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76  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st South American General Election - August 14th, 2015 on: August 15, 2015, 10:52:39 am
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77  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: August 12, 2015, 11:10:58 pm
Glory: 1988

Thad O'Connor sat in a busy lobby at Areus Ho'kee's estate the night of the election. Although there was some speculation that vote splitting would lead to a dead-lock, or worse, a Bentsen victory, this was the busiest night that Thad had ever seen at Areus' haunt. After a few hours of results coming in, the party erupted in glee as Ohio reported in favor of Ho'kee by a slim margin. This development was tantamount to a dagger to Bentsen's bid, and signaled Ho'kee's win. He stood up on a stool to issue a proclamation, saying,

"Eight years ago, a landslide was had. The Republicans, plagued with scandal after scandal, economic malaise, and inept foreign policy, were swept out of office as Scoop Jackson won nearly five hundred electoral votes in a massive landslide. In addition, the Democrats won supermajorities in both chambers of Congress. Tainted by the scandal of Watergate and legislative impotence, Republicans were in their worst position since the Depression.

Jackson had the say-so of Democratic leadership in Congress and expendable majorities to boot. He wasted no time in pumping the prime of corporate donors with the no-bid boondoggle that was the Fortify America Act, promising to put Americans to work and build more munitions. Shortly after that, our hostages were murdered and Jackson used that as an excuse to invade another country.

Jackson had formed an electoral coalition that was a grotesque coupling of traditional Democrats, nationalists, and evangelists. He turned that marriage into an electoral juggernaut, and reaffirmed it in the election of 1984: despite an uninspiring economy and ethics clouds, he defeated the intrepid Mark Hatfield. With the Republican Party divided amongst its various parishes, the die seemed to be cast: Jackson was to set the political consensus and tempo, and we were but drummers to his beat.

All of that changed with Thad O'Connor's filibuster. For the first time, the Senators opposed to warfare dug its heels in and made its influence felt. Thad O'Connor put on a magnificent display of physical stamina and rhetorical fortitude in his filibuster, compelling President Jackson to take the trail in opposing rallies, where he was eventually murdered. In the aftermath, efforts to continue down the warpath met a pause.

Vice President Lloyd Bentsen was inaugurated and was greeted with a strong approval rating, despite the swamp that President Jackson had left in his memory. While Jackson was ideologically committed to a strong fight against the Iranians, Bentsen had realpolitik in mind. This freed up the Democratic leadership in Congress, but they would bend rather than break: a 'deal' was formed that essentially maintained the status quo.

Many of us in this room reached the conclusion that things would not change within the current administration. The only solution would be to take the Maverick cause to the national stage and run for President. Our first set of opponents was in the Republican Primary. We met dithering moderates, headstrong extremists, and wonky peculiarists alike. Nonetheless, each problem was taken care of: Alan Simpson's activism was a staple of our campaign. Lowell Weicker's cohort has been absorbed. The rest of traditional Republicans have come to terms with my candidacy, while Armstrong's true believers have ended up as barnacles on Griffith's wasteland.

Each card fell into place, and we managed to trot our way towards the nomination after a lengthy war of attrition. Bentsen had a dubious hold on his own party's nomination, and between his own personal unpopularity and divisions in the Democratic Party, the incumbent was trailing us by a substantial amount. It looked as if the Mavericks' deft political calculation had outsmarted Jackson's Democratic Party and established itself as an unlikely tastemaker for the Republican Party.

This would be too easy. Shortly after I received the Republican nomination, Armstrong's cohort decided to take their ball and go home, quickly flocking to Laxalt once he won the Working Man's Party's nomination. Having already established some constituency for himself with his last presidential run, he threw things into disarray, and an unpopular Bentsen was set to win in a walk. The gambit had been set: the Mavericks' agenda was simply too divisive, and neoconservatives like Griffith were better equipped to set the tempo of the Republican Party.

We all knew better than that though. In the presidential debate, I held Bentsen's feet to the fire and exposed Laxalt's candidacy for the fraud it was. Bentsen's farce of a Middle Eastern campaign crumbled under the pressure of ragtag rebels late in the campaign season. Though let's not forget, you all were instrumental in bringing this to fruition; whether it be Thad's subterfuge, Snell's investigation, or Coventry's organizational skills.

Thad, you were perhaps the cornerstone to all of this. Your filibuster brought this issue to the fore, and not only endangered Northern Democrats, but also drove a wedge into the Democratic Caucus. It was only the buoy of sympathy that saved Democrats from a losing game of Chicken on the issue. Also, archiving a third-party convention that turned into a riot is pretty impressive.

Lawrence, your work here can't be ignored. Your eye for detail and spotting talent has helped us overtake most of the state Republican Parties in the past two years and also recruited additional Mavericks to Congress. You serve as my main liaison to the Senate, as well as the glue that holds our clique together and the wheel that rights my temperament.

Eric, I would like to say that yours is a story of sacrifice and selflessness. You have worked for hours on end to expose the past Democratic administration in campaign graft. Your good nature allowed you to quickly rise up in the ranks to Minority Leader, but when Republicans retook the House, you were gracious enough to let me take the Speakership. I promise I'll make good on the debts you've afforded me, my friend.

