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In 2000, then Vice-President Gore defeated then Texas Governor and Republican Presidential nominee George Bush in Maine, 49% to 44%.  But unlike in Iowa and Minnesota where Mr. Gore won by slimmer margins and still captured each of the states’ electoral votes, in Maine he was awarded the support of only six of ten electors.

Having electoral votes awarded to the winner of the statewide popular vote and individually by district—as they are in Maine and Nebraska—started in Maine in 1972 after reformers argued that the winner-take-all system did not accurately represent the choices of voters.  In 1992, Nebraska passed its own amendment to the state constitution and followed suit, though Nebraska’s five electoral votes would never be split until President-elect Obama captured one in 2008.

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A Presidential Pardon Cover Letter

A Presidential Pardon Cover Letter

Last Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that President Bush had granted pardons to 14 individuals and commuted the prison sentences of two others convicted of misdeeds ranging from drug offenses to tax evasion, from wildlife violations to bank embezzlement.

The new round of White House pardons were Bush’s first since March and come less than two months before he will end his presidency. The crimes committed by those on the list also include offenses involving hazardous waste, food stamps and the theft of government property.

Bush has been relatively stingy in handing out such reprieves. Including these actions, he has granted 171 pardons and eight commutations in nearly eight years. That’s less than half as many as Presidents Clinton or Reagan issued during their 8-year tenures in office.

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Inside Government wishes all of our readers a very Happy Thanksgiving! And in the spirit of the holiday, we figured we’d explain the the origins of the Annual Presidential Pardon of the Turkey.

Each year since 1947, the National Turkey Federation and the Poultry and Egg National Board have given a turkey to the President of the United States at a White House ceremony. Since then, presidents have been more likely to eat the turkey rather than give it a reprieve. A notable exception occurred in 1963, when President Kennedy, referring to the turkey given to him, said, “Let’s just keep him.” It wasn’t until the first Thanksgiving of President George H.W. Bush, in 1989, that a turkey was officially pardoned for the first time.

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http://adopt.childrenshope.net/programs/russia/US_Department_of_State.jpgPresident-Designate Obama (technically that is the correct term as the Electoral College doesn’t ratify the states votes from election day until December 15 officially making Barack Obama President Elect) has been swift to fill out his Cabinet as well as many of the other presidential appointed positions.  Though his Cabinet level appointees must receive Senate confirmation, it would appear as if none of them will have too much trouble in the confirmation process.

That said, Obama’s choice for Secretary of State has made the most news of all his choices.  That’s because he chose his primary opponent, Senator Hillary Clinton, to be his Secretary of State.  This choice made headlines for more than just Hillary being a primary challenger.  It made headlines because she is considered to have more “hawkish” views when it comes to our nations foreign policy.

But before we really delve into the choice of Hillary Clinton, we need to understand the role and the duties of the Secretary of State.

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Our Elected Leaders at the 2008 State of the Union Address

Our Elected Leaders at the 2008 State of the Union Address

From my little window on the world I see a new President-elect, Barack Obama waiting to be sworn in in the USA in January 2009.

What do people expect from Obama and his team who are being assembled as we read?

The answer is probably: too much. Some members of the population have been anticipating the result of the election with baited breath hoping this change will make a radical difference in their lives. The reality is that at the end of 4 years not much will change unless the people stand up and demand that the government recognises and defers to those who put them in power: the people.

Unfortunately, far too much time, money and energy has been invested to divert and misinform the public about the role of government and what it is there for.

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