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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: The FitzGerald Act of August 2014 (Debating) on: August 19, 2014, 12:49:45 am
I'm concerned about the "while driving" portion, especially in the shotgun. That seems like it could cause severe distractions to the driver regardless of the extent of the activity.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: The Bicameral Birthing Amendment (Not Yet Open!) on: August 18, 2014, 11:44:17 pm
AYE
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: TyriontheImperialist for Vice President (Voting) on: August 18, 2014, 11:43:05 pm
Sorry to change the topic here, but since when have you cared at all about promises made during a campaign?

As I recall, you ran as a moderate and promised to serve in the TPP (whose votes were the overwhelming reason you were re-elected in April) if elected, then barely a few weeks after being sworn in, you switched parties without notice, and revealed you had openly been discussing a party switch since before the election.

I also wish that the people who have made their concerns "in private" to you would stand up in public and give a legitimate reason as to why they oppose this nomination, instead of hiding behind your posts.

It's really a shame, because I had actually expected better from you. You had usually been a voice of compromise in the Senate, and you were doing an extremely good job with The Political Tracker when it was still running. This sort of petty behavior, especially when directed against a distinguished three term Senator who has never shown this sort of unrequited partisanship and is unimpeachable for the position of Vice President. 
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast Governor Talleyrand (Budget) on: August 18, 2014, 09:51:59 pm
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Jackie Robinson Highway Act

Section 1.

1. To recognize the acconplishments of the late Jackie Robinson in ending racial segregation within the sport of baseball, and his contributions  to the Civil Rights movement, the Northeast Assembly wishes to honor his contributions by renaming Interstate 278, and Ocean Parkway in Kings County, NY.

2. Interstate 278 for the entirety of its mileage between the Brooklyn Bridge westbound to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, shall be renamed: The Jackie Robinson Interstate 278.

3. Ocean Parkway shall be renamed: Robinson Ocean Parkway. 

4. All signage shall be updated within two (2) years from the passage of this legislation, be it enacted by the Assembly of the Northeast region convened.

x Talleyrand

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#Shocker Act

Section 1.

1. All bans on intoxication as a passenger of a motor vehicle within the Northeast Region, are hereby void, and prohibited.

2. In accordance with the Northeast Public Intoxication Act, open containers of alcoholic beverages within a motor vehicle are permitted.

3. The consumption of alcohol among passengers of a motor vehicle is hereby permitted, and all municipal, state, city, and town bans of consumption among passengers within the Northeast Region, are hereby void and prohibited.

4. Intoxication of the operator of a motor vehicle, remains prohibited.

5. Consumption of alcoholic beverages by the operator of a motor vehicle, remains prohibited.

6. All existing local, regional, and federal penalties for DUI and DWI remain in effect.

7. This legislation shall go into effect immediately upon its passage, be it enacted by the assembly of the Northeast region convened.

x Talleyrand

I've already outlined my reasons for supporting these bills on the Assembly floor.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: People who are both FFs and HPs (at the same time) on: August 18, 2014, 09:36:50 pm
I remember Al pointing out that Indira Gandhi was quite literally both.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Jackie Robinson Highway Act (Debating) on: August 17, 2014, 11:00:19 pm
Can we get this to a vote?
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: #Shocker Act (Debating) on: August 17, 2014, 10:59:09 pm
So can we have a vote on this?
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE4: July-October Northeast Budget FY2014 (Debating) on: August 17, 2014, 10:58:44 pm
I thought we had abolished the lower income bracket, and left that one intact.

As for the disaster relief fund, is it still possible to remove that line?
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Jackie Robinson Highway Act (Debating) on: August 16, 2014, 10:37:44 pm
I will say friendly if amendment 2 is left alone, or reworded. Under the name Jackie Robinson Memorial Expressway the route would still be designated as Interstate 278. I apologize if my wording made it seem unclear.

Yeah, that sounds good.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MO-SEN 2018: Which Republican can defeat McCaskill? on: August 15, 2014, 11:53:23 am
Probably anyone besides Todd Akin.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE4: July-October Northeast Budget FY2014 (Debating) on: August 15, 2014, 02:57:04 am
Can we bring the updated budget to a vote?
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Jackie Robinson Highway Act (Debating) on: August 15, 2014, 02:53:19 am

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Jackie Robinson Highway Act

Section 1.

