Friends, Mideasterners, Atlasians, lend me your ears! After much thought and consideration, I have decided to run for At-Large Senate in the December election. My governing philosophy remains exactly the same as it was the day that I first took office: that the road to prosperity is not one of partisan bickering and bomb-throwing, but one of pragmatism and compromise. Don't get me wrong, I will stand on principle like an immovable object if circumstances warrant it and I won't make any bones about the fact that I'm a liberal (at least by RL U.S. standards
). However, I'm also a pragmatist. My weapons of choice in the fight to better the lot of The People are not the bomb or the smear, but a compromise and an arm reaching across the isle. I also see those who disagree with me not as "the enemy", or even as Federalists/Laborites/Progressives/Lights/Liberals/etc, but as good folks who simply happen to have different ideas about the best way to make Atlasia a better place.
However, I believe my accomplishments in the both the Assembly and the Senate far outweigh this weak point in my record. Since I was first elected to the Assembly, I have been a tireless advocate for the Mideast. Back during my days in the Assembly, I worked closely with then-Governor Tmth and my fellow Assemblymen to pass the region's first budget. When I took office our region had never passed and when by the time I left the Assembly, the region had a budget surplus. Additionally, I worked with then-Assemblyman Gass3268 to reform the region's labor laws. I also fought to pass such critical pieces of legislation as the Mideast Immigration Reform Act and the Teaching Reform Act of 2012 (both of which passed with bipartisan support).
When I went to Nyman, relations between the executive and legislative branches (at the Federal level) were as strained as they've ever been in my time in Atlasia. I obviously don't pretend to have fixed this single-handedly, but as I've said in the past, I like to think that I helped in some small way by bringing a dose of MRC (Mideastern Respect and Civility) to the capitol, courtesy of the heartland of Atlasia. Mr. X goes to Nyman, if you will
During my time in the Senate, I also proved myself to be a truly independent voice and someone who wasn't afraid to break with their party when necessary. When I felt my original party had become too concerned about personality fights rather than the issues, I switched parties even though I (at the time) thought it would cripple me in any future campaign. When most of my fellow TPP members (at least those in the Senate) tried to block Griffin's nomination for GM, I led the fight to get him confirmed and he went on to become the best GM in the game's history. Even in my second term, when I depended on the left for my electoral base, I led the (tragically unsuccessful) fight to reform Atlasia's drug laws. I have proven time and time again that political considerations simply do not dictate my policies. Thus, when I say that with me what you see is exactly what you get, you know I'm telling the truth. You may not always agree, but you'll always know where I stand and my door will always be open.
Shortly after taking office, I successfully secured passage of the unamended Labor Rights Act of 2012. Additionally, I got key amendments added to the Firearms and Mental Health Act of 2013 and the Animal Protection Act of 2013. I also am also proud to say that I helped kill the Right to Eat Act and that if elected I'll remain a...well...watchdog for the rights of both The People and the dogs of Atlasia!
The words "game reform" get tossed around a lot, but rather than make a bunch of promises about all the great stuff I'm going to do to change the game, I'm going to talk about what I actually did when given the opportunity. My proudest accomplishment from my Senate days is a piece of legislation called the Wiki Reform Act of 2013 (they said it couldn't be done
). There was a time when the Wiki was so horrendously out of date that some had given up on it altogether. However, I sponsored this vital piece of legislation and since then (with the help of such distinguished Atlasians as Talleyrand, Speaker Matt, Vice-President and Attorney General DemPGH, and Senator Tmth) we've made greater strides in updating the wiki than I dared dream were possible.
While I would never claim all the credit, I do believe this legislation laid the groundwork and structure necessary to get the ball rolling. Folks, this is what real game reform looks like. It isn't flashy or headline-grabbing like starting a constitutional crisis in the Pacific or abolishing regions or whatever the new flavor-of-the-month idea is; its about getting down to the nuts-and-bolts of a problem and quietly steering the solution through the legislative process.
When I was elected to the Mideast Assembly last September, I continued to champion the interests of The People while trying ensure that our region charted a civil and pragmatic course as it dealt with one of the most controversial issues in Atlasia: abortion. When the Mideast Assembly tried to pass a number of extremely harsh abortion restrictions, I played a leading role the fight against the restrictions. With the help of Speaker Inks and Assemblywoman Siren I was able to secure the defeat of a bill that would've required a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison for any woman in the Mideast who received an abortion. Although several other restrictions were passed by the Assembly, The People made their voices heard and repealed them at the ballot box. I worked closely with Assemblywoman Siren to secure the passage of an amendment to the Mideast Constitution that ensured that The People of the Mideast had the opportunity to vote on the aforementioned restrictions.
Ultimately, I think my record speaks for itself. I suppose its for you to decide whether that's a good thing
I hope I can count on your support, but regardless, I encourage you to help yourself to some good food (you must be hungry after reading all of that
). Thanks and Dave bless Atlasia