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Yaruqo
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Founded: Sep 02, 2019
Ex-Nation

Postby Yaruqo » Wed Mar 16, 2022 5:14 am

Just a heads up that I’ll be revising the JUSTICE Act to make it more pretty looking, probably later today when I’m on my computer - and I’ll also be writing up an IC post for the three of you that wanted to sit down with Miller to talk about the bill.
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Dentali
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Founded: Dec 28, 2016
Left-Leaning College State

Postby Dentali » Wed Mar 16, 2022 6:03 am

Meretica wrote:I'm taking Mattox and Dorothy off of here, for now, might bring them back later. I just want to get these two approved.

Senator Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 65
Character Height: 6'0"
Character Weight: 166 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Senator (2003-Present), VA Attorney General (1998-2002)
Character Country/State of Birth: Virginia
Character State of Residence: Virginia (specifically Arlington/D.C.)
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Face Claim: Helen Mirren (circa 2007)
Main Strengths: Moderate, prefers compromise, establishment member, popular, well-known in her state, stays close to the people
Main Weaknesses: Sometimes seen as too moderate, comes from money, accused of being a maverick (which can be a strength)

Biography: Born in 1943, Cassandra Hepburn-Smith nee Livingston is a moderate Republican Senator from Virginia. Cassie grew up in a relatively wealthy family during the end of FDR’s and the start of Truman’s presidencies and was influenced early on to be a moderate Republican by her father, who had been a Republican his entire life. Living in relative prosperity regardless of how the national economy was faring, Cassie was an only child.

After graduating as the valedictorian of her class, Cassie attended Harvard Law School thanks to her father’s wealth. She graduated in the top third of her class and joined a law firm in Washington, D.C. In the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, Cassie began working for Republican members of Congress regarding Constitutional law, which she had specialized in. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Cassie wrote dozens of editorials fighting abortion. In 1993, Cassie ran for the position of Virginia Attorney General and won as a Republican; she was reelected in 1997 and 2001, but in 2002 she resigned to run for Senate as the sitting Senator chose to enter early retirement. She easily trounced her opponents.

Cassie has been a strong supporter of President Bush and is publicly wary of the ultra-progressive movement, saying, “What we’re seeing here is very alarming, very worrying. I know that we need some changes to parts of our economy, but these people are pushing things a little too far, don’t you think?”

Cassie is married to Glenn Hepburn-Smith, a corporate lawyer from Maryland. They have a daughter, Angela; she was born in 1988 in hard labor. Cassie tries not to discuss her personal life, and thus little is disclosed to the public. Cassie prefers focusing on the issues to focusing on herself, but she has started focusing on how she overcame anti-women attitudes to become a leading politician in her state.

Other Info:
Cassie is well-known for having weekly town halls open to the public across Virginia each week. While she will continue holding weekly town halls open to the public, she will not stay in Virginia. Voters in Maryland, D.C., and West Virginia have sometimes crossed state lines because they view Cassie as their voice in Congress despite having elected officials themselves (except in the case of D.C.). Additionally, Cassie advocates for all US territories holding referendums to determine their futures, focusing on statehood, continued protection as a territory, or independence. Cassie has included D.C., but adds a fourth option, that option being that D.C. can either join Virginia or Maryland. Cassie believes that Ranked-Choice Voting should be used for these issues.



Where does she differ from the Republican mainstream? We need you to beef up this app please if you're taking a senator position.
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Left-Leaning College State

Postby Dentali » Wed Mar 16, 2022 6:05 am

Speaker Abilene Wilson-Carter
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NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: Abilene Wilson-Carter
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 67
Character Height: 5’6”
Character Weight: 121 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Speaker of the House (2007-present); Congresswoman from Michigan’s 13th District (1993-present);
Character Country/State of Birth: Detroit, MI
Character State of Residence: Michigan
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Faceclaim: Elizabeth Dole
Main Strengths: Experienced, “tough on Republicans,” acceptably liberal, emphasis on solving issues instead of focusing on partisanship, clean record, the introduction of the 100-Hour Plan.
Main Weaknesses: Former Union lawyer (help and a hindrance), member of the establishment, seen as too moderate on unions and education, seen as a muckraker by some Republicans, rumors of a loveless marriage, secretly supports Taft-Hartley repeal
Biography:
Abilene Wilson was born in Detroit, MI as the only child of Marion and Francis Wilson in 1940. When she was born, her father was a Democrat on the Detroit City Council that had been a civil engineer and served in World War I. Her mother worked part-time with her brother on his farm in rural Michigan.
Abilene grew up a devout Methodist, albeit a rather progressive one. She was raised to be a Democrat from birth, as her father wanted her to be politically motivated as he lacked a son. Abilene attended rallies and meetings with her father even as a young child, and up into her teenage years, she excitedly watched the processes of the Democratic Party. However, she did not jump straight into politics as he had hoped– rather, she took an interest in law, specifically union laws. After graduation, she applied to and was accepted at the University of Detroit Mercy as a law student. She specialized in unions and corporations, becoming a lawyer for the MEA Union shortly after graduating from college in 1964.
From 1964 to 1990, Abilene worked as a union lawyer, seeing some mild successes, though never making a splash. In 1968, she met Robinette Carter, a Democratic campaign strategist that was five years her senior. They married in 1970, changed their surname to Wilson-Carter, They had a son, Erin, in 1972, but there is little public love between the two, who are immensely sensual with one another in private. Rumors have popped up now and again about the two having married for political and monetary purposes, but both have denied this, calling it “gossip for the tabloids.”
In 1992, William D. Ford announced that he would not seek reelection. With help from Robin, Abilene ran an aggressive primary campaign focused on healthcare reform, saving the economy, and turning the page from the Reagan-Bush era. Abilene appealed to non-white voters by taking progressive stances on race issues and proposing policies that would help lower-income families. She narrowly won the primary and did well in the general election.
In 1994, Lynn Nancy Rivers primaried Abilene. Rivers used negative ads, especially with Abilene’s marriage, to attempt to peel away voters with family values. The ads backfired after Erin, who had married the previous year, announced the arrival of Abilene’s grandson. Abilene handily won the primary.
In 2001, Abilene became the House Minority Whip, becoming the first woman to hold that position. Some speculated that she would be the first woman Speaker if the Democrats could retake the House, but she ignored the rumors, standing with the leadership as it was. In 2002, however, she ascended to the position of Minority Leader with the retirement of Dick Gephardt. Abilene tried to stop the worst excesses of Bush from passing the House, but that proved difficult as the House Minority can only do so much.
In 2006, Abilene introduced the 100-Hour Plan, which pledged to pass major legislation in the House within the first 100 business hours. It includes a pay-as-you-go program for the national debt, new House rules reducing the power of lobbyists, increasing the minimum wage to $7.25, funding stem cell projects, lowering Medicare costs, and more. Against tradition, Abilene has consistently voted on the floor. Abilene believes that the Democrats will build a larger House majority in the 2008 election, regardless of who is at the top of the ticket for either party. She strongly believes that the Democratic platform is a winning platform, though she wishes that more could be done to strengthen unions. With regards to unions, she secretly harbors what may be seen as extremist stances, as she wishes to repeal Taft-Hartley. Abilene was a leading member of the Labor Committee and still keeps an eye on the goings-on of the Committee.

Political Positions:
Abortion: Abilene personally disapproves of abortion but acknowledges that moves need to be made to make abortion safe and legal. She supports funding Planned Parenthood, increasing sex education in high school, and making contraceptives and condoms more accessible.

Guns: Abilene supports renewing the Assault Weapons Ban and wants to do more to take tougher crime stances without alienating non-white voters.

Healthcare: Abilene supports expanding Medicaid and Medicare into one program, lowering prescription drug prices, and creating a plan that covers all Americans by repealing the Bush tax cuts. She also supports strengthening Social Security.

Taxation: Abilene wants to repeal the Bush tax cuts and slightly raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans-- just a few extra pennies past the $500 million mark. She also supports middle-class tax cuts.

Iraq: Abilene believes that there was “no perfect approach to this thorny dilemma” and that “people of good faith and high intelligence can reach diametrically opposing conclusions.” But, she concluded, “I believe the best course is to go to the United Nations for a strong resolution” that calls “for complete, unlimited inspections with cooperation expected and demanded” from Saddam. She currently stands in favor of finishing what they went there to do and coming home. As she can remember Vietnam, she hopes that people will remember the words of liberals like Eugene McCarthy and their opposition to the war. She was reluctant to support the initial surge, but she gave it her support more broadly after it proved to be successfuly.

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Meretica
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Founded: Nov 16, 2019
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Meretica » Wed Mar 16, 2022 6:13 am

Dentali wrote:
Meretica wrote:I'm taking Mattox and Dorothy off of here, for now, might bring them back later. I just want to get these two approved.

Senator Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 65
Character Height: 6'0"
Character Weight: 166 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Senator (2003-Present), VA Attorney General (1998-2002)
Character Country/State of Birth: Virginia
Character State of Residence: Virginia (specifically Arlington/D.C.)
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Face Claim: Helen Mirren (circa 2007)
Main Strengths: Moderate, prefers compromise, establishment member, popular, well-known in her state, stays close to the people
Main Weaknesses: Sometimes seen as too moderate, comes from money, accused of being a maverick (which can be a strength)

Biography: Born in 1943, Cassandra Hepburn-Smith nee Livingston is a moderate Republican Senator from Virginia. Cassie grew up in a relatively wealthy family during the end of FDR’s and the start of Truman’s presidencies and was influenced early on to be a moderate Republican by her father, who had been a Republican his entire life. Living in relative prosperity regardless of how the national economy was faring, Cassie was an only child.

After graduating as the valedictorian of her class, Cassie attended Harvard Law School thanks to her father’s wealth. She graduated in the top third of her class and joined a law firm in Washington, D.C. In the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, Cassie began working for Republican members of Congress regarding Constitutional law, which she had specialized in. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Cassie wrote dozens of editorials fighting abortion. In 1993, Cassie ran for the position of Virginia Attorney General and won as a Republican; she was reelected in 1997 and 2001, but in 2002 she resigned to run for Senate as the sitting Senator chose to enter early retirement. She easily trounced her opponents.

Cassie has been a strong supporter of President Bush and is publicly wary of the ultra-progressive movement, saying, “What we’re seeing here is very alarming, very worrying. I know that we need some changes to parts of our economy, but these people are pushing things a little too far, don’t you think?”

Cassie is married to Glenn Hepburn-Smith, a corporate lawyer from Maryland. They have a daughter, Angela; she was born in 1988 in hard labor. Cassie tries not to discuss her personal life, and thus little is disclosed to the public. Cassie prefers focusing on the issues to focusing on herself, but she has started focusing on how she overcame anti-women attitudes to become a leading politician in her state.

Other Info:
Cassie is well-known for having weekly town halls open to the public across Virginia each week. While she will continue holding weekly town halls open to the public, she will not stay in Virginia. Voters in Maryland, D.C., and West Virginia have sometimes crossed state lines because they view Cassie as their voice in Congress despite having elected officials themselves (except in the case of D.C.). Additionally, Cassie advocates for all US territories holding referendums to determine their futures, focusing on statehood, continued protection as a territory, or independence. Cassie has included D.C., but adds a fourth option, that option being that D.C. can either join Virginia or Maryland. Cassie believes that Ranked-Choice Voting should be used for these issues.



Where does she differ from the Republican mainstream? We need you to beef up this app please if you're taking a senator position.
Meretica wrote:I'm taking Mattox and Dorothy off of here, for now, might bring them back later. I just want to get these two approved.

