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Democrat

A person or scholar who believes in self-rule in a polity. In a democracy, the citizens vote on issues of governance. Often, the term also refers to a republican, who believes that citizens should elect representatives who vote on issues of governance, but the two terms are not identical.
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"It is impossible to predict how successful the Democrats will be in achieving their legislative priorities," AASCU declared in a statement.
It wasn't that voters didn't want to close the border, the hard-liners assert, it was that voters who wanted to do that were distracted by anger over the war in Iraq and other issues, and voted for Democrats anyway.
A recent national survey conducted by the Opinion Research Corporation shows that most Democrats and Republicans are doing their parts to recycle at the curb.
The hurricane, and all the governmental dysfunction that surrounded it, left Fine with a "sense of urgency to get good people elected." She went on to become the national chair for the College Democrats of America's GLBT Caucus and currently serves as the CDA's national political affairs director.
Democrats will have to struggle to hold on to New Jersey, where Senator Robert Menendez, appointed in 2006, is in trouble as Republican State Senator Tom Kean moves up in the polls.
The political commentator and former seminarian proclaims that he's "mad as hell" that conservative preachers have defined Christianity in such narrow terms that Democrats and liberals are viewed as outside the fold.
In the December Cook Political Report/RT Strategies national poll of Democrats and independents who leaned to the Democratic side and planned to vote in Democratic caucuses and primaries, 33 percent supported Clinton, 17 percent Kerry, the 2004 nominee, 15 percent backed former North Carolina Senator John Edwards, Kerry's running mate in 2004, then a similar drop off to what was seen on the GOP side occurred.
Without a majority for her preferred coalition with the Free Democrats, Merkel would become Germany's first female chancellor but would see her plans to shake up Germany's welfare state economy and improve relations with the US watered down.
Court of Appeals in his second term has spurred the latest round of opposition from Senate Democrats. Using the filibuster, or extended debate, Democrats successfully blocked the full Senate from voting on the confirmation of the nominees.