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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-08-2006, 06:25 AM Thread Starter
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Mid Term US Election

Being an outsider, I am curious to find what you guys think about it? Who do you guys support and why? Your views please.......
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Re: Mid Term US Election

As I understand it this election decides who controls the House and Senate. What does that mean?
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-08-2006, 06:31 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Mid Term US Election

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As I understand it this election decides who controls the House and Senate. What does that mean?
This, only a US citizen can answer. Someone enlighten us please?
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I'm not a US citizen but I was talking about this with a work collegue yesterday and as I understand it the mid-term elections decides seats in each house in US parliament, but does not affect who is President. So in this case George Bush is still President but it can be possible that the majority of seats in each house could be held by Democrate politicians, thus making it exceptionally difficult to pass Republican bills, etc seeing as the party could possibly become a minority Government.

Now also remember there is no discussion of politics on Jemsite though, I hope my post isn't pushing this, and I hope it is sort of correct!
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Re: Mid Term US Election

US Senators serve a six-year term and elections are held every two years. Therefore, roughly one-third of the seats in the Senate are up for grabs every two years. Each state has two Senators for a total of 100. As far as I know, it's rare for the majority party to have a crazy number of seats more than the minority, so a big enough swing in the voting could theoretically lead to a different party winding up in control of the Senate every two years.

The House of Representatives is a little more complicated, but representatives only serve a two-year term and there's a total of 435 of them, so the political climate can change there pretty rapidly, though I'm honestly not sure that it does.

Other than these details, LonePhantom's post is essentially correct. Also, this thread does not appear to be a discussion of politics in any way and as such shouldn't run the risk of offending anyone or breaking any rules (in my opinion).
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sorry, even though it was a great day for the US and the rest of the world, no political discussions can happen here ... glen
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