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251  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Sen. Nelson Says He's 'Tempted' to Run for Florida Governor on: April 24, 2014, 10:37:13 pm
Nelson has never been overly popular, not to mention he is one of the most arrogant S.O.Bs in Congress.  He keeps winning because the GOP has nominated three losers to face him. 

Nonsense. There are very few Republicans who could beat him in a neutral environment. I'd bet that the only Republican who could have won last year would have been Jeb Bush himself, and that would have been a real race. The Florida GOP don't nominate duds very often (Katherine Harris aside). He keeps winning by filling the perfect niche of being liberal enough to win primaries but not too liberal to lose the goodwill he's built up with business owners, moderate republicans and former southern Democrats that carries him over the finish line.

I'd support him over Scott in an instant, and I'd bet every dollar I have that he'd beat Crist in the primary. Florida Democrats wouldn't be supporting him if they had a legitimate candidate who could win; Nelson could most definitely win. I've always thought Scott's chances were better than polls showed because Crist's support is so ephemeral; most of his supporters (with notable exceptions) doesn't really LIKE him, they either tolerate him because they want to win or out of expectation of future rewards if he wins. His lead has already shrunk and will (I believe) continue to shrink as Scott really gets on the airwaves and reminds people of who they're voting for. I don't think Nelson has done anything that would stick as much, even with a vote for Obamacare. I hope he decides to jump in.
252  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1888 U.S. House Vote, Round 2 on: April 24, 2014, 03:31:13 am
Zeb Zeb Zeb!
253  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Housing First Act (Debating) on: April 23, 2014, 03:38:57 am
Well, without a cost estimate my biggest problem is that I don't think it deals with the main problem of homelessness; long term homelessness is much more due to serious mental illness causing problems rather than the lack of availability. As for the non-mental illness related homelessness, I've been led to believe that that is a much lesser problem; as in a situation where the afflicted don't stay homeless for very long. At any rate, I'd like some kind of mental health provision added before I'd consider voting for this.
254  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: Cultural Protection Act (Debating) on: April 23, 2014, 03:35:07 am
We should probably think about moving to a final vote soon.  Still, I don't know if I can sign this without a cost estimate.

I've been wondering that; how are cost estimates done nowadays? I saw Griffin talking about some kind of new system but I have no idea what that is....
255  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS1: The Take the Power Back Act of 2014 [Voting on Override] on: April 21, 2014, 07:45:24 pm
Nay
256  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS Voting Booth: Executive Department Amendment on: April 20, 2014, 09:50:34 pm
Aye
257  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2014 At-Large Senate Election on: April 20, 2014, 09:48:02 pm
[1] JCL
[2] Goldwater
[3] Lumine
[4] Shua
[5] Write-in: Seatown
[6] Adam Griffin
[7] Alfred
258  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS1: The Take the Power Back Act of 2014 [Vetoed] on: April 20, 2014, 09:17:58 pm
The Emperor having vetoed this legislation, now we must decide whether to override the Emperor's veto or not. Normally I'd ask the sponsor whether or not they wanted to do this before trying for an override, but Jbrase just declared a leave of absence. I think its probably a good idea to go ahead with this anyway, this being the case.

Legislators have 48 hours to vote. A majority of 3/4ths of the legislature, either 4 ayes if 5 vote, 3 ayes if 4 vote, or approval from all those who vote if there are under 4 voters is required for an override. Please vote either aye, nay or abstain.
259  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1888 U.S. House Vote, Round 1 on: April 20, 2014, 08:30:32 pm
Vance/Smith
260  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1888 U.S. Presidential Election on: April 20, 2014, 03:25:39 am
Geez, I feel bad for Dallasfan. He's going to have to jump through hoops to explain Cleveland mysteriously losing 20% of the electorate while the great war hero only does ok and a mostly dead party comes magically back to life.
261  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / IDS 1: Housing First Act (Passed) on: April 20, 2014, 03:21:24 am
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A BILL


To combat homelessness in the Imperial Dominion of the South


Be it enacted by the Legislature of the Imperial Dominion of the South assembled



SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be referred to as the Housing First Act.

SECTION 2. APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT

1. The Government of the IDS will be responsible for determining how many apartments shall be built in each state proportionate to how many homeless persons are living in each state in accordance with the 2013 estimate;

 7500 - Florida
 5500 - Texas
 3200 - Georgia
 3200 - Louisiana
 2600 - Tennessee
 1800 - Puerto Rico
 1100 - North Carolina
 1000 - Alabama
   600 - South Carolina
   400 - Mississippi
   300 - Arkansas

SECTION 3. HOUSING FIRST PROGRAM

1. All homeless individuals and families in the IDS will have the option of moving into an apartment room which must include a living room, a bedroom with beds, a bathroom, a refrigerator, and Wifi.  The Government of the IDS will be responsible for ordering routine checkups in each apartment to ensure quality and cleanliness.

2. Each individual or family will be assigned a caseworker to meet with on a weekly basis.  The caseworker, who shall be employed by the Government of the IDS will be responsible for helping each applicant find employment.

