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Kavanis
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NS Nation Name: Kavanis
Character Name: Erik Benjamin “Ben” Eriksen
Character Gender: M
Character Age: 60
Character Height: 1.90 m
Character Weight: 90 kg
Character Position/Role/Job: Former Mayor of Oklahoma City, former Governor of Oklahoma, former Drug Czar
Character Country/State of Birth: New York
Character State of Residence: Oklahoma
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim: Tom Ridge
Main Strengths:
  • Successful legacies as Mayor and Governor, including widely lauded crisis leadership. His leadership in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing is held up as a model, and his management of the 1999 tornado outbreak favorably contrasted (somewhat unfairly) with the response to Hurricane Katrina.
  • Experience of winning tough battles with an opposition legislature.
  • Authentic conservative credentials with a record of cutting taxes, being “tough on crime”, and very few flip-flops.
  • Consistently high ratings from interest groups (e.g. Cato Institute on fiscal policy, NRA-ILA on gun rights) and high approval ratings on leaving office.
Main Weaknesses:
  • Little name recognition outside of Oklahoma. Turning around Oklahoma City’s waterfront isn’t much of an accomplishment given how few people even know Oklahoma City has a waterfront. His moment in the national limelight, in 1995, has faded from public memory, eclipsed by 9/11. He has few connections to major donor groups and doesn’t represent a key swing state (Oklahoma having swung massively to the red during his career).
  • No foreign policy experience or profile other than a few trade missions as governor and two years in a JAG court in Germany 35 years ago! Has no profile on the Iraq War.
  • His time as Drug Czar was probably a mistake politically. It neither gave him enough profile to credibly claim serious federal service, nor allowed him to completely escape association with the increasingly unpopular Cush administration. And also, it’s not like he won the War on Drugs in those two years!
  • While he’s no one’s idea of a moderate, the two issues on which he did stake out more moderate stances – abortion and immigration – are probably the two on which conservative activists are least forgiving.
  • Not an accomplished public speaker nor particularly charismatic in person. He’s a policy wonk at heart who’s more comfortable hammering out the details of budget lines than he is “telling a story”. He’s also deeply ill at ease with using either openly or subtly religious language, in contrast to the Cush approach.
  • Secret IC: Pretty much an atheist. Obviously he would never admit this and short of mind control being developed it won’t come out, but he’s not as ready with the references to God, Jesus, and the rest of the crew as other Republicans (and even Democrats) are.
  • He’s not old at 60, but he’s certainly not brimming with youthful vitality nor terribly photogenic, and his hearing aid can at times give him the appearance and mannerisms of an older man, something having a new wife half his age does nothing to detract from.
  • See also the last two paragraphs about his failures as governor.

Biography:

Early life and education

Ben Eriksen was born in 1947, the oldest of four children of Sofie (née Svensen), a nurse, and Erik, a clerical worker in Washington, D.C., assigned to the Federal Power Commission. The family lived in Falls Church, Virginia, and were on holiday in New York City when Ben was born. From a family mainly of Danish and Norwegian descent, with most of his great-grandparents having been farmers in Minnesota, he is the fourth “Erik Eriksen” in a row in his family, but hated the name as a child and began calling himself Ben, after his maternal grandfather. He is the oldest of four children: his brother (who, confusingly, actually is called Benjamin, but goes by “Jim”) has run (mostly unsuccessfully) for minor public office as a Libertarian, while his sisters, Martine and Liv, are respectively a journalist, and an executive assistant in the office of the NFL Commissioner. His father, a federal employee who did not serve in World War II as he was an essential worker in energy administration, was reassigned throughout Ben’s childhood, and he had attended elementary school in four different states by the time the family finally settled in Tulsa, OK, where they made a permanent home. As a result, Eriksen’s accent is noticeably more Mid-Atlantic than Okie.

He attended Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, where he was quarterback of the football team and elected student body president, as well as being named one of Oklahoma’s Presidential Scholars by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he played both football and baseball, and graduated with a BA with distinction in history in 1969. He then studied at the University of Oklahoma College of Law for a JD in law, graduating in 1972. He was chairman of the University of Oklahoma Young Republicans and campaigned for Richard Nixon’s reelection. After graduation he clerked for Luther L. Bohanon on the United States District Court for the District of Western Oklahoma, the Democratic Chief Justice who had desegregated Oklahoma’s schools in 1961 and subsequently ordered a busing plan.

Military service, early career, and entry into politics

Eriksen joined the US Army and served for three years in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, retiring as a Captain after working in California and Europe. He then returned to Oklahoma and entered private practice, initially as a public defender, alongside a partner [not James Winchester] who was later appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court by Eriksen himself. It was work he frankly later admitted to disliking as “it was low paid and most of my clients were guilty”. He switched to the other side and worked as a prosecutor, starting as an assistant district attorney.

He worked on the 1976 Ford campaign as an advance man but was more enthused by the insurgent candidacy of [not-Reagan], whom he campaigned for vigorously in 1980. An enthusiastic supporter of the death penalty, he campaigned successfully for its restoration in Oklahoma following the 1976 Supreme Court decision Gregg v. Georgia. He also worked on several local and state campaigns as a political aide and was known for putting in very long hours: he would commonly work through the day in his legal career, then through the night writing speeches and policy briefs.

In 1980 he entered politics himself, running for and winning a seat in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. At the age of 33 he was regarded as something of rising figure of the Oklahoma Republican Party. In 1982 he ran for the Oklahoma Senate and was elected. He advocated for tough enforcement of drug laws and was an at times combative opponent of Governor [not-Nigh], including leading a successful veto override campaign at a time when Oklahoma state politics were still heavily Democratic. In 1986, he ran for Attorney General of Oklahoma, but suffered his first major political defeat. He was portrayed as overly close to state oil and gas interests, and suffered from Republican fatigue in the six-year itch of the [not-Reagan] presidency.

Mayor of Oklahoma City

In 1987, Eriksen ran for Mayor of Oklahoma City, winning by a 2:1 margin after running as a “law and order” candidate despite at one point having to suspend his campaign after his daughter fell sick. He was initially concerned with civic reform, and completely reorganized the planning and civil service commissions. He instituted campaign finance reform laws and reformed the water board. He promoted development in downtown Oklahoma City but was mainly known for his “good government” reforms. But after being reelected by a heavy margin, he initiated what became his legacy, the ambitious development program Metropolitan Area Projects Plan (MAPS). Following the Penn Square Bank collapse in the early 1980s and the loss of an important contract to Indiana, civic leaders were concerned about Oklahoma’s attractiveness for business and tourism. MAPS was a $350 million public works and redevelopment plan.

The plan was to be funded through an initial voter approved sales tax increase, which was initially unpopular with voters, and at one point trailed by 20 points in the polls. Eriksen’s tireless campaigning helped swing the referendum in favor, and it passed. Extensive downtown redevelopment brought renovations to existing infrastructure such as the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, and construction of new facilities (among them the E.B. Eriksen Downtown Library). A new riverfront and recreational dam complex is now the headquarters for USA Canoe/Kayak and a training center for US Rowing. The development has returned the initial investment several times over, although much of it was completed after Eriksen had left office, as by then he was already eyeing bigger offices.

Under his tenure, Oklahoma City won an All-America City Award from the National Civic League. Crime fell and housebuilding went up, and major businesses began investing. He even made accommodation with union leaders with whom he had clashed during his first term. He worked with Oklahoma Gas & Electric to improve their bond rating situation. In the last year of his mayoralty he was elected President of the National League of Cities, the first Oklahoman to hold the post.

Governor of Oklahoma

In 1994, Eriksen ran for Governor, winning a very tight race in which he failed to obtain an absolute majority but was helped by a third party candidate siphoning off support. His campaign was heavily outspent, dogged by questions about how he would accomplish his ambitious reform agenda given the likely makeup of the state legislature would be heavily Democratic, and beset by negative attacks from his opponents over investing in out-of-state businesses. His win is sometimes judged an “upset” although he always led in polling. Just three months after taking office, the fragile peace of a city whose redevelopment he had led was then disrupted as the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City exploded in what remains the single deadliest act of domestic terrorism in United States history.

Within 45 minutes of the explosion Eriksen had declared a state of emergency, enabling FEMA to provide assistance. He organized state resources for relief and rescue efforts, and later established a fund to provide assistance to victims. He spoke with President [not-Clinton] and the Rev. Billy Graham at the memorial service. Though Oklahoma was sometimes criticized for not making teaching the history of the event mandatory in high schools, in general Eriksen’s response as governor was praised. The event gave him a national profile for the first time.

Eriksen’s first term agenda was essentially conservative, mixing administrative reforms to education, planning, and civic government with promotion of growth through economic development, infrastructure building and tax relief, alongside a tough approach to law enforcement and public safety; he departed somewhat from national Republican trends, though, in favoring environmental protection (the Oklahoma Republican Party pushed him to abolish the new Department of Environmental Quality, but he resisted) and bucked his pro-business tendencies with a special taskforce to regulate the hog and poultry industries. Always a defender of law and order, he signed more death warrants per capita than any other governor in the nation, and did not provide a single case of amnesty. He raised state trooper pay (the lowest in the nation when he took over the statehouse) and signed landmark truth-in-sentencing legislation.

