. I firmly believe that assumptions on this comittee is a bad habit to start. We’re asking that this be added in decency and order. That’s all i yield
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    *To the Senator* it's your 2nd right Senator you just missed it
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    Carol Grant Armstrong (D-CT) Name: Carol Grant Armstrong Date of Birth: 14 September 1972 Place of Birth: New Haven, Connecticut Place of Residence: New Haven, Connecticut Political Affiliation: Democratic Party FAMILY HISTORY • George Emanuel Armstrong, husband (b. 1970, m. 2004) • Isabella Ann Armstrong, daughter (b. 2005) • Washington Moore Armstrong, son (b. 2008) • Dejda Carol Armstrong, daughter (b. 2010) EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND • B.A. in Political Science, Wesleyan University (1990-1994) • Juris Doctorate, Yale Law School (1994-1997) OCCUPATIONAL HISTORY • Public Defender, New Haven, Connecticut (1997-2002) • Attorney-at-law, Reese & Proctor (2002-2006) • Connecticut State Representative (2003-2007) • U.S. Senator from Connecticut (2007-present) Carol Grant Armstrong was born on September 14, 1972, at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. Born the daughter of a union carpenter and a schoolteacher, Carol was a determined student. She received good grades and worked hard. Soon, she was off to Wesleyan University, where she got a degree in Political Science. Her family was only able to pay for tuition through the help of government loans. Carol worked two jobs to put herself through school. She then went on to Yale Law School, where she graduated from and went on to become a public defender in her home city of New Haven. In 2002, Carol decided she wanted to go into politics to work on the issues she had been exposed to as a college student and public defender. She became a corporate attorney so that she could have a more flexible schedule that enabled her to serve in the state legislature. In 2006, Carol decided to challenge Senator Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate on an anti-war platform. She defeated Lieberman in the primary and then went on to narrowly defeat him in a three-way race to become the state's first female and first African-American senator. She has served in the Senate ever since.
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    Campaign Consultants You may acquire the services of various consultants at different tiers each election cycle. They last from when you acquire them to the end of the election cycle every 2 years. Below are the consultants currently in the game:
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    Idle thoughts I want to share: In the early days of simming (like 2004-2005), there were no voting calculators. Each character counted as one Representative or one Senator for the final tally, the way they still mostly do in committees. One consequence of this is that it was easier to play a "maverick" character who often voted against the party line. If the one blue dog in the DNC or the one Ron Paul bot in the GOP voted the "wrong" way, odds are their one vote wasn't enough to tip the outcome. The party could tolerate them and let them live out their natural life. When voting calcs came in, they suddenly made mavericks into existential threats to their party. Now, typically they will swing enough votes to actually change the outcome. So they gotta be either kicked out of the party or driven out of the game. This sucks and leads to less interesting characters. It probably also drives people who are really committed to a non-mainstream ideology out of the game. I suggest something like a "maverick tag" that people can either apply to themselves, or the party leadership can apply to them. A person with the maverick tag only counts as one vote. In exchange they can get some benefit, the way that Ron Paul had hardcore supporters a lot of anonymous mainstream Republicans didn't.
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    As someone who has been targeted by members of my own party for non-conformity, I believe that this may be an attempt to silence my voting power. I am, as such, wholeheartedly opposed to efforts to reduce the influence individuals have (be it by time in game, or leadership selection). If we must enact some type of backbencher penalty (which, keep in mind, I believe we already have bonuses for leadership roles), my suggestion is to give all committee members a small voting calculator bonus, less than that attributed to Chairs, floor whips, floor leaders, or PPT. It would not stack with any other bonuses, and would apply regardless of how many committees you are assigned to. In this way, the SML/SmL who controls committee assignments may ensure that party loyalists are given "more equal" representation as compared to true backbenchers. In concluding, I offer this forward as a potential solution, but I want to reiterate: I do not support moving to such a system. I believe that this may be a vindictive attempt to silence newer players who don't buy into an established clique. Thank you.
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    My mistake. I will provide an update, but rest assured that I did not cheat the opposition. The result was a defeat, I merely forgot to write down the results. I will post an update here.
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    Fighting disease is a bi-partisan effort. The republicans should put politics aside and help our American people
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    Character Name: George P Smith Home State: Texas Previous Job: Politics (Congressman, Governor, Mayor, or lower rank)Date of Birth: 04/24/1976Race / Ethnicity: Other (please state in Bio section below)Religion: Protestant ChristianWealth: Upper ClassGender: MaleSexuality: HeterosexualAre you married?: YesHow many children do you have?: 0  George Prescott Smith was born on April 24, 1976 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended Rice University where he got a B.S. in Political Science in 1997. He earned his J.D. from Yale University in 2000. After leaving law school, he clerked for U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, Sidney A. Fitzwater. He was elected to the 21st District in Texas in 2014.
