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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE4: March-June Northeast Budget FY2014 (Debating) on: March 23, 2014, 04:21:54 pm
So, is everyone fine with the current expenditures? I might have an amendment regarding tax expenditures later but I'd like to start discussing revenues if the Representatives are content with that.

Not a Representative, but that sounds good to me.

As mentioned before, I'd like to look into lowering or eliminating taxes for some brackets, given the surpluses we've had. I don't think it'd break the bank.
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Office of Governor Dallasfan65 on: March 23, 2014, 01:05:12 am
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Amendment to the Healthy Northeast is a Strong Northeast Act
Section 4 of the Health Northeast is a Strong Northeast Act of 2013 is hereby amended to read:

1. Those employees and owners of businesses that legally sell any type of  food, or those employees and owners of businesses who have tenants that legally sell any type of food, that sell and meet the food standards established by the Department of Agriculture shall be eligible for a  1.05% reduction in their income tax. Only employers which 70% of their food product meets the regional standard shall be eligible.
1a. Those producers, and employees, of food that meetings the regional standard may also be eligible for the tax cut. Only producers which 90% of their food product meets the regional standard shall be eligible.

2. In order to be eligible for the tax cut, those businesses must also meet all municipal, state and regional regulations.

3. Any business receiving a failing grade from a municipal agency charged with health inspections shall not be eligible for the tax cut.

I sign,

XDallasfan65
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Office of Governor Dallasfan65 on: March 22, 2014, 10:22:04 am
I am ordering the Vermont National Guard to deploy a unit to Burlington in response to reports of an unidentified vessel landing. These troops will be under orders to hold their fire and make an assessment of the situation.

XDallasfan65
79  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: "Where've You Gone, General Washington?" - Participatory Election Series on: March 22, 2014, 10:12:07 am
1876:



President Samuel Tilden (Union-New York)/Vice President Cassius Clay (Union-Kentucky) 210 electoral votes, 48.6% of the popular vote
Activist Walter M. Gibson (Radical-Nevada)/Fmr. Governor Benjamin Butler (Radical-Massachusetts) 133 electoral votes, 42.9% of the popular vote
Governor William Mahone (Whig-Virginia)/Senator Algeron Paddock (Whig-Nebraska), 23 electoral votes, 8.6% of the popular vote

1880:



Vice President Cassius Clay (Union-Kentucky)/Treasury Secretary Arthur Sewall (Union-Maine) 136 electoral votes, 36.7% of the popular vote
Activist Walter Gibson (Radical-Nevada)/Governor Charles Van Wyck (Radical-Nebraska) 120 electoral votes, 36.7% of the popular vote
Senator Benjamin Harrison (Whig-Indiana)/Columnist John O'Sullivan (Whig-New York) 110 electoral votes, 26.7% of the popular vote

I'll fix that ugly black line in 1876 and do write-ups in a bit.
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Northeast Voting Booth: Amendment to Article V on: March 21, 2014, 10:42:06 pm

As Governor, I hereby declare this polling place open!

This is the Northeast regional polling booth for the March 21 - 28 Federal amendment ratification. In this polling place, Northeast citizens are voting on one federal amendment.

A vote will be counted so long as the voter that casts it is eligible to vote in this election and casts a formal ballot. A vote is formal so long as it contains numbered preferences with no duplicate numbers. A ballot containing Roman Numerals is not considered informal. A ballot in which candidates have been ranked a,b,c, etc is not considered informal so long as no letter has been repeated, and so long as a single candidate has been ranked a, for as long as the letters are consecutive with no duplicate letters. A ballot is formal if the CJO can determine the intent of the voter without interviewing that voter.

Votes for "NOTA" or "None of the Above" for any office are formal regardless of the preference assigned to it. Should a voter preference "NOTA" as well as other candidates, only his vote for "NOTA" will be counted.

This booth shall remain open until March 28 at 11:42:59 PM EST.  Editing your ballot at any point after posting will result in disqualification of your vote. Voting outside of the time parameters will disqualify your ballot.

Quote from: Final Text
Article V Section 2 subsection 6 of the Third Atlasian Constitution is amended to read as follows:


Persons may only change their State of registration from one region to another region once every 180 days. Changes in State of registration within a single region may occur once a month every 24 hours.

