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11701  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: 1972- Nixon then, but what about now? Sign Up Thread on: March 30, 2011, 04:03:59 pm
Shirley Chisom
11702  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: A 2008 Interactive Timeline - Gameplay Thread on: March 30, 2011, 03:14:05 pm
August 1st Polling:
Generic Republican: 44%
Generic Democrat: 42%

Republicans slightly improved in the polls, as it was a strong month for the President, who started the campaign much stronger than many anticipated. Negative campaigning on the Republican side has prevented them from increasing their lead by even more. Republicans have pulled even in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, while taking a moderate lead in New Hampshire.





Republican Primary (National):
George W. Bush: 45%
Mark Sanford: 14%
Ron Paul: 9%
Donald Trump: 8%
Duncan Hunter: 5%

Republican Primary (Iowa):
George W. Bush: 40%
Ron Paul: 17%
Mark Sanford: 12%
Donald Trump: 11%
Duncan Hunter: 1%

Analysis: In the first month of campaigning, President Bush was able to maintain roughly the same percentage of the Republican vote. The President has done a good job defending his decision to run for a third term, but a weak economy and the public souring on the Iraq war is causing the President to still remain below 50%. In mid-July, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford entered the Presidential race, and was able to sway many Southernors who were previously undecided into his camp. Both Ron Paul and Donald Trump made strong starts to their campaigns, nearing 10% nationally. Duncan Hunter started his race getting a lot of attention and potentially becoming the "Anti-Bush" candidate, but has since failed to maintain that momentum.

Democratic Primary (National):
Hillary Clinton: 44%
Chris Dodd: 18%
Joseph Lieberman: 13%
Mike Gravel: 2%

Democratic Primary (Iowa):
Hillary Clinton: 35%
Chris Dodd: 28%
Joseph Lieberman: 10%
Mike Gravel: 2%

Analysis: At the start of this campaign, Hillary Clinton looked to be the presumptive Democratic nominee. However, that soon changed, as Chris Dodd charged onto the scene, running an upbeat and aggressive campaign, heavily focused on denting Senator Clinton's lead in Iowa. Senator Clinton began her campaign with an impressive announcement speech and a strong interview with Bill O'Reilly, and her position with moderate Democrats has greatly improved. Senator Lieberman seems poised to be making a run as well, and looks to already have the support of former Vice President Albert Gore. Bill Richardson had a good start of his campaign, but financing never materialized, and he dropped out by the end of the month. Mike Gravel has stayed pretty well out of the spotlight, but has certainly produced some interesting advertisements.

Endorsement List:

President George W. Bush:
Vice President Dick Cheney
Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
Senator Judd Gregg

Ron Paul:
Barry Goldwater Jr.
Gary Johnson

Donald Trump:
Gene Chapman
Linda McMahon and Vince McMahon

Mark Sanford:
Joe Wilson

Duncan Hunter:
None

Hillary Clinton:
Bill Clinton
Blanche Lincoln
Chuck Schumer
Evan Bayh
Robert Byrd
Joe Manchin

Chris Dodd:
Paul Simon
Chris Murphy
Steve Martin
Ned Lamont
John Kerry

Joseph Lierbman:
Al Gore

Mike Gravel:
None

New Rule: You can pm me endorsement requests, just so I can get an idea of who you'd like. Doesn't mean you'll get them all, though.
11703  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: A 2008 Interactive Timeline - Sign Up/Discussion on: March 30, 2011, 02:47:32 pm
I don't have time for this Sad

I'm about to make an update, in which I will post a story on Bill Richardson dropping out. Thanks for trying.
11704  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Protect Libyan Citizens Act (Debating) on: March 30, 2011, 01:06:22 pm
<Takes GM's hat off>

Smells and sounds like the Gulf of Toinkin Resolution in its completely open-ended mandate.

