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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 2: Happy Restitution Act (Debate) on: August 07, 2014, 07:18:13 pm
Rpryor, is the amendment friendly or no?

I'll accept it as friendly.

Good. Grin

Now since debate time has expired, can a brother get a vote in this biatch?
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE4: July-October Northeast Budget FY2014 (Debating) on: August 07, 2014, 07:16:15 pm
If you don't want it I can give it to someone else. Tongue

Anyway, good luck with this. If you need any other help/estimates, let me know. It's good to see a budget getting serious attention.

I can only speak for myself - I guess that's up to Matt since he's acting in Talleyrand's stead.

Did we ever get a revised edition based on Napoleon's revenue projection? I understand people have projects in mind that they'd like to tack on to this but that can always be done later - this was supposed to have been done on the 1st.
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 2: Happy Restitution Act (Debate) on: August 07, 2014, 07:00:34 pm
Rpryor, is the amendment friendly or no?
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Dallasfan65 for Northeast Assembly on: August 07, 2014, 12:47:15 am
OK. I think the Northeast has had a break from my madness for long enough. Grin

I've decided to throw my hat in the ring for the special election to the Assembly. My vision for the Northeast is a Northeast where...

80 people can get a civil union in a group while they get high on methamphetamine.

Also, in advance I am endorsing sawx for the other seat in the special election - I have a good rapport with him and I am confident that he would bring a good perspective to the Assembly.
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: August 07, 2014, 12:24:00 am
I will also be running in the Northeast Assembly special election next week.
81  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / ProgressiveRealist vs Stan - Eminem on: August 06, 2014, 11:05:38 pm
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 2: Happy Restitution Act (Debate) on: August 06, 2014, 07:49:50 pm
Gonna make lemonade out of this lemon.

Amendment offered:

AndrewCT Restitution Act

Section 1

1.The Northeast Region shall pay Pharell Williams the sum total of ten thousand dollars in restitution for banning his song Happy.

2. Also in restitution for that act, the Northeast shall name Pharell Williams's song Happy the official song of the Northeast Region.

Section 1:

1. The Northeast commends AndrewCT for his service to the Northeast Region.
2. The Northeast commissions artist Alex Grey to paint a portrait of former Governor AndrewCT, to be on display in the Governor's mansion.
3. The Northeast shall appropriate $10,000 for this project, filed under "Government Administration" in the July-October FY2014 budget.

OK. This was before the time of many current Representatives, but AndrewCT had a long tenure of public service in our region - he served as its Regional Senator, Chief Judicial officer, and had a year of consecutive service as Governor (as well as some stints before and after.) We gave him a county but I believe that he's deserving of a bit more, and I consider this to be the best opportunity.

Why Alex Grey?

I'm certainly no expert on artistry, but I find Alex Grey's work to be pretty dope.

Here's his painting The Net of Being, which is my current laptop background:

The Net of Being

Also, considering the progress that we've made in further liberalizing our marijuana laws, here's another good painting he's done:

Potentially NSFW?

I imagine an Alex Grey rendering of AndrewCT would look pretty cool, and he is deserving of the best.
83  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: "Where've You Gone, General Washington?" - Participatory Election Series on: August 06, 2014, 02:37:12 pm

As I mentioned before, if you guys can just PM me links to each election I can do the states won/lost etc myself. Tongue
84  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: August 06, 2014, 01:13:55 am
TIME - Primary fields remain unsettled
February 25th, 1988

Super Tuesday: The Aftermath

Two days ago was what some have dubbed "Super Tuesday" - a slew of primary elections all on the same day from various parts of the country. Although the primary system is a relatively new advent, candidates in recent years have used the occurence to either consolidate existing support or make a comeback, making this very much a "make-or-break" arrangement.


