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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Mideast Governor Spiral/Lt. Governor TJ on: April 22, 2014, 11:32:19 pm
Endorsed.

But from now on, it's Hurricane Spiral.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1888 U.S. House Vote, Round 1 on: April 22, 2014, 07:50:36 pm
...Someone voted twice in the Presidential election, and then another person didn't vote in the VP election. There are 19 votes for President and 16 for VP.

It sucks, but there's not much I can do about it unless they wish to out themselves.

Cathcon proposed awhile back going to strictly 1 vote (since IRL you can't be in the Senate and House) but I don't think anybody finds that particularly desirable.

Rather than five options and two votes, you could have given six options and one vote: Cleveland/Smith, Cleveland/Teller, Custer/Smith, Custer/Teller, Vance/Smith, and Vance/Teller.


Thank you TF! That seems like the best option going forward.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Assembly Election, April 2014 on: April 22, 2014, 07:48:01 pm
I certify that Napoleon, Deus, SWE, BaconBacon96, and Dr. Cynic are elected to the Assembly.

XDallasfan65
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Dallasfan65 for Governor on: April 22, 2014, 07:46:03 pm
OK. All gaffes aside, let's get to certifying this election.

I'm no mathematician, but I used Paul Lockett's STV Counter to come to the conclusion that I have:

Napoleon, Deus, SWE, BaconBacon96, and Dr. Cynic are elected to the Northeast Assembly.

If anyone is interested I can post the actual listing from Lockett's website, but it's tough to read.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Oldiesfreak1854 vs Apollo Asteroids on: April 22, 2014, 07:36:00 pm
Oldiesfreak1854 vs Apollo Asteroids
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Dallasfan65 for Governor on: April 21, 2014, 09:45:50 pm
The election is over. Though I will have to do a tabulation in earnest, the winners seem obvious. Congratulations to SWE, Napoleon, Deus, Sirnick, and BaconBacon.

Also, I would like to offer my congratulations to my good friend shua, who was reelected.

Sirnick received 0 first preferences.  Dr. Cynic received three.  So...

I was just about to ask about this.

Official tabulations are important! Smiley
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Dallasfan65 for Governor on: April 21, 2014, 07:42:24 pm
The election is over. Though I will have to do a tabulation in earnest, the winners seem obvious. Congratulations to SWE, Napoleon, Deus, Sirnick, and BaconBacon.

Also, I would like to offer my congratulations to my good friend shua, who was reelected.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1888 U.S. House Vote, Round 1 on: April 20, 2014, 09:47:39 pm
...Someone voted twice in the Presidential election, and then another person didn't vote in the VP election. There are 19 votes for President and 16 for VP.

It sucks, but there's not much I can do about it unless they wish to out themselves.

Cathcon proposed awhile back going to strictly 1 vote (since IRL you can't be in the Senate and House) but I don't think anybody finds that particularly desirable.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / 1888 U.S. House Vote, Round 1 on: April 20, 2014, 08:29:51 pm
Three days.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Northeast Voting Booth: Executive Department Amendment on: April 20, 2014, 08:04:14 pm

As Governor, I hereby declare this polling place open!

This is the Northeast regional polling booth for the April 20 - 27 Federal amendment ratification. In this polling place, Northeast citizens are voting on one federal amendment.

A vote will be counted so long as the voter that casts it is eligible to vote in this election and casts a formal ballot. A vote is formal so long as it contains numbered preferences with no duplicate numbers. A ballot containing Roman Numerals is not considered informal. A ballot in which candidates have been ranked a,b,c, etc is not considered informal so long as no letter has been repeated, and so long as a single candidate has been ranked a, for as long as the letters are consecutive with no duplicate letters. A ballot is formal if the CJO can determine the intent of the voter without interviewing that voter.

Votes for "NOTA" or "None of the Above" for any office are formal regardless of the preference assigned to it. Should a voter preference "NOTA" as well as other candidates, only his vote for "NOTA" will be counted.