3. Each individual or family will be allowed to stay in their respective departments until the government determines that they are self-sustainable.  The caseworker may assist the applicants in finding a new home located anywhere in the IDS.

4. The government will be responsible for compiling client-level data into the database, including the results of annual counts of the homeless derived from shelter and street surveys taken each January.

Sponsor: Emperor Scott
262  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS1: The Take the Power Back Act of 2014 [Final Vote] on: April 20, 2014, 03:19:35 am
With 2 votes in favor with one against, one abstaining and one not voting this bill passes the Imperial Legislature and moves to the Emperor for veto or signature.
263  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS1: The Take the Power Back Act of 2014 [Final Vote] on: April 19, 2014, 02:45:08 pm
Abstain
264  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Future Governors on: April 18, 2014, 11:46:53 am
Florida Republicans are likely to run either Pam Bondi or Adam Putnam in 2018. The fight between them could be a fun one, but I'd bet on Bondi. Florida Democrats would either run Charlie Crist for reelection or, should he lose this year, some Central Florida mayor.
265  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1888 U.S. Presidential Election on: April 18, 2014, 12:05:21 am
Vance
266  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: If you were in Congress, what would you do if... on: April 18, 2014, 12:03:53 am
On the face of it, option one would seem to be the better policy/reelection option, but congressional office aides specialize in areas specifically so they can learn the hard stuff for you and give you the one page summary.

I say take the meeting with the sick kid and use it as a photo op and have your aide meet with the trade group while personally reassuring them that you'll be an eager co-sponsor to (insert legislation here).
267  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS April 2014 Regional Election on: April 17, 2014, 11:58:32 pm

Emperor:
[1] Scott

District 2:
[1] Dereich
268  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS1: The Take the Power Back Act of 2014 [Voting on Amendment] on: April 17, 2014, 11:00:44 pm
Seeing no further debate, I hereby bring this to a final vote. Legislators have 48 hours to vote aye, nay or to abstain.

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The Take the Power Back Act of 2014.

1. In the event that Federal Statute is being challenged by the Imperial Dominion of the South in the Supreme Court, the Emperor may direct with executive order the temporary nullification of the Federal Statute in dispute within the IDS until the case is decided by the Supreme Court.
269  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: Cultural Protection Act (Debating) on: April 17, 2014, 12:48:24 am
I have a few questions about this: first, why grades 6-12? Dividing the 4 years into part of high school as well as part of middle school seems like it could create some complications for people coming from middle schools with different language standards.

270  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your alignment? on: April 16, 2014, 11:17:09 pm
Lawful Good

You are 38.9% Good.
You are 56.4% Lawful.

I actually expected Lawful Neutral.
271  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Political Compass: Question #20 on: April 16, 2014, 10:47:42 pm
Capitalism will always, always, always tend toward monopoly. Antitrust law will never fundamentally alter that tendency because monopolism is inherent in large-scale industrial capitalism. It's a centerpiece of how the system functions. The only real way to abolish private monopolistic power is to replace it with public monopolism with worker-owned and managed industries.

That's a very odd statement. Monopolies can't exist without unusual barriers to entry preventing other companies from arising. No functioning economy, especially one with even halfway decent institutions is going to tend towards monopoly.

I agree with this statement, only because there are some cases where the "predatory monopolies" are only able to compete because OTHER governments are already interfering with markets. In these cases, counteraction isn't really bad or counter to a free market.
272  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS1: The Take the Power Back Act of 2014 [Voting on Amendment] on: April 16, 2014, 12:19:07 am
Well then, with Jbrase's confirmation I see no reason to change my vote. Let's vote on his principle.

With a vote of 2-2 with one abstaining this amendment is defeated.
273  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS1: The Take the Power Back Act of 2014 [Voting on Amendment] on: April 14, 2014, 11:17:36 pm
I'm not sure how to vote on this amendment; I agree that it has no legal legs to stand on if it passes and that the amended version would be a net positive, but I don't really think that was the point. Since I'm pretty sure Jbrase intended this to be a completely illegal overreach that made more of a statement than a positive to our legal code, I don't know if I can yank that right out from under him by subverting this bill.

I'll abstain for now.
274  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / IDS 2: Cultural Protection Act (Statute) on: April 14, 2014, 11:14:12 pm
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Cultural Protection Act

Whereas, the Imperial Dominion of the South has a unique and special collection of cultures that have shaped the history of this region; Be it enacted that:

1. In Louisiana, 4 years of French shall be mandatory as a foreign language requirement for every student enrolled in public school from grades 6 through 12 in the parishes that make up Acadiana.

2. In any school district that is at least plurality Spanish speaking within the IDS, 4 years of Spanish shall be mandatory as a foreign language requirement from grades 6 through 12.

Sponsor: Jbrase
275  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS2: Resolution on Popular Sovereignty [Final Vote] on: April 14, 2014, 11:11:46 pm
With 5 votes in favor and none opposed, this bill has passed the Imperial Legislature and is sent to the Emperor for signature or veto.
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