What’s to like about Thom Tillis, Senate candidate from N. Carolina? Even if you are not a Republican living in North Carolina, there is something good about the fact that Thom Tillis won the Republican nomination. The bar was just raised for the Democrats. if the Democrats post a Senate candidate with equal to or greater qualifications, then America wins because in that election instance, quality has been improved. Thom Tillis is a former PriceWaterhouseCoopers partner. That translates to having impeccable qualifications as a professional with certifications. (I know that because I am a PWC alumnus.)
“Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives
January 26, 2011
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 98th district
Thomas Roland Tillis
August 30, 1960 (age 53)
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
University of Maryland,
What America needs is certifiable competence in government (short list):
- Managerial competence
- Professional and technical competence
- Private sector competence
Thom Tillis hits all three bases.
“Tillis wins Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in North Carolina
BY SEAN SULLIVAN AND ROBERT COSTA
May 6 at 9:24 pm
“Republican senatorial candidate Thom Tillis listens during a televised debate at WRAL television studios in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, Pool)
The establishment wing of the Republican Party scored a major victory in North Carolina Tuesday when state House Speaker Thom Tillis won the party's nomination for U.S. Senate, turning back tea party challengers who threatened to complicate the GOP's effort to unseat Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) in a key midterm battleground.
"The party has triangulated pretty well so far and this was the first test," said Michael Steele, a former Republican National Committee chairman. "Tillis and his people have worked hard to control how this plays out. But they have to be careful to not rub the base's nose in their success."
Tillis's ability to gallop ahead late in the race, in spite of the steep competition he faced on his right, signals that the Republican establishment may be better poised than previously thought to push through its favored candidates in Senate primaries later this month in Georgia and Kentucky, where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces Matt Bevin, a tea party challenger.”
Job model for US Senator
“The Senate has several exclusive powers not granted to the House, including consenting to treaties as a precondition to their ratification and consenting to or confirming appointments of Cabinet secretaries, federal judges, other federal executive officials, military officers, regulatory officials, ambassadors, and other federal uniformed officers, as well as trial of federal officials impeached by the House. The Senate is both a more deliberative and more prestigious body than the House of Representatives, due to its longer terms, smaller size, and statewide constituencies, which historically led to a more collegial and less partisan atmosphere.”
Further information: Act of Congress
Bills may be introduced in either chamber of Congress. However, the Constitution's Origination Clause provides that "All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives". As a result, the Senate does not have the power to initiate bills imposing taxes. Furthermore, the House of Representatives holds that the Senate does not have the power to originate appropriation bills, or bills authorizing the expenditure of federal funds. Historically, the Senate has disputed the interpretation advocated by the House. However, when the Senate originates an appropriations bill, the House simply refuses to consider it, thereby settling the dispute in practice. The constitutional provision barring the Senate from introducing revenue bills is based on the practice of the British Parliament, in which only the House of Commons may originate such measures.
Although the Constitution gave the House the power to initiate revenue bills, in practice the Senate is equal to the House in the respect of spending. As Woodrow Wilson wrote:
“The Senate's right to amend general appropriation bills has been allowed the widest possible scope. The upper house may add to them what it pleases; may go altogether outside of their original provisions and tack to them entirely new features of legislation, altering not only the amounts but even the objects of expenditure, and making out of the materials sent them by the popular chamber measures of an almost totally new character.
”The approval of both houses is required for any bill, including a revenue bill, to become law. Both Houses must pass the same version of the bill; if there are differences, they may be resolved by sending amendments back and forth or by a conference committee, which includes members of both bodies.”