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    Either the President doesn't have any economists on his staff or he refuses to listen, because ni economist is telling the President the out right lies he's telling the American people about his tax plan
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    I hope soon President Vang gets some economists to tell him his tax plan would balloon the debt destroy social security and basically every other government program people rely on. (1/2) And our tax plan cuts taxes for the working class too while raising taxes on the wealthiest thus creating income for the government to pay down the deficit, pay for infrastructure improvement and save social security. (2/2)
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    Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu is to be the first foreign leader to visit the United States under the Presidency of Paul Vang. The Department of State, through the Secretary, announced the meeting in a press release stating "Israel is a longstanding ally in the Middle East and a key partner in the War on Terror" with recent news of the Iranian regime 'firing up' its people, foreign policy experts have noted that this could be part of a larger move to send a signal to Iran. Netanyahu has visited the United States a total of 9 times since he became Prime Minister. This being a mixture of visits to powerful lobbying organization AIPAC, addresses to Congress and generic state visits. It's worth noting that this invitation extends a long tradition of visits by Israeli leaders to the United States. The visits are largely part of a wider US-Israel relationship which ranges from weapons defense, monetary aid and status in other organizations such as NATO (non-member ally). Throughout the years the United States has engaged itself in the Israel-Palestine peace process, notably during the Carter Administration. Although, as we know the conflict in the region between Israel and Palestine still rages on and many analysts expect it to be part of discussions between Netanyahu and the President. As previously mentioned, the visit will reinforce to the Iranians that the United States is still keeping a close eye on the region. Their rhetoric over previous weeks has directed much of the Iranian populace's anger towards the United States. The US-Israel Relationship can simply be summed up using the phrase coined by Former US Senator Jesse Helms, "America's aircraft carrier in the Middle East".
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    Mr. President, I have observed this debate intently. I have also referred back to my pocket copy of the US Constitution, and believe that it is time for me to speak out against this piece of legislation. Yes, as a private citizen, I believe social media platforms are wrong to censor voices, especially when the censoring of those voices tend to be politically-driven and to advance a specific (in this case, left-wing) agenda. However, as a United States Senator, I believe it is entirely within the right of these social media firms to decide what content they want to publish. Our Constitution is clear in protecting private property. Our founding document, which I believe is divinely-inspired, is not a tool for government power, but rather a tool to enable institutions that foster innovation and economic growth. That is why I will be voting to table this piece of legislation. I yield.
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    Mr. President, The gentleman from Texas ought to be ashamed. Forcing private entities to comply with speech that they don’t want to associate with is absolute government overreach. He says they can’t build the platform to have a site for conservatives who need a space safe for all unfettered speech to be allowed. I’m not going to stand here and insult their intelligence, I think they can do it. But on this bill, he’ll get no cloture from me. I yield
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    Mr. TALLEYRAND, for himself, submits A BILL To authorize a memorial for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. (a) This bill may be cited as the "Iraq and Afghanistan War Memorial Act" SEC. 2. PROVISIONS. (a) The American Battle Monuments Commission is hereby authorized to construct a memorial to honor members of the Armed Forces who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; the memorial shall be established by the commission on Federal Land in the District of Columbia. (b) There is hereby established an Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial Advisory Board, consisting of 12 members, who shall be appointed by the President of the United States from among veterans of the wars, their families, representatives of veterans organizations, and groups knowledgeable about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Members of the board shall be appointed not later than 3 months after the date of the enactment of this act and shall serve for the life of the board. Vacancies on the board shall be filled by the President of the United States as they occur. The board shall cease to exist once the memorial is fully constructed. (c) The board shall promote establishment of the memorial and encourage donation of private contributions for the memorial, advise the Commission on the site and design of the memorial. SEC. 3. FUNDING. (a) There is hereby created in the Treasury a fund which shall be available to the Commission for the expenses of establishing the memorial. (b) The Commission is hereby authorized and directed to solicit and accept private contributions for the memorial; such private contributions shall go to the fund. (c) The United States Mint is hereby authorized to issue commemorative coins honoring members of the Armed Forces who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; the profits from the sale of such coins shall go to the fund. (d) Congress hereby appropriates $3.2 million per year for each of the next five years for the fund. SEC. 4. ENACTMENT. (a) This bill shall go into effect immediately upon Constitutional passage. Plain English: Authorize a memorial for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, provides funding for it, allows it to also raise funds via commemorative coins or donations.
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    *lonely member of the press in an empty room* With due respect sir, why should the press care here today what you have to say? Let's be real your a backbench senator with no real accomplishments that's not even on a committee?
