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251  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Predict Margin (%) for FL-Gov on: October 20, 2014, 08:49:02 pm
Scott: 48.2%
Crist: 48.0%
252  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: State Representation Act on: October 17, 2014, 10:11:26 pm
The idea behind this came from the recent crisis; in other regions several Atlasians decided to unilaterally secede their states from Atlasia. Looking back in IDS history, we had a legislator here try to secede speaking for a state which he decided he had power over. I doubt this would change much in practice, but I think the principle that only the elected legislature represents the states should be emphasized in statute.
253  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS October 2014 Elections on: October 17, 2014, 01:33:46 pm
District 2:
[1] Dereich
254  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1944 Primaries on: October 15, 2014, 08:59:49 pm

Anyone but Taft, really.
255  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who would you rather have as a Governor? on: October 15, 2014, 07:14:18 pm
If Scott was a criminal, he'd be in jail.

Uh...are you implying that criminals don't get away with crimes? Or get penalties other than jail time?
You can't call Scott a criminal if he wasn't convicted. Unlike some cases (OJ, Zimmerman) where guilt is not in doubt and the verdict was rendered by a technicality, Scott was never in any serious danger. Call him what you want, but he is not a "criminal."

I want to know why you care so much, IceSpear? Your Republican Governor actually may be a criminal who helped cover up a serious scandal. My Governor has no national ambition or presence (unlike his opponent) and will likely not be heard of again after 2019, when his term ends Tongue.

It's a fact that his company engaged in massive Medicare fraud. If that's not a criminal act, then what do you call it?

I've hated him for a very long time now. In fact, I remember being appalled on election day 2010 that Florida, a state known for its retirees, would vote for a Medicare fraudster just because of a national political tide. I'd imagine a good example would be how Republicans felt in 2006 when Rod Blagojevich won despite his 5% approval rating just because it happened to be a pro-Dem year. Since then, his attempts to suppress Democratic votes, rejecting Medicaid expansion, and general right-wing excess intensified my dislike of him. And one of the biggest reasons of all: the fact that he's still competitive in a race where he was supposed to be crushed. If he actually manages to win again just by bankrolling his own campaign and crushing his opponent in tens of millions of negative ads, it will prove that money can buy elections regardless of any other factors, and that's a very scary thing.

As for Corbett, Kane cleared him on the Sandusky charges. There's plenty of reasons to hate him, but that isn't one. The fact that he's more a profile in incompetence as opposed to a criminal or far right ideologue, combined with the fact that he's so obviously been a lame duck for the past year, somewhat mellows my dislike for him. At least relatively. Though I will still be thrilled when Gov.-elect Wolf is given his win, needless to say.

Wow, there is a LOT wrong with your post. Starting with the most obvious:
his attempts to suppress Democratic votes, rejecting Medicaid expansion, and general right-wing excess intensified my dislike of him

I assume you're talking about voter id laws; in Florida if you vote without an id your vote still counts if you're voting in the right precinct.  Rick Scott supports Medicaid expansion, so that charge makes no sense. "General right-wing excess" is a meaningless statement; if applicable at all it would be more to the legislature than Scott. I can't put a number on it but I believe he's blocked more bills or plans from the right than he has proposed.

As for the Medicaid fraud thing: Scott, as head of the company, was responsible for the culture which caused people to commit fraud to cut costs. Which is to say he had some responsibility for it, but nothing he did could really be called "criminal".

And one of the biggest reasons of all: the fact that he's still competitive in a race where he was supposed to be crushed.

Nobody who knew anything about Florida politics thought Scott would end up crushed.  Florida is a Republican state; its spread out populace and older demographics make it even more prone to midterm swings to Republicans than others. Scott was never very well liked, but he's done at very least an adequate job as governor:polling in the 30s was NEVER going to last, ESPECIALLY against Charlie Crist.

If he actually manages to win again just by bankrolling his own campaign and crushing his opponent in tens of millions of negative ads

If Scott manages to win, this will be the least significant of reasons. Last I saw, ad spending was something like ~$35 million for Scott to ~25 for Crist, which is a significant difference but nowhere near enough to overcome polls that were something like 65 Crist 35 Scott. If the Democrats lose it will be because of their candidate, their ridiculous state organization and Republican voters coming home. I said it all last year and I'll say it now: Alex Sink would easily be winning this race. Charlie Crist is a creepy weirdo who won't be able to get the apathetic President-only Democratic voters to go vote. He only inspires confidence in Democratic fanboys (already voting), teachers (should be already voting) and St. Pete politicos. A real Democrat, such as Sink or one of the I-4 mayors, would be favored at this point. The state Democratic party is a joke, for reasons which have been long laid out.

The best charge against Rick Scott is incompetence. The legislature ran rings around him for a few years and even now he's bad at spinning his decisions or getting the legislature to act on them. If I could pick anyone to be governor he'd be FAR FAR from the top of the list. He's still better than Crist though.

There, that's my long Florida post for this election.
256  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football Pick'em- 2014 style on: October 15, 2014, 01:44:05 am
Boise State
Bowling Green
Texas A&M
Ohio State
Ole Miss
Colorado State
Florida State Florida State Florida State Whooo!
257  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1940 Presidential Election on: October 13, 2014, 02:33:37 pm
I could never vote for Taft in the 40s and Wallace's platform is too radical. Abstain.
258  Election Archive / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: IA-Sen, Rasmussen: Ernst in the lead on: October 13, 2014, 08:52:50 am
Obligatory >Rasmussen
259  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football Pick'em- 2014 style on: October 12, 2014, 12:47:47 am
I'm sure FSU will stay number one

I feel pretty confident Mississippi State will be #1 tomorrow. Auburn was just a few points behind FSU this past week. Mississippi State will gain all of those votes, and since some voters had us down at 5 or 6, we'll gain a lot on some ballots.

