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11701  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: New California Gov ad uses Clinton to attack Brown on: September 12, 2010, 02:24:15 pm
I'm extremely impressed by Whitman's campaign, and I'm becoming more confident every day that she'll win.
11702  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Presidency of Stephen Edwin King (2003-present) on: September 12, 2010, 02:17:34 pm
This is good, but I can't see King being competitive against Bush. Bush would crush him for lack of experience.
11703  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: The Official 'Make a 2012 Prediction' Thread on: September 12, 2010, 12:38:04 pm
I would also put Pennsylvania voting for the Republican before I'd put Michigan or Oregon.
11704  Election Archive / 2010 House Election Polls / Re: ID-Qualtrics: Rep. Minnick (D) leads by 2:1 on: September 12, 2010, 12:36:03 pm
The question is, will he vote for Pelosi for Speaker?
11705  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Most deceptive gerrymander? on: September 12, 2010, 12:22:30 pm
Despite Daniels vows to make redistricting fair to both sides, I think Republicans are going to benefit heavily from it.
The district on the left is the current and on the right is the proposed.


This, in my opinion, is as fair as it's going to get. If Baron Hill survives in 2010, he'll have an even tough time in 2012. Same with Joe Donnelly. The new map favors 7 Republicans and only 2 Democrats. Parts of current heavy-Republican districts are being moved to the battlegrounds, which in the end will make no district 100% safe like some currently are, but will give 7 districts a Republican edge.
11706  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: September 12, 2010, 12:14:47 pm
With hopes of sealing up the nomination on Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney has prominent Republicans from all over the nation campaigning for him in both leadoff and Super Tuesday states...

Tim Pawlenty: Bloomington, Minnesota; Plymouth, Minnesota; Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Nathan Deal/Casey Cagle: Dalton, Georgia; Calhoun, Georgia; Rome, Georgia
Tom Price: Marietta, Georgia; Alpharetta, Georgia
Judd Gregg: Pittsburgh, New Hampshire; Colebrook, New Hampshire
John Sununu: Concord, New Hampshire; Newport, New Hampshire
Bobby Jindal: Alexandria, Louisiana; Leesville, Louisiana
John Thune: Linton, North Dakota; Ft. Yates, North Dakota
John Ensign/Jim Gibbons: Reno, Nevada; Las Vegas, Nevada
Mark Sanford: Columbia, South Carolina; Charlestown, South Carolina
Lindsey Graham: Seneca, South Carolina; Anderson, South Carolina
Jim Demint: Greenville, South Carolina; Spartanburg, South Carolina
Charlie Crist: St. Petersburg, Florida; Clearwater, Florida
Pete Hoekstra: Detroit, Michigan; Lansing, Michigan
Jim Talent: King City, Missouri; Columbia, Missouri
Fred Thompson: Clarksville, Tennessee; Nashville, Tennessee
George HW Bush: Dallas, Texas; Austin, Texas (Fundraisers)
11707  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Gubernatorial Debate on: September 12, 2010, 12:05:01 pm
As soon as Vepres delivers the next question. Smiley
11708  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: September 12, 2010, 11:15:16 am
Mitt Romney continues a blitz on Iowa with former Governors Branstead and Ray as well as local state representatives and senators.

Now is the time for a true conservative. Someone who will stand up to Washington lobbyists and put the people over politics! Friends, now is the time for Willard Romney to be elected President of the United States! Let's start this journey with a win in Iowa and end it with the White House. Thank you, and I ask you all vote for Mitt Romney on caucus day!
- Bob Vander Plaats
11709  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Barring a scandal, is the Delaware Senate race over? on: September 12, 2010, 11:01:05 am
The Republican primary voters of Delaware get to decide who will control this Senate seat on Tuesday.

On a related note, does Delaware have open, semi-open or closed primaries?
I think Republicans can still win the Senate without Deleware. They would have to win all seats they currently hold plus Illinois, Wisconsin, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, California, North Dakota, Arkansas, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. And according to our three-poll average on this site, Republicans are tied/leading in ever one of those states except Nevada. And even then, Republicans still have an outside chance in West Virginia and Connecticut.

