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Senate Balks at Obama Pick for Surgeon General

Senate Balks at Obama Pick for Surgeon General | gopo |
The White House is considering putting off a Senate vote on Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, who has come under criticism from the National Rifle Association, or withdrawing the nomination altogether.

Via Kelly Grossman
Linda Pierre's insight:

1. How is an interest group (the NRA) exercising its influence on this appointment? What are the NRA’s specific concerns with this nominee? the NRA is criticizes Murthy because he is for gun control and will take measures in limiting ammunition and ban certain weapons. To try and keep Murthy from being accepted they sent a “grass-roots alert” to millions of email subscribers, imploring them to “contact your senators and ask them to oppose confirmation of President Obama’s radically antigun nominee.” where is the concern greatest? because of the turn on gun control it leaves ten unsure democrats to vote against Murthy and placing them in a difficult spot. Putting the presidents choice in a negative position.

3. How does the President/White House play a role in the confirmation process? the president is allowed to give nominees but the house has order and structure which limit who the president is allowed to volunteer. The President and the House both discuss and vote on what they view as the correct choice.

4. What strategies could the White House pursue in relation to this appointment? What did the White House learn from recent nominations that were not confirmed? The White House learned that if they were to vote in the near future that Murthy would not be elected. They explain Murthy's point of views and why he is for gun control because he witnessed the trauma that gun violence can cause.

luke jester's curator insight, April 11, 2014 6:14 PM

1. They  sent out a "grass roots alert" to millions of people so they would tell their senators to not vote for the President's nominee . They don't like the fact that the nominee is extremely against guns.

2. democrats may lose control of the Senate because Senators are voting differently then they normally would because of the NRA .

3. The President chooses the positions of people.

4. they could hold Obama's vote for surgeon general or take out the nomination from the position. they need balance nominees in order to have support from both parties.

Jessica Markle's curator insight, April 11, 2014 9:28 PM

The NRA is influencing members of congress by personally emailing the voters and trying to rally members against the Surgeon General because they don't agree with his views on gun control and many other issues. The senators reelection is at stake and if they vote with gun control, they will lose the support of the NRA. From this incident, the White House should definitely learn to choose a more fitting person to represent, one that preferably agrees with the policies of the NRA.The white house learned to approach nominations differently in order to recieve better feedback

Lauren Sargent's curator insight, April 14, 2014 10:38 PM
The NRA is concerned about the appointment of nominee Murthy because he is actively against guns. They are going directly to citizens addressing them about the nominee and asking their opinion and going to senate, trying to get the nominee removed. The NRA are concerned that if the nominee is appointed, the gun-bans in the nation will go up, decreasing their value.The Senate is trying to maintain democratic leadership by listening to their constituents which, in states such as Alaska, Louisiana, and Arkansas, are opposed to gun-banning, which puts them against the nominee.The White House try to choose candidates who will help keep a mostly equal view on arguments and won’t anger any interest groups, such as the NRA, so there won’t be a lack of executive control or support.The White House should consider what is really good for the nation and what candidates are right for the job, rather than trying to please everyone. It is impossible, especially in politics, to please everyone, so they should try to think about what the candidate can offer to the executive process and what they can possibly change. The White House learned that they tend to overestimate democratic support and lean more toward their constituents than the rest of the nation.
Rescooped by Linda Pierre from AP U.S. Government & Politics!

Just for fun: "About last night: Texas primary highlights"

Just for fun: "About last night: Texas primary highlights" | gopo |
updated Wednesday at 8:45 am ET

(CNN) - The Lone Star state held its primary contests Tuesday, kicking off the 2014 election season with two top Republicans guarding their seats in Congress against conservative challengers and gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott ready to square o...

Via Kelly Grossman
Linda Pierre's insight:

Jorge Lopez0408's curator insight, March 20, 2014 8:29 AM

With the Republican Party overtaking the Texas government, many Republican senators have to campiagn in order to even compete and stay in their chair or new senators to take thier chairs with many third party canidates seemingly increasing to the senate. Two of the running senators even pledge to go rn for the 2016 U.S. Capital, to run for president of corse. The new Republican party emerging from the Lone star state to pledge to run for president. What im thinking of what will happen is that maybe oin 2016, the new Republican canidates maybe the the new upcoming Republican president for that year. The new year for Republican to take the government that year.

Shelby Payton Salkar's curator insight, March 20, 2014 11:31 AM

The Texas primaries starting off in 2014 consisted of a lot of movement and tenured roles being replaced. Headlines were spotlighted on the top two conservative challengers and gubernational candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott battling out for the seat. Also The Tea Party made big strides this primary for Texas with 4 out of the 5 recomended candidates won with the last one getting a runoff. This helps The Tea Party with reconginition in this red state. On top of that the Lone Star State democrats are pushing to finally make Texas a blue state when Rick Perry tries for the presidency race. In effect, will cause mayhem in the senate for electoral seats. Very interesting Ms. Grossman. 

Shelby Mench's curator insight, March 20, 2014 11:59 AM

The basic foundation of the constitutional belies of the founders of the constitution was that in short, it was put into place to be fair and to avoid corruption from all levels so that everyone was getting an equal opportunity. The most common way of thinking and to get votes is to think of the fact that states which are larger, are allocated more electoral votes so people should look to gain their votes. The main objective is to get  those states and then also the states which typically vote the same way each year. If the college is not able to choose an obvious winner then the House votes for the top three. A lot of people don’t like this because they felt it did not work out right when Bush won the electoral votes and AlGore won the popular vote and this was reiterated with the recounts. In my opinion this is a good thing because I think a majority of states should have electoral votes because it helps to not only eliminate any doubts but it help to prevent any flaw and to ease people’s minds.