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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: Today at 10:53:47 pm
I am running for the Northeast Assembly.

I will assume you mean in the upcoming special election unless you say otherwise.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Republican Indiana Primary results thread (first polls close at 6pm ET) on: Today at 05:05:08 pm
Late deciders 47% for Cruz as per Fox News

Weird, the other thing I saw must have been wrong.

Or there's a different definition of "late decider".
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast CJO cinyc (Special Election Results Posted; NE A SE Weekend) on: May 02, 2016, 07:41:19 pm
Mr. CJO, I have a question:

How old does a user have to be a registered Northeasterner/registered Atlasian to run for NE Legislature?

He or she has to be a registered voter under Federal law (satisfying any forum born date and activity requirements), and has to be a Northeast resident for at least "7 days prior to the day appointed for the election to begin".  So he or she has to have already moved to the Northeast in order to qualify for this weekend's election.  On or before April 28 is the cutoff for this weekend.

Abraham Washington probably won't be eligible to vote or run in this weekend's election, either, because, IIRC, he or she registered last Sunday.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Political Ad Megathread on: May 02, 2016, 06:39:42 pm
Two new TV ads were released on YouTube so far today, both :30 second spots from the Cruz campaign:

-As its name suggests, Pence for Cruz features video of Governor Pence's endorsement of Ted Cruz.

-Donald Trump is Lying About Ted Cruz is meant as a rebuttal of the recent Trump ad attacking Ted Cruz for being soft on trade and immigration.  The ad claims that Trump is lying about Ted Cruz: Cruz voted against recent trade bills and stopped the Gang of 8 amnesty bill while Trump was giving Gang of 8 members $50,000 in campaign contributions.  And Trump hired illegals and hires foreigners to replace Americans, too - or so the ad claims.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast CJO cinyc (Special Election Results Posted; NE A SE Weekend) on: May 02, 2016, 06:03:06 pm
There will be a special election to fill the Assembly seats vacated by RGN08 and Kingpoleon this weekend.  The deadline to declare is 1:00AM Thursday.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Senator and Governor Special Election - April 2016 on: May 02, 2016, 06:01:47 pm

Official Results - Northeast Senator and Governor Special Election - April 2016

Total voters: 16
Invalid votes:
-Abraham Washington (Northeast Resident for Less than 7 days before election start)
Total Valid Voters: 15

Northeast Senator
Quota = integer[15/(1+1) + 1] = integer[7.5 + 1] = 8

Poirot declared that he would accept write-ins in the official declaration thread.  No other Northeasterner not on the ballot wrote themselves in or declared in the official declaration thread.  Votes for all Northeasterners other than Blair2015 and Poirot will not be counted and preferences ignored.

First Preference Count:
Blair2015 13 (Blair2015, LongLiveRock, Enduro, ClarkKent, cxs018, Winfield, cinyc, Kingpoleon, RGN08, smoltchanov, Clyde1998, Pessimistic Antineutrino, NHI)
Poirot 1 (JoMCaR)
Exhausted 1 (SNJ1985)

Blair2015 equals or exceeds quota and is elected Northeast Senator.

Northeast Govenor
Quota = integer[15/(1+1) + 1] = integer[7.5 + 1] = 8

LongLiveRock and ClarkKent wrote themselves in.  No other Northeasterner not on the ballot wrote themselves in or declared in the official declaration thread.  Votes for all Northeasterners other than RGN08, Kingpoleon, SomebodyWhoExists, LongLiveRock and ClarkKent will not be counted and preferences ignored.

First Preference Count:
RGN08 9 (Enduro, ClarkKent, JoMCaR, Winfield, cinyc, SNJ1985, RGN08, Pessimistic Antineutrino, NHI)
Kingpoleon 6 (Blair2015, LongLiveRock, cxs018, Kingpoleon,  smoltchanov, Clyde1998)
SomebodyWhoExists 0
LongLiveRock 0
ClarkKent 0

RGN08 equals or exceeds quota and is elected Northeast Governor. 

x CJO cinyc
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast CJO cinyc (Special Senate & Gov Election Results Posted) on: May 02, 2016, 06:01:23 pm

Official Results - Northeast Senator and Governor Special Election - April 2016

Total voters: 16
Invalid votes:
-Abraham Washington (Northeast Resident for Less than 7 days before election start)
Total Valid Voters: 15

Northeast Senator
Quota = integer[15/(1+1) + 1] = integer[7.5 + 1] = 8

Poirot declared that he would accept write-ins in the official declaration thread.  No other Northeasterner not on the ballot wrote themselves in or declared in the official declaration thread.  Votes for all Northeasterners other than Blair2015 and Poirot will not be counted and preferences ignored.