Senator Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 65
Character Height: 6'0"
Character Weight: 166 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Senator (2003-Present), VA Attorney General (1998-2002)
Character Country/State of Birth: Virginia
Character State of Residence: Virginia (specifically Arlington/D.C.)
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Face Claim: Helen Mirren (circa 2007)
Main Strengths: Moderate, prefers compromise, establishment member, popular, well-known in her state, stays close to the people
Main Weaknesses: Sometimes seen as too moderate, comes from money, accused of being a maverick (which can be a strength)

Biography: Born in 1943, Cassandra Hepburn-Smith nee Livingston is a moderate Republican Senator from Virginia. Cassie grew up in a relatively wealthy family during the end of FDR’s and the start of Truman’s presidencies and was influenced early on to be a moderate Republican by her father, who had been a Republican his entire life. Living in relative prosperity regardless of how the national economy was faring, Cassie was an only child.

After graduating as the valedictorian of her class, Cassie attended Harvard Law School thanks to her father’s wealth. She graduated in the top third of her class and joined a law firm in Washington, D.C. In the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, Cassie began working for Republican members of Congress regarding Constitutional law, which she had specialized in. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Cassie wrote dozens of editorials fighting abortion. In 1993, Cassie ran for the position of Virginia Attorney General and won as a Republican; she was reelected in 1997 and 2001, but in 2002 she resigned to run for Senate as the sitting Senator chose to enter early retirement. She easily trounced her opponents.

Cassie has been a strong supporter of President Bush and is publicly wary of the ultra-progressive movement, saying, “What we’re seeing here is very alarming, very worrying. I know that we need some changes to parts of our economy, but these people are pushing things a little too far, don’t you think?”

Cassie is married to Glenn Hepburn-Smith, a corporate lawyer from Maryland. They have a daughter, Angela; she was born in 1988 in hard labor. Cassie tries not to discuss her personal life, and thus little is disclosed to the public. Cassie prefers focusing on the issues to focusing on herself, but she has started focusing on how she overcame anti-women attitudes to become a leading politician in her state.

Cassie differs from other Republicans on abortion, climate change, healthcare, and the minimum wage. She supports the idea of keeping abortion "safe, legal, and rare" up until the third trimester when there ought to be exceptions for rape, incest, and medical emergencies; she also supports tackling the reasons why abortions are necessary. Additionally, Cassie thinks that some limited action on climate change is needed to stop anything drastic from happening in the next ten to twenty years, such as additional funds for solar research and an expansion of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Cassie also disagrees with the mainstream on health care reform, believing that tax credits of $20,000 should be used for health insurance. She also supports allowing the government to negotiate lower prices for drugs such as insulin. Cassie supports raising the minimum wage to $6.55.

Other Info:
Cassie is well-known for having weekly town halls open to the public across Virginia each week. While she will continue holding weekly town halls open to the public, she will not stay in Virginia. Voters in Maryland, D.C., and West Virginia have sometimes crossed state lines because they view Cassie as their voice in Congress despite having elected officials themselves (except in the case of D.C.). Additionally, Cassie advocates for all US territories holding referendums to determine their futures, focusing on statehood, continued protection as a territory, or independence. Cassie has included D.C., but adds a fourth option, that option being that D.C. can either join Virginia or Maryland. Cassie believes that Ranked-Choice Voting should be used for these issues.


Speaker Abilene Wilson-Carter
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Character Application and Information Sheet[/align]

NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: Abilene Wilson-Carter
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 67
Character Height: 5’6”
Character Weight: 121 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Speaker of the House (2007-present); Congresswoman from Michigan’s 13th District (1993-present);
Character Country/State of Birth: Detroit, MI
Character State of Residence: Michigan
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Faceclaim: Elizabeth Dole
Main Strengths: Experienced, “tough on Republicans,” acceptably liberal, emphasis on solving issues instead of focusing on partisanship, clean record, the introduction of the 100-Hour Plan.
Main Weaknesses: Former Union lawyer (help and a hindrance), member of the establishment, seen as too moderate on unions and education, seen as a muckraker by some Republicans, rumors of a loveless marriage, secretly supports Taft-Hartley repeal
Biography:
Abilene Wilson was born in Detroit, MI as the only child of Marion and Francis Wilson in 1940. When she was born, her father was a Democrat on the Detroit City Council that had been a civil engineer and served in World War I. Her mother worked part-time with her brother on his farm in rural Michigan.
Abilene grew up a devout Methodist, albeit a rather progressive one. She was raised to be a Democrat from birth, as her father wanted her to be politically motivated as he lacked a son. Abilene attended rallies and meetings with her father even as a young child, and up into her teenage years, she excitedly watched the processes of the Democratic Party. However, she did not jump straight into politics as he had hoped– rather, she took an interest in law, specifically union laws. After graduation, she applied to and was accepted at the University of Detroit Mercy as a law student. She specialized in unions and corporations, becoming a lawyer for the MEA Union shortly after graduating from college in 1964.
From 1964 to 1990, Abilene worked as a union lawyer, seeing some mild successes, though never making a splash. In 1968, she met Robinette Carter, a Democratic campaign strategist that was five years her senior. They married in 1970, changed their surname to Wilson-Carter, They had a son, Erin, in 1972, but there is little public love between the two, who are immensely sensual with one another in private. Rumors have popped up now and again about the two having married for political and monetary purposes, but both have denied this, calling it “gossip for the tabloids.”
In 1992, William D. Ford announced that he would not seek reelection. With help from Robin, Abilene ran an aggressive primary campaign focused on healthcare reform, saving the economy, and turning the page from the Reagan-Bush era. Abilene appealed to non-white voters by taking progressive stances on race issues and proposing policies that would help lower-income families. She narrowly won the primary and did well in the general election.
In 1994, Lynn Nancy Rivers primaried Abilene. Rivers used negative ads, especially with Abilene’s marriage, to attempt to peel away voters with family values. The ads backfired after Erin, who had married the previous year, announced the arrival of Abilene’s grandson. Abilene handily won the primary.
In 2001, Abilene became the House Minority Whip, becoming the first woman to hold that position. Some speculated that she would be the first woman Speaker if the Democrats could retake the House, but she ignored the rumors, standing with the leadership as it was. In 2002, however, she ascended to the position of Minority Leader with the retirement of Dick Gephardt. Abilene tried to stop the worst excesses of Bush from passing the House, but that proved difficult as the House Minority can only do so much.
In 2006, Abilene introduced the 100-Hour Plan, which pledged to pass major legislation in the House within the first 100 business hours. It includes a pay-as-you-go program for the national debt, new House rules reducing the power of lobbyists, increasing the minimum wage to $7.25, funding stem cell projects, lowering Medicare costs, and more. Against tradition, Abilene has consistently voted on the floor. Abilene believes that the Democrats will build a larger House majority in the 2008 election, regardless of who is at the top of the ticket for either party. She strongly believes that the Democratic platform is a winning platform, though she wishes that more could be done to strengthen unions. With regards to unions, she secretly harbors what may be seen as extremist stances, as she wishes to repeal Taft-Hartley. Abilene was a leading member of the Labor Committee and still keeps an eye on the goings-on of the Committee.

Political Positions:
Abortion: Abilene personally disapproves of abortion but acknowledges that moves need to be made to make abortion safe and legal. She supports funding Planned Parenthood, increasing sex education in high school, and making contraceptives and condoms more accessible.

Guns: Abilene supports renewing the Assault Weapons Ban and wants to do more to take tougher crime stances without alienating non-white voters.

Healthcare: Abilene supports expanding Medicaid and Medicare into one program, lowering prescription drug prices, and creating a plan that covers all Americans by repealing the Bush tax cuts. She also supports strengthening Social Security.

Taxation: Abilene wants to repeal the Bush tax cuts and slightly raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans-- just a few extra pennies past the $500 million mark. She also supports middle-class tax cuts.

Iraq: Abilene believes that there was “no perfect approach to this thorny dilemma” and that “people of good faith and high intelligence can reach diametrically opposing conclusions.” But, she concluded, “I believe the best course is to go to the United Nations for a strong resolution” that calls “for complete, unlimited inspections with cooperation expected and demanded” from Saddam. She currently stands in favor of finishing what they went there to do and coming home. As she can remember Vietnam, she hopes that people will remember the words of liberals like Eugene McCarthy and their opposition to the war. She was reluctant to support the initial surge, but she gave it her support more broadly after it proved to be successfuly.

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Cassie differs from other Republicans on abortion, climate change, healthcare, and the minimum wage. She supports the idea of keeping abortion "safe, legal, and rare" up until the third trimester when there ought to be exceptions for rape, incest, and medical emergencies; she also supports tackling the reasons why abortions are necessary. Additionally, Cassie thinks that some limited action on climate change is needed to stop anything drastic from happening in the next ten to twenty years, such as additional funds for solar research and an expansion of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Cassie also disagrees with the mainstream on health care reform, believing that tax credits of $20,000 should be used for health insurance. She also supports allowing the government to negotiate lower prices for drugs such as insulin. Cassie supports raising the minimum wage to $6.55.
News: Richard Martin, the independent governor of Meretica's Lunar Colony, has announced a presidential bid. A centrist running on a populist platform, Martin is gaining traction on both sides of the aisle. || President Maria Flores now holds a net approval rating of -28 points as the Meretican economy has begun to collapse. After Treasury Secretary Amanda Dayton was honest about the inability of the Flores Admin to properly handle the crisis, she was fired, leaving the Treasury Department without a leader.

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The Sarangtus Lands
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Posts: 721
Founded: Sep 09, 2021
Capitalist Paradise

Postby The Sarangtus Lands » Wed Mar 16, 2022 9:28 am

Meretica wrote:
Dentali wrote:

Where does she differ from the Republican mainstream? We need you to beef up this app please if you're taking a senator position.
Meretica wrote:I'm taking Mattox and Dorothy off of here, for now, might bring them back later. I just want to get these two approved.

Senator Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 65
Character Height: 6'0"
Character Weight: 166 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Senator (2003-Present), VA Attorney General (1998-2002)
Character Country/State of Birth: Virginia
Character State of Residence: Virginia (specifically Arlington/D.C.)
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Face Claim: Helen Mirren (circa 2007)
Main Strengths: Moderate, prefers compromise, establishment member, popular, well-known in her state, stays close to the people
Main Weaknesses: Sometimes seen as too moderate, comes from money, accused of being a maverick (which can be a strength)

Biography: Born in 1943, Cassandra Hepburn-Smith nee Livingston is a moderate Republican Senator from Virginia. Cassie grew up in a relatively wealthy family during the end of FDR’s and the start of Truman’s presidencies and was influenced early on to be a moderate Republican by her father, who had been a Republican his entire life. Living in relative prosperity regardless of how the national economy was faring, Cassie was an only child.

After graduating as the valedictorian of her class, Cassie attended Harvard Law School thanks to her father’s wealth. She graduated in the top third of her class and joined a law firm in Washington, D.C. In the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, Cassie began working for Republican members of Congress regarding Constitutional law, which she had specialized in. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Cassie wrote dozens of editorials fighting abortion. In 1993, Cassie ran for the position of Virginia Attorney General and won as a Republican; she was reelected in 1997 and 2001, but in 2002 she resigned to run for Senate as the sitting Senator chose to enter early retirement. She easily trounced her opponents.

Cassie has been a strong supporter of President Bush and is publicly wary of the ultra-progressive movement, saying, “What we’re seeing here is very alarming, very worrying. I know that we need some changes to parts of our economy, but these people are pushing things a little too far, don’t you think?”

Cassie is married to Glenn Hepburn-Smith, a corporate lawyer from Maryland. They have a daughter, Angela; she was born in 1988 in hard labor. Cassie tries not to discuss her personal life, and thus little is disclosed to the public. Cassie prefers focusing on the issues to focusing on herself, but she has started focusing on how she overcame anti-women attitudes to become a leading politician in her state.

