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10976  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Northeast Propositions for the month of October on: October 07, 2007, 12:50:59 am

Public Access to the Legislative Record Bill

1.   All legislation passed in the Northeast shall be included in the Atlas Fantasy Wiki by January 1, 2008.
2.   All future legislation passed in the Northeast shall be posted on the Atlas Fantasy Wiki within ten days of its passage.
3.   The responsibility of maintaining records of all legislation passed in the Northeast shall fall to the Lieutenant Governor though this shall not be interpreted as to restrict others’ ability to maintain the legislative record.


Rockefeller Republican

If the LG is on board, then so am I.

X  Mr. Moderate
10977  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: National Atlasian Polling Corporation October Presidential Poll on: October 07, 2007, 12:47:47 am
Mr. President, it looks like you need to create yet another poll concerning this October's Atlasian Presidential Election. I say this, because as many of us are aware the ticket of Sensei/Speed of Sound has decided to drop out of the race. Thus leaving, yourself, former Governor Polnut, Governor Jesus and Lieutenant Governor South Park Conservative. As I said before, I am looking forward to a close election this October.

Since it's IRV, Sensei/Speed's votes are automatically distributed to the next highest choice here.  Their withdrawl will cause changes within the poll's round mechanics, but it is highly unlikely it would change the result.
10978  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Cook Report: GOP surge in MA-05 on: October 07, 2007, 12:35:45 am
Donoghue will almost be a shoo-in for this seat in 2008 if Ogonowski wins. 

Donoghue has to make it past a Democratic Primary first; one in which Tsongas (and a number of others) may very well run again.
10979  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: New Senate Rankings on: October 07, 2007, 12:33:39 am
Net DEM gain of 3 seats (CO, VA and NH) with 3 seats (NM, NE and MN) currently as a toss-up. NE may also be "LEAN GOP" right now. As of now OR, ME and NC are not competetive.

NE "may also be" Lean GOP—how generous!  Wouldn't Democrats actually need a candidate there for the race to be even remotely competitive?

Even if they did, it still wouldn't be remotely competitive.

Granted.  The race was competitive for the brief period of time between which Kerrey looked likely as a candidate and Johanns had not yet announced.
10980  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: National Liberal Coalition Presidential Primary on: October 06, 2007, 11:14:32 pm
[1] President Colin Wixted
10981  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: National Liberal Coalition Policy Discussion on: October 06, 2007, 11:06:12 pm
What Moderate says all seems reasonable. I think we have enough to do a brief summary of an education platform; I'll get that up later tonight or tomorrow.

Next: health care.

I am personally in favor of universal health care. I feel that not only the personal benefits, but also the economic benefits of a healthy and well-cared-for population often go unnoticed. It increases worker productivity and improves the ability of the middle class to tread economic water.

Most important is universal health care for children, who, as I argued with regards to education, do not have the luxury of being in control of their own economic fates. (Whether adults control their economic fates or not are a subject for a different debate.) I am currently considering a universal child health care bill to propose before the Senate, and I think (hope?) we can all rally behind that idea.

For other health care issues, the debate often comes up of personal responsibility. Do we want the obese consuming a great deal of the health care budget? Do we want the same of smokers? I am open to ideas that would allow us to institute universal health care while retaining some degree of personal responsibility in health; I have mulled over many ideas in the past and come up with nothing sufficiently adequate.

Any other health care-related discussion is also welcome. I would like to encourage the members of the NLC to actively participate in the creation of this platform; it's your party!

I think you bring up an interesting idea here.  I am unsure how to account for overweight Atlasians, but so far as smokers go, I think it's entirely fair to assess a health-based tax (proceeds dedicated towards a national health care plan) on things such as tobacco, based on their relative impact on the health of the user.  Basically, putting money aside with each cigarette to pay for the health consequences of each cigarette.

I suppose something similar could be done with food, but coming up with a formula is much more challenging.  Something based on caloric content?  Fat content?  Neither seem "perfect."

In the meantime, I will fully support any bill to extend health care coverage to kids.
10982  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-VA) dies of breast cancer on: October 06, 2007, 09:16:43 pm
That's unfortunate—and very sudden.  Best to her family.
10983  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: New Senate Rankings on: October 06, 2007, 09:15:42 pm
Net DEM gain of 3 seats (CO, VA and NH) with 3 seats (NM, NE and MN) currently as a toss-up. NE may also be "LEAN GOP" right now. As of now OR, ME and NC are not competetive.

NE "may also be" Lean GOP—how generous!  Wouldn't Democrats actually need a candidate there for the race to be even remotely competitive?
10984  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Atlantic City mayor has been AWOL for a week; random guy appoints himself on: October 06, 2007, 01:38:40 am


Seems like he is "sick," and has done this in the past.  His wife made an announcement yesterday.  Strange city.

Sick in an "undisclosed location."  Try serving him with papers there, feds!
10985  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 'Amero coming within decade' on: October 06, 2007, 01:37:44 am
OMG AMERO COMING TOMORROW

THE JEWS ARE AT IT AGAIN OR MAYBE IT IS THE MEXICANS

SEND EVERYONE BACK WHERE THEY CAME FROM; START WITH THE IRISH
10986  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Richardson and NM Senate race on: October 06, 2007, 12:38:28 am
Richardson simply does not seem like a realistic candidate here.

why not?

he would be pretty much a shue-in if he decided to run. 



Because he's busy doing something else at the moment?  Because he's a highly likely choice for Vice President?

He would have a better shot at winning that Senate seat than he would of being VP. 