While I'm the individual victor in this struggle, the reality is that all of you have played an ancillary role in making this possible. This triumph is ours. Against all odds, we have defeated Jackson's juggernaut, and it lies dead by my hand." At this point Areus stood on the table and gestured his arm toward the television, which showed the election results. "Behold it in all its morbid splendor."
78  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: August 12, 2015, 10:55:07 pm
Jefferson Dent (R)
Howell Heflin (D)

Ted Stevens (R)
Clark Gruening (D)

Bob Stump (D)
Jim Kolbe (R)

David Pryor (D)
Dale Bumpers (D)

Pete McCloskey (R)
Ed Zschau (R)

Gary Hart (D)
Bill Armstrong (R)

Lowell Weicker (R)
Christopher Shays (R

Joe Biden (D)
William Roth (R)

Lawton Chiles (D)
Richard McPherson (D)

Sam Nunn (D)
John D. Russell (D)

Daniel Inouye (D)
Spark Matsunaga (D)

Orval Smylie (R)
George Hansen (WMP)

Alex Seith (D)
Jim Edgar (R)

Richard Lugar (R)
Floyd Fithian (D)

Frederic Reid (R)
Jim Leach (R)

Bob Dole (R)
Joan Finney (D)

Walter Huddleston (D)
Wendell Ford (D)

Bennett Johnston Jr. (D)
Mike Foster (D)

Thad O'Connor (R)
Ralph Stevenson (R)

Clarence Long (D)
Wayne Gilchrest (R)

Ted Kennedy (D)
Bill Weld (R)

Mic Ceriel (R)
William Milliken (R)

Walter Mondale (D)
David Durenburger (R)

Gillespie Montgomery (D)
Patton Wyde (D)

Thomas Eagleton (D)
John Danforth (R)

Scott Westman (D)*
Helen Brisco (R)

James Exon (D)
Charles Thone (R)

Paul Laxalt (R)
Chic Hect (R)

New Hampshire:
Malcolm McLane (R)
Maurice Murphy (R)

New Jersey:
Thomas Kean (R)
Millicent Fenwick (R)

New Mexico:
Bruce King (D)
David F. Cargo (R)

New York:
Hamilton Fish IV (R)
Al Green (R)

North Carolina:
Robert Burren Morgan (D)
John Ingram (D)

North Dakota:
Mark Andrews (R)
Warren F. Ford (R)

John Glenn (D)
James Traficant (D)

David Boren (D)
Wes Watkins (D)

Victor Atiyeh (R)
Mark Hatfield (R

John Heinz (R)
John Murtha (D)

Rhode Island:
Claiborne Pell (D)
John Chafee (R)

South Carolina:
Strom Thurmond (R)
Ernest Hollings (D)

South Dakota:
George McGovern (D)*
Larry Pressler (R)

Marilyn Lloyd (D)
Jim Sasser (D)

James "Fergie" Garner (R)
Bill Archer (WMP)

Jake Garn (R)
Orrin Hatch (R)

Lawrence I. Coventry (R)
Margaret P. Garland (R)

Andrew Miller (D)
Marshall Coleman (R)

Santiago St. Avila (R)
Jasper Morrill (R)

West Virginia:
Jennings Randolph (D)
Robert Byrd (D)

Steve Gunderson (R)
Herb Kohl (R)

Malcolm Wallop (R)
Alan Simpson (R)

Senate Composition:

R: 55 D: 42 WMP: 3

President Pro Tempore: Mark Hatfield (R-OR)
Majority Leader: Lawrence Coventry (R-VT)
Majority Whip: Alan Simpson (R-WY)

Minority Leader: Robert Byrd (D-WV)
Minority Whip: Richard McPherson (D-FL)

House Composition:

R: 226 D: 198 WMP: 11

Speaker of the House: Ericson Snell (R-NY)
Majority Leader: Spencer Adams (R-OR)
Majority Whip: Joel McFee Pritchard (R-WA)

Minority Leader: Charles Wilson (D-TX)
Minority Whip: Dick Gephardt (D-MO)

* = Caucusing with the Republicans.
* = Caucusing with the Working Man's Party.
79  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: August 12, 2015, 10:38:34 pm
1986 Elections


Jim Kolbe (R), 44.67% - Dennis Deconcini (D), 38.43% - Wayne "Ten Hawks" Smith (WMP), 16.90% (R-Pick up)


Pete McCloskey (R), 50.37% - Alister McAlister (D), 39.47% - Tom Metzger (WMP), 7.25% - Jacklyn Graves (P&F), 2.91% (R-Hold)


Lowell Weicker (R), 61.27% - Henry Parker (D), 37.11% - Clarence Douglas (GWP), 1.62% (R-Hold)


William Roth (R), 60.83% - Gary Hindes (D), 39.17% (R-Hold)


Lawton Chiles (D), 50.41% - Frank T. Brogan (R), 40.62% - Andy Martin (WMP), 8.97% (D-Hold)


Spark Matsunaga (D), 65.37% - Ike Carmichael (R), 34.63% (D-Hold)


