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26  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: PR with combination of party list and personal vote on: September 29, 2014, 02:19:36 pm
In Finland you vote for candidate. The candidates form a list that is used in seat distribution.

Same for me.
27  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Polish parliamentary election, 2015 on: September 29, 2014, 02:13:00 pm
Despite a slight bump in the polls, Kopacz starts with rather unpromising approval rantings, withy lots of undecided, which means more people haven't made up their minds (IBRiS again):

Approve: 31%
Disapprove: 37%
No opinion: 32%
28  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Polish parliamentary election, 2015 on: September 29, 2014, 02:09:39 pm
First poll after Kopacz was sworn-in as Prime Minister (IBRiS):

PO: 33%
PiS: 33%
SLD: 11%
PSL: 6%
KNP: 5%
TR: 1%
PR: 1%
SP: 1%
Other/Undecided: 9%

PO did gain about 3%, after trailing to PiS. SLD has regained it's position as third force, as KNP fade after the EP elections results is slowly fading.

Palikot is imploding. After disastrous European results (no seats), the party has been plagued with defection of it's left wing MPs, such as Anna Grodzka, who's now a sole MP for the Greens. Three days ago, 12 MPs left (with two joining SLD), causing TP to lose it's parliamentary club (you need 15 members to have a club). Just to remember: the party won 40 seats (and third place) in 2011.

PSL is, well, around as usual Tongue
29  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Polish parliamentary election, 2015 on: September 29, 2014, 01:55:43 pm
Yes, I realize there's one more year to go, but with recent developments (Tusk departure for Brussels, new Prime Minister, implosion of Palikot, just to name these few), I figured I'll be giving you an update.
30  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Alabama Governor's Race on: September 29, 2014, 11:58:59 am
You mean Alabama Democratic Party wasn't auctioned for debts yet?
31  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2014 Brazil Election on: September 29, 2014, 06:01:26 am
Second, it's crucial to understand the shift I mentioned above. When the PSDB was created back in 1988, it was supposed to be a "new left" political party, Brazil's own "new Labour". It's most prominent members in the beginning were well known left wing thinkers such as FHC, José Serra, José Aníbal, etc. As any "new left" group, they were pretty much a center-left party with highly pragmatical policies. The best example is the famous "infusion of capitalism" speech given by the great Mario Covas back in 1989, when he mentioned the urging need of more liberalism allied to social policies. That was pretty much the PSDB you had until 2002.

When the PT took over the federal government, it pretty much took over the center-left sweet spot the PSDB and it's older leaders occupied (perhaps a tad to the left than the PSDB used to be). Some will say the PSDB was a right wing party back then, I strongly reject this notion but I guess this depends on what one consider as left or right. Anyway, it's pretty clear PSDB members started to shift slowly to the right after 2002, slowly embracing economic liberalism less shyly and some conservative social policies (specially on law enforcement matters). This trend was accelerated in 2010 and 2012, when many toucans and close allies were elected under center-right platforms and policies, including Alckmin, Beto Richa, Aloysio Nunes, ACM Neto, etc. Alckmin is running a decidely center-right campaign this year (specially on law enforcement matters, where he's adopting a strong law and order speech) that's proving to be very successful.

Well, personally I always saw it this way: PSDB pretty much started as a classical social democratic party (including Covas supporting Lula against Collor in 1989, after not making it into the runoff). In 1990s, like many social democratic parties, PSBD embraced third way policy, as evident with FHQ famous statement of rejecting "outdated labels" such as "left" and "right". By 2000s, and with third way philosophy demise, the party simply could not shift back to the left, even if they wanted to, because there is simply not enough room.
32  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many of your grandparents are alive? on: September 29, 2014, 05:52:08 am
Two (maternal grandma and paternal grandpa)

I never knew my maternal grandpa, who died a few years before I was born. My paternal grandma passed away in 2009, shortly after I joined the forum.

Maternal grandma: 1931-present
Maternal grandpa: 1933-1984

Paternal grandma: 1935-2009
Paternal grandpa: 1934-present
33  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to demod ag on: September 29, 2014, 05:49:38 am
Politicus does have a point

x Kalwejt
34  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The t_host1 Institute of Comedy on: September 28, 2014, 06:54:48 pm
I know he is trolling, but this is actually funny:

Most people who say they are for "Women's Rights" are actually feminist-supremacists who don't deserve any attention or respect from a civilized and mature forum like Atlas.

The best part.
35  General Discussion / History / Re: Argue pointlessly with Al about history and so on on: September 28, 2014, 02:49:52 pm
What is your assesment of James Callaghan's Prime Ministership?
36  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State vs. The World (except Canada) on: September 28, 2014, 12:57:41 am
Isn't it the fifth one?

The third one the West is fighting against Iraq.

