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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Thirteenth Pacific Legislative Council Thread on: October 31, 2014, 11:52:52 pm
I hereby propose:

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AN ACT

To amend the Constitution of the Pacific Region so as to extend the length of the session of the Legislative Council in the interests of good governance and effectiveness.

SECTION 1. NAMING

1. This Act shall be cited as the "More Governing, Less Campaigning Amendment (Pacific) Act 2014".

2. The Amendment adopted by this Act shall be cited as the "More Governing, Less Campaigning Amendment", in cases where the numeral rank of the Amendment is considered insufficient reference, or during the period when the Amendment is pending ratification.

SECTION 2. AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION ADOPTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

1. The second paragraph of Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of the Pacific Region by the substitution of "Legislative Council" in place of the present text reading "council" and "February, June, and October" in place of the present text reading "December, February, April, June, August, and October".

2. Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution of the Pacific Region is to be amended to read as follows:

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Legislative power will be vested in a Legislative Council of the Pacific Region, consisting of three members, elected to sit for no more than four months. Elections will be held, according to the parameters of Article II, in the months of February, June, and October, and the members elected in those elections shall be entitled sit for the full period as here defined.

The voting booth will be opened and closed by the Governor; if the Governor is unavailable, then the appropriate federal official will be petitioned to open and close the booth. The Legislative Council will operate in a new "Legislation Introduction and Discussion" thread started by the Governor in the Regional Governments board upon the beginning of a new legislative session and open new threads for each bill debated.

SECTION 3. RATIFICATION OF THE AMENDMENT

1. This Amendment shall be made following ratification by public referendum as per the provisions of Article VII of the Constitution of the Pacific Region.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Thirteenth Pacific Legislative Council on: October 31, 2014, 11:22:38 pm
I hereby propose:

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A RESOLUTION

To amend the new Rules of Order of the Legislative Council of The People's Region of the Pacific to correct for omissions and inspecificities

SECTION 1. NAMING

1. This resolution shall be referred to as the "Amendment to the Revised Rules of Order".

SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS

1. Rules of Order - The Rules of Order of the Legislative Council of the Pacific Region, as authorised by a resolution of the Legislative Council on September 15, 2014.

SECTION 3. AMENDMENT REGARDING NAME OF THE RULES OF ORDER

1. Section 1, Clause 1 of the Rules of Order is amended to read "These rules shall be referred to as the "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council", viz, the name of the Rules of Order is shortened to the "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council".

SECTION 4. AMENDMENTS REGARDING THE SPEAKER

1. Section 3, Clause 4 of the Rules of Order is amended by the striking of the phrase", in his capacity as Acting Speaker,", viz, the Governor shall hold new elections to the office of Speaker by right of his being Governor rather than being Acting Speaker

2. Section 3 of the Rules of Order is amended by the appendage of an additional clause, reading as follows:

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5. The Speaker may publically make it known that they are taking a Leave of Absence, in which case the Governor shall become Acting Speaker with immediate effect. The Speaker shall be entitled to fourteen days (i.e., 336 hours) of leave, after which the Governor may, at his discretion, declare the office of Speaker vacant and may proceed to hold new elections.

SECTION 4. AMENDMENTS REGARDING THE INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION

1. Section 4, Clause 3 of the Rules of Order is amended by the striking of the phrase ", with the exception of ....", and the insertion of a full stop at the end of the clause.

2. Section 4 of the Rules of Order is amended by the appendage of an additional clause, between Clause 3 and the present Clause 4, reading as follows:

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4. The Speaker shall not bring more than two pieces of legislation to the Council floor, to be deliberated upon simultaneously, that have been proposed by the same person, provided there are other pieces of legislation in queue proposed by other persons.

3. The clauses shall be re-numbered in consideration of the insertion of an additional clause as the fourth clause.

SECTION 5. AMENDMENT REGARDING FORMAT OF LEGISLATION

1. An amendment is made to the Rules of Order by the appendage of an additional section, reading as follows:

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SECTION 6. FORMAT AND STYLE OF LEGISLATION

1. All bills (i.e., proposed Acts), shall utilise a standardised style of naming. This shall entail utilising the following model: "[Piece of Legislation] (Pacific) Act [Year]", where "[Piece of Legislation]" is the name of the bill, "Pacific" included in parentheses if the regional provenance is not made clear by the name of the bill  (e.g., The "Pacific Railways Act 2014" would not be in need of such specification), and "[Year]" being the year in which the bill was proposed in standard numeric form.