This booth shall remain open until April 27th at 9:04:59 PM EST.  Editing your ballot at any point after posting will result in disqualification of your vote. Voting outside of the time parameters will disqualify your ballot.

Quote from: Final Text
Executive Department Amendment

Article VIII, section 2, clause 5 shall be as follows:
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5. The presence of Executive Departments in this article shall not limit the Senate's Article 1, Section 5, Clause 28 authority over these Departments.

Clauses presently numbered as five and above in Section 2 of Article VIII shall be renumbered accordingly.

Official Ballot:

Federal Amendment: Executive Department Amendment:

[ ] Aye
[ ] Nay
[ ] Abstain
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Office of Governor Dallasfan65 on: April 20, 2014, 04:20:43 pm
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Unnecessary Programs Repeal Act
The following pieces of legislation are hereby repealed in their entirety:
1. Northeast Regional Economic Policy and Improvement Act of 2013
2. Quick-Action Closing Fund Act of 2013
3. Job Creation and Infrastructure Renewal Act of 2012
4. Northeast Small Business Incentive Act of 2010
5. Northeastern Green Jobs Act of 2009
6. Northeastern Revitalization Proposal of 2006

I sign,

XDallasfan65
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2014 At-Large Senate Election on: April 20, 2014, 08:19:04 am
[1] Shua
[2] Goldwater
[3] Lumine
[4] Write-in: Napoleon
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Unnecessary Programs Elimination Act (Debating) on: April 19, 2014, 08:56:01 pm
Have we reached a consensus on this?

If not, perhaps the best option would be tabling it and going back to the drawing board (Northeast Assembly.) But I'd expect the Nays to give their input in such a scenario.

Otherwise, I'd be happy to sign it. Napoleon is quite the devil!
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Assembly Election, April 2014 on: April 19, 2014, 09:57:49 am
[1] Deus Naturae
[2] Write-in: Sirnick
[3] Napoleon
[4] SomebodyWhoExists
[5] Write-in: BaconBacon96
[6] Write-in: Lahbas
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1888 U.S. Presidential Election on: April 19, 2014, 09:46:49 am
Joseph Smith as VP would be a good farewell gift to Zioneer.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / The Obamanation vs Multi-Level Marketing on: April 18, 2014, 06:52:30 pm
The Obamanation vs Multi-Level Marketing
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Thread II on: April 18, 2014, 06:31:27 pm
Since cinyc is leaving us, does anybody have an interest in being Speaker?
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1888 U.S. Presidential Election on: April 18, 2014, 05:01:03 pm
Ah heck, I'll go with Vance. EDIT: And of course, the one time I choose the non-Radical/People's Alliance candidate, they're in third place.

People should support Custer/Smith then, I guess.

He's one vote away from first place Tongue

I'd urge everyone to support Vance/Teller. 

He was three votes away when I posted, and I thought it would be more of a runaway Cleveland win.

So I guess I re-amend my statement to ask everyone who's anti-Cleveland to please unite on a candidate.

This will most likely go to the House.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Office of Governor Dallasfan65 on: April 18, 2014, 04:58:39 pm
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Less Energy Spending Act
Section Two of the Budget Procedure Act of 2012 is hereby amended to read:

1. Each budget presented shall demonstrate public expenditures in total dollars.
$ - School aid
$..... Elementary, Secondary & Vocational education
$..... Higher education
$ - Economic development
$ ...... Community development
$ ...... Area and regional development
$ - Transportation
$ ..... Highways and highway safety
$ ..... Mass transit
$ ..... Railroads
$ ..... Air Transportation
$ ..... Water transportation
$ ..... Other transportation
$ ..... Non-Highway Roads
$ - Public safety
$ - Health services
$ ..... Substance abuse and mental health services
$ ..... Disease control, public health and bioterrorism
$ ..... Health research and training
$ ..... Food safety and occupational health and safety
$ ..... Other health care services
$ - Tax expenditures
$ - Environment & energy
$ ..... Loans to be granted to energy companies that have a responsible environmental track record, are seriously attempting to develop clean energy alternatives, push for energy efficiency and/or have an approved plan to do so.
$ ..... Fund for alternative energy
$ ..... Updating the Northeast's current energy infrastructure
$ ..... Refitting all government buildings to run on clean energy

$ - Direct aid & incentives to municipalities
$ - Government administration
TOTAL EXPENDITURES - $

I am issuing my first (and hopefully only) veto, upon this piece of legislation.