So ISIS is now synonymous with Iraq?
37  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2014 Brazil Election on: September 27, 2014, 09:49:19 pm
Thank you for your extremely informative answer, Paleobrazilian! Smiley

Seems Aecio really screwed himself with his own Party. Aren't things such as "Lula-Aecio" and "Dilma-Anastasia" a big no-no for PT and PSDB establishments?

A thought of Aecio switching to PMDB or PTB and becoming their candidate is interesting. Haven't PMDB last run a candidate in 1994? Quite interesting for the biggest party.
38  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What if... Democrats retake the House & get to 60+ in the Senate this November? on: September 27, 2014, 06:10:26 pm
Highly unlikely,  but let's say everyone is surprised by Democratic turnout, and they not only keep the Senate but get to over 60 Senate seats, and retake the House by 10-20 seats.

How unlikely that is, is NOT the purpose of the thread.

I'm wondering, if that happened, what would the Democrats do? What would they accomplish in 2015 & 2016?

At the very least, we'd get a minimum wage raise and immigration reform. And a government actually running smoothly for 2 years.

What makes you think that? It wasn't exactly smooth last time, even though they did get a good deal done.

The thing is, you don't get much done with presidential election just two years away.
39  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 2000 Presidential Election on: September 27, 2014, 06:08:04 pm
Darn it, I punched the wrong hole and voted for Pat Buchanan!

Anyway, Bush.  And with hindsight?  Still Bush, even more.  I can't imagine what Gore would have done if he'd been president during 9/11.

Even if Bush were openly raping dead baby corpses at the Capitol steps, you'd still vote for him, cuz Lincoln freed the slaves.
40  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Oldiesfreak v. having sex on: September 27, 2014, 06:04:21 pm
41  General Discussion / History / Re: Why is Eisenhower so praised? on: September 27, 2014, 04:46:26 pm
-was against brown court ruling, did nothing to support in until the little rock nine incidient in 1957. Even shorty after that you had the lost year which all the public schools closed for a year in little rock. did nothing to stop this.

But Lincoln freed the slaves, you see...
42  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Oui, Mr. President (America is redrawn) on: September 27, 2014, 12:20:46 pm
Another quick nitpick: wouldn't Donelson be Andrew II?

Lol, very true. Fixed.
43  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Oui, Mr. President (America is redrawn) on: September 26, 2014, 04:46:09 pm
Why is a territory named Sacagawea?  With no Lewis and Clark expedition, she never would have become known to history.

You're right. I'll fix it as soon as I come up with something new.
44  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2014 Brazil Election on: September 26, 2014, 02:45:50 am
If Aecio indeed comes third, not making into a runoff, it would be the first time PSDB did not take one of two first places in presidential election. Could that, combined with troubles in his home state (gubernatorial race) really damage his future chances? Though, again, Brazilian politics is known for comebacks.

(Sorry if I'm asking dumb questions)
45  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Oui, Mr. President (America is redrawn) on: September 25, 2014, 08:37:35 pm
The Dynasty

Emperor Jackson's death was kept from the public for three tense days, during which an apparent power struggle broke out within the establishment. At the end, however, things went by the book with designated successor, whose name was not revealed up until now, proclaimed as the second Constitutional Emperor of these United States.

That's right. Jackson's designated successor all along was no one else than his nephew, 31-years old Andrew Jackson Donelson, now Emperor Andrew II. A dynastic succession that so terrified Republicans and even some elements within the establishment, became a fact.
46  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2014 Brazil Election on: September 25, 2014, 08:11:11 pm
Exactly. Under Brazilian law, you're forced to resign from Executive office 6 months before the election if you want to run for some other public office (this rule doesn't apply if you're running for reelection or if you're a legislator). Thus, Aecio Neves resigned and Anastasia took office. This law has tons of critics but I don't see it being changed for now.

And now Anastasia himself had to resign to run for Senate.

I really don't understand why an executive should resign while running for another post while a legislator doesn't have to.
47  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Kalwejt attempting a serious post or the blue screen of death? on: September 25, 2014, 08:04:56 pm
BSD, every time.
I don't know how in the world anyone can even put "Kalwejt" and "serious post" in the same sentence.

Normally I'd ignore this, but considering the author or this post, I'm utterly crushed.
48  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your current ignore list? on: September 25, 2014, 06:49:04 pm
No one. I've tried ignoring a few people in the past, but I would always just click "show post" anyway.

The ignore feature doesn't make much sense as long as one can just click "show post", so if you want to just skip someone's post, you don't need this.
49  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have your interest in US politics increased or declined after joining Atlas? on: September 25, 2014, 06:45:11 pm
I was already very interested before I joined, so I guess it stayed the same up until recently, as I barely keep in touch with individual races this fall.
50  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: opebo vs. Alex Salmond on: September 25, 2014, 06:43:07 pm
Salmond/Salmond (sane)
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