First Preference Count:
Blair2015 13 (Blair2015, LongLiveRock, Enduro, ClarkKent, cxs018, Winfield, cinyc, Kingpoleon, RGN08, smoltchanov, Clyde1998, Pessimistic Antineutrino, NHI)
Poirot 1 (JoMCaR)
Exhausted 1 (SNJ1985)

Blair2015 equals or exceeds quota and is elected Northeast Senator.

Northeast Govenor
Quota = integer[15/(1+1) + 1] = integer[7.5 + 1] = 8

LongLiveRock and ClarkKent wrote themselves in.  No other Northeasterner not on the ballot wrote themselves in or declared in the official declaration thread.  Votes for all Northeasterners other than RGN08, Kingpoleon, SomebodyWhoExists, LongLiveRock and ClarkKent will not be counted and preferences ignored.

First Preference Count:
RGN08 9 (Enduro, ClarkKent, JoMCaR, Winfield, cinyc, SNJ1985, RGN08, Pessimistic Antineutrino, NHI)
Kingpoleon 6 (Blair2015, LongLiveRock, cxs018, Kingpoleon,  smoltchanov, Clyde1998)
SomebodyWhoExists 0
LongLiveRock 0
ClarkKent 0

RGN08 equals or exceeds quota and is elected Northeast Governor. 

x CJO cinyc
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Blair's Back: Blair 4 Senate on: May 02, 2016, 03:17:54 pm
Quote
f the office of Governor is to become vacant at some point while he or she is in office, the Lieutenant Governor shall assume the role of Acting Governor until a special election may be held. During this time, the Acting Governor shall retain their position as Lieutenant Governor and Representative.

Like I have problems with the word may, now the word shall. Is it an obligation to be a representative to fill the role of acting Governor.

I resigned as a matter of interpretation. I couldn't take the seat back if I lost my special election, in my opinion. If my successor as Governor chooses to re-appoint me to the Assembly, then I'll go back. Otherwise I will not, as the Northeast has chosen to not elect me.

That's simply not how being Acting Governor works.  The Acting Governor is just the Lt. Governor with all executive and no legislative powers, to get around the dual officeholder rules.  The Lt. Governor MUST be a Northeast Representative.  Therefore, the Acting Governor must be, too.  But he or she can't vote in the Assembly while exerting executive powers.

As you resigned on April 28 after the new Assembly was sworn in, I guess we have to have a special election for 2 Assembly seats this weekend. 

But I have to certify the election results first.  Stranger things have happened when looking into things like activity requirements.  I will get to that this evening.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeastern Speaker LongLiveRock on: May 02, 2016, 01:24:06 pm
I wish you and the others in the assembly, the best as I leave the assembly by Thursday
It's a special election so I think the new Governor swears in when the results are certified.

Correct.  I will certify the results this evening.  It's not as simple as adding up the votes.  I need to make sure every vote was validly cast (i.e. that the posters pass the activity and registration requirements).
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Senator and Governor Special Election - April 2016 on: May 02, 2016, 12:04:09 pm
This voting booth closed at 1:00AM Eastern.  It's pretty clear who won, but the thread will be locked until I calculate the certified results, likely this evening.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Record-Courier: LIVE Coverage of the Northeast Special Election on: May 01, 2016, 05:36:59 pm
Abraham Washington's vote is invalid because he just registered in Atlasia today.  You have to be a resident of the Northeast for the 7 days prior to the election to cast a valid vote.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Thread II on: May 01, 2016, 04:09:57 pm
You're automatically elected. I suppose. Correct me if I'm wrong

You are correct.  Nominations were open for 24 hours, LongLiveRock was nominated and accepted the nomination during that period, and nobody else was nominated during that period.  LongLiveRock automatically becomes Speaker without a vote, under the SOAP.

