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11851  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: official Nevada Republican results thread on: January 19, 2008, 12:57:03 pm
Balloting has begun.

No it hasn't. 11:30 Pacific Time is when it starts, no?

Republicans started at 9:15 AM PST

Ah, alright, I assumed both parties started at the same time there.
11852  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Gaming the States: Georgia on: January 19, 2008, 12:56:21 pm
In a national democratic landslide, Georgia would be the first diehard republican state to swing over.

Before North Carolina, Kentucky or Louisiana?  (I really don't know -- just asking, and since you live there, I trust your judgment.)

I wouldn't call NC or KY 'diehard republican' in the same way as GA. Louisiana is, maybe, but only since the demographic changes after Katrina. I'm saying GA would go dem before Alabama, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Nebraska, etc. Basically, all the states that wouldn't go for the dems in any 'normal' circumstances.
11853  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: official Nevada Republican results thread on: January 19, 2008, 12:50:16 pm
Balloting has begun.

No it hasn't. 11:30 Pacific Time is when it starts, no?
11854  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Gaming the States: Georgia on: January 19, 2008, 12:16:23 pm
In a national democratic landslide, Georgia would be the first diehard republican state to swing over.
11855  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who will win your state's primaries/caucuses on: January 19, 2008, 11:09:22 am
Obama and Huckabee.
11856  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Democratic Primary 2008 on: January 18, 2008, 01:27:33 pm
This isn't a very good mix of candidates. I'd actually reccomend an almost completely different set.

Can you tell us who?

I'd keep Sensei, I'd keep Porce but make him mayor of Charleston or something, or maybe a congressman, then I'd have Senator Al Widdershins (WV), Governor Peter Bell (IN), Senator Nym (MI), and for a sixth person Gov. BRTD (MN), to be Naso's foil.

Interesting. Well, these are mostly the people who signed up, so it's not perfect.

Look at the republican thread. Noody 'signed up,' Phil just made a list of names.
11857  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Children of politicians in your classes? on: January 18, 2008, 12:54:28 pm
Nope. My best friend's aunt is the GA Republican Chairman's maid, though.
11858  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Eight DAYS a week? on: January 18, 2008, 12:44:53 pm
hey guys lets make an extra day of the weekend right after sunday and we can call it funday
11859  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Democratic Primary 2008 on: January 18, 2008, 12:43:12 pm
This isn't a very good mix of candidates. I'd actually reccomend an almost completely different set.

Can you tell us who?

I'd keep Sensei, I'd keep Porce but make him mayor of Charleston or something, or maybe a congressman, then I'd have Senator Al Widdershins (WV), Governor Peter Bell (IN), Senator Nym (MI), and for a sixth person Gov. BRTD (MN), to be Naso's foil.
11860  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Democratic Primary 2008 on: January 18, 2008, 12:25:10 pm
This isn't a very good mix of candidates. I'd actually reccomend an almost completely different set. However, I'll go through with these guys:

Iowa: Sensei wins by holding the center. The left votes strongly for Porce, with Xahar failing to reach the 15% threshold in most precincts. Frodo and Constine, as they are aiming for the exact same set of democraphics, both perform lower than expectations. Happy Warrior also divides the conservative vote with the two Virginians, though he also recieves some support from more mainstream Democrats.

results:

Sensei- 36% - 22 delegates
Porce- 27% - 15 delegates
Happy Warrior- 18% - 7 delegates
Frodo- 14% - 1 delegate
Xahar- 3%
Constine- 2%

Xahar, acknowledging that he is quite ideologically similar to yet less experienced and electable than Porce, drops out and endorses the junior Senator from Oregon. Constine also drops out and endorses Frodo, his sometime ally in the realm of Virginia state politics.

New Hampshire: All four remaining candidates campaign extensively in the state. In the end, the liberal bloc gives Porce a win, with some of Sensei's expected support going to an insurgent Frodo. Happy Warrior does below expectiations, with much of his expected vote also going to Frodo.

results:
Porce - 30% - 8 delegates
Sensei - 27% -  - 7 delegates
Frodo - 24% - 6 delegates
Happy Warrior- 9% - 1 delegate

This is an upset for the Sensei campaign and a major defeat for Happy Warrior. Both the Porce and Frodo campaigns proclaim a victory, and have a significant amount of momentum going into Nevada. Although some sources report Happy Warrior may drop out, nothing is verifiable.