Cassie differs from other Republicans on abortion, climate change, healthcare, and the minimum wage. She supports the idea of keeping abortion "safe, legal, and rare" up until the third trimester when there ought to be exceptions for rape, incest, and medical emergencies; she also supports tackling the reasons why abortions are necessary. Additionally, Cassie thinks that some limited action on climate change is needed to stop anything drastic from happening in the next ten to twenty years, such as additional funds for solar research and an expansion of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Cassie also disagrees with the mainstream on health care reform, believing that tax credits of $20,000 should be used for health insurance. She also supports allowing the government to negotiate lower prices for drugs such as insulin. Cassie supports raising the minimum wage to $6.55.

Other Info:
Cassie is well-known for having weekly town halls open to the public across Virginia each week. While she will continue holding weekly town halls open to the public, she will not stay in Virginia. Voters in Maryland, D.C., and West Virginia have sometimes crossed state lines because they view Cassie as their voice in Congress despite having elected officials themselves (except in the case of D.C.). Additionally, Cassie advocates for all US territories holding referendums to determine their futures, focusing on statehood, continued protection as a territory, or independence. Cassie has included D.C., but adds a fourth option, that option being that D.C. can either join Virginia or Maryland. Cassie believes that Ranked-Choice Voting should be used for these issues.


Speaker Abilene Wilson-Carter
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Character Application and Information Sheet[/align]

NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: Abilene Wilson-Carter
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 67
Character Height: 5’6”
Character Weight: 121 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Speaker of the House (2007-present); Congresswoman from Michigan’s 13th District (1993-present);
Character Country/State of Birth: Detroit, MI
Character State of Residence: Michigan
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Faceclaim: Elizabeth Dole
Main Strengths: Experienced, “tough on Republicans,” acceptably liberal, emphasis on solving issues instead of focusing on partisanship, clean record, the introduction of the 100-Hour Plan.
Main Weaknesses: Former Union lawyer (help and a hindrance), member of the establishment, seen as too moderate on unions and education, seen as a muckraker by some Republicans, rumors of a loveless marriage, secretly supports Taft-Hartley repeal
Biography:
Abilene Wilson was born in Detroit, MI as the only child of Marion and Francis Wilson in 1940. When she was born, her father was a Democrat on the Detroit City Council that had been a civil engineer and served in World War I. Her mother worked part-time with her brother on his farm in rural Michigan.
Abilene grew up a devout Methodist, albeit a rather progressive one. She was raised to be a Democrat from birth, as her father wanted her to be politically motivated as he lacked a son. Abilene attended rallies and meetings with her father even as a young child, and up into her teenage years, she excitedly watched the processes of the Democratic Party. However, she did not jump straight into politics as he had hoped– rather, she took an interest in law, specifically union laws. After graduation, she applied to and was accepted at the University of Detroit Mercy as a law student. She specialized in unions and corporations, becoming a lawyer for the MEA Union shortly after graduating from college in 1964.
From 1964 to 1990, Abilene worked as a union lawyer, seeing some mild successes, though never making a splash. In 1968, she met Robinette Carter, a Democratic campaign strategist that was five years her senior. They married in 1970, changed their surname to Wilson-Carter, They had a son, Erin, in 1972, but there is little public love between the two, who are immensely sensual with one another in private. Rumors have popped up now and again about the two having married for political and monetary purposes, but both have denied this, calling it “gossip for the tabloids.”
In 1992, William D. Ford announced that he would not seek reelection. With help from Robin, Abilene ran an aggressive primary campaign focused on healthcare reform, saving the economy, and turning the page from the Reagan-Bush era. Abilene appealed to non-white voters by taking progressive stances on race issues and proposing policies that would help lower-income families. She narrowly won the primary and did well in the general election.
In 1994, Lynn Nancy Rivers primaried Abilene. Rivers used negative ads, especially with Abilene’s marriage, to attempt to peel away voters with family values. The ads backfired after Erin, who had married the previous year, announced the arrival of Abilene’s grandson. Abilene handily won the primary.
In 2001, Abilene became the House Minority Whip, becoming the first woman to hold that position. Some speculated that she would be the first woman Speaker if the Democrats could retake the House, but she ignored the rumors, standing with the leadership as it was. In 2002, however, she ascended to the position of Minority Leader with the retirement of Dick Gephardt. Abilene tried to stop the worst excesses of Bush from passing the House, but that proved difficult as the House Minority can only do so much.
In 2006, Abilene introduced the 100-Hour Plan, which pledged to pass major legislation in the House within the first 100 business hours. It includes a pay-as-you-go program for the national debt, new House rules reducing the power of lobbyists, increasing the minimum wage to $7.25, funding stem cell projects, lowering Medicare costs, and more. Against tradition, Abilene has consistently voted on the floor. Abilene believes that the Democrats will build a larger House majority in the 2008 election, regardless of who is at the top of the ticket for either party. She strongly believes that the Democratic platform is a winning platform, though she wishes that more could be done to strengthen unions. With regards to unions, she secretly harbors what may be seen as extremist stances, as she wishes to repeal Taft-Hartley. Abilene was a leading member of the Labor Committee and still keeps an eye on the goings-on of the Committee.

Political Positions:
Abortion: Abilene personally disapproves of abortion but acknowledges that moves need to be made to make abortion safe and legal. She supports funding Planned Parenthood, increasing sex education in high school, and making contraceptives and condoms more accessible.

Guns: Abilene supports renewing the Assault Weapons Ban and wants to do more to take tougher crime stances without alienating non-white voters.

Healthcare: Abilene supports expanding Medicaid and Medicare into one program, lowering prescription drug prices, and creating a plan that covers all Americans by repealing the Bush tax cuts. She also supports strengthening Social Security.

Taxation: Abilene wants to repeal the Bush tax cuts and slightly raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans-- just a few extra pennies past the $500 million mark. She also supports middle-class tax cuts.

Iraq: Abilene believes that there was “no perfect approach to this thorny dilemma” and that “people of good faith and high intelligence can reach diametrically opposing conclusions.” But, she concluded, “I believe the best course is to go to the United Nations for a strong resolution” that calls “for complete, unlimited inspections with cooperation expected and demanded” from Saddam. She currently stands in favor of finishing what they went there to do and coming home. As she can remember Vietnam, she hopes that people will remember the words of liberals like Eugene McCarthy and their opposition to the war. She was reluctant to support the initial surge, but she gave it her support more broadly after it proved to be successfuly.

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Cassie differs from other Republicans on abortion, climate change, healthcare, and the minimum wage. She supports the idea of keeping abortion "safe, legal, and rare" up until the third trimester when there ought to be exceptions for rape, incest, and medical emergencies; she also supports tackling the reasons why abortions are necessary. Additionally, Cassie thinks that some limited action on climate change is needed to stop anything drastic from happening in the next ten to twenty years, such as additional funds for solar research and an expansion of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Cassie also disagrees with the mainstream on health care reform, believing that tax credits of $20,000 should be used for health insurance. She also supports allowing the government to negotiate lower prices for drugs such as insulin. Cassie supports raising the minimum wage to $6.55.

What does she have in common with other Republicans?
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The Sarangtus Lands wrote:
Meretica wrote:Added this para to Cassie's:

Cassie differs from other Republicans on abortion, climate change, healthcare, and the minimum wage. She supports the idea of keeping abortion "safe, legal, and rare" up until the third trimester when there ought to be exceptions for rape, incest, and medical emergencies; she also supports tackling the reasons why abortions are necessary. Additionally, Cassie thinks that some limited action on climate change is needed to stop anything drastic from happening in the next ten to twenty years, such as additional funds for solar research and an expansion of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Cassie also disagrees with the mainstream on health care reform, believing that tax credits of $20,000 should be used for health insurance. She also supports allowing the government to negotiate lower prices for drugs such as insulin. Cassie supports raising the minimum wage to $6.55.

What does she have in common with other Republicans?

Beyond those issues, she's your run-of-the-mill generic Republican-- tough on crime, strong 2nd Amendment credentials, supportive of No Child Left Behind, voted for both Supreme Court nominees, etc.
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Meretica wrote:
The Sarangtus Lands wrote:What does she have in common with other Republicans?

Beyond those issues, she's your run-of-the-mill generic Republican-- tough on crime, strong 2nd Amendment credentials, supportive of No Child Left Behind, voted for both Supreme Court nominees, etc.

Why does she differ on those issues specifically? As in her reasoning?
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The Sarangtus Lands wrote:
Meretica wrote:Beyond those issues, she's your run-of-the-mill generic Republican-- tough on crime, strong 2nd Amendment credentials, supportive of No Child Left Behind, voted for both Supreme Court nominees, etc.

Why does she differ on those issues specifically? As in her reasoning?

Cassie differs from other Republicans on abortion, climate change, healthcare, and the minimum wage. She supports the idea of keeping abortion "safe, legal, and rare" up until the third trimester when there ought to be exceptions for rape, incest, and medical emergencies; she also supports tackling the reasons why abortions are necessary. Additionally, Cassie thinks that some limited action on climate change is needed to stop anything drastic from happening in the next ten to twenty years, such as additional funds for solar research and an expansion of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Cassie also disagrees with the mainstream on health care reform, believing that tax credits of $20,000 should be used for health insurance. She also supports allowing the government to negotiate lower prices for drugs such as insulin. Cassie supports raising the minimum wage to $6.55.

Minimum wage is an advanced understanding of economics, healthcare is an attempt to appeal to moderates and disaffected Dems, climate change is just something she knows is happening that needs to be acted on relatively soon, abortion is an attempt to balance conservatism with pragmatism.
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Can we codify the names of the in-universe equivalents of some people? The Clintons, Reagan, et cetera?
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Lavan Tiri wrote:Can we codify the names of the in-universe equivalents of some people? The Clintons, Reagan, et cetera?



Just “Not-Bush” or whatever. Reagan is still Reagan though


Counterpoint, that's clunky and awful to read. I'd like to propose (at least for the Clintons), Caleb and Rachel Warren.
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NS Nation Name: me

Character Name: Nathaniel John Mabus

Character Gender: he man

Character Age: 68 (born December 7th, 1938)

Character Height: 6'1

Character Weight: 200 pounds

Character Position/Role/Job:
- Vice President of the United States (since 2001)

- Campaign Director, John Cush for President (2000)

- CEO of Greeley Thorpe (1995-2000)

- United States Secretary of State (1989-1993)

- Director of Central Intelligence (1987-1989)

- United States Ambassador to the United Nations (1985-1987)

- House Minority Whip (1981-1985)

- Representative from Colorado's 5th Congressional District (1973-1985)

- General Counsel of the Department of Defense (1969-1971)

- Deputy Foreign Policy Adviser, Richard Nixon 1968 Campaign (1968)

- Chief of Staff to Senate Minority Whip Thomas Kuchel (1967-1968)

- Deputy Legislative Director to Senate Minority Whip Thomas Kuchel (1964-1967)

- Legislative staffer for Congressman Peter H. Dominick (1960-1964)

Character Country/State of Birth: Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Character State of Residence: Glenwood Springs, Colorado/Washington, D.C.

Character Party Affiliation: Republican

Faceclaim: Chuck Norris

Main Strengths:
- Despite his staggering unpopularity, Mabus is one of the most potent power players in the Republican party. His ruthless consolidation of behind-the-scenes power across four administrations has culminated in becoming the most powerful Vice President in American history.

- Even his enemies acknowledge that Mabus is one of the foremost experts on foreign policy in Washington. His expertise is frequently sought-after by lawmakers on both sides, and he essentially hand-picked many important staffers in the State Department.

