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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Thread II on: February 26, 2015, 06:52:18 pm
I am out of a job because the new Assembly is now in session.  Elected officials should swear in again on the swear-in thread, even if they did it last session.  Good luck to the new Assembly!
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 2: Amendment to the T.J. Detweiler Act (Passed) on: February 25, 2015, 11:34:57 pm
signed

Here you said you signed the bill, while in your office, you said you vetoed it. Which is true?
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 3: Sirnick Is A Terrorist Amendment (At Final Vote) on: February 25, 2015, 03:02:37 pm
By a vote of 4-0-1 the bill has passed, and will go to the governor for his signature/veto.

This is a proposed Constituitional amendment that has received a majority vote of all voting and all Assemblyman. Per the Constituition, the governor doesn't need to sign it. It will automatically go to the voters for their approval next month.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 3: Sirnick Is A Terrorist Amendment (Passed) on: February 25, 2015, 02:58:51 pm
This violates the national Constituition. No bills of attainder or ex post facto are allowed and this is such.

Article 1 Section 6 Clause 1 and Section 7 Clause 3 of the current Atlasian Constituition

Despite the Amendment's name, it would not and could not apply to Sirnick.  It will apply to anyone who does what Sirnick did in the future.  Past officeholder would apply to, say, me, if after this Assembly dies and I am no longer an Assemblyman,  delete the threads I made as Speaker way back when.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Thread II on: February 25, 2015, 02:19:21 pm
Should the Assembly start up again now we've got new members in

The new Assembly convenes tomorrow.
6  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Major City vs. Giant Suburb on: February 24, 2015, 10:08:56 pm
Are New York City and Baltimore county seats?

Every borough of New York City is its own county, with a borough hall and courthouse.  So I guess New York City has 5 county seats, technically.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: cinyc for Northeast Senate (Concession) on: February 23, 2015, 12:42:53 am
Cinyc, I really enjoyed this campaign; you were an active, diligent participant and interacting with you was a pleasure. I hope you will continue to contribute to Atlasia in some capacity, whether elected or as a citizen.

Thanks for the kind words. 

I am going to take the next few weeks to evaluate my future in this game.  It might include my first ever region change.  The current governor plus the new Assembly will not be anything close to favorable to those on the right.  I expect more nonsensical, illogical bills like the Restoration of the Arts Act to become the norm.  Assemblyman Elect Winfield will be powerless to stop them all.  I foresee a lot of 4-1 and 1-4 votes.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: cinyc for Northeast Senate (Concession) on: February 23, 2015, 12:04:44 am
We fought hard, but in the end, it was not enough.  I would like to congratulate Senator-Elect Talleyrand on his election to the Senate, and both him and Speaker Matt From VT for running a clean campaign.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Record-Courier (Windjammer Reelected) on: February 22, 2015, 02:17:31 pm
No one has been elected yet. There is still a day left in the election.

Harry can still make a projection.
This

I mean, irl, there are projections before every vote is counted. There is nothing with that.

The headline does not say "projected." Discouraging voting by suggesting the election is over is not cool, imo.

It's pretty much what RL media does. Oh yes, they use a word "projection", but headlines are usually "XXX elected" way before it should be official.

The real life media doesn't project any states while the polls are still open there.  The Atlasian media is doing that here.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: February 2015 General Election on: February 22, 2015, 01:51:39 pm
Official Ballot

Governor:

[1] Poirot (Independent - Quebec)
[ ] SawxDem (The People's Party - New Hampshire)
[ ] Write-in:____________
[ ] None of the Above

Northeast Assembly
Five people will be elected to the Assembly.

[6] Blair2015 (Labor - Massachusetts)
[9] Clyde1998 (Labor - Massachusetts)
[8] Matt from VT (The People's Party - Vermont)
[7] Pikachu (The People's Party - New Jersey)
[2] RGN08 (Federalist - New York)
[1] Winfield (Independent - Rhode Island)
[3] Write-in: Pessimistic Antineutrino
[4] Write-in: DKrol
[5] Write-in: rpryor03
[ ] None of the Above
[ ] Abstain
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: February 2015 Presidential and Regional Senate Elections on: February 22, 2015, 01:41:07 pm
PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT


[3] Bore of Rhode Island and Bacon King of Oceania
Labor Party - The People's Party



[1] JCL of Indiana and Devin of Washington
Federalist Party



[2] Maxwell of Alabama and Dallasfan65 of Massachusetts
Democratic-Republican Party



[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________



[  ] None of the above



NORTHEAST SENATE


[1] cinyc of New York
Independent



[3] Matt from VT of Vermont
The People's Party



[2] Talleyrand of Delaware
Labor Party



[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________



[  ] None of the above
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 1: Constitutional Amendment Explanation Act (At Final Vote) on: February 21, 2015, 01:58:18 pm
Aye
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 3: Sirnick Is A Terrorist Amendment (At Final Vote) on: February 21, 2015, 01:57:04 pm
Aye
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 2: Amendment to the T.J. Detweiler Act (At Final Vote) on: February 21, 2015, 01:56:43 pm
Aye
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NY-11 Special Election Thread on: February 20, 2015, 06:29:45 pm
Governor Cuomo has set the NY-11 special election for May 5.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: MSNBC embarassment: Network pulls in avg of 55,000 viewers on: February 20, 2015, 01:58:14 am
To be fair, MSNBC is averaging 55,000 DEMO viewers 25-54, not 55,000 total viewers.  All cable news channels skew old.  It probably has at least double that number in actual total viewers, when the olds are factored in.