The question is whether FSU or Ole Miss is #2. Ole Miss has the more recent flash, but they were kinda shaky against Boise State and Memphis if any of the voters remember/ever knew/care.

Will they though? I don't think its at all clear. Ole Miss has its Alabama win and a lead in the old computer polls for those who still look at those. FSU will get a huge share of the votes until it loses under the "still the champion until defeated" theory and nothing that happened this week will hurt it. Mississippi State's win over LSU looks less impressive now, and Ole Miss's similar win at A&M mean all State REALLY has going for it that nobody else has is the Auburn win and the voters were never really sold on Auburn anyway; Auburn only got as high as #2 because of goodwill from last year and Oklahoma, Alabama and Oregon losing, not on anything convincing on the field.
260  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football Pick'em- 2014 style on: October 12, 2014, 12:14:49 am
Ok, I give up. I will no longer pick against the state of Mississippi. That Florida game was devastating to see live; the 4th quarter was hope and heartbreak in rapid succession. I'm sure FSU will stay number one; you can make a good argument for both Mississippis, Baylor and FSU as #1. Inertia and SEC vote splitting will keep us there for a while, especially if the Notre Dame game goes well next week.
261  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football Pick'em- 2014 style on: October 11, 2014, 11:09:29 am
Oops, I'm pretty late on this one.

Michigan State
Notre Dame
NC State
Northern Illinois
East Carolina
Penn State
Ole Miss
Colorado Statw
262  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: October 08, 2014, 12:27:13 am
I will be running for reelection to the Imperial Legislature
263  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: Small Growth Act of 2014 on: October 08, 2014, 12:26:34 am
Is setting a hard deadline for expiration a good idea? How do you feel about the Fed approach of linking the end of issuing new tax credits to a lower unemployment rate?
264  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: SE House legislation introduction Thread on: October 06, 2014, 01:29:37 pm
IDS State Representation Act

1. No person may claim to represent a state of the Imperial Dominion of the South without express permission from the Imperial Legislature, the government of Atlasia, or some other organization imbued with that power by the aforementioned bodies.
265  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Federalist Party: October 2014 Convention (Sign in) on: October 05, 2014, 09:56:27 pm
X Dereich
266  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS Voting Booth - The Re-draft Amendment on: October 04, 2014, 09:30:08 pm
267  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Internal Affairs - Secretary Cranberry on: October 04, 2014, 03:12:04 pm
I just want to point out, the "IDS National Guard" is actually the IDS Militia.
268  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: President Ogis - A Journey on: October 04, 2014, 01:09:32 pm
On behalf of all law-abiding citizens I urge the President to reject this pathetic attempt at blackmail.
269  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: COUPDATE LIVE FEED: your one-stop source for "WTF IS HAPPENING" (UPDATED) on: October 04, 2014, 12:09:42 pm
I never would have thought that there would be a crisis involving overzealous militias/regional governments and secession attempts where the IDS would be the only peaceful and loyal state. These are interesting times.
270  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football Pick'em- 2014 style on: October 04, 2014, 12:54:21 am
Ohio State
Texas A&M
Virginia Tech
Florida State
Bowling Green
Notre Dame
Kansas State
Miami (FL)
South Carolina
Michigan State
Boise State
271  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Enderman Internals: Presidential Support on: October 04, 2014, 12:14:12 am
Nothing about DemPGH's resignation should have been controversial at all; Tyrion's succession shouldn't have warranted debate, let alone multiple attempted coups. Also, Tyrion is the only one claiming the presidency. Nobody else, including Snowstalker, is claiming that they are now Atlasia's president. People have been trying to sidestep the government by setting up new organizations, bringing back old ones or trying to use the regions. If any of these were more than half-baked or had even a sliver of legitimate authority behind them we might have an issue, but as it is nobody will be questioning Tyrion's authority by tomorrow or so making this poll completely unnecessary.
272  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Ludlow Amendment on: October 02, 2014, 03:41:48 pm

I introduced a similar amendment that likewise failed. It's unfortunate that the people, who are expected to fight in and die in our conflicts with others, do not have the right to determine whether or not they will do so. If there's enough public support for the idea, I would love to introduce it again and see it passed.

Since when have your bills been predicated on public support?
273  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Report confirms that FL is still a 3rd world-like state when it comes to voting on: October 01, 2014, 06:18:38 pm
If there is one place where succession for a 51st state would do much more good than harm to many people, it would be for Dade, Osceola, Orange, Monroe, Palm Beach and Broward counties.

We say this all the time. The state would be so much better if we could eject Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.
274  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: The Redraft Amendment (Debating) on: October 01, 2014, 06:10:44 pm
275  General Politics / Economics / Re: which should be the primary strategy for tackling sovereign debt? on: September 30, 2014, 07:31:51 pm
Classify all spending as ordinary or extraordinary, publish a big book showing how well balanced the ordinary budget is and don't tell anyone about the extraordinary expenses. Never attempt to fix anything, hoping the problem goes away. Its foolproof.
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