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    There are some questions floating around about party bans. Let me address the issue now and put it to bed. I completely understand the rationale behind party bans, in that if people mess around, then a party of players may see fit to ban them as a punishment for messing around. As an administrator and adjudicator of ensuring a fair game for all players involved, I have to weigh up whether or not they should be a thing in the game. Taking up both sides of the argument, I will say that this is a game where we build, play and ultimately act a character and it doesn't seem right that one would be punished for simply doing what the game encourages you to do. Obviously, if we refer to the case of Shiggy, which I recently ruled unable to play in the Republican Party due to an ongoing ban - I was in the Republican Party last reset before becoming a member of the administrative board so I can see why (sorry Shiggy) that it's reasonable. He was often persistently against the party line on multiple issues and even challenged a Republican administration in the Supreme Court. A bit about me. When I joined polsimming I quickly became the most hated player on what was then Virtual America which led me to be banned by both the Republican and Democratic Parties until it was ruled that these bans should not carry from reset to reset. When I became Chief Administrator and ultimately owner, I kept this policy as I do not believe that avenues should be shut off to players simply because of "mob rules" by a majority of one party or a clique of players that would otherwise make up a majority of one party. I agree that if a player fucks around majorly, they should be banned as a punishment as a deterrence from acting like a moron again. But moving forward, these bans will no longer be able to be carried from round to round, based on actions from a previous reset. I'm not interested in splitting hairs with the Republicans or deciding disciplinary actions within parties, so the current bans on players within parties will expire at the end of this round, whenever that may be. If parties decide to simply make "new bans" at the start of each round, then this will be disallowed based on the player in question never having did anything to warrant such punishment in the current round (in which he/her decides to play). This will hopefully clear up any concerns that people have with my previous ruling.
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    Major Grant thinks the government should know if you own a handgun. In the words of Pres. Reagan, "The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
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    S. 420 IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES Sen. Morrow, with thanks to Rep. Blumenauer, introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary A BILL To provide for the regulation of marijuana products, and for other purposes. 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 “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act”. TITLE II—REGULATION Subtitle A—Amendments To Decriminalize Marijuana At The Federal Level SEC. 201. DECRIMINALIZATION OF MARIJUANA. (a) Removal From Schedule Of Controlled Substances.—Notwithstanding any other provision of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), the Attorney General shall, not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, issue a final order that removes marijuana in any form from all schedules under section 202(c) of that Act (21 U.S.C. 812(c)). (b) Conforming Amendment To Remove Legislative Deadwood.—Subsection (c) of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) is amended to read as follows: “(c) Cross Reference To Schedules Of Controlled Substances.—Schedules I, II, III, IV, and V shall consist of the drugs and other substances (by whatever official name, common or usual name, chemical name, or brand name designated) that are set forth in the respective schedules in part 1308 of title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, as they may be amended from time to time, or in any successor regulation.”. SEC. 202. APPLICATION OF THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES IMPORT AND EXPORT ACT TO MARIJUANA. Part A of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: “SEC. 103. APPLICATION TO MARIHUANA. “(a) General Nonapplication.—Except as provided in this section, this title and title III do not apply to marihuana. “(b) Exception: Prohibition On Certain Transportations And Shipments.—It shall be unlawful to ship or transport marihuana from any place outside a State, territory, or district of the United States, or other place noncontiguous to but subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, into that State, territory, or district of the United States, or place, when such marihuana is intended by any person interested therein to be received, possessed, sold, or in any manner used, in violation of any law of such State, territory, district, or place. “(c) Penalty.—Whoever knowingly violates subsection (b) shall be fined under title 18, United States Code, or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”. SEC. 203. CONFORMING AND ANCILLARY AMENDMENTS. (a) Modification Of Definition Of “Felony Drug Offense”.—Section 102(44) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802(44)) is amended by striking “marihuana,”. (b) Elimination Of Marijuana Penalty Provisions.—Part D of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 841 et seq.) is amended— (1) in section 401— (A) by striking subsection (b)(1)(A)(vii); (B) by striking subsection (b)(1)(B)(vii); (C) by striking subsection (b)(1)(D); and (D) by striking subsection (b)(4); (2) in section 402(c)(2)(B), by striking “marihuana,”; (3) in section 403(d)(1), by striking “marihuana,”; (4) in section 418(a), by striking the last sentence; (5) in section 419(a), by striking the last sentence; (6) in section 422(d), in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking “marijuana,”; and (7) in section 422(d)(5), by striking “, such as a marihuana cigarette,”. (c) Removal Of Prohibition On Import And Export.