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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: November 2014 Special At-large Senate Election on: November 16, 2014, 07:23:04 pm
Bacon King
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Cultural observations on America on: November 15, 2014, 04:49:34 pm
What an awful thread.
3  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Gentrification on: November 09, 2014, 01:53:01 pm
No, but there is a strong case for having a certain percentage of rented housing outside of the open market.

Yes! The question is, how do we pay for this? The most frequent proposal is always additional fees and restrictions on new market rate housing. All this does is penalize & reduce development at the expense of the middle class so a lucky few can get what subsidized housing is built as a result. As usual, the rich get to live wherever they want and are largely unaffected. It is ludicrous and it needs to stop.

In Seattle, there are requirements that certain percentage of housing in new structures be "affordable," or that the developer must pay hefty fees for additional height. There is also a property tax levy that funds affordable housing. I vastly prefer the latter solution. The entire community (not just newcomers) pays in a way that does not reduce the amount of new market rate housing that is built.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is Maine trending GOP? on: November 08, 2014, 01:19:50 pm
It's also one of the whitest states in the country. If whites are swinging hard to the Republicans, it will be reflected even in places like New England.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Washington '14: The Dullest Midterm That You Ever Did See on: November 07, 2014, 12:32:28 am
Andy Hill would be a stronger candidate than Reichert, IMO.

Looks like the State Senate is staying 26-23 as expected. It would appear Ds are currently holding onto the state house 51-48, with a potential Haigh loss resulting in 50-49. I have no idea how late ballots will trend this year but I haven't noticed a potential 50th seat for Republicans.

17-1 (Stonier, D)
R up 525 votes

25-1 (Morrell, D)
R up 1353 votes

26-2 (Seaquist, D)
R up 78 votes

28-2 (Open, D)
R up 69 votes

35-1 (Haigh, D)
D up 223 votes

The Democrat is now leading the 28th by 240 votes, but Haigh is now behind by 157 votes. Looking like 51-48 House.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Washington '14: The Dullest Midterm That You Ever Did See on: November 05, 2014, 08:42:12 pm
Does it look like the R + renegade D coalition will hold in the state Senate?

It went from 24+2 to 23,  to 25+1 to 23. So the coalition is still 26-23 but official members of the Republican Party now hold a majority either way.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Cuomo v. Teachout on: November 05, 2014, 07:01:17 am
Hawkins didn't crack 5%.

That means he won't get his own button on Dave's map.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Washington '14: The Dullest Midterm That You Ever Did See on: November 05, 2014, 06:28:54 am
Looks like the State Senate is staying 26-23 as expected. It would appear Ds are currently holding onto the state house 51-48, with a potential Haigh loss resulting in 50-49. I have no idea how late ballots will trend this year but I haven't noticed a potential 50th seat for Republicans.

17-1 (Stonier, D)
R up 525 votes

25-1 (Morrell, D)
R up 1353 votes

26-2 (Seaquist, D)
R up 78 votes

28-2 (Open, D)
R up 69 votes

35-1 (Haigh, D)
D up 223 votes
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Washington '14: The Dullest Midterm That You Ever Did See on: November 01, 2014, 03:11:12 pm
Nothing too surprising in the Washington Poll, although Inslee's favorables are higher than I would have guessed (54-29). 

Interesting to note presidential candidate ratings as well:
Clinton: 55-38
Cristie: 33-40
Rubio: 27-27
Biden: 43-43
Cruz: 25-33
Ryan: 29-34
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Richest American Series #1: Bill Gates ($81.6B) on: November 01, 2014, 10:51:37 am
Like all capitalist swine, Gates is a bloodsucking parasite that makes his income off of the toil of other people, many of whom work for next to nothing. In particular, he himself is quite repulsive given that he's decided that it's his right to remake American public education, using this as a foil by which to engage in open class warfare against teachers and their unions. Gates, along with the rest of those vermin that derive their income from OUR labor, deserves nothing less than the chopping block.

ur so cool
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Abolish The Pacific: a four-region plan that might be crazy enough to work on: October 26, 2014, 03:22:30 pm
Are you guys really still working on this? lol

Not having a Western-based region is silly. The Midwest/Mideast is obviously the least natural split.

Idk nobody has talked about this in ages but I like the idea.

I agree not having a western region is silly but having a western region featuring Generalissimo Simfan as the entirety of the regional government is arguably even sillier, and those appear to be our only two options right now

Governments and activity levels are always changing. The Midwest has gone through long periods of severe inactivity and one-man governments, too. Yet you propose a permanent solution to a problem that is always ebbing and flowing.

