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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: UT-Gov: Johnson leads convention, primary inbound on: Today at 08:45:05 am
I don't know...if Herbert managed to get 45% at a convention, then I'd imagine he's sitting at or above 50% in a traditional primary. We all know who shows up to conventions.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which state would Trump have an easier time flipping in the GE? on: Today at 08:18:03 am
The only Republican presidential candidate that can flip Wisconsin is one that ran 10 years ago or one that'll run 10 years from now.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Constitutional Convention / Re: Misc Articles (Amendment, Supremacy, Officeholding, &c) LAST CALL for new topics on: Today at 01:13:52 am
I also propose the following amendment:

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ARTICLE V

Section 2 (Implementation)
i. Following the ratification of this Constitution, the incumbent President of the Republic of Atlasia shall designate a temporary Elections Officer, who shall administer the election of the new President, Vice President, and House of Representatives. Elections for these offices will be conducted according to the regulations set forth in this Constitution and the existing body of law, and shall commence not more than two weeks following the receipt of the certificates of ratification from the several Regions.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Constitutional Convention / Re: Misc Articles (Amendment, Supremacy, Officeholding, &c) LAST CALL for new topics on: April 29, 2016, 12:49:42 am
Since the House's specific method of election is not described in the Constitution, is there any need to specify (like we did with the Judicial Branch) a certain level of continuity in terms of what specific method the temporary Elections Officer must use?

Also...while it may be self-serving, are we really going to have an election for President and Vice President that will have less than two weeks of campaigning? I think we should amend this and just allow Duke and I to finish our terms. Cheesy Besides, there is no inherent need for a fresh election in this regard: it's necessary for the House and the Senate since there are inherent changes in the number of people in the chamber and how they're elected (and also that the House is being freshly created).
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Constitutional Convention / Re: Committee on Style on: April 29, 2016, 12:44:44 am
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v. The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments. In all trials of impeachment, the Chief Justice shall preside, and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of 2/3 of the sitting Senators.

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iv. The House of Representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment.

Huh

Impeachment is like the indictment. The House has sole power to impeach, and the Senate then has to try the impeachment like a Jury would try someone indicted by the DA in a criminal case.

Impeachment often gets confused for the overall process, when it really only refers to that portion that occurs in the house in real life. Both Johnson and Clinton were impeached, but were acquitted in the Senate.

Aah, I see that distinction now. Whoops.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Constitutional Convention / Re: Committee on Style on: April 29, 2016, 12:21:36 am
FYI here is my first (and basic) proposal for changes, which only includes the labeling of the Articles and the abandonment of 18th century capitalization. Changes are in red. I have the formatted text saved on my computer (too long to post as one thing).

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7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Constitutional Convention / Re: Committee on Style on: April 28, 2016, 11:54:44 pm
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v. The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments. In all trials of impeachment, the Chief Justice shall preside, and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of 2/3 of the sitting Senators.

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iv. The House of Representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment.

Huh
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Constitutional Convention / Re: ATTENTION: Motion to End Debate on: April 28, 2016, 11:42:48 pm
I am going to have a couple of things that can hopefully be discussed (I already posted about two of them in the Style thread) as I continue to read through the current document and attempt to ensure there are no loose ends. Additionally, it may be necessary for us to vote/approve wording/spelling corrections as amendments to the document, if we are to be technical (for instance, specifying the actual article numbers and (hopefully) eliminating all of these redundant 18th century capitalizations).
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Constitutional Convention / Re: Committee on Style on: April 28, 2016, 11:26:15 pm
Since the House's specific method of election is not described in the Constitution, is there any need to specify (like we did with the Judicial Branch) a certain level of continuity in terms of what specific method the temporary Elections Officer must use?

Also...while it may be self-serving, are we really going to have an election for President and Vice President that will have less than two weeks of campaigning? I think we should amend this and just allow Duke and I to finish our terms. Cheesy Besides, there is no inherent need for a fresh election in this regard: it's necessary for the House and the Senate since there are inherent changes in the number of people in the chamber and how they're elected (and also that the House is being freshly created).
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: DIRECT DEMOCRACY WATCH 2016 edition on: April 28, 2016, 10:58:57 pm
Why are all state flags so lousy? Like, I could count the decent ones on one hand (south Carolina, maryland, Arizona, the back of Oregon and California.
Have you seen Arkansas's?
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Arkansas#/media/File%3AFlag_of_Arkansas.svg
One star:
In 1987, Bill Clinton signed Act 116 that stated “The blue star above the word “ARKANSAS” is to commemorate the Confederate States of America.”
The other three stars have three meanings:
- Three nations which owned AR(France, Spain, America)
- Louisiana Purchase, including AR, in 1803
- AR was the third state made from the Lousiana Purchases

Not that adding the star was even necessary in the first place. All you have to do is flip each of the four sides of the blue diamond horizontally, or split the flag in half and move each half to the opposite side in order to see its original intent:

11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Boehner: Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh" on: April 28, 2016, 07:35:24 pm
"Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a bitch" ..... well, OK, these labels probably do fit Cruz.
But they would have fit better if made towards Little-Hands-Drumpf-Fuhrer.