Newt Gingrich: Newt Gingrich started out as the premiere frontrunner for the Republicans. Having staked out somewhat moderate platform of supporting tax reductions, "bold solutions" for energy reform, and walking a middle-ground on social issues, Newt Gingrich was a favorite for much of the establishment. Perhaps his most attractive feature was that he stood out as one of the sole Republican Representatives from Georgia, having reentered Congress in 1983 (not even Gingrich could withstand the Democratic wave of 1980.) Between powerful fundraising and a prohibitive lead in several large states (Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia) Newt Gingrich seemed like a lock for the Republican nomination.

However, so far it's been proven that early victories are crucial. Newt Gingrich's rivals have all taken to retail politicking in early states, leaving him with a handful of victories, and his lead now eroded. In addition to poor micromanaging, Newt Gingrich has been dogged by rumors of ethics problems and fidelity issue, although none of the other Republicans are assuming responsibility for such ads.

Bill Armstrong: Bill Armstrong managed to pull off an upset in Iowa, which had been hotly contested by Newt Gingrich and Areus Ho'kee. Bill Armstrong is cut from a cloth of conservatism that surged into the Republican Party during the Fifties and Sixties, reaching its zenith with the nomination of Barry Goldwater. Since then, its various standard-bearers have been stymied by poor fortunes and the opposition of the Republican establishment. Unlike firebrands such as Reagan or Laxalt, Armstrong has postured himself as comparatively moderate - often seeking the "best conservative solution" in Senate legislation, noted by his vote for the Tax Reform Act of 1987.

The 1988 primary presents a unique opportunity to Armstrong, in that his opposition is divided between the establishmentarian Gingrich, the errant Ho'kee, and the liberal Weicker. In an upset he won Iowa, snatching victory from Areus Ho'kee's grasp. Gingrich managed to best Armstrong in the hotly-contested Tennessee primary, but the latter has scored victories in states like Mississippi and Missouri, and has put Gingrich on the defensive in Florida and Texas.

Areus Ho'kee: Areus Ho'kee is an eccentric figure who has risen to prominence with speed. Having been elected as the first Republican Speaker of the House since the fifties, he has used his recent fame and stature as a springboard to run for the presidency. A wealthy casino magnate with a bit of a reputation as a playboy, Ho'kee was elected to Congress in 1974 and created an informal caucus known as "the Mavericks," which quickly managed to leverage its way into a disparate level of influence following the 1978 midterm elections. Breaking with some of the conservative orthodoxy in the Republican Party, Ho'kee opposed the Kemp-Roth tax reform opposition and is seen as dovish by many.

Lowell Weicker: Lowell Weicker is the most senior member of Congress out of the field, and showcased his independent streak early on during the Watergate hearings. He is generally regarded as a member of the 'liberal' faction of the Republican Party, which put him at odds with most of his colleagues during the seventies. However, with the conservative wing in it doldrums during most of this decade, he has found himself in the party's mainstream when voting against funding for the War in Iran, or on the Wyde amendment.

Despite earning a respectable fifth of the vote in most national polls, a string of losses in critical states have brought his polling numbers to a crawl, and left him with little remaining funds to compete. Although he still holds narrow leads in Connecticut and Rhode Island, it looks unlikely that he will make a comeback.


Lloyd Bentsen: Elected to the office of the Vice Presidency in 1980, Lloyd Bentsen assumed the office of the Presidency in 1986, upon the death of President Jackson. Having started out with high approvals due to his perceived image as a moderate and sympathy from Jackson's death, he has since taken a tumble in popularity due to compromises unacceptable to his base. His wane in approval ratings have invited primary challenges from both sides of his base, and he has had to make an earnest effort for renomination.

However, most Democratic state parties' apparati have been giving the President their backing, not wanting to change horses midstream. Bentsen prevailed in the crucial states of Iowa and New Hampshire, but struggled to gain a majority in any Super Tuesday states. That being said, he has a comfortable delegate lead and the camps of his opposition are too disparate to unite around either candidate. It looks likely that Bentsen will be renominated, although will be in poor shape to win a third consecutive term for his Democratic Party.

