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Criteria for US Senator
YankeeJim | May 18, 2010 at 05:22 amby
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* Represent State’s interests in the Senate in Washington, D.C.
* Proposes and votes on new national laws.
* As a U.S. Senator, votes on confirming federal judges and U.S. Supreme Court Justices.
* SALARY - $133,600
This skimpy description really says very little doesn’t it? It is completely inadequate.
What do American voters need and want from a US Senator? Do they want a professional politician who will run term after term for a working lifetime (and beyond)? Do they want someone who will come and go? Do they want someone who is a lawyer or someone from other professions or someone who has no legal background?
Think there is no room for improvement in the US democratic process of choosing representatives and senators? Think again. The system is completely inadequate as it stands today, and we follow it blindly.
“Primaries may help foreshadow November elections
By Dan Balz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Tuesday's crucial primary elections in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas have drawn extraordinary attention from politicians and strategists in both parties who are eager to read an unsettled electorate.
But the results are not likely to offer a single satisfying answer to how big Democratic losses might be in November. Rather, Tuesday's voters will drop clues on a variety of questions, about anti-incumbent sentiment, "tea party" power and presidential popularity. Most attention remained focused on Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), who made a final appeal to voters in his new party Monday, asking them to extend his 30-year career in Washington. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), Specter's challenger in the Senate primary, claimed momentum in the closing days of the campaign, and polls showed the race was too close to call.”
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