Richard Lugar (R), 49.35% - Bob Bischoff (D), 42.78% - Stan Musial (WMP), 7.87% (R-Hold)


Thad O'Connor (R), 57.71% - Joseph Brennan (D), 41.82% - Evan Connor (WMP), 0.47% (R-Hold)


Clarence Long (D), 48.18% - Louise Gore (R), 45.74% - Christopher Meese (I), 6.35% (D-Hold)


Edward M. Kennedy (D), 56.35% - Joseph Malone (R), 43.65% (D-Hold)


Mic Ceriel (R), 41.03% - Christian Mattingly (WMP), 36.11% - Coleman Young (D), 22.86% (R-Hold)


David Durenburger (R), 53.74% - Tim Penny (D), 46.26% (R-Hold)


Gillespie V. Montgomery (D), 61.60% - Calvin Holleman (WMP), 28.76% - Richard Hastings (R), 9.64% (D-Hold)


John Danforth (R), 52.39% - Robert Young (D), 42.50% - Walter 5.11% (WMP) (R-Hold)


Scott Westman (D), 48.09% - Cal Winslow (R), 38.29% - Dave McMahon (WMP), 9.35% - Paul Liu (ID), 4.27% (D-Hold)


Charles Thone (R), 56.92% - Craig Beame (D), 43.08% (R-Pick up)


Chic Hect (R), 40.41% - Harry Reid (D), 35.27% - Howard Baring (WMP), 24.32% (R-Pick up)

New Jersey

Dean Gallo (R), 59.32% - Brendan Byrne (D), 40.68% (R-Hold)

New Mexico

David F. Cargo (R), 52.42% - Rebecca Vigil (D), 47.58% (R-Hold)

New York

Hamilton Fish IV (R/L), 41.15% - Stephen Solarz (D), 38.21% - Ellen McCormack (C), 20.64% (R Pick-Up)

North Dakota

Mark Andrews (R), 47.53% - Byron Dorgan (D), 41.38% - Harley J. McLain (WMP), 11.09% (R-Pick up)


James Traficant (D), 50.77% - "Buz" Lukens (R), 49.23% (D-Pick up)


John Heinz (R), 57.12% - Robert Borski (D), 42.88% (R-Hold)

Rhode Island

John Chaffee (R), 60.93% - Frank Caprio (D), 39.07% (R-Hold)


Jim Sasser (D), 53.27% - Don Hagenberg (R), 39.74% - Clayton Lavediere (I), 7.03% (D-Hold)


James "Fergie" Garner (R), 36.52% - Davis Griffin (WMP), 32.09% - Garry Mauro (D), 31.39% (R-Hold)


Orrin Hatch (R), 40.53% - Merrill Cook (WMP), 34.83% - Wayne Owens (D), 24.64% (R-Hold)


Lawrence Coventry (R), 76.24% - Edwin C. Granai (D), 22.76% (R-Hold)


Marshall Coleman (R), 51.84% - Lewis Payne Jr (D), 48.16% (R-Pick up)


Santiago St. Avila (R), 62.07% - Reese Lindquist (D), 37.93% (R-Hold)

West Virginia

Robert Byrd (D), Unopposed (D-Hold)


Steve Gunderson (R), 56.21% - Jim Moody (D), 40.56% - Steve Myers (I), 3.23% (R Pick-up)


Malcolm Wallop (R), 36.58% - Humphrey Wilkinson (WMP), 34.21% - John Vinich (D), 29.21% (R-Hold)

80  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: August 12, 2015, 10:20:34 pm

