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26  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support D.C. statehood? on: July 03, 2016, 02:53:01 pm
Merge it with Maryland.
27  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Process / Ken Cuccinelli Wants to Shake Up the RNC on: July 01, 2016, 08:36:16 pm
....on behalf of Ted Cruz should he run again in 2020:

Top conservative looks to shake up RNC:
Ken Cuccinelli is pushing a proposal that would strip the Republican National Committee chairman of much of his power and give it to the committee’s members.


By Alex Isenstadt and Shane Goldmacher
07/01/16 03:34 PM EDT


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When Republicans gather in Cleveland next month, they won’t face just an intraparty struggle to dump Donald Trump as their party’s nominee in 2016, they’ll face a push from a top conservative looking to reshape the party’s future in 2020 and beyond.

Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a prominent conservative and expert on the complexities of the party convention process, has begun pitching GOP delegates on a proposal that would have far-reaching consequences for the party. The idea: strip the Republican National Committee chair of power and decentralize control of the party apparatus, handing it over to the 168 RNC members who compose the national party. The package, according to three sources who’ve been briefed on the matter, would also aim to diminish the overall power of the RNC and empower grass-roots conservatives in future party nominations. Under the concept, for example, the RNC chair would lose the power to appoint powerful party officers.

In pushing such a controversial proposal, Cuccinelli may be looking to tap into deep-seated resentment among conservatives — many of whom remain convinced that the RNC didn’t do enough to stop Trump’s nomination.

Cuccinelli, a former top aide to Ted Cruz who is currently working for a pro-Cruz super PAC, may be thinking ahead to the next presidential election in 2020. Many RNC members believe Cuccinelli is looking to alter the party rules in a way that would help Cruz, a conservative favorite, should he run again in four years.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/ken-cuccinelli-republican-national-convention-225039#ixzz4DD8emb17

28  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / CA: Gov. Jerry Brown Signs New Gun Control Laws on: July 01, 2016, 08:23:31 pm
California Governor Signs Legislation Limiting Assault Weapons

By ADAM NAGOURNEY and IAN LOVETT
JULY 1, 2016


LOS ANGELES —
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Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation that would impose new restrictions on assault weapons and regulate the sale of ammunition in California, cementing the state’s reputation for enacting some of the most stringent gun regulations in the country.

Propelled by the reaction to mass shootings in San Bernardino, in Southern California, and Orlando, Fla., the gun regulations are the latest example of how this state, where the Legislature is under Democratic control, has been able to enact a legislative agenda on issues that have deadlocked Congress.

The legislation in Sacramento was passed with overwhelming Democratic support, and was largely opposed by Republicans who make up a small minority in the Senate and the Assembly.

Even as he signed six measures, Mr. Brown, a moderate Democrat with a history of resistance to some measures of gun control, vetoed five others that he described as overly regulative. Among them was a bill that would have restricted gun purchases to no more than one per person in a 30-day period.

“My goal in signing these bills is to enhance public safety by tightening our existing laws in a responsible and focused manner, while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” Mr. Brown, who himself owns guns, said in his signing message.
29  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic Grand Finale Tuesday results thread (1st polls close @8pm ET) on: June 30, 2016, 09:57:23 pm
Are all the other states done counting their ballots?  Judging by how everyone seems focused on California. 
30  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restrictions on: June 29, 2016, 10:35:12 pm
Looks as if the conservative era on the court has just about ended -it remains for Hillary (and a Democratic congressional majority) to hammer the last nails into its coffin. 
31  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton & Trump VP news LATEST: Castro, Kaine, and Warren asked to submit info on: June 27, 2016, 09:24:21 am
Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren Plan First Joint Appearance on Trail

32  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: California Democrats call for elimination of superdelegates and caucuses on: June 27, 2016, 09:15:53 am
Terrible news. I could do away with caucuses (which are fairly useless imo), but otherwise, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

What an awful and logically indefensible opinion.
Well some things are certainly wrong with the way presidential nominees are selected. Superdelegates aren't one of them.
I would spend large amounts of money upgrading voting machines nationwide, I would allow the possibility of mail voting, I would institute automatic voter registration nationwide. I just don't see superdelegates as a problem in themselves.
Getting rid of superdelegates is just a feel good move that won't truly make our democracy better. Much more important things can be done to improve our political system.

