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President Mellark formally asks Congress to allow intervention in Greece; Congress approves

Following this week’s nuclear debacle in Greece, President Peeta Mellark (Liberty-D12) formally asked Congress to approve articles allowing for an intervention in Greece.

Earlier this week, it was determined that nuclear weapons previously controlled by the rebel Greek military had become unaccounted for. Since then, it has been determined that while the Greek military was in the process of moving the stockpile under the possible intent of using the weapons on their own, several nuclear weapons were misplaced in the process and fell into the hands of terrorist organizations. It is currently unknown which organization has the nuclear weapons.

Congress easily passed the articles allowing for an intervention. The House passed the articles by a vote of 134-66. The Senate vote tally is below.

Voting aye (24): Bass (Lib-D1), Benson (Lib-Capitol), Briscoe (Lib-D7), Debroff (Lib-D11), Delacruz (Lib-D5), Delsont (Lib-D11), Descoteaux (Lib-D14), Ellsworth (Lib-D3), Folsom (Lib-D8), Hampton (Lib-D2), Harrison (Lib-D4), James (Lib-D2), Oppenheim (Lib-D13), Quaker (Lib-D12), Qurius (Lib-D5), Randall (Centre-D9), Roydon (Centre-Capitol), Sanford (Lib-D15), Talton (Lib-D13), Thibault (Lib-D14), Trent (Lib-D12), Wallace (Lib-D4),  Weston (Lib-D1), Wilkie (Lib-D7).

Voting nay (8): Canstrom (Lab-D9), Garrett (Centre-D15), Kennedy (Civic-D6), Kramer (Civic-D6), Newsom (Civic-D3), Richards (Lab-D10), Wallace (Lab-D8), Walters (Lab-D10)

 

BREAKING: Jacquelyn Warner named D7 Senator; Karina Erickson named Solicitor General

BREAKING: Jacquelyn Warner officially tendered her resignation to President Peeta Mellark today before taking the oath of office as District 7’s new junior senator. Soon after, Senator Warner rushed over to the White House, where she stood by as former Attorney General Karina Erickson was nominated to be her successor as Solicitor General.

The double-whammy of nominations ended a long game of musical chairs in the Capitol, all of which started with Associate Justice Malcolm Lowell’s passing. Attorney General Alexandra West was selected to succeed him on the Supreme Court, which then triggered Senator Calvin Wilkie’s nomination as Attorney General. In turn, that allowed for Jacquelyn Warner’s appointment as senator, which resulted in Karina Erickson being nominated for Solicitor General.

Reportedly, Jacquelyn Warner was number one on Governor Mason Wallace (Liberty-D7)’s list out of a total of one candidate. Warner had previously been plotting a run for political office, according to insiders. It is unknown if that run would have been for governor or for senator, but it was likely that Warner would have made either primary competitive as her approval ratings are quite high in her home district.

Karina Erickson’s return to the Department of Justice is nothing short of intriguing as she returns to a lesser position that one she previously occupied. However, it’s rumored that Erickson accepted the position after much advice to do so from Secretary Celine Oswald, First Lady Katniss Everdeen, President Peeta Mellark, Vice President Rebecca Tarson, and even newly-minted Senator Warner herself.

Now, the President must work to usher in three nominees for three separate positions: Associate Justice, Attorney General, and Solicitor General. Jacquelyn Warner, however, does not require an approval process; she, however, faces her first election in the next midterm election.

BREAKING: Sen. Calvin Wilkie named Attorney General, resigns Senate seat

BREAKING: Calvin Wilkie, the senior senator from District 7 and a Liberty Party member, has been named as President Mellark’s pick to be the second Attorney General in his administration.

Wilkie, a two-term senator, has served District 7 in multiple capacities. Wilkie previously served as District 7 Attorney General before being named a federal attorney by President Everdeen. Wilkie then returned to District 7 after four years to run for senator, which he easily won.

Wilkie was considered an outside pick for Attorney General. Many believed that the President would seek to appoint Jacquelyn Warner, the current solicitor general, or former Attorney General Karina Erickson to the post. However, the President as of late has made picks that have been considered unexpected by pundits, nominating Alexandra West to the Supreme Court and now Wilkie as Attorney General.

Following his nomination as Attorney General, Senator Wilkie resigned his Senate seat, stating that “it would represent a conflict of interest to serve in an organization that would vote on me for higher office. I have full confidence in my colleagues to make this decision without my involvement.” This now opens up a question of Wilkie’s successor in the Senate, who likely will be named prior to his confirmation hearing.

BREAKING: Pres. Mellark to name Alexandra West to SC spot

BREAKING: According to sources from within the White House, President Peeta Mellark (Liberty-D12) will name Alexandra West as his pick to succeed the recently passed Malcolm Lowell on the Supreme Court.