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That's my take on it. I'll write more later, if you guys like it at all.
11861  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: ACLU: Sex In Restroom Stalls Is Private on: January 18, 2008, 09:56:30 am
You've got to be sh**tting me.
....hahahahahaha......its funny because thats what you do in a bathroom........





At any rate, even as a former ACLU member, I gotta wonder what theyre thinking. Next itll be "Sex in Aisle 6 is private".

Why'd you leave?
11862  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: LEAHY ENDORSES OBAMA on: January 17, 2008, 04:38:36 pm
Has anyone at all endorsed Hillary?  I can't recall a single one in January.

Bill Clinton Smiley
11863  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Nevada lawsuit fails on: January 17, 2008, 04:20:16 pm
Sometimes I wonder if Clinton is trying to lose.
11864  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Income Tax Reduction (2007) Bill [Debate Open] on: January 17, 2008, 03:43:46 pm
The wording is a bit confusing. "Any designated threshold" sounds like it could mean any tax bracket.
11865  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Atlas for America: Original President Forever Scenario on: January 17, 2008, 12:01:56 pm
adding on to BRTD's list here; new game issues up to G:

Abortion
Far-Left - Full reproductive rights for women! Only appoint pro-choice judges to Supreme Court and extend abortion rights!
Left - Keep abortion as it is presently. Safe, legal, and rare. Keep partial-birth abortion legal.
Center-Left - Protect responsible choice. Ban partial-birth abortions except in the case of life of the mother.
Center - Abortion is not an issue for government intrusion. Oppose government control over abortion. Leave it to the states.
Center-Right - Some restrictions on abortion. Allow abortions in cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother. Ban partial birth abortions.
Right - Only allow abortion in cases where the mother's life is at risk. Ban partial-birth abortion.
Far-Right - Abortion is murder! Total ban on abortions.

Balanced Budget
Far-Left - A deficit and debt is fine.  Focus on social programs and how the government can better people's lives.
Left - Increase government spending on social programs, a deficit is acceptable.
Center-Left - Focus on real priorities. More funds for military and social programs.
Center - Balance lowering the deficit with other priorities. No long-term deficits.
Center-Right - We need to curb spending in order to balance the budget. Respect taxpayers' dollars.
Right - A large decrease in federal spending. A Balanced Budget Amendment to ensure responsible fiscal management.
Far-Right - We need to eliminate all debt as quickly as possible. Outlaw deficit spending with a Balanced Budget Amendment.

Business Tax
Far-Left - Significantly increase business taxation.
Left - Moderate increase in business taxes.
Center-Left - Small increase in business taxation.
Center - Businesses are taxed the right amount.
Center-Right - Reduce taxes for small businesses.
Right - Moderate decrease in business taxation.
Far-Right - Significantly decrease business taxation.

Education
Far-Left - Completely public school system run by the state. Massive increase to funding.
Left - No school vouchers, large increase to federal funding. Modernize school system with more after-school programs.
Center-Left - Support our public school system. Private school vouchers drain resources from public schools. Increase funding.
Center - Support public school system but allow room for vouchers.
Center-Right - School vouchers for lower-income students. Privatize failing schools. Charter schools provide competition.
Right - Support school vouchers and charter schools. Reduce federal government's role in education.
Far-Right - School vouchers for anyone. Get the federal government out of education completely!

Energy
Far-Left - Renewable energy all the way! Ban all polluting forms of energy like oil and coal.
Left - Move towards energy independence focussing mostly on renewable energy sources. Subsidize clean energy.
Center-Left - Invest in clean energy and end oil company subsidies. Cut oil use significantly by 2025.
Center - Renewable and non-renewable energy must be equally researched.
Center-Right - Reduce dependence on foreign sources of oil. Some research on alternate energy sources.
Right - Coal and oil are our main concerns right now. End dependence on foreign energy. Let private funds research other energy.
Far-Right - We don't need to worry about renewable energy sources. Oil is king!

