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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NV (2016): Harper (R): Reid in trouble against Sandoval on: Today at 05:47:48 pm
Reid has been in more dire straits, yet

Even Angle outraised him, and she was a complete nutjob.

...all that money for nothing. Tongue


I would prefer Heck to Sandoval actually but if Sandoval can get the job done then so be it.

2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Renewing our Promise to Workers Act of 2014 on: Today at 05:42:15 pm
As one of the Senators who voted for this, I must say that repealing this bill does not look like the right way to me as well. That said, I am interested in taking an alternative road as Yankee has already suggested. I know I'm being vague in this, but what do think would be a reasonable increase in order to address this, Yankee? (to get a measure of the spending involved)
Do you realize that the senate who voted this bill is exactly the same senate that we have today? Tongue

Duke/Cinci have been just replaced by DemPGH/Windjammer!

Well atleast all the seats were somewhat contested, even if they kept the same people. Tongue

I guess I love giving myself self-importance, even with such a useless claim, xD

It is now not so useless, by a factor of 2 Tongue

It was easier for me with the original Fritzcare. There were only two of us to start who voted no and then MAsterJedi resigned two months later. Wink
3  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Why do Presidents swear in on the bible? on: Today at 05:13:08 pm
The idea is that they are swearing before god to uphold X, in this case the Constitution.

I don't believe Theodore Roosevelt is known to have used any book--he specifically did not use a Bible. John Quincy Adams used a book of law under the logic that it really was the Constitution on which he should have been swearing. Lyndon B. Johnson used a Catholic missal because it was all that was available.

That reminds me, with all that is happened in the last few months I forgot to find out, but I read in Manchester's book about how the JFK bible was lost in 1963 because the Judge handed it to someone she thought was Secret Service but it turned out to be some random person. Of course the book was published in the late 1960's and I was wondering if it had been found since then.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Motion to expel DC Al Fine from the Senate on: Today at 04:56:23 pm
Probably would be best for all people resigning to do it in the Swearing in thread. I recall tyriong or someone having a bill on this but even in the absence of such, it would make things easiest if people just default did it in there.

Well, I can't find it on the wiki, but posting in the swearing in thread would suffice I'm sure. It was just intended to ensure that we knew who's resigned and who's not.

I couldn't remember what exactly it contained or not, but any form of clarification is better than none.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The Bicameral Birthing Amendment of 2014 (Debating) on: Today at 04:31:43 pm
Well,
If there is a 2nd chamber, I guess they could elect their own speaker? Tongue

Of course. What would a House be without a speaker? Tongue

Well, if this amendment passes. I think I know what my political future risks to be Tongue.

Well that also brings up the need for the VP to be more of a liason between the two chambers as well.
Oh, don't worry Yankee, I have already imagined what the house rules and the senate rules changes would be Tongue.

I have tried to avoid thinking about it myself. Just getting there is complex enough. Tongue
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Federalist Party: June 2014 Convention (48 HR VOTE STARTED, VOTE NOW!!!) on: Today at 04:21:36 pm
How long do you anticipate finding the right language.

I must point out that NC is going to get hammered by storms over the next three days with several inches of rain and that my impede my ability to get on the site.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (July Approvals w/ Low Participation) on: Today at 04:10:32 pm
July Cabinet Approval Ratings
http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=196249.0

In your opinion, how have these Cabinet officials been performing their jobs?
Approve - Vice Prez Windjammer   15 (9.7%)
Disapprove - Vice Prez Windjammer   7 (4.5%)
Approve - AG Vacancy   5 (3.2%)
Disapprove - AG Vacancy   17 (11%)
Approve - GM Napoleon   15 (9.7%)
Disapprove - GM Napoleon   8 (5.2%)
Approve - SoFE homelycooking   19 (12.3%)
Disapprove - SoFE homelycooking   2 (1.3%)
Approve - SoEA AverroŽs Nix   16 (10.4%)
Disapprove - SoEA AverroŽs Nix   6 (3.9%)
Approve - SoIA HagridoftheDeep   21 (13.6%)
Disapprove - SoIA HagridoftheDeep   1 (0.6%)
Approve - RG Fritz   19 (12.3%)
Disapprove - RG Fritz   3 (1.9%)

