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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Pacific Confirmation Hearing: Ebowed for Justice on: November 20, 2014, 04:23:16 am
How familiar are you with the Pacific's current constitution?

Why, what have you done with it? Wink

We're using this one, correct?  It looks pretty straightforward to me.

Has Ebowed actually accepted this nomination?

Yes, I have, and I would be honored to serve the Pacific Region in this capacity.  Obviously I haven't been active, but the timing is right for me personally to spend time in Atlasia, so why not?  I can guarantee at the very least to be an impartial and politically detached interpreter of the law when required.  I welcome any questions.  Smiley
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your American accent? on: November 20, 2014, 04:09:24 am
Canberran.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is the marital status of your parents? on: November 20, 2014, 04:08:11 am
Divorced.  Among my circle, it's a fairly even split between married and divorced.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Martha Coakley and Scott Brown on: November 17, 2014, 02:48:03 am
Scott Brown came very close to winning, and surged in the polls when he took a position against amnesty.

[Citation needed]

Brown did surge, around the same time that the Republican in New Hampshire always surges, October.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: November 2014 Special At-large Senate Election on: November 15, 2014, 10:15:28 pm
1 Bacon King
2 Cris
3 SomebodyWhoExists
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Most surprising non-competitive governor's races on: November 15, 2014, 07:56:18 pm
The legislature always picks the popular vote winner in Vermont, see 2010, 2002.

Cuyahoga going for Kasich was a definite surprise.

Ige under 50% statewide in Hawaii, ever so barely, came as a shock to me.  Also surprised at Kitzhaber under 50% in Oregon (although, in retrospect, I shouldn't have been).

As for Mead, he won Teton county, with just over 50%, too.  It looks like Albany was the Democratic holdout in Wyoming this year.  Democrats' margins in similar counties like Blaine ID, San Miguel CO, Pitkin CO, etc look pretty safe.  This is how the Utah counties voted in their congressional races.

Summit, UT-01
McAleer (D) - 55% 5,186
Bishop (R) - 40% 4,188

Otherwise county sweep for Bishop, the incumbent.

Grand, UT-03
Chaffetz (R) - 47% 1,615
Wonnacott (D) - 43% 1,460

Chaffetz took every county.  Perhaps moreso than Teton, WY, Grand is the most-Republican leaning of the resort counties.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama saves net neutrality, orders broadband be classified as vital service on: November 15, 2014, 06:25:50 pm
Net Neutrality was the standard quo for the Internet until sometime around January 2014. It's not a "new thing." Getting rid of it -- that's the new thing.

You people who think the cable industry needs less regulation are nuts. It's a damned monopoly system.

Reality check!  Comcast operates to deliver the best services possible to its customers and should be in charge of its own regulation.  Wink
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: House approves Keystone Pipeline....onto the Senate on: November 15, 2014, 06:20:18 pm
Just veto it.

I'd be very disappointed if Obama didn't.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Songs that just click on: November 15, 2014, 03:55:27 am
When you experiment with psychedelics, this list becomes endlessly long.

Yes, because of the visual hallucinations. But I implore our young readers to not waste their time on psychedelics reading the Atlas forum.

Been a few years now, but I remember surfing the forum winding down on trips.  Not terrible, but probably better to watch TV - more likely to fall asleep while it's still dark.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Who will end up winning by more? on: November 14, 2014, 06:21:29 pm
Probably Cotton
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: What should Scott Brown do in 2016? on: November 14, 2014, 06:16:08 pm
Definitely primary Kelly Ayotte.  And then after losing that contest, he could move to Maine and run as an Independent for ME-2.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama-Xi Conference on Climate Change on: November 14, 2014, 04:26:18 pm
This is a really positive step, and also happens to be a huge embarrassment to Tony Abbott. Smiley
Australia is still awesome.

Yes, but not thanks to its current government.

It is nice to live in the most Labor friendly electorate in the country, also. Cheesy
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: House approves Keystone Pipeline....onto the Senate on: November 14, 2014, 04:23:13 pm
If the Republicans would come to their senses and realize that the government isn't their own personal allowance that they can just spend on frivolous projects like this one, maybe they would have a shot at being taken seriously.

Doesn't look like they are ready for that.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Volkswagen announces ALL unions are welcome at its Chattanooga plant on: November 14, 2014, 04:17:24 pm
A triumphant victory against meddling government bureaucrats trying to tell businesses what to do!

Yes, the Southern opposition to unions is more grounded in their legacy of slavery than any desire to see the free market 'flourish.'
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to announce executive order on immigration on: November 14, 2014, 04:12:51 pm
The Republicans should just pass whatever immigration bill they can get through the Senate, and tell Obama to either sign it or veto it. If he vetoes it, they can say he preferred his own executive actions to Congressional legislation on the exact same topic, which wouldn't give him much of a leg to stand on. He pretty much has to sign whatever immigration bill Congress sends him now.
The thing is, McConnell and Boehner have said that if Obama goes through with this executive action, they'll refuse to negotiate with the Democrats about immigration reform.

Oh, how unfortunate that they found an excuse not to negotiate. Roll Eyes
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Governor Races County Map on: November 13, 2014, 05:11:51 am
This one was more fun for me to color in than 2012.



What did you 'color' this for?
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: 2014 Elections Analysis from moderate Independent point of view. Governors & SL on: November 13, 2014, 05:08:42 am
It's an interesting analysis, and thanks for posting it.  I think it ignores the turnout decline too much, which explains a lot of these results, although AR and WV should have happened a while ago.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Cuomo had 'secret pact' with Long Island Republican Senators on: November 13, 2014, 03:13:18 am
What a brilliant plan! If not for that then he wouldn't have steamrolled his no-name opponent with the whopping 54-41.

Yeah, the joke margin of victory is what makes the story especially incredulous.  If it's true, then clearly Democrats do better in New York without help from Long Island Republicans. Tongue
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama-Xi Conference on Climate Change on: November 12, 2014, 04:06:23 am
This is a really positive step, and also happens to be a huge embarrassment to Tony Abbott. Smiley
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oregon, Alaska, and DC have voted to end marijuana prohibition on: November 10, 2014, 03:14:47 am
How do 42% of Floridians oppose medical marijuana?  Isn't that number usually closer to 15 or 20% in polling?
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Cory Gardner and Thom Tillis won by running to the center; will they stay there? on: November 10, 2014, 02:54:01 am
It comes as news to me that Tillis campaigned as a moderate.  (In the sense that I followed nothing about this race except the polling)

Where did he claim to differ with the GOP?
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: TN: 2014 Referendum General Election Result - Amendment 1 (Abortion) on: November 09, 2014, 12:20:50 am
Sounds like many votes could be thrown out because they didn't vote in the Governor's race.

Tennessee Consitution states “a majority of all the citizens in the state voting for governor, voting in … favor” of the amendment. If they didn't vote for Governor, their vote should be thrown out.


http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2014/11/07/amendment-opponents-sue-want-vote-invalidated/18684257/

That sounds like it would be worse for the 'no' side as defeating this referendum alone appears to be the sole motivator for a Democrat to vote in Tennessee this year
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Congrats, Phil on: November 09, 2014, 12:18:42 am
No, no. Congrats, America.

No, no.  Congrats, Phil. Tongue
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Places where Dems exceeded expectations on: November 08, 2014, 07:49:52 pm
MN-08, WV-02
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Governor Map after 2014 on: November 08, 2014, 07:45:02 pm
Really wish we could have nabbed CT and spent more money in VT. Sad

Spending a lot of money on a VT campaign generally backfires.
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