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1551  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 25, 2013, 09:56:35 am
What are your views on the following issues:

- Campaign Finance Reform
- Deregistration Reform (federal issue, but still would like to know your thoughts)
- The region's current abortion laws
- The region's current labor laws
- Fracking
- The current regional income and corporate tax rates
- Increasing the powers of the LG office

I can only speak for myself because I haven't discussed all of these issues with Cathcon yet so here's what I think:

- Campaign Finance Reform: With all due respect, that doesn't seem relevant to me in Atlasia. Tongue Thus, I'm not planning to introduce any bill on this issue.
- Deregistration reform: I think the status quo is alright. Someone who doesn't want to participate in the game anymore can simple stop voting so he/she will be removed from the voter rolls after three federal elections. However, if the Senate manages to pass a bill which doesn't create additional problems (e.g. a court case like the one mentioned in the debate thread), I'm fine with that, too.
- Abortion laws: You and I know that I consider myself pro-life/anti-abortion/anti-choice (whichever you prefer Tongue) so in my ideal world abortions would be outlawed. Yet, since the Mideast is a region that is quite diverse politically speaking I stand behind the current abortion statute, which is a compromise most people can live with.
- Labor laws: I generally support the recently passed "Labor Relations Act" but I want it to include a clause which states that an employee cannot be forced to join a union because that, in my view, is a violation of one's right to freedom of association. Nevertheless, the people of the Mideast have spoken and approved of the "Labor Relations Act" so I accept that.
- Fracking is an issue which we have to approach carefully. While fracking is a very interesting method from an economic point of view there are certain environmental risks involved, though the scientific community appears to be split on the question whether these effects are severe or not. I think we should give fracking a chance and put a special emphasis on environment-friendly techonologies, such as "clean (or advanced) fracking".  
- Taxes: I am of the opinion that our regional taxes need not be lowered. Our income and corporate tax rates are low enough to ensure that the Mideast remains competitive. If anything, the federal tax rates must be lowered, and I am glad to see that the Senate has taken certain steps in that direction.
- LG: I opposed the re-establishment of the Lt. Governor and what I have seen so far hasn't really convinced me otherwise. The Lt. Governor only has a couple of "behind-the-scenes" duties, which does little to strengthen the public appeal of the position. So yes, if we want to make the office of Lt. Governor more attractive and effective, we need to increase its powers. However, this only seems possible if we take some of these powers away from the Governor, and I am not sure if I like this idea. Thus, as I said above, I am still not convinced that it was a good idea to re-establish the office of Lt. Governor. Of course, if I am elected Governor I will do as much as I can to involve my Lt. Governor Cathcon in my executive work.
1552  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 25, 2013, 01:54:46 am
When you keep referring to the Wiki in campaigning, are you mainly referring to clarifying what specifically the Governor and Lt. Governor should be doing?

Our first priority will be to keep the Wiki up to date. I think you as Governor have done a good job on that front so we will simply try to continue your work. But yes, another idea is to clarify the responsibilities of the Governor/Lt. Governor with regards to the Wiki. We will come up with such a proposal soon.
1553  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Power To The People Amendment (Final Vote) on: April 24, 2013, 03:37:45 pm
Aye
1554  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Keeping the Voting Booths Clean Act (Vote to Override Veto) on: April 24, 2013, 03:37:12 pm
Aye
1555  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: clarence and Matt for Atlasia on: April 24, 2013, 01:54:20 pm
I endorse you and I am glad we already know that there will be two very strong tickets in the race.
1556  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Power To The People Amendment (Debating) on: April 24, 2013, 10:11:58 am
I support the amendment as well. It will obviously become harder for federal amendments to be passed in the Mideast because of the two-thirds clause but I can accept that.
1557  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A-Bob Research Center: Mideast Political Demographics&Gubernatorial Survey 3 on: April 24, 2013, 10:06:44 am
I'll give this poll one more day since we are still at 15 respondents.
1558  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 24, 2013, 09:05:12 am
We are proud to reveal our official campaign banner. Thanks to homelycooking for creating it! Smiley




ZuWo-Cathcon means experience and leadership. We have both served in the Mideast Assembly for a combined 14 terms. Additionally, we bring one term as Mideast Governor and two presidential campaigns to the table. During our time in office we have put great emphasis on collaborating with people of all parties to move our region forward. We fully intend to work in the same fashion if we are elected Governor and Lt. Governor.
There are several challenges on the horizon for our region; the state of our infrastructure, the constitutional obligation to pass a balanced budget, the Wiki, just to name a couple of important examples, and we want to tackle each one of them. We may not be perfect, but we promise to be active leaders.