 
Total Voters: 22

Vice Prez Windjammer
Approve:    68%
Disapprove:      32%

AG Vacancy
Approve:    23%
Disapprove:      77%

GM Napoleon
Approve:     65%     
Disapprove:       35%

SoFE homelycooking
Approve:      90%
Disapprove:         10%

SoEA AverroŽs Nix
Approve:      72%
Disapprove:        28%

SoIA HagridoftheDeep
Approve:     95%
Disapprove:       5%

RG Fritz
Approve:     86%
Disapprove:         14%
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (July Approvals w/ Low Participation) on: Today at 04:06:15 pm
July Regional Executive Approval Ratings
http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=196248.0

In your opinion, how has your regional executive performed his job?
Approve - Governor RileyKeaton (F-WV)   1 (4.5%)
Disapprove - Governor RileyKeaton (F-WV)   1 (4.5%)
Approve - Governor Arturo Belano (LAB-NE)   2 (9.1%)
Disapprove - Governor Arturo Belano (LAB-NE)   2 (9.1%)
Approve - Governor Talleyrand (LAB-ME)   7 (31.8%)
Dispapprove - Governor Talleyrand (LAB-ME)   2 (9.1%)
Approve - Governor TheCranberry (LAB-OR)   1 (4.5%)
Disapprove - Governor TheCranberry (LAB-OR)   0 (0%)
Approve - Emperor Scott (F-NC)   5 (22.7%)
Disapprove - Emperor Scott (F-NC)   1 (4.5%)
 
Total Voters: 22

Governor TheRileyKeaton (F-WV)
Approve:    50%
Disapprove:      50%

Governor Arturo Belano (LAB-NE)
Approve:       50%
Disapprove:         50%

Governor Talleyrand (LAB-ME)
Approve:     78%
Disapprove:        22%

Governor TheCranberry (LAB-OR)
Approve:     100%
Disapprove:          0%

Emperor Scott (F-NC)
Approve:        83%
Disapprove:           17%
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (July Approvals w/ Low Participation) on: Today at 04:05:51 pm
Combined Senate
Senators                                      Approve               Disapprove    Net
Senator NC Yankee (F-NC)                 100%                  0%         +100%    (+0)
Senator DC al Fine (F-MD)                  100%                  0%         +100%    (+50)
Senator bore (LAB-RI)                          81%                  19%         +62%    (+18)
Senator LumineVonReuental (TPP-MT) 67%                  33%         +34%    (-22)
Senator shua (DR-NU)                          53%                  47%         +6%      (-38)
Senator Tyrion (LAB-NM)                       50%                 50%          +0%     (+34)
Senator Adam Griffin (LAB-NB)              50%                 50%          +0%      (-16)
Senator Goldwater (F-DE)                    44%                  56%          -12%    (+22)
Senator TNF (LAB-WY)                          43%                  57%         -14%     (-48)
Senator Alfred F. Jones (LAB-RI)           33%                  67%         -34%     (-16)


Average                                                 62%                 38%         +22%    (+2)
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (July Approvals w/ Low Participation) on: Today at 03:52:51 pm
July At-Large Senator Approval Ratings
http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=196247.

n your opinion, how have your At-Large Senators performed their job?
Approve- Senator Goldwater (F-DE)   8 (9%)
Disapprove - Senator Goldwater (F-DE)   10 (11.2%)
Approve - Senator shua (DR-NU)   9 (10.1%)
Approve - Senator shua (DR-NU)   8 (9%)
Approve - Senator LumineVonReuental (F-UT)   12 (13.5%)
Disapprove - Senator LumineVonReuental (F-UT)   6 (6.7%)
Approve - Senator Alfred F. Jones (LAB-RI)   6 (6.7%)
Disapprove - Senator Alfred F. Jones (LAB-RI)   12 (13.5%)
Approve - Senator Adam Griffin (LAB-NB)   9 (10.1%)
Disapprove - Senator Adam Griffin (LAB-NB)   9 (10.1%)

