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Vaquas
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Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Vaquas » Sat Oct 16, 2021 7:39 pm

Velahor wrote:As a companion app to Gord's Jonah Prendergast application, please see my application for Senator Martha Prendergast.

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NS Nation Name: Velahor
Character Name: Martha Marie Prendergast (maiden name Williamson)
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 69
Character Height: 5’8
Character Weight: 161
Character Position/Role/Job: United States Senator from West Virginia and First Lady of West Virginia

Work History:
Staff Attorney for the not-Falwell family (2003-2020)
In-House Counsel at University of West Virginia (1994-2003)
Stay-At-Home Mother (1986-1994)
Corporate Attorney at Bowles-Rice, Morgantown, West Virginia (1974-1986)

Appearance:
Character State of Origin: Georgia
Character State of Residence: West Virginia & Virginia
Character Party Affiliation: Republican

Main Strengths:
-Wealthy through marriage, but also independently wealthy through legal career and inheritance
-Deep connections: Her husband, Jonah, is Governor of West Virginia. Her father was chairman of the Federalist Society and a Georgia State Supreme Court judge. She also was the personal attorney for the not-Falwell family for numerous years.
-She is highly competent as a debater and can be quite persuasive. She is also very good at understanding how law and legislation works. Finally, she is quite strategic. All of these speak to her decades of legal experience.
-A nearly 40-year marriage to Jonah Prendergast has developed both of their characters in ways that their respective strengths often compensate for the other’s weaknesses. The media has depicted them as a political “power couple,” the GOP’s answer to the Cliffords.

Main Weaknesses:
-Zealously tied to the moral majority/war on drugs/evangelical sector of the conservative movement, in contrast to her husband’s economic-minded approach. However, she tapered that message back a bit in order to get elected to Senate.
-Recent tragic death of grandson has left her grief-stricken and in existential crisis.
-While an exceptional mother and adoring wife, she struggles to maintain stability in other relationships due to her personality. This is because she is passive-aggressively elitist, judgmental, and competitive, especially toward other women.
-Much more tactically intelligent than book smart. Very much a one-track-mind who is smart at her job but less intelligent in other aspects like math or science. She also often delegates her most difficult duties to aides, clerks, other Senators, family members, and basically anyone else who will do it for her.
-Not spectacularly charismatic or flashy, very straighforward.

Biography: Martha Marie Williamson was born in 1952, in a wealthy suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Her father was a wealthy, successful lawyer in the Atlanta area and her mother was a stay-at-home mother of 6 children. They were both devout Baptists, and raised their children as such. Martha was the oldest of the 6, and took on a leader role in their household from a young age.

She was very successful in school and went to Vanderbilt Law School, just like her father did. But she did poorly in her first year of law school, and spent most of the rest of law school trying, and failing to improve her GPA. She still managed graduate, but near the bottom of her class.

After graduation, she couldn’t find any jobs in the Atlanta area. In fact, she only received one job offer after applying for more than 30 at a job fair, an associate position at Bowles-Rice, a mid-level firm in Morgantown, West Virginia. Too proud to ask her father to help get her in a job in Atlanta, she accepted the job and moved to West Virginia all on her own at 25 years old.

Stuck out of her element, away from her status as Southern aristocracy and the social obligations it came with, Martha honed in on her work. The young girl, who had been average at best in the law school classroom, began to excel as an associate attorney focused on a broad spectrum of corporate legal concerns. She was especially noted for her work on environmental, property, and labor law disputes. Additionally, the big-fish-in-small-pond factor of her highly-ranked Vanderbilt education, compared to her colleagues’ education at lowly-ranked WVU Law School, gave her some prestige in West Virginia that may not have been present elsewhere. She built a reputation as a scrappy fighter in the courtroom, while simultaneously earning the respect of judges who appreciated her thorough yet simple arguing style.

While she was at Bowles-Rice in 1974, she met Jonah Prendergast, the CFO of a large coal company his family owned. She was the opposing counsel questioning him in a deposition, and while they were on opposite sides, the chemistry was undeniable. Soon after, the suit was settled out-of-court, and Jonah soon asked her out.

They dated for about a year and soon married. They made the choice to focus on their careers and wait for children until she was in her thirties. During this time, she made partner at her firm, and was making a significantly large income (about $200k/year). Her relationship with Jonah was ultimately beneficial to her success; it became easy to draw in some of the biggest clients in the state by tapping into her husband’s strongly-established in-state business relationships.

In 1986, she had the first Prendergast child, Noah. In 1988 came one more, Jonah III. She lived at home with the children until they were old enough to be in school, then she returned to work, this time as in-house counsel for University of West Virginia in 1994. She worked in that position for 9 years, defending the university in civil litigation.

But in 2003, she began to grow tired of the public university system and its progressive nature, so she applied for a in-house counsel position at Liberty University, a school she had connections with through her Baptist family. She interviewed for the position, but another candidate was chosen.

But that didn’t mean the not-Falwells didn’t like her. They instead saw another purpose for her given her talent and tenaciousness. Thus, she was offered a job as the (not-Falwell) family’s personal lawyer. No stranger to legal battles, the (not-Falwells) counted themselves lucky to have such a zealous Christian and such a ruthless corporate lawyer on their side.

In 2016, she became the First Lady of West Virginia when her husband Jonah was elected Governor of West Virginia. She re-established West Virginia as her primary residence, selling the family’s second home in Lynchburg, Virginia and instead only maintaining a small condo there for work purposes. In early 2019, her father Joseph Williamson passed away.

In early 2020, Martha fully resigned from her position as attorney for the not-Falwell family, having scaled back her duties over the years since Jonah’s election. Part of her reason for leaving was also because of the scandal involving not-Falwell Jr. which became public in August 2020.

Soon after leaving that position, in the midst of her husband’s candidacy for President, news came out that not-Shelley Moore Capito was declining to run for re-election. After much deliberation with Jonah, it was decided that Martha would run for Senate. Life on two campaigns was hectic for the Prendergasts, but Martha loved every minute of it. Her strategic mind, combined with the in-state political machine developed by her husband, began to help both of their momentum surge.

But tragedy struck the Prendergasts when their grandson Adam was injured, and eventually died, due to an accident at one of the Triple C mines. The dual campaigns had previously been an all-hands-on-deck effort for the whole family, and the grieving brought them both to a halt.

When things felt right, the couple discussed their strategy and options. Jonah decided to step down from the Presidential race to focus on himself. Martha suspended her campaign for several weeks, but restarted operations and managed to win the primary against a weakened field.

But the general election would prove more difficult. Martha lost ground early on as her grief caused her campaign schedule to slow. In September, she turned things around with a big fundraiser that brought in a lot from some of her connections from her days as counsel for WVU. That money allowed her to focus on television ads, which boosted her polling and improved her spirits.

She began campaigning heavily in coal-mining towns, leaning on economic rhetoric like that of her husband rather than the socially-conservative kind of campaigning she practiced in the primary. By late October, she’d turned what had at one point been an 8% polling deficit to a 3% lead.

But the Election Day victory was unprecedented. On Fox News in the days leading up to the election, not-Tucker Carlson depicted Martha’s campaign favorably, as one of triumph over grief. That narrative turned out Republicans statewide at a high level, as they made it a mission to support the First Lady of their popular Governor. She ended up winning by a margin of 6%, with exit polls at one point showing a margin of around 11% as she did especially well with in-person voters.

Other Info:
Martha’s father Joseph Williamson was chairman of the Federalist Society, and was a prominent former corporate attorney and then Georgia State Supreme Court judge until his recent passing.

Martha has never drank, smoked, or done drugs.

Martha often competes in women’s amateur golf competitions, and in the 1980s competed in the US Women’s Amateur 4 times and the British Women’s Amateur twice. Her father taught her how to golf, because his only son was unable to.

Martha’s younger brother Charles was paralyzed from a polio infection in the mid-1950s.

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Hanovereich
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Founded: Jun 24, 2021
Ex-Nation

Postby Hanovereich » Sun Oct 17, 2021 2:03 am

Reposting my application.

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NS Nation Name: Hanovereich
Character Name: Easton Pearce
Character Gender: M
Character Age: 43
Character Height: 5’5”
Character Weight: 150lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Representative for North Dakota's at large district (2015-); 32nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (2000-2013)
Character Country/State of Birth: North Dakota
Character State of Residence: North Dakota
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Main Strengths: Has popular support in the state, good speechwriter
Main Weaknesses: Inexperienced orator; can sometimes say some inappropriate remarks at inappropriate times; as a conviction politician, he sometimes votes away from the party line
Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs) Easton Pearce was born in Fargo, North Dakota. At school, he was found to be a keen learner with a talent to remember facts- possibly from his mother, Whitney Pearce, who worked as a political editor for the Grand Forks Herald. Easton was found to be interested in journalism and military history- he said that he wanted to work as a military reporter.

In 1995 Easton was accepted into the North Dakota State University He gained a Bachelor of Science cum laude in History, with a dissertation on the American Civil War and the two sides' strategies.

After he graduated he applied for CNN, but after a brief spell as an intern his request to be a military reporter was rejected. Instead his father encouraged him to join the military, since the Pearces found the military an ideal location for their child- and it would fulfil Easton's ambition of military reporting, kind of... He applied for West Point and received a nomination from his local Senator. He was accepted.

After exceling at the academics side (and not doing so well at physical training), he graduated into the Class of 2000. He then joined the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment as a second lieutenant. After a tour of duty in the Kosovo Force, he was deployed, along with the 1st Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division, into Iraq. He was involved in building FOB Chosin, as well as, whilst at FOB Manhattan, in the occupation of Ramadi. In 2006 he once again saw combat, this time in Afghanistan. He patrolled Kunar Province, and was involved in a skirmish against local fighters. He shot a Taliban fighter whilst directing soldiers to radio to FOB Joyce, and commanding an assault by a squad of his platoon. For his efforts that day, he was awarded the Bronze Star.

He was also involved in patrolling Khost Province with the 25th Field Artillery Regiment. When he returned to the United States, he took a one-week leave and started to get involved in politics. His policies were mainly Republican, and thinking of himself as a conviction politician, he decided that, when he left the military, he would join the Republican Party. He was deployed back to Kunar Province one more time, in 2009. In 2010 the entire regiment returned to the United States, and Easton, after serving his needed time, became a Major. (He had been promoted through the ranks after his needed times of service). He became CO of Bravo Company.

After more deployments to Afghanistan in 2011 and 2013, and being considered for commander of the regiment twice (the 32nd Reg. CO was a Lieutenant Colonel, and Easton had performed all his necessary periods of time), he returned to his headquarters at Fort Drum and took leave. Throughout his military service he had, through his friends and family, kept abreast of the political situation, and had slowly garnered support in his local community.

In 2013 he resigned his commission. It has been said that, had he stayed in the military for a few more months, he would have been made the CO of the 32nd Infantry Regiment. Easton decided to go into politics. He won the Republican primaries- albeit by a slim margin of just 9%. His community in the at-large district supported him, and since the state supported the Republicans generally, his seat was seen as a safe one. In the 2014 election, he won with 58.6% of the vote.

In 2016 he was re-elected with 67.4% of the vote, on a platform of improving development standards in his state. Many of his supporters, including his old military friends, encouraged him to go for the gubernations, and it was believed that Easton would have won both the primaries and the election. However, Easton declined, saying that 'Washington DC is better than Bismarck'. In 2018 he was re-elected with 64.17%. In 2020 he had his largest majority yet- 69.04%, with all but three counties voting for him.

During his time in Congress, he has criticised Roe v. Wade, and calling for its overrule. He reluctantly voted against the USA Freedom Act, in line with the party, but expressed his reservations in private. He did not vote for the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, saying that 'If we want to send companies into space, we can simply colonise space'. He vigorously supported the 21st Century Cures Act, and went around Congress to canvass for its support. Overall, his Congressional career was uneventful, save for a few votes against the party. His biggest highlight is in his state. He visited small businesses across North Dakota, and pledged to create a new fund in North Dakota, with the aim to meet some of the running costs for smaller businesses. He also endorsed bills in the North Dakota Legislative Assembly to reduce costs for public buildings (including the state library, the school for the deaf, and the school for the blind), and called on the Governor of North Dakota to build more schools.
He has since decided that he will run in the Senate in 2022.

He opposes abortion and has spoken out against it, both in Congress and in his state. Whilst he calls himself a conviction politician, he is also a politician, and can sometimes vote against his wishes if he believes it is good for the party. Generally, he votes in line with the party whip. The instances where he votes contrary to the whip will probably be with LGBT issues.
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Greater Arab State
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Founded: Jul 12, 2017
Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby Greater Arab State » Sun Oct 17, 2021 2:30 am

Gordano and Lysandus wrote:On the basis of the interpretation on the exemptions to the character limit rules as they have been clarified to me by Vaquas, I'm going to drop the rest of my apps.

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Character Application and Information Sheet


NS Nation Name: Gordano and Lysandus
Character Name: Jonah Prendergast Jr.
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 72
Character Height: 5’11”
Character Weight: 195lbs

Character Position/Role/Job: Governor of West Virginia (2017-); CEO, Covington Coal Corporation (1990-2002, 2007-2016); Secretary of Labor (2002-2007), CFO, Covington Coal Corporation (1974-1990); Executive, Covington Coal Corporation (1970-1974).
Character Country/State of Birth: West Virginia, United States
Character State of Residence: West Virginia
Character Party Affiliation: Republican

Main Strengths: Strong in-state coalition gives him leeway to be maverick in certain policy areas; free from donor baggage due to significant personal wealth; viewed with credibility by the right wing media for “running West Virginia like a business”.
Main Weaknesses: Skeletons in his closet regarding safety and environmental impact of his industrial interests; viewed as the archetypal crony capitalist and well of political corruption due to his influence over business and local union leaders; record of campaign gaffes regarding socially conservative positions; loss of heart in the Republican cause has killed his presidential ambitions permanently.

Biography:
Born in South Charleston, West Virginia on October 4th 1948 as the heir to the Covington coal empire, Jonah's life was reasonably predetermined by his privileged circumstances. The Covington coal empire had passed into his family through his father's mother, Dorothea Covington, and the Prendergasts had taken what could be considered very good care of that empire. Whilst his father, Jonah Prendergast Sr. owned and was CEO of the Covington Coal Corporation (Triple C), his mother was - herself - something of a political operative, of the dining circuit variety, influencing West Virginian politics through who she knew rather than what she knew. It was in this atmosphere that Jonah Jr. was raised, poisoned by the corporate-political swamp that made up his family and their immediate surroundings. The benefits of the family's wealth saw him enjoy a high class education, boarding at the Linsly School and then continuing in private high school until graduation in 1966, with good results sufficient - with his family’s influence - to see him to a good college.

Money, it seems, really can take you anywhere, and it was a relatively small matter to see Jonah to a high class university. Economics and Entrepreneurship at Princeton proved to be an interesting undergraduate course, though this'd be Jonah's first exposure to the 'real world'. Academically, he struggled in comparison to students who had worked significantly harder than him to get to this point. Whilst he would pass his degree (barely), he had no inclination to take further education. Withdrawn and socially stunted in an environment where he felt he had no 'supremacy', he failed to make many lasting connections at Princeton to anyone in a friendly or romantic manner, and relied much more heavily on those he made later through business and politics.

It was after college that Jonah returned to Charleston, and in 1970, he began to 'learn the ropes' in the family business, familiarizing himself with the operations of the vast mining operations and subsidiary businesses and industries that the Prendergasts had inherited from the Covingtons. This practical experience was, to an extent, more useful to him than his academic life, albeit it didn't require what could necessarily be described as a great deal of business acumen. The support of good, well paid advisers served him well, especially when he became Chief Financial Officer in 1974. As a high ranking member of the business hierarchy, it was here that he began to be involved more in both union negotiations and state and local politics. It was not high minded academic ideals that served him well here, but ruthlessness and cronyism, which came second nature to him. The backing of the Prendergasts was a useful commodity in West Virginian politics, for both their money and reach, and Jonah adapted well to the almost mafia-like application of that power to get what he wanted.

During a litigation against Triple C in 1974, not long after becoming CFO, Jonah met the young Martha Williamson, four years his junior, a highly capable conservative legalist with whom he had a very positive chemistry. Pursuing a relationship with her after the litigation was settled, he found in her a partner that helped drive and nurture his latent ambitions, and she found in him a generally adoring and supportive partner, their compatibility coming as some surprise considering his previously poor relationships. Marrying in 1975, they both focused on their professional work and it wouldn’t be until the mid-1980s that they had their two sons, Noah and Jonah III.

By 1990, his father had passed away and left the then-42 year old Jonah Jr in charge of the Covington Coal Corporation, operating as owner and CEO as his father did. Showing a greater loyalty to Republican Presidents, he gave generously to the doomed Burke Sr campaign in 1992, and then to the Burke Jr campaign in 2000, hoping to ensure both relaxed environmental and safety laws, and a more sympathetic eye from the Justice Department, but this didn't stop him from backing state and local Democrats who he felt could be convinced to ensure favorable circumstances for him.

