Can you get married at Los Angeles city hall? [more inside]
Help me find a speech on secrecy introducing the experience of having high clearance. It was an excerpt from a book, and was a speech given from someone who already had clearance to a state official who was about to gain such clearance. Involved how one's attitude changes over time. I think I saw it on boingboing or kottke but my google-fu is failing so far. [more inside]
My mom has cancer. Her sisters are throwing a fundraiser to offset her medical bills and pay for a trip. Please help me understand their obligation to donors and the powers that be. [more inside]
I'd like to know how the Chinese political system works. [more inside]
My boss has asked me to work on getting our company a contract with the U.S. government's General Services Administration (GSA). I have been doing some research and reading everything I can about it, but I think this may be too big of a job for just me. Does anyone have any experience with working on a contract like this or know of any good resources for help? Anything that any of you can offer would be great. Thanks!
Is Mexico a failed state? [more inside]
Calling all state government nerds. [more inside]
Philosophy+PoliticalScienceFilter: What are the philosophical foundations of egalitarianism? [more inside]
Recent/Obscure web applications and tools filter. I am talking with a government department (Economic Development) about using web based applications and tools both internally and externally. I've got the basics covered, but it would be nice to include mentions of some less-than-famous apps or tools that have been of use elsewhere. If there are any that have provided some mileage for you or your organisation, especially govt ones, I'd love to hear about them.
Where would one get copies of evidence presented in a U.S. congressional hearing? Difficulty: 1940s. [more inside]
Is clinical depression generally a disqualifier for positions entailing a psychological exam? [more inside]
Is there a way I can get Seattle TV channels from DirecTV even though I live in the Portland, OR market?
Is there a way I can get Seattle TV channels from DirecTV even though I live in the Portland, OR market? [more inside]
Are county classes nationwide, and if so what are they? [more inside]
Can I negotiate down a late payment penalty on my Canadian taxes? [more inside]
I would like to find out the starting salary for a particular graduate program within a Victorian (Australia) statutory body, and how it compares to private sector salaries. I have been able to find Federal government pay classifications but not the Victorian ones, but I believe they should be available somewhere. Unfortunately, Google has not been helpful. Can someone enlighten?
How do political philosophers arrive at the idea of "natural rights?" [more inside]
Since every government in the world seeks information control to remain in power. The internet will eventually be tapped, censored, crippled, and/or blocked by every country. How can we fight against this, or rather, route around it? [more inside]
Why do governments use cash accounting and not accrual? Are there any governments that DO use the accrual method? I'm interested in the history, legality, challenges, anything. Any location, any government. [more inside]
How can I break out of "customer service" sort of jobs? [more inside]
What just happened on C-Span? There was some health care related vote. What exactly did that vote decide? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of U.S. federal agencies effectively using social media. I'm particularly interested in those that do not have critical, consistent need to use social media (as CDC, USAID or FEMA do). State or Canadian provincial agencies would be of interest, too, but here also I'm looking for non-critical need. Thanks!
What are the best arguments (links to articles/sites appreciated) that government regulation and tax code distortions are not the primary causes of the American healthcare crisis? Why wouldn't a more free-market approach (i.e. remove the obstacles to far more vigorous competition between insurers for individual premiums) be the solution? If adverse selection is a reason, how is that any worse for health care than for other insurance markets (e.g. life insurance)?
Does it make sense to go to law school if I never intend on actually practicing law? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: which organizations in the USA promote government accountability? [more inside]
Where can I find video or analysis of the Cyber Shockwave joint exercise held today in Washington, D.C? An article in The Atlantic mentioned it would be filmed, and I'm just nerdy enough to watch it...
I'm a current 1L in a mid-level law school about to interview for an externship at the nearby city's Government Relations office. I need to do a little preparing. [more inside]
What are some good articles on the impact the American socialist movement had on U.S. law and policy making? [more inside]
Looking for insights, guidance, and advice on the 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business application process - particularly around paying for sample "narrative kits". [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a public lobby group? [more inside]
Has anyone found a job with the Workforce Recruitment Program? [more inside]
The story of how Corporations became legal people using the 14th amendment is pretty famous. But that's a US phenomenon. How did it work out in other countries? Are corporations legal people in the UK, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, Australia etc? [more inside]
Help an American understand German politics. [more inside]
I'm looking for a list of foreign governments receiving aid (military and developmental) under the auspices of the GWOT (global war on terror). BUT, not aid related to either Afghanistan or Iraq. For example, since 2001, how much has the US provided places like Colombia, the Philippines and Indonesia to fight terrorism? The more official and exhaustive the source (GAO, CRS) the better. Thank you for your time!
What are the best well-written and scholarly (read: thoughtful and well-researched, not partisan or propagandistic) books or reports on which US government programs are managed effectively and which poorly, and why?
What are some good campaign trail biographies? I'm looking for any interesting read, whether in book form or a series of articles, that follows a candidate for a period of time up to their election, preferably ones where the writer actually accompanied the candidate as they went through the process of running. I'm not only looking for presidential candidates, but any government post at all (senate, congress, local government etc). I know Hunter Thompson is a good place to start, but what else?
Is there a simple way, on the Web, to research how each member in both the House of Representatives and Senate voted on a bill? Specifically, I am looking for how Nancy Bean (Illinois) voted on the recent Health Care Bill. Thanks in advance.
How does one get a job as a residential property appraiser for a county or local government?
Forgot to file tax returns. Now what? [more inside]
I served on grand jury duty and received a check today for the standard $40 a day. However, I had told the court previously that my job did not dock my pay, so I should not receive a check for my service. Should I cash it? [more inside]
What happens when a baby is born in jail in New Jersey? What departments/agencies are automatically involved? We are looking to get legal guardianship of a sister's soon-to-be-born child while she is in jail and need to know what agencies we should be dealing with beforehand.
Where can I find solid nationwide savings statistics/data? [more inside]
how do I verify that I, indeed, registered for the Selective Service? [more inside]
What countries have laws or legislative rules requiring legislation to stay on-topic? [more inside]
Which municipal district has the largest constituency? [more inside]
A group of men from the US Government, a van and some dirty/emaciated kids? Where did I read about this supposedly true story? [more inside]
I'm a complete N00b when it comes to writing to my government/MLA. Recent events have made me want to voice my concern w/ the government's actions and encourage my MLA to stand up and voice his disapproval. How do I learn what is proper to include in a letter and what isn't? How do I not come off as a crazy ranter and appear as a concerned constituent? Tips? Examples?
How can I show support for the new health care reform bill? [more inside]
Could folks smarter than me elucidate for me the whole current U.S. administration's "Czar" fetish? I'm looking for precedent or other historic rationale on the use of the term "czar" in U.S. politics. Could anybody more in the know help out? [more inside]
How do I start my own church in California? If L. Ron Hubbard can have a church, why can't I? I have tried searching for "how to start a church" on google and askmefi, but no luck. I think there's something about filing a 501c non-profit form, but there are a lot of forms for similar things (non-profit raffle? commercial coventurer?? what the crap?). [more inside]
Revenue Quebec Filter: I mailed my taxes to Revenue Quebec somewhere around the 3rd or 4th of May. That's slightly late, but it's OK because they owe me money. I even sent it express post so it wouldn't get lost. Two months later, I've received no cheque, no direct deposit, no notice of assessment--nothing. [more inside]