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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Menendez to face federal corruption charges on: Today at 02:54:07 pm
http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/06/politics/robert-menendez-criminal-corruption-charges-planned/
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1872 Election (The Hearse at Monticello) on: Today at 01:31:56 pm
@ Harry S. Truman: How do you select VPs, since Wade got one vote in the nomination thread while Blaine got none?  If you pick them yourself, that's obviously fine, but I just wanted to clarify.

@ everyone: A very reluctant vote for Bristow.  Hopefully Blaine gets himself impeached.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Democrats/Independents only: MD-Sen Democratic primary on: Today at 01:21:47 pm
Gansler if I wanted the democrats to win. If I wanted them to lose, Anthony Brown.

Whether I want the democrats to win or lose depends on what I think of the eventual republican frontrunner's platform.

Err...Doug Gansler is a far worse candidate than Anthony Brown and ran a terrible campaign in 2014.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Democrats/Independents only: MD-Sen Democratic primary on: March 05, 2015, 07:31:28 pm
Van Hollen!
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris and Windjammer Senate tracker on: March 05, 2015, 05:34:48 pm
Look, this isn't anything new...whichever party or group has inactive officeholders is going to duck and dodge claims that it matters, attempt to splice any data-points provided by claiming exceptions and disagreements in how it is presented, and even ultimately try to portray themselves as victims who are being unfairly criticized; everyone else is going to have a problem with it. Get over it.

Don't try to dress inactivity up as some sort of noble achievement or otherwise excuse it because you like the person, and surely don't try to paint yourself as a victim. This game doesn't work when people don't show up - period. The notion that if you call this sort of stuff out that people won't want to play anymore is akin to saying that a tree will die if a strong storm blows through and knocks off all the dead branches. There will always be others who are willing to do the job diligence waiting in the wings.

I wonder how my campaign would go if I promised to vote just half the time - would that be an issue for anyone? Huh It's really embarrassing to watch people get up-in-arms about a simple set of scores being posted to the forum.

You're the last person in Atlasia who should be accusing people of trying to make themselves out to be victims. 
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 2004 Election (Why Am I Still Doing This?) on: March 05, 2015, 05:25:29 pm
Voting Bush, because I like irony.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1872 Conventions (The Hearse at Monticello) on: March 05, 2015, 05:24:30 pm
Benjamin Bristow/Benjamin Wade
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: PPP to poll Wisconsin this weekend on: March 05, 2015, 05:16:55 pm
Hillary +3
Feingold +5
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of IDS Speaker Maxwell (Retirement from the Legislature) on: March 05, 2015, 10:01:36 am
I'll be sad to see you go. You've been an incredibly talented legislator, and a servant for the people of the South.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris and Windjammer Senate tracker on: March 05, 2015, 09:59:02 am
I just realized I made a mistake. Polnut's activity score isn't 40%; but 36%.

My apology, this has been corrected.

As others have said, these aren't really useful or accurate scores if you count votes which occurred during LOAs.  I also think that counting amendment votes isn't the best idea, but that's obviously your call.  How do you count "abstain" votes, btw.
Abstain votes??? Well, they voted so I don't see why I shouldn't count their vote???

And FTR: the only persons that hves taken a leave of absence in February were Cranberry and SWE. So except for them, the voting score wouldn't change.

I agree about abstain votes, I just wanted to make sure you were counting them.  I didn't realize at first that this was just for February, so it might be good to emphasize that a little more (maybe bold it rather than just putting it in the opening post in parentheses).  Just a thought.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Polnut - Running for reelection. on: March 05, 2015, 09:50:57 am
Did any occur when any of these Senators gave a legitimate reason for their absences?  If so, those objectibely shouldn't be counted against them in your scoring or listed in your post.  For example, I recall you criticizing BK for missing some votes due to being offline during Thanksgiving.  I'd hope we can agree that it is silly to criticize someone for missing votes in Atlasia because they were spending a holiday with their loved ones.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris and Windjammer Senate tracker on: March 05, 2015, 09:43:19 am
I just realized I made a mistake. Polnut's activity score isn't 40%; but 36%.