He would be rewarded in 2002 with the position of U.S. Secretary of Labor, not merely on account of his political patronage but also his ability to push a hard deal with union bosses (occasionally through less than legitimate means). During his tenure as Secretary of Labor, he divested himself of his ownership and executive positions in Triple C to his brother, Jacob. Whilst Secretary Prendergast served business interests comfortably, ignoring regulatory obligation where possible and particularly neglecting the Wage and Hour Division, he was able to broker confidently with unions in some areas and did direct the Department to pursue some legal action for workers where it was particularly politically advantageous to do so. With this regard, he ran the Department with the same attitudes of patronage and access that he applied to his business interests.

By 2007, he moved away from the role and resigned to return to his businesses, spending more time in the private sector until 2016, when he once again divested himself of his business portfolio to run as the Republican candidate for Governor of West Virginia. Standing on a pro-business, pro-industry platform, he displayed what could be described as a 'moderate indifference' to social politics whilst focusing on economics, bigging up his business ability through his family's coal empire and decrying Democrats for their 'war' on the coal industry. Only he, he argued, could protect West Virginian jobs, and claimed he'd fight until he was "cold, dead in the goddamned ground before he let anyone take away the hard, black lifeblood of West Virginia". He would use some bribery and old-fashioned arm twisting to help reduce any backlash from union leaders, though some outcry still existed and the rank-and-file couldn't be so simply silenced. Upsetting the chain of right-leaning Democrats who'd governed the state for some time, he would go on to win office.

In office, Governor Prendergast indeed continued to apply his politics of patronage to dealing with both business and union interests, and twisting the arms of state legislators. With the election of President Wolf, he showed an affinity for Wolf's policies and was a vocal supporter of his, inviting him to the state and appearing with him at rallies confidently. His indifference to social policy meant that he largely ignored policy changes regarding abortion and LGBT rights for the bulk of his first term, though made efforts to ensure it was known that he is personally opposed to them. One social policy issue that Governor Prendergast hadn't overlooked, however, is the drugs crisis, which had plagued West Virginia. His response had been to respond with force, for the most part, pushing to loosen laws restricting police powers and increasing police funding. Controversially, Governor Prendergast has embraced racial profiling, with a public record of refusing to 'believe good local West Virginians are to blame' for the drug crisis. That said, trying to blame the drug crisis on matters of race wasn’t a solution, and so along with that obfuscation, and in order to improve statistics, he championed laws punishing doctors for overprescribing opioids and to make provisions for recovering addicts. A drive to deregulation had provided for a reasonable economic boom in West Virginia during his early first term, though the resurgence in industry has come with a distinct cost in West Virginia. Ecological damage increased, health worsened, and inequality deepened. Furthermore, he took action to confront West Virginia's infrastructure issues by engendering public-private initiatives for road-building - though it may not necessarily go unnoticed that the improved roads and railways tend to favor industrial interests over residential ones.

The announcement of President Wolf’s illness came as a significant surprise to Jonah. Despite his closeness to that President, he had been caught entirely unawares by it. With the political situation opening up, he became one of the earliest people to throw their hats into the ring for the opened up nomination, announcing his run with a large launch event at the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs. Over the course of his campaign, he baked the rather nebulous Wolfist dogma with a strands of other economic thought and a generally populist message, along with some personal eccentricities (a fondness for naval expansion, for example). Briefly for a time achieving frontrunner status with a potent ground campaign, he faced a personal challenge in confronting the real face of a poor America that had been hidden from view from him for many, many years. Unable to fully sustain his Republican ideologies in the face of genuine poverty and economic devastation, he embraced higher government spending, setting him apart from a number of other candidates. At times, also, his lack of conviction (or interest) on social policies bled through in less guarded or rehearsed moments, including an incident where he described an embryo as a “cluster of cells”. During this period, he had various testy exchanges with the other Republican frontrunner, Governor Richardson of Florida; though would later reconcile with him in opposition to more rabid, far-right voices, preferring a Republican Party fit to govern in the 21st century. It would be a personal tragedy, however, that would knock Governor Prendergast out of the 2020 presidential cycle. The serious injury, and eventual death, of his grandson Adam in an accident at one of the Triple C mines in West Virginia forced him to prioritize the needs of his family over his political ambitions, and he returned to the State to be with his family. Adam, sadly, would not survive.

When the financial crash struck the United States, the Governor’s response was active and firm. Drawing on his solidified belief in higher wages and lower taxes, he pushed a recovery plan in state that would both raise the state minimum wage and slash business and income taxes, sacrificing an in-state surplus to try to stimulate a response. This has helped inure West Virginia against the most severe peaks of poverty, but the already brittle condition of the state means that it has not weathered the crisis well. Unemployment continued to be an issue, along with other social ills surrounding poverty. Infrastructure schemes in the state have helped fill some of the blanks, but on the whole, West Virginia was entering 2021 limbing rather than walking tall. That said, Jonah’s willingness to dedicate significant hours and energy to fostering a significant state-level response helped to secure for him the re-election he now sought in-state after dropping out of presidential considerations. He also, in the 2020 election cycle, promoted his wife Martha as a viable candidate to replace Senator (not-Shelley Moore Capito), saying that a Republican “fit to meet the economic challenge” was needed, and - with the power of the political machinery he had developed behind them - succeeded in securing for her the primary, and then the election. His program of government did not come without costs, however, as he has now wholly defunded the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, has sacrificed his own salary, and has moved to have the Executive Mansion taken away from the office of the Governor and sold, along with a whole tranche of state assets and lands to fund his recovery plan.

Having since reconciled with the now-President Richardson, he has been a vocal supporter of his plan to ramp up spending to address the economic crisis, and has campaigned hard to attempt to give him the political cover needed to defy usual Republican deficit hawk-ism. Through the campaign apparatus he built up to support his presidential run, including the Greater America PAC, he has attempted to nurture more Republican candidates of solid social conservative credentials, but willing to sign up A) to more stimulus spending and B) a low-tax, high-wage economy, which he views as necessary for turning the tide against the anti-capitalist movement, which is still a significant concern to his Cold War mindset, especially with recent events in China. He also sees his political apparatus as a way to help guard against the conspiracist right, trying to sever populism away from lunacy.

Other Info: Practising Southern Baptist. Married to Martha Prendergast. Has two sons: Noah (b. 1986) and Jonah Jr. (b. 1988).

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NS Nation Name: Gordano and Lysandus
Character Name: Charlotte Sutherland
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 58
Character Height: 5’8”
Character Weight: 141lbs

Character Position/Role/Job: Attorney General of Pennsylvania (2013-2021); Associate General Counsel, NLRB (2009-2012); Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO (2004-2009); Attorney, Willig, Williams & Davidson (1988-2004).
Character Country/State of Birth: Pennsylvania, United States
Character State of Residence: Pennsylvania
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic

Main Strengths: Attractive despite her years; good connections with both national and local labor organizations; close to the national Democratic establishment and donations.
Main Weaknesses: Touched by various scandals from within the Pennsylvania DOJ from her time as Attorney General; openly feuding with the Catholic Church in America (strong presence in Pennsylvania); rhetoric has not matched achievements on criminal justice reform.

Biography:
Born in Wilkes-Barre, in the coal mining regions of northeastern Pennsylvania, on August 16th, 1962 to Douglas Sutherland, a coal miner, and his wife Bea, who was a stay-at-home wife, Charlotte Sutherland was born into a time of great economic anxiety and transition in the region. With the Knox Mine disaster only a few years before, the turbulent mine closures and move away from deep pit to strip mining threw the local economy into chaos, and resulted in the loss of her father’s job. Her mother was forced to take up secretarial work, and her father ended up working as a low-wage handyman. This experience was formative for the young Charlotte, who struggled emotionally with the burden of seeing her parents near-constantly exhausted by poor paying work.

Despite her humble upbringings, Charlotte proved to be an above average student, driven and opinionated, and clearly interested in fighting to not be trapped in the same cycle of poverty that consumed her parents. By the time she graduated from high school in 1980, she was not only a capable academician but already firmly interested in local affairs. She invested more than enough time into securing all the relevant grants and scholarships she needed to cover the bulk of her costs to attend the University of Pennsylvania, and was accepted into a Political Science course for her undergraduate years.

Whilst at the University of Pennsylvania, she became increasingly active as an activist alongside her studies. She protested Reagan’s anti-union stance in 1981, actively campaigned for Democratic candidates in the 1982 midterms, and in 1983, was elected as the Undergraduate Assembly President as part of the Student Government at UPenn. Enjoying a number of personal romances at this time, none settled into a serious, long term relationship. Following graduation, she chose to continue to pursue her education, remaining at UPenn for her Juris Doctor. Despite the great burden of her legal studies, she continued to be politically active, supporting Walter Mondale in the election of 1984, and again campaigning for Democrats across Pennsylvania in the 1986 midterms, as well as for Bob Casey Sr. for Governor that year.

Following the achievement of her JD, she remained in Philadelphia to join Willig, Williams & Davidson in 1988, the prestigious labor law firm. It was at WWD that she met Hank Freeman, a fellow colleague who had grown up in Philadelphia, and developed a relationship with him. Marrying in 1990, there were attempts to have children before it became apparent that Charlotte was - in fact - infertile. During her time at WWD, she continued to do political work on the side, with more time to dedicate to serious campaigning by the election of 1992, where she was an early and fervent supporter of Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, but moved over to the campaign of Arkansas Governor James Clifford after Harkin withdrew on March 9th; and she would go on to support then President Clifford’s re-election in 1996.

In 1998, she was retained by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (a chapter of the American Federation of Teachers) due to the ongoing disputes between the union and state and local entities regarding the long-running schools crisis in the Philadelphia district. The underfunded, unsupported school district ended up in the middle of a number of protracted crises, from the Mayor’s usage of the district for political patronage to the Governor’s intent to see the district’s schools placed in the hands of private firms. Active in both behind the scenes negotiations and public litigations on the matter, she was ultimately unable to prevent the partial privatization of the district following the assumption of its operations by the state, but she did manage to significantly support resistance to layoffs of school staff. Her time with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (on behalf of WWD) would come to an end in 2004, when the AFL-CIO invited her to serve as an Associate General Counsel for the labor organization.

Her political advocacy did not stop in this period, working on both the campaigns of (not-Al Gore) in 2000, and (not-John Kerry) in 2004, deepening her ties with the national Democratic establishment. Her legal work for the AFL-CIO largely began to revolve more around national labor rights cases, where she worked on a number of submissions for the AFL-CIO as amicus curiae in a number of high profile cases. Her work in this area was considered good, despite the fact that the (not-Roberts) court often struck down employee protections. She presented the AFL-CIO’s amicus brief in the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Co. v. White case in 2006, facing off against the Burke Administration’s Deputy Solicitor General who was a friend of the railway company.

Although she had supported Diane Clifford in the Pennsylvania primaries in 2008, she was an advocate of party unity after the closely fought and somewhat fractious primary, and worked hard on Rashid Baharia’s campaign to defeat (not-John McCain) in the election of 2008. Her eventual reward for this long standing support was to be tapped for an Associate General Counsel’s position in the National Labor Relations Board in 2009. Her work here was often frustrated by the deliberate obstructionism against the NLRB that had continued before and after President Baharia’s assumption of office, and in general, she found the NLRB to be toothless and moribund on numerous issues. She nonetheless applied herself hard to the task where she could, and avoided making any statements in violation of federal statutes regarding politics for appointed government officers. Nonetheless, by late 2011, she had resolved that she would do more good if she were to run for statewide office in her native Pennsylvania, and after moving from D.C. to Harrisburg, she resigned from the NLRB effective January 2012, and geared up for a campaign for Attorney General in that state, with the support of national Democrats and both state and national labor advocates with whom she had developed close ties.

Although she had no difficulty securing political support to win the primary for that race, the actual general was significantly tighter. She was attacked for having no experience litigating criminal law, and her opponent attempted to make out that she was wholly in the pocket of political and union interests, and could not run the Office impartially. She made a public commitment to recuse herself from any case where it might be seen that she had a conflict of interest, but doubled down on her belief that it would not be a bad thing for a pro-labor candidate to become Attorney General, and pointed out that (not-Corbett), as the last elected Republican Attorney General, had joined the suit to try to kill Bahariacare. In the general of that year, she managed to eke out a win 52.5% to 47.5%, underperforming both Senator (not-Casey) and President Baharia, but securing a victory nonetheless.

In office at Attorney General, she was generally standoffish and managerial, rather than overly active in the litigation of cases, preferring to delegate in areas where she was less confident (criminal prosecution) and focus more on civil matters affecting Pennsylvania. Nonetheless, she was still fully qualified to pursue criminal matters, and in 2014, led a strong and renewed legal response to the ongoing Catholic Church child sex scandal that had been particularly fierce in the state of Pennsylvania, pushing for the establishment of a state-wide grand jury, and set up both a telephone helpline and online reporting system. Her aggressive pursuit of this case earned criticism from the National Catholic Register and a number of US Catholic bishops, both inside and outside of Pennsylvania, who tried to cast her as “innately hateful and suspicious towards the Church”. True to her word, she remained uninvolved with a number of cases that involved Democratic politicians and corruption within Pennsylvania, though one of her deputies proceeded to close a sting probe into a number of Democrats in the state involved in corrupt practises. Although she initially signalled her willingness to investigate and clean house herself, when the state legislature appointed a special counsel to investigate itself, she stated that she didn’t want to take “any action which might pre-empt the special counsel”. This was largely considered a misstep, and her popularity took an uncomfortable hit. Also during her first term, she made the choice not to defend Pennsylvania’s statutory ban on same-sex marriage, further earning criticism from the Catholic Church, but earning liberal plaudits from national and state commentators.

By the time of the 2016 election, she was again an active supporter of the Democratic candidate, firmly backing Secretary Clifford for President, whilst also having to weigh her own re-election concerns, especially in the wake of the corruption scandal in the AG’s Office. Both she and her opponent ran on campaigns promising to clear up the Office in the wake of the scandal, and she unveiled a broad based plan to tackle the opioid epidemic, gun violence, and police brutality. 2016 was a bad year for Democrats, and her race was initially called by the Associated Press for the Republican, though as the night continued, she eventually pulled ahead by around 100,000 votes. A recount followed, which confirmed her victory by a sliver, and she remained in office.

During her second term as Attorney General, she took a more active role in cases than in her previous term, abandoning her prior standoffishness. Her investigations into child sex abuse in the Catholic Church continued, culminating in the controversial statement of her belief that “the seal of confessional does not, in my opinion, fall within the protections of the First Amendment, but in fact stands as a violation of that constitutional principle”. The report of the investigation into child sex abuse was released in 2018, and Attorney General Sutherland set up an entire section of the Attorney General’s office to work off of its recommendations and seek prosecutions. Her response to the opioid crisis was two pronged, seeking to both prosecute those involved in distributing illegal opioids, as well as supporting civil litigation against opioid producers. On violent crime, she supported higher sentences for violent offenders, and unlike many Democrats, did not shirk from supporting the death penalty for particularly violent offenders. On racial justice, her record was more mixed. Despite promises made, she made little progress with a number of cases to do with police brutality on account of both legal obstacles and threats by police unions to stop enforcement should action be taken. She did, however, join Governor (not-Tom Wolf) in calling for the federal legalization of marijuana, and supports the legalization of recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania. She has also advocated for expunging non-violent drugs-based charges, and for rectifying the disparity in sentencing between crack and powder cocaine.

With the end of her two consecutive terms in January 2021, and thus term limited out of office, she announced that she was going to establish an exploratory committee to run for Senate in 2022.

Other Info: Practicing Episcopalian. Married to Hank Freeman (m. 1990). Has no children on account of infertility.

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Velahor wrote:As a companion app to Gord's Jonah Prendergast application, please see my application for Senator Martha Prendergast.

Character Information Sheet


NS Nation Name: Velahor
Character Name: Martha Marie Prendergast (maiden name Williamson)
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 69
Character Height: 5’8
Character Weight: 161
Character Position/Role/Job: United States Senator from West Virginia and First Lady of West Virginia

Work History:
Staff Attorney for the not-Falwell family (2003-2020)
In-House Counsel at University of West Virginia (1994-2003)
Stay-At-Home Mother (1986-1994)
Corporate Attorney at Bowles-Rice, Morgantown, West Virginia (1974-1986)

Appearance:
Character State of Origin: Georgia
Character State of Residence: West Virginia & Virginia
Character Party Affiliation: Republican

Main Strengths:
-Wealthy through marriage, but also independently wealthy through legal career and inheritance
-Deep connections: Her husband, Jonah, is Governor of West Virginia. Her father was chairman of the Federalist Society and a Georgia State Supreme Court judge. She also was the personal attorney for the not-Falwell family for numerous years.
-She is highly competent as a debater and can be quite persuasive. She is also very good at understanding how law and legislation works. Finally, she is quite strategic. All of these speak to her decades of legal experience.
-A nearly 40-year marriage to Jonah Prendergast has developed both of their characters in ways that their respective strengths often compensate for the other’s weaknesses. The media has depicted them as a political “power couple,” the GOP’s answer to the Cliffords.