—Section 1010 of the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act (21 U.S.C. 960) is amended— (1) by striking subparagraph (G) of subsection (b)(1); (2) by striking subparagraph (G) of subsection (b)(2); and (3) by striking paragraph (4) of subsection (b). (d) Limiting The Application Of The National Forest System Drug Control Act Of 1986 To Controlled Substances Other Than Marijuana.—The National Forest System Drug Control Act of 1986 is amended— (1) in section 15002(a) (16 U.S.C. 559b(a)) by striking “marijuana and other”; (2) in section 15003(2) (16 U.S.C. 559c(2)) by striking “marijuana and other”; and (3) in section 15004(2) (16 U.S.C. 559d(2)) by striking “marijuana and other”. (e) Interception Of Communications.—Section 2516 of title 18, United States Code, is amended— (1) in subsection (1)(e), by striking “marihuana,”; and (2) in subsection (2) by striking “marihuana,”. (f) National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.—Section 709 of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998 (21 U.S.C. 1708) is amended by striking subsection (j) (relating to prevention of marijuana use). Subtitle B—Federal Marijuana Licensing And Related Matters SEC. 211. FEDERAL MARIJUANA ADMINISTRATION. The Federal Alcohol Administration Act (27 U.S.C. 201 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: “TITLE III—MARIJUANA “SEC. 301. UNLAWFUL BUSINESSES WITHOUT MARIJUANA PERMIT. “(a) Import.—It shall be unlawful, except pursuant to a permit issued under this title by the Secretary of the Treasury (hereinafter in this title referred to as the ‘Secretary’)— “(1) to engage in the business of importing marijuana into the United States; or “(2) for any person so engaged to sell, offer or deliver for sale, contract to sell, or ship, in interstate or foreign commerce, directly or indirectly or through an affiliate, marijuana so imported. “(b) Manufacture And Sale.—It shall be unlawful, except pursuant to a permit issued under this title by the Secretary— “(1) to engage in the business of cultivating, producing, manufacturing, packaging, or ware­hous­ing marijuana; or “(2) for any person so engaged to sell, offer or deliver for sale, contract to sell, or ship, in interstate or foreign commerce, directly or indirectly or through an affiliate, marijuana so cultivated, produced, manufactured, packaged, or warehoused. “(c) Resale.—It shall be unlawful, except pursuant to a permit issued under this title by the Secretary— “(1) to engage in the business of purchasing marijuana for resale at wholesale; or “(2) for any person so engaged to receive or to sell, offer or deliver for sale, contract to sell, or ship, in interstate or foreign commerce, directly or indirectly or through an affiliate, marijuana so purchased. “(d) Remedies For Violations.— “(1) CRIMINAL FINE.— “(A) GENERALLY.—Whoever violates this section shall be fined not more than $1,000. “(B) SETTLEMENT IN COMPROMISE.—The Secretary may decide not to refer a violation of this section to the Attorney General for prosecution but instead to collect a payment from the violator of no more than $500 for that violation. “(2) CIVIL ACTION FOR RELIEF.—The Attorney General may, in a civil action, obtain appropriate relief to prevent and restrain a violation of this title. “SEC. 302. PROCEDURE FOR ISSUANCE OF MARIJUANA PERMITS. “(a) Who Entitled To Permit.— “(1) GENERALLY.—The Secretary shall issue a permit for operations requiring a permit under section 301 unless the Secretary finds that— “(A) the applicant (or if the applicant is a corporation, any of its officers, directors, or principal stockholders) has been convicted of a disqualifying offense; “(B) the applicant is, by reason of business experience, financial standing, or trade connections, not likely to commence operations within a reasonable period or to maintain such operations in conformity with Federal law; or “(C) the operations proposed to be conducted by the applicant are in violation of the law of the State in which they are to be conducted. “(2) DISQUALIFYING OFFENSES.—For the purposes of paragraph (1)— “(A) GENERALLY.—Except as provided in subparagraph (B) a disqualifying offense is an offense related to the production, consumption, or sale of marijuana that is— “(i) a felony under Federal or State law, if the conviction occurred not later than 5 years before the date of the application; or “(ii) a misdemeanor under Federal law, if the conviction occurred not later than 3 years before the date of the application. “(B) EXCLUDED OFFENSES.—A disqualifying offense does not include a Federal or State offense based on conduct that— “(i) was legal under State law in the State when and where the conduct took place; or “(ii) is, as of the date of the application, no longer an offense in that State. “(b) Refusal Of Permit; Hearing.—If upon examination of any application for a permit the Secretary has reason to believe that the applicant is not entitled to such permit, the Secretary shall so notify the applicant and, upon request by the applicant, afford the applicant due notice and opportunity for hearing on the application. If the Secretary, after affording such notice and opportunity for hearing, still finds that the applicant is not entitled to a permit hereunder, the Secretary shall by order deny the application stating the findings which are the basis for the order. “(c) Form Of Application.— “(1) GENERALLY.—The Secretary shall— “(A) prescribe the manner and form of applications for permits under this title (including the facts to be set forth in the application); “(B) prescribe the form of such permits; and “(C) specify in any permit the authority conferred by the permit and the conditions of that permit in accordance with this title. “(2) SEPARATE TYPES OF APPLICATIONS AND PERMITS.—To the extent deemed necessary by the Secretary for the efficient administration of this title, the Secretary may require separate applications and permits with respect to the various classes of marijuana, and with respect to the various classes of persons entitled to permits under this title. “(3) DISCLAIMER.—The issuance of a permit under this title does not deprive the United States of any remedy for a violation of law. “(d) Conditions.