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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-047 - Universal Healthcare and Affordability Act (Debating) on: Today at 02:10:21 am
Abstain
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: August 18, 2017, 12:07:41 pm
I, ZuWo, do solemnly affirm that I will faithfully execute the office of Southern Senator, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia, so help me Dave.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Temporary office of Senator-elect ZuWo: Victory! on: August 16, 2017, 11:29:03 pm
I'll be travelling for the next few days with very limited internet access but I'll be ready to take office as soon as I get back.

Oh and thank you everyone for your kind congratulations!
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Temporary office of Senator-elect ZuWo: Victory! on: August 14, 2017, 04:31:40 am
Thank you to all the voters who have made their voices heard last weekend. I will be proud to serve as your next Southern Senator!

I also thank my opponents JustinTimeCuber and heatcharger who would certainly have deserved a higher percentage of the vote. At the same time, however, I am thrilled to have received such massive support.

As Encke has pointed out, this election was record-breaking in terms of low turnout, which should concern Atlasians of all political stripes. Activity in the game has been rather low during the last weeks and it's time to tackle this problem. You can rest assured that I don't intend to sit on my hands as your Senator.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: LouisvilleThunder for Lincoln Senator Campaign Office--People First! on: August 14, 2017, 04:17:55 am
As I said during and after our primary last month, I'll support you in your next campaigns since I can get behind large parts of your platform and have seen your great activity and dedication. So from one Senator-elect to hopefully another, consider yourself endorsed!
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: August 2017 - Southern Senate Election (Class II) on: August 13, 2017, 09:32:51 am
1. ZuWo
2. heatcharger
3. JustinTimeCuber
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The interests of the South at heart - ZuWo for Southern Senator on: August 12, 2017, 02:48:26 am
Thank you to everyone who has voted so far! I must say I'm very pleased but also surprised by the results so far and I'd like to encourage the other Southern citizens to cast their ballots too.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The interests of the South at heart - ZuWo for Southern Senator on: August 11, 2017, 08:15:12 am
Can't wait to vote for you!!

Wonderful to see such enthusiasm. Thank you!

To all Southern voters, please vote! I hope this will be a high turn out election.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: August 2017 House Special Election on: August 06, 2017, 02:35:58 pm
Potus2036
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The interests of the South at heart - ZuWo for Southern Senator on: August 06, 2017, 08:03:11 am
When I announced my Senate campaign I mentioned the issue of drought prevention and mitigation, which is an issue of particular importance to several states of Southern Atlasia. If I am elected Senator, I will fight to put in place measures the following two measures:

- increasing drought awareness at public schools
- providing financial and logistical support to farmers, businesses and municipalities which make use of water-saving devices, xeriscaping and water recycling

It is my hope that these measures will serve as an effective way to incentivize a more responsible use of water, one of the most valuable resources we have.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The interests of the South at heart - ZuWo for Southern Senator on: August 01, 2017, 04:19:16 pm
i like it. I'll be keeping up with the senate race for sure

Great to hear!

Now on to another policy proposal: If elected, I will re-introduce a slightly amended version of this bill to the Senate:

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Nonpartisan Judiciary Amendment

Article VIII, Section 2 of the Fourth Atlasian Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:
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Section 2 (Qualifications for Officeholders)
i. The officers of the Republic of Atlasia, and of the several Regions, shall be bound by Oath of Affirmation to support this Constitution, but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the Republic of Atlasia.
ii. No person shall be elected to multiple offices under this Constitution, nor occupy the office of Justice or Associate Justice simultaneously with any other public office, including offices of political parties; but members of Congress shall be eligible to serve as the principle officers of such executive departments as may be established by law.

A variant of this amendment was put forward by Labor Representative evergreen last year and it aims at depoliticizing the Supreme Court. Indeed, the discussion whether there should be partisan judges in Atlasia is crucial for our democracy. In my opinion, the reputation of the Supreme Court would benefit from more politically independent justices. I'm definitely looking forward to hearing the views of other citizens and debating this issue in the Senate!
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The interests of the South at heart - ZuWo for Southern Senator on: July 27, 2017, 05:21:37 am
Regional News

Southern Teachers Union President Mark Day "Anything is on the table without a deal"
After the STU contract expired at the end of June, President Day has said that without a contact by September 5th then we are prepared to take job action. Day has said he would like to avoid any labor strife but has warned that he will call a referendum on authorizing his union the ability to use work to rule if no major movement is made by August. The union is believed to want a 25% pay increase over 5 years, a cap on class sizes and more funding for aids and special needs teachers.

Educational policy is an issue close to my heart since I have spent a large amount of my professional life as a teacher. I sympathize with our Atlasian teachers who are tired by an increasing workload and, frankly, rather low salaries. However, I caution the Southern Teachers Union against taking measures which would hurt students.

Indeed, our educational policy needs to be centered around improving the quality of teaching and working conditions for teachers. That's why I support the following measures:

- Training of prospective teachers must be focused on practice, not just theory. While it is true that good teachers can't do without a solid grasp of methodology and didactics, mere methodology and didactics don't automatically make you a good teacher. Prospective teachers should be exposed to classroom situations by teaching classes as early as possible during their training so their (lack of) ability in this field of work can be assessed in time.

- A 25% pay raise as requested by the president of the STU would strain our budget too much but I support a more modest increase for qualified teachers.