Main Weaknesses:
-Zealously tied to the moral majority/war on drugs/evangelical sector of the conservative movement, in contrast to her husband’s economic-minded approach. However, she tapered that message back a bit in order to get elected to Senate.
-Recent tragic death of grandson has left her grief-stricken and in existential crisis.
-While an exceptional mother and adoring wife, she struggles to maintain stability in other relationships due to her personality. This is because she is passive-aggressively elitist, judgmental, and competitive, especially toward other women.
-Much more tactically intelligent than book smart. Very much a one-track-mind who is smart at her job but less intelligent in other aspects like math or science. She also often delegates her most difficult duties to aides, clerks, other Senators, family members, and basically anyone else who will do it for her.
-Not spectacularly charismatic or flashy, very straighforward.

Biography: Martha Marie Williamson was born in 1952, in a wealthy suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Her father was a wealthy, successful lawyer in the Atlanta area and her mother was a stay-at-home mother of 6 children. They were both devout Baptists, and raised their children as such. Martha was the oldest of the 6, and took on a leader role in their household from a young age.

She was very successful in school and went to Vanderbilt Law School, just like her father did. But she did poorly in her first year of law school, and spent most of the rest of law school trying, and failing to improve her GPA. She still managed graduate, but near the bottom of her class.

After graduation, she couldn’t find any jobs in the Atlanta area. In fact, she only received one job offer after applying for more than 30 at a job fair, an associate position at Bowles-Rice, a mid-level firm in Morgantown, West Virginia. Too proud to ask her father to help get her in a job in Atlanta, she accepted the job and moved to West Virginia all on her own at 25 years old.

Stuck out of her element, away from her status as Southern aristocracy and the social obligations it came with, Martha honed in on her work. The young girl, who had been average at best in the law school classroom, began to excel as an associate attorney focused on a broad spectrum of corporate legal concerns. She was especially noted for her work on environmental, property, and labor law disputes. Additionally, the big-fish-in-small-pond factor of her highly-ranked Vanderbilt education, compared to her colleagues’ education at lowly-ranked WVU Law School, gave her some prestige in West Virginia that may not have been present elsewhere. She built a reputation as a scrappy fighter in the courtroom, while simultaneously earning the respect of judges who appreciated her thorough yet simple arguing style.

While she was at Bowles-Rice in 1974, she met Jonah Prendergast, the CFO of a large coal company his family owned. She was the opposing counsel questioning him in a deposition, and while they were on opposite sides, the chemistry was undeniable. Soon after, the suit was settled out-of-court, and Jonah soon asked her out.

They dated for about a year and soon married. They made the choice to focus on their careers and wait for children until she was in her thirties. During this time, she made partner at her firm, and was making a significantly large income (about $200k/year). Her relationship with Jonah was ultimately beneficial to her success; it became easy to draw in some of the biggest clients in the state by tapping into her husband’s strongly-established in-state business relationships.

In 1986, she had the first Prendergast child, Noah. In 1988 came one more, Jonah III. She lived at home with the children until they were old enough to be in school, then she returned to work, this time as in-house counsel for University of West Virginia in 1994. She worked in that position for 9 years, defending the university in civil litigation.

But in 2003, she began to grow tired of the public university system and its progressive nature, so she applied for a in-house counsel position at Liberty University, a school she had connections with through her Baptist family. She interviewed for the position, but another candidate was chosen.

But that didn’t mean the not-Falwells didn’t like her. They instead saw another purpose for her given her talent and tenaciousness. Thus, she was offered a job as the (not-Falwell) family’s personal lawyer. No stranger to legal battles, the (not-Falwells) counted themselves lucky to have such a zealous Christian and such a ruthless corporate lawyer on their side.

In 2016, she became the First Lady of West Virginia when her husband Jonah was elected Governor of West Virginia. She re-established West Virginia as her primary residence, selling the family’s second home in Lynchburg, Virginia and instead only maintaining a small condo there for work purposes. In early 2019, her father Joseph Williamson passed away.

In early 2020, Martha fully resigned from her position as attorney for the not-Falwell family, having scaled back her duties over the years since Jonah’s election. Part of her reason for leaving was also because of the scandal involving not-Falwell Jr. which became public in August 2020.

Soon after leaving that position, in the midst of her husband’s candidacy for President, news came out that not-Shelley Moore Capito was declining to run for re-election. After much deliberation with Jonah, it was decided that Martha would run for Senate. Life on two campaigns was hectic for the Prendergasts, but Martha loved every minute of it. Her strategic mind, combined with the in-state political machine developed by her husband, began to help both of their momentum surge.

But tragedy struck the Prendergasts when their grandson Adam was injured, and eventually died, due to an accident at one of the Triple C mines. The dual campaigns had previously been an all-hands-on-deck effort for the whole family, and the grieving brought them both to a halt.

When things felt right, the couple discussed their strategy and options. Jonah decided to step down from the Presidential race to focus on himself. Martha suspended her campaign for several weeks, but restarted operations and managed to win the primary against a weakened field.

But the general election would prove more difficult. Martha lost ground early on as her grief caused her campaign schedule to slow. In September, she turned things around with a big fundraiser that brought in a lot from some of her connections from her days as counsel for WVU. That money allowed her to focus on television ads, which boosted her polling and improved her spirits.

She began campaigning heavily in coal-mining towns, leaning on economic rhetoric like that of her husband rather than the socially-conservative kind of campaigning she practiced in the primary. By late October, she’d turned what had at one point been an 8% polling deficit to a 3% lead.

But the Election Day victory was unprecedented. On Fox News in the days leading up to the election, not-Tucker Carlson depicted Martha’s campaign favorably, as one of triumph over grief. That narrative turned out Republicans statewide at a high level, as they made it a mission to support the First Lady of their popular Governor. She ended up winning by a margin of 6%, with exit polls at one point showing a margin of around 11% as she did especially well with in-person voters.

Other Info:
Martha’s father Joseph Williamson was chairman of the Federalist Society, and was a prominent former corporate attorney and then Georgia State Supreme Court judge until his recent passing.

Martha has never drank, smoked, or done drugs.

Martha often competes in women’s amateur golf competitions, and in the 1980s competed in the US Women’s Amateur 4 times and the British Women’s Amateur twice. Her father taught her how to golf, because his only son was unable to.

Martha’s younger brother Charles was paralyzed from a polio infection in the mid-1950s.

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NS Nation Name: Yaruqo
Character Name: Natasha Gauthier (nee Richardson)
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 52
Character Height: 5'5"
Character Weight: 172 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Candidate for US Senate (February 2021), Attorney General of Wisconsin (2019 - Present), District Attorney for Milwaukee County (2011 - 2018)
Character Country/State of Birth: Wisconsin
Character State of Residence: Wisconsin
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Main Strengths: Has experience running for and holding statewide office, has a varied background in criminal law as both a public defender and a prosecutor, reputed to be civil and evidence-based.
Main Weaknesses: She faces complaints from the left and the right on her tenure as AG, some saying her reforms didn't go far enough, others saying she went too far. While her family's first scandal from 15 years ago is publicly water under the bridge, perhaps the grass is not greener on the Gauthier lawn.
Biography: Natasha Marienne Richardson was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 18th, 1969. Her father was a patrol cop with the MPD, and her mom stayed at home to care for her and her sister. While her childhood was a little difficult, it wasn't that much different than other Black families living within Milwaukee. She went through the public school system, and, inspired by her dad and the realities of the world around her, she decided to go into law. In the fall of 1987, Natasha was admitted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she would graduate with a B.A. in Legal Studies in the spring of 1991. She would work a few years as a paralegal in a small legal firm in Madison, around when she would start a relationship with a young up-and-coming pastor, Martin Gauthier. She would return to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a Juris Doctor, from which she would graduate in the spring of 1997. In early 1998, she would be admitted to the state bar in Wisconsin.

Natasha began her legal career as a public defender back home in Milwaukee, and would marry the Reverend Martin Gauthier in 1999. In the ensuing years, she would develop a reputation as a capable attorney, one that would put in the legwork to fight the uphill battles that many public defenders had to fight in a system where the prosecution was almost always better funded and employed than public defenders. She threw herself into her work for years, and one year, it came to a point where it nearly compromised her family. In 2006, Natasha ran for District Attorney for Milwaukee County for the first time, entering the Democratic primary against an established incumbent who was a proponent of the "broken windows" policing and "tough-on-crime" prosecutorial approaches that, in her opinion, devastated communities like her's. A few months into the primary, scandal descended onto the Gauthiers and their young son. A woman had come forward and revealed that she had engaged in an affair with the Reverend Gauthier. Natasha would withdraw from the primary, citing a desire to "focus on her family during this difficult time." It would be some time before the two managed to reconcile, but it was a long, hard process.

In early 2010, this time with the full support of her husband behind her (and assurances that he had not strayed from their marriage), Natasha Gauthier threw her hat into the ring again for District Attorney. Boosted by anti-establishment sentiment, Gauthier won the primary against the incumbent, and managed to win the general election later that November against an independent candidate, becoming the first Black woman to hold the position as DA of Milwaukee County, promising to reform the practices of the District Attorney's office and the introduction of community-based criminal justice reforms. One of her first acts after she was sworn in in 2011 would be the establishment of a public integrity unit, which would go on to aggressively investigate and prosecute public corruption in state and local offices, including two Milwaukee aldermen. She would also introduce policies to emphasize and enact community-based prosecution, evidence-based decision-making, and deferring the prosecution of drug addicts and the mentally ill. While these reforms were lauded by local progressive activists, she would at times find herself at odds with them and the Milwaukee Police Department. In the case of the latter, she stringently prosecuted criminal wrongdoing by police officers, including an infamous incident where four MPD officers were prosecuted in 2015 for sexual assault and misconduct in public office for their involvement in the unlawful and unethical rectal probing of detained suspects. On the flip side, she also stringently prosecuted cop killers, pursuing the harshest sentences available to her. Tensions would continue to persist with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, as Gauthier struggled to walk the fine line of advocating for the very real reforms she felt were needed, both as a prosecutor with a public defender background and as a Black woman, while maintaining good relations with the MPD, which were crucial for the investigation and prosecution of her cases.

Enter 2018, and anti-Wolf sentiments are encouraging Democrats in battleground states to run for statewide offices. Encouraged by colleagues and allies within Milwaukee and around Wisconsin, Natasha entered the Democratic primary for Attorney General unopposed (after endorsing a protege of hers to run for District Attorney back in Milwaukee). The office of Attorney General had been held by Republicans since 2007, and with the Wisconsin Democrats receiving an influx of funds and support after the DNC's 2016 autopsy report, Gauthier was in a strong position to contend with the Republican incumbent. It was a close race, with both sides, willingly or otherwise, falling into the same discourses that were playing out across all American political races in the 2018 midterms: Wolfism vs. Anti-Wolfism; a perceived threat to democracy vs those who swore to uphold it; strength and stubbornness vs civility and reform. In the end, it was the suburbs and urban strongholds that nudged Gauthier ahead into victory, with 49.4% of the vote to the Republican incumbent's 48.8%.

Assuming office with a Democratic Governor in January 2019, Gauthier, when she could, enacted similar reforms to what she had established in Milwaukee. She pushed for the expedited processing of backlogged rape kits, announced a commitment to prosecute polluters - and ended up doing so in 2020 against a major corporation that had been engaged in air pollution that violated state environmental laws, encouraged police departments to, at the very least, address the worst offenses among their departments as the AG pursued wider reforms, and prosecuted gun crimes and cop killers. Her tenure had not been easy, since the Wisconsin State Legislature had been gerrymandered to nearly guarantee a Republican majority, and (according to Natasha) they were loath to have a Democrat - a Black woman at that - enact reforms and policies that went against their values.

Now, in 2021, halfway into her tenure as AG, Natasha has decided that she must run for the open Senate seat. While she respects Congressman Boyd, she fears that his age and lack of experience in a statewide run in the age of post-Wolf politics might risk the Democrats' chances for flipping the seat.

Other Info: Married to Rev. Martin Gauthier, age 54. They have one son, Martin Jr., age 27 - lives in Chicago, IL with his wife, Tonya, age 26, and their son, Quentin, age 1.

Political Stances:
1. Pro-Choice: "I believe that politicians, especially those in the Republican party, have gotten so enthralled in drawing lines of when a woman may seek an abortion, that they have overlooked that at the end of the day, it is women who should be drawing those lines for themselves. When all is said and done, this decision is up to a woman, her doctors, and anyone else she seeks to involve."

2. Pro-Israel: "I believe that the State of Israel has a right to exist and defend itself. That means we should continue to fund the Iron Dome for Israel's defense against attacks from Hamas. However, we must also encourage that the State of Israel establish a lasting peace with the Palestinians, one that guarantees a two-state solution. The longer this conflict drags on, the harder it will be for peace to take root."

3. Pro-LGBT Rights: "The LGBT community deserves the right to live and participate in their communities without fear of reprisal or discrimination. Their struggle is our struggle, and regardless of one's personal religious beliefs, those beliefs should not trump the legal protections of those who have every right to live freely and without fear."

4. Made in America: "Wisconsin has a proud tradition of manufacturing and industry. Sadly, in the face of the recession and automation, too many Wisconsinites are facing unemployment and closures. We can jumpstart our national and state economy through the American Recovery Act and by promoting Made in America legislation and jobs. If elected, I promise to introduce legislation that would ensure that our nation's drinking water infrastructure is produced with American-made iron and steel, which would create good paying union jobs here in Wisconsin while bringing much needed support to our nation's out of date drinking water systems, which we saw are in drastic need of repair after the revelations in Flint, Michigan."

5. Progressive Taxation: "I am for responsible fiscal stewardship from our federal government. To that end, in order to pay down the deficit that the Wolf Administration saddled with its tax cut for the wealthy and big corporations and irresponsible spending, I am proposing that the Congress pass new legislation that would raise taxes for the super-rich, close tax loopholes that currently allow the super-rich and powerful to avoid paying their fair share to support our communities and families that work hard every day just to get by. If we are going to ensure that all Wisconsinites, from Green Bay and Milwaukee to Eau Claire and Ashland, prosper and have the sufficient resources they need to support their families, then we need to ensure that we have the ability to do just that."

6. Invest in Infrastructure: "Wisconsin is falling behind the rest of the Midwest when it comes to infrastructure development and upkeep. We need to repair our roads and bridges, invest in our waterways, and invest in public transportation and railways to ensure that Wisconsinites and the goods that Wisconsin businesses produce and depend on are able to safely and expeditiously go from point A to point B. Infrastructure is how our state and our country can grow and be a force against the whims of China."

7. Repeal the AUMF: "Now that we have all but pulled out of Iraq and are seeking to do the same in Afghanistan, it is time that Congress no longer neglects its constitutional duties. For too long, American servicemen and women have put their lives on the line, and we have allowed the Executive branch, held by both parties, to expand their mandates without the proper oversight that our laws demand. If I am elected, I will work with Senators across the aisle to repeal the 2001 AUMF so that the White House can no longer engage in reckless adventures without the consent of Congress."

8. Public Option: "The Affordable Care Act was intended to serve as a viable public option for Americans to opt into as an alternative to more expensive private insurers. Now, with millions of Americans grappling with rising costs in healthcare with little returns from the private sector, Congress should not hesitate in putting real meat and teeth into the ACA. By establishing a viable and competitive public option, private insurers will be forced to compete with the government and decrease health insurance prices. Wisconsinites cannot afford for us to half-ass our implementation of a public option, and we should fight harder than ever before to guarantee affordable, accessible, and viable health insurance for all Americans."

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Okay, I believe I've got it wrapped up for the most part - again, Strengths and Weaknesses are not my strong suit, so if an OP has any ideas to expand on, I'd be okay with that. Other than that, she's ready!
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Helliniki Katastasis wrote:Doherty responded to Richardson a while back on the phone call, don't know if you saw it Dentali.



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Postby Dentali » Sun Oct 17, 2021 9:19 am

Velahor wrote:As a companion app to Gord's Jonah Prendergast application, please see my application for Senator Martha Prendergast.

Character Information Sheet


NS Nation Name: Velahor
Character Name: Martha Marie Prendergast (maiden name Williamson)
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 69
Character Height: 5’8
Character Weight: 161
Character Position/Role/Job: United States Senator from West Virginia and First Lady of West Virginia

Work History:
Staff Attorney for the not-Falwell family (2003-2020)
In-House Counsel at University of West Virginia (1994-2003)
Stay-At-Home Mother (1986-1994)
Corporate Attorney at Bowles-Rice, Morgantown, West Virginia (1974-1986)

Appearance:
Character State of Origin: Georgia
Character State of Residence: West Virginia & Virginia
Character Party Affiliation: Republican

Main Strengths:
-Wealthy through marriage, but also independently wealthy through legal career and inheritance
-Deep connections: Her husband, Jonah, is Governor of West Virginia. Her father was chairman of the Federalist Society and a Georgia State Supreme Court judge. She also was the personal attorney for the not-Falwell family for numerous years.
-She is highly competent as a debater and can be quite persuasive. She is also very good at understanding how law and legislation works. Finally, she is quite strategic. All of these speak to her decades of legal experience.
-A nearly 40-year marriage to Jonah Prendergast has developed both of their characters in ways that their respective strengths often compensate for the other’s weaknesses. The media has depicted them as a political “power couple,” the GOP’s answer to the Cliffords.