—A permit under this title shall be conditioned upon— “(1) compliance with all other Federal laws relating to production, sale and consumption of marijuana, as well as compliance with all State laws relating to said activities in the State in which the permit applicant resides and does business; and “(2) payment to the Secretary of a reasonable permit fee in an amount determined by the Secretary to be sufficient over time to offset the cost of implementing and overseeing all aspects of marijuana regulation by the Federal Government. “(e) Revocation, Suspension, And Annulment.— “(1) GENERALLY.—After due notice and opportunity for hearing, the Secretary may order a permit under this title— “(A) revoked or suspended for such period as the Secretary deems appropriate, if the Secretary finds that the permittee has willfully violated any of the conditions of the permit, but for a first violation of the conditions the permit shall be subject to suspension only; “(B) revoked if the Secretary finds that the permittee has not engaged in the operations authorized by the permit for a period of more than 2 years; or “(C) annulled if the Secretary finds that the permit was procured through fraud, or misrepresentation, or concealment of material fact. “(2) ORDER TO STATE BASIS FOR ORDER.—The order shall state the findings which are the basis for the order. “(f) Service Of Orders.—Each order of the Secretary with respect to any denial of application, suspension, revocation, annulment, or other proceedings, shall be served— “(1) in person by any officer or employee of the Secretary designated by him or any internal revenue or customs officer authorized by the Secretary for the purpose; or “(2) by mailing the order by registered mail, addressed to the applicant or respondent at his last known address in the records of the Secretary. “(g) Duration.— “(1) GENERAL RULE.—Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a permit issued under this title shall continue in effect until suspended, revoked, or annulled as provided in this title, or voluntarily surrendered. “(2) EFFECT OF TRANSFER.—If operations under a permit issued under this title are transferred, the permit automatically terminates 30 days after the date of that transfer, unless an application is made by the transferee before the end of that period for a permit under this title for those operations. If such an application is made, the outstanding permit shall continue in effect until such application is finally acted on by the Secretary. “(3) DEFINITION OF TRANSFER.—For the purposes of this section, the term ‘transfer’ means any change of ownership or control, whether voluntary or by operation of law. “(h) Judicial Review.—A permittee or applicant for a permit under this title may obtain judicial review under chapter 7 of title 5, United States Code, of the denial of the application of that applicant or, in the case of a permittee, the denial of an application by the transferee of that permittee. “(i) Statute Of Limitations.— “(1) IN GENERAL.—No proceeding for the suspension or revocation of a permit for violation of any condition thereof relating to compliance with Federal law shall be instituted by the Secretary more than 18 months after conviction of the violation of Federal law, or, if no conviction has been had, more than 3 years after the violation occurred. “(2) COMPROMISE.—No permit shall be suspended or revoked for a violation of any such condition thereof if the alleged violation of Federal law has been compromised by any officer of the Government authorized to compromise such violation. “SEC. 303. DEFINITIONS. “In this title— “(1) the term ‘marijuana’ has the meaning given the term ‘marihuana’ in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802); and “(2) the term ‘State’ includes the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and any territory or possession of the United States.”. SEC. 212. ADDITION OF MARIJUANA TO CERTAIN LEGAL AUTHORITIES RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUORS. (a) Wilson Act.—The Act of August 8, 1890 (commonly known as the Wilson Act or the Original Packages Act; 27 U.S.C. 121), is amended— (1) by inserting “, or marijuana,” after “intoxicating liquors or liquids”; and (2) by striking “such liquids or liquors” and inserting “such liquids, liquors, or marijuana”. (b) Webb-Kenyon Act.—The Act of March 1, 1913 (commonly known as the Webb-Kenyon Act; 27 U.S.C. 122), is amended— (1) by inserting “marijuana or any” after “whatsoever, of any”; and (2) by inserting “marijuana or” after “which said”. (c) Victims Of Trafficking And Violence Protection Act Of 2000.—Section 2 of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (27 U.S.C. 122a) is amended— (1) in subsection (a)— (A) by redesignating paragraphs (3) and (4) as paragraphs (4) and (5), respectively; and (B) by inserting after paragraph (2) the following new paragraph: “(3) the term ‘marijuana’ has the meaning given the term ‘marihuana’ in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802);”; and (2) in subsections (b) and (c), by inserting “or marijuana” after “intoxicating liquor” each place it appears. Subtitle C—Other Amendments Relating To Federal Authority Regarding Marijuana SEC. 221. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. The Food and Drug Administration shall have the same authorities with respect to marijuana as the Administration has with respect to alcohol. SEC. 222. TRANSFERRING AGENCY FUNCTIONS WITH REGARD TO MARIJUANA. (a) Transfer Of Jurisdiction From Drug Enforcement Administration To Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms And Explosives.—The functions of the Attorney General, acting through the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration relating to marijuana enforcement, shall hereafter be administered by the Attorney General, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. (b) Redesignation Of Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms And Explosives As Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms And Explosives.— (1) REDESIGNATION.—The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is hereby renamed the “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms and Explosives”. (2) REFERENCES.—Any reference to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in any law, regulation, map, document, record, or other paper of the United States shall be deemed to be a reference to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms and Explosives. (c) Redesignation Of Alcohol And Tobacco Tax And Trade Bureau As Alcohol, Tobacco, And Marijuana Tax And Trade Bureau.