Tmthforu may not be LBJ, but still......
I thought of that too, as we just discussed it in history. Though it might be Gulf of Tonkin, not Toinken. Wink
11705  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: A 2008 Interactive Timeline - Sign Up/Discussion on: March 29, 2011, 10:14:08 pm
Update tomorrow with polling, nationally and in some leadoff states. Will also cover endorsements, and a couple of news stories for y'all to work with.
11706  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Which of these Republican candidates would make the best President? on: March 29, 2011, 09:17:34 pm
Obviously Romney.
11707  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Indiana Dems - do you run a strong challenger against Lugar in case he gets on: March 29, 2011, 09:14:03 pm
*Jumps In*

I think the Democrats need to run someone who's moderate, likeable, and well-known. That pretty much narrows it down to two people: Brad Ellsworth and Baron Hill. I can speak as a Lugar supporter saying if Lugar loses the primary and one of those two is the Democratic nominee, I'll vote for them. If a liberal is nominated, or Silent Joe, I'd likely support the Libertarian candidate again. I really dislike Mourdock, and I know I'm not the only person who'd be a Lugar/Ellsworth voter.

That being said, I think one of those two will jump in at the last minute if it appears Lugar is going down in flames. Mourdock has started his campaign and is going hard and negative pretty early, so we'll likely have a good idea on how this is going to go down before the filing deadline in February.
11708  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The White House on: March 29, 2011, 08:59:49 pm
Mr. President,


The Second Amendment to the Proportional Representation Act has passed the Senate and is presented to you for your signature or veto.


Sen. NC Yankee,
President Pro-Tempore

X President Tmthforu94
11709  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Second Amendment to the Proportional Representation Act (OTPD) on: March 29, 2011, 08:58:32 pm
X President Tmthforu94
11710  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Protect Libyan Citizens Act (Debating) on: March 29, 2011, 08:51:14 pm
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Protect Libyan Citizens Act
1. The Senate hereby authorizes the President to use all means he deems necessary in order to assist the Libyan people.

Sponsor: RowanBrandon

Might as well declare him the Fuhrer while were at it.
Now there is an idea! Tongue

JK, of course. I agree with RowanBraxton on the "No Fly Zone", which was outlined in my address given last week.
11711  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The Game Moderator Reform Act (Debating) on: March 29, 2011, 08:48:53 pm
I'm not attacking you, Marokai. I know the GM position is important to you, after all, you had originally applied for it. I may not like you very well personally, but I think you're a very intelligent and knowledgeable person, especially in this specific field, and I'd be more than happy to have more of your insight on the matter.

I welcome both praises and criticisms to my administration, and I'll take it to heart and try to do a better job than I'm currently doing.
11712  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: A 2008 Interactive Timeline - Sign Up/Discussion on: March 28, 2011, 09:01:44 pm
That is correct. I'm sending several endorsements through pm, which will all be made public, as well as some more, in the next update. If someone uses an endorsement I didn't grant, I'll call them out on it, and they'll be penalized for it.
11713  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Do Not PM List Act (Voting on Motion to Table) on: March 28, 2011, 07:39:36 pm
Not sure if this would change any minds, but I plan to stick to my campaign promise that I would sign a deregistration law if it came across my desk.
11714  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: 2012 Interactive Timeline Thread. on: March 28, 2011, 03:53:43 pm
Mwaha

Michele Bachmann will destroy you all.
11715  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: A 2008 Interactive Timeline - Sign Up/Discussion on: March 28, 2011, 03:08:39 pm
20RP12:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_Resolution
11716  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Could Romney win any New England states? on: March 28, 2011, 02:53:25 pm
He'll certainly perform better in New England than most other GOP candidates, but I'd only give New Hampshire to him.
11717  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The Game Moderator Reform Act (Debating) on: March 28, 2011, 02:50:47 pm
Quote
Section 1 Game Moderator:
1.   The GM shall have responsibility for stories relating to nationwide affairs of economic, political, and miscellaneous natures. The Game Moderator shall also have co-jurisdiction over foreign affairs/events as described within Section 2 of this bill with the SoEA, and co-jurisdiction over regional affairs with the SoIA.
2.   In addition, the duties of the GM specified in F.L. 38-13 shall remain in effect in relation to domestic issues.
3.             The GM's Office retains authority to modify such decisions or stories reported by the SoIA and/or SoEA under the authority granted them under this act.

