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The federal government of the United States is the national government of the United States, a federal republic in North America, composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories and several island possessions.

The federal government is composed of three distinct branches: legislativeexecutive, and judicial, whose powers are vested by the U.S. Constitution in the Congress, the president and the federal courts, respectively. The powers and duties of these branches are further defined by acts of Congress, including the creation of executive departments and courts inferior to the Supreme Court.

The full name of the republic is “United States of America“. No other name appears in the Constitution, and this is the name that appears on money, in treaties, and in legal cases to which it is a party. The terms “Government of the United States of America” or “United States Government” are often used in official documents to represent the federal government as distinct from the states collectively. The terms “Federal” and “National” in government agency or program names generally indicate affiliation with the federal government.

Summary

The federal government of the United States is the national government of the United States, a federal republic in North America, composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories and several island possessions.

The federal government is composed of three distinct branches: legislativeexecutive, and judicial, whose powers are vested by the U.S. Constitution in the Congress, the president and the federal courts, respectively. The powers and duties of these branches are further defined by acts of Congress, including the creation of executive departments and courts inferior to the Supreme Court.

The full name of the republic is “United States of America“. No other name appears in the Constitution, and this is the name that appears on money, in treaties, and in legal cases to which it is a party. The terms “Government of the United States of America” or “United States Government” are often used in official documents to represent the federal government as distinct from the states collectively. The terms “Federal” and “National” in government agency or program names generally indicate affiliation with the federal government.

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About VA onAir 12Virginia onAir

This Virginia onAir hub supports Virginians to become more informed on and engaged in federal and state governance and elections while facilitating more civil and positive discussions with their representatives, candidates, and fellow Virginians.

  • Virginia onAir is one of 50 state governance and elections hubs that the US onAir Network is providing to reinvigorate our imperiled democracy.
  • Virginia onAir is US onAir’s model of how a state’s onAir Council and curators can enhance a state Hub with fresh Top News and state legislature content, moderated discussions, and production of zoom aircasts with committees, interviews and debates with candidates, and presentations.

For more information  about the many opportunities to learn about and engage with this Virginia onAir hub, go to this US onAir post on the US onAir central hub.

Our two minute vision video about the US onAir network is below.

Summary

This Virginia onAir hub supports Virginians to become more informed on and engaged in federal and state governance and elections while facilitating more civil and positive discussions with their representatives, candidates, and fellow Virginians.

  • Virginia onAir is one of 50 state governance and elections hubs that the US onAir Network is providing to reinvigorate our imperiled democracy.
  • Virginia onAir is US onAir’s model of how a state’s onAir Council and curators can enhance a state Hub with fresh Top News and state legislature content, moderated discussions, and production of zoom aircasts with committees, interviews and debates with candidates, and presentations.

For more information  about the many opportunities to learn about and engage with this Virginia onAir hub, go to this US onAir post on the US onAir central hub.

Our two minute vision video about the US onAir network is below.

State Representatives

Virginia is located in the Southern region of the USA with Richmond as its capital.

Ralph Northam (D) is Governor, Justin Fairfax is Lieutenant Governor, and Mark Herring is Attorney General.

The Virginia General Assembly has 40 Senate members and 100 House of Delegate members.

Governor Ralph Northam

Ralph Northam 3Current Position: Governor since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Lt. Governor from 2014 – 2018; State Senator from 2008 – 2014
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Quotes: “Governor Northam approaches public service with the same passion he brought to his military and medical service. He is committed to working with leaders from both parties to build a Virginia that works better for every family, no matter who they are or where they live.”

US Senators

Senator Mark Warner

Senator Tim Kaine

US House Members

Virginia’s 11 US House members are displayed in the US House Members “Top Posts” slider. Map of US House Members and their districts.

 

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US residents can experience the US onAir network of online governance and elections Hubs in a similar way on both desktop or laptop displays (minimum display resolution of 1200 pixels) and on phones.

US onAir takes advantage of big screen displays to provide additional features such as slide shows and interactive maps. If possible, it is best to experience US onAir on big screen displays.

Viewing slide shows

  1. Select the post’s thumbnail image to view the posts then
  2. Select the Top News item you are interested in to view content in the display area to the left.
  3. To view all the post’s content, select anywhere on the feature image or select the post’s title.
  4. Select the Discuss button to go to the post’s forum. Only Hub members can add comments.
  5. Select the Supporter field, to learn more about the organization and how they are supporting US OnAir.
  6. Select the Share button to share a post with another network

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Using a table of contents

For most laptop and desktop computer displays, the right hand column of most posts has a persistent Table of Contents. 