O'Donnell will likely lose even if the GOP retakes the Senate. I doubt that your above scenario is likely since if Castle struggles in Delaware, Dems will win several of Atlas-red states, esp. Illinois.
That was under the assumption O'Donnell won the primary. If Castle wins the primary but loses the general, I agree that Republicans probably won't capture the Senate.
11710  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Barring a scandal, is the Delaware Senate race over? on: September 12, 2010, 09:50:11 am
The Republican primary voters of Delaware get to decide who will control this Senate seat on Tuesday.

On a related note, does Delaware have open, semi-open or closed primaries?
I think Republicans can still win the Senate without Deleware. They would have to win all seats they currently hold plus Illinois, Wisconsin, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, California, North Dakota, Arkansas, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. And according to our three-poll average on this site, Republicans are tied/leading in ever one of those states except Nevada. And even then, Republicans still have an outside chance in West Virginia and Connecticut.
11711  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Tmthforu94's House and Senate Predictions on: September 12, 2010, 09:43:27 am
Since I spend many evenings home, bored out of my wit, I figured I'd be cool and make my own prediction thread. Tongue I'll be posting maps for both Congress and Senate, which should be a unique difference. It'll be interesting to see how the maps change between now and the election.

Feel free to be critical of my maps, as it will only help me improve my next ones...

Senate (No toss-ups):

Senate Composition: 49-49-2

Congress:


I went through just about every race, but I could have gotten something wrong. I also tried to eliminate as many toss-ups as possible, but it was hard. According to the map above, Democrats have 207 seats, Republicans have 203, and 25 are undecided.
11712  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: eRepublik on: September 12, 2010, 09:00:46 am
I do! Smiley I'm also level 23. I'm in America now, but formally from Malaysia, where I was a leader in the "Save the Country" party, serving in Congress multiple times. There economy plummeted though, so I'm in Florida now. I'm not a big fan of the new setup, but I don't want to die and lose everything I've done, so I keep playing.
11713  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Gubernatorial Debate on: September 12, 2010, 08:56:06 am
NiK, I am not being bitter. You are a good friend of mine. I just think you made your position very unclear on one of our biggest issues currently, and was asking you to clarify it better. Though this is a fantasy game, I think it's important that before heading to the polls, the citizens of this region know exactly what each candidate stands for, and you made your position on an issue unclear.
11714  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Presidency of Stephen Edwin King (2003-present) on: September 11, 2010, 10:34:32 pm
I am! Smiley
11715  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Gubernatorial Debate on: September 11, 2010, 10:31:57 pm
NiK, do you think you could clarify your position on merit? First you say, and I quote, "I would support A-Bob's proposal of near-universal merit pay". However, you later contradict that statement by saying "I didn't mean universal" and that teachers should have a base salary, which would be going against your earlier comments on merit. I'd also like to clarify for A-Bob's sake, he never stated we should base a salary solely on merit. He agreed that a base salary is needed and we should also include college education and experience:

$40,000 seems like a good start. And if someone, perhaps you Barnes can make up some system where we reward merit, experience and college education while making sure those in urban settings with tough conditions don't lose tenure just because they have bad kids. I think that's fair if we can draw it up. $40,000-$60,000.

I think the people of the Mideast deserve to know our true positions, and you've made your position on this important education issue vague with little facts and incorrect assumptions.
11716  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Atlasian Day of Happiness Act (Debating) on: September 11, 2010, 10:16:52 pm
I agree with NiK. This is getting old. We aren't acting any better than he did by doing stuff like this.
11717  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Values Voter Summite Straw Poll: US Election Atlas Style on: September 11, 2010, 10:15:51 pm
Bachmann
11718  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: 2010 Endorsements on: September 11, 2010, 06:33:37 pm
I'm curious, and have never endorsed before, but I was wondering when these will show up. Wink
Not until after all the primaries have been completed and we know 100% who will be running in the General Election. So probably in a month or so.
11719  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Gubernatorial Debate on: September 11, 2010, 06:25:01 pm
If I may respond to NiK...

