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626  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Usury is Bad Act of 2013 on: August 22, 2013, 11:00:12 pm
Seeing no further debate, this will now be brought to a vote. Legislator have may vote either aye, nay or to abstain. The vote will end once either all legislators have voted or 48 hours has passed.
627  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS Voting Booth: Activity Requirements Amendment on: August 22, 2013, 08:50:54 pm
Aye
628  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Campaign, Vote, Impeach on: August 22, 2013, 01:06:34 pm
Campaign for: Giuliani
Vote for: Bloomberg
Impeach: Quinn

Anthony Weiner, Bob Filner, Eliot Spitzer
629  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Campaign of Dereich for Emperor: ELECTION DAY IS HERE! on: August 20, 2013, 02:40:20 pm
I want to thank all of those who supported me; I won't let you down. I will continue the fine traditions of the South and will do my best to see that our region continues to be the best in Atlasia. I will do my best to fulfill my pledges and get average IDS voters involved in our region's activities.

I want to thank BaconKing: he is a shining example of the talent our region has to offer. And while he was unable to fully commit to the campaign this time, he still made the race one to watch. BK, I hope you continue your fine service to the IDS.

I'd also like to thank Velasco. Even though he only entered at the last minute he still added new twists into an interesting race. His contributions to debate in the legislature are second to none and it is sad to see him go. I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Finally, I'd like to congratulate Zanas and Supersonic. Congratulations on your victory guys! I hope we'll be able to work together in the future!
630  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Usury is Bad Act of 2013 on: August 19, 2013, 10:44:29 am
I agree with Velasco's statement here. This is much more of a federal matter than a region one. In either case, I don't really agree with it. Any more debate?
631  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Seattle seeks to push minimum wage to $15! on: August 19, 2013, 10:37:00 am
My condolences to the soon to be unemployed young and minorities if this goes through.

Yea.  I guess ownership is just going to flip all those burgers and work all those registers themselves.  Why not?  I mean, they're so great and so wonderful and so amazing because they make all that money and we all want to be just like them!

Nah, what they'd do is make do with less. Fire as many employees as they could while still keeping the place open, raise prices where they could, and maybe shut down a day or cut back on the hours when they're open. Expecting them to just take it and pay higher wages without cutting back would be naive.
632  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Florida Megathread on: August 19, 2013, 08:46:22 am
The Florida Democratic Party got their first big recruit to run against Jeff Atwater for CFO this weekend, Allie Braswell, who heads the Central Florida Urban League.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/blogs/political-pulse/os-orlandos-allie-braswell-reported-to-run-for-florida-cfo-20130815,0,3121027.post

....Only for him to drop out of the race 4 days later because it was revealed that he has filed for bankruptcy 3 times in more than one state over the last few decades.

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/matt-dixon/2013-08-16/newly-minted-democratic-candidate-cfo-has-filed-bankruptcy

Its good to see that the incompetence of the Florida Democratic Party hasn't changed.
633  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: Sjoyce's Fixer Amendment on: August 19, 2013, 08:29:24 am
I don't think the article 1 section 6 change is necessary. Article 3 section 1 already allows for the Emperor to introduce legislation. No need to be redundant.
634  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: BACON KING 4 EMPEROR on: August 18, 2013, 11:58:28 pm
Whether or not they maintain a militia,



I trust you to play the Leia Organa to my Tarkin, and the people of the IDS should too. Endorsed!

<3

I wish I could have campaigned more, but [Inks] happens, I suppose.

It happens; life is always more important than Atlasia. There's always a next time. Thanks for running and for everything you do for the region, like saving us in court.
635  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS August 2013 Regional Election on: August 17, 2013, 09:22:45 am
IDS Emperor:
[1] Dereich (Fed-FL)
[2] Bacon King (Lab-GA)
[3] Velasco (I-GA)

Imperial Legislature:
[1] Supersonic (Fed-TN) (i)
[2] jerryarkansas (FED-AR)
[3] Zanas46 (LAB-GA)
636  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Campaign of Dereich for Emperor: ELECTION DAY IS HERE! on: August 17, 2013, 08:43:33 am
Hey guys! Its election day in the IDS! Let's all get out and vote!
637  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: Sjoyce's Fixer Amendment on: August 16, 2013, 04:32:31 pm
Not sure if the timing is appropriate, given the proximity of regional elections. However, if you want some opinions from a nearly gone legislator, I could give them.