Laxalt: 35.22%
Bentsen: 34.51%
Ho'kee: 29.22%
Others: 1.05%

Ho'kee: 36.18%
Laxalt: 32.40%
Bentsen: 30.06%
Others: 1.36%

Ho'kee: 37.09%
Laxalt: 33.11%
Bentsen: 28.23%
Others: 1.57%

Bentsen: 42.80%
Laxalt: 32.56%
Ho'kee: 24.03%
Others: 0.61%

Ho'kee: 46.55%
Bentsen: 42.47%
Laxalt: 8.63%
Others: 2.35%

Ho'kee: 37.06%
Bentsen: 34.20%
Laxalt: 28.07%
Others: 0.67%

Ho'kee: 49.18%
Bentsen: 46.50%
Laxalt: 2.74%
Others: 1.58%

Ho'kee: 47.40%
Bentsen: 41.12%
Laxalt: 10.34%
Others: 1.14%

Ho'kee: 34.23%
Bentsen: 34.03%
Laxalt: 30.93%
Others: 0.81%

Bentsen: 42.09%
Laxalt: 36.58%
Ho'kee: 20.06%
Others: 1.27%

Ho'kee: 51.38%
Bentsen: 47.21%
Others: 1.09%
Laxalt: 0.32%

Ho'kee: 35.60%
Laxalt: 33.14%
Bentsen: 30.16%
Others: 1.10%

Ho'kee: 46.49%
Bentsen: 41.70%
Laxalt: 10.78%
Others: 1.03%

Ho'kee: 40.69%
Bentsen: 36.21%
Laxalt: 22.04%
Others: 1.06%

Ho'kee: 44.11%
Bentsen: 42.23%
Laxalt: 11.56%
Others: 2.10%

Ho'kee: 34.18%
Bentsen: 33.42%
Laxalt: 31.03%
Others: 1.37%

Bentsen: 41.61%
Laxalt: 29.20%
Ho'kee: 28.51%
Others: 0.68%

Bentsen: 43.27%
Laxalt: 39.09%
Ho'kee: 16.12%
Others: 1.52%

Ho'kee: 60.72%
Bentsen: 37.18%
Laxalt: 0.89%
Others: 1.21%

Bentsen: 41.27%
Ho'kee: 38.41%
Laxalt: 16.30%
Others: 4.29%

Ho'kee: 51.87%
Bentsen: 43.60%
Laxalt: 2.03%
Others: 2.50%

Ho'kee: 41.18%
Bentsen: 35.61%
Laxalt: 20.17%
Others: 2.18%

Ho'kee: 46.44%
Bentsen: 43.89%
Laxalt: 4.07%
Others: 6.60%

Bentsen: 45.11%
Laxalt: 39.28%
Ho'kee: 14.54%
Others: 1.07%

Ho'kee: 43.75%
Bentsen: 38.08%
Laxalt: 17.20%
Others: 0.97%

Ho'kee: 40.72%
Bentsen: 35.40%
Laxalt: 21.79%
Others: 2.09%

Ho'kee: 37.15%
Bentsen: 33.71%
Laxalt: 28.90%
Others: 0.24%

Ho'kee: 37.88%
Laxalt: 35.11%
Bentsen: 29.86%
Others: 0.85%

New Hampshire:
Ho'kee: 54.35%
Bentsen: 40.28%
Laxalt: 4.65%
Others: 0.37%

New Jersey:
Ho'kee: 51.06%
Bentsen: 46.52%
Laxalt: 1.23%
Others: 1.19%

New Mexico:
Ho'kee: 41.58%
Bentsen: 37.80%
Laxalt: 18.61%
Others: 2.01%

New York:
Bentsen: 45.02%
Ho'kee: 43.24%
Laxalt: 8.57%
Others: 3.17%

North Carolina:
Bentsen: 41.04%
Laxalt: 29.93%
Ho'kee: 27.56%
Others 1.47%

North Dakota:
Ho'kee: 46.20%
Bentsen: 34.02%
Laxalt: 18.53%
Others: 1.53%

Ho'kee: 43.92%
Bentsen: 42.52%
Laxalt: 12.71%
Other: 0.85%

Ho'kee: 37.42%
Bentsen: 32.36%
Laxalt: 30.22%

Ho'kee: 45.71%
Bentsen: 39.75%
Laxalt: 13.03%
Others: 1.51%

Ho'kee: 45.15%
Bentsen: 39.58%
Laxalt: 12.42%
Others: 2.85%

Rhode Island:
Ho'kee: 50.09%
Bentsen: 47.13%
Laxalt: 1.02%
Others: 1.76%

South Carolina:
Bentsen: 45.67%
Laxalt: 30.13%
Ho'kee: 23.41%
Others: 0.79%

South Dakota:
Ho'kee: 39.84%
Bentsen: 35.11%
Laxalt: 24.20%
Others: 0.85%

Bentsen: 46.27%
Ho'kee: 37.10%
Laxalt: 15.33%
Others: 1.03%

Bentsen: 38.56%
Ho'kee: 32.12%
Laxalt: 28.26%
Others: 1.06%

Laxalt: 37.91%
Ho'kee: 34.19%
Bentsen: 26.18%
Others: 1.72%

Ho'kee: 62.58%
Bentsen: 34.91%
Laxalt: 1.25%
Others: 1.26%

Bentsen: 37.70%
Ho'kee: 34.01%
Laxalt: 27.60%
Others: 0.69%

Ho'kee: 47.98%
Bentsen: 43.76%
Laxalt: 4.79%
Others: 3.47%

West Virginia:
Bentsen: 50.09%
Ho'kee: 34.91%
Bentsen: 14.76%
Others: 0.24%

Ho'kee: 51.24%
Bentsen: 44.20%
Laxalt: 2.62%
Other: 1.94%

Ho'kee: 36.71%
Laxalt: 31.05%
Bentsen: 30.86%
Others: 1.38%
81  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: August 12, 2015, 10:17:47 pm
1988 General Election

Were it a movie, the Election of 1988 would have been voted the greatest thriller film of all time. While many elections have had sea changes, none have featured the dramatic polling shifts and plot twists that this past election has. How often is it that the momentum has twice swung in favor of the incumbent party, just for them to lose at the last minute?

Vice President Bentsen had been expecting to begin his own campaign in earnest during Jackson's lame duck period. However, a twist of fate had President Jackson die before his time and thrust Lloyd Bentsen into the hot seat. While this caught him off guard, he was welcomed into office with a strong sympathy sentiment and a clean slate vis-à-vis governance. The impromptu President worked quickly to strike compromises on Iran and social welfare reform, and maintained satisfactory approval ratings.