In his first term, Eriksen wanted to improve road quality without increasing property tax, and publicly bet on improving the state economy to make up for lost revenue. During his first session, he sent a paper napkin on which he had drawn a Laffer curve to the Democratic leader in the legislature. Reforms to certain excise taxes helped, and he was able to boast of improved road conditions by the end of his term without having raised taxes. He also reformed the franchise tax on banks and, more controversially, removed the cap on interest rates, before issuing an invitation to banks to move to Oklahoma. His greatest legislative success was the 1995 welfare reform law, the first in the nation and a model for the subsequent national reforms in 1996. He created a public-private partnership to for indigent care, and invested in medical education.

Eriksen had not originally run as an aggressive tax cutter; in his time as Mayor he had campaigned for an increase in sales tax, and presented himself as more concerned with balanced budgets and fiscal prudence. But by 1998, he had put the government in a position to deliver a cut in income tax, the first Oklahoma in over 50 years. Cuts to sales, estate and unemployment taxes combined to form the largest tax break in the state’s history. This essentially assured him of reelection and in a far cry from his narrow victory four years ago, he was reelected in a landslide, winning 70% of the vote.

Having put his efforts into economic development and infrastructure reform in his first term, Eriksen promoted education reform in his second term. Superlatives included the biggest ever investment in education and largest ever pay increase for Oklahoma teachers. Along with the increased spending came higher standards, and Eriksen introduced charter schools to Oklahoma for the first time. He created ten new STEM research centers at universities throughout Oklahoma, attracting tens of millions in research funding and an estimated $100m economic boost. At times he had more success working with Democrats than Republicans on educational issues, but on other issues, the Democratic majority proved intractable, most notably his desire to turn Oklahoma into a right-to-work state. He tried to keep labor costs down by reforming worker’s compensation laws, including by appointing more business-friendly members to Oklahoma’s Worker’s Compensation Court. He eventually won the right-to-work battle when voters approved the constitutional amendment in 2001.

Continuing his law-and-order stance, he signed further truth-in-sentencing legislation, and gave correctional officers and police further pay raises. He expanded the use of mental health courts, formed regional task forces on cattle theft, and made repeat sex offenses a life without parole penalty. Further tax successes included another income tax break, the creation of Oklahoma’s earned income tax credit, managing a 30% property tax cut for farmers and homeowners, permanently repealing the estate tax, and creating a bipartisan commission to study tax simplification. He was not able to achieve his aim of completely eliminating the state income tax by the end of his tenure, however, but he did eliminate what he termed wasteful government programs such as the annual vehicle inspection requirement. He created a special taskforce on the Tar Creek Superfund site. By the end of his tenure he had overseen the largest road construction project in state history, and finally completed the dome for the Oklahoma State Capitol with $20m of private money.

Eriksen ended his term a popular governor denied a certain third term only on account of term limits. However, he was not without controversy. Eriksen had portrayed himself as a “family values” conservative concerned with the state’s high divorce rates (reducing the divorce rate was one of his major campaign planks) and opposed to drug and alcohol abuse, but he did sign a tranche of pardons in his last days, including for his son-of-law for DUI. Oklahoma’s EB-5 visa program for foreign investors was criticized for not delivering meaningful investment. He has said he regretted the state’s investment in wind power during his time as governor as not delivering good value for consumers, and the state did not meaningfully increase the proportion of its power from renewable sources despite his stated desires.

Eriksen also went to court against his own Attorney General and became one of the few Governors to have argued in front of the Supreme Court when he unsuccessfully defended his attempt to dissolve the Department of Commerce and replace it with a new Department of Economic Development as a tactical move to appoint a new Secretary not approved by the legislature. He lost. At the very end of his tenure, Oklahoma’s legislature passed a controversial law banning abortion under virtually all circumstances save for the mother’s life (though not her health). Intended as a challenge to Roe and Casey, the bill would not have taken effect but was a powerful symbol of how far to the right the legislature had swung on social issues. Eriksen had privately urged the legislature not to send him the bill, and eventually vetoed it. Afterwards he said he knew it would be stayed by court order and thrown out by the courts when challenged anyway and that he did not see the point in “wasting government money on pointless show causes”, rhetoric that went down like a cup of cold sick with pro-life campaigners who had hitherto regarded him as an ally.

During his tenure as governor he served as Chairman of the Southern Governors Association, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and the Southern States Energy Board, and on the executive committees of the National Governors Association and the National Commission on Energy Policy.

Federal service

Upon leaving office, he was appointed by President Cush to be the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He was approved unanimously by the Senate and held Cabinet-level rank. He took a hard stance opposed to the legalization or decriminalization of narcotics. He was particularly trenchant in his opposition to state-level attempts at relaxing cannabis laws. However, he was a supporter of treatment over incarceration for long-term drug users. Though he proved a capable administrator, he clashed with the administration at times, and after the President’s reelection tendered his resignation.

Since leaving office, he has served on the board of directors of Tenet Healthcare and as an adviser in the private equity group of Lehman Brothers. He has been a consultant to Oklahoma-based businesses and law firms, and provided freelance political analysis for Oklahoma news. He was appointed to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, has served as a board member for the National Assessment Governing Board, and served on the boards of various nonprofit groups involved with education. He came out strongly in favor of the comprehensive immigration reform. In early 2007, he was seen making a trip to South Carolina, sparking rumors of a possible 2008 Presidential run.

Other Info: During his Army service, he met Jessamyn “Jess” Fisher, a WAF pilot. They married and had four children. His two sons have both run for office, unsuccessfully. Jess passed away shortly before the end of his time as governor. 9 months later he remarried to Brandi Atwater, 30 years his junior. He wears a hearing aid in his left ear. He states he sleeps less than four hours a night and has always been known for his phenomenally long working hours, at times testing the limits of aides half his age.

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Postby Lavan Tiri » Mon Mar 21, 2022 12:56 pm

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Character Application and Information Sheet


NS Nation Name: Kavanis
Character Name: Erik Benjamin “Ben” Eriksen
Character Gender: M
Character Age: 60
Character Height: 1.90 m
Character Weight: 90 kg
Character Position/Role/Job: Former Mayor of Oklahoma City, former Governor of Oklahoma, former Drug Czar
Character Country/State of Birth: New York
Character State of Residence: Oklahoma
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim: Tom Ridge
Main Strengths:
  • Successful legacies as Mayor and Governor, including widely lauded crisis leadership. His leadership in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing is held up as a model, and his management of the 1999 tornado outbreak favorably contrasted (somewhat unfairly) with the response to Hurricane Katrina.
  • Experience of winning tough battles with an opposition legislature.
  • Authentic conservative credentials with a record of cutting taxes, being “tough on crime”, and very few flip-flops.
  • Consistently high ratings from interest groups (e.g. Cato Institute on fiscal policy, NRA-ILA on gun rights) and high approval ratings on leaving office.
Main Weaknesses:
  • Little name recognition outside of Oklahoma. Turning around Oklahoma City’s waterfront isn’t much of an accomplishment given how few people even know Oklahoma City has a waterfront. His moment in the national limelight, in 1995, has faded from public memory, eclipsed by 9/11. He has few connections to major donor groups and doesn’t represent a key swing state (Oklahoma having swung massively to the red during his career).
  • No foreign policy experience or profile other than a few trade missions as governor and two years in a JAG court in Germany 35 years ago! Has no profile on the Iraq War.
  • His time as Drug Czar was probably a mistake politically. It neither gave him enough profile to credibly claim serious federal service, nor allowed him to completely escape association with the increasingly unpopular Cush administration. And also, it’s not like he won the War on Drugs in those two years!
  • While he’s no one’s idea of a moderate, the two issues on which he did stake out more moderate stances – abortion and immigration – are probably the two on which conservative activists are least forgiving.
  • Not an accomplished public speaker nor particularly charismatic in person. He’s a policy wonk at heart who’s more comfortable hammering out the details of budget lines than he is “telling a story”. He’s also deeply ill at ease with using either openly or subtly religious language, in contrast to the Cush approach.
  • Secret IC: Pretty much an atheist. Obviously he would never admit this and short of mind control being developed it won’t come out, but he’s not as ready with the references to God, Jesus, and the rest of the crew as other Republicans (and even Democrats) are.
  • He’s not old at 60, but he’s certainly not brimming with youthful vitality nor terribly photogenic, and his hearing aid can at times give him the appearance and mannerisms of an older man, something having a new wife half his age does nothing to detract from.
  • See also the last two paragraphs about his failures as governor.

Biography:

Early life and education

Ben Eriksen was born in 1947, the oldest of four children of Sofie (née Svensen), a nurse, and Erik, a clerical worker in Washington, D.C., assigned to the Federal Power Commission. The family lived in Falls Church, Virginia, and were on holiday in New York City when Ben was born. From a family mainly of Danish and Norwegian descent, with most of his great-grandparents having been farmers in Minnesota, he is the fourth “Erik Eriksen” in a row in his family, but hated the name as a child and began calling himself Ben, after his maternal grandfather. He is the oldest of four children: his brother (who, confusingly, actually is called Benjamin, but goes by “Jim”) has run (mostly unsuccessfully) for minor public office as a Libertarian, while his sisters, Martine and Liv, are respectively a journalist, and an executive assistant in the office of the NFL Commissioner. His father, a federal employee who did not serve in World War II as he was an essential worker in energy administration, was reassigned throughout Ben’s childhood, and he had attended elementary school in four different states by the time the family finally settled in Tulsa, OK, where they made a permanent home. As a result, Eriksen’s accent is noticeably more Mid-Atlantic than Okie.