- The closest advisor to President Cush, and sometimes speculated to hold more sway within the Administration than the President himself. While that's up for debate, Mabus definitely has the ear of the President, and has a great deal of influence over hiring, appointments, and access to the POTUS.

- Long, successful career with a massive amount of experience and contacts.

Main Weaknesses:
- Quite literally the most unpopular person in America. Recent polls have shown that only thirteen percent of American voters have a "Positive or Strongly Positive" opinion of the Vice President.

- Often blamed for orchestrating the War in Iraq and profiting off of it, and the blame for "enhanced interrogation techniques" is entirely his.

- His power playing tendencies have caused a great number of enemies and opponents to appear: those who wish to counter or lessen Mabus' influence over Cush, those who want to cut the RNC free from him, those who simply don't like him and want to watch him lose.

- Combative personality and poor relationship with the press.

- Has occasionally broken publicly with the President: for example, in 2004, he openly came out in support of same-sex marriage, after his beloved grandson Jason came out to him as being gay.

- He worked for Richard Nixon. He was a personal associate and friend of Richard Nixon. He helped Richard Nixon get elected President.

Biography: Nathan Mabus was born at a very young age, on a snowy night on his family's ranch outside Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The Mabus family had settled in the area in the 1870's, led by Alfred Mabus (1845-1930) of Cleveland, Ohio. Alfred was the third son of grocers who had immigrated to America from Bavaria in the 1840's, and he expected little in the way of inheritance. So, he took his wife and children and set off West, settling in the Colorado Territory shortly after coming home from the Civil War. A cautious man by nature, Alfred didn't take part in the frenzy of the Gold Rush at Pike's Peak--instead, he built a proper homestead on the banks of the Colorado River. Alfred had one son, Victor Mabus (1868-1958), who survived to adulthood. His other three children all died before the age of 19: his son Peter of pneumonia, his daughter Rebecca of pneumonia (separately from Peter), and his eldest son Alfred, Junior, was mauled to death by a bear.

Victor became a lawyer, and was a prominent figure in Glenwood Springs' early history, and became acquainted with President Roosevelt while Teddy vacationed at the historic Hotel Colorado in the city. In 1892, Victor married Daphne Pickering, daughter of a railroad worker. They had two sons, Donald (1894-1917) and Steven (1897-1994). Upon Alfred's death in early 1930, Victor inherited the Mabus Ranch.

Donald and Steven were polar opposites. Donald was serious, studious, and dour. He took everything he did with deathly grave seriousness. Steven, however, was a party animal. His favorite activities were carousing in town with the ranch hands and railroad men. However, Steven loved the ranch, while Donald yearned to escape it and see the world beyond. In 1917, Donald--who was then, like his father, studying law--enlisted in the Army during World War One.

In France, a German bullet took Donald's life. He had married in 1914 while studying in Denver, to a young woman named Michelle Ellenberg (1897-1976). Michelle, whose parents had passed shortly before, now a widow at twenty, with one son--Mark Mabus (1915-1997)--and another child on the way, was taken in by Victor and Daphne to live on the ranch. Steven comforted Michelle through her mourning of Donald, and helped raise her children, Mark and Lawrence (1918-2003). The pair gradually fell for one another, and were married in 1922. They had no children of their own, and Steven happily raised his nephews as his own sons.

Mark Mabus is the father of Nathan Mabus. In 1934, he married Eleanor Holmes (1917-2005), daughter of a local banker. Mark and Eleanor have four children: Alfred (1935-present), Isabelle (1936-present), Nathan (1938-present), and Harold (1940-present).

Life on the mountain ranch, surrounded by generations of stoic German men, shaped young Nathan into the man he is today. Opa Victor insisted that his grandsons be educated, and they attended school in Glenwood Springs while also working alongside the ranch hands. Nathan likes to joke that he learnt to ride a horse before he could walk, and how to tie a lasso before he could speak.

In 1955, Nathan left the farm and graduated high school early, enabling him to move south to Gunnison, where he attended Western Colorado University. Here, he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Politics and Government, and developed an incredible alcoholic addiction. He met and began dating Charlotte Lamont (1938-present), a Gunnison native, while at Western. They started dating in 1956, which was also the year Nathan acquired his alcoholism. Nathan and Charlotte split up in 1957. He skated through the next two years of classes--sleeping late, staying up late, skipping class, fighting and carousing and carrying on--and was about to be kicked out in 1958 when Charlotte dropped back into his life. She found Nathan, passed out in a drunken stupor, on her front porch on a freezing-cold night. Irritated, she dragged her ex-boyfriend inside, threw him on the couch, gave him a blanket, and locked her bedroom door. The next morning, Charlotte served Nathan a hearty breakfast and told him that if he quit drinking, she'd marry him. Obviously, she didn't think he actually would. But, Nathan did what many men do when caught between the allure of alcohol and the promise of sex: turned to God. The Episcopal faith he had grown up with had eluded him over the years, but now--now he threw himself into church, as well as local politics. Nathan quit drinking cold-turkey with the help of the priest, Gregory Kreutzmann, and graduated from Western in 1959.

In the summer of 1959, Nathan and Charlotte married on the ranch outside Glenwood Springs. That autumn, they moved to Washington, D.C., so Nathan could attend law school at Georgetown.

Georgetown was probably the worst time of Nathan's life, outside of alcoholism. The other pupils--the sons of millionaires and Congressmen and the hoi polloi of Washington society--looked down on the dusty, rough and tumble ranch boy from Colorado. Lost and alone in town, Nathan and Charlotte struggled to find their place in D.C.. In 1960, in order to make money and contacts, Nathan fought his way into a job interning for Congressman Peter Dominick of Colorado. He served under Dominick's legislative director, and specialized in foreign policy--something he felt immense fascination towards, having never left Colorado before moving to D.C.--and used this position to help his wife get a job as a secretary for another Colorado congressman. The Mabuses settled in to D.C., and Nathan graduated near the middle of his Georgetown class in 1962. He'd grown close to Dominick in the two years he worked for the Congressman, and got promoted to Deputy Legislative Director when he graduated. Dominick served as a mentor and guide to the young man, and Nathan stuck with his boss when Dominick was elected to the Senate in 1962. While living in D.C., all three of Nathan and Charlotte's children were born: Elaine (1961-present), Jonathan (1963-present), and Samantha (1965-1986).

Nathan continued working diligently for Senator Dominick, slowly becoming something approaching indispensable to the Senator. Although he adored Dominick, when Senate Minority Whip Thomas Kuchel of California made a better offer in 1964, Nathan sprang for it and doubled his salary. Charlotte no longer had to hold a job of her own, and became a full-time, stay at home mother and proper society wife, hosting dinners for the wives of other Congressional staffers and some junior Republican Congressmen. The keen mind and workhorse ethic Nathan had demonstrated while working for Dominick served him well, and Kuchel promoted him to Deputy Chief of Staff in 1967.

Nathan itched to get more involved, to be something other than another faceless bill-drafter in the shadows of power. He convinced Kuchel to put him in contact with the burgeoning Presidential campaign of former Vice President Richard Nixon, where he was hired as Foreign Policy adviser to the candidate. Nixon, who was already well-versed in foreign affairs, nevertheless took a liking to the younger man, and promised to appoint him to a position within government. Nathan and Nixon would have long, circling conversations, in which Nathan would advise Nixon on aspects of his foreign policy promises, act as a go-between for Nixon and his contacts in Congress, and draft policy papers and speeches with the candidate. In turn, Nixon would mentor Nathan in the art of foreign affairs--not just the science of it, which Nathan understood just fine, but the human side of it. Nathan and Nixon became close, and remained so until Nixon's death. As close as one could manage to be to Nixon, anyway, which wasn't very close at all. At Nixon's funeral, Nathan attempted to deliver a speech but began crying halfway through and abandoned the effort. It's been speculated that the early loss of his father and the somewhat distant parenting of his uncle/adopted father has been a major driver of Nathan's life, as he continually latched onto older men and worked himself to the bone attempting to impress them. The Vice President, if asked about these theories, would call them bullshit.

After Nixon won the 1968 election, he began filling up his Cabinet and the many positions within it. He appointed his young, intelligent, workhorse of an adviser to the position of General Counsel of the Department of Defense. Nathan served admirably and quietly in this position for a little under two years, including through the end of the Vietnam War and the bombing of Cambodia.

In 1971 the Mabus family decided to return to the ranch, which was now owned by Nathan's grandfather, Steven Mabus. Nathan and Charlotte paid for a new house to be built near the Big House of the ranch where Steven, Michelle, Mark, Eleanor, and Alfred lived, as well as Alfred's twin daughters and his wife. Nathan quickly ingratiated himself into the local community again, and was recruited by local Republicans to run for the newly created 5th District in the 1972 elections. The 5th was drawn across a massive swathe of mountainous Northern Colorado, and the Republican primary drew a number of more local figures: state legislators, prominent businessmen, conservative activists and farmers. Nathan began the primary with a slight money advantage and the experience of his time in Washington, but had never run for elective office before. He struggled to pull ahead of the pack at first, and turned to his old bosses to help. Dominick and Kuchel both endorsed their former aide, and Dominick campaigned with him and lent him aid from the Senators statewide organization. With Dominick's help, Nathan pulled ahead and won the primary with a thin margin of 31% of the vote.

The 5th had a conservative character to begin with, and the red wave of 1972 helped immensely. The Democratic nominee was a wealthy rancher from Rifle, and the election was long and ugly, with both candidates readily launching attacks at one another. National conditions and turnout were on Nathan's side, though, and he pulled out a 52% win on election day.

In the 93rd Congress, Nathan was seated on the Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, and Agriculture committees. He vociferously opposed the Case-Church Amendment and the War Powers Resolution, but was a cosponsor of the Federal Highway Aid Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

A bare few months into Nathan's first term in Congress, the Watergate scandal broke. Nathan, although originally a supporter of Nixon, was forced to admit that he had broken the law after the reveal of the "smoking gun" tape. He privately told Nixon that he could not deny that he deserved impeachment, and that if it came before the House he would vote against the President. This caused a years-long rift in their relationship that only healed in the 1980s.

Obviously, someone closely associated with the disgraced President would have a struggle to be reelected in 1974. Nathan held a press conference, wherein he soundly denounced his former boss. He stated, "Richard Nixon had the trust of America. He had the trust of the people. And he had my trust. In Washington, now, there are many who are saying they never thought something like this could happen--but now, with the clarity of hindsight, I do see it. I see how the man I admired, a man I considered a mentor and a friend, could lie and cheat and deceive the American people. The people's trust in the President has been broken, and so has mine. I only ask that those of us who knew him as a friend and not a criminal be judged fairly."

While his Democratic opponent hammered Nathan again and again on the Nixon issue, Nathan toured the district, touting the work he'd done protecting water for farmers and bringing federal money back to Colorado. In the 1974 election, Nathan narrowly won once more, and was sent back to Congress.

In the 94th Congress, Nathan was a cosponsor and supporter of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Tax Reduction Act of 1975. He started worming his way into the good graces of Republican leadership, and voted entirely along party lines. With Watergate vanishing in the rearview mirror, he was reelected in 1976 with a solid margin, despite Jimmy Carter's victory in the Presidential election.

In the 95th Congress, Nathan had his first bill become law: the National Energy Conservation Policy Act. He also cosponsored the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. At this point, Nathan was appointed a Deputy Whip by Minority Whip Robert H. Michel, and served on the Republican leadership team. He was reelected in the 1978 midterms, as President Carter's popularity declined.

In the 96th Congress, Nathan was a cosponsor of the Taiwan Relations Act, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act of 1980, and the Classified Information Procedures Act. He continued voting entirely along party lines, and became an increasing thorn in Jimmy Carter's side, as he was voted Chairman of the Republican Campaign Committee ahead of the 1980 elections.