Still, those are embarrassing ratings for an embarrassingly awful cable news network.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: cinyc for Northeast Senate (Statement on Election Day) on: February 20, 2015, 12:16:28 am
Election day is now upon us.  I urge all voters to go out and vote, regardless of party or political leanings. 

In light of the recent terrorist attack on the Census Bureau in Nyman - on the office that upholds our sacred right to register to vote - we should all exercise our right to be heard.  My thoughts are with the family, friends and coworkers of Aaron Green, who died protecting our sacred right to vote.  May he rest in peace.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 3: Sirnick Is A Terrorist Amendment (Debating) on: February 19, 2015, 03:57:59 pm
Another amendment to make it clear there needs to be a trial:

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Article II of the Fourth Northeast Constitution is amended to read:

15. Any past or present officeholder - regardless of their current registration status - who is convicted of maliciously deleting one or more threads created for the Northeast Assembly to debate any bill, resolution, commendation, constitutional amendment or law shall be banned for life from holding any office, elected or appointed, in the Northeast Region.
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19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 1: Constitutional Amendment Explanation Act (Debating) on: February 18, 2015, 08:09:21 pm
open up for a vote?

Under the SOAP, debates are open for 72 hours unless there is a motion from an Assemblyman to shorten the debate period and the Speaker accepts it.  No debate may be less than 36 hours, so the earliest there could be a vote is after 1AM tomorrow morning.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield for Northeast Assembly on: February 17, 2015, 05:53:26 pm
Thank you for your comments on the awful Restoration of the Arts Act.  I support your efforts for repeal and heartily endorse you for Northeast Assembly.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield for Northeast Assembly on: February 17, 2015, 03:59:30 pm
What's your view on the recently passed Restoration of the Arts Act?  Would you work to repeal it?
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 3: Sirnick Is A Terrorist Amendment (Debating) on: February 17, 2015, 02:29:12 pm
There are a few technical issues with this bill.  First, the accused needs to be afforded a trial before the CJO.  We also might want to specify who should bring the case before the CJO.  Since we didn't have an Attorney General, it's not clear who that should be.  Second, it should only be a crime to delete such threads with malicious intent.  As Speaker, I know I sometimes screwed things up by posting bills in the improper order.  Quickly rectifying something like that shouldn't be a crime.

We also might want to just mimic the language that the Senate is currently working on instead of going out on our own.

I will let the sponsor speak before proposing amendments.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 1: Constitutional Amendment Explanation Act (Debating) on: February 17, 2015, 02:20:51 pm
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Too often, the citizens of the Northeast are told to vote on Constitutional Amendments without any context or debate.  Most Northeast citizens aren't Constitutional lawyers and don't have the time or inclination to research whether a proposed constitutional change is necessary or proper.  This bill forces the sponsor of a proposed Constitutional amendment to provide context for why his or her proposed amendment is necessary and proper.  This, along with any reasons thought up by a Northeast Representative as to why the proposed amendment is not advisable would be placed in a thread on the Atlas Fantasy Elections board for all to see.

Getting the informed consent of the governed is what should be required to do something as important as changing the Northeast Constitution.  Uninformed consent can lead to unintended consequences.

Thank you.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 2: Amendment to the T.J. Detweiler Act (Debating) on: February 17, 2015, 12:24:43 am
We never specified when the recess period was supposed to occur or provided funding for additional monitors.  This helps solve that problem.

I'm leaving when recess specifically occurs up to the individual schools or districts to decide. I strongly believe that matters like an ultra-specific schedule should not be set by our government - localities should have the freedom to decide when recess is.

As for funding for additional monitors - that's a very good point that I admittedly didn't think of. $5 million sounds like enough, and I'd gladly support that. Admittedly I'd like to hear some reasoning behind why the recess period should be cut to 15 minutes.

The problem is that if you don't specify recess could be during the lunch period, it could be viewed as not allowed.  The time for recess has to come from somewhere.  I'd rather it not come from classroom time.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 2: Amendment to the T.J. Detweiler Act (Debating) on: February 16, 2015, 11:22:43 pm
We never specified when the recess period was supposed to occur or provided funding for additional monitors.  This helps solve that problem.
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