He attended Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, where he was quarterback of the football team and elected student body president, as well as being named one of Oklahoma’s Presidential Scholars by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he played both football and baseball, and graduated with a BA with distinction in history in 1969. He then studied at the University of Oklahoma College of Law for a JD in law, graduating in 1972. He was chairman of the University of Oklahoma Young Republicans and campaigned for Richard Nixon’s reelection. After graduation he clerked for Luther L. Bohanon on the United States District Court for the District of Western Oklahoma, the Democratic Chief Justice who had desegregated Oklahoma’s schools in 1961 and subsequently ordered a busing plan.

Military service, early career, and entry into politics

Eriksen joined the US Army and served for three years in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, retiring as a Captain after working in California and Europe. He then returned to Oklahoma and entered private practice, initially as a public defender, alongside a partner [not James Winchester] who was later appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court by Eriksen himself. It was work he frankly later admitted to disliking as “it was low paid and most of my clients were guilty”. He switched to the other side and worked as a prosecutor, starting as an assistant district attorney.

He worked on the 1976 Ford campaign as an advance man but was more enthused by the insurgent candidacy of [not-Reagan], whom he campaigned for vigorously in 1980. An enthusiastic supporter of the death penalty, he campaigned successfully for its restoration in Oklahoma following the 1976 Supreme Court decision Gregg v. Georgia. He also worked on several local and state campaigns as a political aide and was known for putting in very long hours: he would commonly work through the day in his legal career, then through the night writing speeches and policy briefs.

In 1980 he entered politics himself, running for and winning a seat in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. At the age of 33 he was regarded as something of rising figure of the Oklahoma Republican Party. In 1982 he ran for the Oklahoma Senate and was elected. He advocated for tough enforcement of drug laws and was an at times combative opponent of Governor [not-Nigh], including leading a successful veto override campaign at a time when Oklahoma state politics were still heavily Democratic. In 1986, he ran for Attorney General of Oklahoma, but suffered his first major political defeat. He was portrayed as overly close to state oil and gas interests, and suffered from Republican fatigue in the six-year itch of the [not-Reagan] presidency.

Mayor of Oklahoma City

In 1987, Eriksen ran for Mayor of Oklahoma City, winning by a 2:1 margin after running as a “law and order” candidate despite at one point having to suspend his campaign after his daughter fell sick. He was initially concerned with civic reform, and completely reorganized the planning and civil service commissions. He instituted campaign finance reform laws and reformed the water board. He promoted development in downtown Oklahoma City but was mainly known for his “good government” reforms. But after being reelected by a heavy margin, he initiated what became his legacy, the ambitious development program Metropolitan Area Projects Plan (MAPS). Following the Penn Square Bank collapse in the early 1980s and the loss of an important contract to Indiana, civic leaders were concerned about Oklahoma’s attractiveness for business and tourism. MAPS was a $350 million public works and redevelopment plan.

The plan was to be funded through an initial voter approved sales tax increase, which was initially unpopular with voters, and at one point trailed by 20 points in the polls. Eriksen’s tireless campaigning helped swing the referendum in favor, and it passed. Extensive downtown redevelopment brought renovations to existing infrastructure such as the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, and construction of new facilities (among them the E.B. Eriksen Downtown Library). A new riverfront and recreational dam complex is now the headquarters for USA Canoe/Kayak and a training center for US Rowing. The development has returned the initial investment several times over, although much of it was completed after Eriksen had left office, as by then he was already eyeing bigger offices.

Under his tenure, Oklahoma City won an All-America City Award from the National Civic League. Crime fell and housebuilding went up, and major businesses began investing. He even made accommodation with union leaders with whom he had clashed during his first term. He worked with Oklahoma Gas & Electric to improve their bond rating situation. In the last year of his mayoralty he was elected President of the National League of Cities, the first Oklahoman to hold the post.

Governor of Oklahoma

In 1994, Eriksen ran for Governor, winning a very tight race in which he failed to obtain an absolute majority but was helped by a third party candidate siphoning off support. His campaign was heavily outspent, dogged by questions about how he would accomplish his ambitious reform agenda given the likely makeup of the state legislature would be heavily Democratic, and beset by negative attacks from his opponents over investing in out-of-state businesses. His win is sometimes judged an “upset” although he always led in polling. Just three months after taking office, the fragile peace of a city whose redevelopment he had led was then disrupted as the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City exploded in what remains the single deadliest act of domestic terrorism in United States history.

Within 45 minutes of the explosion Eriksen had declared a state of emergency, enabling FEMA to provide assistance. He organized state resources for relief and rescue efforts, and later established a fund to provide assistance to victims. He spoke with President [not-Clinton] and the Rev. Billy Graham at the memorial service. Though Oklahoma was sometimes criticized for not making teaching the history of the event mandatory in high schools, in general Eriksen’s response as governor was praised. The event gave him a national profile for the first time.

Eriksen’s first term agenda was essentially conservative, mixing administrative reforms to education, planning, and civic government with promotion of growth through economic development, infrastructure building and tax relief, alongside a tough approach to law enforcement and public safety; he departed somewhat from national Republican trends, though, in favoring environmental protection (the Oklahoma Republican Party pushed him to abolish the new Department of Environmental Quality, but he resisted) and bucked his pro-business tendencies with a special taskforce to regulate the hog and poultry industries. Always a defender of law and order, he signed more death warrants per capita than any other governor in the nation, and did not provide a single case of amnesty. He raised state trooper pay (the lowest in the nation when he took over the statehouse) and signed landmark truth-in-sentencing legislation.

In his first term, Eriksen wanted to improve road quality without increasing property tax, and publicly bet on improving the state economy to make up for lost revenue. During his first session, he sent a paper napkin on which he had drawn a Laffer curve to the Democratic leader in the legislature. Reforms to certain excise taxes helped, and he was able to boast of improved road conditions by the end of his term without having raised taxes. He also reformed the franchise tax on banks and, more controversially, removed the cap on interest rates, before issuing an invitation to banks to move to Oklahoma. His greatest legislative success was the 1995 welfare reform law, the first in the nation and a model for the subsequent national reforms in 1996. He created a public-private partnership to for indigent care, and invested in medical education.

Eriksen had not originally run as an aggressive tax cutter; in his time as Mayor he had campaigned for an increase in sales tax, and presented himself as more concerned with balanced budgets and fiscal prudence. But by 1998, he had put the government in a position to deliver a cut in income tax, the first Oklahoma in over 50 years. Cuts to sales, estate and unemployment taxes combined to form the largest tax break in the state’s history. This essentially assured him of reelection and in a far cry from his narrow victory four years ago, he was reelected in a landslide, winning 70% of the vote.

Having put his efforts into economic development and infrastructure reform in his first term, Eriksen promoted education reform in his second term. Superlatives included the biggest ever investment in education and largest ever pay increase for Oklahoma teachers. Along with the increased spending came higher standards, and Eriksen introduced charter schools to Oklahoma for the first time. He created ten new STEM research centers at universities throughout Oklahoma, attracting tens of millions in research funding and an estimated $100m economic boost. At times he had more success working with Democrats than Republicans on educational issues, but on other issues, the Democratic majority proved intractable, most notably his desire to turn Oklahoma into a right-to-work state. He tried to keep labor costs down by reforming worker’s compensation laws, including by appointing more business-friendly members to Oklahoma’s Worker’s Compensation Court. He eventually won the right-to-work battle when voters approved the constitutional amendment in 2001.

Continuing his law-and-order stance, he signed further truth-in-sentencing legislation, and gave correctional officers and police further pay raises. He expanded the use of mental health courts, formed regional task forces on cattle theft, and made repeat sex offenses a life without parole penalty. Further tax successes included another income tax break, the creation of Oklahoma’s earned income tax credit, managing a 30% property tax cut for farmers and homeowners, permanently repealing the estate tax, and creating a bipartisan commission to study tax simplification. He was not able to achieve his aim of completely eliminating the state income tax by the end of his tenure, however, but he did eliminate what he termed wasteful government programs such as the annual vehicle inspection requirement. He created a special taskforce on the Tar Creek Superfund site. By the end of his tenure he had overseen the largest road construction project in state history, and finally completed the dome for the Oklahoma State Capitol with $20m of private money.

Eriksen ended his term a popular governor denied a certain third term only on account of term limits. However, he was not without controversy. Eriksen had portrayed himself as a “family values” conservative concerned with the state’s high divorce rates (reducing the divorce rate was one of his major campaign planks) and opposed to drug and alcohol abuse, but he did sign a tranche of pardons in his last days, including for his son-of-law for DUI. Oklahoma’s EB-5 visa program for foreign investors was criticized for not delivering meaningful investment. He has said he regretted the state’s investment in wind power during his time as governor as not delivering good value for consumers, and the state did not meaningfully increase the proportion of its power from renewable sources despite his stated desires.