Main Weaknesses:
-Zealously tied to the moral majority/war on drugs/evangelical sector of the conservative movement, in contrast to her husband’s economic-minded approach. However, she tapered that message back a bit in order to get elected to Senate.
-Recent tragic death of grandson has left her grief-stricken and in existential crisis.
-While an exceptional mother and adoring wife, she struggles to maintain stability in other relationships due to her personality. This is because she is passive-aggressively elitist, judgmental, and competitive, especially toward other women.
-Much more tactically intelligent than book smart. Very much a one-track-mind who is smart at her job but less intelligent in other aspects like math or science. She also often delegates her most difficult duties to aides, clerks, other Senators, family members, and basically anyone else who will do it for her.
-Not spectacularly charismatic or flashy, very straighforward.

Biography: Martha Marie Williamson was born in 1952, in a wealthy suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Her father was a wealthy, successful lawyer in the Atlanta area and her mother was a stay-at-home mother of 6 children. They were both devout Baptists, and raised their children as such. Martha was the oldest of the 6, and took on a leader role in their household from a young age.

She was very successful in school and went to Vanderbilt Law School, just like her father did. But she did poorly in her first year of law school, and spent most of the rest of law school trying, and failing to improve her GPA. She still managed graduate, but near the bottom of her class.

After graduation, she couldn’t find any jobs in the Atlanta area. In fact, she only received one job offer after applying for more than 30 at a job fair, an associate position at Bowles-Rice, a mid-level firm in Morgantown, West Virginia. Too proud to ask her father to help get her in a job in Atlanta, she accepted the job and moved to West Virginia all on her own at 25 years old.

Stuck out of her element, away from her status as Southern aristocracy and the social obligations it came with, Martha honed in on her work. The young girl, who had been average at best in the law school classroom, began to excel as an associate attorney focused on a broad spectrum of corporate legal concerns. She was especially noted for her work on environmental, property, and labor law disputes. Additionally, the big-fish-in-small-pond factor of her highly-ranked Vanderbilt education, compared to her colleagues’ education at lowly-ranked WVU Law School, gave her some prestige in West Virginia that may not have been present elsewhere. She built a reputation as a scrappy fighter in the courtroom, while simultaneously earning the respect of judges who appreciated her thorough yet simple arguing style.

While she was at Bowles-Rice in 1974, she met Jonah Prendergast, the CFO of a large coal company his family owned. She was the opposing counsel questioning him in a deposition, and while they were on opposite sides, the chemistry was undeniable. Soon after, the suit was settled out-of-court, and Jonah soon asked her out.

They dated for about a year and soon married. They made the choice to focus on their careers and wait for children until she was in her thirties. During this time, she made partner at her firm, and was making a significantly large income (about $200k/year). Her relationship with Jonah was ultimately beneficial to her success; it became easy to draw in some of the biggest clients in the state by tapping into her husband’s strongly-established in-state business relationships.

In 1986, she had the first Prendergast child, Noah. In 1988 came one more, Jonah III. She lived at home with the children until they were old enough to be in school, then she returned to work, this time as in-house counsel for University of West Virginia in 1994. She worked in that position for 9 years, defending the university in civil litigation.

But in 2003, she began to grow tired of the public university system and its progressive nature, so she applied for a in-house counsel position at Liberty University, a school she had connections with through her Baptist family. She interviewed for the position, but another candidate was chosen.

But that didn’t mean the not-Falwells didn’t like her. They instead saw another purpose for her given her talent and tenaciousness. Thus, she was offered a job as the (not-Falwell) family’s personal lawyer. No stranger to legal battles, the (not-Falwells) counted themselves lucky to have such a zealous Christian and such a ruthless corporate lawyer on their side.

In 2016, she became the First Lady of West Virginia when her husband Jonah was elected Governor of West Virginia. She re-established West Virginia as her primary residence, selling the family’s second home in Lynchburg, Virginia and instead only maintaining a small condo there for work purposes. In early 2019, her father Joseph Williamson passed away.

In early 2020, Martha fully resigned from her position as attorney for the not-Falwell family, having scaled back her duties over the years since Jonah’s election. Part of her reason for leaving was also because of the scandal involving not-Falwell Jr. which became public in August 2020.

Soon after leaving that position, in the midst of her husband’s candidacy for President, news came out that not-Shelley Moore Capito was declining to run for re-election. After much deliberation with Jonah, it was decided that Martha would run for Senate. Life on two campaigns was hectic for the Prendergasts, but Martha loved every minute of it. Her strategic mind, combined with the in-state political machine developed by her husband, began to help both of their momentum surge.

But tragedy struck the Prendergasts when their grandson Adam was injured, and eventually died, due to an accident at one of the Triple C mines. The dual campaigns had previously been an all-hands-on-deck effort for the whole family, and the grieving brought them both to a halt.

When things felt right, the couple discussed their strategy and options. Jonah decided to step down from the Presidential race to focus on himself. Martha suspended her campaign for several weeks, but restarted operations and managed to win the primary against a weakened field.

But the general election would prove more difficult. Martha lost ground early on as her grief caused her campaign schedule to slow. In September, she turned things around with a big fundraiser that brought in a lot from some of her connections from her days as counsel for WVU. That money allowed her to focus on television ads, which boosted her polling and improved her spirits.

She began campaigning heavily in coal-mining towns, leaning on economic rhetoric like that of her husband rather than the socially-conservative kind of campaigning she practiced in the primary. By late October, she’d turned what had at one point been an 8% polling deficit to a 3% lead.

But the Election Day victory was unprecedented. On Fox News in the days leading up to the election, not-Tucker Carlson depicted Martha’s campaign favorably, as one of triumph over grief. That narrative turned out Republicans statewide at a high level, as they made it a mission to support the First Lady of their popular Governor. She ended up winning by a margin of 6%, with exit polls at one point showing a margin of around 11% as she did especially well with in-person voters.

Other Info:
Martha’s father Joseph Williamson was chairman of the Federalist Society, and was a prominent former corporate attorney and then Georgia State Supreme Court judge until his recent passing.

Martha has never drank, smoked, or done drugs.

Martha often competes in women’s amateur golf competitions, and in the 1980s competed in the US Women’s Amateur 4 times and the British Women’s Amateur twice. Her father taught her how to golf, because his only son was unable to.

Martha’s younger brother Charles was paralyzed from a polio infection in the mid-1950s.

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Helliniki Katastasis
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Ex-Nation

Postby Helliniki Katastasis » Sun Oct 17, 2021 10:21 am

Exchanging Georgia for Virginia, let me know what you guys think.

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NS Nation Name: Helliniki Katastasis
Character Name: Steven "Steve" MacGregor
Character Gender: male
Character Age: 66
Character Height: 6'4
Character Weight: 210lbs
Character Position/Role/Job:
Candidate for Virginia Governor (2021)
CEO of MacGregor Technologies (1986-)
Owner of the Washington Post (2013-2021)
Co-Founder of the MacGregor-Howe Corporation (1975-1986)
Student at the University of Maryland (1973-1977)

Character Country/State of Birth: McLean, Virginia
Character State of Residence: Fairfax Station, Virginia
Character Party Affiliation: Republican

Main Strengths: Outsider reputation, name recognition, personal wealth, connections in Washington, bilateral appeal (Wolfists v. Moderates)
Main Weaknesses: Seen as out-of-touch, personal wealth, lack of political instinct, untested in politics, born into wealth, personal life

Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs)

The MacGregor family has a storied past in Virginia. Steve's grandfather, Lyle MacGregor was the patriarch of the family, immigrating from Ireland in 1914. Settling in Northern Virginia, he spent most of the immediate postwar period hopping between jobs, before finding his calling; When Prohibition was enacted, he quickly jumped into the moonshining business, becoming a titan of illegal smuggling network in and out of Washington. A jailbird throughout the following decade, he made connections with various congressmen and lobbyists on Capitol Hill. Marrying a young woman in 1928, their son Henry was born in 1930. A studious child, he used his father's connections in DC to aquire an academic scholarship from Princeton, graduating not long before Steven was born. Moving the the prestigious suburb of McLean, Henry ran for and became a longtime congressman from Virginia until 1971. A leading pro-civil rights voice in Virginia and at odds with the more southern-minded colleaguesof his, he passed the ideals of liberty and justice for all unto his son.

Steven, an academic like his father, maintained steady averages throughout grade school and graduated from a private high school with a 3.96 GPA, and became the valedictorian of his graduating class. Attending Princeton like his father, he became a star student. Along with a few of his friends,

Other Info:
Net Worth: ~$850 million
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Postby Dentali » Sun Oct 17, 2021 11:18 am

[quote="Gordano and Lysandus";p="39058071"]On the basis of the interpretation on the exemptions to the character limit rules as they have been clarified to me by Vaquas, I'm going to drop the rest of my apps.

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NS Nation Name: Gordano and Lysandus
Character Name: Jonah Prendergast Jr.
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 72
Character Height: 5’11”
Character Weight: 195lbs

Character Position/Role/Job: Governor of West Virginia (2017-); CEO, Covington Coal Corporation (1990-2002, 2007-2016); Secretary of Labor (2002-2007), CFO, Covington Coal Corporation (1974-1990); Executive, Covington Coal Corporation (1970-1974).
Character Country/State of Birth: West Virginia, United States
Character State of Residence: West Virginia
Character Party Affiliation: Republican

Main Strengths: Strong in-state coalition gives him leeway to be maverick in certain policy areas; free from donor baggage due to significant personal wealth; viewed with credibility by the right wing media for “running West Virginia like a business”.
Main Weaknesses: Skeletons in his closet regarding safety and environmental impact of his industrial interests; viewed as the archetypal crony capitalist and well of political corruption due to his influence over business and local union leaders; record of campaign gaffes regarding socially conservative positions; loss of heart in the Republican cause has killed his presidential ambitions permanently.

Biography:
Born in South Charleston, West Virginia on October 4th 1948 as the heir to the Covington coal empire, Jonah's life was reasonably predetermined by his privileged circumstances. The Covington coal empire had passed into his family through his father's mother, Dorothea Covington, and the Prendergasts had taken what could be considered very good care of that empire. Whilst his father, Jonah Prendergast Sr. owned and was CEO of the Covington Coal Corporation (Triple C), his mother was - herself - something of a political operative, of the dining circuit variety, influencing West Virginian politics through who she knew rather than what she knew. It was in this atmosphere that Jonah Jr. was raised, poisoned by the corporate-political swamp that made up his family and their immediate surroundings. The benefits of the family's wealth saw him enjoy a high class education, boarding at the Linsly School and then continuing in private high school until graduation in 1966, with good results sufficient - with his family’s influence - to see him to a good college.

Money, it seems, really can take you anywhere, and it was a relatively small matter to see Jonah to a high class university. Economics and Entrepreneurship at Princeton proved to be an interesting undergraduate course, though this'd be Jonah's first exposure to the 'real world'. Academically, he struggled in comparison to students who had worked significantly harder than him to get to this point. Whilst he would pass his degree (barely), he had no inclination to take further education. Withdrawn and socially stunted in an environment where he felt he had no 'supremacy', he failed to make many lasting connections at Princeton to anyone in a friendly or romantic manner, and relied much more heavily on those he made later through business and politics.

It was after college that Jonah returned to Charleston, and in 1970, he began to 'learn the ropes' in the family business, familiarizing himself with the operations of the vast mining operations and subsidiary businesses and industries that the Prendergasts had inherited from the Covingtons. This practical experience was, to an extent, more useful to him than his academic life, albeit it didn't require what could necessarily be described as a great deal of business acumen. The support of good, well paid advisers served him well, especially when he became Chief Financial Officer in 1974. As a high ranking member of the business hierarchy, it was here that he began to be involved more in both union negotiations and state and local politics. It was not high minded academic ideals that served him well here, but ruthlessness and cronyism, which came second nature to him. The backing of the Prendergasts was a useful commodity in West Virginian politics, for both their money and reach, and Jonah adapted well to the almost mafia-like application of that power to get what he wanted.

During a litigation against Triple C in 1974, not long after becoming CFO, Jonah met the young Martha Williamson, four years his junior, a highly capable conservative legalist with whom he had a very positive chemistry. Pursuing a relationship with her after the litigation was settled, he found in her a partner that helped drive and nurture his latent ambitions, and she found in him a generally adoring and supportive partner, their compatibility coming as some surprise considering his previously poor relationships. Marrying in 1975, they both focused on their professional work and it wouldn’t be until the mid-1980s that they had their two sons, Noah and Jonah III.

By 1990, his father had passed away and left the then-42 year old Jonah Jr in charge of the Covington Coal Corporation, operating as owner and CEO as his father did. Showing a greater loyalty to Republican Presidents, he gave generously to the doomed Burke Sr campaign in 1992, and then to the Burke Jr campaign in 2000, hoping to ensure both relaxed environmental and safety laws, and a more sympathetic eye from the Justice Department, but this didn't stop him from backing state and local Democrats who he felt could be convinced to ensure favorable circumstances for him.

He would be rewarded in 2002 with the position of U.S. Secretary of Labor, not merely on account of his political patronage but also his ability to push a hard deal with union bosses (occasionally through less than legitimate means). During his tenure as Secretary of Labor, he divested himself of his ownership and executive positions in Triple C to his brother, Jacob. Whilst Secretary Prendergast served business interests comfortably, ignoring regulatory obligation where possible and particularly neglecting the Wage and Hour Division, he was able to broker confidently with unions in some areas and did direct the Department to pursue some legal action for workers where it was particularly politically advantageous to do so. With this regard, he ran the Department with the same attitudes of patronage and access that he applied to his business interests.

By 2007, he moved away from the role and resigned to return to his businesses, spending more time in the private sector until 2016, when he once again divested himself of his business portfolio to run as the Republican candidate for Governor of West Virginia. Standing on a pro-business, pro-industry platform, he displayed what could be described as a 'moderate indifference' to social politics whilst focusing on economics, bigging up his business ability through his family's coal empire and decrying Democrats for their 'war' on the coal industry. Only he, he argued, could protect West Virginian jobs, and claimed he'd fight until he was "cold, dead in the goddamned ground before he let anyone take away the hard, black lifeblood of West Virginia". He would use some bribery and old-fashioned arm twisting to help reduce any backlash from union leaders, though some outcry still existed and the rank-and-file couldn't be so simply silenced. Upsetting the chain of right-leaning Democrats who'd governed the state for some time, he would go on to win office.

In office, Governor Prendergast indeed continued to apply his politics of patronage to dealing with both business and union interests, and twisting the arms of state legislators. With the election of President Wolf, he showed an affinity for Wolf's policies and was a vocal supporter of his, inviting him to the state and appearing with him at rallies confidently. His indifference to social policy meant that he largely ignored policy changes regarding abortion and LGBT rights for the bulk of his first term, though made efforts to ensure it was known that he is personally opposed to them. One social policy issue that Governor Prendergast hadn't overlooked, however, is the drugs crisis, which had plagued West Virginia. His response had been to respond with force, for the most part, pushing to loosen laws restricting police powers and increasing police funding. Controversially, Governor Prendergast has embraced racial profiling, with a public record of refusing to 'believe good local West Virginians are to blame' for the drug crisis. That said, trying to blame the drug crisis on matters of race wasn’t a solution, and so along with that obfuscation, and in order to improve statistics, he championed laws punishing doctors for overprescribing opioids and to make provisions for recovering addicts. A drive to deregulation had provided for a reasonable economic boom in West Virginia during his early first term, though the resurgence in industry has come with a distinct cost in West Virginia. Ecological damage increased, health worsened, and inequality deepened. Furthermore, he took action to confront West Virginia's infrastructure issues by engendering public-private initiatives for road-building - though it may not necessarily go unnoticed that the improved roads and railways tend to favor industrial interests over residential ones.

The announcement of President Wolf’s illness came as a significant surprise to Jonah. Despite his closeness to that President, he had been caught entirely unawares by it. With the political situation opening up, he became one of the earliest people to throw their hats into the ring for the opened up nomination, announcing his run with a large launch event at the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs. Over the course of his campaign, he baked the rather nebulous Wolfist dogma with a strands of other economic thought and a generally populist message, along with some personal eccentricities (a fondness for naval expansion, for example). Briefly for a time achieving frontrunner status with a potent ground campaign, he faced a personal challenge in confronting the real face of a poor America that had been hidden from view from him for many, many years. Unable to fully sustain his Republican ideologies in the face of genuine poverty and economic devastation, he embraced higher government spending, setting him apart from a number of other candidates. At times, also, his lack of conviction (or interest) on social policies bled through in less guarded or rehearsed moments, including an incident where he described an embryo as a “cluster of cells”. During this period, he had various testy exchanges with the other Republican frontrunner, Governor Richardson of Florida; though would later reconcile with him in opposition to more rabid, far-right voices, preferring a Republican Party fit to govern in the 21st century. It would be a personal tragedy, however, that would knock Governor Prendergast out of the 2020 presidential cycle. The serious injury, and eventual death, of his grandson Adam in an accident at one of the Triple C mines in West Virginia forced him to prioritize the needs of his family over his political ambitions, and he returned to the State to be with his family. Adam, sadly, would not survive.

