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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Chris Christie is out after Bridgegate? on: January 11, 2014, 04:25:17 pm
If this was January 2015, then totally. Christie would be done if this was a year from now. However, it's January 2015, he's got plenty of time for it to blow over and for the media cycle to move on. It's certainly a devastating stain to his future ambitions, but he's not going anywhere, certainly not since his scandal made national news for multiple days.

However... if we get a "smoking gun" in this scandal, then Christie is Done with a capital D. If we get a concrete smoking gun, Christie should begin his campaign for a really good lawyer rather than a campaign for the Presidency.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Time to face facts, the GOP is NOT a national party on: December 31, 2013, 07:08:44 pm
1972

1976

1980

1984

1988



Let's face facts. The Democratic Party just is not a national party anymore.

I mean, come on guys. Twice now, in the past five elections, they've lost in tremendous landslides and have only managed to continually win the District of Columbia. Come on, you lefties - just try to tell me I'm wrong.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Christie/Huntsman on: December 16, 2013, 03:54:25 pm
I see a Tea Party third Party running if Huntsman gets anywhere near the GOP ticket...

A possible outcome. However, I doubt that such a third party bid would have much of an effect on the race. Assuming Christie/Huntsman was the outcome of a successful primary victory by Chris Christie, and not a brokered convention, the class of candidates who would go through with such a primary bid are not exactly top-tier. Think Michelle Bachmann, not Ted Cruz. If the race is Bush v. Gore close, then it is certainly possible that a tea party bid could have an impact.

But if Huntsman is Christie's running mate, I have to assume Christie didn't veer to the right very much. Maybe enough conservative candidates split up the vote enough to allow Christie to win on a "moderate outsider" message, who knows.

I expect against Hillary, a Christie/Huntsman ticket would be formidable.

The Base Map:



Clinton/Warner - 221 Electoral Votes
Christie/Huntsman - 176 Electoral Votes

4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Both: May 2013 Elections on: May 17, 2013, 04:13:52 pm
Executive Election:
[ 1 ] Clinton1996/Siren
[   ] ZuWo/Cathcon
[   ] Drj101/Write-in: __________

Legislative Election:
[ 1 ] Odysseus
[   ] Inks.LWC
[ 4 ] HoosierPoliticalJunkie
[ 5 ] MilesC56
[ 2 ] a Person
[   ] LumineVonReuental
[   ] Oldiesfreak1854
[ 3 ] Shua
[   ] Gass3268
[   ] TNF
[   ] Write-In: __________
[   ] Write-In: __________
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What will Obama's final Approval Rating be on Jan 20th 2017? on: May 11, 2013, 03:32:36 am
Assuming he's viewed as a relatively successful president, probably around a 60-70. If the American public has decided that he has failed as president, then probably he'll have about a 30-40.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Constitutional Amendments on: May 10, 2013, 02:34:29 am
Aye on both.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Assembly · Townhall Debate on: May 07, 2013, 11:03:18 pm
I would like to ask a broad question about the topic of game reform at the regional level. Are there, in your view, parts of the regional constitution which should be amended? Or more generally, are there any aspects of the game which we should change?

I think the game itself is fine, and game reform has a history of failure in Atlasia. Time spent drafting bills for game reform might very well be time wasted, in my opinion, however interesting the reform concepts might be.

I would like to ask all of the Mideast Assembly members what they would do with the current surplus that is available via the budget, and why you would do so?

I agree with LumineVonReuental that some of our surplus should spent on transportation and high speed rail, but I also believe that we should place some of our money into the Mideast's education system. The education system, the transportation system, and the information and infrastructure systems of the Mideast should be given more money from this excellent surplus that we currently have due to our budget.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Power To The People Amendment on: May 04, 2013, 02:42:58 am
Abstain
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Odysseus for Mideast Assembly (Campaign Headquarters) on: April 30, 2013, 02:34:14 am

OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN STATEMENT (April 30, 2013)

As we move closer to the elections for the Mideast Assembly this May, I'd like to do a few things that any good and honest politician might do. I'd first like to wish everyone luck in the upcoming elections - both my opponents and my colleagues. This has been a very fun and enjoyable experience on Atlas, and I've conversed with a lot of people I would not have even seen or heard from other wise. I'd also like to remind everyone of my presence and existence by bumping this thread, of course. In recent days, things have become far less cynical on a number issues.