Eriksen also went to court against his own Attorney General and became one of the few Governors to have argued in front of the Supreme Court when he unsuccessfully defended his attempt to dissolve the Department of Commerce and replace it with a new Department of Economic Development as a tactical move to appoint a new Secretary not approved by the legislature. He lost. At the very end of his tenure, Oklahoma’s legislature passed a controversial law banning abortion under virtually all circumstances save for the mother’s life (though not her health). Intended as a challenge to Roe and Casey, the bill would not have taken effect but was a powerful symbol of how far to the right the legislature had swung on social issues. Eriksen had privately urged the legislature not to send him the bill, and eventually vetoed it. Afterwards he said he knew it would be stayed by court order and thrown out by the courts when challenged anyway and that he did not see the point in “wasting government money on pointless show causes”, rhetoric that went down like a cup of cold sick with pro-life campaigners who had hitherto regarded him as an ally.

During his tenure as governor he served as Chairman of the Southern Governors Association, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and the Southern States Energy Board, and on the executive committees of the National Governors Association and the National Commission on Energy Policy.

Federal service

Upon leaving office, he was appointed by President Cush to be the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He was approved unanimously by the Senate and held Cabinet-level rank. He took a hard stance opposed to the legalization or decriminalization of narcotics. He was particularly trenchant in his opposition to state-level attempts at relaxing cannabis laws. However, he was a supporter of treatment over incarceration for long-term drug users. Though he proved a capable administrator, he clashed with the administration at times, and after the President’s reelection tendered his resignation.

Since leaving office, he has served on the board of directors of Tenet Healthcare and as an adviser in the private equity group of Lehman Brothers. He has been a consultant to Oklahoma-based businesses and law firms, and provided freelance political analysis for Oklahoma news. He was appointed to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, has served as a board member for the National Assessment Governing Board, and served on the boards of various nonprofit groups involved with education. He came out strongly in favor of the comprehensive immigration reform. In early 2007, he was seen making a trip to South Carolina, sparking rumors of a possible 2008 Presidential run.

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Despite having no background in politics or military, she looks like a formidable contender.

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Folks, a friendly bit of advice: moving forward, if all you want to do is sponsor someone’s bill, just say so in the OOC thread. Members of Congress usually submit these special forms to the respective clerks behind the scene to add their name to bills.

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It’s been a while, I’ve been looking to get back into P2TM, hope you didn’t miss me :p

I have a rough idea of the sort of character I have in mind, a moderate Southern Democrat member of the House as my first one, just wanted to ask if that niche has beene filled by someone or is still open
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Aureumterra III wrote:It’s been a while, I’ve been looking to get back into P2TM, hope you didn’t miss me :p

I have a rough idea of the sort of character I have in mind, a moderate Southern Democrat member of the House as my first one, just wanted to ask if that niche has beene filled by someone or is still open

We have a conservative Southern Democrat, but not a moderate one.
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Aureumterra III wrote:It’s been a while, I’ve been looking to get back into P2TM, hope you didn’t miss me :p

I have a rough idea of the sort of character I have in mind, a moderate Southern Democrat member of the House as my first one, just wanted to ask if that niche has beene filled by someone or is still open

Are you thinking of John Cooper perhaps?
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Aureumterra III wrote:It’s been a while, I’ve been looking to get back into P2TM, hope you didn’t miss me :p

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The Sarangtus Lands wrote:
Aureumterra III wrote:It’s been a while, I’ve been looking to get back into P2TM, hope you didn’t miss me :p

I have a rough idea of the sort of character I have in mind, a moderate Southern Democrat member of the House as my first one, just wanted to ask if that niche has beene filled by someone or is still open

We have a conservative Southern Democrat, but not a moderate one.

Interesting, could be an opportunity to form a congressional caucus

Anyways, I have started drafting an application, should have it up in the coming days
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NS Nation Name: Prince Kropotkin
Character Name: Regan Storm (formerly Regan Stewart)
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 54
Character Height: (why?) 5' 5"
Character Weight : (why???) 126 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Congresswoman for Connecticut's 4th Congressional District (1999-present), Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance (1995-1996), Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets (1994-1995), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Europe (1993-1994), Director of Market Regulation at the Securities and Exchange Commission (1991-1993), Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1989-1991)
Character Country/State of Birth: Connecticut
Character State of Residence: Connecticut
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim: Kimble Hookstraten (Virginia Madsen)
Main Strengths: Moderate with history of bipartisan legislative accomplishments, personal wealth and links to donor groups, good approval ratings with women.
Main Weaknesses: RINO, geographically isolated as the only New England Republican, support for the Iraq War is unpopular in her district, seen as privileged and elite, burned bridges with the party on key votes, support of campaign finance reform has turned away donors and party machinery.
Biography: The Stewart family in New England predates the United States, with origins in Scotland and England. On her mother's side, Regan's ancestors are German and Russian, and she discovered during a genealogical survey that she has Jewish ancestors on her mother's side. Her grandparents were active in New York and Connecticut Republican politics. Her father, James, was a lawyer who served on the District Court of the District of Connecticut and then the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and as an adjunct professor at Yale Law, while her mother was a corporate attorney.

Regan was born in 1952 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The second of four children and oldest girl, she had a comfortable upbringing thanks to her parents' upper-middle-class jobs and inherited wealth, and attended a mixture of public and private schools. She was a successful student and obtained strong grades, and was active in extra-curriculars and social circles, including making her debut in New York City. As a teenager she was drawn to the Democratic politics of the time but turned off by the New Left's descent into violence and radicalism, and turned back to the New England Republicanism of her family.

She bucked family tradition by attending Columbia rather than Yale; while in New York, she met Jason Storm, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, whom she married. Following graduation she received a Fulbright Scholarship to spend two years studying at Oxford University in England. On her return, she enrolled in Yale Law School, graduating with honors. She did a clerkship on the District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was hired by Davis, Polk & Wardwell, and worked there for 9 years on a range of corporate finance law cases while also undertaking pro bono work on immigration and domestic violence issues.

The new administration appointed her as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York in 1989, and as sheriff-turned-gamekeeper she was charged with prosecuting securities fraud. She was a counsel to the Securities & Exchange Commission on their prosecution of Salomon Brothers for rigged US Treasury bids. Despite being a registered Republican, she was approached by the Democratic administration and recruited to, first, the Commerce Department, serving at the International Trade Administration, first as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, then Assistant Secretary for Global Markets, and then the Treasury, where she served as Under Secretary for Domestic Finance. She left government service in 1996 and returned to Wall Street, first with UBS, and then the Global Environment Fund, advising on regulatory issues.

With a mixture of bipartisan government service and private sector experience behind her, she decided to run for her hometown seat when the Republican incumbent unexpectedly decided to stand down in 1998. She had never run for office at any level before, and her campaign made some faltering starts as she struggled to identity as more than just a wealthy scion of privilege. Moderate stances in a very "purple" district helped, as did outside endorsements from groups like Emily's List and the League of Conservation Voters. The primary proved far more bruising than the general, where she swept to victory as voters continued to punish the unpopular Democratic administration.

Since serving in Congress she has staked out a position as a moderate, pursuing an independent agenda at the cost of seniority. She is frequently ranked as among the most bipartisan members of the House and most liberal Republicans, although she has voted along conservative lines more often than liberal. She voted much of the new Republican administration's tax agenda, and supported the AUMF, the PATRIOT Act, and the Iraq War. She continued to support the war effort despite its heavy unpopularity in her district, but has begun to privately communicate that a timetable for withdrawal is needed.

She has supported free trade, voted for the Energy Bill and against renewal of the Assault Weapons Ban, and supported comprehensive immigration reform. She voted for the flag-burning amendment, the PATRIOT Act renewal, and Military Commissions Act, and against defunding the Surge. She supports Social Security privatization, school vouchers, and the death penalty. She opposes an increase in the minimum wage, allowing lawsuits against gun manufacturers, and the Employee Free Choice Act. She earned a 100% rating from both Citizens Against Government Waste and the Club for Growth, and a "Friend of the Taxpayer" Award from Americans for Tax Reform.

She did break the Republican whip on a number of mainly social issues. She voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment Act, and voted to normalize relations with Cuba. A member of The Wish List, the Republican Majority for Choice, It's My Party Too, Republicans for Environmental Protection, and Republican Main Street Partnership, she is the only Republican with a 100% NARAL rating, and voted against both so-called Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Acts. She voted to disapprove of delisting coal from the Clean Air Act, and opposes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She also broke with the party on ethics issues, was the first Republican to publicly criticize the Republican leadership over lobbying scandals, and supports an investigation into the firing of US Attorneys.

Her signature issue has been campaign finance reform. She was the lead House sponsor of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act, which is currently holding up against legal challenges. The legislation has caused friction with interest groups that have historically supported her, such as Planned Parenthood, the NRA, and the Sierra Club, and she was accused of hypocrisy in 2006 when, facing an incredibly tough reelection battle, her district was flooded with money in one of the most expensive elections in the cycle. She did win, but is the only remaining Republican from New England and considered highly vulnerable in 2008.

She was also one of the principal authors of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit plan. She has passed 6 bills (above average for her tenure), including Long Island Sound cleanup and preservation of the Eight Mile River. She has served on the Budget Committee and the Homeland Security Committee, in the latter advocating for open-source intelligence and succeeding in inserting language into the 2006 NDAA to establish a DoD OSINT program. She is a member of over 20 caucuses, including the House Baltic Caucus, and is a supporter of the Northern Europe Initiative.
Other Info: She was formerly a member of the United Church of Christ but left in protest over the General Synod resolution condemning Israel. She has two children. Her husband is a venture capitalist; the couple have a combined wealth in excess of $100 million.