Jerry Brown: Jerry Brown is a scion of the Brown political family, and previously served as Governor during the Seventies. He symbolically ran for President in 1980 as part of The Big Four (a movement to deprive Scoop Jackson of the delegates necessary to win) but is seeking the Presidency in earnest. Jerry Brown has been a staunch critic of Bentsen, lambasting the continued involvement in Iran, tax reform, and a whole host of other issues which makes him the ostensible choice for disaffected liberals.

Brown comes with some baggage, though. Although he enjoyed a landslide reelection victory as Governor in 1978, his Chairmanship of the California Democratic Party saw Democrats deprived of both Senate seats, as well as the GOP winning a majority of congressional districts and the State Legislature in their 1986 wave. Lastly, Brown is also known to be a deficit-hawk and some question whether his Presidency would not see some cuts to welfare programs as well. To compensate, Brown has been hammering Bentsen on the looming ethics investigations and taking a reformist tack, though Bentsen's camp decries opportunism.

Patton Wyde: The fiery Senator from the Mississippi. Patton Wyde was first elected in 1978 over Republican Charles Evers, and won reelection in a landslide in 1984. Upon entrance to the Senate, he quickly staked out a reputation for himself as a partisan bomb-thrower, being one of the lead critics of the Ford Administration. In addition, he was a strong supporter of Scoop Jackson's 1980 bid for President, and argued for most of Jackson's key policy initiatives during his Presidency.

Colorful and bombastic, Wyde's views are somewhat outside the mainstream of the Democratic Party. Standing athwart waning popular support, Wyde remains an advocate for continuing the War in Iran, and was the sponsor of a "right to life" constitutional amendment earlier this decade, much to the chagrin of party leaders. Contrary to the warm relationship he enjoyed with Jackson, Wyde has been a sharp critic of President Bentsen's, and has been looking to tap into labor and unionized workers unhappy with Bentsen's lifting of the tariffs on Japan.

Republican Primary Polling

Democratic Primary Polling
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE4: July-October Northeast Budget FY2014 (Debating) on: August 05, 2014, 05:55:42 pm
Yes, the full estimate is in my office. You will also qualify for $1 billion in federal money, but I don't believe anyone has actually made a formal request for it in my thread.

Hard to turn down free money, though as it is the Northeast has a cumbersome surplus left over from the past few budgets (which we really ought to do something about.)

Since this was supposed to be passed a few days ago does everybody agree that we ought to just get something signed and then we can address the rest of this throughout the next two Assemblies?
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What avatar color and state would best fit the preceding poster? on: August 05, 2014, 01:16:30 am
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: August 04, 2014, 11:46:06 pm
88  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What avatar color and state would best fit the preceding poster? on: August 04, 2014, 07:47:56 pm
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 5: Happy Restitution Act (Debate) on: August 04, 2014, 05:43:46 pm
The fact is, my fellow representatives, that we banned the song Happy, causing the loss of many dollars to Pharell Williams and his associates. This is a fair way to repay them for the distress that the region caused.

As I asked in the other thread, since when do we have phive slots?

Ten thousand dollars is a laughably small amount of restitution when discussing matters like this, although I don't support giving Pharrell so much as a sixpence for writing that song.

Phurthermore, the Supreme Court's opinion in Scott v. The Northeast states:

However, the Court must reject entirely the petitoner's request for monetary restitution to the supposedly injured parties in this case. Crucially, the law in question provided for no enforcement mechanism whatsoever, and there is no reason to suggest the ban ever actually took effect. Indeed, it is entirely possible that Happy received a significant increase in airplay and sales as a result of both the increased publicity surrounding the ban and the subsequent litigation, and indeed as a form of protest against the perceived injustice. We cite in evidence of this citizen A Person's request that protestors blare the song outside the Northeast capitol as a result of the ban.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 5: The Be Fair To Fans Act (Debate) on: August 04, 2014, 03:02:57 pm
Since when do we have five slots?
91  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1928 Primaries on: August 04, 2014, 02:59:37 pm
Nicholas Longworth/Joseph Martin
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Democratic-Republican Party Convention, August 2014 on: August 04, 2014, 02:58:10 pm
Seconding both nominations
93  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the phrase "That's just your opinion!" on: August 03, 2014, 12:07:30 am
94  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2004 Presidential Election: GAME THREAD on: August 02, 2014, 10:09:18 am