2. All legislation (not just bills) shall be prefaced with the type of legislation it is (e.g. "AN ACT", "A RESOLUTION", etc), followed by a brief description of its purpose.

3. All legislation shall be divided into topical sections. The first section shall always specify the name of the bill.

4. The format of resolutions and constitutional amendments shall follow the abovementioned specifications where practicable.

5. Legislation shall be cited by reference to the session of the Legislative Council in which they were passed, and in sequential order of their passing, using the formula of "Leg. C[Session number]-[Numeric rank of the legislation in the roster of those passed]", where "Leg." is the abbreviation of "Legislation" and "C" is the abbreviation of "Council". This formula is to be followed regardless of whether the legislation is a Resolution or an Bill, and shall be applied retroactively to all legislation passed by the Legislative Council and its predecessors.

SECTION 6. AMENDMENT ON RULES SUPERSEDED

1. An amendment is made to the Rules of Order by the appendage of the additional section, reading as follows:

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SECTION 7. RULES SUPERSEDED

1. The "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council", as amended by the "Amendment to the Revised Rules of Order" and any future resolutions, shall be the sole reference and guide for the rules of order and procedures of the Legislative Council.

2. All prior resolutions of the Legislative Council pertaining to its rules of order and procedures, with the sole exception of the "Rules of Order of the Legislative Council of the Pacific Region" most recently passed, are annulled and voided by this resolution. This includes, but is not limited to, the Random Acronym Relating to Council Order (RARCO) and amendments made to it.

SECTION 7. AMENDMENT REGARDING THE LENGTH OF DEBATE

1. Section 5, Clause 4 of the Rules of Order is amended by the replacement of the present text with the following:

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4. A member of the Legislative Council may move to end debate after at least 48 hours have passed since the introduction of the legislation.  If no objection is made to this motion within a period of 12 hours, the Speaker shall then deem the motion carried, debate shall be closed, and the Speaker shall move to the final vote. If a member of the Legislative Council objects to such a motion to end debate, the Speaker shall hold a vote, lasting for no more than 24 hours, on the motion, and act in accordance with the result of the vote.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA: Updating the Flag Act of 2014 on: October 31, 2014, 11:16:18 pm
I will note with great appreciation that the changes I have suggested to the design have been made by the honourable Speaker. While I would have recommended that a construction guide and exact color tones be provided in the text of this bill, I have found no reference to any sort of gubernatorial re-draft power in our Constitution, so I would advise that a future amendment be made to that effect. That being said, I hereby SIGN the Updating the Flag Act 2014 into law.

x Governor Varavour
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Varavour - Programme of Reforms on: October 31, 2014, 11:15:44 pm
I will note with great appreciation that the changes I have suggested to the design have been made by the honourable Speaker. While I would have recommended that a construction guide and exact color tones be provided in the text of this bill, I have found no reference to any sort of gubernatorial re-draft power in our Constitution, so I would advise that a future amendment be made to that effect. That being said, I hereby SIGN the Updating the Flag Act 2014 into law.

x Governor Varavour
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA: Right to Life Act on: October 31, 2014, 11:03:18 pm
Eheu, we no longer have a Justice to tell us whether or not we can actually do this, but I'm all for it notwithstanding.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA: Family Structure Preservation Act on: October 31, 2014, 11:02:20 pm
I see myself getting behind this.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Gully Foyle's African News Thread on: October 30, 2014, 05:25:37 pm
Compaore has fled to Senegal.

As per?
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Gully Foyle's African News Thread on: October 30, 2014, 03:49:37 pm
Call it a coup or call it a revolution, but the Burkinabe military  has dissolved Parliament, declared martial law, and is forming a transitional government; it appears Comapore is no longer in charge.

My bet: we will be disappointed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29840100
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Gully Foyle's African News Thread on: October 30, 2014, 07:17:29 am
Burkinabes are rioting to "disinfect themselves" of Blaise Compaore's 27-year rule, after a proposal to allow him to run again, and parliament was set ablaze:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29831262
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Right-wing rag Politico already trying to take down Clinton on: October 29, 2014, 07:33:53 pm
Most things are obsurd, saying that she is too liberal is laughable. Politico is a joke.