Bentsen handled the issues tossed into his lap with political acumen that would put Lyndon Johnson to shame. However, his predecessor dug holes for him that were unavoidable. On one end he faced the challenge of Jerry Brown, a left-wing Governor who rode him hard on the issue of the Iran War, as well as the budget deficit and environmental issues. On the opposite front was Senator Patton Wyde, on behalf of the "Jackson Democrats", who criticized Bentsen for not being hawkish enough and for being too soft on free trade.

Bentsen started off well with strong victories in Iowa and New Hampshire. However, he struggled to gain momentum as the Democratic Party's delegate allocation process awarded delegates to candidates based on a candidate's share of the vote, as opposed to a "winner take all" system. Both Patton Wyde and Jerry Brown dogged the President on their pet issues, and it was only due to some bargaining that Bentsen secured the Democratic nomination.

If the Democratic nomination process was a spectacle, then the Republican Primary was a bona-fide sideshow. In a field with five frontrunners, the favorite was a Representative from Georgia with less than a decade of experience under his belt and rumors of marital infidelity circling his head like a toxic halo. Despite the circumstances that beset the President, his opposition was lacking.

The Republican nomination seemed like a Booby Prize. However, despite the challenges that were before him, one man was willing to continue on: Areus Ho'kee, the Speaker of the House. Though he was an underdog in polling, his shrewd calculus of statewide support led him to the Republican nomination; by attrition, Simpson and Weicker quickly dropped out of the race and endorsed him, while he whittled Gingrich's support with an aggressive whisper campaign impugning his ethics. Senator Armstrong was the only man left standing and was relatively ignored by Ho'kee until he dropped out.

Divisions in President Bentsen's Democratic Party made themselves readily apparent in the general election. Early on, polls showed Areus Ho'kee trouncing Bentsen by over two hundred electoral votes. However, Bentsen's campaign found itself a savior in Paul Laxalt, who drew a substantial base from Ho'kee and put Bentsen back into competition. When Senator Laxalt declared, polls showed Bentsen accruing nearly three-hundred electoral votes.

Speaker Ho'kee did his best to mitigate Laxalt. His first response was to mine controversial responses from the Working Man's Party Convention of 1988, in hopes of exposing the WMP's more radical elements. His second display was in the Presidential Debate of 1988, where he went unrestrained against Bentsen and Laxalt. Despite his rhetorical success, polls showed that Ho'kee was basically tied with Bentsen.

Much like the last election, there was a decisive military battle in October, but this time it favored the Republicans. The Bentsen Administration had decided to draw a line in the sand by securing a string of oil sites in Western Iran to ensure cheap oil prices and minimize the ground commitment that America had. However, these sites fell prey to a rogue militia outfit running a scorched earth campaign, and in one dawn the United States' chief objective had been denied and its oil futures market was thrown into disarray. With this, Jackson's house of electoral cards folded and Areus Ho'kee won the Presidency.

Speaker Areus Ho'kee (R-NV) / Governor Lee Dreyfus (R-WI), 352 Electoral Votes
President Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX) / Senator Daniel P. Moynihan (D-NY), 172 Electoral Votes
Senator Paul Laxalt (WMP-NV) / Fmr. Governor Meldrim Thomson (WMP-NH), 14 Electoral Votes
82  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Sign-in Thread on: August 10, 2015, 05:17:58 pm
83  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: July 30, 2015, 09:00:42 pm
Lol Ho'kee is a bastard.

But I bet you're still pulling for him. Grin

Just re-readed the whole thing. Keep it coming Smiley

Thanks man. Smiley I always considered you to be a good peer due to your creativity, and it's encouraging that you continue to find my work well.
84  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of #DeflateGate? on: July 28, 2015, 08:55:22 pm

85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Northeast Newspaper Act (debating) on: July 26, 2015, 01:58:33 pm
This has been tried and repealed before.
86  About this Site / How To / How To FAQ on: July 26, 2015, 01:41:58 pm
While this is not a high traffic board, I have observed over the years that the same questions tend to get asked over the years "how do I put my PM score under my account?" or "why can't I post maps?"

Over the next week I'm going to use this space to make a comprehensive FAQ, and then maybe I can delete some of the old duplicate threads to tidy this place up. Smiley
87  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Proposal for Election What-ifs on: July 26, 2015, 11:04:43 am
BUMP! Now that you're back in the saddle, Dave.

The information is obviously outdated but I can't imagine that the statistics have improved much.

Also, the Interactive Timeline board has more or less been a wasteland and could probably be negotiated into the mix.
88  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Happy National Tequila Day! on: July 26, 2015, 12:11:06 am
Today, July 24 is National Tequila Day.  How will you guys be celebrating this glorious day?  

By drinking whiskey.

Your signature can go to hell Smiley


89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Gubernatorial Special Election and Referenda - July 2015 on: July 24, 2015, 06:25:01 pm
[1] Oakvale
[2] SWE
[3] Write-in: hantheguitarman

Assembly Inactivity: Aye
Save the Animals: No
90  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Happy National Tequila Day! on: July 24, 2015, 05:57:39 pm
Today, July 24 is National Tequila Day.  How will you guys be celebrating this glorious day? 