When the financial crash struck the United States, the Governor’s response was active and firm. Drawing on his solidified belief in higher wages and lower taxes, he pushed a recovery plan in state that would both raise the state minimum wage and slash business and income taxes, sacrificing an in-state surplus to try to stimulate a response. This has helped inure West Virginia against the most severe peaks of poverty, but the already brittle condition of the state means that it has not weathered the crisis well. Unemployment continued to be an issue, along with other social ills surrounding poverty. Infrastructure schemes in the state have helped fill some of the blanks, but on the whole, West Virginia was entering 2021 limbing rather than walking tall. That said, Jonah’s willingness to dedicate significant hours and energy to fostering a significant state-level response helped to secure for him the re-election he now sought in-state after dropping out of presidential considerations. He also, in the 2020 election cycle, promoted his wife Martha as a viable candidate to replace Senator (not-Shelley Moore Capito), saying that a Republican “fit to meet the economic challenge” was needed, and - with the power of the political machinery he had developed behind them - succeeded in securing for her the primary, and then the election. His program of government did not come without costs, however, as he has now wholly defunded the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, has sacrificed his own salary, and has moved to have the Executive Mansion taken away from the office of the Governor and sold, along with a whole tranche of state assets and lands to fund his recovery plan.

Having since reconciled with the now-President Richardson, he has been a vocal supporter of his plan to ramp up spending to address the economic crisis, and has campaigned hard to attempt to give him the political cover needed to defy usual Republican deficit hawk-ism. Through the campaign apparatus he built up to support his presidential run, including the Greater America PAC, he has attempted to nurture more Republican candidates of solid social conservative credentials, but willing to sign up A) to more stimulus spending and B) a low-tax, high-wage economy, which he views as necessary for turning the tide against the anti-capitalist movement, which is still a significant concern to his Cold War mindset, especially with recent events in China. He also sees his political apparatus as a way to help guard against the conspiracist right, trying to sever populism away from lunacy.

Other Info: Practising Southern Baptist. Married to Martha Prendergast. Has two sons: Noah (b. 1986) and Jonah Jr. (b. 1988).

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Postby Latvijas Otra Republika » Mon Oct 18, 2021 5:50 am

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NS Nation Name: Latvijas Otra Republika
Character Name: Leslie Del Moral
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 63
Character Height: 1.73 m
Character Weight: 55kg
Character Position/Role/Job: Mayor of Tucson (2019-Present)
CEO of 'La Perla de Arizona' Convenience Stores (1992-2019)
Vendor and Re-seller (1981-1992)
Character Country/State of Birth: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Character State of Residence: Tucson, Arizona
Character Party Affiliation: Democrat (2008-Present)
Green Party (2005-2008)
Democrat (1984-2005)
Main Strengths: Strong Tucson community links & outreach ability, Hispanic cultural ties and active involvement, 'American Dream' worker background, known as an Anti-Establishment Progressive figure in local city and national politics, philanthropist involvement within Arizona, organic grass-roots reputation created by decades of political expression and criticisms of U.S politics, publicly kind
Main Weaknesses: Mostly alienating to moderates within his own party, shady links to individuals implicated by the Panama Papers, past defender of autocratic and socialist regimes abroad such as Cuba and Venezuela, party loyalty questioned by previous break and past Mayoral campaign against Democrats, accusations of un-ethical re-selling and scamming coming forward in 2011, mostly irreparable relations with Republicans and more-conservative Democrats
Biography: Born October 3rd, 1957, Leslie was surrounded by an extended family of first and second generation immigrants stemming from Honduras. In Santa Fe they lived modestly, supplementing their incomes with part time work and mostly manual labour. In 1966 Leslie's father, José Del Moral, left for a construction contract in Phoenix Arizona his friend had suggested out of a want to build up family finances. Till Leslie left high school at eighteen he had minimal contact with his father, who only sent letters sparingly every few months, and was mostly raised by his mother Iris Del Moral. He hadn't achieved high grades, apprenticeships or had acquired any higher academic aspirations. His late teens where spent cruising and partying in Santa Fe, dropping in and out of part-time work and slacking-off. In 1980 his own inner family, including his mother and grandmother, had become concerned for his lack of direction and had yelled out an ultimatum one particular fiery argument: go to community college or get kicked out. His own ego hurt, he spent a year couch-surfing through his friends' houses until he decided to travel by hitchhiking to one of his father's temporary address' in Tucson. Back breaking work for contract after contract had changed José into a seemingly much shorter and wrinkled man, nevertheless they lived together; José taught his son his own part-time hobby of re-selling regular junk through marketplaces and vending sites. Enjoying talking, convincing and shaking hands with regular folks made re-selling Leslie's own passion.

While his father dropped in and out of work, labouring, Leslie began selling more and more; sometimes Leslie sold items through elegant lies about quality and usage. Their shared small apartment soon enough began to get cluttered with junk & used items, all picked and acquired through storage facilities that he purchased from. Driving from place to place, setting up stalls and vending had become Leslie's job. In 1985, his father already reaching age 73, left to be with Iris and enjoy whatever savings he had acquired through the years. José, a union supporter and a cynical beat down worker, shaped Leslie's own views on anti-elitism and the importance of worker rights. His earlier political beliefs, despite his own entrepreneurial habits, were based on social-democratic principles. By 1990 his own reselling business had been set up with an un-official site from which he sold and took in items from, in 1992 he officially registered and established the first 'La Perla de Arizona' store. Knowing the antique/item selling business would be difficult to maintain without a conventional steady and expanding inventory, Leslie began transition his shop more towards consumables and goods. Taking out a loan of roughly 16,000 USD, he began structuring and envisioning a community based Tucson store that would both stand out as ethical and different amongst his traditional competitors.

'La Perla de Arizona' became a democratic experiment, while he was to remain CEO his decisions would require the approval of his stores card membership carriers through a board of five elected public representatives. Miniscule shares of the company were also to be granted to these official members, who needed to be local area residents and had to been approved by Leslie himself. Monthly local in-store meetings on shopper dietary requirements, cultural needs and dishes were to heavily influence the order placements and general makeup of the shop's shelves. The store had become a novelty, relatively popular within some neighbours and residents of the city. In order to expand awareness, the small company began a policy of 'ethical advertising' which meant that spreading the message of the store were to be done in a productive and helpful manner to regular people and the community: interactive school visits on healthy eating, free labelled water handouts in the annual Tucson marathon, creation of wooden shelters for stray cats and dogs. While Leslie began doing this partly due to a desire to be different from other stores and his personal views, it had the inadvertent effect heavily intertwining Leslie with the community life of Tucson. By 2001 he had expanded with two now small stores in the city, soon he began using their shopfronts to encourage fair-trade products accompanied by LGBT or minority protection campaigns and advocacy groups. In his personal life he also became more connected to executives and managers elsewhere through his own interest in the larger business world, sharing dinners and private social gatherings with sometimes questionable individuals over the years.

He's personal commentary on the Republican administration of 2000-2008 and it's war on terror was overly critical, during those year he publicly expressed doubt in American interventionism and described the war in Iraq as 'a warhawk blood-oil war' in a local state journal. On occasion he displayed sympathy with Not-Noam Chomsky's views on American hegemony while also defending the sovereignty of such nations like Cuba. In 2005, seeing the emergence of the Greens into Arizona, he actively became involved in state politics due to personal optimism. He became a member, betraying local democrats, and sought to develop a coherent and principled manifesto from to which he could run in the 2007 Tucson Mayoral Election. His main campaign philosophy, running for the green ticket, was the idea of 'relocalisation'. Tucson relocalisation meant basing decisions on local ecology, history, economy, life and culture while emphasising only local government control and city sustainability. He wanted to create a more self-dependant Tucson, independent from wider interests and transnational corporations. Green-policies such as developing renewable energy sources like solar panels, embrace of cultural plurality and the introduction of complete government transparency were also ideas he was emphasising. The election ended in defeat, Leslie only winning 28.08% of the vote to the the Republican incumbent. Seeing the writing on the wall and scornful disappointment from Democrats, he retreated back into only having spare moments of socio-economic advocacy and running his chain of stores.

Ironically, despite his campaign of relocalisation, Leslie began to expand stores throughout Arizona in more denser population centres and urban areas: Scottsdale 2009, Flagstaff 2010, Mesa 2011, Maricopa 2014 and Phoenix 2017. Out-of-Tucson stores where barred from presenting advocacy posters in order to increase customer and membership counts, these expansions also came with the emergence of company apps and social media that also avoided sensitive topics. Leslie avoided self-promotion, instead involving himself in Tucson community affairs and daily life away from out-of-city public recognition. He re-joined the Democratic party in 2008 out of personal disappointment with the Green Party, handing sparing donations as compensation for his previous campaign. In 2011 public accusations emerged that a young Mr Del Moral had sold defective and fake gold bracelets, others stating they found his lying business practices repulsive, to which he never responded to. When 2016 came, close friendly associates who had been photographed dining with Leslie where exposed in the Panama papers; Leslie denied having ever had any knowledge of money funnelling yet questions arouse over his purity. In response to conspiracy theories and scrutiny, Leslie realised his tax return that amounted to only a single year which only slightly eased suspicions. In the presidential election of that same year he refused to endorse secretary Clifford due to his personal views that went against 'lobbying and political dynasty building'. When 2018 came he contributed a 500$ Award to the parade of lights festival of Tucson, again inadvertently presenting himself as a reputable community man.

He announced his second bid for Mayor in 2018, this time running in the Democrat Primary. He had re-painted his campaign from when he ran in 2007, adapting it to be more encompassing in policy and overall messaging. He focused on the implementation and development of a small-business aiding program, in whatever form, that would cut bureaucratic regulations. The implementation of bicycle lines and the development of more reliable green public transport also remained as leftovers from his previous campaign promises. He emphasised his distrust with ICE, opposition to a militarised border and expressed that immigrant communities were to stay. Road infrastructure funding was another feature of his policies. E-voting and ideas of digital democracy also resonated in his manifesto, mainly backed by the model his own store chain was created on. His main opposition in the primary came from a more moderate democrat, who Leslie campaign against through re-iterating his own past career and city involvement. He won with 24,592 votes, 50.17% of votes mainly due to two endorsements from 'Latino Victory' and 'Democracy for America' due to progressive credentials. In the general election he faced opposition from an unaffiliated candidate, a pro-business marketing executive, who Leslie won over with 47,273 votes and 55.72% share of the vote through appealing to climate change concerns and anti-establishment sentiment. He denounced Richardson's presidential campaign following his victory and endorsed Not-Bernie Sanders, citing his reason as his lifetime of work ethic and pro common-people policies.

Since he has entered office, Mayor Del Moral has pledged to commit to a 'one million tree' initiative and has faced minor opposition attempts to re-call him through petitions due to his progressive statements & beliefs. His national voice has also grown over the two years he's been in office due to his social media activism. 'La Perla de Arizona' was left to the dual responsibility of one of his nephews and a employee who had participated in the original conception of the convenience store chain.
Other Info: Remains unmarried, two adopted daughters, enjoys 96% pure pop-rocks and boxcutters

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Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Sarenium » Mon Oct 18, 2021 6:27 am

Dentali wrote:
Velahor wrote:As a companion app to Gord's Jonah Prendergast application, please see my application for Senator Martha Prendergast.

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NS Nation Name: Velahor
Character Name: Martha Marie Prendergast (maiden name Williamson)
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 69
Character Height: 5’8
Character Weight: 161
Character Position/Role/Job: United States Senator from West Virginia and First Lady of West Virginia

Work History:
Staff Attorney for the not-Falwell family (2003-2020)
In-House Counsel at University of West Virginia (1994-2003)
Stay-At-Home Mother (1986-1994)
Corporate Attorney at Bowles-Rice, Morgantown, West Virginia (1974-1986)

Appearance:
Character State of Origin: Georgia
Character State of Residence: West Virginia & Virginia
Character Party Affiliation: Republican

Main Strengths:
-Wealthy through marriage, but also independently wealthy through legal career and inheritance
-Deep connections: Her husband, Jonah, is Governor of West Virginia. Her father was chairman of the Federalist Society and a Georgia State Supreme Court judge. She also was the personal attorney for the not-Falwell family for numerous years.
-She is highly competent as a debater and can be quite persuasive. She is also very good at understanding how law and legislation works. Finally, she is quite strategic. All of these speak to her decades of legal experience.
-A nearly 40-year marriage to Jonah Prendergast has developed both of their characters in ways that their respective strengths often compensate for the other’s weaknesses. The media has depicted them as a political “power couple,” the GOP’s answer to the Cliffords.

Main Weaknesses:
-Zealously tied to the moral majority/war on drugs/evangelical sector of the conservative movement, in contrast to her husband’s economic-minded approach. However, she tapered that message back a bit in order to get elected to Senate.
-Recent tragic death of grandson has left her grief-stricken and in existential crisis.
-While an exceptional mother and adoring wife, she struggles to maintain stability in other relationships due to her personality. This is because she is passive-aggressively elitist, judgmental, and competitive, especially toward other women.
-Much more tactically intelligent than book smart. Very much a one-track-mind who is smart at her job but less intelligent in other aspects like math or science. She also often delegates her most difficult duties to aides, clerks, other Senators, family members, and basically anyone else who will do it for her.
-Not spectacularly charismatic or flashy, very straighforward.

Biography: Martha Marie Williamson was born in 1952, in a wealthy suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Her father was a wealthy, successful lawyer in the Atlanta area and her mother was a stay-at-home mother of 6 children. They were both devout Baptists, and raised their children as such. Martha was the oldest of the 6, and took on a leader role in their household from a young age.

She was very successful in school and went to Vanderbilt Law School, just like her father did. But she did poorly in her first year of law school, and spent most of the rest of law school trying, and failing to improve her GPA. She still managed graduate, but near the bottom of her class.

After graduation, she couldn’t find any jobs in the Atlanta area. In fact, she only received one job offer after applying for more than 30 at a job fair, an associate position at Bowles-Rice, a mid-level firm in Morgantown, West Virginia. Too proud to ask her father to help get her in a job in Atlanta, she accepted the job and moved to West Virginia all on her own at 25 years old.

Stuck out of her element, away from her status as Southern aristocracy and the social obligations it came with, Martha honed in on her work. The young girl, who had been average at best in the law school classroom, began to excel as an associate attorney focused on a broad spectrum of corporate legal concerns. She was especially noted for her work on environmental, property, and labor law disputes. Additionally, the big-fish-in-small-pond factor of her highly-ranked Vanderbilt education, compared to her colleagues’ education at lowly-ranked WVU Law School, gave her some prestige in West Virginia that may not have been present elsewhere. She built a reputation as a scrappy fighter in the courtroom, while simultaneously earning the respect of judges who appreciated her thorough yet simple arguing style.

While she was at Bowles-Rice in 1974, she met Jonah Prendergast, the CFO of a large coal company his family owned. She was the opposing counsel questioning him in a deposition, and while they were on opposite sides, the chemistry was undeniable. Soon after, the suit was settled out-of-court, and Jonah soon asked her out.

They dated for about a year and soon married. They made the choice to focus on their careers and wait for children until she was in her thirties. During this time, she made partner at her firm, and was making a significantly large income (about $200k/year). Her relationship with Jonah was ultimately beneficial to her success; it became easy to draw in some of the biggest clients in the state by tapping into her husband’s strongly-established in-state business relationships.

In 1986, she had the first Prendergast child, Noah. In 1988 came one more, Jonah III. She lived at home with the children until they were old enough to be in school, then she returned to work, this time as in-house counsel for University of West Virginia in 1994. She worked in that position for 9 years, defending the university in civil litigation.

But in 2003, she began to grow tired of the public university system and its progressive nature, so she applied for a in-house counsel position at Liberty University, a school she had connections with through her Baptist family. She interviewed for the position, but another candidate was chosen.

But that didn’t mean the not-Falwells didn’t like her. They instead saw another purpose for her given her talent and tenaciousness. Thus, she was offered a job as the (not-Falwell) family’s personal lawyer. No stranger to legal battles, the (not-Falwells) counted themselves lucky to have such a zealous Christian and such a ruthless corporate lawyer on their side.

In 2016, she became the First Lady of West Virginia when her husband Jonah was elected Governor of West Virginia. She re-established West Virginia as her primary residence, selling the family’s second home in Lynchburg, Virginia and instead only maintaining a small condo there for work purposes. In early 2019, her father Joseph Williamson passed away.

In early 2020, Martha fully resigned from her position as attorney for the not-Falwell family, having scaled back her duties over the years since Jonah’s election. Part of her reason for leaving was also because of the scandal involving not-Falwell Jr. which became public in August 2020.