Alexandra West currently serves as the Attorney General of the Republic of Panem, presiding over the Department of Justice. Prior to this post, West served as the junior senator from District 1. Known for being a firebrand, West served as senatorial chair of the Joint Special Committee on Presidential Election Bribery, which indirectly resulted in the impeachment and removal of President Rick Canth (Conservative-D7). West previously ran for vice president as well, ultimately losing to current Vice President Rebecca Tarson (Liberty-D12).

The selection of West was deemed to be one of the more unlikely choices that the President could make, particularly due to her firebrand nature and her affinity for politics. However, following Solicitor General Jacquelyn Warner declining the nomination, West was the next choice on the President’s list. West must now be confirmed by a vote of the Senate. It is likely due to West’s political nature and fiery personality that her nomination will meet fierce pushback from Panem’s left-wing parties. Nonetheless, any filibuster by the opposition would only be sustained if they can convince ten Liberty senators to join the filibuster, a move that is incredibly unlikely to happen.

With the vacancy that will arise with West’s nomination, now speculation will begin regarding West’s successor should she be confirmed to the high court. Top picks include:

  • Solicitor General Jacquelyn Warner (Liberty-D7)
  • Former AG Karina Erickson (Liberty-D13)
  • Senator Hanley Trent (Liberty-D12)
  • Former AG Cecelia Paylor (Civic-D8)
  • Senator Calvin Wilkie (Liberty-D7)

REPORT: Jacquelyn Warner declines Supreme Court appointment

According to sources from the White House, President Peeta Mellark offered Jacquelyn Warner, the solicitor general of Panem, the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in order to replace the recently passed Malcolm Lowell. Warner, after deliberation for about a day, declined the nomination.

This declination sends the President back to the drawing board to find a new nominee for the high court. Other potential nominees included attorneys general such as Cecelia Paylor, Karina Erickson, and Alexandra West along with Senator Hanley Trent and circuit court judge Sherri Holmes.

Yet Another Appointment: A Look at Potential Nominees

Justice Malcolm Lowell’s passing was tragic and struck a chord throughout the judicial system. Now, it is up to President Mellark to determine Lowell’s successor- a lofty task due to the reverence around the Justice. Let’s look at some of his options.

INTERESTED:

Cecelia Paylor: Appointed by President Cecelia PaylorMellark as his national security advisor, it is no secret that Paylor would vie for this position. Paylor has previously served as Attorney General, heading up the Department of Justice. She has extensive experience with the court. However, she lacks judicial experience and her views are very opposed to what President Mellark may wish to have on the Court.

Odds: 12/1

Solicitor General Jacquelyn Warner: After only being appointed Solicitor General by President Mellark about two years ago, Jacquelyn Warner has risen to the top of many lists for this position. Her main obstacle remains her major lack of judicial experience, but considering that many on this lack such experience, it becomes less of an issue. A Warner appointment would not lack precedent, either: Associate Justice Felix Munoz served as Solicitor General before ascending to his position on the Court. Warner, however, has been expressed as a potential candidate for political office as well as a potential nominee for Attorney General. Nonetheless, Warner has stated in the past that a nomination to the Supreme Court would be “hard to pass up if that ever did come,” but that “the President would be wise to pick someone more qualified for the position.” We put her on this list as most likely to be chosen, but in reality, the nomination is more of a tossup at this point.

Odds: 3/1 

Senator Hanley Trent: A senator from the President’s home district and a personal friend of the Everdeen-Mellark family, Senator Hanley Trent made the shortlist for both previous Supreme Court openings. Before being elected senator, Trent served as District Attorney for the Capitol of District 12, Attorney General ofSenator Hanley Trent District 12, and as Deputy Attorney General in Karina Erickson’s Justice Department. Trent has extensive experience with the Supreme Court, having appeared before the Court no less than twenty times over the course of his career. However, like Paylor, Trent lacks judicial experience.

Odds: 6/1

SPECULATED:

Attorney General Alexandra West: The Attorney General of Panem has a particular tendency to land on lists such as this one due to the experience and prestige that the office brings. As such, it should not be a surprise that Alexandra West ends up being considered for this position. However, it is unknown if West is interested in leaving the political realm for a lifetime appointment in a system that is not known for fiery personas.

 

 

Odds: 7/1

Karina EricksoKarina Ericksonn: The former Attorney General in the Everdeen administration, Erickson should be an immediate thought in the minds of many that are formulating a list for an Associate Justice. Erickson’s time as Panem Attorney for District 13, Attorney General of District 13, and as President Everdeen’s Attorney General leaves her well qualified for the position. Many point to her lack of judicial experience, but most names under consideration also face this issue. Championing Erickson is Secretary Celine Oswald, a personal friend of Erickson’s.