By drinking whiskey.
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: July 23, 2015, 05:08:19 pm
Vote Oakvale For An Independent Northeast
92  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: The Social Liberals on: July 21, 2015, 08:39:22 pm
Was in the Conservatives, but this seems like a better fit. Grin
93  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: July 21, 2015, 12:13:13 am
Michigan: Polling has favored Republicans by miles from the get-go. The decline of the auto industry has made this state sour on Democrats in a catastrophic way, and Bentsen's actions as President have done nothing to mitigate that fact. However, the Republican response to the labor riots that resulted in several deaths have been equally tone-deaf, and Areus Ho'kee is in agreement with Bentsen on the issue of tariffs, making them fumble a blow-out. The WMP will do well here, but Republicans should hold the state.

Minnesota: Incidentally, Republicans have tended to do better in the Minneapolis metro, while Democrats have done better in rural areas. One area where Bentsen has suffered in particular is in the Great Lakes states, and Ho'kee has made a strong effort to strengthen Republican margins here.

Mississippi: For much of the campaign, this was considered a two-man race between President Bentsen and Paul Laxalt. Polls showed this state as a toss-up at one point, but Patton Wyde's last month efforts on behalf of the President have helped soften any hard feelings his supporters had about the primary.

Missouri: Though strongly Democratic, the national swing in opinion has drawn this state into contention. Ho'kee performs well enough in the St. Louis suburbs, and ancestral Republican voting in the  plains area may be enough to push him over the edge.

Montana: Scott Westman, the state's most influential politician, has been mum on the election. While Bentsen plays well in folksy areas that have traditionally voted for old school Democrats, Ho'kee is popular in reservations and liberal communities like Billings. Ho'kee is favored.

Nebraska: This is a state that should be up for grabs: the previous Democratic administration passed a large agricultural spending bill that benefited this state, which was vehemently opposed by Ho'kee. Both of its current Senators are Democrats, and Paul Laxalt was even within striking distance at one point. However, Bentsen's collapse and this state's voting pattern should keep it for Republicans.

Nevada: Befitting of a state known for its casinos, the odds on this outcome have spun like a roulette. Upon Laxalt's declaration, he was in a tie with Ho'kee. After the first debate, polls showed Ho'kee narrowly ahead, but President Bentsen's implosion has propelled Laxalt back into contention. Many suspect that the battle lines will be drawn between rural Nevada and Las Vegas, with Reno as a battleground.

New Hampshire: Areus Ho'kee orchestrated his comeback in the Republican primary here. Republicans have captured both Senate seats in just two cycles. Paul Laxalt picked former Governor Meldrim Thomson in hopes of bring presence to the Working Man's Party in the Northeast, but it's been a non-starter. For Ho'kee.

New Jersey: Though Democrats have been a competitive force here in the Sixties and Seventies, Republicans have been dominant in the past few election cycles, and polls have consistently showed Ho'kee ahead.

New Mexico: Bentsen's close proximity to this state has given him a better edge here than his predecessor, but Ho'kee has been aggressive with Latino voters and western states in general.

New York: Under the present circumstances, Mark Hatfield would have carried this state with nearly two-thirds of the vote. However, the Conservative Party of New York, an affiliate of the Working Man's Party, is actively working for Paul Laxalt. And as if the Conservative Party's sway is not enough, President Bentsen's running mate is Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Bentsen should win the Empire State, although polls have this state tight.

North Carolina: Paul Laxalt has cut into Bentsen's rural numbers, but the latter's strongest region has been the Upper South, and he is comfortably ahead.

North Dakota: Some backwater voters are showing support for Laxalt, but polls don't indicate that this state will break with its Republican tradition.

Ohio: Scoop Jackson got over sixty percent of the vote here in his first run for President. While Bentsen's folksiness makes him a much better fit for the state than Ho'kee, his national decline and Republican strength in Cincinnatti tip the scales in favor of Ho'kee.

Oklahoma: This state was a convincing rout for President Jackson in 1984, but Bentsen has been having heartburn. While Ho'kee has been somewhat toxic in plains areas, his Navajo blood has helped him personally identify with the electorate, a majority of which identifies as Native American. Coupling that with Oklahoma's vibrant areas of OKC and Tulsa, and the candidacy of Paul Laxalt, we predict that Ho'kee will pull off a narrow upset in this state.

Oregon: Paul Laxalt's brand of conservatism could erode Republican numbers in Eastern Oregon, but the Ho'kee-led Republican wave of 1986 was particularly dominant in Democratic turf on the coast, and we suspect he'll repeat that success.

Pennsylvania: Mark Hatfield won this state by a hair. The Philadelphia suburbs are every bit as Republican as they were four years ago, and Ho'kee stumped in the city itself several times. Ho'kee is a poor fit for the rural part of the state and will likely bleed voters to Paul Laxalt, but Bentsen's toxicity and the Detroit riots should lead to some bleeding in the Pittsburgh area as well. Ho'kee is favored here.

Rhode Island Between stronger Democratic machinery, a lack of suburban clusters, and greater population density, this state has been much more favorable to Democrats than anywhere else in New England. Bentsen has led for most of the election cycle, but his sudden decline in polling has drifted the state toward Ho'kee.