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Postby Alozia » Wed Mar 23, 2022 12:42 pm

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NS Nation Name: Prince Kropotkin
Character Name: Regan Storm (formerly Regan Stewart)
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 54
Character Height: (why?) 5' 5"
Character Weight : (why???) 126 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Congresswoman for Connecticut's 4th Congressional District (1999-present), Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance (1995-1996), Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets (1994-1995), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Europe (1993-1994), Director of Market Regulation at the Securities and Exchange Commission (1991-1993), Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1989-1991)
Character Country/State of Birth: Connecticut
Character State of Residence: Connecticut
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim: Kimble Hookstraten (Virginia Madsen)
Main Strengths: Moderate with history of bipartisan legislative accomplishments, personal wealth and links to donor groups, good approval ratings with women.
Main Weaknesses: RINO, geographically isolated as the only New England Republican, support for the Iraq War is unpopular in her district, seen as privileged and elite, burned bridges with the party on key votes, support of campaign finance reform has turned away donors and party machinery.
Biography: The Stewart family in New England predates the United States, with origins in Scotland and England. On her mother's side, Regan's ancestors are German and Russian, and she discovered during a genealogical survey that she has Jewish ancestors on her mother's side. Her grandparents were active in New York and Connecticut Republican politics. Her father, James, was a lawyer who served on the District Court of the District of Connecticut and then the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and as an adjunct professor at Yale Law, while her mother was a corporate attorney.

Regan was born in 1952 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The second of four children and oldest girl, she had a comfortable upbringing thanks to her parents' upper-middle-class jobs and inherited wealth, and attended a mixture of public and private schools. She was a successful student and obtained strong grades, and was active in extra-curriculars and social circles, including making her debut in New York City. As a teenager she was drawn to the Democratic politics of the time but turned off by the New Left's descent into violence and radicalism, and turned back to the New England Republicanism of her family.

She bucked family tradition by attending Columbia rather than Yale; while in New York, she met Jason Storm, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, whom she married. Following graduation she received a Fulbright Scholarship to spend two years studying at Oxford University in England. On her return, she enrolled in Yale Law School, graduating with honors. She did a clerkship on the District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was hired by Davis, Polk & Wardwell, and worked there for 9 years on a range of corporate finance law cases while also undertaking pro bono work on immigration and domestic violence issues.

The new administration appointed her as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York in 1989, and as sheriff-turned-gamekeeper she was charged with prosecuting securities fraud. She was a counsel to the Securities & Exchange Commission on their prosecution of Salomon Brothers for rigged US Treasury bids. Despite being a registered Republican, she was approached by the Democratic administration and recruited to, first, the Commerce Department, serving at the International Trade Administration, first as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, then Assistant Secretary for Global Markets, and then the Treasury, where she served as Under Secretary for Domestic Finance. She left government service in 1996 and returned to Wall Street, first with UBS, and then the Global Environment Fund, advising on regulatory issues.

With a mixture of bipartisan government service and private sector experience behind her, she decided to run for her hometown seat when the Republican incumbent unexpectedly decided to stand down in 1998. She had never run for office at any level before, and her campaign made some faltering starts as she struggled to identity as more than just a wealthy scion of privilege. Moderate stances in a very "purple" district helped, as did outside endorsements from groups like Emily's List and the League of Conservation Voters. The primary proved far more bruising than the general, where she swept to victory as voters continued to punish the unpopular Democratic administration.

Since serving in Congress she has staked out a position as a moderate, pursuing an independent agenda at the cost of seniority. She is frequently ranked as among the most bipartisan members of the House and most liberal Republicans, although she has voted along conservative lines more often than liberal. She voted much of the new Republican administration's tax agenda, and supported the AUMF, the PATRIOT Act, and the Iraq War. She continued to support the war effort despite its heavy unpopularity in her district, but has begun to privately communicate that a timetable for withdrawal is needed.

She has supported free trade, voted for the Energy Bill and against renewal of the Assault Weapons Ban, and supported comprehensive immigration reform. She voted for the flag-burning amendment, the PATRIOT Act renewal, and Military Commissions Act, and against defunding the Surge. She supports Social Security privatization, school vouchers, and the death penalty. She opposes an increase in the minimum wage, allowing lawsuits against gun manufacturers, and the Employee Free Choice Act. She earned a 100% rating from both Citizens Against Government Waste and the Club for Growth, and a "Friend of the Taxpayer" Award from Americans for Tax Reform.

She did break the Republican whip on a number of mainly social issues. She voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment Act, and voted to normalize relations with Cuba. A member of The Wish List, the Republican Majority for Choice, It's My Party Too, Republicans for Environmental Protection, and Republican Main Street Partnership, she is the only Republican with a 100% NARAL rating, and voted against both so-called Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Acts. She voted to disapprove of delisting coal from the Clean Air Act, and opposes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She also broke with the party on ethics issues, was the first Republican to publicly criticize the Republican leadership over lobbying scandals, and supports an investigation into the firing of US Attorneys.

Her signature issue has been campaign finance reform. She was the lead House sponsor of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act, which is currently holding up against legal challenges. The legislation has caused friction with interest groups that have historically supported her, such as Planned Parenthood, the NRA, and the Sierra Club, and she was accused of hypocrisy in 2006 when, facing an incredibly tough reelection battle, her district was flooded with money in one of the most expensive elections in the cycle. She did win, but is the only remaining Republican from New England and considered highly vulnerable in 2008.

She was also one of the principal authors of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit plan. She has passed 6 bills (above average for her tenure), including Long Island Sound cleanup and preservation of the Eight Mile River. She has served on the Budget Committee and the Homeland Security Committee, in the latter advocating for open-source intelligence and succeeding in inserting language into the 2006 NDAA to establish a DoD OSINT program. She is a member of over 20 caucuses, including the House Baltic Caucus, and is a supporter of the Northern Europe Initiative.
Other Info: She was formerly a member of the United Church of Christ but left in protest over the General Synod resolution condemning Israel. She has two children. Her husband is a venture capitalist; the couple have a combined wealth in excess of $100 million.

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I'm sorry, but Regan Storm sounds like a Republican porn star.
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NS Nation Name: Prince Kropotkin
Character Name: Regan Storm (formerly Regan Stewart)
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 54
Character Height: (why?) 5' 5"
Character Weight : (why???) 126 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Congresswoman for Connecticut's 4th Congressional District (1999-present), Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance (1995-1996), Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets (1994-1995), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Europe (1993-1994), Director of Market Regulation at the Securities and Exchange Commission (1991-1993), Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1989-1991)
Character Country/State of Birth: Connecticut
Character State of Residence: Connecticut
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim: Kimble Hookstraten (Virginia Madsen)
Main Strengths: Moderate with history of bipartisan legislative accomplishments, personal wealth and links to donor groups, good approval ratings with women.
Main Weaknesses: RINO, geographically isolated as the only New England Republican, support for the Iraq War is unpopular in her district, seen as privileged and elite, burned bridges with the party on key votes, support of campaign finance reform has turned away donors and party machinery.
Biography: The Stewart family in New England predates the United States, with origins in Scotland and England. On her mother's side, Regan's ancestors are German and Russian, and she discovered during a genealogical survey that she has Jewish ancestors on her mother's side. Her grandparents were active in New York and Connecticut Republican politics. Her father, James, was a lawyer who served on the District Court of the District of Connecticut and then the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and as an adjunct professor at Yale Law, while her mother was a corporate attorney.

Regan was born in 1952 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The second of four children and oldest girl, she had a comfortable upbringing thanks to her parents' upper-middle-class jobs and inherited wealth, and attended a mixture of public and private schools. She was a successful student and obtained strong grades, and was active in extra-curriculars and social circles, including making her debut in New York City. As a teenager she was drawn to the Democratic politics of the time but turned off by the New Left's descent into violence and radicalism, and turned back to the New England Republicanism of her family.

She bucked family tradition by attending Columbia rather than Yale; while in New York, she met Jason Storm, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, whom she married. Following graduation she received a Fulbright Scholarship to spend two years studying at Oxford University in England. On her return, she enrolled in Yale Law School, graduating with honors. She did a clerkship on the District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was hired by Davis, Polk & Wardwell, and worked there for 9 years on a range of corporate finance law cases while also undertaking pro bono work on immigration and domestic violence issues.

The new administration appointed her as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York in 1989, and as sheriff-turned-gamekeeper she was charged with prosecuting securities fraud. She was a counsel to the Securities & Exchange Commission on their prosecution of Salomon Brothers for rigged US Treasury bids. Despite being a registered Republican, she was approached by the Democratic administration and recruited to, first, the Commerce Department, serving at the International Trade Administration, first as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, then Assistant Secretary for Global Markets, and then the Treasury, where she served as Under Secretary for Domestic Finance. She left government service in 1996 and returned to Wall Street, first with UBS, and then the Global Environment Fund, advising on regulatory issues.

With a mixture of bipartisan government service and private sector experience behind her, she decided to run for her hometown seat when the Republican incumbent unexpectedly decided to stand down in 1998. She had never run for office at any level before, and her campaign made some faltering starts as she struggled to identity as more than just a wealthy scion of privilege. Moderate stances in a very "purple" district helped, as did outside endorsements from groups like Emily's List and the League of Conservation Voters. The primary proved far more bruising than the general, where she swept to victory as voters continued to punish the unpopular Democratic administration.