Wasn't as difficult to draft as I expected. Nor as wordy as I feared. Changes underlined.

Straight forward. The GM's Office retains co-jurisdiction with the Secretaries in the new areas of authority granted them under this bill in case the GM wants to also spur some activity or storylines there, and likewise if there is irreconcilable disagreement over a story or other decision made pursuant to this bill, the GM's Office would have final authority to resolve the dispute as is consistent with the Office's historical role.

Let the President break the ties!!! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

JK, your proposed amendment is acceptable to me.
11718  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2011 and Beyond... on: March 28, 2011, 10:16:38 am
Romney and Lugar will both have me campaigning hard for them in Indiana, so they'll obviously win. Wink
11719  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The Game Moderator Reform Act (Debating) on: March 28, 2011, 10:10:51 am
Such speedy work.

Do you have any suggestions? If so, I'd love to hear them.

Sure!

Do more.

I'm very sorry, we're inferior beings and we can't possibly devote three straight nights to write a highly-detailed bill of twenty pages lenght in Microsoft Word.
I don't think this is an attack on you, Kal, but more on me. Instead of actually trying to help find solutions like most of us are doing, Marokai is more focused right now on finding every opportunity to criticize me.

That being said, I'm serious - If anyone has a problem or concern with this bill, please let it be known now. But I feel we've done a pretty good job covering about every concern that has been voiced thus far.
11720  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The Game Moderator Reform Act (Debating) on: March 27, 2011, 10:15:15 pm
Such speedy work.
Do you have any suggestions? If so, I'd love to hear them.
11721  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Second Amendment to the Proportional Representation Act (AFV) on: March 27, 2011, 09:36:23 pm
Nay

You, my firend, are a permanent source of comedy for this institution.

Rowan is basically a political troll.

This bill is stupid and pointless.

Pretty much like your Senatorial activity, so ?

I'm the only senator trying to get something done regarding Libya while we waste time on stupid cat bills.

Your Libya bill needs a lot of work on. In current form, it's empty slogan.

I don't disagree. But at least I introduced a bill. We just need a slot to open so we can get to work on actual important things.

That is your opinion. Not all of us are eager to give the President unchecked control to do whatever he wishes in foreign nations.
I think what RowanBrandon is saying is that he's making at least some sort of effort in solving the Libya crisis, while no one else here really is. Maybe his bill needs a bit (or a lot) of work to it, but regardless, I do agree with him something this pressing should at least be on the Senate floor by now.
11722  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: A 2008 Interactive Timeline - Sign Up/Discussion on: March 27, 2011, 07:32:53 pm
Okay Sanchez, you're Sanford. You'll be included in the next polling.
11723  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: A new vote @ PPP ! on: March 27, 2011, 05:10:07 pm
Come on people, we need some Wyoming numbers! There's still hope!!!
11724  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: A 2008 Interactive Timeline - Sign Up/Discussion on: March 27, 2011, 04:59:08 pm
Can I be Alan Keyes (not as a third party)?
Sure, if that's who you want.
11725  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: A 2008 Interactive Timeline - Gameplay Thread on: March 27, 2011, 04:07:11 pm
Washington - After sharp criticism was made by California Congressman Duncan Hunter on his potential opponents, PPP ran a poll, questioning voters about the comments and Duncan Hunter.

Question 1: Do you have a favorable, unfavorable, or neutral opinion of Duncan Hunter?
Favorable: 16%
Unfavorable: 35%
Undecided/Unsure: 49%

Question 2: Do you believe the attacks made by Congressman Hunter on President Bush, Mr. Trump, and Congressman Paul have any merit?
Yes: 39%
No: 33%
Undecided/Unsure: 28%

Question 3: Do the comments made by Congressman Hunter make you more likely to vote for him, less likely, or about the same?
More Likely: 9%
Less Likely: 39%
About the Same: 52%
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