But a Senate seat hardly has as much cache and isn't much of a stepping stone to the Presidency.
10987  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Raj 4 Congress on: October 06, 2007, 12:26:47 am
he should win if he runs again but that was just a bad year for any republican.

Your credibility as a provider of realistic prognostication is slipping even farther into the negative numbers.
10988  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Budget on: October 06, 2007, 12:16:48 am
I don't understand why there is such staunch opposition to changing the current budget process to a simplified version when there are people here willing to take on the "chore."  Especially when its clear that there are not enough votes in the Senate to pass a constitutional amendment eliminating the budget entirely.

It seems as if people would rather see the budget totally eliminated rather than even give it a shot of working.  I understand it was a chore in the past, but I'd like to maybe have at least a chance to reform the whole process before it's scrapped forever.

I'd gladly begin work on my own version of the budget, but before I do, I'd like at least some assurance that my work won't be completely ignored, unacted on, or otherwise wholly dismissed by the "budgets are no fun" set.
10989  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: If Au H20 was alive today, what political party would he be a member of? on: October 05, 2007, 09:22:53 pm
Uh, Republican.
10990  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Budget on: October 05, 2007, 09:11:03 pm
So, I'm willing to do some work on this, but I have no idea how to proceed.  The constitution requires we have a GM provide numbers.  Any ideas?
10991  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: End of the Budget Amendment on: October 05, 2007, 09:05:20 pm
I'd be more inclined to give those who support retaining the budget a chance, if they provided some effort to work within the current provisions - I'd note that there still has not been a single comment in the current Budget thread since the waiver vote in July.

I'm honestly not sure how to proceed with the budget within the current bounds of the constitution, which is why I was hoping Senator Spade's amendment here would actually unlock the process.
10992  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Richardson and NM Senate race on: October 05, 2007, 08:39:10 pm
Richardson simply does not seem like a realistic candidate here.

why not?

he would be pretty much a shue-in if he decided to run. 



Because he's busy doing something else at the moment?  Because he's a highly likely choice for Vice President?
10993  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NH-Senate: Shaheen stretches her lead against Sununu to 16 on: October 05, 2007, 08:37:42 pm
Wow, people in NH like NASCAR! Damn. Mississippi of the north for sure. That obviously negates all the gains the Democrats have made in the state and Sununu's bad approval ratings and the fact that he barely won in a far more GOP-friendly climate for sure.

Sununu's approval ratings aren't great, but I wouldn't call them "bad."  His main problem is that Shaheen's approval ratings are much higher than they should be.
10994  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: PoliticsNJ/Prall Report: Battleground '07 on: October 05, 2007, 08:28:19 pm
PoliticsNJ released an updated version of the "Prall Report" today.

http://www.politicsnj.com/files/Prall100407.pdf

STATE SENATE
I agree with a lot of it, but I'm a bit more pessimistic about Democrats' chances to win the open 8th; I think Asselta's seat (District 1) should be "Leans Democratic;" and open 38th should be "Safe Democratic."

STATE ASSEMBLY
In the Assembly, I think Nelson Albano's seat should instead be "Leans Democratic" (perhaps with a movement arrow towards toss up); the second district seats should both have arrows pointing towards Leans Democratic; and in 12 and 14, arrows should be pointing towards "Leans Democratic" for the incumbents and towards "Leans GOP" for the two open seats.

Are we basically looking at no net change in the NJ legislature?

The net change will result in more seats for the Democrats in the new session.

Probably +1 or +2 Democrats in the State Senate, and maybe around +1 or +2 Democrats in the State Assembly.  Republicans do look in better shape to break even in the lower house, and a net gain there is not entirely out of the question the way it is in the Senate.
10995  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Richardson and NM Senate race on: October 05, 2007, 10:42:34 am
Richardson simply does not seem like a realistic candidate here.
10996  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Rasmussen: With pro-life 3rd party running, Clinton would win big over Giuliani on: October 05, 2007, 09:52:39 am
The idea that the third party would get 14% is hilarious.

Rasmussen needs to stop having his personal ideals affect his polling.
Perot got 18.91% in 1992, and it's not outside the realm of possibility that a good third party candidate could do the same.

Perhaps but a good third party candidate would not be a one issue anti-choice candidate.

And wouldn't have multi-millions; wouldn't be invited to debates; wouldn't be taken seriously as anything but a spoiler.......
10997  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Gporter Press Conference on: October 04, 2007, 10:52:08 pm
I am here to take any questions that you may have at this point.

I also have an announcement, I am going to be visiting the following states during this last stretch of the campaign:

California
Florida
Texas
Virgnia
Pennsylvania
New Jersey
New York

I will be campaigning there and on the last day of the campaign, I will be in Tennessee to give a campaign closing speech in my hometown.

If anyone has any questions regarding this schedule or any other questions regarding my stance on the issues or anything, please feel free to post your questions in this thread. Thank you.

Question: Why are you ignoring the electoral battleground of Alaska?
10998  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Sensei press conference for Mideast and Southeast voters on: October 04, 2007, 07:45:13 pm
Question: How can you possibly hope to compete against the GPorter juggernaut, which is all but guaranteed a victory in the General Election?

Also, on a serious note, what exactly separates you from the current administration?  With what do you disagree with President Wixted on?  What would you have done differently over the past four months with regard to legislation passed by the Senate?
10999  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Adult Stem Cell Research Enhancement [Bill] on: October 04, 2007, 06:36:32 pm
Nay.
11000  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Northeast Propositions for the month of October on: October 04, 2007, 06:32:21 pm
Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling Bill
X Mr. Moderate

Rapid Transit Investment Bill
X Mr. Moderate
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