...oh dear, they think she's simultaneously too pro-Obama and not pro-Obama enough! Truly obsurd!

Roll Eyes
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: C.Barkley bashes black people that think some black people don't act black enoug on: October 27, 2014, 07:42:48 pm
P.Kemp is right. The only other person I can think of (off-hand) to say something similar to this is Bill Cosby. We can't possibly be talking about taking the opinions of two affluent black men more seriously than the opinions of white people solely because they're black. In some ways, being black and affluent can result in just as significant a lack of knowledge on this topic as being white in general can.

Yikes...

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Go into any inner-city neighborhood, and folks will tell you that government alone can't teach kids to learn.

They know that parents have to teach, that children can't achieve unless we raise their expectations and turn off the television sets and eradicate the slander that says a black youth with a book is acting white. They know those things.

- Barack Obama, 2004 convention speech

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19751-2004Jul27.html

I'm always amused by the white people on here who seem to believe they can determine what opinions black people ought to hold about black people.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: MA: Coakley (D) internal: Baker (R) +2 on: October 27, 2014, 07:32:32 pm
I don't think Coakley has had one local newspaper endorsement in Mass. yet. Baker has The Lowell Sun, The Patriot Ledger, The Boston Herald, and The Standard-Times, all liberal papers except for the Herald. Coakley probably has the Boston Globe endorsement though, I highly doubt they would ever endorse a Republican...

And they did!
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Brazil Election - 5 October 2014 on: October 26, 2014, 10:07:14 pm
Chris Garman! I know him- sharp guy.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: October 26, 2014, 07:01:01 pm
Snowstalker
Clean Slate
North Dakota

You are dead, someone kill him.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Demanding an apology from Speaker Hifly! on: October 26, 2014, 06:34:30 pm
This has to be one of the stupidest things I've ever seen any Atlasian do.

Bmotley once made a sock which had bmotley as the e-mail address.

I am laughing my ass off after reading this. This is not your average dumb. This is a whole new level of dumb.
Can you link me the profile?
Says the obvious simfan sock

I am suing you for slander.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield for Northeast Governor. Concession speech. on: October 26, 2014, 06:33:20 pm
Hurray for Winfield!
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Brazil Election - 5 October 2014 on: October 26, 2014, 06:13:14 pm
Actually, when looking for the political future of Brazil, the economic debate will be hugely important, because Dilma swears she'll double down on the economic fundamentals that are making the economy tumble.

Thankfully it's the voters, and not the stock markets, who resolved this debate.

Ugh.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA: Updating the Flag Act of 2014 on: October 26, 2014, 06:00:08 pm
Please, just use this instead:



Translation?
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA: Updating the Flag Act of 2014 on: October 26, 2014, 05:59:38 pm
Not bad, but the saltire seems... crooked.

It's called a half-saltire and was added instead of a full one because not having the saltire go to each corner looks better and is more unique.

Mehh....
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Pacific Legislative Council Speaker election on: October 26, 2014, 02:13:47 pm
Spamage wins, obviously. Congratulations.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA: Updating the Flag Act of 2014 on: October 26, 2014, 02:13:01 pm
Not bad, but the saltire seems... crooked.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Abolish The Pacific: a four-region plan that might be crazy enough to work on: October 26, 2014, 02:09:55 pm
Are you guys really still working on this? lol

Not having a Western-based region is silly. The Midwest/Mideast is obviously the least natural split.

Idk nobody has talked about this in ages but I like the idea.

I agree not having a western region is silly but having a western region featuring Generalissimo Simfan as the entirety of the regional government is arguably even sillier, and those appear to be our only two options right now

What is this supposed to mean? You want to abolish the region for the mere purpose of forcing me out of office? This is absurd.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread (US Domestic) on: October 26, 2014, 12:51:55 pm
Ebola would have never even started if Mitt Romney were President.

Are you serious?
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: My public challenge to Nix, Kemp,Griffin, Flo on: October 26, 2014, 11:29:12 am
Long live Winfield!
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Abolish The Pacific: a four-region plan that might be crazy enough to work on: October 26, 2014, 11:25:52 am
What is this madness?
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