As Campaign Committee Chairman, Nathan spent a great deal of time and money recruiting Republican candidates to run for the House, as well as boosting them alongside Presidential nominee Ronald Reagan, who Nathan had endorsed early into the primary. With Reagan's coattails and massive victory, the Republicans captured 33 seats in the House. Going into the 97th Congress, Nathan was elected Whip by his fellow Republican Congressmen.

In the 97th Congress, Nathan authored the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981




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Postby North Listia » Thu Mar 17, 2022 2:12 pm

Here is my new HEROES Act that Jordan Douglass will introduce. Any recommendations or co-sponsors? I'm not too sure how popular the bill will be since the price tag will probably upset Republicans, while the money for vouchers and charter schools will upset many Democrats.

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Helping Expand Real Opportunities in Educational Systems Act of 2007

A BILL
To expand educational opportunities of low income students

Sponsor: Jordan Douglass
Senate Sponsors:
House Sponsors:


Total Expense: $15.3 billion

SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the "Helping Expand Real Opportunities in Educational Systems Act" or “HEROES Act”.

SECTION 2: Charter Schools Funding
    $5 billion in new Title 1 School Improvement block grants exclusively for Charter Schools. Funding from these grants will go to improve existing Charter Schools and open new Charter Schools in the most at-need communities. States will have the ability to add any additional requirements for the funding they deem necessary.

SECTION 3: School Voucher Funding
    $5 billion in School Voucher block grants. Funding from these grants will support state programs that partially or fully fund school vouchers for private schools. States will have the ability to add any additional requirements for the funding they deem necessary.

SECTION 4: Pell Grants
    a. $5 billion in new funding for Pell Grants. The funding from these grants will increase access to higher education for low-income students.

    b. Amends part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act to permit an individual incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution to receive Pell Grant funding if they meet all other necessary requirements.

SECTION 4: Vocational Schooling
    a. $100 million in new School-to-Work grants. Funding from these grants will support school-to-work programs that provide high school students or GED class students vocational training. These programs can be offered directly by the school or in partnership with private businesses or vocational schools.

    b. $200 million in new Vocation School grants. Funding from these grants can only be used to support vocational schools in their efforts to provide financial aid to low-income students and families.

SECTION 6: Enactment
    Funding for grants from the HEROES Act will be administered and distributed by the Department of Education

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North Listia wrote:Here is my new HEROES Act that Jordan Douglass will introduce. Any recommendations or co-sponsors? I'm not too sure how popular the bill will be since the price tag will probably upset Republicans, while the money for vouchers and charter schools will upset many Democrats.

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Helping Expand Real Opportunities in Educational Systems Act of 2007

A BILL
To expand educational opportunities of low income students

Sponsor: Jordan Douglass
Senate Sponsors:
House Sponsors:


Total Expense: $15.3 billion

SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the "Helping Expand Real Opportunities in Educational Systems Act" or “HEROES Act”.

SECTION 2: Charter Schools Funding
    $5 billion in new Title 1 School Improvement block grants exclusively for Charter Schools. Funding from these grants will go to improve existing Charter Schools and open new Charter Schools in the most at-need communities. States will have the ability to add any additional requirements for the funding they deem necessary.

SECTION 3: School Voucher Funding
    $5 billion in School Voucher block grants. Funding from these grants will support state programs that partially or fully fund school vouchers for private schools. States will have the ability to add any additional requirements for the funding they deem necessary.

SECTION 4: Pell Grants
    a. $5 billion in new funding for Pell Grants. The funding from these grants will increase access to higher education for low-income students.

    b. Amends part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act to permit an individual incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution to receive Pell Grant funding if they meet all other necessary requirements.

SECTION 4: Vocational Schooling
    a. $100 million in new School-to-Work grants. Funding from these grants will support school-to-work programs that provide high school students or GED class students vocational training. These programs can be offered directly by the school or in partnership with private businesses or vocational schools.

    b. $200 million in new Vocation School grants. Funding from these grants can only be used to support vocational schools in their efforts to provide financial aid to low-income students and families.

SECTION 6: Enactment
    Funding for grants from the HEROES Act will be administered and distributed by the Department of Education


Woolworth will co-sponsor.

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Post is up, includes;

Iowa trip
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North Listia wrote:Here is my new HEROES Act that Jordan Douglass will introduce. Any recommendations or co-sponsors? I'm not too sure how popular the bill will be since the price tag will probably upset Republicans, while the money for vouchers and charter schools will upset many Democrats.

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Helping Expand Real Opportunities in Educational Systems Act of 2007

A BILL
To expand educational opportunities of low income students

Sponsor: Jordan Douglass
Senate Sponsors:
House Sponsors:


Total Expense: $15.3 billion

SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the "Helping Expand Real Opportunities in Educational Systems Act" or “HEROES Act”.

SECTION 2: Charter Schools Funding
    $5 billion in new Title 1 School Improvement block grants exclusively for Charter Schools. Funding from these grants will go to improve existing Charter Schools and open new Charter Schools in the most at-need communities. States will have the ability to add any additional requirements for the funding they deem necessary.

SECTION 3: School Voucher Funding
    $5 billion in School Voucher block grants. Funding from these grants will support state programs that partially or fully fund school vouchers for private schools. States will have the ability to add any additional requirements for the funding they deem necessary.

SECTION 4: Pell Grants
    a. $5 billion in new funding for Pell Grants. The funding from these grants will increase access to higher education for low-income students.

    b. Amends part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act to permit an individual incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution to receive Pell Grant funding if they meet all other necessary requirements.

SECTION 4: Vocational Schooling
    a. $100 million in new School-to-Work grants. Funding from these grants will support school-to-work programs that provide high school students or GED class students vocational training. These programs can be offered directly by the school or in partnership with private businesses or vocational schools.

    b. $200 million in new Vocation School grants. Funding from these grants can only be used to support vocational schools in their efforts to provide financial aid to low-income students and families.

SECTION 6: Enactment
    Funding for grants from the HEROES Act will be administered and distributed by the Department of Education

Good luck getting that approved. Abilene wouldn't let it on the floor.
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Postby Hopal » Thu Mar 17, 2022 6:16 pm

North Listia wrote:Here is my new HEROES Act that Jordan Douglass will introduce. Any recommendations or co-sponsors? I'm not too sure how popular the bill will be since the price tag will probably upset Republicans, while the money for vouchers and charter schools will upset many Democrats.

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Helping Expand Real Opportunities in Educational Systems Act of 2007

A BILL
To expand educational opportunities of low income students

Sponsor: Jordan Douglass
Senate Sponsors:
House Sponsors:


Total Expense: $15.3 billion

SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the "Helping Expand Real Opportunities in Educational Systems Act" or “HEROES Act”.

SECTION 2: Charter Schools Funding
    $5 billion in new Title 1 School Improvement block grants exclusively for Charter Schools. Funding from these grants will go to improve existing Charter Schools and open new Charter Schools in the most at-need communities. States will have the ability to add any additional requirements for the funding they deem necessary.

SECTION 3: School Voucher Funding
    $5 billion in School Voucher block grants. Funding from these grants will support state programs that partially or fully fund school vouchers for private schools. States will have the ability to add any additional requirements for the funding they deem necessary.

SECTION 4: Pell Grants
    a. $5 billion in new funding for Pell Grants. The funding from these grants will increase access to higher education for low-income students.

    b. Amends part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act to permit an individual incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution to receive Pell Grant funding if they meet all other necessary requirements.

SECTION 4: Vocational Schooling
    a. $100 million in new School-to-Work grants. Funding from these grants will support school-to-work programs that provide high school students or GED class students vocational training. These programs can be offered directly by the school or in partnership with private businesses or vocational schools.

    b. $200 million in new Vocation School grants. Funding from these grants can only be used to support vocational schools in their efforts to provide financial aid to low-income students and families.

SECTION 6: Enactment
    Funding for grants from the HEROES Act will be administered and distributed by the Department of Education

Shields will co-sponsor.
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NS Nation Name: Lavan

Character Name: Olivia Nalani Hiraya Calalo-Walker

Character Gender: Gorl

Character Age: 49 (born July 23rd, 1959)

Character Height: 5'8

Character Weight: 154 pounds

Character Position/Role/Job:
- Candidate for 2008 United States Presidential Election
- Board Member, Republican Leadership Committee (since 2006)
- Governor of Hawai'i (since 2002)
- Prosecutor of Honolulu (1996-2002)
- Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Hawai'i, Criminal Division (1990-1996)
- Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California, Criminal Division (1986-1990)
- Assistant San Francisco District Attorney (1984-1986)

Character Country/State of Birth: Honolulu, Hawai'i

Character State of Residence: Honolulu, Hawai'i

Character Party Affiliation: Republican

Faceclaim: Nancy Binay

Main Strengths:
- Highly popular in Hawai'i: Calalo's reelection victory was the largest margin of victory in Hawai'ian history, and she has enjoyed consistently high approval ratings during most of her gubernatorial tenure. This is due to a strong economic rebound in Hawai'i during her term, and a perceived decline in corruption and government waste.

- As a Republican governor of one of the bluest states in the nation, her reputation for bipartisanship and ability to balance a conservative ideology and a Democratic supermajority in the legislature has benefited her greatly.

- While not widely known, Calalo has a certain amount of name recognition and respect amongst Beltway players and dedicated politicos

- Skilled manager, compromiser, and dealmaker.

- Young, attractive, crusading reformer who knows how to use her past as a tough prosecutor to project an image of power

Main Weaknesses:
- Republican Governor of probably the most heavily Democratic state in the nation. While Calalo has good personal relationships with the Hawai'i Legislature, her reputation as a dealmaker is mostly based on the fact that she has to be in order to get anything done. The Legislature has occasionally stymied large parts of her agenda since 2002.

- Low name recognition outside Hawai'i, dedicated politicos, and Asian-American communities, which will certainly impact her chances as a Presidential candidate.

- Being a young, attractive, reform-minded woman of color from a tiny state does not endear Calalo to support or friendship from the conservative establishment or the main body of the GOP. Additionally, there is a not-insignifigant contingent of voters who will simply not vote for her either due to her heritage or her gender or both.

- Politically inexperienced, especially in running a campaign outside of a tiny state.

Biography:
Alphonso Calalo (1929-present) and Kanani Haukea (1934-present) met in 1954, when Kanani was working as a waitress at a diner in Honolulu. Alphonso, a law student at the University of Hawai'i, frequented the establishment, and struck up a relationship with the pretty young waitress over time. They were married in 1958, and their first child, Olivia, was born a year later. They also had three other children: Alphonso Junior (1960-present), Luis (1961-present), and Jorge (1965-present). Life in the Calalo household was easy, and cheerful. Olivia remembers this time as the happiest in her life, and maintains a close relationship with her parents.

Alphonso was a career climber, and worked his way up to being appointed Attorney General of Hawai'i in the 1970s. Olivia was very close to get father, and often spent afternoons "helping" him in the office when she was younger--meaning, she would sort-of organize his files in order for him to get some time to spend with his daughter. As she grew up, Olivia was a sporty, athletic girl, with consistently good grades. She played soccer and ran track for her high school teams, just a few years after the passage of Title IX. She also decided during this time that she would be a lawyer like her father, although she went to the mainland for her studies. In 1977, she began attending University of Southern California, where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology in 1981. From 1981 to 1984, Olivia attended the University of San Francisco Law School. She graduated near the top of her class, and was hired by the San Francisco District Attorney shortly after graduation.

