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11401  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Uh-oh for Akaka? Lingle sounding like a candidate. on: November 30, 2010, 10:39:41 am
She could possibly win if Akaka bowed out, the national mood continued to sour for Democrats, and if Democrats didn't run a goood candidate. But that's a lot of if's.
11402  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Social Thread! on: November 30, 2010, 12:04:17 am
Today, I believe my neck snapped. As I was getting out of bed, it made a loud noise, and I fell back in bed. Stayed in that spot for many hours, and it was extremely uncomfortable. 13 hours later, I can finally get up and move around, but I can barely move my neck. It hurts like the dickens, dag nabit.

That sucks. Did your parents want to take you to the hospital?
I couldn't even get up to go. It would have only been by ambulance. But I'm headed to the doctor tomorrow morning.
11403  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2011 and Beyond... on: November 29, 2010, 11:58:38 pm
This is great! Smiley
11404  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Shiny happy lovefest: wormyguy for Senate on: November 29, 2010, 11:50:20 pm
I'm excited to learn more about you and your campaign. You'd certainly be an interesting addition to the Senate. Smiley
11405  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: NiK for Northeast Assembly on: November 29, 2010, 11:47:08 pm
Endorsed! Good luck. Smiley
11406  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Conservative Atlasia RL on: November 29, 2010, 11:43:09 pm
I'm leaving it to you all to figure out who is who. Phil is grey. Not sure on the west, so I left it grey, but I don't know. Crap, I forgot Wormguy, through him a few states too.

Next one will be through primary system, which will be easier to cut excess off. Tongue


11407  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: November 29, 2010, 10:43:18 pm
I will be running in the special election for NE assembly.
Endorsed! Smiley
11408  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Kyl coy on re-election. on: November 29, 2010, 08:50:42 pm
We need him to run for reelection. If GOP incumbents are able to survive, minus Ensign, we should be able to easily hold about every seat we have, minus Massachusetts. Then we can focus more resources on unseating incumbents.
11409  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Social Thread! on: November 29, 2010, 08:48:47 pm
Today, I believe my neck snapped. As I was getting out of bed, it made a loud noise, and I fell back in bed. Stayed in that spot for many hours, and it was extremely uncomfortable. 13 hours later, I can finally get up and move around, but I can barely move my neck. It hurts like the dickens, dag nabit.
11410  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Who would have been the "best" Republican nominees for Senate in each state? on: November 29, 2010, 08:21:18 pm
AR: Mike Huckabee
CA: Tom Campbell
CO: Bill Owens
CT: Jodi Rell
DE: Mike Castle
FL: Charlie Crist
HI: Linda Lingle
IL: Mark Kirk
IN: Marlin Stutzman
MA: Scott Brown
MD: Bob Ehrlich
ND: John Hoeven
NV: Dean Heller
NY: Rudy Giuliani
NY/S: George Pataki
OR: Gordon Smith
WA: Rob McKenna
WI: Ron Johnson
WV: Shelley Moore Capito
VT: Jim Douglas
11411  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Food Safety Modernization Act (S 510) on: November 29, 2010, 06:18:29 pm
I have had such a boring day that I spent over an hour watching this debate on C-SPAN. I think Senator Chambliss made a much better argument than Senator Dodd did.
11412  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Abortion Reduction (Debating) on: November 29, 2010, 12:37:06 pm
Why hunting or fishing? What do they have to do with child rearing and why are we targeting hunting and fishing, specifically?
Agreed. I would like to see that clause removed, unless a good explanation is made.

This is taken from Mitch Daniels. I made the bill not just abortion, but what happens after which is cruicial. Unpaying dads shouldn't be allowed to go out to the casinos or spend time hunting and fishing with their buddies and leave the kid and a single mother on their own. Granted, this wouldn't be as effective as in the west, but I still think it's an incentive as well as a penalty to those who screw up not only the child's life, but the mother's.

Oh, I agree about casinos/gambling. But why hunting and fishing?

This is partly, of course, because if you go out to the casinos, that's purely recreational, but I can't say that about hunting or fishing.

And, of course, my other argument still stands. Why are we singling out these areas? Why should one's eligibility for a license involve something that has nothing to do with hunting or fishing?

Fishing and hunting in these days are mostly, unless you are part of a fishing/hunting business. The population that hunts and fish personally and every day in order to survive really doesn't exist anymore. If you would like, I suppose there could be an amendment addressing those that do...

Being a member of this region in RL, I know several people that heavily depend on hunting as their source of food. It is also a part of our economy, and in such trying times, I don't think it's the government's place to weaken the economy even more. While some may hunt and fish purely for recreation, it serves a larger purpose for many residents, including myself.
11413  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Offices of the Internal Affairs Department on: November 28, 2010, 10:22:23 pm
I'm surprised the Mideast got the short end of the stick here, considering the fact that we had one of the highest unemployment numbers in the most recent report, with the Rust Belt taking a huge hit, especially the auto industry. Could an explanation be given for our low amount?
11414  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: RPP Primary in RL on: November 28, 2010, 10:02:40 pm
Any map with me winning is a good map. Tongue I'd actually see almost a reverse, however, as I think I'm to the left of you overall, especially on economic issues. Tomorrow, perhaps, I'll try and make a map based off the calender.
11415  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Abortion Reduction (Debating) on: November 28, 2010, 09:43:13 pm
Why hunting or fishing? What do they have to do with child rearing and why are we targeting hunting and fishing, specifically?
Agreed. I would like to see that clause removed, unless a good explanation is made.
11416  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Labor Code Statute Revision (Debating) on: November 28, 2010, 01:25:45 pm
The minimum wage was originally set at $6.20 after working 500 days, $5.50 during the first $400.00. There is also the increase of inflation from the time the "Mideast Labor Code Statue" was passed, so those numbers would be slightly higher. Nevertheless, those amounts are very low for this region, in my opinion. For example, in RL, the unemployment rate in Indiana is at $7.25, and in Illinois, it is $8.25.

