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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: April 17, 2017, 07:43:10 pm
Bagel23
Federalist
Texas

Welcome to the Game, the Party, and the region! Smiley

77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: Montenegro NATO Membership Ratification Act (Passed to VP/PPT) on: April 17, 2017, 06:54:52 pm
Quote from: Final Text
House Bill
To ratify the addition of Montenegro into NATO

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,
Quote
Montenegro NATO Membership Ratification Act
1. The Congress of the Republic of Atlasia ratifies the membership of the Republic of Montenegro of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).
Atlasian People's House of Representatives
Passed 9-0 in the Atlasian House Assembled,


Speaker Yankee, you made a mistake in the number of people who voted for it.

The real # is 8-0-1.

I don't include beyond aye or nay in that line typically. The main point is to get the margin in, which has now been corrected, with a link to a more detailed vote total as well as to the bill itself.
78  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Dave's Redistricting App on: April 17, 2017, 05:46:07 pm
I remember in late 2008 there was a redistricting game that someone had linked to on the forum and after playing all the scenarios through, I said it would be great if they had something like this to do the real states and maps with. And people thought it would be pointless at the time.


Now we are to a point where DRA 2.5 is now considered a legacy product.

Well, then is there plans for a DRA 3.0 on something other than Silverlight?

79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 1103 - Family and Education Support Act (Debating) on: April 17, 2017, 04:22:15 pm
I object to the motion, just discovered that I was sponsor, and I want to have some time to consider my vote.

Have you had enough time?

Yes, motion for a final vote

Seconded
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: House Legislation Introduction Thread on: April 17, 2017, 04:21:30 pm
This bill is a wish list, not a piece of legislation. I am afraid I will have to deem in functionally impractical if it is not revised.
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: The Rent Is Too Damn High Act of 2017 (Debating) on: April 17, 2017, 04:15:29 pm
The sponsor has 24 hours to begin advocating for this.
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / HOUSE BILL: The Rent Is Too Damn High Act of 2017 (At Final Vote) on: April 17, 2017, 04:14:22 pm
Quote
HOUSE Bill
to protect Atlasian tenants and to reform the housing market

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,
Quote
SECTION 1. TITLE

1. The title of this Act shall be “The Rent Is Too Damn High Act of 2017”

SECTION 2. AFFORDABLE RENTS

1. The rent for existing apartments in areas with an overstretched housing market shall never be higher than 10% than the customary comparative rent. The states determine the place of these areas.
2. Broker commissions have to be borne by the lessor.

SECTION 3. EFFECTIVENESS

1. This bill go into effect July 1, 2017.
Atlasian People's House of Representatives
Pending

Sponsor: Simossad
House Designation: HB 1107
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: The Ending HFCS Subsidization Act (Debating) on: April 17, 2017, 04:09:24 pm
Quote from: Amendment Offered
House Bill
To end the taxes and subsidies that encourages the prevalence of High Fructose Corn Syrup in food products.

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,
Quote

Bill Title: The Ending High Fructose Corn Syrup Subsidization Act

Section 1: Sugar Tariffs
1. All Tariffs are removed on imported sugar.  


Section 2: Corn Subsidies
1. Corn sold for the production of high fructose corn syrup, will no longer be eligible for any form of subsidization.

2. The money saved from such subsidies will be redirected towards research into the treatment and cure for diabetes administered by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality National Institute for Health within the Department of Internal Affairs, sub-department of Science and Technology Health and Human Services.

Section 3: Effectiveness
1. This bill go into effect June 1, 2017.
Atlasian People's House of Representatives
Pending
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: The Ending HFCS Subsidization Act (Debating) on: April 17, 2017, 04:07:04 pm
Several years ago, before the reset we tried to pass four different bills if memory serves me, but they all were rejected because of lack of concrete evidence that HFCS was more dangerous than table sugar, and


The tariffs had mostly already been removed, and the subsidies were likewise.


That is not the case, at least not with regards to the subsidies. Some of the sugar production countries are covered under FTAs passed by the RL US prior to our reset and those would apply here. But other FTAs that were passed by Atlasia in 2008 and 2009, no longer exist and thus some of those countries would likely still have these tariffs.

The goal of this bill is not to eliminate one kind of sugar on a basis that it is much worse than other kinds. The objective is to remove those incentives that create the financial inducements that make it prevalent in so much of our foods. I don't expect even with this passing, that suddenly a great deal of what is in our food would change in the immediately aftermath, but over time I expect a gradual diversification of the sugars in our food products.

Finally, this will devote money to research into the fight against diabetes. And I just realized that portion was composed before I discovered Truman's executive order on the cabinet departments.
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / HOUSE BILL: The Ending HFCS Subsidization Act (At Final Vote) on: April 17, 2017, 04:00:04 pm
Quote
House Bill
To end the taxes and subsidies that encourages the prevalence of High Fructose Corn Syrup in food products.

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,
Quote

Bill Title: The Ending High Fructose Corn Syrup Subsidization Act

Section 1: Sugar Tariffs
1. All Tariffs are removed on imported sugar.  


Section 2: Corn Subsidies
1. Corn sold for the production of high fructose corn syrup, will no longer be eligible for any form of subsidization.

2. The money saved from such subsidies will be redirected towards research into the treatment and cure for diabetes administered by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality within the Department of Internal Affairs, sub-department of Science and Technology.

Section 3: Effectiveness
1. This bill go into effect June 1, 2017.
Atlasian People's House of Representatives
Pending

Sponsor: NC Yankee
House Designation: HB 1106 I think
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 1103 - Family and Education Support Act (Debating) on: April 17, 2017, 03:51:29 pm
I object to the motion, just discovered that I was sponsor, and I want to have some time to consider my vote.