As Assistant DA, Olivia's main focus was on criminal law. She assisted in the prosecution of several violent crimes, most notably the trials of serial killers Leonard Lake and Charles Ng. She had a reputation for her quick mind and strong sense of justice, which she claims she inherited from her father. After 26 months at the San Francisco office, she was hired as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, and moved to Los Angeles in 1986. Her main purview was in the Public Corruption and Civil Rights section, where she assisted in the prosecution and takedown of corrupt public officials and civil rights violations. In 1987, Olivia's work friend Janice set Olivia and her brother, LAPD officer Tom Walker (1961-present), up on a blind date. The pair hit it off quickly, and were engaged within eight months. In 1989, they were married. Olivia insisted on keeping her last name, but agreed to hyphenate it with Tom's on official documents while still going by Calalo unofficially. Olivia and Tom have three sons and a daughter: Gregory (1990-present), Diego (1993-present), Hector (1995-present), and Angelina (1999-present).

While Olivia was pregnant with Gregory, the Calalo-Walker household decided to leave Los Angeles due to the rising crime and cost of living. Instead, the relocated to Olivia's childhood home in Honolulu, where her parents still lived. Tom got a job with the Honolulu police, and Olivia (after maternity leave) found employment with the U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawai'i. She was hired as a Senior Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Public Corruption and Fraud Office.

Olivia worked happily for the U.S. Attorney's office for six years, and reintegrated into Honolulu society. Her father had retired from his political aspirations, as a Republican in Hawai'i. However, his venture at the time (as a well-known defense attorney) and his previous connections allowed him to stay in contact with many heavy hitters in the government. Olivia, who was beginning to consider the possibility of elected office after the birth of her third son, used connections from Alphonso to position herself for a run for Prosecutor of Honolulu County. In late 1996, she announced her campaign and resigned from the U.S. Attorney's office. Although registered as a Republican and unapologetic about it, Olivia's relentless campaigning and connections allowed her to be competitive against a Democratic opponent. She would personally drive across Honolulu, with newborn Hector along for the ride, to knock on doors and deliver speeches. In her campaign, she emphasized that "crime isn't partisan--it isn't political," and claimed that she wouldn't treat the Prosecutor's office as a political office. Her Democratic opponent, by contrast, ran a harsh and attacking campaign against her, hoping to bury her in a tide of partisanship. Olivia instead twisted this, plastering pictures of her and her young children across the city, captioned with insulting quotes from the Democrat. The bottoms of these posters read "This is how [Democrat] treats a young mother of three. Do you trust him to stick up for you?" The Democrat quickly tried reversing his campaign and reducing the partisan tone, quickly switching to a more positive approach. However, at a candidate debate hosted by the local television news, Olivia soundly won, with one particular highlight being a heated exchange over experience. The Democrat claimed that Olivia, being so young, lacked the relevant experience for the job. Olivia fired back, "Let's ask the serial killers I put away in San Francisco if they agree," which the Honolulu Star-Bulletin noted was a "stretch of the truth, at best". But it worked, and Olivia began overtaking the Democrat in the polls. Come election day, she won by roughly 1.7 percent, and was sworn in in December of 1996.

As Prosecutor, Olivia was mostly in an administrative role, which she chafed at. Her main responsibilities, she found out, were to supervise the two-hundred-odd other attorneys and prosecutors who worked for the department and did most of the legwork. She proved component at it, and would take a case or two a year to prosecute herself. She cracked down on organized crime and government corruption in Honolulu, seizing on widespread dissatisfaction with the state government and rising crime. Under Olivia, the Prosecutor's office had a policy to take as few plea deals for violent crime and corruption as possible--and to only take them when there was a clear benefit to doing so. She also enforced harsh trials and sought hard sentences for young offenders to reduce youth crime, while also rooting out dirty cops in the Honolulu PD.

In 1999, Olivia prosecuted a case herself--the worst mass murder in Hawai'i history. The 1999 Xerox Shootings, where a service tech at a Xerox facility in Honolulu shot and killed 7 coworkers. Olivia made the national news during the trial, and boosted her statewide profile as well, for her aggressive offense and pursuit of the harshest sentence possible for the shooter. In the end, the shooter got sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. The fame and renown from this trial carried her to a solid reelection in 2000.

In 2000, Olivia convinced the state legislature to amend the laws surrounding trials in Hawai'i. Now, instead of calling witnesses and interviewing the victims, a trial for violent crime can be called by the judge, after a careful examination of the evidence surrounding the case. Critics have said that this violates personal liberties, while Olivia claims that it makes for a better system: rather than take up police officers' time and potentially re-traumatizing victims by forcing them to submit to questions before a trial even begins, the judge can simply decide to go to trial based on the gathered evidence.

As Prosecutor, Olivia was known for a very hands-on management style, which some former employees characterized as "micromanaging". It was also noted that she only personally prosecuted cases that were a "slam dunk" for the prosecution. In 2002, Olivia was recruited by some Honolulu Republicans to run for Governor. The incumbent, term-limited Democrat was unpopular, while the only prominent Republican candidate in the race had already lost the 1998 race. Olivia agreed, and entered the Republican primary.

The Republican primary was a very clean race: both candidates met early on and agreed to avoid attacking one another publicly, and both publicly said that they would endorse and campaign for whoever won the nomination. The Star-Bulletin sarcastically referred to the singular Republican debate as "the most polite event you'll see this side of a Victorian tea party". In the end, Olivia barely won the primary, due mainly to her prominent role in the 1999 trial and her voter base being in the states most populated municipality.

The general election was a tough race. Olivia and the HI GOP put out a news bulletin, "A New Vision for Hawai'i", where they laid out their reformist ambitions versus "The Way Things Are" (AKA, the Democratic platform). With the state economy in a slump, over 40 years of continuous Democratic government, and an unpopular candidate nominated by the Democrats, Olivia was able to pull ahead by a point early on and maintain her lead. In the general election, she won 51% to 48%, and was sworn in in December 2002.

As Governor, Olivia has sought to revitalize and diversify the state economy. She fought to decentralize and deregulate the state, including a quixotic effort to decentralize education in Hawai'i, and give more control to local areas instead of the state government. She also tried to pass a law that would allow municipalities in Hawai'i to incorporate, as Hawai'i does not recognize local government below the County level. Both these efforts failed. However, she did manage to attract more diverse businesses that didn't rely on land development and tourism. She also testified in Congress in 2005, arguing for the repeal of the Jones Act. While she failed to get the law repealed, she attracted good press.

In her first term, Olivia also pursued greater energy independence, targeted tax relief, an increase in Hawai‘i’s homegrown food supply and security, workforce development, expansion of quality health care, creation of more affordable housing, modernization of the transportation infrastructure, and bolstering of public safety and disaster preparedness. She established the Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative to develop the capacity of residents and businesses to innovate with the goal of enabling the state to compete in the global economy of the 21st century and create new, higher-paying jobs, and as the 2006 election neared, her popularity soared--as did the state budget surplus. In January 2006, it was estimated that Hawai'i had a record government surplus of $730 billion, as opposed to the $250 million deficit in 2002.

In 2004, aided by the War on Terror and the popularity of the Republican governor, polls showed (not-Kerry) only leading President Cush by a point. The Vice President campaigned alongside Olivia, and although the state went blue again, the Governor made useful contacts in Washington. She was selected as Chair of the 2004 Republican National Convention, and gave a widely-praised opening speech, in which she praised Cush and called for "An America we can be proud of".

Although she initially appeared to be a very vulnerable candidate in 2002--with many thinking of her victory as a fluke--by late 2005, no prominent Democrat in Hawai'i was willing to run against Olivia. The party nominated a little-known state senator, who attacked Calalo for her tough on crime policies, and for sending criminals to prisons on the mainland instead of keeping them in Hawai'i. Calalo ran a positive campaign, focused on her success in office and her vision for the future of Hawai'i. In the end, she won 63% to 35%, the largest margin of victory in Hawai'i history.

Early in her second term, Olivia has once more tried fighting the Democratic legislature to dissolve the State Board of Education and instead form 7 County Boards of Education, to "return control to the people in the community". She has also quietly begun accumulating support for a 2008 Presidential bid, despite the seeming hopelessness of a mixed-race moderate from a tiny state winning the primary or the general election.

Other Info:
- Devout Catholic.

- Husband left Honolulu PD for work in private security when Olivia was elected Prosecutor.

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Governor Calalo has variously been referred to as a moderate, centrist, or "Rockefeller" Republican. She describes herself as "functionally pretty libertarian", noting that she believes "the business of government isn't to put its nose in people's business...it's to provide services that private industry cannot. I care less about Roe v Wade than I do about reducing crime, corruption, and homelessness." She has allied herself with moderate groups and individuals such as (not-Christine Todd Whitman) and the Log Cabin Republicans.

Healthcare
"The amount of un-and-underinsured people in America is frankly, alarming. And terrifying. I believe that we need to expand the web of coverage, but the way to do that isn't through a European-style welfare system. I believe that tax breaks for insurance companies predicated on lowering premiums for consumers, a ban on denial of insurance based on preexisting conditions, tort and malpractice reform to reduce the cost of malpractice insurance to doctors and hospitals, the ability to purchase health insurance plans across state lines, and requiring employers to give employees optional health insurance--with an included tax credit--are the best ways to achieve universal, affordable healthcare in America."

Gay marriage
"Look, I'm a Catholic, I've read the Bible, and the Bible says that marriage is between a man and a woman. I think civil unions are acceptable, legally. But I think marriage isn't just a legal issue."

Abortion
"Another issue where you have to make a decision between your morals and the law. Morally, I think abortion is reprehensible. But the law is the law, and I know that if abortion is banned outright that women will still get abortions from back-alley scumbags. I think partial-birth abortions and late-term abortions should be banned unless medically necessary, and that we can establish a 'pain threshold', past which no abortions can be performed except for cases of rape, incest, or medical need."

Local Issues
"Hawai'i has the most beautiful environment in the world. The absolutely most beautiful. We need to balance preservation of the environment with feeding and housing our people. I support building 'up' as opposed to 'out'. I support incentivizing companies who use our land to revitalize it, using tax breaks and credits."

"The Jones Act is a crime against the people of Hawai'i and it's negative effect on our economy is evident everywhere. If the law was repealed, the cost of living in this state would drop instantly."

"We don't need to build more prisons in Hawai'i, we don't need to expand the ones in use. My prisoner removal program removes these violent elements from our islands and ships them to larger prisons in California and Oregon, where they already have facilities to handle them."

"The amount of power vested in the state government is insane. We need to begin decentralizing more, putting more power in the hands of counties and municipalities."

The Economy
"The Hawai'ian economy is a humming engine. Through targeted tax cuts and credits, we've incentivized companies to expand their operations in Hawai'i and new companies to grow. I believe the government should encourage competition in the economy, by preventing the rise of monopolies and giving smaller businesses tax credits and cuts. Leaving the Cush tax cuts in place and expanding them for the middle class is important."

Education
"Local control of education is a high priority. We should have national and statewide standards, but ultimately, a great deal of control over particulars should be invested in communities and counties. Every child deserves a strong school to attend, every parent deserves an active role in their child's education, every teacher deserves a living wage. I believe setting a higher minimum wage for teachers and offering teachers tax credits and student loan benefits would massively benefit our education system. Additionally, removing or reforming the tenure system would make it easier to remove or retrain underperforming teachers, rather than having to leave them in place due yo their seniority."