 
Total Voters: 18

Senator Goldwater (F-DE)
Approve:    44%
Dispprove:      56%

Senator shua (DR-NU)
Approve:    53%
Dispprove:      47%

Senator LumineVonReuental (F-UT)
Approve:    67%
Disapprove:   33%

Senator Alfred F. Jones (LAB-RI)
Approve:    33%
Dispprove:      67%

Senator Adam Griffin (LAB-NB)
Approve:    50%
Disapprove    50%
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (July Approvals w/ Low Participation) on: Today at 03:50:54 pm
July Regional Senator Approval Ratings
http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=196246.0

In your opinion, how has your regional Senator performed his job?
Approve - Senator bore (LAB-RI)   9 (39.1%)
Disapprove - Senator bore (LAB-RI)   2 (8.7%)
Approve - Senator DC al Fine (F-MD)   1 (4.3%)
Dispprove - Senator DC al fine (F-MD)   0 (0%)
Approve - Senator TNF (LAB-MT)   3 (13%)
Disapprove - Senator TNF (LAB-MT)   4 (17.4%)
Approve - Senator TyriontheImperialist (LAB-NM)   1 (4.3%)
Disapprove - Senator TyriontheImperialist (LAB-NM)   1 (4.3%)
Approve - Senator North Carolina Yankee (F-NC)   2 (8.7%)
Disapprove - Senator North Carolina Yankee (F-NC)   0 (0%)
 
Total Voters: 23

Senator bore (LAB-RI)
Approve:    81%
Disapprove:     19%

Senator DC al Fine (F-MD)
Approve:    100%
Dispprove:           0%

Senator TNF (LAB-WY)
Approve:    43%
Disapprove:      57%

Senator TyriontheImperialist (LAB-NM)
Approve:    50%
Disapprove:       50%

Senator North Carolina Yankee (F-NC)
Approve:     100%
Disapprove:          0%
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (July Approvals w/ Low Participation) on: Today at 03:48:58 pm
July Senate Approval Ratings
http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=196245.0

In your opinion how has the Senate performed its job?
Strongly Approve   0 (0%)
Somewhat Approve   6 (42.9%)
Unsure/Don't Know/Don't Care   2 (14.3%)
Somewhat Disapprove   4 (28.6%)
Strongly Disapprove   2 (14.3%)

 
Total Voters: 14

Total Approve 43%
Total Disapprove 43%
Net Approve: +0% (-19)

Positive Intensity: -14% (-8)
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (July Approvals w/ Low Participation) on: Today at 03:46:27 pm
July Presidential Approval Ratings
http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=196244.0

In your opinion, how has President DemPGH performed his job?
Strongly Approve   6 (37.5%)
Somewhat Approve   4 (25%)
Unsure/Don't Know/Don't Care   0 (0%)
Somewhat Disapprove   1 (6.3%)
Strongly Disapprove   5 (31.3%)

Total Voters: 16 

Total Approve  63%
Total Disapprove  37%
Net Approve: +26% (n/a)

Positive Intensity: +7% (n/a)
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The Bicameral Birthing Amendment of 2014 (Debating) on: Today at 03:35:24 pm
Well,
If there is a 2nd chamber, I guess they could elect their own speaker? Tongue

Of course. What would a House be without a speaker? Tongue

Well, if this amendment passes. I think I know what my political future risks to be Tongue.

