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251  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Alternate State Capitals: Alabama on: February 03, 2014, 02:43:16 pm
Tuscaloosa is the best city in Bama Pawwwl. Roh Tahde.


I already miss college football
252  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Federalist Party of Atlasa: February 2014 Convention on: February 03, 2014, 02:30:35 am
X Dereich
253  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Alternate State Capitals: Rules and Master Thread on: January 31, 2014, 09:48:48 pm
Bradenton (too small, too close to other major cities)
Fort Lauderdale
Gainesville
Jacksonville
Lakeland (or, if you'd rather, Orlampa - central location)
Miami
Ocala
Orlando
Pensacola (small, far away from everything else - all of Tally's problems amplified)
Port St. Lucie (essentially an offshoot of the South FL megaregion)
Sarasota
St. Augustine
St. Petersburg (because Tampa)
Tampa
West Palm Beach

I agree with all of these except Pensacola. It might have problems but it is a legitimate mid/largish sized city with no other viable options in the region. You've gotta give central time zone Florida a bit of love.

If I was going to add anything I guess I'd include Daytona Beach. You can make as good an argument for there as half the other places.
254  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Reid Publicly Opposes Fast-Track Authority for Obama on: January 31, 2014, 01:47:36 pm
Awful policy. A good reason to put the Republicans in charge of the Senate.
So the reason for putting Republicans in the majority is that Reid is blocking a law that you want blocked?

Reed is blocking a law I want PASSED. The Republicans are fine giving the President fast track authority.
255  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Florida 2014 Congressional Races on: January 31, 2014, 02:09:17 am
State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto has been spotted meeting with the NRCC, most likely to enter the FL-19 race.

I have friends in the district who called this months ago. Benacquisto started running ads for her state senate reelection campaign suspiciously early and was probably planning to go for it either way. I'd be surprised if she wasn't the favorite to take the whole thing.
256  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Vermont on: January 30, 2014, 09:40:45 pm
Too cold, too boring, too rural, too leftist. HS.
257  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Reid Publicly Opposes Fast-Track Authority for Obama on: January 30, 2014, 08:43:03 pm
Awful policy. A good reason to put the Republicans in charge of the Senate.
258  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Florida 2014 Congressional Races on: January 29, 2014, 02:17:16 pm
Honestly, my view of FL-2 from living here is that it's not going to be the big race y'all are all hoping or expecting it to be. There is little to no talk about it in Tallahassee, even from the political types who are big into this sort of thing; the race for Governor and the upcoming session of the legislature are much bigger news around here. Either way, unless something wacky happens this is going to be a 2 or 3 point race and which side turns out more people is going matter much much more than who gets the very few persuadable voters.
259  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Florida Megathread on: January 29, 2014, 02:02:32 pm

Which should surprise exactly nobody. Charlie Crist's former (maybe still current?) boss and key adviser John Morgan is the one leading the medical marijuana initiative.
260  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: something must be done on: January 28, 2014, 10:23:05 pm
X Dereich

I've had enough.
261  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS Voting Booth: On Third Thought, We Do Have Expectations Amendment on: January 27, 2014, 04:07:20 am
Nay
262  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: German federal election, September 1999 (fixed) on: January 21, 2014, 10:53:40 pm
Merkel Merkel Merkel
263  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Casterly Rock Polling: Midwestern administrative control over the Pacific? on: January 21, 2014, 04:34:48 pm
I say yes only because this is exactly what we tried to do in the IDS during the initial crisis. Just goes to show the IDS is the most forward thinking region.
264  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Sane region request. on: January 20, 2014, 12:13:19 am
Another voice for the IDS here. We're a very open and welcome region. If you want to be a zombie that's fine: we'll tell you when elections come up and do our best to involve you when public involvement is necessary. But if you want to be active, great! Turnover in the legislature is common and there is always something going on. Being elected is very possible for anyone who wants to be, new people are always getting into office. And, as said before, the region has always been very moderate and accommodating to new arrivals to our southern paradise.
265  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: TIME has this weird political personality quiz and I need you guys to take it. on: January 19, 2014, 03:03:00 am
66% liberal. Apparently internationalism makes one a liberal these days.
266  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS January 2013 Regional Election on: January 18, 2014, 04:37:59 am
[2] Scott (PRO-AR)
[3] Write In: JBrase (DR-TX)
[1] SupersonicVenue (Ind-TN) (i)
267  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Opinion of the IDS legislators on: January 17, 2014, 09:51:39 pm
Option 11 for me.