Have you had enough time?
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: Montenegro NATO Membership Ratification Act (Passed to VP/PPT) on: April 17, 2017, 03:48:51 pm
Quote from: Final Text
House Bill
To ratify the addition of Montenegro into NATO

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,
Quote
Montenegro NATO Membership Ratification Act
1. The Congress of the Republic of Atlasia ratifies the membership of the Republic of Montenegro of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).
Atlasian People's House of Representatives
Passed 8-0 in the Atlasian House Assembled,

88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: Montenegro NATO Membership Ratification Act (Passed to Senate) on: April 17, 2017, 03:45:37 pm
Vote on Final Passage of the Montenegro NATO Membership Ratification Act:

Aye (Cool: Drew, Heisenberg, NC Yankee, OneJ_, Peebs, Potus (technically late), Simossad and Ted
Nay (0):
Abstain (1): Enduro

Didn't Vote (0):

The legislation has been adopted.
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: The Gun Control Act of 2017 (Passed to VP/PPT) on: April 17, 2017, 03:38:50 pm
Quote from: Final Text
HOUSE BILL
To regulate the sale and possession of firearms

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,

Quote
The Gun Control Act of 2017
Section I (The Purpose). The purpose is to ensure that guns across the Republic of Atlasia don't get sold to the wrong hands.
Section II (Permission to sell).
The only individuals that are allowed to sell or purchase any form of firearm have to meet all of the following criteria:
-Must be 18 years or older
-Must obtain & own a license to sell firearm
-Must not have a history of violent crimes
Section III (Punishment).
Punishments shall be left up to the regions to handle.

Atlasian People's House of Representatives
Passed 5-1 in the Atlasian House Assembled,

90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: The Gun Control Act of 2017 (Passed to VP/PPT) on: April 17, 2017, 03:34:58 pm
Vote on Final Passage of the Gun Control Act of 2017:

Aye (5): Drew, NC Yankee, OneJ_, Peebs, and Simossad
Nay (1): Enduro
Abstain (0):

Didn't Vote (3): Heisenberg, Potus and Ted

The legislation has passed the House.
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: Naturalization Act (Debating) on: April 17, 2017, 03:32:43 pm
Representatives have 24 hours to object to Enduro's assumption of sponsorship.
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: SJoyce's Office: Running for Senate! on: April 17, 2017, 12:02:54 am
Well Congrats Sjoyce.


Ironic that one of the people who stood down cottonfield, will be the first Laborite to ever represent the 10 states comprising the old South in the Senate.
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2017 - Southern Senate Election (Class II) on: April 16, 2017, 11:57:47 pm


SOUTHERN SENATOR
CLASS II



[ 1 ] Leinad of Georgia
Southern Liberty Coalition - Federalist Party



[ 2 ] Sjoycefla of Kentucky
Independent - Labor Party
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: President dfwlibertylover/ Vice President Goldwater for Re-election! on: April 16, 2017, 10:32:46 pm
Absolutely Endorsed.



Not only does the President provide strong leadership and a solid agenda for Atlasia, but he has perhaps one of the most successful Vice President, Atlasia has ever had.
95  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Michigan and Pennsylvania: describe a non-Trumpist path to victory for GOP on: April 16, 2017, 09:41:39 pm
Pennsylvania: the Toomey 2010 map (losing Luzerne county narrowly, winning Chester by over six points).
http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/state.php?year=2010&fips=42&f=0&off=3&elect=0&class=3
Michigan: pre-Trump, the GOP last won a majority of the popular vote in the legislature in 2010. Couldn't even do so in 2014. But Snyder won in 2014, and this is his map:
http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/state.php?fips=26&year=2014&f=0&off=5&elect=0
John Engler's 1990 map is also useful for a closer election:
http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/state.php?fips=26&year=1990&f=0&off=5&elect=0

I really think Toomey's 2016 map is a better blueprint than his 2010 one.  Places like Luzerne were going to get much more Republican anyway.  The key, I think, is winning Bucks and Chester, though.

Toomey would not have won Luzerne or Erie without the rise of Trumpism.



Based on what? He only lost Luzerne by 1.4% in 2010. The White Working Class shift to the GOP was not entirely driven by Trump.

I don't think Trump created this. This was created "for" Trump, by the years of actions by the GOP establishment and government policies over the past 30 years.

That is why I referred to it as "Trumpism" as opposed to "Trump". But yes, the situation has been developing for years and Toomey tapped into somewhat in 2010 as did many tea partiers by running against the bailouts either directly or indirectly.
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: The Gun Control Act of 2017 (At Final Vote) on: April 16, 2017, 03:14:59 am
Aye
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: Naturalization Act (Debating) on: April 16, 2017, 02:06:36 am
Representatives have 48 hours to assume sponsorship.
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: Montenegro NATO Membership Ratification Act (At Final Vote) on: April 16, 2017, 02:02:27 am
AYE
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 1103 - Family and Education Support Act (Debating) on: April 15, 2017, 12:34:12 pm
I object to the motion, just discovered that I was sponsor, and I want to have some time to consider my vote.

That isn't something you should be able to forget. Tongue

Slot 12 (Senate Passed Legislation) - VP Administered
Family and Education Support Act
Sponsor: Enduro
Status: Debating
Since: April 03, 2017, 10:16:41 am
Ends: April 06, 2017, 10:16:41 am

I'm not an idiot. Sometimes I'm just not fully aware of what's happening.

That is why I keep such information readily available. You just have to use it. Tongue
100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB - Criminal Justice Act of 2016 (Amended by Senate, Voting Now) on: April 15, 2017, 12:08:17 pm
So, has this passed?

I have generally avoided declaring past anything that has less than five votes present under a better safe than sorry, strict interpretation of the quorum requirements. That is when I reluctantly extend voting times and start burning up PM boxes.
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