My apology, this has been corrected.

As others have said, these aren't really useful or accurate scores if you count votes which occurred during LOAs.  I also think that counting amendment votes isn't the best idea, but that's obviously your call.  How do you count "abstain" votes, btw.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1992 Primaries on: March 05, 2015, 09:20:24 am
Bill Bradley/Paul Wellstone
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NC-SEN: Burr Looking Good, even against Hagan on: March 05, 2015, 09:15:01 am
Whatever trend was happening in North Carolina to the Democrats stumbled backward and it's back 2000-ish GOP hold. Georgia is more realistic for future strategy.

No its not. Nunn was the best possible candidate the Democrats had in Georgia and she still lost by 8 points. And it didn't have much to do with turnout or the electorate.

She was running in the worst possible year against the wrong type of opponent (even if Perdue had a knack for putting his foot in his mouth).  I'd also argue that Barrow would've been a stronger candidate.  If anything, I was more disheartened by the results in the Governor's race given that Deal seems to have been absolutely hated.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Convention, February and also March 2015 - Senate primary on: March 05, 2015, 07:45:25 am
Senate endorsement

[X] DKrol
[ ] Focaulf
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: March 05, 2015, 07:37:00 am
I will be running for re-election to the Southern Legislature.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MD-Senate - Sources: Mikulski expected to retire on: March 04, 2015, 04:40:03 pm

Glorious news!
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Getting old........ on: March 04, 2015, 04:04:53 pm
I hope that you'll remain with us for as long as you enjoy spending time here, Clarence, but whatever happens, I'm grateful for the time that we've had with you over the past several yeras. You won't be forgotten here.

I can't put it better than Nix has.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Wisconsin Megathread: 2014 Aftermath and 2016 Senate Speculation on: March 04, 2015, 03:14:11 pm
It wasn't that he ran a weak campaign in 2010, it's that he ran his same campaign of being true to himself and not taking corporate money. I feel like he would get a great deal of criticism if he went back on that against Ron Johnson.

So his pride did him in

I wouldn't say pride, I'd say principle. And honestly, I feel Feingold can't really go below 46% of the vote because of that pledge. I admire him for it, taking a principled stand and taking it seriously. I wish more people did that.

This
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MD-Senate - Sources: Mikulski expected to retire on: March 04, 2015, 03:03:13 pm

Why?  She proved to be a really weak candidate when she ran for Governor in 2002.

But this is a lot more sure of a bet than the 2002 race was, and she'd actually be a good Senator.



Chris Van Hollen would be much better and would be more likely to become more than a generic backbencher in the Senate.

Really? I feel like he'd be a rising in power type. Isn't he rather high in Democrat leadership? Also, why would he leave to run for the Senate? I can see him as Speaker of the House someday.

Whoops, I meant to say less likely, my bad Tongue
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Neighborhood Teacher Act (Debating) on: March 04, 2015, 03:02:01 pm
^ I like the amendment.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MD-Senate - Sources: Mikulski expected to retire on: March 04, 2015, 02:54:49 pm

Why?  She proved to be a really weak candidate when she ran for Governor in 2002.

But this is a lot more sure of a bet than the 2002 race was, and she'd actually be a good Senator.



Chris Van Hollen would be much better and would be less likely to become more than a generic backbencher in the Senate.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama breaking out the veto pen today for Keystone on: March 04, 2015, 02:42:16 pm
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Political Line ‏@PoliticaILine
RT @PzFeed: BREAKING NEWS: Senate has failed to override the President's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Good!
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NC-SEN: Burr Looking Good, even against Hagan on: March 04, 2015, 02:36:30 pm
Hagan would be a terrible candidate. Is the Democratic bench in NC seriously pathetic enough that she's actually being considered?

No, national Dems are just being stupid (like in ME-2).
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Chicago mayoral election today (24 February 2015) on: March 04, 2015, 02:35:28 pm
Dr. Wilson says that he's going to vote for Chuy Garcia, but he still might endorse Rahm anyway. Tongue  

This is so ridiculous and angering.

Sounds like something Andrew Cuomo would do.
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