— (1) REDESIGNATION.—The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is hereby renamed the “Alcohol, Tobacco, and Marijuana Tax and Trade Bureau”. (2) REFERENCES.—Any reference to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in any law, regulation, map, document, record, or other paper of the United States shall be deemed to be a reference to the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Marijuana Tax and Trade Bureau. SEC. 223. UNFAIR ADVERTISING PRACTICES. (a) In General.—It shall be unlawful for any person engaged in the business of importing marijuana into the United States, or cultivating, producing, manufacturing, packaging, or warehousing marijuana, or purchasing marijuana for resale at wholesale, directly or indirectly or through an affiliate, to publish or disseminate or cause to be published or disseminated by radio broadcast, or in any newspaper, periodical or other publication or by any sign or outdoor advertisement or any other printed or graphic matter, any advertisement of marijuana, if such advertisement is in, or is calculated to induce sales in, interstate or foreign commerce, or is disseminated by mail, unless such advertisement is in conformity with such regulations, to be prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury, or the Secretary's delegate (referred to in this section as the “Secretary”), as will— (1) prevent deception of the consumer with respect to the products advertised and as will prohibit, irrespective of falsity, such statements relating to manufacturing processes, analyses, guaranties, and scientific or irrelevant matters as the Secretary finds to be likely to mislead the consumer; (2) provide the consumer with adequate information as to the identity and quality of the products advertised, the characteristics thereof, and the person responsible for the advertisement; (3) prohibit statements that are disparaging of a competitor's products or are false, misleading, obscene, or indecent; and (4) prevent statements inconsistent with any statement on the labeling of the products advertised. (b) Nonapplication To Publishers And Broadcasters.—The prohibitions of this section and regulations thereunder shall not apply to the publisher of any newspaper, periodical, or other publication, or radio broadcaster, unless such publisher or radio broadcaster is engaged in the business of importing marijuana into the United States, or cultivating, producing, manufacturing, packaging, or warehousing marijuana, or purchasing marijuana for resale at wholesale, directly or indirectly or through an affiliate. SEC. 224. COMPTROLLER GENERAL REVIEW OF LAWS AND REGULATIONS. The Comptroller General shall conduct a review of Federal laws, regulations, and policies to determine if any changes in them are desirable in the light of the purposes and provisions of this Act. Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General shall make to Congress and the relevant agencies such recommendations relating to the results of that review as the Comptroller General deems appropriate. — PES: Lifts federal criminalization of marihuana, except in cases where a person crosses state lines and does or intends to sale, possess, or receive marijuana where it is illegal. Sets marijuana to same restrictions as alcohol. Redesignates the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives as the “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms, and Explosives.”
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    Maybe there Chairwoman has a funny gif to post about our tax plan instead of anything substantial to say about it.
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    Presidential appointments of President Vang were passed by the Senate in the last few days with varying levels of support from both parties. The nominees in contention were Jack Swanner at the Department of State, Jace Kadar at the Department of Justice, Johnathan Grant at the Department of the Treasury, Jim Webb at the Department of Defense and Dean Heller at the Department of the Interior. The four nominees mentioned above went through much more scrutiny than the rest of the Vang cabinet appointees. With hearings in full swing and topics which would ruffle the feathers of members of both parties, it was widely expected that some defections would take place. The most contentious nominee, based on the outcome of the final vote was Jace Kadar, the nominee for Attorney General. With the application of justice and the justice department being under intense scrutiny itself these past few years, it's not surprising that some Republicans crossed the aisle to vote no on the confirmation. Notably, Senator Graham Chambers (R-AR) voted against the nomination, along with a few other Senate Republicans. He based his opposition in the now Attorney General's answers to certain Department of Justice ran programs and areas of responsibility. In a wider view of "constitutional interpretation' which also was the basis of the Senator's opposition to the nomination. The willingness of Senator Chambers to cross to the nay column could represent an issue for Republican leadership in the future if they were to need his vote and influence to get initiatives through the Senate. The hearing surrounding Secretary of State Jack Swanner featured some back and forth between Democratic members of the chamber, as did the hearing for Secretary of the Interior Dean Heller. The latter hearing featured a contentious line of questioning about the Dakota Pipeline and other areas of policy which traditionally has drove a wedge between Democrats and Republicans. Ultimately, it was members of perhaps the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party to vote against both Heller and Swanner. Generally, the American people are happy to see the cabinet nominees confirmed so quickly. Many are saying this is due to the openness of the Democratic floor leader, Amanda Willenhouse (D-CA) to relax the whip on the votes for the picks. She was quoted in the press, justifying this decision by saying that it was the President and not her that should pick the nominees. The quick confirmation of the nominees and coalescing of the two parties shows a bit of bipartisanship, which hasn't been seen in a while - especially for something like cabinet nominees.