Official Ballot:

Federal Amendment: Amendment to Article V, Section 2.6:
[ ] Aye
[ ] Nay
[ ] Abstain
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Office of Governor Dallasfan65 on: March 21, 2014, 07:27:47 pm
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Pornography Liberalization Act
The Pornography and Age of Consent Act of 2010 is hereby amended to read:

An act to liberalise laws restricting sexual activity and to amend the Northeast Pornography and Age of Consent Act of 2005:

1. In accordance with the federal Bow Chicka Bow Wow Act of 2009, All individuals shall have the right to buy, possess, and view pornography depicting only persons of 18 years of age or older.

2. All those persons of 16 years of age or older not incarcerated for crimes shall have the right to give consent to engage in sexual acts with other persons who are less than 5 years older.

3. Any person of 21 years of age or older who engages in a sexual act with a person of 16 years of age or younger is guilty of statutory rape.

I sign,

XDallasfan65
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Amendment to the Healthy Northeast is a Strong Northeast Act (Voting) on: March 21, 2014, 07:23:53 pm
So it is in fact a .5% reduction?
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Legislation Introduction Thread on: March 21, 2014, 12:44:55 am
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K9 Unit Reform Act

1)   The use of narcotics-detection dogs by Northeastern law enforcement agencies is hereby banned in the Northeast.
2)   Dogs may still be used for search-and-rescue purposes.
3)   Narcotics-detection dogs may be adopted by police officers in their respective departments, or will otherwise be delivered to their local pet shelters.
4)   This legislation shall go into effect on January 1st, 2015.
84  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: In honor of March Madness, Presidential Tournament Round IV on: March 21, 2014, 12:13:23 am
Penn Jillette
John Stossel
85  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: March 20, 2014, 10:53:47 pm
Poor Coventry. Sad I bet he's itching at the spot in his pants where Ho'kee just tore his genitals off.

Who's to say he isn't getting a promotion? Tongue
86  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: March 20, 2014, 10:53:22 pm
TIME - Presidential Shakeup
September 3rd, 1987

Labor in disarray

President Bentsen has not been particularly popular amongst labor unions, compared to his predecessor. Part of this is due to Bentsen's support of free trade agreements, though the chief apostasy was his executive order, rescinding President Jackson's steep tariffs on Japanese automobile imports. This led to the resignation of Labor Secretary Lane Kirkland, former President of the AFL-CIO and a darling of the labor movement. This, coupled with the decline of American auto sales, freezing wages, and layoffs spurred workers to strike at the Cadillac plant in Detroit.

While labor universally reviles Bentsen, the support has been somewhat split. There are some elements that prefer Jerry Brown for his opposition to globalization, though his exotic personal life and cultural values are taboo to many members of this constituency. This is driving others into the arms of Senator Patton Wyde, whose rhetoric attacking the wealthy and corporations are endearing. Lastly, there are some elements considering ditching the Democratic Party outright, and investigating the Working Man's Party, though this viewpoint is considered to be in the minority.

Simpson drops out, endorses Ho'kee

In a stunning turn of events, Senator Alan Simpson dropped out of the presidential race and endorsed Speaker Areus Ho'kee. While Simpson had been polling at a second-tier position, most had expected that he was holding out for one of the more prominent contenders - such as Gingrich or Armstrong. However, in his endorsement, Simpson cited "Ho'kee's willingness to focus on the bigger picture, and proven accomplishments" as making him the most qualified contender for the Presidency, and worthy of his endorsement. Most pundits are surprised at SImpson's endorsement, given that Ho'kee has been polling evenly with him and is considered a dark horse.

Thus far, Simpson has only been leading in the state of Wyoming. However, in early states such as New Hampshire and Iowa, where the margin is expected to be tight, every percentage point counts, and this only works to Ho'kee's benefactor. Additionally, Simpson was most popular in the Interior West, and his departure helps makes these races a direct competition between Ho'kee and Armstrong, which prevents the latter from consolidating his narrow lead in early states by putting him on the defensive.


Republican Primary Polling
August 30th, 1987

Gingrich: 29%
Armstrong: 23%
Ho'kee: 19%
Weicker: 17%
Undecided: 12%
87  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1880 House and Senate Election for President on: March 20, 2014, 09:29:20 pm
Gah, the fact that we Radicals were SO CLOSE to getting a president from our party after 40 years but are now denied once again is really frustrating.

