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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Party vs. Atlas Conservative Party on: April 21, 2017, 05:27:26 pm
It kinda depends on what you prioritize. The Federalists are the general "Center-Right" Party, but it does have a heavy Libertarian bent. That's mostly out of the sheer force of Libertarians within the Party rather than a deliberate effort to belittle the ideologies that make up our Republican Party. The ACP is basically Ben's personal party. It advocates things he favors. It doesn't really make inroads with moderates. The influx of new members into the party has mostly to do with DFW's pursing of more moderate policies. Once he leaves office (likely later in the year, he's going to win a second term), they will likely come back.
Overall though, it doesn't really matter. In the Federalists, you have to deal with being in the minority, but the Fed's size makes up for it. You'd be in the majority in the ACP, but because it's a minor party, your influence suffers.

Can you point me to this massive cadre of Libertarians, because Leinad sure could use their votes, right now? Tongue
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Party vs. Atlas Conservative Party on: April 21, 2017, 05:01:15 pm
I registered a few weeks ago with the Federalist Party, but I'm wondering if the Atlas Conservative Party is a better ideological fit for me and what I would lose by being in a minor party.

The Federalist Party has a lot to offer. There has been a long history of pro-life advocacy within the party. One of the component parties that merged to form the Federalists, The Whigs was largely derived from the "Right to Life Caucus" that existed in the old RPP.

Membership in the Federalist Party also makes you eligible to join the Coolidge Society, founded by JCL to advance conservative and pro-life causes. Once all the caucuses are up and running, the elected leader of each will serve on the platform committee.

The main difference is that the Federalist Party is larger so it also has a libertarian and a moderate faction. But there are several well regarded conservatives in our ranks, such as former Senators JCL, DC al Fine, and Pingvin, Justice TJ and many others.
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Record-Courier : Live Coverage of the Midterm Elections on: April 21, 2017, 03:32:20 pm
I didn't even realize Scott had an opponent.
79  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: anyone agree that conservative and liberal are contextual? on: April 21, 2017, 01:07:47 pm
Yes, for instance Reagan Conservatism is essentially a basket of issue positions that cater to a largely sunbelt demographic in the 1970's and 1980's. Which is a good reason why it is breaking down to a large extent now.
80  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: GA-6 Special election discussion thread on: April 21, 2017, 03:42:15 am
I agree that GA will go the way of VA, and this should happen very quickly. By 2030 or so, MS, LA and maybe NC could all lean D and TX and FL (and maybe SC) would be pure Tossups or lean D. The Democratic Party's base will be in the South.



Rhode Island and Delaware look random, and I can't see Illinois or New Mexico voting Republican on a presidential level unless the GOP makes significant inroads with Hispanics.  I also wouldn't put Georgia as safe D either, by any means.

I agree with this map's portrayal of the sunbelt. I disagree though with what it has happening in the North.

If the GOP recovers in Northern suburbs enough to make Illinois soften up, OH Safe and WI as Likely GOP, then PA is Likely GOP, MN is lean GOP, and IN is Safe GOP.


Underlying all of this is massive GOP margins in Northern rural counties. This spans the entirety of the region from ME to MN, and has been witnessed over multiple recent elections. If this comes to pass then baked into the coalition in these states is this massive rural support similar to what Trump got (or even more), augmented by higher support (higher than Romney even) in Northern Suburbs. That softens up New York to Likely Dem, NJ and CT to tilt Dem (especially if RI is tossup), Vermont to lean or Tilt Dem and of course that brings us to the 1,000 pound elephant in the room, New... Tongue
81  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: GA-6 Special election discussion thread on: April 21, 2017, 03:34:37 am
I agree that GA will go the way of VA, and this should happen very quickly. By 2030 or so, MS, LA and maybe NC could all lean D and TX and FL (and maybe SC) would be pure Tossups or lean D. The Democratic Party's base will be in the South.



Rhode Island and Delaware look random, and I can't see Illinois or New Mexico voting Republican on a presidential level unless the GOP makes significant inroads with Hispanics.  I also wouldn't put Georgia as safe D either, by any means.

There are few things that we can be certain of, but Mississippi not being a Democratic-leaning state in 13 years is one of them.  I kind of understand the argument for it being competitive in 2050 (even if I don't fully agree with it), but there is no way it is there in 2030.

The thing that makes MS so precarious is that it is wholly dependent on white block voting to keep it Republican. If MS whites voted as Republican as they do in neighboring states, it would be a lean Democratic state. There is also the factor that the bulk of those White Republicans are concentrated in the age bracket 65 and above. By 2030, half of those people will be gone. That means that the White Vote is going to naturally trend downward for the GOP over the next several years as 90% GOP Seniors are replaced with 50-50 Millenials starting to vote more frequently.

