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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bush doubles down on Common Core on: November 22, 2014, 03:34:00 pm
I can't wait for Cruz to say that ObamaCare, net neutrality, and Common Core are the same thing.

"Common Core is ObamaCare for schools"

The nutters are already calling it "ObamaCore"
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What will be the next Amendment? on: November 19, 2014, 12:12:24 am
While repealing the seventeenth is a pipedream for a few on the right

We did have a push in our legislature to go around the 17th amendment and have the legislature appoint the US Senate nominees of each party - effectively selecting the Senator.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: New York City mayoral election, 1965 on: November 14, 2014, 12:59:33 am
Lindsay
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Jack Hatch Denies Branstad All-County Sweep on: November 09, 2014, 01:52:45 am
Haslam carried Haywood, woot!
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: TN: 2014 Referendum General Election Result - Amendment 2 (Judiciary) on: November 09, 2014, 01:51:09 am
What happened in Cocke County to make them the only county voting No?

Maybe they're so close to another state that they didn't mind the idea of out-of-state funders coming in to buy up our judges.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / TN: 2014 Referendum General Election Result - Amendment 1 (Abortion) on: November 08, 2014, 06:16:48 pm
New Election: 2014 Tennessee Referendum General Election Results
    
    

TN Amendment 1 - the most controversial item on our ballot this year.  There were more votes cast in this race than in the Governor's or US Senate races.  Note the substantial urban v. rural split.  Almost every precinct in Nashville/Davidson Co. went for "no", regardless of partisan characteristics.  Deeply Republican Knox and Hamilton counties joined the more Democratic counties in voting no.

In 2000, in Planned Parenthood v. Sundquist, the TN Supreme Court held that there is a stronger right to abortion in our state constitution than in federal law.  This amendment neutralizes this decision, empowering the legislature to enact legislation that regulates abortion.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / TN: 2014 Referendum General Election Result - Amendment 2 (Judiciary) on: November 08, 2014, 06:08:34 pm
New Election: 2014 Tennessee Referendum General Election Results
    
    

Amendment effectively clarified that the "Tennessee Plan" for judicial selection, with the additional step of legislative ratification, is Constitutional
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum County Map on: October 26, 2014, 12:20:15 am
Davidson County, TN
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: The "I voted" thread on: October 21, 2014, 12:19:07 am
Early voted on Friday

Governor: Bill Haslam (R)
U.S. Senate: Lamar Alexander (R)
U.S. House, Dist 5: Bob Ries (R)
State House, Dist. 56: Beth Harwell (R)
Amendment 1 (legislative abortion restrictions): Yes
Amendment 2 (TN Plan+ for Judges): Yes
Amendment 3 (Income Tax prohibition): Yes
Amendment 4 (Gambling for veterans groups): Yes
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: October 13, 2014, 11:03:29 pm
The fact that the Conservatives are still hovering at 30% while UKIP is in the mid-teens is amazing.  They're doing what the Canadian PC's couldn't - lose their crazy uncles and still remain the primary center-right party.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of automatic voter registration on: September 24, 2014, 12:37:52 am
Horrible policy.

1) Registering to vote isn't that hard.  If you can't be bothered with completing a simple form, how much time are you going to spend learning about candidates or issues?  Voting and registering should be as easy and simple as possible, but you should have to take some sort of proactive action in order to accomplish either task.

2) As voter registration databases are public record in most states, automatic voter registration essentially creates an index of every citizen, which raises privacy concerns.  If you want to be off the grid (and not vote), you should be able to.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the preceding election? on: September 19, 2014, 10:33:51 pm
Free Trade

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_election_in_Tennessee,_2012
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: IL-Chicago Tribune/APC Research: Quinn takes double-digit (!!!) lead on: September 14, 2014, 01:52:59 am
Its just one poll, which may have screwed up internals.  Settle down.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 12, 2014, 07:51:40 pm
Wait... if parliament has to consent to independence, where are the votes going to come from to do that?
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 11, 2014, 09:37:02 pm
If Scotland can dissolve its union with a 50%+1 vote, why shouldn't some of the council areas dissolve their relationship with Scotland with the same such vote?
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1948 Presidential Election on: August 23, 2014, 01:40:48 pm
Dewey!
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: TN-4: Winnable by Democrats? on: August 16, 2014, 08:57:07 pm
I wonder if Stewart will run again in 2016, and is biding his time for another presidential year turnout scenario?

WKRN-TV: Eric Stewart indicted for Insurance Fraud:
http://www.wkrn.com/story/23893564/eric-stewart-indicted-for-insurance-fraud

Winchester Herald-Chronicle: Eric Stewart pleads guilty:
http://www.heraldchronicle.com/?p=12420
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Cris's Calculations - Governors 2014 on: August 16, 2014, 07:39:16 pm
You'll want to re-figure Tennessee, McKamey lost the Dem primary to Charlie Brown.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International What-ifs / Re: How would you have voted: Greek edition on: August 14, 2014, 10:09:37 pm
1974: ND
1977: ND
1981: ND
1985: ND
June 1989: ND
November 1989: ND
1990: ND
1993: ND
1996: ND
2000: ND
2004: ND
2007: ND
2009: ND
May 2012: ND
June 2012: ND
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 13, 2014, 10:23:16 pm
This whole situation is quite disturbing.

Given the violence that occurred the other night, law enforcement has a responsibility to be there and ready to preserve the peace.  However, their actions against peaceful protests are making circumstances less peaceful.

Its sad when you turn on Al Jazeera and they have heavily armed officials in military regalia firing tear gas and intimidating a peaceful crowd... and you realize this isn't Egypt or Iran, its Missouri.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: TN: 2014 Senatorial Republican Primary Election Result on: August 13, 2014, 01:35:03 am
I don't really know Tenn. politics, but I'm surprised to see Shelby go for Alexander and Davidson go for Carr, since I thought the white areas in/near Memphis, were far more conservative than the white areas in/near Nashville.

In Shelby County, Lamar is our BFF Smiley

Actually there are a couple of reasons --

1) Shelby County's suburbanites tend to be more traditional social conservatives while those in middle TN are more closely aligned the new rage of the tea party.  Mike Huckabee and Right to Life endorsed Lamar.

2) Memphis has a relatively significant Republican population for a major urban city, and these folks are pro-business and a bit more moderate.  I haven't seen precinct results yet, but I'd be surprised if Lamar wasn't racking up high margins in East Memphis.

All that being said, Carr got more votes than I thought he would in Shelby, and his percentage was deflated by Flinn.

In the general election Lamar should do well again in big Shelby.  In 2008 he got nearly a quarter of the African-American vote, and another quarter refused to vote for his opponent over him.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / TN: 2014 Supreme Court Judicial Retention Result on: August 12, 2014, 10:04:37 pm
New Election: 2014 Tennessee Referendum General Election Results
    
    

Tennessee Judicial Retention election for Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade



Parties did not have an official position but the Lt. Governor and many conservative groups advocated replacing 3 Supreme Court judges who were appointed by Democrats.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / TN: 2014 Gubernatorial Democratic Primary Election Result on: August 12, 2014, 12:41:13 am
New Election: 2014 Tennessee Gubernatorial Democratic Primary Election Results
   
   

24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / TN: 2014 Gubernatorial Republican Primary Election Result on: August 12, 2014, 12:32:03 am
New Election: 2014 Tennessee Gubernatorial Republican Primary Election Results
   
   

25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / TN: 2014 Senatorial Democratic Primary Election Result on: August 12, 2014, 12:22:26 am
New Election: 2014 Tennessee Senatorial Democratic Primary Election Results
   
   

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