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    #LucytheClown should immediately apologize to the people of Illinois and Vermont for her calis and offensive comments about both places #Uncool
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    Character Name: Elizabeth Houston Home State: Maine Previous Job: State Senator - District 33Date of Birth: June 3, 1975Race / Ethnicity: WhiteReligion: CatholicWealth: Working ClassGender: FemaleSexuality: HeterosexualAre you married?: YesHow many children do you have?: 2
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    Incorrect. I think Morrow’s bill, which establishes a council and doesn’t immediately help, has no business being rushed. Learn what #nuance is.
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    Give away to the wealthy? MUST GET IT DONE!!! Deny workers the right to organize? RIGHT AWAY SIR!!! Allow corporations to pollute that river? NO PROBLEM, RIGHT AWAY!!! Provide disaster victims with relief? Let's wait and not get there fast. Nice to see PPT has his priorities together. /s
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    News from across the US CalPERS in Crisis The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) continues to be severely strained with an estimated $170 billion in unfunded liabilities. This figure is higher than previous projections due to CalPERS achieving lower than expected ROI and difficulties with contributions from municipal and state authorities. Reform efforts from Gov. Jerry Brown had limited success in bringing the system into financial balance, with public sector unions resisting and bringing lawsuits against the most significant of reforms, such as prohibiting government employees from being be permitted to ‘spike’ their wages in the years nearing retirement to setup a higher overall pension benefit once a worker does retire. Similar efforts to limit to practice to only current employees and not available to new hires have also been resisted, as violations of the ‘California Rule’. The California Rule public employees a right to whatever benefit was available to them on their initial day of employment, including the right to manipulate the compensation that determines their lifetime pension benefit. The CalPERS system wields significant political and financial influence. Proposals to change CalPERS to a model similar to a 401(k), as has been done in much of the private sector and other state retirement systems, has been considered politically non-viable as also violating the California rule. Some suggesting the federal government should cover the unfunded liabilities, while others suggest that CalPERS needs to bring their promises and expected ROI in line with typical projections. Only time will tell what happens in California. Second Vermont Republic Gaining Support The Second Vermont Republic, a loosely-organized group in Vermont which advocates for the re-establishment of Vermont as an independent political entity, has been gaining prominence in that state recently. A recent poll conducted within the state found that 29% of respondents agreed with the idea of ‘peaceably leaving the United States and becoming an independent republic, as it was from 1777 to 1791.’ This is a increase from the 21% in a similar poll conducted in 2017. “This is now the United States of Corporations, not America” said James LaCroix, a spokesman of the group, “We have a federal government that’s out of touch, incapable of being reformed. Our group is open to all, right or left. We are advocating decentralizing and self-reliance.” The group plans to field candidates for office at all levels of Vermont politics in the future. Mississippi Follows Alabama in Displaying Ten Commandments In 2018, voters in the state of Alabama approved a measure that would allow for the Ten Commandments to be displayed on state property, 72%-28%. Voters in the state of Mississippi approved a similar ballot measure in 2020 by similar margins. Supporters of the measure are pleased at its spread and state that is advances the cause of “freedom of religion, not freedom from religion” while Americans United for Separation of Church and State claim the passage implicit endorses insiders who ascribe to those views and such endorsements creates second-class citizens. The text of the amendment follows:
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    Mr. Chair, I second the motion to table. i yield
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    Mr. Chair, I move to table this bill I yield
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    Vermont Murders Continue Vermont Police have continued to be stumped by the recent spate of cult-murders in their state amidst fears that copycat attacks could be occurring. Since the story broke in national media a week ago the number of victims in the state have risen to 7. The bodies were all found chained to trees in public forests or parks with gunshot wounds to the head and satanic markings carved into their torso and abdomens. The latest victim, a ten year old school boy from Newport, was discovered by hikers just yesterday reporting that they saw a van with darkened windows leave the area shortly before they discovered the body. More to follow as we get it.
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    Good to go. @Sheridan and @SWMissourian also have received their committee mods.