Of course; your insights are always good.
638  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / IDS 2: Sjoyce's Fixer Amendment on: August 16, 2013, 03:59:03 pm
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SJoyce's Fixer Amendment

Article I

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4. Regular elections should be held on the third weekend of the month beginning within 12 hours after midnight Central Eastern time on Friday morning and ending once 72 hours have elapsed.

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5. In the case of a tie vote for any election, a runoff election shall be held beginning within 24 hours after the end of the previous election. If the second runoff ends up in a tie, the term in question shall be split evenly and the candidate with the screen name that comes first alphabetically shall serve first split term, the second candidate alphabetically shall serve the second term, etc. Tie votes in any election shall be resolved under the procedures set out in the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act Sections 2 to 4 unless the Legislature shall provide otherwise by law.

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6. The Primary responsibility of the Emperor shall be to work with the regional Senators and the Forum President to ensure that the rights, liberties, and interests of Imperial Dominion of the South citizens are protected. The Emperor shall have the authority to propose any Initiative, which shall be voted upon at the next Initiative election introduce any legislation for debate in the Legislature.

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14. No more than two weeks after the beginning of each calendar year, the Emperor of the Imperial Dominion of the South shall present an accurate budget comprising the budget of all government activities as well as revenues and taxation for the next year to the Legislature for review and adoption. To expedite the process of preparing an accurate budget for the next year, the Emperor of the Imperial Dominion of the South or a designated representative thereof shall maintain a copy of the budget that will be updated as changes in expenditures or taxations are made. The budget adoption process shall be determined by law. Except in time of emergency the presented and adopted budget must not provide for any deficits.

Article II

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6. Elections to the Legislature shall take place on the second to last weekend of the month, and the Legislature shall determine by law which seats of the Legislature are elected in which months. This election shall coincide with the elections of other regions, if applicable.

Article III

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4. By petition of three citizens 15% of the voters within seven days of the enacting of a Law, that Law may be put to a referendum.

Article IV

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1. The Citizens of the Imperial Dominion of the South shall have the right to petition their government to gain access to the ballot for any issue. Such a petition shall have at least three the signatures of 15% of registered Imperial voters in order to be added to the ballot at the next Initiative election. Initiative elections should be held on the third weekend of each month beginning within 12 hours after midnight Central Eastern time on Friday morning and ending at 11:59pm Central time on the following Sunday night after 72 hours have elapsed. Initiatives that receive a tie vote shall be voted upon again in the next Initiative election without the need to be reproposed. Every initiative shall relate to but one subject, and that shall be expressed in the title. However, the Emperor, or 35% of the Citizens of the Imperial Dominion of the South in a petition may declare a certain initiative to be of emergency character. When that happens, said initiative shall be put to vote in the 24 hours after emergency status has been atributed to it. The voting shall last the regular voting period.

Article V

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1. "Ain't", "yonder", "y'all", "fixin to", "figure", "howdy", "reckon", "skedaddle", "tarnation", and "yankee" shall be considered an official word proper for use in the governance of the Imperial Dominion of the South.
2. "Yonder" shall be considered an official word proper for use in the governance of the Imperial Dominion of the South.
3. "Y'all" shall be considered an official word proper for use in the governance of the Imperial Dominion of the South.

Article IX

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1. Duration of voting: All elections and referendums conducted shall last at least 60 72 hours and shall conclude at the first occurence of 11:59pm Central Time after 60 hours of voting has occurred after 72 hours have elapsed.
2. Opening of the polls: Polls shall be opened by the Emperor between midnight and 11:59am Central Eastern Time on the day appointed for the election to begin. In the event that the polls shall not have been opened by 6:00 am Central Eastern Time on the day appointed for the election to begin, any official authorized by the seventh section of Article I of the Constitution to act in the event of the inability of the Emperor shall be authorized to open the polls and conduct the vote.
3. Declaration of Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidacy: In order to be listed on the ballot, a candidate must have announced an intention to run before noon Central Eastern Time on the day before the day appointed for the election to begin.
4. Valid ballots:
   ▪   (a) A voter's ballot is valid only if the voter -
   1.   is registered with the Atlasian Registrar General as a voter of a Southern state during the entire time that the poll is open;
   2.   makes only a single post in that election thread;
   3.   does not edit or delete the post more than one hour after the post has been made; and
   4.   clearly identifies the contest in which a vote is intended to be applied unless there is only one contest on the ballot
   ▪   (b) Posts made by an election official in an election thread to administer that election must be separate from a post used to cast that official's ballot and do not count as posts for the purposes of subsection (a).