Not so. You're still a southerner, even if you've run away like the prodigal son.

I've worked with all of them and I approve of everyone serving now.
268  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS Voting Booth: Anti Mandatory Minimum Amendment on: January 16, 2014, 04:19:22 pm
Nay
269  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Federalist Party of Atlasia: General Thread on: January 12, 2014, 02:29:34 am
Aye on the expulsion of Snowstalker.
Aye on the endorsement of hifly
270  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Federalist Party of Atlasia: General Thread on: January 11, 2014, 01:32:16 am
I think this is an expulsion we all can agree on Smiley
271  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS Districting Commission on: January 09, 2014, 11:18:44 pm
Does Puerto Rico have anyone in it at this point? I'm pretty sure it still counts as a state but none of these maps incorporate it.
272  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: DING DONG THE BCS IS DEAD on: January 07, 2014, 02:06:09 am
Just got back from the game. Although the BCS produced some stinkers over the years, this bowl season turned out pretty great. Also, the Auburn people were all very classy and if my team wasn't the one smacking them down I'd root for them without hesitation.
273  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: West German federal election, 1988 on: January 06, 2014, 02:19:36 am
Voted FDP last time, but reunification means I definitely want the right back in office. CDU.
274  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / IDS Voting Booth: Expulsion has a Purpose/Fix the Regions Amendments on: January 02, 2014, 02:18:52 am
Voting is hereby opened on these two amendments. Voting will last 7 days. Please vote aye, nay or abstain.

Expulsion Has a Purpose Amendment

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Article 1, Section 1, Clause 2 is amended as follows:
2. No Person shall be a Senator who has not attained 200 or more posts, whose account is not at least 60 days old, and is not a registered voter in the Region that they represent. Nor shall any person be elected, appointed or otherwise selected to be a Senator whilst still within a term from which the Senator has previously been expelled from by the Senate.

[] Aye
[] Nay
[] Abstain



Fix the Regions Amendment Take Two

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Article IV, Section 2 is amended to read:
Section 2: Regional Boundaries
1. The existing Regions of Atlasia are adopted unaltered by this Constitution.
2. The consent of the Senate is required for any change in Regional boundaries.
3. The consent of the Regions being changed is required except when the quantity of regions is being altered.
4. The Senate may by law admit new States to the Republic of Atlasia. The Senate may apportion this State to a Region via proper legislation.
5. The Senate, by a 2/3 vote, along with the consent of a majority of the citizens in two-thirds of the regions may vote to alter the quantity of Regions ("consent process"). Any constitutional changes to the composition of the Legislative or Executive Branches necessitated as a result of a proposed regional contraction or expansion must be conditionally passed as an amendment in concurrence with the consent process, with said amendment going into effect at the same time as the new regional boundaries. The boundaries of the Regions shall be set by a committee made up of the existing regional executives of all regions, as well as the Vice President. The Senate may regulate the committee via proper legislation. The boundaries must be approved by a majority of the Senate. The boundaries shall go into effect in concurrence with the following Class A Senate Elections or at a time set via proper legislation if such a categorization would no longer exist under the new number of regions.
6. Should the committee to set boundaries not have an approved map within two months of its beginning, the boundaries shall be set by the Registrar General.

[] Aye
[] Nay
[] Abstain
275  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Wedding Announcement! on: January 01, 2014, 01:39:10 am
Although I'm not necessarily in favor of your decision, I congratulate you and think you made the right decision by honeymooning the IDS. Enjoy your trip.
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