As mentioned before, I will allow for a unity ticket in the next election (though with some repercussions, naturally.)
88  General Politics / Individual Politics / 1880 House and Senate Election for President on: March 20, 2014, 05:04:33 pm
In keeping with Cathcon's precedent, I've granted two votes. However, I took Harrison out of the running, since that would essentially just be a re-vote of the 1880 election - I hope that doesn't seem unreasonable.

Three days.
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE4: March-June Northeast Budget FY2014 (Debating) on: March 19, 2014, 09:33:57 pm
Mm, that seems like a good point.

Amendment is friendly.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE4: March-June Northeast Budget FY2014 (Debating) on: March 19, 2014, 07:50:30 pm
So Deus' proposed amendment isn't friendly?

Unfriendly for now. Though I do agree that we should pear these down a bit.
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE4: March-June Northeast Budget FY2014 (Debating) on: March 19, 2014, 07:03:11 pm
Thank you Mr. Gm! And, whoa, surplus!

OK.

I plan to try and get rid of a few line items when Governor Dallasfan's budget procedure amendment is being debated, but for now I will withdraw my previous amendment and offer this one instead:

Quote from: amendment offered
$2 billion - Environment & energy
$20.00 Billion ...... Loans to be granted to energy companies that have a responsible environmental track record, are seriously attempting to develop clean energy alternatives, push for energy efficiency and/or have an approved plan to do so.
$20.00 Billion  ...... Fund for alternative energy
$2.00 Billion  ...... Updating the Northeast's current energy infrastructure
$10.00 Billion  ...... Refitting all government buildings to run on clean energy
I think there is some merit to what Deus is saying about energy spending, but I don't think the Assembly would reach a consensus on eliminating these entirely - not to mention that we've already got a pretty big surplus.

What if we were to eliminate funding on refitting government buildings, and reduce the amount of funding we have for alternative energy?

Also, I think given the current surplus we have, we should explore reducing tax rates (or eliminating them outright for the  $25,000 - $49,999 bracket). Tax cuts aren't a big priority of mine, but with the surpluses we've been having (and the amount of money we have in the Disaster Relief Fund) we'd be effectively hoarding money.

That being said I will need some of the surplus left over once I introduce legislation wrt police cameras (these can be pricey.)

How does the Assembly feel about his?
92  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Gerald Ford on: March 18, 2014, 01:13:16 am
There's something about the man and his governing style that really endears him to me. Huge FF.
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: 13-Year Olds Like Porn Too Act (Debating) on: March 17, 2014, 09:56:37 pm
I'm a little nauseous at the prospect of an eight year old walking into a porno shop...

I think he'd either be confused or bored. Tongue

I accidentally happened upon a magazine back when I was about four (was looking for an X-Men comic), and I don't think it had any effects on me. I just didn't know what to make of it at the time.
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Office of Governor Dallasfan65 on: March 17, 2014, 09:31:38 pm
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Northeast Public Intoxication Act
Section 1:

1)   The act of public intoxication shall no longer be a misdemeanor in the Northeast or any of its municipalities, cities, and towns.
2)   Law enforcement authorities shall not be able to take persons into protective custody solely because of public intoxication.
3)   Public transit officials (e.g. trains, buses) shall not be able to refuse persons solely because of public intoxication.
4)   Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit disorderly conduct (e.g. harassment, loudness, disturbing the peace) or felonious behavior (e.g. violence, theft, drunk driving.)

Section 2:

1)   Laws restricting open-containers are hereby repealed in the Northeast.
2)   Consumption of alcoholic beverages (e.g. wine, beer) shall be permissible in outdoor public spaces and on public transit. Taxi drivers may restrict said consumption in their cars (at their discretion.)
3)   Consumption of decriminalized or legalized drugs (e.g. marijuana, psylocibin mushrooms) shall be permissible in public spaces. Consumption of the aforementioned drugs will not be permissible on public transit.
4)   Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit littering or disorderly conduct.

Section 3:
1)   Public urination is hereby defined as a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not in excess of $25.00.
2)   Any state laws or local ordinances defining public urination as a sex offense are hereby repealed.
3)   Urination on private property may still be considered vandalism.