1. To recognize the acconplishments of the late Jackie Robinson in ending racial segregation within the sport of baseball, and his contributions  to the Civil Rights movement, the Northeast Assembly wishes to honor his contributions by renaming Interstate 278, and Ocean Parkway in Kings County, NY.

2. Interstate 278 for the entirety of its mileage between the Brooklyn Bridge westbound to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, shall be renamed: The Jackie Robinson Memorial Expressway Interstate 278.

3. Ocean Parkway shall be numbered New York State Route 42, in honor of Robinson's jersey number, and shall be renamed: Robinson Ocean Parkway.  

4. To avoid confusion, the existing New York route 42, shall be redesignated as New York 44.

5. All signage shall be updated within two (2) years from the passage of this legislation, be it enacted by the Assembly of the Northeast region convened.

^

Proposed amendment

To avoid any unnecessary confusion, I think it's best if we avoid renumbering if at all possible. With these changes, I still think we can adequately honor Jackie Robinson's memory while failing to distract drivers.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: #Shocker Act (Debating) on: August 15, 2014, 02:48:57 am
Passengers drinking alcohol in a car is no more dangerous to public safety than playing loud music while driving. The latter is not banned and I see no reason why the former should be either. I will sign this bill, and I encourage the Assembly to pass it swiftly.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: Special Assembly Election on: August 15, 2014, 12:14:54 am
Official Ballot
Northeast Assembly
To fill two seats

[2] Dallasfan65 (Democratic-Republican - Massachusetts)
[1] SawxDem (Labor - New Hampshire)
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: The Candidacy Withdrawal Amendment on: August 15, 2014, 12:14:30 am
Aye
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: What will Lisa Murkowski do in 2016? on: August 13, 2014, 01:34:39 am
If she didn't caucus with the Democrats after 2010, she certainly isn't going to do so now.

In all likelihood, she'll easily win the Republican primary against someone like Joe Miller and then cruise in the general election. But if she were to lose the primary somehow, I tend to think lightning wouldn't strike twice, and she'd lose to the Republican candidate.

This is completely based on gut feeling, so I could be totally wrong. :p
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of VP Windjammer (Goodbye) on: August 13, 2014, 01:24:09 am
I am saddened to hear this, Windjammer. Thanks for your service in Atlasia; you have contributed a lot to this game, and I am sure you will do so again once you return.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast Governor Talleyrand (Budget) on: August 13, 2014, 01:22:25 am
Mr Secretary,

The Northeast is very grateful to you for the cost estimate you have made regarding the new homelessness initiative, but due to our large budget surplus and capability to pay for this bill on our own, as Governor, I will have to decline the your kind offer of $1 billion in federal subsidies for this act.

I am sure that these funds will prove to be of great assistance to another region or cause.

-Governor Talleyrand, Northeast Region

For the reasons I outlined in the preceding post, the Northeast will not be accepting the federal grant to combat homelessness.

In addition, our budget is nearing finalization (I hope), and I have proposed an amendment that reflects the likely changes we will need to make. I encourage citizens to look over the proposed amendment and offer their thoughts.

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=195549.msg4264233#msg4264233

Finally, I would like to extend a warm welcome back to Representative Dallasfan, and welcome Representative Sawx to the Assembly. I plan to vote for both of these individuals in the upcoming special election, and hope that they are both elected.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Internal Affairs: Funding for the Homelessness Combattement Act on: August 13, 2014, 01:18:38 am
Mr Secretary,

The Northeast is very grateful to you for the cost estimate you have made regarding the new homelessness initiative, but due to our large budget surplus and capability to pay for this bill on our own, as Governor, I will have to decline the your kind offer of $1 billion in federal subsidies for this act.

I am sure that these funds will prove to be of great assistance to another region or cause.

-Governor Talleyrand, Northeast Region
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Northeast Governor (Northeast Assembly Appointments) on: August 13, 2014, 01:15:03 am
I'm back from my leave of absence, and I would like to thank Lieutenant Governor Matt and the Northeast Assembly for their operation in my absence.

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Lieutenant Governor Vacancy Filling Clarification Act

1. Clause 2 of the Amendment to the Vacancy Filling Act is hereby repealed.

x Talleyrand

A self-explanatory bit of legislation that helps get rid of an inconsistency.