Congratulations!
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Northeastern Gubernatorial Debate on: April 30, 2016, 08:24:54 pm
Thank you for your responses.  I think I've left ample time for SomebodyWhoExists to respond.  He has not.  So, we shall now move on to closing statements, if the candidates desire to make one.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Political Ad Megathread on: April 30, 2016, 08:08:49 pm
Four new ads today, all :30 seconds and all on the Republican side:

The Cruz campaign released two fairly similar ads:
-In Coin, the Cruz campaign argues that Trump and Hillary are two sides of the same coin because both support the Obamacare individual mandate, funding Planned Parenthood, and allowing transgender men in little girls' bathrooms.
-in Same, the Cruz campaign argues that Trump and Hillary are two sides of the same coin because both support raising taxes, supported Bill Clinton's nationwide ban on popular firearms, and support allowing transgender men in little girls' bathrooms.

Pro-Cruz Trusted Leadership PAC released The Company You Keep, which basically argues that Cruz is in good company with Governor Pence, while Trump cavorts with convicted rapists like Mike Tyson.  The Tyson rape conviction happened in Indianapolis, which is probably why the first major ad mentioning Trump's ties to the case was released in Indiana.

Pro-Kasich New Day For America released Failed, which claims Ted Cruz failed math - he can't win the nomination after landing with a thud in New York.  And he'll land with a thud at the convention, too, since only Kasich can beat Hillary Clinton.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Thread II on: April 30, 2016, 05:19:31 pm
Can the Governor nominate a candidate?

The Acting Governor can't perform any of the duties of the Assembly while he or she is Acting Governor.  This is one way of ensuring that the Acting Governor isn't simultaneously holding two offices (i.e. Northeast Assemblyman/Lt. Governor and Acting Governor), which is prohibited by the Atlasian Constitution.  It also makes sure all legislative and executive power isn't possessed by one person.  So, you can't vote in the Assembly or nominate anyone for speaker until after the special election results are certified on Monday - and if you win, you still can't nominate a Speaker, as that's the job of the Assembly, not the Governor.  The Governor is not a member of the Assembly.

The Governor gets to name a Lt. Governor, who can't be Speaker.  Theoretically, you could name a Lt. Governor as Acting Governor, but there's no reason you'd want to, as you'd be replacing yourself as Acting Governor.
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Political Ad Megathread on: April 29, 2016, 10:21:56 pm
Four new TV ads were released to YouTube today, all on the Republican side:

The Trump Campaign released the :30 second Job Killing Ted, which claims that bad trade deals supported by Ted Cruz have killed jobs in Indiana - and Cruz backed amnesty.  Only Donald Trump will stand up to China, Japan and Mexico, renegotiate bad trade deals, and end illegal immigration, or so the ad claims.

Anti-Trump Our Principles PAC released the 1:00 minute Scare, which starts with a mock swearing-in of Hillary Clinton as President.  The ad claims that Donald Trump loses badly to Hillary Clinton in nearly every poll, and his landslide loss could cost Republicans the Senate, Supreme Court and even the House.  Why?  Trump offends women and incites violence, among other things.  We can't make America Great Again by putting Donald Trump in the White House, claims the ad.

Anti-Trump Make America Awesome released the 1:00 minute (or so) Questions, which asks why Trump hasn't released his tax returns, why Trump put a gag order on cheap foreign workers who built his home as part of settlement, and why Trump won't release his college transcripts (maybe he's just another loudmouth dim bulb, the ad claims).  It ends I guess I'll vote for the guy from Texas.   The ad is labeled as a Web/TV ad.  I doubt it will get much TV time.  Make America Awesome hasn't bought much TV time.

Pro-Cruz Trusted Leadership PAC released the :30 second Time of Choosing, which uses audio and video from Indiana Governor Pence's Cruz endorsement to make the point that Pence endorsed Cruz.  The Cruz campaign itself also released a 1:00 minute radio ad, Pence, to the same effect.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Al Franken, Anderson Cooper, Chuck Todd, Michael Steele to be on Jeopardy on: April 29, 2016, 08:54:19 pm
Nice, now hopefully David Gregory and Chuck Todd end up in the same game against each other. Cheesy

They don't.  Chuck Todd plays against S.E. Cupp and Jonathan Frazen in the first episode taped during the day, according to the Washington Post article I linked.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Senator and Governor Special Election - April 2016 on: April 29, 2016, 05:48:11 pm
Official Ballot

Northeast Senator

[1] Blair2015 (Labor - NY)
[ ] Write-in: _______________

Northeast Governor
[2] Kingpoleon (Independent - NJ)
[ ] SomebodyWhoExists (Labor - NY)
[1] RGN08 (Federalist - NY)
[ ] Write-in: _______________
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton: I'm very experienced with men who go 'off the reservation' on: April 29, 2016, 05:31:42 pm
I find it funny when white teenage males on the internet think they know how sexism will resonate with middle aged women.