South Carolina: Bentsen's numbers were threatened only during his deepest morass, but he's now comfortably ahead.

South Dakota: Two candidates like Paul Laxalt and President Bentsen ought to do well in a rural state like this. However, Ho'kee is dominate both in the major cities and in reservation counties. Ho'kee is a strong favorite here.

Tennessee: Baker won this state based on being a favorite son, and Ho'kee does okay in the traditionally Republican city of Knoxville. However, Bentsen dominates everywhere else.

Texas: The President has represented this state in the Senate, and his predecessor won overwhelmingly both times here. However, this state has drifted towards Republicans on the margin with the growth of areas such as Dallas and Houston. Still, these communities may be averse to Areus Ho'kee's perceived environmentalism, and other voters may be repelled by his ethnicity. Paul Laxalt is a mitigating factor, and while he may hurt the President with yellow dog Democrats, he should win this state.

Utah: Utah has been a prime target of the Working Man's Party. While Laxalt has been competitive here for most of the election cycle, Bentsen's current decline has put Ho'kee in a good position to make up ground in Salt Lake City. The fundamentals favor Ho'kee, but this could be anybody's game.

Vermont: Ho'kee, by a lot.

Virginia: Virginia's budding suburbs in the Fairfax area have been a boon to statewide Republicans, and helped President Ford win the state in 1976. However, one important constituency in these suburbs is defense contractors; and Ho'kee's pacifism has not made him many friends amongst Virginia voters. Bentsen will carry this state, though he would not against most other hypothetical nominees.

Washington: Scoop Jackson was lucky to win this state in 1984, despite having represented it for decades. The defense industry is strong here and would be a boon to President Bentsen, but the ethics probe has negated most of that competitive edge in this state. The Working Man's Party is popular in Eastern Washington, but Ho'kee should still carry this state.

West Virginia: This state has been solidly Democratic for as long as some of its residents have been alive, having only voted Republican twice since the Great Depression. While Laxalt might apply a nominal amount of pressure, Ho'kee's urbane, hepcat brand of politics are a non-starter here.

Wisconsin: Picking Dreyfus undoubtedly helped here. Bentsen has been suffering in the Great Lakes, and Ho'kee's more liberal attitude toward alcohol can only help more than hurt, if it's to have any effect. Ho'kee does well in rural, suburban, and even urban Wisconsin.

Wyoming: The natural gas boon made this state seem like fertile pastures for Democrats in 1984, but Jackson didn't do significantly better here than four years ago. Laxalt could make this fluid, but with only three electoral votes it has little to offer, and Ho'kee is favored.
94  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: July 21, 2015, 12:12:18 am
October 23rd, 1988

Alabama: This state has potential to be the wildcard of this election. Support amongst President Bentsen amongst blacks have been tepid, given his lack of action on welfare programs and support of the War in Iran, which is deeply unpopular with the black community. Meanwhile, conservative Southerners have been flocking toward the Laxalt campaign in repudiation of the Big Two. Ho'kee has made a pump fake in this state, spending money on turnout operations in Birmingham and Mobile. Jefferson Dent's poor health and general apathy toward his campaign has hindered any sincere chances of carrying this state, while the Working Man's Party has been looking for an upset. However, we expect President Bentsen to edge a victory here.

Alaska: Areus Ho'kee's investment in this state during the Republican primary paid dividends, adding to his delegate total and establishing him as a front-runner. Since then, he hasn't made any effort here, expecting that the gravity of Bentsen's unpopularity would bring the state in his column. On the other hand, Laxalt has made effort here, but Ho'kee's favored on the margin.

Arizona: This state has had a nearly perfect Republican voting streak since 1952. Ho'kee's biggest threat here was actually Paul Laxalt, as polling had this state at a three-way tie upon Laxalt's declaration. However, the trajectory that this election has taken and Ho'kee's own campaign have drawn this into his own column. Senator DeConcini, the conservative Democrat running for reelection, is on his own.

Arkansas: This state has been a Democratic mainstay since Reconstruction, and has only voted Republican once this century. Scoop Jackson won a combined average of two-thirds of the vote in his two elections here. Cultural issues and Bentsen's collapse may drive some voters toward Laxalt, but this is one of the few states the President can count on.

California: This state has voted Democratic once since 1964, and that was as part of Scoop Jackson's landslide election. Since then, this state has elected two Republican Senators and carried for Mark Hatfield. What's more is that this state's Democratic Party is dysfunctional and ineffective. President Bentsen briefly had life here when Paul Laxalt's surge dragged Ho'kee down, but his collapse in October has erased that. For Ho'kee.

Colorado: Paul Laxalt has some popularity in rural communities on the fringes, but Areus Ho'kee is the sole benefactor of Bentsen's collapse in this state.

Connecticut: Scoop Jackson won this state in 1980, and it was surprisingly competitive in 1976. Support for Bentsen in Hartford has tepid, and state Democrats were decimated in the 1986 election, with young Republican Alice Luce winning the Governor's mansion. Ho'kee, by a bit.

Delaware: This state has buoyed with national polling for most of the election, and we think Ho'kee's urban-centered platform works just fine in Dover.

