beware_the_sluagh wrote:oh right, yeah, I kind of forgot about them being senators and governors - now that I think about it I'm not even sure what either of those positions is
At the moment, I'm trying to work out what is the equivalent of parliament, and if a senator is like an MP.
We don't have an upper or lower government anything either.
I'm thinking there are pretty much NO direct analogies between the USA and the NZ systems of government, which is kind of surprising because you sort of expect these things to be the same.
Unfortunately, people here suspect that the elections here are being influenced by the USA presidential election and turning into a potential prime minister vs. potential prime minister race, whereas actually it's party vs party and the party can change it's leader and thus the prime minister once it's in.
Edit: Parliament is made up of the house of representatives and the queen, but most people call the house of representatives "parliament"
We have three branches of government.
The legislative branch has our Senators and Congressmen, two Senators from each of our 50 states and at least one Congressman per state but the number of Congressmen is based on the relative population of the state to the population of the US, which is determined by census. I would guess our Legislative branch is sort of like your Parliament.
The Executive branch is headed by the President and includes his Cabinet. The President may have been a member of Congress or the Senate, but not necessarily. The Constitutional requirements are that he be over 35, be a natural born citizen of the US, have lived at least fourteen years in the US, and that he not have previously served as President for more than six years, since he is limited to two four year terms and in addition, he may have served as a Vice-President who became President for up to two years of the previous President's term, so the most anyone could possibly serve as President of the US is a total of ten years
The Judicial branch is our Supreme Court and lower Federal and District and state courts.
Our states' Executive branches are headed by their Governors, who are elected along with their state representatives by the individual states.