A commonwealth and a state are exactly the same thing; the term "commonwealth" was originally used to indicate that a particular region was not governed by a monarch but by the people. There are four states that call the... More »

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In worldwide usage, a commonwealth, in essence, is an organized collection of countries that form under one government. A state is controlled by a particular nation that governs it through laws passed by the government. More »

Virginia is called a commonwealth because, like all of the United States, its government is comprised of and run by the people, as opposed to rule by a monarch. In U.S. law, there really isn’t a difference between the me... More »

Virginia is called a commonwealth because, like all of the United States, its government is comprised of and run by the people, as opposed to rule by a monarch. In U.S. law, there really isn’t a difference between the me... More »

A state's lieutenant governor or whoever is the second in command usually takes over if the governor dies before his 4-year term is over. In addition, the lieutenant governor also takes over if the governor resigns, is r... More »

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The arguments for term limits in Congress include: putting a limit on time in office means less time to develop financial ties to lobbyists and special interest groups, and congressmen are more likely to fight for consti... More »

The term “clean CR” refers to a continuing resolution bill, a type of appropriations legislation passed by Congress, without attached conditions. Continuing resolutions generally maintain the level of government funding ... More »

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