Section 4:
1)   Any clauses of the Freedom to Enjoy Onesself in Public that conflict with this legislation are hereby repealed.
2)   This legislation shall go into effect upon its passage.

I sign,

XDallasfan65
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasians Against the 'Common Sense' State on: March 17, 2014, 07:35:36 pm
XDallasfan65

Now let's all form a Group Union. Grin

The fab four reunited once again haha

I was one of the original Liberals too!
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Northeast Public Intoxication Act (Debating) on: March 17, 2014, 07:32:15 pm
My apologies! Deus' amendment is friendly.
97  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Adam Fitzgerald vs Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on: March 17, 2014, 12:19:30 pm
Adam Fitzgerald vs Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
98  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1880 U.S. Presidential Election on: March 17, 2014, 11:41:05 am
Hey, Zioneer, how about we strike a deal? If Clay wins this, we can field a combined Gibson/Some Whig ticket in 1884, thus allowing both parties to get a President (Gibson will die in early 1888). Does that sound good?

If these results hold up, I'll allow it in '84.

A Radical victory would be a nice sending-off present to Zioneer.
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Office of Governor Dallasfan65 on: March 17, 2014, 11:13:10 am
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Group Unions Act
The Northeast Marriage Act of 2005 is hereby amended to read:

Be it resolved the following:
1. This act shall be cited as the Northeast Group Unions Act of 2014.

2. The term "union" as used in this act shall be defined as a civil union, and not an actual marriage as defined in the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia, and therefore does not come under jurisdiction of the Atlasian Senate.

3. The definition of union shall be the union of multiple persons, and excluding:
i) The union of a person with a non-person, or an object ii) The union of a person with a dead person or the union of two dead persons iii) The union of a person to his or her mother, father, son, daughter, sister, brother, first cousin, grandparent and their ancestors, grandchildren and their descendants, aunts and uncles and their ancestors, and nephews and nieces and their descendants. Adopted family in these relations shall also be excluded.

4. The union of multiple persons must be certified by an appointed municipal clerk, or in the case of forum members, must be certified by the Governor. A union must be witnessed by at least two other persons to be legal.

5. A union shall always be a union of complete equity. No provisions are to be assumed to favor any of the persons unless consented to by all parties.

6. A union is a contract that must be approved by all parties, the witnesses and the officer presiding over the election.  If more than two persons wish to form a legal union, all parties involved must sign a contract dictating the division of property in the case of divorce.

7. A union between two persons may be nullified at any time with the consent of both parties. At this time the property of the members of the union shall be divided to both of the parties, unless an agreement is made before the union.   In the case of a union between more than two persons, all parties shall have the right to divorce themselves from the union at any time without the consent of other parties.  Children under the age of 18 who are under the guardianship of the union shall have their custody given to the most competent of the union, with rights of the other parties to be able to have visiting access.

8. Rights of the union, including, but not limited to: i) It is assumed that the property of the members of the union shall be the ownership of all parties. This may be nullified with a pre-nuptual agreement. ii) The union parties will have the right to open a join bank account. iii) The union parties will have a right to certain tax benefits. iv) The union parties will have a right to certain social security benefits. v) The union parties will have visiting room privileges at hospitals.

9. This bill shall be post dated to October 1, 2005 and all unions to occur between that date and the passing of this legislation shall fall under this act.

Despite the misgivings that some may have, I support and and sign into law the Group Unions Act. I applaud this piece of legislation, as it helps to cultivate the Northeast as a pluralistic society, tolerant of all lifestyle choices between consenting adults.

That being said, I do give heed to some of the considerations raised and I encourage the Assembly to amend this legislation in the future as appropriate.

XDallasfan65
100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Northeast Public Intoxication Act (Debating) on: March 16, 2014, 10:50:46 pm
Passengers should be allowed to drink, though, no? And I think that drinking in parked vehicles is something that shouldbe allowed- for example, a group may want to drink before a concert or something in their vehicle before doors open. Nothing wrong with that. We have a legal limit and if a driver is above that he would already be punishable on that basi.

If passengers can legally drink in a moving vehicle, then every driver will claim that the open container in the car wasn't his, rendering enforcement impossible.  That's why we have open container laws in automobiles.

Isn't most of this negated by the advent of breathalyzers?
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