Since serving in Congress she has staked out a position as a moderate, pursuing an independent agenda at the cost of seniority. She is frequently ranked as among the most bipartisan members of the House and most liberal Republicans, although she has voted along conservative lines more often than liberal. She voted much of the new Republican administration's tax agenda, and supported the AUMF, the PATRIOT Act, and the Iraq War. She continued to support the war effort despite its heavy unpopularity in her district, but has begun to privately communicate that a timetable for withdrawal is needed.

She has supported free trade, voted for the Energy Bill and against renewal of the Assault Weapons Ban, and supported comprehensive immigration reform. She voted for the flag-burning amendment, the PATRIOT Act renewal, and Military Commissions Act, and against defunding the Surge. She supports Social Security privatization, school vouchers, and the death penalty. She opposes an increase in the minimum wage, allowing lawsuits against gun manufacturers, and the Employee Free Choice Act. She earned a 100% rating from both Citizens Against Government Waste and the Club for Growth, and a "Friend of the Taxpayer" Award from Americans for Tax Reform.

She did break the Republican whip on a number of mainly social issues. She voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment Act, and voted to normalize relations with Cuba. A member of The Wish List, the Republican Majority for Choice, It's My Party Too, Republicans for Environmental Protection, and Republican Main Street Partnership, she is the only Republican with a 100% NARAL rating, and voted against both so-called Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Acts. She voted to disapprove of delisting coal from the Clean Air Act, and opposes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She also broke with the party on ethics issues, was the first Republican to publicly criticize the Republican leadership over lobbying scandals, and supports an investigation into the firing of US Attorneys.

Her signature issue has been campaign finance reform. She was the lead House sponsor of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act, which is currently holding up against legal challenges. The legislation has caused friction with interest groups that have historically supported her, such as Planned Parenthood, the NRA, and the Sierra Club, and she was accused of hypocrisy in 2006 when, facing an incredibly tough reelection battle, her district was flooded with money in one of the most expensive elections in the cycle. She did win, but is the only remaining Republican from New England and considered highly vulnerable in 2008.

She was also one of the principal authors of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit plan. She has passed 6 bills (above average for her tenure), including Long Island Sound cleanup and preservation of the Eight Mile River. She has served on the Budget Committee and the Homeland Security Committee, in the latter advocating for open-source intelligence and succeeding in inserting language into the 2006 NDAA to establish a DoD OSINT program. She is a member of over 20 caucuses, including the House Baltic Caucus, and is a supporter of the Northern Europe Initiative.
Other Info: She was formerly a member of the United Church of Christ but left in protest over the General Synod resolution condemning Israel. She has two children. Her husband is a venture capitalist; the couple have a combined wealth in excess of $100 million.

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Idk why the height and weight is there either. Welcome to the RP!
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Postby Prince Kropotkin » Wed Mar 23, 2022 1:35 pm

Alozia wrote:I'm sorry, but Regan Storm sounds like a Republican porn star.

Well, she is known for reaching out to both sides...
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Thanks.

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Postby Alozia » Wed Mar 23, 2022 2:53 pm

Madrinpoor wrote:Idk why the height and weight is there either

ngl, same. Like that typically is my least favorite part of any application.

Esp. bc most admins are Americans and I have to convert stuff into lbs and feet & inches.
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Postby The Sarangtus Lands » Wed Mar 23, 2022 2:54 pm

Alozia wrote:
Madrinpoor wrote:Idk why the height and weight is there either

ngl, same. Like that typically is my least favorite part of any application.

Esp. bc most admins are Americans and I have to convert stuff into lbs and feet & inches.

I've always just left it in cm and kgs, personally, and I think that's fine with the American admins too. It is a bit weird, though, I have to admit.
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Postby Jovuistan » Wed Mar 23, 2022 3:01 pm

I think it's just a thing left over from the Washington days and no one's really bothered to remove it.
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Postby The Sarangtus Lands » Wed Mar 23, 2022 3:14 pm

Jovuistan wrote:I think it's just a thing left over from the Washington days and no one's really bothered to remove it.

I'd agree, I've made app formats from the ground up before and I've never included that, simply because I think it's really bizarre.
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My min leader dude is 5'4 so I guess sometimes it actually mean something...
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Veterans Health Care Improvement and Suicide Prevention Act

A BILL
To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the provision of health care to veterans, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans, and for other purposes.


Sponsor: Jack Claassen (R–TN–1) and Everest Laasko (D–ND)
Senate Sponsors: Carole Martel (D–CA), Cassandra Hepburn-Smith (R–VA)
House Sponsors: Harold Gunsley (R–OH–5), Oliver Miller (D–KS–3), Greg Shields (D–CA–28), Regan Storm (R–CT–4)


Total Expense: $200 million over 5 years

SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the "Veterans Health Care Improvement and Suicide Prevention Act".

SECTION 2: GRANTS FOR SUPPORT OF THERAPEUTIC READJUSTMENT PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS
    Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (hereafter “the Secretary”) to make grants to private, nonprofit entities to conduct workshop programs to assist in the therapeutic readjustment and rehabilitation of veterans who served on active duty in a theater of combat operations after the Persian Gulf War, or in combat during a period of hostilities after November 11, 1998, and are discharged or released from active duty on or after September 11, 2001 (covered veterans). Limits grant amounts to $100,000. Requires annual reports from the Secretary to the congressional veterans committees on the use of such grants and their benefits to covered veterans. Authorizes appropriations.

SECTION 3: TRANSPORTATION GRANTS FOR RURAL VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
    Directs the Secretary to establish a grant program to provide innovative transportation options to veterans in remote rural areas. Limits grant amounts to $50,000. Authorizes appropriations.

SECTION 4: READJUSTMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM AND OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM VETERANS
    Directs the Secretary to carry out a program to provide, through contracts with community mental health centers, peer outreach services, peer support services, and readjustment and mental health services to covered veterans. Requires training for covered veterans and clinicians providing services under the program.

SECTION 5: EXPANSION AND EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY FOR PROGRAM OF REFERRAL AND COUNSELING SERVICES FOR AT-RISK VETERANS TRANSITIONING FROM CERTAIN INSTITUTIONS
    Revises provisions concerning a joint VA-Department of Labor demonstration program of referral and counseling for veterans transitioning from certain institutions (including penal institutions) and who are at-risk for homelessness to: (1) remove the "demonstration" designation; (2) require the program to be carried out in at least 12 (under current law, six) locations; and (3) extend the program through FY2011.

SECTION 6: PERMANENT AUTHORITY FOR DOMICILIARY SERVICES FOR HOMELESS VETERANS AND ENHANCEMENT OF CAPACITY OF DOMICILIARY CARE PROGRAMS FOR FEMALE VETERANS
    Removes the FY2003-FY2004 limit on the authorization of appropriations for a VA program to provide domiciliary care programs for homeless veterans. Requires the Secretary to ensure that such programs are adequate, with respect to capacity and safety, to meet the needs of women veterans.

SECTION 7: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR VERY LOW-INCOME VETERAN FAMILIES IN PERMANENT HOUSING
    Directs the Secretary to provide financial assistance to private nonprofit organizations or consumer cooperatives to provide and coordinate supportive services for very low-income (less than 50% of the median income for the area) veteran families residing in permanent housing. Provides a preference for families who are transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. Requires: (1) the provision of such assistance to be equitably distributed across geographic regions, including rural communities and tribal lands; and (2) the Secretary to provide appropriate training and technical assistance to entities providing such services. Authorizes appropriations.

SECTION 8: EXPANSION OF ELIGIBITY FOR DENTAL CARE
    Makes homeless veterans eligible for dental care through the VA after receiving certain other types of care (such as domiciliary or community residential care) through the VA for 30 (under current law, 60) consecutive days.

SECTION 9: SENSE OF CONGRESS
    Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) suicide among veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious problem; and (2) the Secretary, in developing and implementing the comprehensive program outlined in this Act, should take into consideration the special needs of such veterans and of elderly veterans who are at high risk for depression and experience high rates of suicide.

SECTION 10: COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION AMONG VETERANS
    Directs the Secretary to develop and carry out a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans. Requires the program to include: (1) mandatory training for appropriate staff and contractors of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who interact with veterans; (2) mental health assessments of veterans; (3) designation of a suicide prevention counselor at each Department medical facility; (4) research on best practices for suicide prevention; (5) mental health care for veterans who have experienced sexual trauma while in military service; (6) 24-hour veterans' mental health care availability; (7) a toll-free hotline; and (8) outreach and education for veterans and their families. Authorizes the Secretary to develop and carry a peer support counseling program as part of such program. Requires the Secretary to report to Congress on the program.
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Postby Melovinta » Wed Mar 23, 2022 6:54 pm

Rep. Gunsley would like to sponsor the Veterans Health Care Improvement and Suicide Prevention Act.
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Postby Jovuistan » Wed Mar 23, 2022 7:08 pm

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Veterans Health Care Improvement and Suicide Prevention Act

A BILL
To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the provision of health care to veterans, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans, and for other purposes.


