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76  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this proposal on: August 27, 2015, 09:45:37 am
FP (not a pig)
77  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Alternate US States on: August 27, 2015, 08:30:42 am
And finally, let's conclude this project with...

State Legislatures Control in 2014


Democrats: 18 (+1)
Republicans: 29 (+1)
Split: 4 (-1)

Both Democrats and Republican control one more State capitol, at the expense of split legislatures... So we end up with very polarized local governments.
78  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Draw the Congressional Districts of the Alternate States! on: August 27, 2015, 06:21:42 am
Nobody? Sad
79  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of This Phrase on: August 27, 2015, 06:02:24 am
Very, very true.
80  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of SMilo on: August 27, 2015, 05:59:13 am
Yeah, major FF.
81  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of compulsory military service on: August 27, 2015, 05:48:42 am
I don't have a very positive view of slavery.

I'm not a fan of the draft by any means, but it is not remotely comparable to literal slavery.

This.
82  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Silicon Valley on: August 27, 2015, 05:48:01 am
FV (in love with the Stanford campus)
83  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Alternate US States on: August 26, 2015, 07:25:20 pm
Yeah, as I thought. Mary Taylor it is then.

Anyway, to avoid my pretty map I worked so hard on from getting forgotten at the bottom of the page, here's a comparison of the RL House delegations map and the one from this scenario.

Actual States:


New States:
84  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Alternate US States on: August 26, 2015, 07:16:20 pm
Isn't Mandel a bit of a far-right wacko? Maybe Taylor then...
85  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Alternate US States on: August 26, 2015, 06:59:22 pm
Ah, too bad. Well, Husted apparently managed to fool Ohioans into believing he was a sensible moderate when he ran for SoS, presumably he could do that again when running for governor. I still think Joyce doesn't have the resume of a gubernatorial candidate.
86  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should illegal immigrants be able to vote? on: August 26, 2015, 06:39:52 pm
Simply being human shouldn't mean you have a right to expect anything from life... no matter what John Locke or the United Nations might have said. This attitude has been fundamentally corrosive to the principle of good governance and to human morality in general.
PREACH!

(No seriously, I am in 100% agreement).

Wow. I mean, I could definitely expect such a post from Cassius, but did you just reject the very notion of human rights? That's just f**ked up.

Tell me, what is the actual basis upon which human rights rest? The basis upon which the can be made effective for the the whole of humanity? I mean, the British government acts as the guarantor of my rights as a British citizen, but what body has the necessary power to make human rights more than meaningless words for humans generally?

Human rights are beyond politics and government. They are a categorical imperative.
87  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Greece parliamentary election - September 20, 2015 (well, maybe...) on: August 26, 2015, 06:23:09 pm
LOL, what a mess.
88  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Alternate US States on: August 26, 2015, 06:20:55 pm
The 2014 post has been updated to reflect these contributions. Wink For Erie, I've chosen LaTourette as he's the more seasoned politician.
89  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should illegal immigrants be able to vote? on: August 26, 2015, 06:19:11 pm
Simply being human shouldn't mean you have a right to expect anything from life... no matter what John Locke or the United Nations might have said. This attitude has been fundamentally corrosive to the principle of good governance and to human morality in general.
PREACH!

(No seriously, I am in 100% agreement).

Wow. I mean, I could definitely expect such a post from Cassius, but did you just reject the very notion of human rights? That's just f**ked up.
90  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of DonaldTrumpForLife on: August 26, 2015, 05:40:26 pm
As someone who presumably agrees with him more often than not, NYMillennial is pretty obnoxious.
91  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Log Cabin Republicans on: August 26, 2015, 05:38:26 pm
'Socially liberal but fiscally conservative' types are some of the worst.

I much prefer the converse.

In theory, I'd agree with you. However, can you name a single national Republican officeholder who's actually fiscally left-wing in any meaningful sense?
92  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Philip Hammond is a moron on: August 26, 2015, 05:36:29 pm
Yes he is (he's a British Tory after all) but he happens to be right on this issue.
93  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Sex work on: August 26, 2015, 05:32:55 pm
I'd just like to bump this thread to say: Famous Mortimer, you were right. I've changed my position. My position before was "paternalistic" and "moralistic grandstanding" as you so eloquently put it. Legalization, which could ensure higher standards of living for sex workers and devastate the human trafficking black market, is the way to go.

So yeah, I just wanted to add that. Cheesy

wut?
94  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Alternate US States on: August 26, 2015, 05:07:58 pm
What about Raul Ruiz for SF Governorship?