So 2030 is not at all unreasonable for it to be tilt Dem state.
82  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Is GA-06 gerrymandered? on: April 20, 2017, 07:29:36 pm
How would the previous version of GA-06 (2006-2013) have voted in 2016?

83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Leinad For House! Campaign Thread and AMA on: April 20, 2017, 07:00:26 pm
Quote from: Nev's sig
One Down, Three To Go. Goooo Labor!

DOWN BUT NOT OUT

(sorry couldn't resist--please proceed in asking any questions you may have!)

18 Down and One to Go was used in my April 2015 campaign. Tongue


It was also the name of a CSI episode.
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Leinad For House! Campaign Thread and AMA on: April 20, 2017, 06:58:37 pm
When will you reveal the fact that you breed dinosaurs in your basement, having been inspired by the Jurassic Park franchise?

Or the fact that it was actually inspired by Dinosaur King, which was "totally not" a low energy rip off of Pokemon. Tongue
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 1103 - Family and Education Support Act (Final Vote) on: April 20, 2017, 06:43:04 pm
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A BILL
To protect worker's rights to time off, privacy and other matters relating to family obligations, childbirth and education.

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled,
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Family and Education Support Act

Section 1: Employer Information

1. In order for this bill's measures to be activated, the expectant mother or father, who is employed, must inform their employer of the pregnancy and the expected date of delivery.
2. The employer may not disseminate information about an employee's pregnancy to a third party without permission.

Section 2. Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, and Parental Leave

1. The mother has the right to 14 weeks of maternity leave after the child's birth, where the employer shall pay at least the same rate as a 13-week wages average or of the last 3 months before pregnancy.
2. The father has the right to 2 weeks of paid paternity leave after the child's birth.
3. Either parent has the right to 3 years of unpaid parental leave.
4. Employees exercising their right for maternity, paternity, or parental leave are protected from loss of employment due to dismissal.
5. Employers with less than 10 total employees may claim a tax credit of no more than 50% of the value of the wages paid to workers taking paid maternity or paternity leave.

Section 3. Mother and Child Protection at the Workplace

1. Employers must protect a healthy and safe work environment for expecting and for nursing mothers.
2. Employers shall provide an adequate break room that can accommodate a reclining chair for expecting and nursing mothers who require it for their well being.
3. Expecting mothers are not permitted to perform heavy, physical labor or to work with or amongst materials, substances, and gases or in extreme elements, that could be deemed potentially hazardous to their health.
4. Expecting and nursing mothers are not permitted to work more than 8 1/2 hours daily or 90 hours in 2-week period.
5. Expecting and nursing mothers under 18 are not permitted to work more than 8 hours daily or 80 hours in a 2-week period.

Section 4: Protection Period

1. Employees may claim parental leave days at any point after the pregnancy is confirmed to an expectant mother. Those who claim days prior to the birth of the child shall be required to give a valid medical reason as to why, signed off on by a medical doctor, for the purposes of validation.

Section 5: Paid Educational Leave

1. Employees having been with an employer for at least 1,040 days shall have the right of paid educational leave for a period of up to three years.
2. Paid educational leave is hereby defined as leave that furthers the education of a worker in question. The education must be relevant to their current profession or line of work. Workers shall be able to claim full pay for hours lost as a result of education courses, provided that the worker in question has been with an employer no less than 1,040 days, gives the employer advance notification of the absence of no less than 30 days prior, and provided that the absence in question takes place during the regular working hours of the employee in question.  Employers may require workers to provide a copy of their schedule for verification purposes.
3. In addition, any educational leave that is sponsored by or required by an employer shall be paid, regardless of how long the employee in question has been with the employer.
Atlasian Regional Senate
Passed 3-0-3 in the Atlasian Senate assembled
Be it resolved, X Senator PiT, PPT

Atlasian People's House of Representatives
Passed 6-0 in the Atlasian House of Representatives Assembled,

86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 1103 - Family and Education Support Act (Final Vote) on: April 20, 2017, 06:33:44 pm
Vote on Final Passage of the Family and Education Support Act:

Aye (6): Enduro, Heisenberg, NC Yankee, OneJ, Peebs, and Ted
Nay (0):
Abstain (0):

Didn't Vote (3): Drew, Potus and Simossad

Time has expired. The VP can finalize this vote. (This is so I have something to link to in my signature portion of the final text.
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: House Bill: The Department of Peace Act (Debating) on: April 20, 2017, 06:30:51 pm
Quote from: Amendment H5:29 by Simossad
A BILL RESOLUTION:
To establish and create a national cabinet-level executive commissioner of peacebuilding and peacekeeping

Be it enacted by both chambers of Congress assembled and the President of Atlasia:

Title: The Department of Peace Special Commissioner of Peacebuilding Act
Section One - Establishment:

i. Resolved—That it is the recommendation of this Congress that the President establish a Department of Peace a Special Commissioner of Peace according the provisions set forth herein, which shall:

i. There is hereby established a Department of Peacebuilding the office of a Special Commissioner of Peace who shall:

      a. be a department in the executive branch of the Federal Government; and

      a. be a part of the executive branch of the government without being subordinated to a specific department; and

      b. be dedicated to peacebuilding, peacemaking, and the study and promotion of conditions      conducive to both domestic and international peace and a culture of peace; and


...