Most notably: the Mideast budget amendment crisis. I'm happy to report that following two votes on this issue, I've become fairly satisfied with the situation. I believe that the amendment that has most recently been passed is a fine addition to the Mideast constitution. Hopefully, it will settle this matter for quite some time.

Finally, I've been notified by some that a debate might be held between the Assembly hopefuls, including myself, my opponents, and my colleagues. I would be happy to attend such a debate, in order to both provide the people with a venue for the varying beliefs of the candidates, and to meet with the candidates themselves to discuss the issues.
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Elections if Kennedy Lives on: April 29, 2013, 09:15:31 pm
Rockefeller would never be on the ticket with Goldwater under any circumstances.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Should drug users be put in jail? on: April 27, 2013, 11:06:53 pm
God no. Addiction is an issue of mental health, not criminal justice.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: TNF for Mideast Assembly on: April 25, 2013, 10:07:36 pm
As a fellow friend from AH.com, I wish you the best of luck!

You're on ah.com?

Yeah. Under the same username as here.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: TNF for Mideast Assembly on: April 25, 2013, 08:51:19 pm
As a fellow friend from AH.com, I wish you the best of luck!
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who has NO chance? on: April 23, 2013, 10:38:01 pm
GOP: Santorum, Gingrich, Huntsman, Perry, everyone in the tea party caucus, Steve King, Bachmann, Marsha Blackburn etc., Palin, Ted Cruz, Allen West, Rob Portman, Ben Carson, Herman Cain and I'm tempted to say Chris Cristie as well.

Dems: Napolitano, Biden, Mike Beebe, Elizabeth Warren, Jerry Brown, Bill Richardson, Howard Dean, Kerry, Villagarosia, Wasserman-Schultz.

Man, who does that even leave as possibilities? Like three people?
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: How long until Florida and Texas go solidly Democratic? on: April 20, 2013, 11:38:10 pm
Never - The GOP will begin to become competitive with Hispanics before Florida (a swing state) and Texas (a solidly Republican state) are solidly Democratic.
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who has NO chance? on: April 20, 2013, 11:35:21 pm
I bet one of the actual eventual nominees has been mentioned in this thread.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2013 Federal Election: At-large Senate on: April 19, 2013, 06:23:58 pm
AT-LARGE SENATE

[ 7 ] Alfred F. Jones of Puerto Rico
Labor Party

[ 4 ] HagridoftheDeep of South Carolina
Federalist Party

[ 2 ] Kalwejt of Vermont
Liberal Party

[ 1 ] Matt from VT of Massachusetts
Federalist Party

[ 6 ] MaxQue of Colorado
Labor Party

[ 5 ] Mr. X of Ohio
Independent

[ 3 ] Napoleon of Connecticut
Liberal Party

[ 8 ] Poirot of New York
Independent

[  ] Write-in:______________________________


[  ] None of the above
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: The Much Better Mideast Emergency Budget Amendment on: April 19, 2013, 05:06:44 am
Aye
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Fix to the Mideast Emergency Budget Amendment on: April 12, 2013, 08:26:07 pm
Nay
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Light Party [Voting on Endorsements] on: April 12, 2013, 08:24:44 pm

Napoleon (Liberal-SC)
[X] Aye
[] Nay
[] Abstain

Alfred F. Jones (Labor-PR)
[X] Aye
[] Nay
[] Abstain

HagridOfTheDeep (Federalist-SC)
[X] Aye
[] Nay
[] Abstain

Kalwejt (Liberal-VT)
[X] Aye
[] Nay
[] Abstain
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Miles for Assembly Campaign Thread on: April 11, 2013, 09:17:18 pm
Thanks for the kind words, and I wish you luck as well. Smiley
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Odysseus for Mideast Assembly (Campaign Headquarters) on: April 11, 2013, 03:41:08 pm
OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON THE ISSUES (April 11, 2013)

      The campaign for Mideast Assembly is beginning to kick into high gear, and it's time I begun to state clearly my positions on the issues. I am a member of the Light Party, and you will undoubtedly notice similarities between my beliefs, other Light Party members, and indeed the official platform of the party. However, I can assure you that you'll definitely find differences between my beliefs and the Light Party's beliefs – no one political institution is going to completely represent any one person's belief.
      