I'm not particularly fond of public investment in green technology, and I agree with the spirit of this legislation. However, I believe that this sort of decision is best adjudicated at the start of each fiscal trimester - as I mentioned earlier, the budget for March through July significantly stripped expenditures on alternative energy.

However, different governors may have different agendas. I think the current budget serves as a useful template and I wouldn't want to tinker with it.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: End Regressive Sales Taxation Act (Debating) on: April 18, 2014, 04:56:43 pm
Also, the Northeast by constitutional mandate cannot run a deficit I believe.

Indeed, which makes such a prospect more precarious.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: End Regressive Sales Taxation Act (Debating) on: April 18, 2014, 02:14:42 pm
I agree with the sentiment.

However, as cinyc noted, we received ~$15 billion in revenue from the sales tax for this fiscal trimester. As I recall (need to do some investigation) we only had a surplus of $11 or $12 billion in sirnick's last budget, which hypothetically would put us at a deficit.

The sales tax is only 1%, which isn't excessive. Similarly, in my budget we repealed the income tax outright for families in the $20k-$49k bracket, which should provide some relief for working families.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Northeast Assembly Election, April 2014 on: April 17, 2014, 10:55:50 pm

As Governor, I hereby declare this polling place open at 12:01am EST on Friday April 18th, 2014.


This is the Northeast regional polling booth for the April 18-20 election. In this polling place, Northeast citizens are electing five members to the Assembly.

Votes for offices in this region are cast using PR-STV.  Voters who wish to preference more than one candidate should allocate a first preference for a candidate by marking a [1] in the space provided by that candidate's name, and proceeding to number as many preferences as they desire by marking a [2], [3], etc for as many candidates as they so desire.

A vote will be counted so long as the voter that casts it is eligible to vote in this election and casts  a formal ballot. A vote is formal so long as it contains numbered preferences with no duplicate numbers. A ballot containing Roman Numerals is not considered informal. A ballot in which candidates have been ranked a,b,c, etc is not considered informal so long as no letter has been repeated, and so long as a single candidate has been ranked a, for as long as the letters are consecutive with no duplicate letters. A ballot is formal if the CJO can determine the intent of the voter without interviewing that voter.

Per past practice, write-in votes are only counted for a candidate if he or she publicly declares a willingness to receive write-in votes for a particular office in the [name of election] before the polls close in the Candidate Declaration Thread or writes in his or her own name on the ballot for that particular office.

Votes for "NOTA" or "None of the Above" for any office are formal regardless of the preference assigned to it. Should a voter preference "NOTA" as well as other candidates, only his vote for "NOTA" will be counted.

This booth shall remain open until April 20th at 11:59:59 PM EST.  Editing your ballot at any point after posting will result in disqualification of your vote. I will be strictly enforcing the time parameters of this election, voting outside of the time parameters will disqualify your ballot.

Official Ballot

Northeast Assembly
Five people will be elected to the Assembly.

[ ] Deus Naturae (Democratic-Republican - New York)
[ ] SomebodyWhoExists (Labor - New York)
[ ] Napoleon (Labor - New York)
[ ] Write-in:____________
[ ] None of the Above
[ ] Abstain
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Unnecessary Programs Elimination Act (Voting on Amendment) on: April 17, 2014, 08:21:29 pm
What's up with this amendment?

Deus' bill seems like a pretty sensible repeal of legislation that's been made obsolete.