I would personally like the amount to be even higher than this, but given the tilt of this Assembly, I know a higher amount would fail (However, if y'all would like to go higher, feel free Cheesy). I have spoken to A-Bob about this bill, and have made several concessions to my original bill, and hopefully a version similar to this can be passed by the Assembly. I look forward to an intelligent and respectful debate. Smiley
11417  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Angry AndrewCT on: November 28, 2010, 12:38:22 pm
You're a class act, Andrew, and will certainly be missed. Hopefully, we will see your return one day. Smiley
11418  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Office of Governor Oakvale on: November 28, 2010, 10:09:34 am
I would like to add that I believe the Mideast did the same thing back when we only had 3 Assembly seats. It seemed to work pretty well.
11419  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Libertas! on: November 28, 2010, 09:56:43 am
Endorsed! Best of luck to you. Smiley

One question: If you are re-elected, will you make an effort to make more votes than you currently do?
11420  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Re-return of Survey Atlasia: Presidential Approval Rating Survey on: November 27, 2010, 09:54:40 pm
I voted.
11421  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: At-Large Senator Approval Ratings on: November 27, 2010, 08:43:00 pm
Approve
Disapprove
Approve
Approve
Approve

While I think BK is a great guy, my only reservation with him is his lack of commitment to the game recently.

While Libertas has missed quite a few votes, I would like to add on his behalf that he has introduce quite a bit of legislation and seems rather active in debates, which is probably the most important. Nevertheless, I hope he starts making more votes. Smiley
11422  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: Regional Senator Approval Ratings on: November 27, 2010, 08:41:02 pm
I approve of my Senator.
11423  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: A Sarah Palin Pact on: November 27, 2010, 08:26:51 pm
If I had thought this all through, I would have supported Hayworth in the primary as a punishment to McCain for choosing her. I have a gut-feeling she'll somehow to find a way to ruin the 2012 elections for us.
11424  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: 2012 Senate Incumbent Primary Question on: November 27, 2010, 08:10:22 pm
Hatch.

Indiana could get interesting, but it all depends on who runs for the Senate race. I personally think the real battle will be for Governor, where I see both Pence and Skillman vying for that.

As for Senate, State Senator Mike Delph appears to be gearing up a run, and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock is going to run for something, I'm just not sure what. Lugar is a household name in Indiana, and unless Delph could get major name recognition, he'll have a hard time unseating Lugar.
11425  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Mideast Assembly Thread on: November 27, 2010, 08:03:13 pm
The "Mideast Labor Code Statute" is hereby amended to read:

Quote
Section 1
The Mideast Minimum Wage Statute is hereby repealed.

Section 2

All paid jobs in the service and manufacturing sector will have a minimum wage defined as follows:

A. $6.50 per hour indexed to annual inflation.

B. Organizations that are not listed as a Non-Profit Organization with a revenue of less than $40,000 in the previous fiscal year indexed to annual inflation shall be exempted from parts A and B.

Section 3
A work week shall be defined as 40 hours of paid work within a seven-day period. Additionally, employees may receive, but are not obliged to receive, extra salary for paid work exceeding the work week:

A. Up to 50% more than their regular wage for the 40th to 50th working hour of the week.
B. Up to 100% more than their regular wage exceeding the 50th working hour of the week.
C. Parts A and B shall not apply for all administrative positions.

Section 4
All occupational work must be conducted in safety conditions that are acceptably safe. A Workplace Safety Commission (WSC) shall be established to oversee safety commissions and set reasonable standards. Additionally, the WSC shall be granted the following powers:

1. To randomly inspect, with unfettered access, the safety conditions of all workplaces.
2. To order steps to be taken to improve safety standards for employers that do not adequately meet standards.
3. To punish employers who consistently fail to abide by safety standards, including but not limited to fines, confiscations and closure.

Section 5
Any employee who is injured while performing occupational work shall have any medical expenses covered by the employer.

Section 6
The immediate relatives of any employee who is killed while performing occupational work shall be compensated no less than $15,000, indexed to annual inflation, by the employer. Businesses with a revenue of less than $500,000 in the previous fiscal year, indexed to annual inflation, and not-for-profit groups, may produce compensation through annual installments.

Section 7
No employer may dismiss any employee who refuses to work in conditions perceived to be unsafe and who immediately notifies supervising personnel.

I have an opening comment ready for when a thread is created.

Original Bill: http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Mideast_Labor_Code_Statute
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