Presidential Votes and Endorsements
- 1980: Reagan
- 1984: Reagan
- 1988: Cush
- 1992: Cush
- 1996: Wrote in Pierce in the primary and the general.
- 2000: Endorsed and voted [not-McCain] in the primary, Cush in the general
- 2004: Wrote in Pierce in the primary, Cush in the general


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Senator Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 65
Character Height: 6'0"
Character Weight: 166 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Senator (2003-Present), VA Attorney General (1998-2002)
Character Country/State of Birth: Virginia
Character State of Residence: Virginia (specifically Arlington/D.C.)
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Face Claim: Helen Mirren (circa 2007)
Main Strengths: Moderate, prefers compromise, establishment member, popular, well-known in her state, stays close to the people
Main Weaknesses: Sometimes seen as too moderate, comes from money, accused of being a maverick (which can be a strength)

Biography: Born in 1943, Cassandra Hepburn-Smith nee Livingston is a moderate Republican Senator from Virginia. Cassie grew up in a relatively wealthy family during the end of FDR’s and the start of Truman’s presidencies and was influenced early on to be a moderate Republican by her father, who had been a Republican his entire life. Living in relative prosperity regardless of how the national economy was faring, Cassie was an only child.

After graduating as the valedictorian of her class, Cassie attended Harvard Law School thanks to her father’s wealth. She graduated in the top third of her class and joined a law firm in Washington, D.C. In the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, Cassie began working for Republican members of Congress regarding Constitutional law, which she had specialized in. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Cassie wrote dozens of editorials fighting abortion. In 1993, Cassie ran for the position of Virginia Attorney General and won as a Republican; she was reelected in 1997 and 2001, but in 2002 she resigned to run for Senate as the sitting Senator chose to enter early retirement. She easily trounced her opponents.

Cassie has been a strong supporter of President Bush and is publicly wary of the ultra-progressive movement, saying, “What we’re seeing here is very alarming, very worrying. I know that we need some changes to parts of our economy, but these people are pushing things a little too far, don’t you think?”

Cassie is married to Glenn Hepburn-Smith, a corporate lawyer from Maryland. They have a daughter, Angela; she was born in 1988 in hard labor. Cassie tries not to discuss her personal life, and thus little is disclosed to the public. Cassie prefers focusing on the issues to focusing on herself, but she has started focusing on how she overcame anti-women attitudes to become a leading politician in her state.

Cassie differs from other Republicans on abortion, climate change, healthcare, and the minimum wage. She supports the idea of keeping abortion "safe, legal, and rare" up until the third trimester when there ought to be exceptions for rape, incest, and medical emergencies; she also supports tackling the reasons why abortions are necessary. Additionally, Cassie thinks that some limited action on climate change is needed to stop anything drastic from happening in the next ten to twenty years, such as additional funds for solar research and an expansion of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Cassie also disagrees with the mainstream on health care reform, believing that tax credits of $20,000 should be used for health insurance. She also supports allowing the government to negotiate lower prices for drugs such as insulin. Cassie supports raising the minimum wage to $6.55. Beyond those issues, she's your run-of-the-mill generic Republican-- tough on crime, strong 2nd Amendment credentials, supportive of No Child Left Behind, voted for both Supreme Court nominees, etc.

Other Info:
Cassie is well-known for having weekly town halls open to the public across Virginia each week. While she will continue holding weekly town halls open to the public, she will not stay in Virginia. Voters in Maryland, D.C., and West Virginia have sometimes crossed state lines because they view Cassie as their voice in Congress despite having elected officials themselves (except in the case of D.C.). Additionally, Cassie advocates for all US territories holding referendums to determine their futures, focusing on statehood, continued protection as a territory, or independence. Cassie has included D.C., but adds a fourth option, that option being that D.C. can either join Virginia or Maryland. Cassie believes that Ranked-Choice Voting should be used for these issues.
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Meretica wrote:
Dentali wrote:

Where does she differ from the Republican mainstream? We need you to beef up this app please if you're taking a senator position.
Meretica wrote:I'm taking Mattox and Dorothy off of here, for now, might bring them back later. I just want to get these two approved.

Senator Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 65
Character Height: 6'0"
Character Weight: 166 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Senator (2003-Present), VA Attorney General (1998-2002)
Character Country/State of Birth: Virginia
Character State of Residence: Virginia (specifically Arlington/D.C.)
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Face Claim: Helen Mirren (circa 2007)
Main Strengths: Moderate, prefers compromise, establishment member, popular, well-known in her state, stays close to the people
Main Weaknesses: Sometimes seen as too moderate, comes from money, accused of being a maverick (which can be a strength)

Biography: Born in 1943, Cassandra Hepburn-Smith nee Livingston is a moderate Republican Senator from Virginia. Cassie grew up in a relatively wealthy family during the end of FDR’s and the start of Truman’s presidencies and was influenced early on to be a moderate Republican by her father, who had been a Republican his entire life. Living in relative prosperity regardless of how the national economy was faring, Cassie was an only child.

After graduating as the valedictorian of her class, Cassie attended Harvard Law School thanks to her father’s wealth. She graduated in the top third of her class and joined a law firm in Washington, D.C. In the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, Cassie began working for Republican members of Congress regarding Constitutional law, which she had specialized in. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Cassie wrote dozens of editorials fighting abortion. In 1993, Cassie ran for the position of Virginia Attorney General and won as a Republican; she was reelected in 1997 and 2001, but in 2002 she resigned to run for Senate as the sitting Senator chose to enter early retirement. She easily trounced her opponents.

Cassie has been a strong supporter of President Bush and is publicly wary of the ultra-progressive movement, saying, “What we’re seeing here is very alarming, very worrying. I know that we need some changes to parts of our economy, but these people are pushing things a little too far, don’t you think?”

Cassie is married to Glenn Hepburn-Smith, a corporate lawyer from Maryland. They have a daughter, Angela; she was born in 1988 in hard labor. Cassie tries not to discuss her personal life, and thus little is disclosed to the public. Cassie prefers focusing on the issues to focusing on herself, but she has started focusing on how she overcame anti-women attitudes to become a leading politician in her state.

Cassie differs from other Republicans on abortion, climate change, healthcare, and the minimum wage. She supports the idea of keeping abortion "safe, legal, and rare" up until the third trimester when there ought to be exceptions for rape, incest, and medical emergencies; she also supports tackling the reasons why abortions are necessary. Additionally, Cassie thinks that some limited action on climate change is needed to stop anything drastic from happening in the next ten to twenty years, such as additional funds for solar research and an expansion of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Cassie also disagrees with the mainstream on health care reform, believing that tax credits of $20,000 should be used for health insurance. She also supports allowing the government to negotiate lower prices for drugs such as insulin. Cassie supports raising the minimum wage to $6.55.

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Cassie is well-known for having weekly town halls open to the public across Virginia each week. While she will continue holding weekly town halls open to the public, she will not stay in Virginia. Voters in Maryland, D.C., and West Virginia have sometimes crossed state lines because they view Cassie as their voice in Congress despite having elected officials themselves (except in the case of D.C.). Additionally, Cassie advocates for all US territories holding referendums to determine their futures, focusing on statehood, continued protection as a territory, or independence. Cassie has included D.C., but adds a fourth option, that option being that D.C. can either join Virginia or Maryland. Cassie believes that Ranked-Choice Voting should be used for these issues.

Added this para to Cassie's:

Cassie differs from other Republicans on abortion, climate change, healthcare, and the minimum wage. She supports the idea of keeping abortion "safe, legal, and rare" up until the third trimester when there ought to be exceptions for rape, incest, and medical emergencies; she also supports tackling the reasons why abortions are necessary. Additionally, Cassie thinks that some limited action on climate change is needed to stop anything drastic from happening in the next ten to twenty years, such as additional funds for solar research and an expansion of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Cassie also disagrees with the mainstream on health care reform, believing that tax credits of $20,000 should be used for health insurance. She also supports allowing the government to negotiate lower prices for drugs such as insulin. Cassie supports raising the minimum wage to $6.55.



Okay she's just a liberal republican. change her abortion position to 'safe legal and rare up until the second trimester' and give he one big fiscal conservative thing on her record, like championing the Cush tax cuts or a balanced budget amendment something like that. Then she will be accepted.
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Postby Meretica » Fri Mar 18, 2022 12:55 pm

Added balanced budget amendment and changed third trimester to second.

Senator Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 65
Character Height: 6'0"
Character Weight: 166 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Senator (2003-Present), VA Attorney General (1998-2002)
Character Country/State of Birth: Virginia
Character State of Residence: Virginia (specifically Arlington/D.C.)
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Face Claim: Helen Mirren (circa 2007)
Main Strengths: Moderate, prefers compromise, establishment member, popular, well-known in her state, stays close to the people
Main Weaknesses: Sometimes seen as too moderate, comes from money, accused of being a maverick (which can be a strength)

Biography: Born in 1943, Cassandra Hepburn-Smith nee Livingston is a moderate Republican Senator from Virginia. Cassie grew up in a relatively wealthy family during the end of FDR’s and the start of Truman’s presidencies and was influenced early on to be a moderate Republican by her father, who had been a Republican his entire life. Living in relative prosperity regardless of how the national economy was faring, Cassie was an only child.

After graduating as the valedictorian of her class, Cassie attended Harvard Law School thanks to her father’s wealth. She graduated in the top third of her class and joined a law firm in Washington, D.C. In the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, Cassie began working for Republican members of Congress regarding Constitutional law, which she had specialized in. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Cassie wrote dozens of editorials fighting abortion. In 1993, Cassie ran for the position of Virginia Attorney General and won as a Republican; she was reelected in 1997 and 2001, but in 2002 she resigned to run for Senate as the sitting Senator chose to enter early retirement. She easily trounced her opponents.

Cassie has been a strong supporter of President Bush and is publicly wary of the ultra-progressive movement, saying, “What we’re seeing here is very alarming, very worrying. I know that we need some changes to parts of our economy, but these people are pushing things a little too far, don’t you think?”

Cassie is married to Glenn Hepburn-Smith, a corporate lawyer from Maryland. They have a daughter, Angela; she was born in 1988 in hard labor. Cassie tries not to discuss her personal life, and thus little is disclosed to the public. Cassie prefers focusing on the issues to focusing on herself, but she has started focusing on how she overcame anti-women attitudes to become a leading politician in her state.

Cassie differs from other Republicans on abortion, climate change, healthcare, and the minimum wage. She supports the idea of keeping abortion "safe, legal, and rare" up until the second trimester when there ought to be exceptions for rape, incest, and medical emergencies; she also supports tackling the reasons why abortions are necessary. Additionally, Cassie thinks that some limited action on climate change is needed to stop anything drastic from happening in the next ten to twenty years, such as additional funds for solar research and an expansion of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Cassie also disagrees with the mainstream on health care reform, believing that tax credits of $20,000 should be used for health insurance. She also supports allowing the government to negotiate lower prices for drugs such as insulin. Cassie supports raising the minimum wage to $6.55. Cassie has also championed a balanced budget amendment, submitting it to the Senate every year since entering office.

Other Info:
Cassie is well-known for having weekly town halls open to the public across Virginia each week. While she will continue holding weekly town halls open to the public, she will not stay in Virginia. Voters in Maryland, D.C., and West Virginia have sometimes crossed state lines because they view Cassie as their voice in Congress despite having elected officials themselves (except in the case of D.C.). Additionally, Cassie advocates for all US territories holding referendums to determine their futures, focusing on statehood, continued protection as a territory, or independence. Cassie has included D.C., but adds a fourth option, that option being that D.C. can either join Virginia or Maryland. Cassie believes that Ranked-Choice Voting should be used for these issues.
News: Richard Martin, the independent governor of Meretica's Lunar Colony, has announced a presidential bid. A centrist running on a populist platform, Martin is gaining traction on both sides of the aisle. || President Maria Flores now holds a net approval rating of -28 points as the Meretican economy has begun to collapse. After Treasury Secretary Amanda Dayton was honest about the inability of the Flores Admin to properly handle the crisis, she was fired, leaving the Treasury Department without a leader.