You mean CS? Sure, he sounds perfect for the job. Smiley
95  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Alternate US States on: August 26, 2015, 04:56:39 pm
2012 House of Representatives Elections


Democrats: 207 (+6) - including Bernie Sanders, formally I-NE
Republicans: 229 (-5)

Finally a branch of government where Democrats benefit from the States redrawing! Cheesy After getting severely diminished in the Electoral College, the Senate and Governorship, the Dems certainly could use six more House seats. The map would still be stacked against Democrats (remember than in 2012 they actually won the PV), and there would still be lots of gerrymandering throughout the country (though more evenly spread between the two parties, thanks to golden opportunities like New York, Erie, Chicago, Maryland and Washington). Still, in this scenario Democrats would only be 12 seats away from a majority, certainly a much more attainable target. So, in a reasonably good year, the House might be up for grabs.

Most State splits end up working to the advantage of Democrats. For example, in Pennsylvania, a fair map would net the Democrats two more seats than what they actually won in the corresponding area (6 instead of 4). I've guesstimated the same outcome in South Florida (although that might be excessive). In Ohio, controlling Erie would allow Democrats to replace the GOP's abomination with their own gerrymander, and double their delegation from 3 to 6. Down South, all Republicans can take is one more seat, meaning that the two States' partisan balance 6 to 11 instead of 4 to 12 (one seat is gained in the apportionment). Meanwhile, the Texas split leaves the same number of Democrats, but takes away one Republican. Another safe-D seat is gained with DC's inclusion into Maryland, finally giving Washingtonians the representation they deserve. Another seat shifts from GOP to Dem hands due to the new borders of Washington State. Finally, Republicans lose one seat due to MN only getting 7 in apportionment (presumably it's Michelle Bachmann who gets axed off).

Republicans have their silver linings too. Although they are forced to cede one of their two NY seats to Democrats, they more than make up for it in Adirondack, netting two seats from them thanks to an elaborate gerrymander. They could also possibly draw a 6 lean-R districts in Illinois, but I've settled for a 5-1 map to make those 5 CDs absolutely safe. Overall, this means that one more Republican would represent the area covered by CH and IL than IRL (but the same number of Democrats). Finally, Republicans might find a way to take one of New England's five seats due to a more favorable CD makeup around southern NH).

The California split doesn't change the partisan balance (possibly, Republicans could take one seat away from Dems in CA, but I've decided to take the safe route and leave it at 6-4). Neither do the tweaks to Nevada's border or the exchange of territory between MI and WI. Merging the four inland-NW States into Lincoln still keeps all of them Atlas blue. And MA + RI still equals an all-Dem congressional delegation.
96  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which of the "Big Four" European countries is most socially conservative? on: August 26, 2015, 02:47:36 pm
Eastern Ukraine is most socially conservative.

Called it! Tongue
97  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Alternate US States on: August 26, 2015, 02:08:54 pm
6 years, Smeesh! Wow, I guess I didn't look how far back this went. Congratz on this btw, excited for your new projects!

Well, to be fair, I completely rebooted it about a year ago (and before then it had been dead for 4 years), so that's when I did 90% of the wok.


Thanks for doing this, Antonio. I really enjoyed it; this is one of the threads I checked often when I was lurking.

Thanks! Smiley It's great to see I've actually managed to contribute something so appreciated on this forum.
98  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Megathread: Congressional Vote on the Iran Deal on: August 26, 2015, 01:55:46 pm
Could Colling actually deserve her reputation as a sensible moderate for once by voting Yes?
99  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should illegal immigrants be able to vote? on: August 26, 2015, 01:51:55 pm
Yes(Normal, not a fascistic nationalist retard)

You're some kind of retard if that's your pathetic response.
OK how's this:
I believe that the Earth is everyone's and no one should be forced to live where they don't wish to and that includes the right to act with in the civic life of what ever region a person wishes to live in. I also believe anyone who believes that humans should be restricted by literal lines on a map have no human compassion and are nothing more than bigoted idiots.

Much better and infinitely more relatable response.
No. If anything, Murica is coming off as even more retarded than before now.

Roll Eyes

Murica's view is perfectly sound and rational, and I agree with him 100%.
100  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italian Elections and Politics, 2015 ed. on: August 26, 2015, 01:16:47 pm
Salvini is now supporting an alliance with Forza Italia in the next general election. "It's the only way to beat Renzi" he said.

Fair enough, you were right and I stand corrected. Wink

Though it's still far from a done deal.
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