And those super-delegates are the one obstacle preventing the Democratic Party from nominating its own version of Donald Trump. 
33  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Santander on: June 27, 2016, 09:00:19 am
Good guy, and while I am sad to see him becoming a Republican (at least on Atlas -I don't know if he has also done so in real-life), I think he is in the party he belongs to. 
34  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you know any blue collar people? on: June 27, 2016, 08:57:56 am
Yes -I work for a union. 
35  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton's Running Mate? on: June 24, 2016, 09:37:29 pm
I guess it will be Tim Kaine after all. 
36  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Americans: If you could vote to join an EU-style organization on: June 24, 2016, 09:32:43 pm
The United States is so huge and dominant, that an EU-style organization in which one dominant state (Germany) could be counter-balanced within by other states (France, Britain, Italy) is essentially impossible here.  Mexico and Brazil cannot compare.  It won't be an American Union, it would more likely be an American Empire.    
37  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Northern Ireland Reunification: Support or Oppose? on: June 24, 2016, 09:14:46 pm
I hate to be a pedant but how would it be reunification when Northern Ireland has never been part of the Republic?

You know what I meant.  Tongue
38  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: 60% of France wants to leave the EU. Let's say that happens... on: June 24, 2016, 09:13:09 pm
Actually that's 40%, unless you have another poll I haven't seen yet:

39  General Politics / Individual Politics / Northern Ireland Reunification: Support or Oppose? on: June 24, 2016, 07:43:10 pm
Support.
40  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Scenario: The United Kingdom Votes to Secede from the European Union on: June 23, 2016, 10:11:45 pm
I think it's time to bump this.... 
41  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Brexit UK on: June 23, 2016, 08:19:38 pm
I already have a thread on this same subject.  And it's still on the first page.
42  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton & Trump VP news LATEST: Clinton team to start meeting short listers on: June 20, 2016, 10:35:33 am
Hillary's Wall Street donors are threatening to abandon her if she picks Elizabeth Warren:

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/elizabeth-warren-wall-street-vice-president-224489

BTW, they really like the idea of a Vice-President Tim Kaine.
43  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which country has been facing a bigger existential crisis lately, UK or US? on: June 16, 2016, 11:10:59 pm
The United Kingdom in the sense that any vote to leave the European Union would also mean the eventual dissolution of the UK as well.

For all our troubles, I highly doubt that the United States will face anything similar in scope.  
44  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Appeals Court Upholds FCC's Net Neutrality Regulations on: June 14, 2016, 06:27:34 pm
This is a big win for the Obama administration:

Court upholds net neutrality

 
45  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: District of Columbia Primary (D -June 14) on: June 14, 2016, 05:44:53 pm
What wards are Capitol Hill and the White House in?

That's Ward 2, I believe.  

Both?

Both.

If you referencing the Capitol Hill neighborhood, that is in Ward 6.
46  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: District of Columbia Primary (D -June 14) on: June 14, 2016, 02:42:20 pm
What wards are Capitol Hill and the White House in?

That's Ward 2, I believe. 
47  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / District of Columbia Primary (D -June 14) on: June 11, 2016, 07:23:41 am
48  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton & Trump VP news LATEST: Trump's short list: 5 politicians & 2 generals? on: June 11, 2016, 07:15:41 am
Warren needs to stay in the Senate. Few other Senators sponsor the kind of legislation she does. She is in a position to push Clinton to the left on Wall Street regulation. Hard to do as a loyal VEEP.

I strongly doubt that Elizabeth Warren would be angling for Veep if she wasn't assured in advance that she would be as involved in White House deliberations and decisions as Dick Cheney and Joe Biden were before her. 

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She doesn't add racial or gender diversity, she doesn't add geographic diversity.

Neither did Al Gore in 1992, and yet Bill Clinton picked him anyway. 
49  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Can Johnson win any states? on: June 11, 2016, 05:27:24 am

Shouldn't you be supporting Gary Johnson instead of Donald Trump, given your username? 
50  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Hillary Holding Double-Digit Lead Over Trump in Latest Reuters/Ipsos Poll on: June 10, 2016, 09:21:09 pm
With 19% still undecided, however:

Clinton leads Trump by 11 points in White House race: Reuters/Ipsos poll
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