Sponsor Feedback: Friendly
Status: Representatives have 24 hours to object. 
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: The Rent Is Too Damn High Act of 2017 (Debating) on: April 20, 2017, 06:29:33 pm
What is an "overstretched housing market"?
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: Naturalization Act (Debating) on: April 20, 2017, 06:28:21 pm
The sponsorship has been transferred.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: The Ending HFCS Subsidization Act (Debating) on: April 20, 2017, 06:22:06 pm
Does anyone have any more contributions to make, statements, concerns, support?

72 hours minimum debate has expired.


So if not I am moving to a final vote. Tongue
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Lincoln Senator Scott [Reelection speech] on: April 20, 2017, 12:48:11 am
Absolutely Delighted to Endorse you, Senator Scott. Cheesy


92  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: About PA, why do people ignore that Santorum won his 2000 senate race? on: April 19, 2017, 12:36:16 am
Any Republican winning Montco or Delco now is pretty much unthinkable, much less and extremely socially conservative with neoconservative foreign policy views. The opposition to Iraq really hardened this area for the Democrats and caused a lot of Republicans to switch parties, which is in turn what doomed Specter's chances are renomination in 2010.


2000 was a different time.
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: The Ending HFCS Subsidization Act (Debating) on: April 18, 2017, 02:55:57 am
Quote from: Amendment H5:30 by NC Yankee
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,
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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

Sponsor Feedback: Origination
Status: Representatives have 24 hours to object.
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: House Bill: The Department of Peace Act (Debating) on: April 18, 2017, 02:55:01 am
Quote from: Amendment H5:29 by Simossad
A BILL RESOLUTION:
To establish and create a national cabinet-level executive commissioner of peacebuilding and peacekeeping

Be it enacted by both chambers of Congress assembled and the President of Atlasia:

Title: The Department of Peace Special Commissioner of Peacebuilding Act
Section One - Establishment:

i. Resolved—That it is the recommendation of this Congress that the President establish a Department of Peace a Special Commissioner of Peace according the provisions set forth herein, which shall:

i. There is hereby established a Department of Peacebuilding the office of a Special Commissioner of Peace who shall:

      a. be a department in the executive branch of the Federal Government; and

      a. be a part of the executive branch of the government without being subordinated to a specific department; and

      b. be dedicated to peacebuilding, peacemaking, and the study and promotion of conditions      conducive to both domestic and international peace and a culture of peace; and


...

Sponsor Feedback: None Given
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The President's committee on Infrastructure reform (sign in/up) on: April 17, 2017, 11:43:03 pm
I would recommend sub dividing based on difference categories of infrastructure.
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: NC Yankee For the People's House HQ: Keep the People First!!! on: April 17, 2017, 10:34:23 pm
Thanks for the endorsements so far Smiley
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Securing Our Banking Sector and Economy on: April 17, 2017, 10:27:14 pm
New York City
April 17th, 2017




Earlier today, I introduced and brought to the floor a bill that will restore the most basic protections of the Glass Steagall Act to our financial sector. This is not the end all be all of financial reform, but it is a critical first step. In so doing we will avoid many risks to our economy and protect both economic growth and the hard work of millions of people from being dragged down by the irresponsible and risky behaviors of a few people on Wall Street.

This will will separate the investment banking, hedge fund, insurance and swap activities from insurance deposit and lending banks. In so doing we will reduce the size of banks. As some many recall and others will have read about, the risk of banks being "too big to fail" means not only the danger of the entire economy bring dragged down by the actions of a few, but also the immoral situation of having to bail out banks while main street withers on the vine. We should not let ourselves be put in a position where we have to provide the golden parachute to criminals, lest we face economic Armageddon.

We must instead change our system and our priorities. People who break the laws and act irresponsibly, must face the consequences. Those who cause the problem will pay for its resolution in a safe manner that doesn't risk the economy. Local banking and communities will be encouraged, and too big to fail banks on Wall Street will be reduced to manageable smaller sized entities.