Environment
Far-Left - The environment should be our first national priority. Expand National Park System. Large government programs.
Left - The environment and gobal warming is a major concern. Ratify Kyoto. Increase environmental regulations and pollution cleanup.
Center-Left - We need to leave a healthy environment for our children. Work to reduce emissions and harmful toxins. Modified Kyoto.
Center - Balance environmental policies with sound economic policies.
Center-Right - The environment is important. Find market based solutions to environmental problems.
Right - Economic policies and priorities take precedence over environmental concerns.
Far-Right - The environment is fine. We don't need to worry about it.

Gun Control
Far-Left - Ban all guns!
Left - We need gun control! Ban certain guns.Require registration/background checks. Gun control protects children.
Center-Left - The right to bear arms, but only responsibly! Ban assault rifles, require registration/background checks.
Center - Gun control is a state issue. Responsible gun ownership is fine.
Center-Right - We should be wary of gun control. The Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms.
Right - Gun ownership is constitutionally protected. Protect sportsmen's rights and the Second Amendment.
Far-Right - The Second Amendment is not negotiable! No restrictions on firearms!
11866  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Your vote in these match-ups on: January 17, 2008, 09:24:51 am
Clinton vs. McCain: McCain
Obama vs. McCain: Obama
Clinton vs. Romney: third party
Obama vs. Romney: Obama
Clinton vs. Huckabee: third party
Obama vs. Huckabee: Obama

Clinton vs. McCain vs. Bloomberg: Bloomberg
Obama vs. McCain vs. Bloomberg: undecided (O&B)
Clinton vs. Romney vs. Bloomberg: Bloomberg
Obama vs. Romney vs. Bloomberg: undecided (O&B)
Clinton vs. Huckabee vs. Bloomberg: Bloomberg
Obama vs. Huckabee vs. Bloomberg: undecided (O&B)
11867  Election Archive / 2008 U.S. Presidential Election Campaign / Re: The VP pick for Obama: Jim Webb on: January 17, 2008, 09:19:11 am
I'm not sure about Webb. Should Obama win the nomination it's very likely that he will be attacked on two issues - a) his perceived inexperience, and b) that his concensual, bipartisan style is all a facade and that the Democrats are deep down, still, "angry" and "bitter" over the Bush years. Webb wouldn't really help Obama on either of these. Don't get me wrong, I'd like to see Webb on the ticket but it might actually do Obama more harm than good. I still think Nelson or Edwards would be better suited as running mates.

Webb has served as secretary of the navy in a Republican administration. Does that not help on both the counts of experience and bipartisanship?
11868  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are young people more/less sexually active in the Bible Belt? on: January 17, 2008, 08:58:30 am
The same. Maybe an almost insignificantly slight amount less.
11869  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you pronounce the name of the previous poster... on: January 16, 2008, 10:08:42 pm
snoh giy
11870  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Secretaries of State, Day 3: Timothy Pickering on: January 16, 2008, 01:35:33 pm
I don't know if oldest to most recent is really the best order. maybe the other way around? most people don't really know much about Washington's cabinet officials and such.
11871  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Official Michigan Democratic Primary Results Thread on: January 16, 2008, 07:28:00 am
Wexford and Otsego look likme thy're still having the computer problem- no uncommited votes in either county.
11872  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Nevada MSNBC Debate Thread on: January 15, 2008, 10:38:03 pm
"black-brown" ? wtf?
11873  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Nevada MSNBC Debate Thread on: January 15, 2008, 10:12:51 pm
I hope they dont use that as his question...that'd be dissapointing.

They said they counted it as his question.
11874  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Nevada MSNBC Debate Thread on: January 15, 2008, 10:10:56 pm
I wonder what Obama's 'real' question was? Something against Hillary?
11875  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Nevada MSNBC Debate Thread on: January 15, 2008, 09:38:58 pm
I'm actually really liking this debate format.

Also, Obama seems to be doing fine. I liked his rebuttal of Hillary.
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