Sponsor: Jack Claassen (R–TN–1) and Everest Laasko (D–ND)
Senate Sponsors: Everest Laasko (D–ND)
House Sponsors: Jack Claassen (R–TN–1)


Total Expense: $200 million over 5 years

SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the "Veterans Health Care Improvement and Suicide Prevention Act".

SECTION 2: GRANTS FOR SUPPORT OF THERAPEUTIC READJUSTMENT PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS
    Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (hereafter “the Secretary”) to make grants to private, nonprofit entities to conduct workshop programs to assist in the therapeutic readjustment and rehabilitation of veterans who served on active duty in a theater of combat operations after the Persian Gulf War, or in combat during a period of hostilities after November 11, 1998, and are discharged or released from active duty on or after September 11, 2001 (covered veterans). Limits grant amounts to $100,000. Requires annual reports from the Secretary to the congressional veterans committees on the use of such grants and their benefits to covered veterans. Authorizes appropriations.

SECTION 3: TRANSPORTATION GRANTS FOR RURAL VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
    Directs the Secretary to establish a grant program to provide innovative transportation options to veterans in remote rural areas. Limits grant amounts to $50,000. Authorizes appropriations.

SECTION 4: READJUSTMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM AND OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM VETERANS
    Directs the Secretary to carry out a program to provide, through contracts with community mental health centers, peer outreach services, peer support services, and readjustment and mental health services to covered veterans. Requires training for covered veterans and clinicians providing services under the program.

SECTION 5: EXPANSION AND EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY FOR PROGRAM OF REFERRAL AND COUNSELING SERVICES FOR AT-RISK VETERANS TRANSITIONING FROM CERTAIN INSTITUTIONS
    Revises provisions concerning a joint VA-Department of Labor demonstration program of referral and counseling for veterans transitioning from certain institutions (including penal institutions) and who are at-risk for homelessness to: (1) remove the "demonstration" designation; (2) require the program to be carried out in at least 12 (under current law, six) locations; and (3) extend the program through FY2011.

SECTION 6: PERMANENT AUTHORITY FOR DOMICILIARY SERVICES FOR HOMELESS VETERANS AND ENHANCEMENT OF CAPACITY OF DOMICILIARY CARE PROGRAMS FOR FEMALE VETERANS
    Removes the FY2003-FY2004 limit on the authorization of appropriations for a VA program to provide domiciliary care programs for homeless veterans. Requires the Secretary to ensure that such programs are adequate, with respect to capacity and safety, to meet the needs of women veterans.

SECTION 7: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR VERY LOW-INCOME VETERAN FAMILIES IN PERMANENT HOUSING
    Directs the Secretary to provide financial assistance to private nonprofit organizations or consumer cooperatives to provide and coordinate supportive services for very low-income (less than 50% of the median income for the area) veteran families residing in permanent housing. Provides a preference for families who are transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. Requires: (1) the provision of such assistance to be equitably distributed across geographic regions, including rural communities and tribal lands; and (2) the Secretary to provide appropriate training and technical assistance to entities providing such services. Authorizes appropriations.

SECTION 8: EXPANSION OF ELIGIBITY FOR DENTAL CARE
    Makes homeless veterans eligible for dental care through the VA after receiving certain other types of care (such as domiciliary or community residential care) through the VA for 30 (under current law, 60) consecutive days.

SECTION 9: SENSE OF CONGRESS
    Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) suicide among veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious problem; and (2) the Secretary, in developing and implementing the comprehensive program outlined in this Act, should take into consideration the special needs of such veterans and of elderly veterans who are at high risk for depression and experience high rates of suicide.

SECTION 10: COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION AMONG VETERANS
    Directs the Secretary to develop and carry out a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans. Requires the program to include: (1) mandatory training for appropriate staff and contractors of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who interact with veterans; (2) mental health assessments of veterans; (3) designation of a suicide prevention counselor at each Department medical facility; (4) research on best practices for suicide prevention; (5) mental health care for veterans who have experienced sexual trauma while in military service; (6) 24-hour veterans' mental health care availability; (7) a toll-free hotline; and (8) outreach and education for veterans and their families. Authorizes the Secretary to develop and carry a peer support counseling program as part of such program. Requires the Secretary to report to Congress on the program.

Sen. Carole Martel wants to co-sponsor.
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Postby Yaruqo » Wed Mar 23, 2022 7:17 pm

Kavanis wrote:
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Veterans Health Care Improvement and Suicide Prevention Act

A BILL
To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the provision of health care to veterans, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans, and for other purposes.


Sponsor: Jack Claassen (R–TN–1) and Everest Laasko (D–ND)
Senate Sponsors: Everest Laasko (D–ND)
House Sponsors: Jack Claassen (R–TN–1)


Total Expense: $200 million over 5 years

SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the "Veterans Health Care Improvement and Suicide Prevention Act".

SECTION 2: GRANTS FOR SUPPORT OF THERAPEUTIC READJUSTMENT PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS
    Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (hereafter “the Secretary”) to make grants to private, nonprofit entities to conduct workshop programs to assist in the therapeutic readjustment and rehabilitation of veterans who served on active duty in a theater of combat operations after the Persian Gulf War, or in combat during a period of hostilities after November 11, 1998, and are discharged or released from active duty on or after September 11, 2001 (covered veterans). Limits grant amounts to $100,000. Requires annual reports from the Secretary to the congressional veterans committees on the use of such grants and their benefits to covered veterans. Authorizes appropriations.

SECTION 3: TRANSPORTATION GRANTS FOR RURAL VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
    Directs the Secretary to establish a grant program to provide innovative transportation options to veterans in remote rural areas. Limits grant amounts to $50,000. Authorizes appropriations.

SECTION 4: READJUSTMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM AND OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM VETERANS
    Directs the Secretary to carry out a program to provide, through contracts with community mental health centers, peer outreach services, peer support services, and readjustment and mental health services to covered veterans. Requires training for covered veterans and clinicians providing services under the program.

SECTION 5: EXPANSION AND EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY FOR PROGRAM OF REFERRAL AND COUNSELING SERVICES FOR AT-RISK VETERANS TRANSITIONING FROM CERTAIN INSTITUTIONS
    Revises provisions concerning a joint VA-Department of Labor demonstration program of referral and counseling for veterans transitioning from certain institutions (including penal institutions) and who are at-risk for homelessness to: (1) remove the "demonstration" designation; (2) require the program to be carried out in at least 12 (under current law, six) locations; and (3) extend the program through FY2011.

SECTION 6: PERMANENT AUTHORITY FOR DOMICILIARY SERVICES FOR HOMELESS VETERANS AND ENHANCEMENT OF CAPACITY OF DOMICILIARY CARE PROGRAMS FOR FEMALE VETERANS
    Removes the FY2003-FY2004 limit on the authorization of appropriations for a VA program to provide domiciliary care programs for homeless veterans. Requires the Secretary to ensure that such programs are adequate, with respect to capacity and safety, to meet the needs of women veterans.

SECTION 7: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR VERY LOW-INCOME VETERAN FAMILIES IN PERMANENT HOUSING
    Directs the Secretary to provide financial assistance to private nonprofit organizations or consumer cooperatives to provide and coordinate supportive services for very low-income (less than 50% of the median income for the area) veteran families residing in permanent housing. Provides a preference for families who are transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. Requires: (1) the provision of such assistance to be equitably distributed across geographic regions, including rural communities and tribal lands; and (2) the Secretary to provide appropriate training and technical assistance to entities providing such services. Authorizes appropriations.

SECTION 8: EXPANSION OF ELIGIBITY FOR DENTAL CARE
    Makes homeless veterans eligible for dental care through the VA after receiving certain other types of care (such as domiciliary or community residential care) through the VA for 30 (under current law, 60) consecutive days.

SECTION 9: SENSE OF CONGRESS
    Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) suicide among veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious problem; and (2) the Secretary, in developing and implementing the comprehensive program outlined in this Act, should take into consideration the special needs of such veterans and of elderly veterans who are at high risk for depression and experience high rates of suicide.

SECTION 10: COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION AMONG VETERANS
    Directs the Secretary to develop and carry out a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans. Requires the program to include: (1) mandatory training for appropriate staff and contractors of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who interact with veterans; (2) mental health assessments of veterans; (3) designation of a suicide prevention counselor at each Department medical facility; (4) research on best practices for suicide prevention; (5) mental health care for veterans who have experienced sexual trauma while in military service; (6) 24-hour veterans' mental health care availability; (7) a toll-free hotline; and (8) outreach and education for veterans and their families. Authorizes the Secretary to develop and carry a peer support counseling program as part of such program. Requires the Secretary to report to Congress on the program.