  1. Select the heading you are interested in to go directly there
  2. Select the first heading to return to the top of the post
  3. Select the  “X”  to hide the Table of Contents and the “<”  to display 

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Browsing posts

Hub posts are organized in categories and subcategories.

  1. Select category interested in – Top Posts display curator selected best posts in category
  2. If there are subcategories (arrow to the far right), select the category to see the next level of categories

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Finding & going to a state Hub

Finding State Hubs

  1. a) Select the US Representatives drop down; b) Select Go to your State Hub; c) Select the state you want to go to; d) Select the link to state Hub  OR
  2. You can go directly to a state Hub by typing a state’s two letter abbreviation into the URL field  OR
  3. a) Select US Representatives drop down; b) Select region, then state; c) Select the first post in the slide show

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Non- curated state Hubs

Currently, all 50 state state Hubs with the exception of Virginia are not curated. Over the coming months, our US onAir coalition partners and students from our onAir university chapters will begin curating state Hubs. Curated state Hubs have Top News updates, moderated forums, curators who monitor and respond to feedback, online interviews, and online events. All state non-curated Hubs have:

  1. A post on registering and voting and other information related to elections
  2. A summary post on all of a state’s key congressional and state representatives
  3. Posts on the Governor and two US Senators
  4. Posts on current US House representatives

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Curated state Hubs

Virginia onAir is our first curated state Hub. Over the coming months, our US onAir coalition partners and students from our onAir university chapters will begin curating other state Hubs. Curated state Hubs have Top News updates, moderated forums, curators who monitor and respond to feedback, online interviews, and online events.

  1. Curated Hubs have posts on elections under Voting in November
  2.  Under VA Representatives, you will find state, city, and county representatives and
  3. issue posts under Governing Today

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Phone user experience

Hub content is displayed on smart phones as widgets with tabs and drop down browsing. The interactive maps are currently not available on phones. Search works in the same way on a phone as it does on a laptop or desktop screen.

  1. Top News items are viewed in the same way as on bigger screens.
  2. To view more information in a post, select the tab icon. Tabs function like the table of contents in a big screen display.
  3. To find posts in categories, select the category for the post you are interested in viewing.

Maps

Using country maps

  1. Under the Voting in November drop down, select Election Maps then select 2020 Senate Races or 2020 Governor Races
  2. All the Senator and Governor races are displayed by default. Viewers can filter the races by selecting the buttons at the lower right
  3. Select the state buttons to display the appropriate election post.

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4.   Similarly, you can also view maps on the current US Congress and Governors. By late fall, these maps will have links to the representatives politician post.

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Using state maps

State maps are similar to US maps.

  1. To find US House races this year in Virginia, select Voting in November > Elections Maps > US House Elections.  Then select the race you want to learn more about.

Link to above example        2.      To find current Virginia US House representatives, select VA Representatives > Member Maps > US House Members.  

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Learn

Who represents me?

Who Represents Me?

  1. Go to your state Hub
  2. Select the Governing Today drop down and then select Who represents Me?
  3. Enter your street address including city and state (zip code not required) and then select the search icon
  4. Select the representative you want to learn more about

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Comparing candidate positions

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The above graphics shows the kinds of content available for election posts.

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Learning about a politician

Politician Post

The posts on politicians aggregate information from a variety of sources.

The About and Issues sections primarily sourced from campaign and/or government websites

Politics sections aggregate content from multiple sources including: Follow the Money, Federal and state government websites, Wikipedia, Vote Smart, BillTrack50, and Govtrack Us.

Politician Twitter feeds are displayed in each post.

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Learning about issues

After the November 3rd elections, curated state Hubs will focus on governance and issues important for a state residents and what their representatives and candidates are saying and doing about these issues.

  1. Under Governing Today, select the issue category you are interested in. In each top level category, there are Top Posts ordered by the post’s curator based on the most relevant .

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Discuss

Interfacing with curators

When selecting the Discuss button (assuming it’s not greyed out which means there is no post curator), you will go to the Feedback and Forum sections.

Above is the text you will see when you go to the Feedback section.

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Participating in post forums

If Hub would like to add a forum topic, send an email request to the post’s curator. Go to forum topic you want to comment on.

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Participating in online events

US onAir curators will be coordinating a variety of online events, recording the event, and inserting the video into one or more relevant posts.

  1. Sign up to participate as an audience member in a town hall, debate, or forum (max. 250 participants)
  2. You will receive a link to the event from the event coordinator
  3. Audience members can ask questions directly when prompted or typing your comment in the chat field

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