- There should be a cap on class sizes in communities with below-average student performance. While recent research results have shown that students in large classes do not necessarily perform worse, large classes tend to increase the teachers' workload. Likewise, weak students mean more work for educators. Therefore, if we cap certain class sizes, the working conditions for teachers of below-average classes will be markedly improved. The same measures should be taken with regards to special needs teachers.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The interests of the South at heart - ZuWo for Southern Senator on: July 24, 2017, 10:30:29 am
Endorsed!
Congratulations to your win. I concede the race to you, and I endorse you. I'll offer any support you would like since I believe that you will serve the South well in the Senate, and we need a united Federalist Party.
Congrats on winning the primary! Endorsed!

Thank you all! It means a lot.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The interests of the South at heart - ZuWo for Southern Senator on: July 24, 2017, 10:20:49 am
We could do another IRC debate.

I'd prefer a debate here on Atlas a) because of the time zone difference and b) because of work I usually can't spend hours on IRC on end.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The interests of the South at heart - ZuWo for Southern Senator on: July 24, 2017, 10:09:13 am
Congratulations on your success. Would you be interested in participating in a debate, maybe August 5?

Good idea. Since we live in different time zones I wouldn't mind a debate that lasts for two or three days.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The interests of the South at heart - ZuWo for Southern Senator on: July 24, 2017, 03:08:31 am
Dear Federalists, dear Southerners

A short but highly spirited primary has come to an end. I am absolutely thrilled and excited to have received the Federalist nomination for Southern Senator! Thank you for your trust - I will do everything I can not to disappoint you.

This primary has been a prime example of democracy at its finest. LouisvilleThunder and I have both run active, ideas-based and clean campaigns which have motivated numerous people to cast their ballots. Thank you to everyone who has voted!

Special thanks go out to LouisvilleThunder who has, as the final results show, nearly clinched the nomination himself. He has proven himself to be an Atlasian to be reckoned with now and in the future. During his campaign he has developed a great deal of ideas to improve the lives of all Atlasian citizens. Indeed, I can subscribe to large parts of his platform and will gladly include some of it in my campaign. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors and offer him my sincere support for his next campaigns. To those who supported LouisvilleThunder I vow that I will work hard to earn your trust and unite our great party.

Now let's make no mistake: The following three weeks until the regular Senate election won't be a cakewalk. With JustinTimeCuber I am facing a serious contender who is quite well known in the South already. As I have stated in this thread, I am running on a platform of pragmatism that emphasizes the values of a social market economy and the respect for life. As an additional core tenet of my campaign I will outline the importance of strong and independent Atlasian regions.

I will need each and every of your votes to make that happen. Let's win this together!
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Southern Senate Class II Federalist Primary on: July 23, 2017, 11:34:56 pm
1. ZuWo
2. LouisvilleThunder
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The interests of the South at heart - ZuWo for Southern Senator on: July 23, 2017, 04:46:15 am
Great to see your return to the game, ZuWo! And that's an excellent ballot--I myself have gravitated towards something like "social market economy" as well.

Oh, and totally endorsed!

Thank you, Governor!

One day left to vote. Southern Federalists, make your voices heard!
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The interests of the South at heart - ZuWo for Southern Senator on: July 22, 2017, 03:31:09 am
Boy, do we have some great candidates.
I endorse my dear friend and boss ZuWo for Senate.

Thank you, I'm honored!
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The interests of the South at heart - ZuWo for Southern Senator on: July 21, 2017, 04:16:42 pm
I encourage those who haven't cast a ballot in the Federalist primary yet to take a few moments to vote and thank everyone who has already done so. I'm thrilled to see such high turnout, and it's only the first day. Incredible!

21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The interests of the South at heart - ZuWo for Southern Senator on: July 21, 2017, 12:10:17 am
Voting in the Federalist primary for Southern Senator has begun.

Please vote - the more, the merrier!

Cast your ballot here:

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=269063.0
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Main Street Partnership (v2.0) on: July 20, 2017, 04:14:56 pm
I, too, would like to encourage the members of the Federalist Main Street Partnership to vote in the upcoming Senate primary.

You can have a look at my views and plans for Atlasia here. In a nutshell, I have tried to emphasize my belief in a free market economy which is also socially responsible.

I'm looking forward to a hopefully high-turnout primary!

ZuWo
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: LouisvilleThunder for Southern Senator Campaign Office--I care about all people on: July 20, 2017, 11:58:37 am
Whatever the result of this weekend's primary will be, I sincerely applaud your enthusiasm and effort, LouisvilleThunder!
Thank you, and if you win, I pledge to support and endorse you as the Federalist nominee.

Thanks, and I will do the same in case of your victory!
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: LouisvilleThunder for Southern Senator Campaign Office--I care about all people on: July 20, 2017, 11:51:31 am
Whatever the result of this weekend's primary will be, I sincerely applaud your enthusiasm and effort, LouisvilleThunder!
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The interests of the South at heart - ZuWo for Southern Senator on: July 20, 2017, 08:41:51 am
Terrible news!

Always a pleasure!

Another thing I'd like to reintroduce if I'm elected Senator is a newsletter which contains my perspective and vote on every bill that's debated in the Senate. In my experience, it's often hard for many Atlasians to keep up to date with what's going on in the Senate. With my newsletter I hope more Southerners will be able to follow the important events at the federal level.
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