I believe Omnibus bills should be debated in the Assembly thread then proposed as legislation. Otherwise they should be introduced individually no matter how painful it is.

Fair enough.

However, Deus posted his reasoning in the Northeast Assembly thread, and no one saw fit to reply. It doesn't seem fair to me to hijack what seems to be a reasonable proposal.

At the very least, table it and start up discussion in the Northeast Assembly.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / 1888 U.S. Presidential Election on: April 17, 2014, 07:14:34 pm
"Hurrah for the President! Hurrah for the Union!" was the cheer at the Union Convention. President Grover Cleveland, despite economic stagnation, had won renomination. Vice President Henry F. Adams would also be nominated for a second term as Vice President - any perceived support for Nelson Aldrich was little more than the murmurings of a few adherents to Conkling, the Unionists of yesteryear.

General George Custer would be met with similar fanfare at the People's Alliance convention. This new cabal of former Whigs and Radicals were still determined to achieve full union, despite the threat of creating further division. Though Joseph F. Smith would make an eloquent speech, but was overwhelmingly passed over in favor of the popular George Custer. Joseph Smith was to be nominated Vice President, out of fear of losing the new state of Babel to Cleveland and his efforts to reach out to Mormons. Emboldened by their merger with the Radical Party, they look forward to the general election.

The Radical Convention of 1888 would be its last. Having lost its Sumnerite wing to the formation of the People's Alliance and the seeming diffusal of the polygamy issue, some begged the question of why the party should persist. Former Speaker John Ingalls would make a tearful speech, urging the Radical party to continue, but it was not to be. "The delegates of this convention vote to end this great political party, and to cede all existing networks to the Alliance. So be it," said a somber Francis Lyman, who was the presiding officer of the convention.

Some members of the Whig establishment attempted a similar, ham-handed effort to merge the parties. Though they expected little opposition, the rank-and-file delegates rose up in rancorous fury. In revolt, the delegates nominated Zebulon Vance, Governor of North Carolina. Zebulon Vance is regarded as politically conservative, or "Crockettarian," but has been renowned throughout the South for his tolerant policies toward blacks, including suffrage which has been rescinded in some Southern states. Senator Henry Teller of Babel is selected as VP for this impromptu ticket.

The Destiny Party, enamored with George Custer's legacy, has voted to nominate him.

Three days.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Dallasfan65 for Governor on: April 16, 2014, 11:51:05 pm

Way cool. Grin The election already happened, though there is an acute possibility of me running for reelection.

Anywho, I have some legislative proposals. I'm going to hold off on putting them in the queue until after the election, since as I understand it any such legislation would have to be re-introduced.

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Release The Drones Act

Section 1:


1. Henceforth, any Northeastern laws or ordinances prohibiting commercial drone use are hereby repealed.
2. Drones are not to be used in an invasive manner on private property.
3. Any federal laws prohibiting commercial drone use still apply, in accordance with the Supremacy Clause of the Atlasian Constitution.

Section 2:

1. The Northeastern Government petitions the Atlasian Senate to legalize usage of commercial drone usage.

Quote
Check on Power Act

Section 1:

1. The Northeast hereby appropriates an additional $2 billion dollars of the surplus from the FY of the April-July Budget under "Public Safety."
2. This money shall be used to outfit Northeastern police officers with wearable cameras, purchased from the AXON Flex company.

Section 2:

1. Northeastern police officers are required to wear these cameras while on-duty, provided that one is available.
2. Tampering or disabling with surveillance technology is punishable by twenty years in prison.
3. No police officer convicted of tampering with cameras shall be able to return to the police force, nor shall any such police officer be eligible for police-related benefits (e.g. pension, health coverage.)

Section 3:

1. Data from police cameras shall not be accessible to the public.
2. Data from police cameras must be deleted ninety days after capture, unless pertinent to a judicial case.

EDIT: Sirnick is also accepting write-ins for Northeast Assembly.
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