Soon after leaving that position, in the midst of her husband’s candidacy for President, news came out that not-Shelley Moore Capito was declining to run for re-election. After much deliberation with Jonah, it was decided that Martha would run for Senate. Life on two campaigns was hectic for the Prendergasts, but Martha loved every minute of it. Her strategic mind, combined with the in-state political machine developed by her husband, began to help both of their momentum surge.

But tragedy struck the Prendergasts when their grandson Adam was injured, and eventually died, due to an accident at one of the Triple C mines. The dual campaigns had previously been an all-hands-on-deck effort for the whole family, and the grieving brought them both to a halt.

When things felt right, the couple discussed their strategy and options. Jonah decided to step down from the Presidential race to focus on himself. Martha suspended her campaign for several weeks, but restarted operations and managed to win the primary against a weakened field.

But the general election would prove more difficult. Martha lost ground early on as her grief caused her campaign schedule to slow. In September, she turned things around with a big fundraiser that brought in a lot from some of her connections from her days as counsel for WVU. That money allowed her to focus on television ads, which boosted her polling and improved her spirits.

She began campaigning heavily in coal-mining towns, leaning on economic rhetoric like that of her husband rather than the socially-conservative kind of campaigning she practiced in the primary. By late October, she’d turned what had at one point been an 8% polling deficit to a 3% lead.

But the Election Day victory was unprecedented. On Fox News in the days leading up to the election, not-Tucker Carlson depicted Martha’s campaign favorably, as one of triumph over grief. That narrative turned out Republicans statewide at a high level, as they made it a mission to support the First Lady of their popular Governor. She ended up winning by a margin of 6%, with exit polls at one point showing a margin of around 11% as she did especially well with in-person voters.

Other Info:
Martha’s father Joseph Williamson was chairman of the Federalist Society, and was a prominent former corporate attorney and then Georgia State Supreme Court judge until his recent passing.

Martha has never drank, smoked, or done drugs.

Martha often competes in women’s amateur golf competitions, and in the 1980s competed in the US Women’s Amateur 4 times and the British Women’s Amateur twice. Her father taught her how to golf, because his only son was unable to.

Martha’s younger brother Charles was paralyzed from a polio infection in the mid-1950s.

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She should be winning that senate race by a minimum of 20 points.


The 6pts is on the lower end, but it makes sense given the environment our 2020 takes place in, I think it's fine to stay. Say she goes up against a beefed up and popular version of an old, once-upon-a-time Democrat, like John Purdue, and he runs a stellar campaign, comes up short the last minute or whatever.
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Postby Velahor » Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:00 am

Sarenium wrote:
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She should be winning that senate race by a minimum of 20 points.


The 6pts is on the lower end, but it makes sense given the environment our 2020 takes place in, I think it's fine to stay. Say she goes up against a beefed up and popular version of an old, once-upon-a-time Democrat, like John Purdue, and he runs a stellar campaign, comes up short the last minute or whatever.


I get that 6 pts is a bit low. The point of that finish was mostly that she was running against a candidate like the one you describe, and she also had taken nearly 1.5 months of time off of the campaign trail to grieve.
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At the request of Sarenium, I have collated and formatted this fully formatted version of the American Relief Act, including both the amendments made to it by the House and Senate:

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American Recovery Act

A BILL
To provide economic relief during the ongoing recession.

Sponsor: Representative Thomas Volker of Missouri (R)
Senate Sponsors: Senator Arnold Wolf of Idaho (R), Senator Jack Vichter of Iowa (D), Senator William Rogers III of Montana (D).
House Sponsors: Representative Earl Tenson of Montana (R), Representative Gretchen Skarlatos of Tennessee (R), Representative Diane Paulson of Maine (R), Representative Frank Loloma of Arizona (D).


Total Expense: $1,573,050,000,000

SECTION 1: DIRECT STIMULUS CHECKS
  1. Direct Checks worth $1,400 per individual, including child and non-child dependents up to age 17, for individuals up to the $75,000 income threshold level for individuals and $150,000 for households. Single Parents with at least one dependent and earn under $112,500 receive the full amount.
  2. Income will be determined by the IRS based on the most recent adjusted gross income report in its system.
  3. $403,000,000,000 is allocated for the purposes of this section.

SECTION 2: UNEMPLOYMENT
  1. Federal Unemployment enhancement of $300 a week is extended through September 6th, 2021. The first $10,200 of federal taxes on unemployment benefits received in 2020 are hereby waived.
  2. $196,000,000,000 is allocated for the purposes of this section.

SECTION 3: TAX CREDIT EXPANSION
  1. The Child Care Tax Credit is increased $3,600 per child for fiscal year 2021. The Child Tax Credit is fully refundable for fiscal year 2021 to all households making under $150,000.
  2. The Earned Income Tax Credit for Childless Workers is increased from $540 to $1,500 and the income cap is increased from $16,000 to $21,000. The age limit for workers without children is lowered to 19, and people over the age of 65 are now eligible.
  3. The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit is now fully refundable for fiscal year 2021. The expenses on taxpayer’s with one qualifying individual is increased from $3,000 to $8,000. Taxpayer’s with two or more qualifying individuals are increased from $6,000 to $16,000.
  4. Payments will be made in four installments in fiscal year 2021 by the IRS and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service to individuals eligible for these tax credits and will not have to wait to file in 2022. Tax Credits in this section are extended to Puerto Rico and all US Territories.

SECTION 4: CHILDCARE AND ELDERCARE
  1. An Additional $15,000,000,000 is allocated to the Childcare & Development Block Grant program using the existing program.
  2. $250,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to Title II Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention.
  3. $100,000,000 is in additional funding is allocated to Title I Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment States Grants.
  4. $1,400,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to Older Americans Act Programs.
  5. $250,000,000 in additional funding is allocated for the Elder Justice Act Program.
  6. $600,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to the Childcare Entitlements to States.

SECTION 5: FOOD AND NUTRITION
  1. The SNAP Benefit increase of 20% is extended through September 30th, 2021. $5,500,000,000 is allocated for the purposes of this section.
  2. $1,000,000,000 is allocated to awarding grants to state agencies administering SNAP. 75% of the funds allocated must be based on the share of each state of households that participate in SNAP and % based on the increase in the number of households that participate in SNAP.
  3. $900,000,000 in emergency funding is allocated to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for Women, Infants, Children program.
  4. $1,000,000,000 is allocated for Nutrition Assistance programs to US Territories.
  5. $40,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
  6. The 80-hour work requirement as part of the Able Bodied Adult Without Dependents Requirement of SNAP shall be temporarily lowed to 40-hours from the enactment of this bill to 4 months after the enactment of this bill.

SECTION 6: HEALTH SERVICES
  1. $1,000,000,000 is allocated for each fiscal year 2021-2025 to provide a block grant for community based mental health services for adults and children.
  2. $500,000,000 is allocated to establish a pilot program for rural development of healthcare agencies in cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture.
  3. $400,000,000 is allocated for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grant Program Expansion Grants program.
  4. $20,000,000 is allocated to fund state and tribal youth suicide intervention and prevention programs.
  5. $1,500,000 is allocated to provide block grants to county level initiatives focused on substance abuse prevention and treatment.
  6. $30,000,000 is allocated to provide funding for grants to states, local, and tribal governments which support community based overdose prevention programs.
  7. $50,000,000 is allocated for grants to state local and tribal governments to assist community behavioral health programs.
  8. $7,000,000,000 is allocated to create and fund a grants program to federally qualified health centers.
  9. $800,000,000 is allocated to the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program and the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program and state loan repayment program with respect to the health workforce.
  10. $200,000,000 is allocated for each fiscal year 2021-2025 to fund the federal loan repayment and scholarship programs for nurses.
  11. $200,000,000 is allocated for each fiscal year 2021-2025 as block grants to qualified teaching health centers which operate graduate medical education programs.
  12. $100,000,000 is allocated for each fiscal year 2021-2025 for states to expand pediatric healthcare and pediatric health access.
  13. $20,000,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to Veterans Affairs.
  14. $15,000,000,000 is allocated for each fiscal year 2021-2025 to establish a grant program for the construction of new hospitals and medical treatment facilities in states which do not possess Certificate of need laws by the beginning of fiscal year 2022.
  15. $6,000,000,000 in additional funding for each fiscal year 2021 through 2025 is allocated to Medicaid.
  16. $10,000,000,000 is additional funding is allocated specifically for improving Veterans Affairs medical facilities.

SECTION 7: ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE
  1. $17,500,000,000 is allocated in additional funding to the Paycheck Protection Program.
  2. $10,000,000,000 annually every year for the next 5 years is allocated in additional funding for the State Small Business Credit Initiative.
  3. The Loan Guaranty Program of the Small Business Administration is modified by waiving borrower and lender fees, increasing the maximum loan value to $10,000,000, and waiving any repayment for new loans for one year.
  4. $15,000,000,000 is allocated in additional funding for the SBA’s economic injury disaster loans.
  5. $11,000,000,000 for each fiscal year 2021 through 2025 is allocated to the Small Business Administration to establish the Innovation Voucher Grant Program to aid small businesses in carrying out research, development, or commercialization of new or innovative products and services. Grants must be made in amounts not less than $15,000 and not more than $75,000.
  6. The full and immediate expensing provision of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is made permanent for any business classified as a small business and buying equipment made in the United States of America.
  7. $6,000,000,000 is allocated for each fiscal year 2021-2025 in creating a grant program for the establishment of manufacturing facilities in the United States by Small Businesses.
  8. $15,000,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to the Economic Development Assistance Program.
  9. $1,000,000,000 is additional funding allocated to SBA cyber training block grant programs.
  10. $1,000,000,000 is allocated for each fiscal year 2021-2025 in creating a grant program for the establishment of Small Businesses in the field of Aerospace in the United States.
  11. $1,000,000,000 is allocated for each fiscal year 2021-2025 in creating a grant program for the establishment of Small Businesses in the field of Agriculture in the United States.
  12. $1,000,000,000 is allocated for each fiscal year 2021-2025 in creating a grant program for the establishment of Small Businesses in the field of Electronics in the United States.
  13. $1,000,000,000 is allocated for each fiscal year 2021-2025 in creating a grant program for the establishment of Small Businesses in the field of Telecommunications in the United States.
  14. The number of Federal Qualified Opportunity Zones created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is to be increased from 8,700 to 10,000.
  15. $1,000,000,000 every fiscal year 2021-2025 in additional funding is allocated to the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
  16. The IRA Contribution limit for individuals is increased to $12,000 per year for individuals without a retirement plan at work and the yearly IRA Contribution Limit for individuals at least 50 years of age and who don’t have a retirement plan is raised to $15,000.

SECTION 8: GOVERNMENT SERVICES
  1. $200,000,000,000 is allocated to State governments for the purposes of making up budget shortfalls distributed based on population and the severity of the shortfall versus estimated revenue for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.
  2. $2,000,000,000 is allocated to Tribal Governments and Public Land Counties for the purposes of making up budget shortfalls distributed based on population and the severity of the shortfall versus estimated revenue for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.
  3. $120,000,000,000 is allocated to county governments and city governments distributed based on population and the severity of the shortfall versus estimated revenue for fiscal years 2020 and 2021
  4. $500,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to state, local, and tribal Emergency Management Performance Grants
  5. $1,000,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice to combat fraud of government programs in this act, and ensure spending complies with the provisions of this act.
  6. $2,000,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to the Department of Justice to establish a grant program for state governments to combat fraud of government programs in this act, and ensure spending complies with the provisions of this act.
  7. No funds disbursed by this act to state, local, and tribal governments may be used for the personal enrichment of that government's elected officials.
  8. The Inspector General of the Department of Justice, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee shall be empowered to oversee all measures and spending in this bill, and may require the reimbursement of any funds to the Treasury which are expended in violation of subsection g.

SECTION 9: HOUSING
  1. $5,000,000,000 in additional funding is allocated for housing choice vouchers.
  2. $5,000,000,000 in additional funding is allocated for Rental Assistance, Affordable Housing Development and the acquisition of non-congregate shelter units.
  3. $10,000,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to the Homeowner Assistance Fund
  4. $25,000,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  5. $200,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to the Rural Housing Assistance Program
  6. $500,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to the Low Income Household Drinking Water and Wastewater Assistance program,
  7. $5,000,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
  8. $400,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and an additional $110,000,000 to the supplemental humanitarian program.

SECTION 10: EDUCATION
  1. $1,000,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to state Head Start agencies according to their share of total enrolled children.
  2. $1,000,000,000 in additional funding is allocated for each fiscal year 2021-2025 Vocational and Technical School Grant programs.
  3. $10,000,000,000 for each fiscal year 2021 through 2025 is allocated to the Department of Education for School Construction and Maintenance Grants.
  4. $10,000,000,000 for each fiscal year 2021 through 2025 is allocated to the Department of Education for the creation of a 529 Plan Grant Matching program. The program will match up to $500 in annual contributions.
  5. The annual spending limit for 529 accounts is increased from $10,000 a year for elementary and secondary-age schooling to $20,000.

SECTION 11: INFRASTRUCTURE
  1. $20,000,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund
  2. $30,000,000,000 in additional funding is allocated to the Department of Transportation to address the current infrastructure backlog.
  3. $5,000,000,000 in additional funding is allocated for to the Airport Improvement Program
  4. $5,000,000,000 in additional funding for each fiscal year 2021 through 2025 is allocated to the US International Development Finance Corporation to provide capital investments as a part of the Blue Dot Network.
  5. $8,750,000,000 in additional funding for each fiscal year 2021 through 2024 is allocated to the development of Rural Infrastructure.
  6. $5,000,000,000 in additional funding is allocated for grants to universities doing R&D on Alternative Energy.
  7. $5,000,000,000 in additional funding is allocated towards grants constructing Alternative Energy Facilities.
  8. $5,000,000,000 in additional funding for each fiscal year 2021 through 2025 for the expansion of Broadband Access to areas of the United States which currently lack broadband access.

SECTION 12: SUMMARY
  1. The total spending allocated for this legislation is $1,573,050,000,000 between fiscal years 2021 and 2025.
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Postby Meelducan » Mon Oct 18, 2021 2:47 pm

LMAO I'm assuming Paulson emailing Durant was a mistake?
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Postby Velahor » Mon Oct 18, 2021 2:50 pm

Meelducan wrote:LMAO I'm assuming Paulson emailing Durant was a mistake?


The best part is that somehow I changed the email address and changed Congresswoman to Congressman, but didn't change the name.
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Here's my edited application with the suggested changes and all (new biography as well)

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Character Application and Information Sheet


NS Nation Name: New Provenance
Character Name: Francis "Frank" Abernathy
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 62 years
Character Height: 5'9
Character Weight: 189.7 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: United States Congressman from California, Representative for the 17th Congressional District (D-CA-17), Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Chief Executive Officer of United Western Transportation
Character Country/State of Birth: Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California, United States of America
Character State of Residence: State of California
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic Party
Main Strengths:
The People's Man - Abernathy's natural charm and charisma, which he harnessed as a teenager during his high school years as class president, has enabled him to prove effective in passing legislation which he supports
Fighter for Change - A radically liberal progressive, Abernathy expressed support in the late 2010s onward for a 'radical and overhauling restructuring' of the Social Security and the American health insurance system, criticizing the presently established systems as ineffective and a waste of taxpayer money.
The Family Name - His grandfather, Peter Abernathy, previously served as a California Senator, and his great-grandfather on his mother's side served as the Representative for California's Congressional District 16, giving his family name some reputation on the political scene

Main Weaknesses:
California's Elite - Being born into a wealthy Santa Clara family, Abernathy has had trouble portraying himself to the public as a down-to-earth, ordinary American, with some going as far as portraying him as elitist
In the Shadow - His grandfather, Peter Abernathy, previously served as a California Senator, and his great-grandfather on his mother's side served as the Representative for California's Congressional District 16, giving his family name some reputation on the political scene. His relatives in politics were locally famous, and the older generations who remember his relatives' time in office are skeptical of his capabilities.
Family Man - Abernathy is a family man who loves to spend time with his wife and family, and sees his family as the most important thing in the world. However, this results in him being a 'renowned Congressional procrastinator' who doesn't respond to emails and correspondence right away.

Biography:

Francis Jameson Abernathy was born in Santa Clara, California on June 13, 1959 to Alan Peter Abernathy and Miriam Grace Jameson Abernathy. Born into a wealthy Santa Clara family in the midst of the Cold War, Abernathy attended elite private schools during his childhood. His father, a failed politician but a locally famous nuclear physicist, worked at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant 100 kilometers away, in San Luis Obispo County. As a result of the long distance between the plant and the Harding home in Santa Clara, Francis's father usually left home early in the morning and arrived late in the evening. With the lack of a regularly present father figure, Abernathy molded his ideals based on his mother's personality and beliefs.

Francis Jameson Abernathy was born in Santa Clara, California on June 13, 1959 to Alan Peter Abernathy and Miriam Grace Jameson Abernathy. Born into a wealthy Santa Clara family which had benefited from the capitalist economic system in the midst of the Cold War, Abernathy was raised in an atmosphere of hesitation and even hatred when looking at the Soviets, widely seen by many to be a force dedicated to destroying their livelihood. The Abernathy family hit gold in the 1800s when the Alan Peter Abernathy's father, Cornelius Abernathy, literally hit gold during the California Gold Rush and established his own transportation company, United Western Transportation.

