Q: Is it true that there are bills in Congress that would exempt members and their staffs and families from buying into “Obamacare”?
A: No. Congress members and staffers will be required to buy insurance through the exchanges on Jan. 1. But reportedly there is concern about whether federal contributions to premiums can continue without a change.
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Q: When did Bill Clinton clinch the Democratic nomination in 1992? A: He had cleared the field of serious rivals by March.
Q: What are the rules on robo-calls? A: Federal law requires that groups making automated calls identify themselves at the beginning of the call and provide a call-back number. The FEC says that a disclaimer must accompany public communication made by political committees or individuals. However, specific regulations for political …
Q: Why does Puerto Rico participate in the presidential primary and not the general election? A: The United States Constitution grants voting privileges in the general election to the states and the District of Columbia only, not to U.S. territories.
Summary Late-inning ads by both Clinton and Obama in the run-up to the Democratic primaries in Indiana and North Carolina focus on Clinton’s gas tax holiday proposal. But the ads are also misleading. Clinton’s ad claims motorists would save $8 billion during her summer "holiday," not mentioning that no economists …
Q: What percentage of North Carolina’s population is African American? A: In 2006, African Americans made up 21 percent of North Carolina’s total population. As of April 28, they also represent 21 percent of the state’s registered voters and 38 percent of registered Democrats.
Q: Who gets more time during debates, Obama or Clinton? A: Obama spoke longer in their two February debates, but Clinton had more time in their January meeting.
Q: What is the difference between a caucus and a primary? A: In presidential campaigns, a caucus is a system of local gatherings where voters decide which candidate to support and select delegates for nominating conventions. A primary is a statewide voting process in which voters cast secret ballots for …
Q: How many times was a president elected who did not win the popular vote? A: It has happened four times.
In separate, 30-minute question-and-answer sessions sponsored by The Politico and a Washington, D.C., television station, Obama and Clinton for the most part stuck to the facts – or, often, to statements that were matters of judgment and thus out of our bailiwick. But, our mission being to point out the diminutive distortions as well as the big, fat slabs of baloney, we bring you flubs we found in last night’s non-debate:
Q: Who was the last sitting congressman or senator to be elected president? A: John F. Kennedy was the last president to have moved directly from Congress to the White House.