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AndrewCT Restitution Act

Section 1:

1. The Northeast commends AndrewCT for his service to the Northeast Region.
2. The Northeast commissions artist Alex Grey to paint a portrait of former Governor AndrewCT, to be on display in the Governor's mansion.
3. The Northeast shall appropriate $10,000 for this project, filed under "Government Administration" in the July-October FY2014 budget.

x Talleyrand

I am happy to sign a bill in honor of a living Northeastern legend, and even happier to welcome a painting depicting him in the Governor's house.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE 3: The Be Fair To Fans Act (Debate) on: August 13, 2014, 01:10:44 am
Yes, I motion to table this bill (can't we do this automatically?)
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE4: July-October Northeast Budget FY2014 (Debating) on: August 13, 2014, 01:09:19 am
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July-October Northeast Budget FY2014

IN THE NORTHEAST ASSEMBLY

A RESOLUTION

Establishing the budget for the Northeast Government lasting from July 2014 until October 2014

Resolved by the Northeast Assembly convened,


Expenditures

$57 billion - School aid
$29.00 billion ..... Elementary, Secondary & Vocational education
$28.00 billion .. Northeastern Higher Education Act

$39.019 billion - Economic development
$15.00 billion ...... Community development
$15.00 billion ...... Area and regional development
$6.783 billion ...... Anti-Homelessness Act

$65.5 billion - Transportation
$15.00 billion ..... Highways and highway safety
$15.00 billion ...... Mass transit
$25 billion ...... Railroads
$1.50 billion ..... Air Transportation
$1.00 billion ...... Water transportation
$1.00 billion ...... Other transportation
$7.00 billion ..... Non-Highway Roads

$26 billion - Public safety

$26.025 billion - Health services
$0.025 billion  ..Healthy Northeast Is A Strong Northeast Act
$4.00 billion ...... STEM Cell Research Act
$3.00 billion ...... Substance abuse and mental health services
$2.00 billion ....... Disease control, public health and bioterrorism
$12.00 billion ..... Health research and training
$3.00 billion ...... Food safety and occupational health and safety
$2.00 billion ..... Other health care services

$15 billion - Tax expenditures

$7 billion - Environment & energy
$2.00 Billion  ...... Updating the Northeast's current energy infrastructure

$3 billion - Direct aid & incentives to municipalities

$2 billion - Government administration

===============================

TOTAL EXPENDITURES - $ 237.544 billion

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Disaster Relief Fund

20% of all budget surpluses shall automatically be allocated to a Disaster Relief Fund which may be spent during emergencies at the discretion of the Governor via executive order.

PROPOSED TAXES

Income tax
0.0%    $0 - $49,999
0.50%    $50,000 - $99,999
2.00%    $100,000 - $249,999
5.0%   $250,000 - $999,999
7.5%   $1,000,000 +

Rates remain the same for married couples filing jointly, but brackets are doubled.

Sales tax
1.0%

Property tax
$35 per mil on assessed value of unimproved land

Excise Taxes
Gas: 68 cents per gallon
Diesel: $1 per gallon
New automobile purchase tax (by curb weight): $500 per thousand kilograms
Tanning: 33 and 1/3 cents per minute [tax already exists per Northeast Healthy Skin Act]

Endowment Tax 1% tax on the endowment of private universities to finance the Northeastern Higher Education Act

===============================

TOTAL REVENUES - $252.447

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PROJECTED SURPLUS - $14.903 B

==============================

I propose the following amendment. It accounts for the increased revenue, additional $1 billion for public safety, and additional $2.236 billion for economic development. Overall, our surplus changes very little. Due to that situation and the generally good state of the regional economy, I agree with Dallasfan, and will not accept $1 billion from the federal government for funding our homelessness initiative.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: NC: Civitas: NC race within 2 points, Haugh saves Hagan on: August 05, 2014, 11:49:27 am
If this is the best she can do, including a third party candidate who will likely perform worse on election day, I'm not at all optimistic about her chances. She's probably in a similar position to Pryor, or maybe marginally better off.

24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Northeast Governor (Northeast Assembly Appointments) on: August 05, 2014, 11:43:27 am
I will be gone on vacation for one week and will return on August 12th. In the meantime, Lieutenant Governor Matt will be Acting Governor.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / LOA on: August 05, 2014, 11:42:57 am
I will be gone on vacation for one week and will return on August 12th. In the meantime, Lieutenant Governor Matt will be Acting Governor.
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