How would you propose we judge teachers based on merit?  Like Xahar said a few weeks ago, I seriously question how we define merit. Sometimes a teacher will just get a bad class. My Mom's a teacher, and every few years I hear her complain every night about her class that year not being very strong. Are we going to cut paychecks because of that? How do we know it is this teachers fault? What if the students previous teachers had been failing? Are we going to punish the current teacher for previous teachers mistakes?

I think we're taking a risk including merit at all. In a perfect world, yes, we should base a lot more on merit. But it's simply too difficult to determine it that way without using millions and millions of taxpayer dollars.
11720  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: September 11, 2010, 06:21:01 pm
This is KWWL, channel 7 in Ceder Falls, Iowa...

Reporter 1: With the important Iowa caucuses coming up, today was a big day with many news stories. Both Republican candidates and Democratic candidate Mark Warner have been traveling all across the Hawkeye state in hopes of clinching a win on caucus night.
Report 2: Today was a big day for Mitt Romney. Today, former Governor Robert Day, as well as many Iowa state Representatives, Senators, and other Republican leaders all endorsed Mitt Romney at a press conference today. Mitt Romney was not on hand, as he was at the northern part of the state barnstorming with former Governor Terry Branstead. He will be holding a meet and greet/fundraiser with many of these leaders tonight in Des Moine Iowa. This is certainly a boost for the Romney campiagn, and it will be interesting to see how it affects the polls. Here is a complete list of all the Republicans who endorsed Mitt today:

Christopher Rants (Minority Leader in Iowa House)
Paul McKinley(Minority Leader for Iowa Senate)
Former Governor Robert D. Ray
Bob Vander Plaats
Former Congressman Jim Ross Lightfoot
Chuck Soderberg State Representative (R)
Rich Anderson State Representative (R)
Linda Miller State Representative (R)
Steven Olson State Representative (R)
Dave Deyoe State Representative (R)
Doug Struyk State Representative (D)
Greg Forristall State Representative (R)
Tami Wiencek State Representative (R)
Ralph Watts State Representative (R)
Jodi Tymeson State Representative (R)
Dave Tjepkes State Representative (R)
Brad Zaun State Senator (R)
Dave Mulder State Senator (R)
David Johnson State Senator (R)
James F. Hahn State Senator (R)
11721  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is the preceding poster Atlas Illuminati, worker or outcast? on: September 11, 2010, 05:29:17 pm
Worker
11722  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather marry or murder the preceding poster on: September 11, 2010, 05:28:06 pm
Marry, I guess
11723  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: September 11, 2010, 04:57:42 pm
Mitt Romney releases a new ad in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Florida. He also has the ad going in the Atlanta stations, as well as other major-city ones across America...

Announcer: Crime...an important issue. America has rising crime rates, and more and more Americans are at risk. What has Mike Huckabee done to help this? Nothing but pardon exactly 1,058 criminals. Is that a record America can afford?
Romney: I'm Mitt Romney. As Governor of Massachusetts, I didn't pardon criminals. I made them pay the price, many of them who endangered other innocent Americans. Elect me as your President, and I won't be soft on crime, I'll be tough on it. Protecting your children and mine will be one of my top priorities as your President.



Mitt Romney is continuing to campaign across the state of Iowa, but also has planned stops in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee in the coming days.
11724  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Gubernatorial Debate on: September 11, 2010, 03:51:53 pm
I'm really excited by the progress made on the budget, though I wish it would have gone at a faster pace. We've had a couple Assemblyman work really hard on this, and I'm really liking the suggestions and bi-partisan agreements being made in the Assembly. The only thing I hope to improve on is encouraging the Assembly to speed up the process, but continue the quality that is being shown now.
11725  Forum Community / Interactive Timelines / Re: 2008 Election TL (Gameplay Thread) on: September 11, 2010, 03:06:12 pm
Mitt Romney holds a series of townhall meetings in the heart of Iowa. He is accompanied by former Governor Terry Branstead.

I'm asking for your vote on the upcoming Iowa caucus. I'm a family man, with sons of my own, and I'm concerned about my kids and grandkids future. I'm running for President in the hopes that I can leave them, and your children, a better world. I'm running as a compassionate conservative, and I will lead as a compassionate conservative. If elected, I will fight for you, your children, and their future. Thank you.
- Mitt Romney
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