"There are only a few weeks left in this election, but polls are showing that we may win Vermont! This would send a message to the quasi-two party system that there is a viable option for social justice and equality. For all of this talk about wasted votes, the only one I can think of is a vote for gutting our welfare programs and continuing overseas engagements."

October 8th
- Rally in Cleveland, OH
- Barnstorming in Broadview Heights, OH
- Rally and fundaiser in Solon, OH
- Meet and greet in Maple Heights, OH

October 9th
- Rally in Dublin, OH
- Rally and fundraiser in Grove City, OH
- Meet and greet in Urbancrest, OH

October 10th
- Rally and fundraiser in Pittsburgh, PA
- Meet and greet in Pittsburgh, PA
- Barnstorming in McKeesport, PA
- Rally in Duquesne, PA

October 11th
- Rally and fundraiser in West Palm Beach, FL
- Meet and greet in Wellington, FL
- Rally in Royal Palm Beach, FL

October 12th
- Rally in Tampa, FL
- Barnstorming in Tampa, FL
- Meet and greet in Progress Village, FL
- Fundraiser in Clearwater, FL
- Rally in St. Petersburg, FL

October 13th
- Meet and greet in Chattahoochee, FL
- Barnstorming in Gretna, FL
- Meet and greet in Quincy, FL
- Rally and fundraiser in Tallahassee, FL

October 14th
- Barnstorming in Boston, MA
- Meet and greet in Cambridge, MA
- Rally in Dedham, MA
- Meet and greet in Fall River, MA

October 15th
- Rally in Bristol, CT
- Barnstorming in New Britain, CT
- Meet and greet in Enfield, CT
- Rally in Torrington, CT
- Rally in Bridport, CT
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Democratic-Republican Party Convention, August 2014 on: August 02, 2014, 12:29:48 am
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: July 2014 Federal Special Election - At-Large Senate on: August 02, 2014, 12:28:07 am
[1] Spiral
[2] Matt from VT
[3] Mechaman
[4] Poirot
97  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2004 Presidential Election: GAME THREAD on: August 02, 2014, 12:24:00 am
Can probably have my stuff in by noon this Saturday.
98  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / outofbox6 vs Ba'ath Party on: August 01, 2014, 07:22:07 pm
outofbox6 vs Ba'ath Party
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Political Tracker - Special At-Large Senate Election on: July 28, 2014, 11:05:26 pm
Hurricane Spiral
100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: End Stadium Corporate Welfare Act (Debating) on: July 28, 2014, 09:51:34 pm
This was an issue that I wanted to address during my tenure as Governor awhile back.

I'll need to think about the specifics when I'm a bit more lucid, but I support ending the status-quo wrt sports issues such as these.

Sports economist J.C. Bradbury on why the economic payout from stadium subsidies is less than expected.

Also, to shed some light on why sports owners ought to pay for their own sh!tty teams:
At the pro level, billionaire team owners such as Paul Allen of the Seattle Seahawks and Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars benefit from publicly financed stadiums for which they pay little or nothing while reaping all revenue. Easterbrook also talks about how the lobbyists managed to get the NFL chartered as a nonprofit by amending tax codes designed for chambers of commerce and trade organizations.

Ostensibly, one might look at a stadium and see commercial activity. However, what commercial activity is to be had from $8 beers?

I question the wisdom of buying a stadium just to sell it again although there might be something obvious I'm missing here.
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