To those who cry foul over regulation, I will say there is nothing free market about creating a situation and letting a situation develop that drags down all, regardless of whether or not they made the right decisions or not, regardless of whether or not they acted responsibly or not. The banking system is the vortex of our economy and therefore the dangers it poses when it acts irresponsibly necessitate that it be treated differently then other industries when it comes to the subject of regulation. To me, as someone whose life was severely impacted by the Great Recession, I can think of no other responsible course of action to take. To me, it is frankly just common sense.

Thank You, and I hope to earn your vote this weekend for House!
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HOUSE BILL: The 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act (Debating) on: April 17, 2017, 10:10:30 pm
This is based off of the Warren bill from 2013.

I of course paired it down to Atlasian style legislation. So Section II, might need a little beefing up, but the idea is pretty basic. To separate bank lending from investment banking.
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / HOUSE BILL: The 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act (Debating) on: April 17, 2017, 10:07:18 pm
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House Bill
To reduce risks to the financial sector, by limiting banks engaging in risky activities, conflicts of interests, and to reinstate The Glass Steagall Act


Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled
Quote
Bill Title: This Bill is to be called "The 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act".

Section I: Definitions
1. Depository entity - banking entity whose activities are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); receives deposits; extends credit; discounts and negotiates promissory notes, drafts, bills of exchange, and other evidences of debt; and secured loans.
2. Insurance entity - Any entity that overs to protect against a financial loss, in exchange for an ongoing financial payment.
3. Securities entity - any entity engaged in issue, flotation, underwriting, public sale, or distribution of stocks, bonds, debentures, notes, or other securities; activities of a broker or dealer, futures merchant, or investment adviser; hedge fund or private equity investments.  
4. Swap entity - includes swap dealer or swap participant
5. Hedge Fund - a limited partnership of investors that engages in high risks security and investment activities, using borrowed money.

Section II: Separating Financial Entities
1. No depository entity may become affiliated with or in common ownership with any insurance company, securities entity, swap entity, or hedge fund.
2. No depository entity may engage in the activities of an insurance company, securities entity, swap entity or hedge fund.
3. No Person employed in such capacities for the above agencies, shall be employed on the board of a depository agency.
3. No depository entity may acquire or sell a structure or synthetic financial product composed of other securities, swaps, asset or index of assets.

Section III: Enforcement
1. Failure to comply with the terms of this act will result in a fine of 10% of net profits for 10 years, and the termination of activities in violation
2. Existing companies that engage in activities that violate the terms of Section II, will have 2 years to transition to state of compliance, a process that will be overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporations.
3. Such Existing Companies may request six month extensions from above agencies if the Federal Reserve Board of Governors certifies that such extension is in the public interest, but no company will receive an extension greater than one year.

Sponsor: NC Yankee
House Designation: HB 1108
100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: House Legislation Introduction Thread on: April 17, 2017, 10:05:45 pm
Quote
House Bill
To reduce risks to the financial sector, by limiting risk banks engaging in risky activities, conflicts of interests, and to reinstate The Glass Steagall Act


Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress Assembled
Quote
Bill Title: This Bill is to be called "The 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act".

Section I: Definitions
1. Depository entity - banking entity whose activities are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); receives deposits; extends credit; discounts and negotiates promissory notes, drafts, bills of exchange, and other evidences of debt; and secured loans.
2. Insurance entity - Any entity that overs to protect against a financial loss, in exchange for an ongoing financial payment.
3. Securities entity - any entity engaged in issue, flotation, underwriting, public sale, or distribution of stocks, bonds, debentures, notes, or other securities; activities of a broker or dealer, futures merchant, or investment adviser; hedge fund or private equity investments. 
4. Swap entity - includes swap dealer or swap participant
5. Hedge Fund - a limited partnership of investors that engages in high risks security and investment activities, using borrowed money.

Section II: Separating Financial Entities
1. No depository entity may become affiliated with or in common ownership with any insurance company, securities entity, swap entity, or hedge fund.
2. No depository entity may engage in the activities of an insurance company, securities entity, swap entity or hedge fund.
3. No Person employed in such capacities for the above agencies, shall be employed on the board of a depository agency.
3. No depository entity may acquire or sell a structure or synthetic financial product composed of other securities, swaps, asset or index of assets.

Section III: Enforcement
1. Failure to comply with the terms of this act will result in a fine of 10% of net profits for 10 years, and the termination of activities in violation
2. Existing companies that engage in activities that violate the terms of Section II, will have 2 years to transition to state of compliance, a process that will be overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporations.
3. Such Existing Companies may request six month extensions from above agencies if the Federal Reserve Board of Governors certifies that such extension is in the public interest, but no company will receive an extension greater than one year.
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