Rep. Miller would like to cosponsor.
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NS Nation Name: Sarenium
Character Name: Catarina Oalmann
Character Gender: F
Character Age: 40 (Born 18 February 1967)
Character Height: 170cm
Character Weight: 60kg
Character Position/Role/Job: Campaign Manager for the Everest Laakso Presidential Campaign Committee
Character Country/State of Birth: San Diego, California
Character State of Residence: Washington D.C. (Though Various Other Properties Exist)
Character Party Affiliation: Independent
Faceclaim: Natalie Morales
Main Strengths: Surgical, Precise, Experienced
Main Weaknesses: Cold, Unloved, Past Addiction
Biography:

Catarina Oalmann (Born 18 February 1967) was born to Randolph (Randy) & Elena Oalmann (Nee Rodriguez) in San Diego, California. Raised by an mother who's roots were south of the border and her father who's employment as part of the U.S. Foreign Service took the family between capitals. She lasted less than two years in California before her father left his desk job and returned to an international position as a diplomatic staffer in Egypt (1969-1973), Saudi Arabia (1973-1975), Indonesia (1975-1982), before being elevated to U.S. Ambassador to Egypt (1982-1986). She herself, would return to the U.S. permanently in 1985 where she would obtain admittance to study a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Public Policy. After finishing her degree in 1989, she would begin running the campaign of not-Mike Gotch for State Assembly District 78. After his successful run unseating an incumbent Republican, she would begin working in his office. In 1992, she would successfully manage the campaign of not-Lynn Schenk for the newly created CA-49. After navigating not-Schenk through the primary and then through the general, she successfully managed to run her ahead of both the Democratic Senate candidates in the 1992 races, and narrowly behind the ticket leader not-Clinton.

In the 1994 U.S. Senate Race in California, the not-Feinstein campaign for a full term in the Senate attracted few high-tier operatives. Most of California's elite managers were coaxed into competitive races elsewhere, or local races where success was seen as being more likely. Many anticipating that not-Wilson's popularity would be a wave across the state, led to Oalmann who had originally joined the campaign running the SoCal arm, moving up to eventually being full campaign manager just three months before election day. Eventually through a combination of fierce local campaigning, and a well-oiled albeit lately organized campaign machine as well as misfortunate candidate, not-Feinstein would be carried through. The closest race of the cycle, and one of the most notable, Oalmann's stocks rose instantly from being a local Californian organizer into one with the capacity to run statewide races - even in California. The race did strain her youthful marriage, and her first husband Elias would seek a divorce in early 1995.

In 1996, she would marry a new beau, Matteo Fernandez. The honeymoon would be cut short after she was referred by not-Feinstein and members of the DNC to not-Locke in Washington's 1996 Gubernatorial Election. Democrats were anticipating a close race after the scandal-ridden incumbent was forced to retire. She managed the campaign into a resounding double-digit victory in what was otherwise expected to be a close race, outrunning the not-Clinton re-election bid in this state. Her new husband would divorce her in mid-1997 after multiple failed efforts at counseling. The divorce shattered her heart, and within a week of processing the papers she lost her mother. She took comfort in a short period of addiction to a cadre of high-functioning medication. After six weeks in a discreet and pricey rehabilitation, she returned to the comforting arms of her father. Deciding work was the best way out of her cycle of disappointment and sadness, she took on the burden of the eventually landslide bid of not-Gray Davis in 1998 for Governor of California. It was after this race that she looked outside the West coast for opportunities of success. Being recommended by both California Senators and the newly inaugurated Democratic Governor of California, as well as having three statewide victories under her belt, she would be attached to the not-Nelson 2000 Senatorial Campaign in Florida.

This particular race challenged a great many of her preconceptions, as she was forced to contend with a candidate who's appeal was in areas as a California Democrat she was unfamiliar with. Namely, upstate Florida. She found her feet quickly, and successfully managed to run Nelson down the middle of catering to upstate, mid-state and downstate interests. She found a new beau, in Romeo Goldstein. Mr. Goldstein and Catarina would move to D.C. and she would join lobbying firms as a respite from the rigors of the perpetual election cycles of the United States. In this time, she further branched out and developed a network that went beyond state campaigns, and into fundraising, candidate recruitment, and emerging technologies specific to campaigning. This would culminate into her fifth and most recent statewide notch, the Ohio 2006 Gubernatorial Election. Positioning and electing Bobby Baxton to the Governorship of a crucial battleground state became her duty after multiple leaders within the DGA, DNC and social circles would encourage her to take on the unfamiliar terrain. It had the same effect as every other campaign - ending her marriage. Though, she would argue to her father that this was more because he refused to accept her misfortunate genetically inherited and rare infertility. The divorce was along the lines of the signed prenup agreement. After finding her feet, and becoming accustomed to the more forthright Bobby Baxton and succeeding in once again exceeding expectations in her role as Campaign Manager, she would retire from the Baxton payroll and onto that of Laakso's Presidential Campaign. This race will mark her biggest challenge yet. How the heck is she going to get a North Dakotan Democrat through Iowa, New Hampshire and then eventually... into the White House.

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Postby Meretica » Thu Mar 24, 2022 4:13 am

Kavanis wrote:
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Veterans Health Care Improvement and Suicide Prevention Act

A BILL
To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the provision of health care to veterans, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans, and for other purposes.


Sponsor: Jack Claassen (R–TN–1) and Everest Laasko (D–ND)
Senate Sponsors: Carole Martel (D–CA)
House Sponsors: Harold Gunsley (R–OH–5), Oliver Miller (D–KS–3)


Total Expense: $200 million over 5 years

SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the "Veterans Health Care Improvement and Suicide Prevention Act".

SECTION 2: GRANTS FOR SUPPORT OF THERAPEUTIC READJUSTMENT PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS
    Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (hereafter “the Secretary”) to make grants to private, nonprofit entities to conduct workshop programs to assist in the therapeutic readjustment and rehabilitation of veterans who served on active duty in a theater of combat operations after the Persian Gulf War, or in combat during a period of hostilities after November 11, 1998, and are discharged or released from active duty on or after September 11, 2001 (covered veterans). Limits grant amounts to $100,000. Requires annual reports from the Secretary to the congressional veterans committees on the use of such grants and their benefits to covered veterans. Authorizes appropriations.

SECTION 3: TRANSPORTATION GRANTS FOR RURAL VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
    Directs the Secretary to establish a grant program to provide innovative transportation options to veterans in remote rural areas. Limits grant amounts to $50,000. Authorizes appropriations.

SECTION 4: READJUSTMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM AND OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM VETERANS
    Directs the Secretary to carry out a program to provide, through contracts with community mental health centers, peer outreach services, peer support services, and readjustment and mental health services to covered veterans. Requires training for covered veterans and clinicians providing services under the program.

SECTION 5: EXPANSION AND EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY FOR PROGRAM OF REFERRAL AND COUNSELING SERVICES FOR AT-RISK VETERANS TRANSITIONING FROM CERTAIN INSTITUTIONS
    Revises provisions concerning a joint VA-Department of Labor demonstration program of referral and counseling for veterans transitioning from certain institutions (including penal institutions) and who are at-risk for homelessness to: (1) remove the "demonstration" designation; (2) require the program to be carried out in at least 12 (under current law, six) locations; and (3) extend the program through FY2011.

SECTION 6: PERMANENT AUTHORITY FOR DOMICILIARY SERVICES FOR HOMELESS VETERANS AND ENHANCEMENT OF CAPACITY OF DOMICILIARY CARE PROGRAMS FOR FEMALE VETERANS
    Removes the FY2003-FY2004 limit on the authorization of appropriations for a VA program to provide domiciliary care programs for homeless veterans. Requires the Secretary to ensure that such programs are adequate, with respect to capacity and safety, to meet the needs of women veterans.

SECTION 7: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR VERY LOW-INCOME VETERAN FAMILIES IN PERMANENT HOUSING
    Directs the Secretary to provide financial assistance to private nonprofit organizations or consumer cooperatives to provide and coordinate supportive services for very low-income (less than 50% of the median income for the area) veteran families residing in permanent housing. Provides a preference for families who are transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. Requires: (1) the provision of such assistance to be equitably distributed across geographic regions, including rural communities and tribal lands; and (2) the Secretary to provide appropriate training and technical assistance to entities providing such services. Authorizes appropriations.

SECTION 8: EXPANSION OF ELIGIBITY FOR DENTAL CARE
    Makes homeless veterans eligible for dental care through the VA after receiving certain other types of care (such as domiciliary or community residential care) through the VA for 30 (under current law, 60) consecutive days.

SECTION 9: SENSE OF CONGRESS
    Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) suicide among veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious problem; and (2) the Secretary, in developing and implementing the comprehensive program outlined in this Act, should take into consideration the special needs of such veterans and of elderly veterans who are at high risk for depression and experience high rates of suicide.

SECTION 10: COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION AMONG VETERANS
    Directs the Secretary to develop and carry out a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans. Requires the program to include: (1) mandatory training for appropriate staff and contractors of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who interact with veterans; (2) mental health assessments of veterans; (3) designation of a suicide prevention counselor at each Department medical facility; (4) research on best practices for suicide prevention; (5) mental health care for veterans who have experienced sexual trauma while in military service; (6) 24-hour veterans' mental health care availability; (7) a toll-free hotline; and (8) outreach and education for veterans and their families. Authorizes the Secretary to develop and carry a peer support counseling program as part of such program. Requires the Secretary to report to Congress on the program.

CHS will cosponsor.
News: Senator Maria Flores (Ind) has successfully won the presidency, putting an end to three terms of Conservatives rule; a "Grand Coalition" of left-wing parties and independents will work with her to move the country closer to Flores's goals of a trade unionist democracy with a newly revitalized working class. Meanwhile, a series of bloody massacres have taken place across Miami, Florida; authorities are baffled.

Other: Any Dem Will Do 2024, but the best would be Robert Reich.

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