United Western would go on to be widely successful thanks to Cornelius's steady hand and already-established experience with money and business, creating a reputation for his family name and supporting financially his family for generations to come. Alan Peter Abernathy, the current head of United Western, had attempted - unsuccessfully - to run for the House of Representatives in the 1944 elections for the 17th Congressional District of California. When his bid for political office failed and tens of thousands of dollars expended on his 'Abernathy For You' campaign, Alan Peter Abernathy never entered politics again and would go on to be a conservative, Republican-leaning voter.

United Western Transportation had been established in the 1890s by Cornelius Abernathy, who set up its base of operations in San Luis Obispo County, where he had moved following his separation from his wife and family in 1891. Cornelius had died in 1909, leaving his flourishing yet still relatively minor company to his son, Alan. The company's new head, not bothered to waste corporate funds to move the base of operations back to Santa Clara, decided to commute to work every day, five days a week, resulting in Frank's father leaving for work early in the morning and returning late in the evening. As a result of this, Alan Abernathy was usually absent from the household for most of the week and for most of the young Frank's childhood, leaving Frank to mold his view of the world and his personality after his mother.

Miriam Grace Jameson Abernathy, or Grace Abernathy, was Alan Abernathy's devoted wife and a regularly-practicing Roman Catholic. A religious and intelligent person from childhood, Grace Jameson had secured valedictorian position in high school and one of the highest marks in her class in college, before moving on to work for a newly-founded company named United Western Transportation as its chief economic officer. Alan Abernathy, then a member of the board of directors, met Grace there and eventually married her less than three years later. A believer in the sciences and in the fact that cooperation and unity could do much good for the world, she molded her son Frank in the way she viewed the world.

When Frank Abernathy entered high school in 1971, he entered with high spirits and good expectations after securing salutatorian position in his grade school class. Always an optimist, Frank greeted classmates and teachers enthusiastically as he entered the new age of his life at Santa Clara High School. Unbeknownst to Frank or his family or his new friends, his tenure at Santa Clara High would prove to be one of the most vital turning points in his life.

With natural charisma and a friendly personality, Frank won a landslide victory in the elections for class president and thus became a member of the student government. He had expressed interest in participating in what he called 'a Little Washington' but had previously hesitated from doing so, worried of losing his reputation to a massive and stinging defeat - until now. Frank won the hearts and minds of his peers with his extraordinary oratory and writing skills, and especially won the heart of one Laura Hill, whom he would go on to date and eventually marry.

Frank graduated from Santa Clara High in 1979, at eighteen years old, with a girlfriend, Laura, as well as a car and a vision for the future. Frank had enjoyed the hustle and bustle of student government 'politics', if it could even be called that, and dreamed of advancing onward into American politics itself. However, having an obligation to take care of the family company, he elected to advance into college and studied at MIT, where he majored in Business Science.

After graduating from college a few years later, Frank took on the job as CEO of United Western Transportation mere months before his father died of health complications due to old health. His father's and subsequently his mother's death a few years later would scar his life forever, giving Frank both the determination to succeed in the areas where his parents did not, particularly in politics, where his father failed to secure a Congressional seat in 1944.

Years later, ahead of the 1988 presidential elections, Abernathy chose to put his plan into motion. He had originally considered applying to work under the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign, but opted instead to run for the California State Assembly's 17th District seat, which at the time was held by a conservative Democrat. On November 9, 1988, Frank Abernathy announced his intention to run at a speech in Santa Clara, California.

He immediately got to work on his campaign, bringing aboard veteran campaign advisors and using his wealth and influential links to spread the word of his campaign. However, Abernathy pledged not to use his wealth for the purposes of bribing voters or anything of the sort. Abernathy's campaign launched on January 19, 1988, with the slogan 'Abernathy: A Voice for You'.

Abernathy launched campaigns throughout the 17th District, using his wealth and youth compared to his incumbent Democratic rival to campaign a lot more aggressively and frequently in comparison. In speeches, rallies and talks all over the district, Abernathy advocated strongly for greater use of the internet and for government investment into growing technology companies, which he saw as the 'future of America', as well as for increased tax breaks for lower-income families and families struggling with medical bills. It was also during this campaign that Abernathy first started adopting rhetoric in favor of social security and healthcare reform.

He advocated and campaigned for radical change and a 'government that works with and is in constant communication with the people'. He strongly favored reforming the government to reduce bureaucracy, though he didn't capitalize on this as much as he did on other points in fear of scaring away more conservative-minded voters.

On Election Night, Abernathy won the State Assembly seat for the 17th District, securing 89,567 more votes than his opponents, making it an extremely tight margin. Although Abernathy and his family were jubilant upon receiving news of the victory, but Frank knew that such a tight margin of support could prove devastating to future campaigns. Nonetheless, Francis Abernathy forged onward, being sworn into office under the California State Legislature's State Assembly.

At the California State Assembly, Abernathy pushed strongly progressive policies, voting with a reformist and business-minded mindset. He also pushed minor healthcare reform and attempted to push legislation to reform healthcare, but was told such legislation would have to be proposed by a Congressman to the United States Congress, a part of the federal government higher in terms of authority compared to the State Legislature.

Abernathy would go on to serve a total of four terms, totaling eight years, in the State Assembly before serving four, totaling eight years, in the State Senate of California, before announcing that he would not be running for re-election in 2004. Frank returned to focus on his company, United Western Transportation, and settled down a bit in anticipation of the 2006 federal elections.

On November 4, 2005, Frank Abernathy met with members of his family and former campaign advisors who served on his most recent 2002 State Senate campaign, where he announced that he was planning to run for the United States House of Representatives to represent the 17th Congressional District of the State of California. His family received the news with mixed emotions, mainly skeptical because serving under the federal government would mean that he would need to move and regularly go to and from Washington, D.C., on the other side of the country.

Abernathy argued that he needed to serve on the federal government level in order to 'enact the change he wanted to bring', namely reforms to social security, healthcare and government bureaucracy. He believed that the status quo wasn't capable of running the country into the 21st century, and aimed to reform important parts of the United States Government to adapt it to the digital century.

On November 14, 2005, Francis Abernathy launched his campaign for the House of Representatives' 17th Congressional District of the State of California, aiming to contest the incumbent Democratic Congressman already in the seat.

His campaign slogan, 'Frank For Change', represented the cornerstones of his plans for Congress, what he called the three Rs: Reform, Rebuild, Reconnect. He aimed to reform the existing systems, particularly social security, healthcare, health insurance, and government bureaucracy and what he saw as an unnecessary amount of red tape in the federal government. He aimed to rebuild America through the passage and support of right legislation, and to further adapt the country to the new digital and information age. Finally, he aimed to reconnect the United States with the world and her allies, as the US had fallen in standing quite a bit after its invasion of Iraq in 2003, but did not seek to openly criticize the wars in the Middle East as he saw them in a positive manner.

He campaigned on the three Rs all over the 17th District, once more campaigning more aggressively and more frequently compared to his rival candidate, usually making speeches on average six times a week, once a day, with only one rest day. He spoke with everyone, and particularly appealed to the large Asian-American population in the 17th District, which accounted for a substantial portion of voters in the area. He advocated for further consolidating in United States federal law that discrimination against other races, like Asians, are prohibited and punishable by law.

Abernathy also won support from businesses and their workers when he strongly advocated for tax cuts on startups particularly in the tech industry, as well as minor tax breaks for companies in financial trouble to stave off as much as possible the need for a big, expensive government bailout. He also campaigned on a center-left platform, pledging his support for workers' rights and stating that he aimed to raise minimum wage laws for lower-income families.

In early November, his aggressive campaigning paid off. Francis "Frank" Abernathy secured the Congressional seat for the 17th District in the State of California in the House of Representatives. He won 57% of the vote, still a slim margin but wide enough to give Abernathy a relatively firm guarantee that his local support was strong.

Abernathy would go on to win re-election several times, all the way to 2012.

In Congress, Abernathy rose through the ranks of the Democratic Party, and in 2012 he became the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology. His tenure as Congressman is characterized mainly by radically liberal progressivism, and a willingness to compromise with others to achieve at least part of his agenda. He pushed strongly and advocated for government support for the growing technology and computer industry, as well as the expansion of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's low earth orbit (LEO) research efforts.

(won re-election multiple times)

Abernathy won re-election during the 2020 election and continues to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology and Representative of the 17th Congressional District of California. (OOC note: If Chairman isn't possible then Ranking Member would be fine as well)

Frank Abernathy married Laura Hill, a highschool sweetheart, in 1976. They have four children, James, Lily, Michael and Bianca. Abernathy is widely regarded as a family man who spends time with his wife and kids and is a renowned Congressional procrastinator who usually responds to correspondence and messages late due to his focus on his family.


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Policy stances:

Economy: Supports liberal and progressive economic policies and increased and more frequent tax breaks directed at lower-income families. Supporter of limited UBI implementation for lower- and middle-class families.

Healthcare: Supports healthcare reform, and advocates for legislation to require health insurance companies to cover all clients with no exceptions.

Social security: Supports social security reform as he sees the current system as ineffective.

Gun control: Strongly supportive of increased gun control, is extremely critical of pro-gun laws.

Abortion: Quiet supporter of full abortion legalization but is careful about interacting with the issue due to its controversial nature.

Foreign policy: Extremely hawkish in relation to China, strong supporter of stronger relations with East Asian countries like the Philippines, Japan, Australia, and South Korea. Supporter of the war in Afghanistan and supported the war in Iraq.

Black Lives Matter: Strong supporter of the BLM movement.

Police: Supporter of increasing police funding in high-crime areas but is heavily critical of police brutality and racism against blacks.

Education: Supporter of educational reform and a refocusing of education on STEM subjects. Actively seeks to reform education in such a way to reduce the impact of bad grades on students mentally.

Climate: Strong believer in climate change, supports move to renewable energies and the placing of taxes on non-renewable energy sources. Opposes Keystone XL and is against deforestation and coal energy.

LGBTQ+: Supporter of granting equal rights to all LGBTQ+ persons

Drugs: Opposed to marijuana legalization, supporter of harsh anti-drug legislation.

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I voted my conscience tonight. The original bill had my complete support, but over a hundred billion dollars in unchecked blue state pork? Absolutely unnecessary.

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This bill would help constituents of varying political identities all around our country. This is not a red state/blue state issue. Republican families in “blue” states and Democratic families in “red” states will benefit from the amended ARA. A shame that some don’t see it that way.

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NS Nation Name: Yaruqo
Character Name: Natasha Gauthier (nee Richardson)
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 52
Character Height: 5'5"
Character Weight: 172 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Candidate for US Senate (February 2021), Attorney General of Wisconsin (2019 - Present), District Attorney for Milwaukee County (2011 - 2018)
Character Country/State of Birth: Wisconsin
Character State of Residence: Wisconsin
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Main Strengths: Has experience running for and holding statewide office, has a varied background in criminal law as both a public defender and a prosecutor, reputed to be civil and evidence-based.
Main Weaknesses: She faces complaints from the left and the right on her tenure as AG, some saying her reforms didn't go far enough, others saying she went too far. While her family's first scandal from 15 years ago is publicly water under the bridge, perhaps the grass is not greener on the Gauthier lawn.
Biography: Natasha Marienne Richardson was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 18th, 1969. Her father was a patrol cop with the MPD, and her mom stayed at home to care for her and her sister. While her childhood was a little difficult, it wasn't that much different than other Black families living within Milwaukee. She went through the public school system, and, inspired by her dad and the realities of the world around her, she decided to go into law. In the fall of 1987, Natasha was admitted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she would graduate with a B.A. in Legal Studies in the spring of 1991. She would work a few years as a paralegal in a small legal firm in Madison, around when she would start a relationship with a young up-and-coming pastor, Martin Gauthier. She would return to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a Juris Doctor, from which she would graduate in the spring of 1997. In early 1998, she would be admitted to the state bar in Wisconsin.

Natasha began her legal career as a public defender back home in Milwaukee, and would marry the Reverend Martin Gauthier in 1999. In the ensuing years, she would develop a reputation as a capable attorney, one that would put in the legwork to fight the uphill battles that many public defenders had to fight in a system where the prosecution was almost always better funded and employed than public defenders. She threw herself into her work for years, and one year, it came to a point where it nearly compromised her family. In 2006, Natasha ran for District Attorney for Milwaukee County for the first time, entering the Democratic primary against an established incumbent who was a proponent of the "broken windows" policing and "tough-on-crime" prosecutorial approaches that, in her opinion, devastated communities like her's. A few months into the primary, scandal descended onto the Gauthiers and their young son. A woman had come forward and revealed that she had engaged in an affair with the Reverend Gauthier. Natasha would withdraw from the primary, citing a desire to "focus on her family during this difficult time." It would be some time before the two managed to reconcile, but it was a long, hard process.

In early 2010, this time with the full support of her husband behind her (and assurances that he had not strayed from their marriage), Natasha Gauthier threw her hat into the ring again for District Attorney. Boosted by anti-establishment sentiment, Gauthier won the primary against the incumbent, and managed to win the general election later that November against an independent candidate, becoming the first Black woman to hold the position as DA of Milwaukee County, promising to reform the practices of the District Attorney's office and the introduction of community-based criminal justice reforms. One of her first acts after she was sworn in in 2011 would be the establishment of a public integrity unit, which would go on to aggressively investigate and prosecute public corruption in state and local offices, including two Milwaukee aldermen. She would also introduce policies to emphasize and enact community-based prosecution, evidence-based decision-making, and deferring the prosecution of drug addicts and the mentally ill. While these reforms were lauded by local progressive activists, she would at times find herself at odds with them and the Milwaukee Police Department. In the case of the latter, she stringently prosecuted criminal wrongdoing by police officers, including an infamous incident where four MPD officers were prosecuted in 2015 for sexual assault and misconduct in public office for their involvement in the unlawful and unethical rectal probing of detained suspects. On the flip side, she also stringently prosecuted cop killers, pursuing the harshest sentences available to her. Tensions would continue to persist with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, as Gauthier struggled to walk the fine line of advocating for the very real reforms she felt were needed, both as a prosecutor with a public defender background and as a Black woman, while maintaining good relations with the MPD, which were crucial for the investigation and prosecution of her cases.

Enter 2018, and anti-Wolf sentiments are encouraging Democrats in battleground states to run for statewide offices. Encouraged by colleagues and allies within Milwaukee and around Wisconsin, Natasha entered the Democratic primary for Attorney General unopposed (after endorsing a protege of hers to run for District Attorney back in Milwaukee). The office of Attorney General had been held by Republicans since 2007, and with the Wisconsin Democrats receiving an influx of funds and support after the DNC's 2016 autopsy report, Gauthier was in a strong position to contend with the Republican incumbent. It was a close race, with both sides, willingly or otherwise, falling into the same discourses that were playing out across all American political races in the 2018 midterms: Wolfism vs. Anti-Wolfism; a perceived threat to democracy vs those who swore to uphold it; strength and stubbornness vs civility and reform. In the end, it was the suburbs and urban strongholds that nudged Gauthier ahead into victory, with 49.4% of the vote to the Republican incumbent's 48.8%.

Assuming office with a Democratic Governor in January 2019, Gauthier, when she could, enacted similar reforms to what she had established in Milwaukee. She pushed for the expedited processing of backlogged rape kits, announced a commitment to prosecute polluters - and ended up doing so in 2020 against a major corporation that had been engaged in air pollution that violated state environmental laws, encouraged police departments to, at the very least, address the worst offenses among their departments as the AG pursued wider reforms, and prosecuted gun crimes and cop killers. Her tenure had not been easy, since the Wisconsin State Legislature had been gerrymandered to nearly guarantee a Republican majority, and (according to Natasha) they were loath to have a Democrat - a Black woman at that - enact reforms and policies that went against their values.

Now, in 2021, halfway into her tenure as AG, Natasha has decided that she must run for the open Senate seat. While she respects Congressman Boyd, she fears that his age and lack of experience in a statewide run in the age of post-Wolf politics might risk the Democrats' chances for flipping the seat.

Other Info: Married to Rev. Martin Gauthier, age 54. They have one son, Martin Jr., age 27 - lives in Chicago, IL with his wife, Tonya, age 26, and their son, Quentin, age 1.

Political Stances:
1. Pro-Choice: "I believe that politicians, especially those in the Republican party, have gotten so enthralled in drawing lines of when a woman may seek an abortion, that they have overlooked that at the end of the day, it is women who should be drawing those lines for themselves. When all is said and done, this decision is up to a woman, her doctors, and anyone else she seeks to involve."

2. Pro-Israel: "I believe that the State of Israel has a right to exist and defend itself. That means we should continue to fund the Iron Dome for Israel's defense against attacks from Hamas. However, we must also encourage that the State of Israel establish a lasting peace with the Palestinians, one that guarantees a two-state solution. The longer this conflict drags on, the harder it will be for peace to take root."