Well...

Orange people need to stick together.

Boehner's clearing the way for his oompa-loompa buddy!
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Assuming Trump is the Nominee...Which States Would Gary Johnson Win? Predictions on: April 28, 2016, 06:53:20 pm
Honestly, the best scenario for any Libertarian candidate in this election is one in which Trump isn't the nominee, if you catch my drift.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hispanic Voter Registration Spikes on: April 27, 2016, 10:04:48 pm
I've been periodically checking new registrations via the voter file for my county over the past several years. Depending on the 6-month or 1-year period I'd inspect, that number was usually 15-20% Latino.

I just checked the past six months and new registrations are 25% Latino.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: McCain Fundraiser Arrested in Meth Lab Bust on: April 27, 2016, 08:57:49 pm
Really? That's gotta hurt him in the primary, right?

It certainly hurts him in November, though.

An entrepreneurial spirit building a small business outside the reaches of the heavy-handed federal government and its countless rolls of red tape? McCain will surely soar to victory now!
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump vs. Crubio on: April 27, 2016, 07:39:33 pm
I still find it hilarious that the Lavenous One can't win his home state even with the added votes of another candidate. How did this guy get elected in the first lace?

16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The Dem primary map is completely ruined now. on: April 27, 2016, 07:32:18 pm
Yes, but it was actually ruined by CLINTON WINNING CONNECTICUT, since Sanders won RI first and since had he won CT as well, the map would continue to adhere to the trend of no individual state being completely cut-off from other states won by the same person.

Even with the aesthetic lacking of IN/WV/KY, the trend could have been preserved without Clinton's SELFISH AND RUDE intrusion in CT.

17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: If Trump runs for governor of New York, will he have a chance? on: April 27, 2016, 04:52:04 am
I don't think he could win, but I disagree with some here on his whole "dedication to/skill at the job" thing when it comes to a position like Governor of NY. Someone like Trump - assuming that he tried, of course - would be a perfect fit in the office. The Democrats and Republicans there already collude in many ways that the two parties don't even in other horribly-corrupt states; the Democrats are pusses and have done obviously awful things when it comes to enabling the Republicans. Trump has spent his entire life gaming the New York political system in one way or another and bending those types of Democrats to his will; they're his people and he might actually be able to Art-of-the-Deal-it there in meaningful ways to get a lot of whatever his agenda might be accomplished.

I think in a good climate, he could get Lazio levels of support or more, though. That's pretty much "winning" by NY GOP standards these days.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who deleted my DNC thread? on: April 27, 2016, 04:39:22 am
I hope you got it on r/sandersforpresident before tonight. They may not be feeling as generous anymore. Tongue

There are specific FB groups popping up where Sanders people are organizing directories of fundraising pages for delegates. Despite that...I'm just not sure I can bring myself to beg them. Cheesy
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: AZ-Behavior Research Center: Clinton +7 on: April 27, 2016, 04:37:33 am
It's going to be so beautiful...

20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The SteveMcQueen Theatre of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts V on: April 27, 2016, 01:49:27 am
maybe Trump could win if he took Santorum as his VP?

It brings such a fond memories...


Dude you left out the kid with the 1000 yard stare.


Oh man...this brings back old memories of getting on Phil's nerves...

For old time's sake (and since my original link broke):

21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who deleted my DNC thread? on: April 27, 2016, 12:42:45 am
Cathcon should be an option in this poll.

Nah, I know that Cathcon didn't do it.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: (MAP) 2016 Presidential Primary Electorate by County on: April 27, 2016, 12:34:38 am
Other than Lehigh County, PA, tonight's results are complete.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Who deleted my DNC thread? on: April 27, 2016, 12:30:35 am
If my completely-relevant-to-the-theme-of-the-board pitch for DNC fundraising wasn't allowed, then you could have just removed the link instead of deleting my story and the better part of a page's worth of posts that I hadn't yet gotten the chance to read.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic Acela Corridor Tuesday results thread (all polls close at 8pm ET) on: April 26, 2016, 11:42:32 pm
Anyone have county data for CT and RI?

http://www.nytimes.com/elections/2016/national-results-map
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic Acela Corridor Tuesday results thread (all polls close at 8pm ET) on: April 26, 2016, 11:20:22 pm
Have we talked about the Maryland Senate race yet? Can we talk about the Maryland Senate race? Bernie Sanders shouldn't feel so bad: black voters threw Donna Edwards under the bus, too!

Name recognition, FTW!
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