You do realize that this demographic will most likely vote for Hillary in a general election. Insulting them and calling them racist, sexist and all the above does harm to her campaign. Also no not all Sanders supporters are white Roll Eyes

Uh...nowhere in my post did I mention Sanders or his supporters. It was jfern (ofc) that randomly brought him up out of nowhere.
Clinton is the one who has been playing "the gender card".

I think you completely missed my point. Young white men on the internet do not have a clue how the idea of sexism will resonate with middle aged or older women. This goes for all young white men, whether they support Bernie, Trump, or even Hillary.

These things work both ways.  How do you think men are going to react to Clinton's constant claims of sexism in everything and anything?  Is it possible it will turn them off to voting for her?  Gender gaps work both ways, you know.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Political Ad Megathread on: April 28, 2016, 06:25:47 pm
I have seen that Ted Cruz Math ad and the Obama's BFF one about Kasich on almost every single commercial lately and honestly I just don't know how Iowans deal with this. Also, the Math ad doesn't make any sense, now, because Ted Cruz is mathematically eliminated from getting the nomination on the first ballot.

Count your blessings.  All we saw in the New York City market were endless Hillary and Bernie ads, with only a few pro-Kasich New Day for America ads sprinkled in now and then.  Iowans get more variety because there are more candidates.

You should expect to see a new ad from Trusted Leadership PAC on the airwaves, soon.  There are two new ads from the Cruz/Fiorina campaign and that PAC today:

-The Cruz/Fiorina campaign released the :30 second #CruzCarly for Jobs, Freedom, and Security, which features Carly Fiorina stating that neither Clinton nor Trump will fight the system because they are the system.  Ted Cruz will because he's taken on the system and won.  And she's honored to join Ted Cruz as his running mate. They both approve the message.

-Pro-Cruz Trusted Leadership PAC released the :30 second A Serious Leader, which features Ted Cruz talking about how he would defeat ISIS and Carly Fiorina saying this is the fight of our time and that she believes Ted Cruz is the man to lead that fight.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast CJO cinyc (Special Election Voting Booth Posted) on: April 28, 2016, 06:11:37 pm
I've posted the voting booth for this weekend's special election.  It is here.  Note that the booth is currently locked.  It will be unlocked as we get closer to 1AM EDT, when voting opens.  Please do not vote before 1AM, or your vote will be invalid.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Northeast Senator and Governor Special Election - April 2016 on: April 28, 2016, 06:08:29 pm

This voting booth does not open until 12:00AM Eastern Standard Time (1:00AM Eastern Daylight Time) on Friday, April 29, 2016.  Any vote cast in this thread before that time will be invalid.

This voting booth is for 1 Northeast Senator and 1 Northeast Governor.

Votes for offices in this region are cast using PR-STV.  Voters who wish to preference more than one candidate should allocate a first preference for a candidate by marking a [1] in the space provided by that candidate's name, and proceeding to number as many preferences as they desire by marking a [2], [3], etc for as many candidates as they so desire.

A vote will be counted so long as the voter that casts it is eligible to vote in this election and casts a formal ballot. A vote is formal so long as it contains numbered preferences with no duplicate numbers. A ballot containing Roman Numerals is considered formal. A ballot in which candidates have been ranked a,b,c, etc is considered formal so long as no letter has been repeated, and so long as a single candidate has been ranked a, for as long as the letters are consecutive with no duplicate letters. A ballot is formal if the CJO can determine the intent of the voter without interviewing that voter.

You are permitted, but not advised, to edit your ballot within 20 minutes of posting it within this thread. Deleting your ballot at any time or editing it after 20 minutes will result in the invalidation of your vote.

Write-in votes are only counted for a candidate if he or she publicly declares a willingness to receive write-in votes for the relevant office before the polls close in the Candidate Declaration Thread or writes in his or her own name on the ballot for the said office.

This voting booth does not open until 12:00:00AM Eastern Standard Time (1:00AM Eastern Daylight Time) on Friday, April 29, 2016 and ends at 11:59:59PM Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, May 1, 2016 (12:59:59AM Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, May 2, 2016).  Any vote cast in this thread outside of those parameters will be invalid.