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The Sarangtus Lands
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Postby The Sarangtus Lands » Fri Mar 18, 2022 6:37 pm

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NS Nation Name: The Sarangtus Lands
Character Name: Ruskie Lauderdale Helms
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 55
Character Height: 180cm
Character Weight: 60kg
Character Position/Role/Job: Staff at the Southern Baptist Convention (1974-1979), Reagan Campaign Staff Member (1979-1980), Moral Majority Member (1980-1983), Chairman of the Family Research Council (1983-1988) Robertson Campaign Staff Member (1988), Host of the Helms Hour (1988-2002), Senator from North Carolina (2003-), Senate Minority Whip (2007-)
Character Country/State of Birth: North Carolina
Character State of Residence: North Carolina
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim: Paul Gosar
Main Strengths: Name recognition due to his father both statewide and to a lesser degree nationwide, extremely popular among evangelicals due to his strong record on moral issues and hosting the Helms Hour, rarely flipflops, strong connections in the conservative wing, friendly with neoconservatives, friendly with big donors and especially the military-industrial complex
Main Weaknesses: Father was in the top 1% of conservatism and opposed civil rights, controversial comments on race, maintains strong support for the Iraq War in spite of the national environment, extreme positions, perceived disloyalty to the Republican Party due to his support of Buchanan, staunchly economically right-wing
Biography: Born to Jesse Helms and his wife in North Carolina, Hattie had a decent life growing up, as his father introduced him in and around Washington, growing up as a very politically interested child. However, his attention began to shift from politics to morality as he grew up, as his father educated him on the importance of moral values, and so he enlisted in Vietnam, joining as a fighter pilot and serving with honour, though he was certainly no war hero, he did his duty and moved on, getting an education in theology from Liberty University.

His first job out of the gate was working in child evangelism, working hand-in-hand with Christian charities in the South to spread the word and speak among children. He went across, speaking with the poor and the hungry, inducting them into the faith. His first political views were something of an American Christian democracy, his experiences softening his inherent conservatism inherited from his father. However, that quickly changed, as he soon began to inherit his father's political views as he was exposed to the TV and the radio, along with the opinions of many of his colleagues.

In 1979, as soon as he announced, he joined up with Reagan to support his campaign right from the ground, organising his campaign in the South and helping him win there. He helped strengthen his relationships with Southern leaders, along with constructing his own independent of his father, linking up with lobbyists and others who he would later push with his campaign, along with meeting many 'new right' politicians at this time, from those who were elected for the first time in that election to some who were elected later.

Encouraged by his father to stay in politics, he joined the Moral Majority after Reagan's campaign, becoming, through ever so slight nepotism, the head of its North Carolina branch. He helped promote its emerging political strain, mobilising the South's evangelical population through forming grassroots links, along with helping put, in concert with other state heads in the region, many Congressmen and Senators in their seats, along with making his first appearances on national TV and radio as a voice for the Christian Right. However, at this time, he still had a low profile, but slowly began to gain some when he moved over to the Chair of the Family Research Council.

Now, Chair of the Family Research Council is where he really began to become someone. He radicalised in his position there, taking on his strong, hard edge. He appeared on television frequently as a spokeswoman for the Christian Right whenever one was needed. However, his main cause was anti-LGBT activism, as per the FRC in general, but also sometimes took action against abortion. He called for homosexuality to be banned at the federal level and for an early version of DOMA.

Then, in 1988, he resigned to join the Robertson campaign, becoming its national chair. He focused on Iowa in particular, rallying together local surrogates and organising the campaign for a strong second place finish in Iowa. Within the campaign, he further built up connections with the evangelical community, especially with Robertson himself and people like him, allowing him to, upon the departure of another host, start his own show, first on a minor slot, and then graduated up in 1994 when it was realised how well he was doing.

During his time as a televangelist, he first went back to his roots, visiting foreign countries to preach the word of God and do charitable works, allowing him to gain some modicum of publicity, along with typical televangelist preaching with only a very light political slant. However, seeing the 1992 election approach, he decided to take a gamble on politics, stepping back in through a - despite his initial support for Buchanan - strong speech at the RNC calling for people to vote Cush Sr. to save the country from the 'unpatriotic' and 'weak' [not-Dukakis]. He spoke for him on the trail and did favourable interviews with various newspapers and radio networks, helping Cush to mend his fences with the evangelicals.

After Cush got elected, he continued focusing on his moral messaging, getting lots of views thanks to his rhetoric, and his popularity especially boomed during the crime spike, where he said that 'gangs of apes' were 'ransacking and raping' American cities, attracting both controversy in the media and support from the hard right. He supported [not-Robertson] in 1996 but then backed [not-Dole] in the general, calling on Americans to unify against [not-Clinton] and what he called the 'slow rot of America from the inside.'

His popularity only grew further, with some comparing him to Charles Coughlin in being a borderline demagogic religious figure whose sermons on morality attracted listeners upon listeners, as he soon became a mainstay of the Religious Right, however also diversifying into issues such as crime where his energy was able to attract other bases of support too. In 2000, he supported Cush right from the beginning, earning his respect and began to connect with him more often. Furthermore, he also campaigned for him in the general, especially in the South, looking to help pry away states such as Arkansas, Louisiana and even [not-Gore]'s home state of Tennessee, which was successful. During this time, he cahorted with many politicians, attempting to gain useful links in order to help push ahead the Christian Right agenda.

In the aftermath of 9/11, he went to New York itself and gave a strong speech about the need to unify around Cush and 'defeat the anti-American terrorists who have dared to commit such atrocities upon the greatest people in the world', while raising money using his TV show - along with a massive personal donation - to support 9/11 rescue efforts and the families of those affected. This earnt him lots of good publicity, and his hawkish speeches in favour of strong intervention in both Afghanistan and Iraq only won him more praise from the conservatives in the Republican Party, even as progressives were further alarmed and angered by him. The Freedom from Religion Foundation called him a 'demagogue' who 'undermined American democracy' through his various speeches. He simply shot back: "I cannot take moral advice from people who do not believe in a being by which moral advice can come from."

In 2002, after the announcement of his father's retirement, with the endorsement of his father, he ran for Senate. He won the primary despite the contest from a moderate Republican Representative, winning 60-40. He won the general with a landslide margin (unchanged from IRL), proclaiming in his victory speech that the politics of freedom have been vindicated and that the vanguard of true American democracy was ready to combat the great threat which stood in front of it. Before he even got to the Hill, he spoke to many of the other freshmen and built up strong relationships, allowing him to be the main Senate sponsor of the Cush tax cuts in 2003. In the first session he was in, he sponsored initiatives to fight against North Korea and Belarus - as his father's foreign policy credentials pushed him to educate himself on the issues and push himself ahead in this regard - while also slashing tariffs by authoring the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004. In the next Congress, he authored the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, Secure Fence Act of 2006 and Stolen Valor Act of 2005. His diligence, along with his campaigning for many of his fellow Senators in the South and general good relationships across the board, along with the influence of his father, allowed him to be elected Senate Minority Whip in the new Congress, and he now stands, looking over a party set for possible destruction ahead.

Perhaps, was he the man to save it?

He certainly thought so. In February 2007, a 'leak' emerged of Helms considering running for President, while he has been more active recently in terms of interviews and the like. He also made a strong speech at CPAC, emphasising his typical culture war issues. The media is now buzzing with speculation that he may run for President, and his constant cryptic hints aren't making the guessing easier...


Other Info: The structure of his family is below

Hattie Helms: Wife, 51. She is a soft-spoken housewife, but one with strong convictions and who works diligently but quietly in the background.

Berkham Helms: Son, 32. Working in Wall Street and making a significant amount of cash, works in a decent position within a large investment firm. He is quite blunt in private conversation but some say very artificially over the top nice in business conversation, to the point where it may come off faked or even mocking to some.

Jonathan Helms: Son, 30. Currently the Chairman of the Helms Organisation for the Advancement of Christianity. Said to be the parents' favourite, he's like his mother in that he is conscientious and calm. Comes off quite stilted and dry to many people.

Hattie Perner (nee Helms): Daughter, 29. She, somewhat to the disapproval of her parents due to their gender beliefs, works as a lobbyist with the Heritage Foundation, and aspires to poltiical office someday. She is quite ambitious and vicious, and very straightforward in her talking.

Conrad Helms: Son, 27. Conrad is quite a lonely, some might say depressed, man who is working in Silicon Valley on his own tech startup and seems to be quite detached from the rest of the family for some unknown reason.

Grandchildren not included, but Berkham has 3 children, Jonathan has 4 and Hattie has 1, with Conrad having 0.



Republican Primaries Voting Record:

1972: Nixon
1976: Reagan
1980: Reagan
1984: Reagan
1988: Robertson
1992: Buchanan
1996: Buchanan
2000: Bush
2004: Bush

Political Positions:
Positions marked with [P] are private.

Economic Views:
Supports Lowering Income Tax Rates, especially for the rich, agrees with Reaganomics
Supports Abolishing the Estate Tax, Inheritance Tax, and decreasing Tariffs
Supports Increasing Sin Taxes
Supports Cutting Corporate Taxes
Opposes Closing Loopholes
Opposes Implementing Carbon Tax
Opposes Promoting Alternative Energy (Solar, Geothermal, Nuclear)
Supports Transition Medicare and Medicaid to HSAs, and Vouchers
Supports Transitioning Government Employees Pensions into PMAs
Supports Expanding to Full Coverage for Veterans Healthcare, Special integrated HSAs
Opposes Expanding Environmental Regulations
Opposes Expanding Medicare’s ability to negotiate drug prices
Supports Free Trade
Opposes National Paid Parental Leave (up to 24-28 weeks)
Opposes National Paid Sick Leave for full time employees (up to two weeks)
Opposes Expanding Disability Accessible Infrastructure [P]
Opposes Improving Infrastructure, except in exceptional circumstances
Supports Social Security Reform, 5-year commitment with opt out option
Opposes Universal Preschool
Opposes Unions
Supports Right-To-Work Laws
Supports Subsidies to Farmers

Foreign Policy:
Supports Afghanistan Conflict, establish stable government, eliminate key terrorist figures, expand troop presence
Supports Iraq War, establish stable government, prevent and contain Iranian influence
Opposes Kurdish Independence
Supports NATO, Expand to include Global NATO Partners, diplomatically oppose Chechnyan and Georgian occupation
Supports Increasing Foreign Aid (for tactical reasons)
Prevent nuclearization of Iran and North Korea, expand troop presence in South Korea
Supports Peace Through Strength
Supports Increasing Military Budget

Domestic/Social Views:
Opposes Abortion in all cases but life of mother in danger
Opposes the Equal Rights Amendment
Opposes Roe v. Wade
Supports Abstinence-Only Sex Education
Opposes Birth Control [P]
Supports Civil Asset Forfeiture
Opposes Common Core Standards
Supports the PATRIOT Act
Opposes Same-Sex Marriage Legalization
Opposes Lawrence v. Texas Decision
Supports Banning Pornography
Supports Torture
Opposes Campaign Finance Reform
Opposes Expanding Environmental Conservation Efforts
Opposes Criminal Justice Reform
Supports Death Penalty for Murder and Manslaughter
Opposes Disability Rights [P]
Opposes Expanding the Franchise
Opposes Lifetime Lobbying Ban on Former Government Officials
Opposes Expansion of Gun Control
Opposes Increasing Marriage and Work Visas
Opposes Immigration Reform
Supports Building Border Wall [P]
Supports Mass Deportations [P]
Opposes Sanctuary Cities
Opposes Refugees [P]
Opposes Term Limits For Elected and Appointed Officials, except the President
Opposes Police Reform
Supports Sale of Military Equipment to Police
Opposes Body Cameras
Supports Penal Labor

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