Your proposed Northwest region will have such a tiny population it would be guaranteed to be the least active region.

I understand that I don't follow Atlasia as closely as I used to. While I could see certain anti-Pacific biases are playing a role here, what I see first and foremost is an attempt to gerrymander the South into a left-wing region. Will Atlasia's conservatives really allow that? I doubt it.

Actually, recent developments have left the Pacific as a potential right-wing region. Check out the rolls.

Was I not supposed to expose your latest scheme in public? Sorry - I was just speculating, although I'm not surprised I'm correct. Smiley
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Abolish The Pacific: a four-region plan that might be crazy enough to work on: October 26, 2014, 01:33:51 pm
Are you guys really still working on this? lol

Not having a Western-based region is silly. The Midwest/Mideast is obviously the least natural split.

Idk nobody has talked about this in ages but I like the idea.

I agree not having a western region is silly but having a western region featuring Generalissimo Simfan as the entirety of the regional government is arguably even sillier, and those appear to be our only two options right now

Governments and activity levels are always changing. The Midwest has gone through long periods of severe inactivity and one-man governments, too. Yet you propose a permanent solution to a problem that is always ebbing and flowing.

Your proposed Northwest region will have such a tiny population it would be guaranteed to be the least active region.

I understand that I don't follow Atlasia as closely as I used to. While I could see certain anti-Pacific biases are playing a role here, what I see first and foremost is an attempt to gerrymander the South into a left-wing region. Will Atlasia's conservatives really allow that? I doubt it.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA: Updating the Flag Act of 2014 on: October 26, 2014, 12:36:27 pm
I made the previous flag when there were only 10 states. What is your excuse for not having the 11th? Tongue
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Abolish The Pacific: a four-region plan that might be crazy enough to work on: October 26, 2014, 12:01:29 pm
Are you guys really still working on this? lol

Not having a Western-based region is silly. The Midwest/Mideast is obviously the least natural split.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the following sock accusations have you believed? on: October 25, 2014, 08:37:52 pm
I believed Lief was adam for a while.  bgwah pushed the theory heavily.

I'm still a believer.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: State Legislatures in Play on: September 27, 2014, 02:15:01 pm
Republicans will likely hold onto the Washington Senate. Democrats will gain the 48th, and Republicans will gain the 30th, resulting in the same 26-23 split we currently have.

A Democratic victory isn't impossible. There are a couple of marginally Democratic seats the Republicans picked up in 2010 that are in play, but if the primary is any indication (it usually is) they won't be flipping in November.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Was Atlas less partisan in the past? on: September 20, 2014, 01:46:20 am
No. The partisans may have been more equally split between Democrats and Republicans, but they were still partisans.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: What is "dissolution"? on: September 20, 2014, 01:21:45 am
I won the game.

Tongue

Oh, come now, I think we all know who had been arguing for dissolution the longest... Grin

Are our two posts mutually exclusive? I don't think they are. Smiley
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: What is "dissolution"? on: September 14, 2014, 03:29:38 pm
I won the game.

Tongue
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Friends on: September 14, 2014, 02:22:55 pm
It wasn't a bad show. It was popular, though, so naturally the usual suspects are obligated to hate it.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: АverroŽs vs. PPT TNF on: September 13, 2014, 08:46:53 pm
I concur.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who was Governor when you and your parents were born? on: September 07, 2014, 01:02:23 pm
Me: Booth Gardner (D-WA)
Dad: Arthur B. Langlie (R-WA)
Mom: J. Hugo Aronson (R-MT)

Never heard of the last one.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum County Map on: September 06, 2014, 07:18:16 pm
King, WA
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you have a job or a career? on: September 06, 2014, 05:02:41 pm
By the way, just because you don't make money doesn't mean yoy aren't contributing to society or are a loser. Don't you know anyone disabled? Anyway you were probably being sarcastic, I hope.
Of course if you have a good excuse to live off of somebody else then you're alright (you should still probably thank the person helping you more often).  Not being sarcastic though.  If you're a healthy 25yo with no good excuses and still living off of another person's work (whether that be mommy and daddy, a rich aunt or Uncle Sam), you're a loser.  A leach.  A drain.

Does being a woman trapped in a man's body count as a good reason?
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum House District Map on: September 06, 2014, 09:05:33 am
WA-07
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