3. Pro-LGBT Rights: "The LGBT community deserves the right to live and participate in their communities without fear of reprisal or discrimination. Their struggle is our struggle, and regardless of one's personal religious beliefs, those beliefs should not trump the legal protections of those who have every right to live freely and without fear."

4. Made in America: "Wisconsin has a proud tradition of manufacturing and industry. Sadly, in the face of the recession and automation, too many Wisconsinites are facing unemployment and closures. We can jumpstart our national and state economy through the American Recovery Act and by promoting Made in America legislation and jobs. If elected, I promise to introduce legislation that would ensure that our nation's drinking water infrastructure is produced with American-made iron and steel, which would create good paying union jobs here in Wisconsin while bringing much needed support to our nation's out of date drinking water systems, which we saw are in drastic need of repair after the revelations in Flint, Michigan."

5. Progressive Taxation: "I am for responsible fiscal stewardship from our federal government. To that end, in order to pay down the deficit that the Wolf Administration saddled with its tax cut for the wealthy and big corporations and irresponsible spending, I am proposing that the Congress pass new legislation that would raise taxes for the super-rich, close tax loopholes that currently allow the super-rich and powerful to avoid paying their fair share to support our communities and families that work hard every day just to get by. If we are going to ensure that all Wisconsinites, from Green Bay and Milwaukee to Eau Claire and Ashland, prosper and have the sufficient resources they need to support their families, then we need to ensure that we have the ability to do just that."

6. Invest in Infrastructure: "Wisconsin is falling behind the rest of the Midwest when it comes to infrastructure development and upkeep. We need to repair our roads and bridges, invest in our waterways, and invest in public transportation and railways to ensure that Wisconsinites and the goods that Wisconsin businesses produce and depend on are able to safely and expeditiously go from point A to point B. Infrastructure is how our state and our country can grow and be a force against the whims of China."

7. Repeal the AUMF: "Now that we have all but pulled out of Iraq and are seeking to do the same in Afghanistan, it is time that Congress no longer neglects its constitutional duties. For too long, American servicemen and women have put their lives on the line, and we have allowed the Executive branch, held by both parties, to expand their mandates without the proper oversight that our laws demand. If I am elected, I will work with Senators across the aisle to repeal the 2001 AUMF so that the White House can no longer engage in reckless adventures without the consent of Congress."

8. Public Option: "The Affordable Care Act was intended to serve as a viable public option for Americans to opt into as an alternative to more expensive private insurers. Now, with millions of Americans grappling with rising costs in healthcare with little returns from the private sector, Congress should not hesitate in putting real meat and teeth into the ACA. By establishing a viable and competitive public option, private insurers will be forced to compete with the government and decrease health insurance prices. Wisconsinites cannot afford for us to half-ass our implementation of a public option, and we should fight harder than ever before to guarantee affordable, accessible, and viable health insurance for all Americans."

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Serah Kurian about the Mayor of Waukesha, "NOBODY HAS EVER BEEN HERE!"
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Postby Cybernetic Socialist Republics » Mon Oct 18, 2021 6:30 pm

Sarenium wrote:Serah Kurian about the Mayor of Waukesha, "NOBODY HAS EVER BEEN HERE!"



major, campaign event, major.

AKA one that exists IC.

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NS Nation Name: Yaruqo
Character Name: Natasha Gauthier (nee Richardson)
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 52
Character Height: 5'5"
Character Weight: 172 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Candidate for US Senate (February 2021), Attorney General of Wisconsin (2019 - Present), District Attorney for Milwaukee County (2011 - 2018)
Character Country/State of Birth: Wisconsin
Character State of Residence: Wisconsin
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Main Strengths: Has experience running for and holding statewide office, has a varied background in criminal law as both a public defender and a prosecutor, reputed to be civil and evidence-based.
Main Weaknesses: She faces complaints from the left and the right on her tenure as AG, some saying her reforms didn't go far enough, others saying she went too far. While her family's first scandal from 15 years ago is publicly water under the bridge, perhaps the grass is not greener on the Gauthier lawn.
Biography: Natasha Marienne Richardson was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 18th, 1969. Her father was a patrol cop with the MPD, and her mom stayed at home to care for her and her sister. While her childhood was a little difficult, it wasn't that much different than other Black families living within Milwaukee. She went through the public school system, and, inspired by her dad and the realities of the world around her, she decided to go into law. In the fall of 1987, Natasha was admitted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she would graduate with a B.A. in Legal Studies in the spring of 1991. She would work a few years as a paralegal in a small legal firm in Madison, around when she would start a relationship with a young up-and-coming pastor, Martin Gauthier. She would return to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a Juris Doctor, from which she would graduate in the spring of 1997. In early 1998, she would be admitted to the state bar in Wisconsin.

Natasha began her legal career as a public defender back home in Milwaukee, and would marry the Reverend Martin Gauthier in 1999. In the ensuing years, she would develop a reputation as a capable attorney, one that would put in the legwork to fight the uphill battles that many public defenders had to fight in a system where the prosecution was almost always better funded and employed than public defenders. She threw herself into her work for years, and one year, it came to a point where it nearly compromised her family. In 2006, Natasha ran for District Attorney for Milwaukee County for the first time, entering the Democratic primary against an established incumbent who was a proponent of the "broken windows" policing and "tough-on-crime" prosecutorial approaches that, in her opinion, devastated communities like her's. A few months into the primary, scandal descended onto the Gauthiers and their young son. A woman had come forward and revealed that she had engaged in an affair with the Reverend Gauthier. Natasha would withdraw from the primary, citing a desire to "focus on her family during this difficult time." It would be some time before the two managed to reconcile, but it was a long, hard process.

In early 2010, this time with the full support of her husband behind her (and assurances that he had not strayed from their marriage), Natasha Gauthier threw her hat into the ring again for District Attorney. Boosted by anti-establishment sentiment, Gauthier won the primary against the incumbent, and managed to win the general election later that November against an independent candidate, becoming the first Black woman to hold the position as DA of Milwaukee County, promising to reform the practices of the District Attorney's office and the introduction of community-based criminal justice reforms. One of her first acts after she was sworn in in 2011 would be the establishment of a public integrity unit, which would go on to aggressively investigate and prosecute public corruption in state and local offices, including two Milwaukee aldermen. She would also introduce policies to emphasize and enact community-based prosecution, evidence-based decision-making, and deferring the prosecution of drug addicts and the mentally ill. While these reforms were lauded by local progressive activists, she would at times find herself at odds with them and the Milwaukee Police Department. In the case of the latter, she stringently prosecuted criminal wrongdoing by police officers, including an infamous incident where four MPD officers were prosecuted in 2015 for sexual assault and misconduct in public office for their involvement in the unlawful and unethical rectal probing of detained suspects. On the flip side, she also stringently prosecuted cop killers, pursuing the harshest sentences available to her. Tensions would continue to persist with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, as Gauthier struggled to walk the fine line of advocating for the very real reforms she felt were needed, both as a prosecutor with a public defender background and as a Black woman, while maintaining good relations with the MPD, which were crucial for the investigation and prosecution of her cases.

Enter 2018, and anti-Wolf sentiments are encouraging Democrats in battleground states to run for statewide offices. Encouraged by colleagues and allies within Milwaukee and around Wisconsin, Natasha entered the Democratic primary for Attorney General unopposed (after endorsing a protege of hers to run for District Attorney back in Milwaukee). The office of Attorney General had been held by Republicans since 2007, and with the Wisconsin Democrats receiving an influx of funds and support after the DNC's 2016 autopsy report, Gauthier was in a strong position to contend with the Republican incumbent. It was a close race, with both sides, willingly or otherwise, falling into the same discourses that were playing out across all American political races in the 2018 midterms: Wolfism vs. Anti-Wolfism; a perceived threat to democracy vs those who swore to uphold it; strength and stubbornness vs civility and reform. In the end, it was the suburbs and urban strongholds that nudged Gauthier ahead into victory, with 49.4% of the vote to the Republican incumbent's 48.8%.

Assuming office with a Democratic Governor in January 2019, Gauthier, when she could, enacted similar reforms to what she had established in Milwaukee. She pushed for the expedited processing of backlogged rape kits, announced a commitment to prosecute polluters - and ended up doing so in 2020 against a major corporation that had been engaged in air pollution that violated state environmental laws, encouraged police departments to, at the very least, address the worst offenses among their departments as the AG pursued wider reforms, and prosecuted gun crimes and cop killers. Her tenure had not been easy, since the Wisconsin State Legislature had been gerrymandered to nearly guarantee a Republican majority, and (according to Natasha) they were loath to have a Democrat - a Black woman at that - enact reforms and policies that went against their values.

Now, in 2021, halfway into her tenure as AG, Natasha has decided that she must run for the open Senate seat. While she respects Congressman Boyd, she fears that his age and lack of experience in a statewide run in the age of post-Wolf politics might risk the Democrats' chances for flipping the seat.

Other Info: Married to Rev. Martin Gauthier, age 54. They have one son, Martin Jr., age 27 - lives in Chicago, IL with his wife, Tonya, age 26, and their son, Quentin, age 1.

Political Stances:
1. Pro-Choice: "I believe that politicians, especially those in the Republican party, have gotten so enthralled in drawing lines of when a woman may seek an abortion, that they have overlooked that at the end of the day, it is women who should be drawing those lines for themselves. When all is said and done, this decision is up to a woman, her doctors, and anyone else she seeks to involve."

2. Pro-Israel: "I believe that the State of Israel has a right to exist and defend itself. That means we should continue to fund the Iron Dome for Israel's defense against attacks from Hamas. However, we must also encourage that the State of Israel establish a lasting peace with the Palestinians, one that guarantees a two-state solution. The longer this conflict drags on, the harder it will be for peace to take root."

3. Pro-LGBT Rights: "The LGBT community deserves the right to live and participate in their communities without fear of reprisal or discrimination. Their struggle is our struggle, and regardless of one's personal religious beliefs, those beliefs should not trump the legal protections of those who have every right to live freely and without fear."

4. Made in America: "Wisconsin has a proud tradition of manufacturing and industry. Sadly, in the face of the recession and automation, too many Wisconsinites are facing unemployment and closures. We can jumpstart our national and state economy through the American Recovery Act and by promoting Made in America legislation and jobs. If elected, I promise to introduce legislation that would ensure that our nation's drinking water infrastructure is produced with American-made iron and steel, which would create good paying union jobs here in Wisconsin while bringing much needed support to our nation's out of date drinking water systems, which we saw are in drastic need of repair after the revelations in Flint, Michigan."

5. Progressive Taxation: "I am for responsible fiscal stewardship from our federal government. To that end, in order to pay down the deficit that the Wolf Administration saddled with its tax cut for the wealthy and big corporations and irresponsible spending, I am proposing that the Congress pass new legislation that would raise taxes for the super-rich, close tax loopholes that currently allow the super-rich and powerful to avoid paying their fair share to support our communities and families that work hard every day just to get by. If we are going to ensure that all Wisconsinites, from Green Bay and Milwaukee to Eau Claire and Ashland, prosper and have the sufficient resources they need to support their families, then we need to ensure that we have the ability to do just that."

6. Invest in Infrastructure: "Wisconsin is falling behind the rest of the Midwest when it comes to infrastructure development and upkeep. We need to repair our roads and bridges, invest in our waterways, and invest in public transportation and railways to ensure that Wisconsinites and the goods that Wisconsin businesses produce and depend on are able to safely and expeditiously go from point A to point B. Infrastructure is how our state and our country can grow and be a force against the whims of China."

7. Repeal the AUMF: "Now that we have all but pulled out of Iraq and are seeking to do the same in Afghanistan, it is time that Congress no longer neglects its constitutional duties. For too long, American servicemen and women have put their lives on the line, and we have allowed the Executive branch, held by both parties, to expand their mandates without the proper oversight that our laws demand. If I am elected, I will work with Senators across the aisle to repeal the 2001 AUMF so that the White House can no longer engage in reckless adventures without the consent of Congress."

8. Public Option: "The Affordable Care Act was intended to serve as a viable public option for Americans to opt into as an alternative to more expensive private insurers. Now, with millions of Americans grappling with rising costs in healthcare with little returns from the private sector, Congress should not hesitate in putting real meat and teeth into the ACA. By establishing a viable and competitive public option, private insurers will be forced to compete with the government and decrease health insurance prices. Wisconsinites cannot afford for us to half-ass our implementation of a public option, and we should fight harder than ever before to guarantee affordable, accessible, and viable health insurance for all Americans."

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Postby Kargintinia » Mon Oct 18, 2021 11:03 pm

Should I bring this bill back?

Bill Proposal Sheet

Iran Liberation Act of 2021: Iranian Freedom Act

Sponsor: Representative Earl Tenson (R-MT-At-Large)
Co-Sponsors:



Overview: Iran Liberation Act of 2021 - Declares that it should be the policy of the United States to seek to remove the Ali Khamenei regime from power in Iran and to replace it with a democratic government.

Authorizes the President, after notifying specified congressional committees, to provide to the Iranian democratic opposition organizations: (1) grant assistance for radio and television broadcasting to Iran; (2) Department of Defense (DOD) defense articles and services and military education and training (IMET); and (3) humanitarian assistance, with emphasis on addressing the needs of individuals who have fled from areas under the control of the Khamenei regime. Prohibits assistance to any group or organization that is engaged in military cooperation with the Khamenei regime. Authorizes appropriations.

Directs the President to designate: (1) one or more Iranian democratic opposition organizations that meet specified criteria as eligible to receive assistance under this Act, and (2) additional such organizations which satisfy the President's criteria.

Urges the President to call upon the United Nations to establish an international criminal tribunal for the purpose of indicting, prosecuting, and imprisoning Ali Khamenei and other Iranian officials who are responsible for crimes against humanity, genocide, and other criminal violations of international law.

Expresses the sense of the Congress that once the Ali Khamenei regime is removed from power in Iran, the United States should support Iran’s transition to democracy by providing humanitarian assistance to the Iranian people and democracy transition assistance to Iranian parties and movements with democratic goals, including convening Iran’s foreign creditors to develop a multilateral response to the foreign debt incurred by the Khamenei regime.

Section 1: The Islamic Republic of Iran has been responsible for countless acts of terror across the Middle Eastern region as well as human rights violations within their own borders. Iran has vehemently pursued a program of creating Weapons of Mass Destruction despite condemnation by several international organizations and governments. Iran’s campaign has included but is not limited too supporting terror organizations in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Republic of Iraq, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Republic of Yemen, and the Republic of Lebanon. Human rights violations by the Khamenei regime include but are not limited too mass incarceration of demonstrators, imprisonment without due process, mass murder of protesters and political dissidents, executions for drug crimes, severe violations of woman’s rights, as well as imprisonment of followers of the followers of the Baha’i faith. In 2018 alone it is believed that around 4,900 peaceful demonstrators were incarcerated by the Khamenei regime. The Islamic Republic of Iran continues to make mockery of international law both home and abroad.

Section 2: The Khamenei regime has taken direct action against the United States military in recent years. One June 28th, 2019 the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps downed a United States Navy surveillance drone over international waters without provocation. The Islamic Republic attempted to claim the drone, which was legally operation in waters under the control of no nation, had violated their sovereignty. This blatant act of aggression shows that the ruling Iranian regime has little regard for international law.


This bill is then honorably presented to the House of Representatives for consideration in order to give the United States government necessary power to remove the Khamenei regime and replace it with a Democratic one and to improve the United States Law and is backed by Representative Earl Tenson on February 12th 2021.

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Postby Kargintinia » Mon Oct 18, 2021 11:28 pm

An even better bill

Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iran Resolution of 2021

AUMF Iran Resolution

Senate Sponsor:
House Sponsor: Earl Tenson (R-MT)

Senate co-sponsors:
House co-sponsors:


Section 1 - Short Title
This joint resolution may be cited as the "Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iran Resolution".

Section 2 - Authorization for Use of United States Armed Forces
  1. The President is authorized, subject to subsection (b), to use United States Armed Forces against the Islamic Republic of Iran in order to limit the capability of the Iranian government to launch attacks against the United States and limit Iran's capacity to build or proliferate Weapons of Mass Destruction.
  2. Before exercising the authority granted in subsection (a), the President shall make available to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate his determination that—
    1. the United States has used all appropriate diplomatic and other peaceful means to limit the capability of the Iranian government to launch attacks against the United States and limit Iran's capacity to build or proliferate Weapons of Mass Destruction as cited in subsection (a); and
    2. that those efforts have not been and would not be successful in obtaining such goals.
  3. War Powers Resolution Requirements.—
    1. Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution.
    2. Nothing in this resolution supersedes any requirement of the War Powers Resolution.

Section 3 - Reports
At least once every 60 days, the President shall submit to the Congress a summary on the status of efforts to limit the capability of the Iranian government to launch attacks against the United States and limit Iran's capacity to build or proliferate Weapons of Mass Destruction.

This bill is then honorably presented to the United States House for consideration in order to secure American interests in the middle east to improve the United States Law and is backed by Representative Earl Tenson on February 12 2021

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