Official Ballot

Northeast Senator

[ ] Blair2015 (Labor - NY)
[ ] Write-in: _______________

Northeast Governor
[ ] Kingpoleon (Independent - NJ)
[ ] SomebodyWhoExists (Labor - NY)
[ ] RGN08 (Federalist - NY)
[ ] Write-in: _______________
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Northeastern Gubernatorial Debate on: April 28, 2016, 06:05:47 pm
Thank you for your opening statements.  I haven't heard back from Representative SomebodyWhoExists, but he is still entitled to give an opening statement with his answers to the following questions:

1) In your opinion, what are the most important challenges facing the Northeast and how do you propose to address these challenges?

2) If elected Governor, do you have a preferred candidate in mind for Speaker and/or Lieutenant Governor and what qualities does he/she/they have that make them a good legislative leader to you?

3) What are your two opponent's greatest strength and greatest weakness?  Please be specific.

You will have until Noon tomorrow to answer these questions, which will likely be immediately followed by closing statements, unless I have a follow-up question to one or more of your responses.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Northeastern Gubernatorial Debate on: April 27, 2016, 10:17:10 pm
I've been asked to host a Northeastern Gubernatorial Debate for this weekend's upcoming special election.  The candidates are Acting Governor Kingpoleon, Northeast Representative RGN08, and Northeastern Representative-elect (as of right now) SomebodyWhoExists.  The formal rules are still being hammered out, but it is expected that I will choose one question each from three proposed by each of the three candidates, with the possibility for me to ask follow-up questions.  All three questions will be asked simultaneously.  I am opening the debate thread now in the interest of time - and to allow for candidate opening statements.

Candidates, please give your opening statement and PM me with your proposed questions before noon Eastern time tomorrow.  Thank you.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast CJO cinyc (Sample Ballot for Special Election Posted) on: April 27, 2016, 10:07:48 pm
Sample ballot for this weekend's special elections.  Note that the voting will start at 1AM Eastern Daylight time, due to the time change.  Please let me know if there are any errors or omissions:

Quote

This voting booth does not open until 12:00AM Eastern Standard Time (1:00AM Eastern Daylight Time) on Friday, April 29, 2016.  Any vote cast in this thread before that time will be invalid.

This voting booth is for 1 Northeast Senator and 1 Northeast Governor.

Votes for offices in this region are cast using PR-STV.  Voters who wish to preference more than one candidate should allocate a first preference for a candidate by marking a [1] in the space provided by that candidate's name, and proceeding to number as many preferences as they desire by marking a [2], [3], etc for as many candidates as they so desire.

A vote will be counted so long as the voter that casts it is eligible to vote in this election and casts a formal ballot. A vote is formal so long as it contains numbered preferences with no duplicate numbers. A ballot containing Roman Numerals is considered formal. A ballot in which candidates have been ranked a,b,c, etc is considered formal so long as no letter has been repeated, and so long as a single candidate has been ranked a, for as long as the letters are consecutive with no duplicate letters. A ballot is formal if the CJO can determine the intent of the voter without interviewing that voter.

You are permitted, but not advised, to edit your ballot within 20 minutes of posting it within this thread. Deleting your ballot at any time or editing it after 20 minutes will result in the invalidation of your vote.

Write-in votes are only counted for a candidate if he or she publicly declares a willingness to receive write-in votes for the relevant office before the polls close in the Candidate Declaration Thread or writes in his or her own name on the ballot for the said office.

This voting booth does not open until 12:00:00AM Eastern Standard Time (1:00AM Eastern Daylight Time) on Friday, April 29, 2016 and ends at 11:59:59PM Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, May 1, 2016 (12:59:59AM Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, May 2, 2016).  Any vote cast in this thread outside of those parameters will be invalid.

Official Ballot

Northeast Senator

[ ] Blair2015 (Labor - NY)
[ ] Write-in: _______________

Northeast Governor
[ ] Kingpoleon (Independent - NJ)
[ ] SomebodyWhoExists (Labor - NY)
[ ] RGN08 (Federalist - NY)
[ ] Write-in: _______________

There are still a few hours to declare.  The deadline is 1:00AM EDT on Thursday.  I'll revise the ballot if anyone else declares.
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