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I can answer just about any question about U.S. Political history, Constitutional law, the legislative process, elections, etc. I enjoy Presidential and Congressional historical trivia, but can answer more substantive questions too.

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Former Staff member for a Congressman and Senator. I also worked on about 10 Congressional and Presidential campaigns (only one that won). For a short time, I worked in the legal department of the Federal Election Commission.    I have a B.A. in Political Science.


Former LBJ Fellow (paid fellowship for Congressional Staff).
Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honorary Society).


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Washington Times


J.D. University of Michigan
B.A. George Washington University (Poli. Sci. major).

Awards and Honors

LBJ Fellow
Truman Scholar

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2016-11-29 Committee Chairs--who do they listen to?:

Hello,    There are no enforceable rules about who members of Congress correspond with.  They are free to ignore messages from everyone, respond to everyone, or respond to only select groups of their choosing

2016-09-15 Eligibility to serve as president:

You are correct.  There is no prohibition on a person serving as Vice President after having served two terms as President, nor of that person assuming the Presidency should the President die or resign

2016-07-23 help:

Hello,    I took a look back at the textbook you referenced from your friend's question.  The overview simply summarizes what the chapter will discuss: that democracy has essentially expanded to more nations

2016-07-16 help:

Hello,    I took a look at the textbook you referenced.  It discusses the military coup in Chile in the 1970's which overthrew a democratically elected government.  The article on Poland discusses the

2016-07-15 help:

Hello,    Different countries have always had different levels of participation in government.  Generally a country is considered democratic if the majority has the ability to get the government to do


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