      CIVIL LIBERTIES & SOCIAL POLICY: As previously mentioned by my campaign, one of my primary goals as an active politician is the preservation of civil liberties when at all possible. I support social progress on a grand scale, and I intend to keep the Mideast's reputation of being socially inclusive. I am one for justice, and equality. I believe that LGBT Atlasians (such as myself) deserve the same rights and privileges as any other citizen. However, on some issues, I must admit neutrality, simply because some issues are just too divisive and 'hot-button' to be worth pursuing. Specifically, gun control, and abortion. Broadly speaking I support very low-level gun control, and wish for abortion to be remain status quo, but these issues are largely not worth the high levels of emotion involved. I believe that freedom is the of the utmost importance to every citizen. Freedoms of speech, religion, assembly, and so on. While I may in fact be a proponent of secular government, this is entirely for the purpose of protecting the religious beliefs of all citizens.

      ECONOMICS: My economic policy is one of pragmatism. As the most recent chapter in the nightmare that is the Mideast Assembly's attempts to pass a balanced budget amendment indicates to us clearly, we cannot allow ourselves to get hung up on the exact numbers when it comes to economics. The past several bills have been largely the same, with mere numerical differences. Currently, I support Governor Tmth's compromise or, in the case that his will not go through, I would support my fellow Assembly candidate and Light Party member a Person's proposal. If worse should come to worse, I would attempt to work with the members of the Assembly in order to pass some sort of reasonable compromise. In addition, the infrastructure of the Mideast, and much of the nation, has fallen into a state of heightened disrepair. We cannot allow this to continue. In the Mideast Assembly, I will offer solutions, and work with my fellow assembly, to correct to Mideast's infrastructure and upgrade it into something that all citizens will be proud of, and something that all citizens will feel safe using. High speed rail, reconstruction and revitalization of our highways, roads, and bridges, and preservation of the still standing and pristine pieces of infrastructure we still have.

      EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY: Education is, perhaps, the most important thing to me after the protection of liberty. It is no secret that our education system, both nationally and regionally, has fallen behind. I intend to help rectify this. The first thing to understand is that our system of standardized testing is hampering the job of teachers – the job of educating our students. High schools, both nationally and in the Mideast, must be revitalized. There is a reason while college degrees are now worth so much more, and while high school diplomas have become worth so much less. It is because our high schools are falling behind, and moving in the wrong direction. Our education system cannot be simply fixed by an assemblyman from the Mideast. It will require many more people than just one man. We need to break the barrier. We require a new entire education motto. The 'taught to test' education system that has developed in our nation and in our region is not the right direction. We are running on the industrial education system, and we're well into the digital age. Times must change. While one national curriculum is a good step, a standardized test based on it is not. Communities require more administrative jurisdiction over their school districts. Teachers require more jurisdiction over their classrooms and their curriculums in general. And, I cannot stress enough how important it is for us to integrate the new technology of this new era into our classrooms.

But what I can most stress perhaps above all else is the need for pragmatism. The need for the ability of our legislators to compromise. The recent balanced budget amendment nightmare has shown us that time and time again.

Odysseus - Mideast Assembly - May '13: Progressive ideals, Pragmatic solutions!
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Light Party [Vote Period] on: April 10, 2013, 03:07:57 am
CHAIR

[X] Scott
[] Write-in:___________
[] Abstain

VICE CHAIR

[X] Benconstine
[] Write-in:___________
[] Abstain

PLATFORM - On Adoption
Part I
Part II

[X] Aye
[] Nay
[] Abstain
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Light Party [Platform & Leadership Declaration Period] on: April 08, 2013, 02:06:04 pm
I would like to step in briefly and express my support of Scott for Chair. Smiley
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the previous poster's PM score on: April 08, 2013, 02:41:27 am
Econ a little too left for me, but otherwise great.
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