Florida: Domestic oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is seen by many Floridians as a potential economic boom, and Hatfield was stuffed out in this state four years ago. These factors, compounding with Ho'kee's poor showing in the Republican primary, led him to write this state off for most of the campaign. However, with the recent slide in the polls away from the President and Laxalt boring through rural white voters, Ho'kee has made a last-minute ad blitz in this state, banking on heavy turnout from metros such as Orlando and St. Petersburg to close the margin in a tight race. Cuban support for Republicans have waned since the Hatfield campaign, and the Social Security issue is toxic for both Bentsen and Ho'kee, but we believe the President will narrowly hang on in this state.

Georgia: Ho'kee has a nominal apparatus in the outskirts of Atlanta, but is non-existent elsewhere in the state. While Gingrich might have made this competitive, this is one state Bentsen can count on.

Hawaii: This state has typically had a predilection toward Democrats, and they remain dominant in statewide elections. However, the Panama Canal crisis have driven up the prices of exports, and the War in Iran is unpopular. Ho'kee is a safe bet here.

Idaho: A state to watch for sure. This was the Working Man's Party's first Senate gain, after lambasting Vernon Ravenscroft for being an out-of-touch elitist seeking to dilute Idaho's original identity. This looks like an easy gambit for Laxalt to play against the wheel and deal Ho'kee, though the latter may be prepared for that.

Illinois: This state was a battle ground between Jackson and Hatfield, where the latter prevailed. Four years later, Ho'kee dominates in the Chicago suburbs and has made mild inroads in the Windy City itself. By comparison, Bentsen has a cloud of corruption over his head in this state, being dogged by Congressional investigations into the Illinois Democratic Party.

Indiana: This state has been in flux over the past few cycles, but the current momentum favors Ho'kee.

Iowa: One advantage that Jackson had in the Midwest was his support of (and Ho'kee's vociferous opposition to) massive agricultural subsidies. Since Jackson's omnibus, he has passed away, and Bentsen is on record as having opposed that bill. Ho'kee is favored.

Kansas: Jackson shocked the world by winning this state four years ago. Lloyd Bentsen is a great fit for this state, but his unpopularity and its traditional Republican leanings tip the scales in favor of Ho'kee.

Kentucky: Solid as coal for Bentsen.

Louisiana: This state voted overwhelmingly for Scoop Jackson twice, and any Republican ground that was gained in the past few decades has seemingly been relinquished by the Maverick makeover orchestrated by Hatfield and Ho'kee. However, the Working Man's Party proved to have a stealth machine here, electing Senator Mike Foster under the Democratic label. This state seems to be shaping up to be a race between Laxalt and Bentsen, with the latter favored.

Maine: Ho'kee has led this state by some margin from the get-go. Hatfield carried this state, and the Working Man's Party has had no presence here. Incumbent Senator Thad O'Connor was in trouble a month ago, but after a strong debate performance he has opened a solid lead. The duo of Areus Ho'kee and Thad O'Connor are a down ballot Republican's best friend here.

Maryland: Democrats have weakened here in the past few years, and Republicans have had continued success by electing Charles Mathias and Wayne Gilchrest. That being said, Bentsen is a favorite here.

Massachusetts: No Republican has tried harder to win here than Mark Hatfield four years ago. Running on a platform that stressed pacifism and a devotion to decayed urban areas, Mark Hatfield still came up short here despite selecting Representative Silvio Conte as his running mate. That being said, the Democratic brand has only further soured in this state. Bentsen was competitive here in early trial heats, but the Iran issue has extinguished his prospects.
95  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: A new Mock Parliament on: July 20, 2015, 08:30:41 pm
The only thing about that map is that the New York split is sort of odd. It seems like you have "New York" as being just geographic Long Island - Brooklyn, while "Lesser NY" takes up the rest.

Call it sloppiness and a lack of familiarity with the Boroughs. You're welcome to help me fix it in a (hypothetical) final version.

I like the proposed map. How many constituencies does it have, Dallasfan65? 20?

I forget the exact count but I think it was in the mid 20's. I'm working under the assumption that I'll have to reduce a few constituencies, but some of those can be simple fixes (merging New York with Lesser New York, divvying up Berkshire between Erie and Great Bay, combining the St Louis district with the Chicago one.)
96  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Conservative Party on: July 20, 2015, 04:42:25 pm
Not sure how active I'll be but I'm in I guess.
97  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Office of RG Türkisblau on: July 20, 2015, 03:56:53 pm
Sergio Messi
98  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: A new Mock Parliament on: July 20, 2015, 02:38:37 pm
For those who are curious, this is a prototype (emphasis important).

If you guys come to a consensus on how many seats you're going to have, let me know and I can fix the map accordingly (provided you like it.)
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Maxwell for Senate - I will abolish Atlasia, and do nothing else. on: July 18, 2015, 05:51:20 pm
Endorsed, endorsed, endorsed. This is exactly what we need.
100  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Someone has tried to hack into my account? on: July 16, 2015, 08:20:32 pm
Didn't we ban people from talking about the Other Site?

Um.. no? And why do you care? Huh
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