It is for these reasons that we think we are ready and able to govern the largest region in Atlasia. The Mideast is in good shape, and we will do everything we can to continue the success story of our region.
1559  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 23, 2013, 04:34:15 pm
Endorsed for first preference

Thank you, Senator. It's an honor. Smiley
1560  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: AverroŽs for President - It's Happening! on: April 23, 2013, 03:51:58 pm
You will get a very high preference from me, that's for sure! "Workhorses" like you, to use the term of the current President, are essential for the game
1561  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: June 2013 Presidential Poll - Liberal on: April 23, 2013, 07:58:59 am
From a Federalist point of view Jbrase and shua are very appealing candidates.
1562  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A-Bob Research Center: Mideast Political Demographics&Gubernatorial Survey 3 on: April 23, 2013, 06:15:12 am
I've got 15 respondents so far. A couple more participants would be appreciated.
1563  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you type? on: April 23, 2013, 04:44:23 am
I was unaware there were people above elementary school age who don't touch type.

I'm one of those, too. I simply never needed any touch typing skills for the texts I wrote.
1564  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Executive Office of Tmthforu94/Clinton1996 on: April 23, 2013, 03:16:17 am
Throughout this entire debate I have developed a real desire to learn "Inksian". I think it would be appropriate if we could at least get a text sample of this new tongue.
1565  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Gass3268's Campaign Headquarters for the Mideast Assembly! on: April 23, 2013, 02:45:35 am
Your candidacy has made the race for Governor more interesting but I understand your decision. I wish you the best of luck in your campaign for Assembly.
1566  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 23, 2013, 02:42:22 am
Thank you, Lumine. I'm glad you appreciate our campaign. Wink
1567  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cabbage Stems Polling ∑ Mideast Assembly May 2013 on: April 23, 2013, 02:36:39 am
Great idea to run a poll now that the field seems stable, do you have any early predictions on what the results could be?

We need some more Federalists taking the poll (and I'm seriously questioning the results as of now); what I'll say already is this: budget issues, game reform, and personal affinity seem to be the big three factors

I'm struggling with the same problem - way too few Federalists in my polls to get a meaningful result. But I still consider this polling format superior to the usual Atlasian polls. You can ask many specific questions that the poll respondents can answer in a short amount of time.
1568  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Tmthforu94-Gass3268 High Speed Rail Act of 2013 (Debating) on: April 22, 2013, 03:52:38 pm
Hey, y'all,

Since there's already a Nyman-Baltimore-Philly-NYC-Boston high-speed rail line, I was wondering if, as part of this legislation, you would consider construction of a high-speed rail from Nyman across the Potomac to Richmond and the border, where it could connect to our Charlotte-Greensboro-Raleigh/Durham line that we're planning to extend down to Greenville and Atlanta? It would integrate our transportation system much better and make travelling easier.

That actually makes sense since traffic doesn't stop at regional borders.
1569  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 22, 2013, 03:37:42 pm
Wow, that's really awesome! Thank you very much. Smiley
1570  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 22, 2013, 03:28:05 pm
The ZuWo/Cathcon ticket congratulates the winners of the Senate election.

In the next days we are going to reveal our campaign banner. Our campaign theme remains "Experience and Leadership".
1571  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Inside Nyman: Hagrid, MaxQue, Napoleon, Mr. X, Kalwejt projected to win on: April 22, 2013, 01:29:41 pm
Thanks for the nice visualization of the balance of power in the Senate, Nix.
Now let's state it clearly once and for all (before some on the left start lamenting about the "right-wing" or "conservative" Senate again): There are 8 Senators that are undeniably left of center, while there are only 2 conservatives. Wink
1572  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Speed Limits Act (Debating) on: April 22, 2013, 01:22:44 pm
I can say that speed cameras are widely used in my home country as well as many other European countries and they don't pose any major problems. Sure, they are annoying if you get caught speeding, but you've got no one else to blame than yourself if that happens. Importantly, numerous studies have shown that speed cameras have a positive impact on road safety:

Additionally, let's not forget that speed cameras also generate revenue.
1573  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is this abnormal? on: April 22, 2013, 11:37:24 am
Teaching is exhausting, I can say this from experience. However, how you feel after six hours of teaching depends on your approach to the job (also, of course, on the classes you teach). If working in general and teaching in particular is something unpleasant to you and you only regard it as a means to earn money, then yes, your reaction is probably quite normal.
1574  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A-Bob Research Center: Mideast Political Demographics&Gubernatorial Survey 3 on: April 22, 2013, 10:03:16 am
The first numbers (13 respondents) show some interesting trends. First of all, the race for Governor remains close between Clinton1996 and ZuWo, with Gass in third place. Secondly, no clear pattern emerges when it comes to the questions of what the ideal balance of power for the Mideast is and whether the Mideast Assembly should be controlled by the right, the left or by no political group at all. Interestingly, 7 of the 13 respondents say their political views are "far left" or "center left", 5 say that they are "far right" or "center right", and only one person considers himself/herself a "centrist". This suggests that these preliminary figures might skew to the left so more responses are wanted!
1575  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Sentinel: Sjoyce projected winner in IDS! on: April 22, 2013, 04:46:43 am
It would be pretty hard to have an invalid vote due to inactivity or posting requirements, since they practically barely exist these days.

Actually, McGovern's vote seems to be invalid because of too few posts.
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