Odds: 5/1

President Mellark delivers State of the Nation address

President Peeta Mellark (Liberty-D12) delivered today his first annual State of the Nation address, giving the executive, legislative, andState of the Nation Address judicial branches of the government along with the millions of citizens watching a progress report on the actions of the Mellark administration’s first year.

The speech, the first of its kind, is planned to become an annual tradition set forth by the Mellark White House with the express intention of preserving the tradition with future administrations.

In the speech, the President discussed the progress made over the previous year, particularly that of tax reform and military progress against the Oceanian Empire group. However, the majority of his speech was dedicated to what was yet to come. With Vice President Rebecca Tarson (Liberty-D12), Speaker Constantin Richelieu (Liberty-D14), and Chief Justice Francine Ashland Brewster sitting behind him, President Mellark laid out an ambitious plan comprised of the continuance of military intervention, the creation of a new department in the presidential cabinet, the reform of Panem’s education system, the introduction of the line-item veto, and the strict regulation of morphling.

“Over the past year we have made many advances and have had many successes. We have successfully put the OE on the defensive and we are well on our way to its demise. No longer will Panem’s citizens live in fear of losing their lives or the lives of the ones that they love…We have also made strides in the area of our economy. Our stocks are rising; our GDP is making a swift recovery. I am proud to announce that we are on track to exit this recession within the next two fiscal quarters. This is thanks to our industrial expansion, as well as the progress that our Congress has made in regards to tax reforms for our citizens and for our businesses. It’s also thanks to the hard-working Panem citizens who have worked with our government in order to keep Panem businesses in Panem.

However, while the accomplishments of the previous year are grand, our work is far from complete. There is still much to be done here and abroad. We must remain vigilant in our fight against terror. We must remind those that choose to incite us that we will not stand idly by in the face of tyranny. We will not stand by as our citizens and the citizens of our allies abroad face death each and every day due to the evils that lie in the Oceanian Empire and other groups. We must ensure that no one in Panem fears for their life simply because they are a citizen of Panem…We also must make sure that while our military valiantly fights for our freedom and safety abroad, they can come home to a country that appreciates them and treats them appropriately as the heroes that they are. As such, it is my honor today to ask that our Congress draft legislation for the creation of a Department of Veterans Affairs. Our veterans deserve to be treated with the utmost respect, and the best way that our government can do that is through the insurance of their healthcare and other objectives…We must also begin the reform of our education system. Let me be clear: the debts incurred by our students are too high. Therefore, I continue my call for a cap on collegiate pricing at a reasonable level that should be discussed by our Congress. I also commend our new Secretary of Education, Robert Kelso, for his incredible work in the creation of new standards for our districts which will ensure the quality of education throughout Panem…I also call for legislation for a line-item veto and for the banning of ‘pork’ legislation. We have been plagued by unnecessary amendments for too long. We must cease this practice, and allowing for such a veto and ban would eliminate this threat…and finally, we must end the crisis of morphling addiction once and for all. Families have become stricken with grief at the loss of those afflicted by this terrible addiction. I myself have seen it during my time as a tribute. Therefore, through the regulatory procedures of the Department of Health and Human Services, along with ideally the help of our Congress, we will push for a bipartisan effort in order to strictly regulate the movement and control of morphling. While this substance is appropriate in certain medical cases, even there it has become outdated; we must phase out this addictive substance from the medical industry and do everything we can to prevent the substance from entering illegal markets.”

The address was well received by viewers at home, who turned out in the millions to watch it on television. However, the speech did not receive the same reception among some members of Congress. While the majority of Liberty Party members were ecstatic at the ideas of the President, Red-Green Coalition members, Conservatives, and Centrists were disgruntled with the ideas presented.

“We are seeing a massive mistake in the President’s handling of medical issues,” noted Civic senator Patrick Newsom of District 3. “You cannot simply regulate morphling as he promised to receive the results that he is aiming for. It’s not possible. We’ve tried it here in District 3, and it simply doesn’t work.”

“There’s no reason for another new department,” stated Conservative representative Kari Lyles. “While we all agree that our veterans deserve the best, that’s easily accomplishable through legislation. However, adding further power to the executive branch is exactly what we are wanting to avoid, and I think that the citizens of Panem see right through this power grab.”

Jace Walters, a Labor senator from District 10, took offense at the plan for education. “I’m the son of two educators; my wife is an educator. The President is not doing enough with these ‘regulations.’ What the President is doing is simply a formality to appease the left for reelection. If he were serious about reform, he’d implement standardized testing and provide free education for our nation’s youth.”