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5. Method of Voting:
   ▪   (a) In non-runoff Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial elections, approval voting shall be used with voters listing in any order all candidates, including any who may not be listed on the ballot, who they approve of.
   ▪   (b) In runoff Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial elections, plurality voting shall be used with voters listing a single candidate that is on the ballot as their favored choice.
   ▪   (a) The method of election shall be PR-STV, as specified in Sections 4 to 17 of the Atlasian Proportional Representation Act (F.L. 21-2), unless the Legislature shall provide otherwise by law.
   ▪   (b) In referendums and confirmation votes, voters shall vote either yes or no.
   ▪   (d) Subsections (a) and (b) of Section 5 shall also apply to Lieutenant Gubernatorial elections.

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Only a person who voted or attempted to vote in an election has the right to dispute the determination of the official conducting that election. In the event that the resolution of a dispute could affect the outcome of a runoff, then the runoff shall be delayed until the dispute is resolved. The chief judicial officer, or in his absence, the Viceroy Emperor of the Imperial Dominion of the South shall make a determination of both fact and law. Appeals to the Supreme Court of Atlasia are only allowed if there is a question of federal law involved.

Note that this is a constitutional amendment. If it passes it goes to the voting booth to be approved by the voters.
639  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: South East Militia Dissolution Act (Voting) on: August 16, 2013, 02:56:36 pm
Then with a vote of 3-2 this bill fails.
640  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: South East Militia Dissolution Act (Voting) on: August 16, 2013, 10:12:19 am
Nay
641  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Italian Election Series - 2005 General Elections on: August 15, 2013, 10:55:09 pm
UDC sounds wonderful
642  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: South East Militia Dissolution Act (Debating) on: August 15, 2013, 06:01:54 pm
And on that note, lets begin the vote. Voting will last 48 hours or until all have voted. Please vote either Aye, Nay or Abstain.
643  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: South East Militia Dissolution Act (Debating) on: August 15, 2013, 01:56:19 pm
Any more comments? I'll open a vote in a few hours otherwise.
644  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: August 15, 2013, 11:29:56 am
The one I would most object to is energy. The long, arduous battle on the bill to build 7 nuclear power plants (which passed) is still recent and I feel that any energy plan coming after it should be a comprehensive long term energy plan, not another stopgap measure. I'd be happy with some of the money being spent on a tax freeze, but I'll always keep ports and the international trade they bring as my favorite cause.
645  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: On a scale of 1-10, how electable is the previous poster? on: August 13, 2013, 09:37:09 pm
1 as a Democrat but 4 maaaybe as high as 5 or 6 once he becomes a Republican
646  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Usury is Bad Act of 2013 on: August 13, 2013, 07:33:05 pm
I don't get what you're trying to do with this bill. It can't be enforced because its unconstitutional and even if it could it would just drive out credit cards and could make people resort to more risky ways to obtain credit. What are you hoping to accomplish?
647  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalists: Stop robbing the working class to pay the rich! on: August 13, 2013, 07:31:17 pm


Is there any Federalist in particular who threatens to start a nuclear war?
648  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Campaign of Dereich for Emperor on: August 13, 2013, 06:55:36 pm
Hey y'all, the election's getting closer and I thought I should address something that has been getting a lot of attention recently that would change our fair Imperial Dominion: Reducing the number of regions.

The movement to reduce the number of regions has been gathering steam and several prominent posters, including our President, have suggested that regional executives should be the ones to decide the new boundaries. If that were to happen and I were to be elected your Emperor I'd fight for a version of the South to be one of the new regions. Regions should be more than lines on a map; from Texas to Georgia, from the Carolinas even down to Florida we southerners have a unique identity. Our region is culturally distinct from the rest of Atlasia in a way no other region can claim to be. I think that this constitutes reason enough to do our damnedest to keep the current IDS states in one of the new regions, undivided. Aesthetics, partisan concerns, and other worries are all exaggerated or are actually helped by maintaining the South as a singular entity.

Oh, and on another note: we still have stimulus money left over! If anyone has any suggestions you can post them here!
649  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Caucus against the Two-Party System. on: August 13, 2013, 06:25:39 pm
I have been saying for months and I will keep saying that we must go back to a 2 party system before anything else will be viable. I know in the past, Atlasia has had multiple parties, but we have essentially been in a 2 party system with a few breaks between 2009-2011. If not for the manufactured dissolution in 2012, we'd still be in one.

Most of us in the game are Americans, so we are simply wired to believe in a 2 party system. The more we keep fighting it, the closer we move back to it.

If you feels so strongly that we should have a two party system then why don't you join one of the two parties Wink
650  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Standing Committee - Small Change in the By-Laws! on: August 13, 2013, 06:21:24 pm
Aye
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