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jayctravis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:12 AM
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What is the function of a "whip" in government?
Was reading that Delay was named "House Majority Whip" and I've also seen "minority whip"...

What exactly does this mean?
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jim3775 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:14 AM
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1. Wikipedia is your friend
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 09:15 AM by jim3775
Whip (POLITICS)

"in politics, a whip is a member of a political party in a legislature whose task is to ensure that members of the party attend and vote as the party leadership desires. The term originated in the Parliament of the United Kingdom and derives from the "whipper-in" at a fox hunt. Whip is also used to mean the voting instructions issued to members by the Whip."
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Cerridwen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:15 AM
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4. 2 great minds....:-D....... ..........n/t
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MemphisTiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:21 AM
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5. like a hatchet man for the mob
right?
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Cerridwen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:14 AM
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2. I checked Wikipedia - here ya go

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_Major...


The U.S. Senate Majority Whip is the second ranking member of the United States Senate.

The main function of the Majority (and Minority) Whip is to gather votes on major issues. Because he or she the second ranking member of the Senate, if there is no floor leader present, the whip may become acting floor leader.

The current Senate Majority Whip is Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY).


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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:14 AM
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3. Their job is to keep the opposing party in line.
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 09:17 AM by louis-t
To let it be known if they are breaking rules, cheating, unethical, criminal, etc. The Dem Minority Whip really has his hands full.

edit: I stand corrected.

"A whip works to ensure that his or her party's senators vote as the party leadership desires."
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Atman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:22 AM
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6. Oh, sorry...I thought this was another Jeff Gannon thread
Never mind.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:48 AM
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7. Condi uses "the whip" on george
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 09:58 AM by leftofthedial
she does both sides

george uses the ball gag
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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:06 AM
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8. maybe she should upgrade
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