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    schedule (up to 2024 election) 2022 (Senate Class III) February 10: Mid-session (4 hours) (IG January-February 2021) February 16: Mid-session (4 hours) (IG March-April 2021) February 23: Mid-session (4 hours) (IG May-June 2021) March 2: Mid-session (4 hours) (IG July-August 2021) March 9: Mid-session (4 hours) (IG September-October 2021) March 16: Mid-session (4 hours) (IG November-December 2021) March 23: Mid-session; Regional Filing Deadline (4 hours) (IG January-February 2022) March 30: Mid-session (4 hours); Senate Primaries (12 hours) (IG March-June 2022) April 3: Turn 1 (12 hours for candidates) (6 hours for party leadership) (4 hours everyone else) (IG July 2022) April 6: Turn 2 (12 hours for candidates) (6 hours for party leadership) (4 hours everyone else) (IG August 2022) April 9: Turn 3 (12 hours for candidates) (6 hours for party leadership) (4 hours everyone else) (IG September 2022) April 12: Turn 4 (12 hours for candidates) (6 hours for party leadership) (4 hours everyone else) (IG October 2022) April 15: Turn 5 (12 hours for candidates) (6 hours for party leadership) (4 hours everyone else) (IG November 2022) April 18: Election Day Results 2024 (President) April 26: Mid-session (4 hours) (IG December 2022-January 2023) May 3: Mid-session (4 hours) (IG February-April 2023) May 10: Mid-session (4 hours) (IG May-July 2023) May 17: Mid-session; POTUS Filing Deadline (4 hours) (IG August-October 2023) May 20: Primary Turn 1; Ames Straw Poll (8 hours) (IG November 2023) May 23: Primary Turn 2 (8 hours) (IG January 2024) May 26: Primary Turn 3 (8 hours) (Iowa, New Hampshire primaries) (IG January 2024) May 28: Primary Turn 4 (8 hours) (Nevada, South Carolina primaries) (IG February 2024) May 31: Primary Turn 5 (12 hours) (Super Tuesday: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, DC, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia primaries) (IG March 2024) June 3: Primary Turn 6 (12 hours) (Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming primaries) (IG April 2024) June 6: Primary Turn 7 (12 hours) (Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, West Virginia primaries) (IG May 2024) June 8: Primary Turn 8 (12 hours) (California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota primaries) (IG June 2024) June 10: National Conventions Democrats (No campaigning) (IG July 2024) June 12: National Conventions Republicans (No campaigning) (IG July 2024) June 15: Turn 1 (12 hours for candidates) (6 hours for party leadership) (4 hours everyone else) (IG July-August 2024) June 17: Turn 2 (12 hours for candidates) (6 hours for party leadership) (4 hours everyone else) (IG August-September 2024) June 19: Turn 3 (12 hours for candidates) (6 hours for party leadership) (4 hours everyone else) (IG September-October 2024) June 21: Turn 4 (12 hours for candidates) (6 hours for party leadership) (4 hours everyone else) (IG October-November 2024) June 23: Turn 5 (12 hours for candidates) (6 hours for party leadership) (4 hours everyone else) (IG November 2024) June 26: Election Day Results
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    @Anthony if it matters, the bill in question was already written in plain english. I just wanted to follow the letter of the law before it hit the floor and figured the committee would be a place where we could do that without any controversy. I don't think the bill truly needs a PES.
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    Character Name: Jacob Olliver Home State: Ohio Previous Job: U.S. Congressman, Ohio Attorney General, Practicing Lawyer Date of Birth: 09-20-1970Race / Ethnicity: White Religion: Evangelical Wealth: Upper ClassGender: MaleSexuality: Heterosexual Are you married?: YesHow many children do you have?: Three Jacob Olliver grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated high-school there before his family moved away to New York when his father accepted a job. Jacob graduated from Harvard Law with his J.D. and would immediately go on to begin working in the Department of Justice under President George H. W. Bush. After an extensive period of living in D.C., Jacob moved back to Ohio and met a fellow lawyer, Alice Woodrick, who would go on to become the love of his life and his wife. The two would settle in Jacob's hometown of Columbus and have three children. Jacob practiced law extensively and served on the Columbus Bar Association. After a failed attempt at running for a local legislative seat, Jacob ran to become Attorney General of Ohio and won. He would later run for Congress, in John Kasich's old seat, and win -- serving four consecutive terms, before being elected Senator of Ohio.
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    I'm proud to announce that I have introduced a bill in the Senate that will repeal right-to-work nationwide. Labor unions have fought for the 40 hour work week, higher wages, and workplace protections. I stand with our unions. #UnionStrong
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    @Batman I don't even think that I could fake being a Democrat these days.
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    Guys, please remember that legislation requires a Plain English Summary, if you haven't already please add one to bills that don't have them.
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    President Pro Tempore: Michael Madison (R-IN) Senate Majority Leader: Kyle Fitzgerald (R-TX) Senate Majority Whip: Charles Talleyrand (R-LA) Domestic Affairs Chairman: Dick Crawford (R-CO) Domestic Affairs Member: Michael Madison (R-IN) Domestic Affairs Member: Lucille MacGillicuddy-Ricardo (R-FL) Foreign Affairs Chairman: Charles Talleyrand (R-LA) Foreign Affairs Member: Lucille MacGillicuddy-Ricardo (R-FL) Foreign Affairs Member: Eugene Go (R-TX) Government Oversight Chairman: Michael Madison (R-IN) Government Oversight Member: Dick Crawford (R-CO) Government Oversight Member: Kyle Fitzgerald (R-TX)
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