Well that also brings up the need for the VP to be more of a liason between the two chambers as well.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Railway Labor Act of 2014 (Debating) on: Today at 03:33:50 pm
I suppose I am satisfied as well, now that we had the Hagrid-JCL exchange in here and a few other responses it is not as dead as it was. Tongue
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Ukrainian Technical, Economical and Military Aid (Debating) on: Today at 03:31:26 pm
AYE
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Smack Ain't Whack Act of 2014 on: Today at 03:25:46 pm
Yes, but there is such a thing as minimum organizational structure and my concern is that the reduction will be neglible as that induced by the taxes/regulations will ensure that that minimum organizational capacity as wel las the violence connected with it maintains. I could agree to the legalization argument if I thought the marginal benefit excideeding the cost and here I don't see that. It is not like with pot where the risks are far less from wide usage and usage is high enough to ensure a significant reduction in black market operations. If you could show me some numbers, I would be open to changing my mind though.
It's literally impossible for black-market activity to increase as a result of this because all of the activity that will remain in black markets due to taxation/regulation will have already been there prior to legalization. And, if anything, that's just an argument against taxation of hard drug sales. In fact, I honestly don't see the majority of dealers collecting the 25% excise tax rate, so IMO this legislation would be much more effective if you guys took that out. Regardless, this will still net beneficial in either case (at least the part legalizing hard drug sales) because black-market activity can only decrease as a result of legalization.

I never said it would increase. I am questioning whether the decrease in the organization capacity of the cartels from basis of illegal to sell to simply tax/regulatory aversion will be enough to justify the downsides that will likely be incurred.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: End McCarthyism Once and For All Act of 2014 (Amendment at vote) on: Today at 03:18:45 pm
"I cannot put a man in jail for what he thinks, its in your bill of rights" - Kerensky to Wilson's Ambassador to Russia as portrayed in the movie Nicholas and Alexandra.


If you want to amend the law to make it more strict regarding its use as well as ot include protections for people and their views, then fine. But we cannot tie our hands and consent to to being forced to let people remain in the country whose sole purpose is to destroy and kill people within it.

AYE with qualifications
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The Bicameral Birthing Amendment of 2014 (Debating) on: Today at 03:02:57 pm
I have qualms about such a system that basically creates a system that duplicates the constituencies of the upper chamber. The interests should differ, even if slighlty so that the interests will check each other.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Candidacy Withdrawal Initiative on: Today at 03:00:18 pm
If you withdraw a candidace, theoretically one would think you would do it the same place you filed. The same goes with resignation, the same place you entered through you would also exit through, the swearing in thread. Seems to be a rather difficult concept, but more I think it is just laziness over any lack of knowledge.


MAKE THEM STAY UNLESS THEY DO IT RIGHT BWHAHAHAH. "You can check out any time you like..."

21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: IDS Fine Act (Debating) on: Today at 02:51:52 pm
I support this.  I remember passing a similar policy in the Northeast.

Is this only for non-violent offenses or for all offenses?

You didn't win reelection last week...

Are former legislators forbidden from participating in discussion?
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation hearing: Snowstalker for Attorney General on: Today at 02:49:28 pm
Snowstalker, you have already styled yourself as AG even though this hearing is not concluded. Would you please tell us in your view, what your current position is and what legal grounds or precent exists for such?

23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation hearing: Snowstalker for Attorney General on: Today at 02:48:11 pm
In your legal opinion, did Simfan resign from the position of AG upon swearing in as GM?



I'm not snowstalker, but it seems very obvious that Simfan stopped being AG upon swearing in as GM. There doesn't seem any room for debate.

That is rather obvious, but since Nix insisted that complicated legal questions of the day be first to be asked of the top law man in the country, I figured this was the best one to start with in this hearing. Tongue
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Motion to expel DC Al Fine from the Senate on: Today at 02:27:53 pm
Probably would be best for all people resigning to do it in the Swearing in thread. I recall tyriong or someone having a bill on this but even in the absence of such, it would make things easiest if people just default did it in there.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Federalist Party: June 2014 Convention (Need More Amendments) on: Today at 02:08:55 pm
The amendment passes 12-0-1.


I have heard it expressed that this should continue, but we cannot unless more amendments are offered. So if you have any more ideas, policy planks for domestic section or further change to the foreign policy section, please go ahead and offer them.


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