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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: IL-Gov. 2018 Megathread on: Today at 03:52:03 pm
Scott Drury sure sounds like he's running for Governor.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How Big is Your Metro Area? on: April 28, 2017, 09:27:51 am
BORN: Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (3,032,171)
LIVE: Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL (9,512,999)
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Layoffs at ESPN on: April 27, 2017, 05:24:09 pm
Andy Katz too now.  And, Stephen A. Smith is still there.  Stick to sports, ESPN- not politics!

The conservative fantasy that millions of people are turning off ESPN because they occasionally mention Colin Kaepernick or whatever is ludicrous. ESPN is suffering because of cord-cutting, nothing else.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is Bob Casey Jr. the Democratic Richard Burr? on: April 27, 2017, 04:43:00 pm
All the words you are using to describe them (bland, irrelevant backbenchers) applies to dozens of other Senators. Bob Casey is the Democratic Mike Enzi, Richard Burr is the Republican Jack Reed, whatever.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2017-081: Tipped Minimum Wage Abolition Act of 2017 (Debating) on: April 27, 2017, 12:00:20 pm
Aye
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-074: Amend. to Art. 1, Sect. 6 of the Constit. (Voting on Motion) on: April 27, 2017, 07:23:09 am
Aye.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Layoffs at ESPN on: April 26, 2017, 05:05:44 pm
They fired Pierre LeBrun too. At least one good thing to come out of this.
Eh. Bad hockey coverage is better than the direction they seem to be moving in, which is no hockey coverage.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Senate Legislation Introduction Thread on: April 26, 2017, 04:34:52 pm
Quote
A BILL

To guarantee just treatment in the criminal justice system

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled

SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be cited as the CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM ACT.

SECTION 2. PRISONERS' RIGHTS

a. All individuals have the right to not face torture or other forms of physical and mental abuse by any Atlasian law enforcement or military officer, no matter their nationality or criminal history.
b. No inmate may be restricted to solitary confinement for more than 12 hours in a 24 hour period.
c. All inmates have the right to access heated spaces when temperatures inside the prison go below 50°F and to access air conditioning when above 80°F.
d. All prisons and jails must consider an inmate’s gender identity and views on where they would feel safest when choosing whether to assign an inmate to a men’s or women’s unit. No jail or prison may assign prisoners to men’s or women’s units solely based on their anatomy at birth.

SECTION 3. DRUG LAW REFORM

a. All individuals federally charged with drug possession or other nonviolent drug-related offenses shall be permitted to have their case reviewed through a drug court, provided they have an established substance abuse problem.
b. The drug court shall design a program of at least six months to attempt to render the individual substance-free.
c. Upon successful completion of a suitable program as determined by the drug court, the individual will be immune to prosecution for that specific offense.
d. Should the individual fail to complete the program, they will be subject to prosecution on the original criminal charges.
e. The drug court shall have discretion to determine “failure,” and may consider other sanctions for violations of the program’s protocols as determined by the judge.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Harvard Public Opinion Project: A Lost Generation for the GOP? on: April 26, 2017, 08:27:22 am
Kind of an obvious point, but a big reason why this generation doesn't like Republicans (Trump especially) is because they're incredibly racially and ethnically diverse. Hispanics, Asians, and blacks don't like him. And the best possible result Trump got among 18-29 white voters was 48% to Hillary's 43%. And that's the best result I've seen so far.

isn't your whole schtick insisting that young people are all nazis b/c of youtube comments or whatever
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-074: Amend. to Art. 1, Sect. 6 of the Atlasian Constit. (Passed) on: April 26, 2017, 06:36:35 am
I do not believe there is any legal argument for considering prison to be a form of involuntary servitude. I do believe this amendment would result in a prohibition on involuntary prison labor, where prisoners are forced to work for as little as two cents per day on threat of solitary confinement. The practical effect of this amendment will not be to render prisons unconstitutional, but to force prisons to offer inmates a fair wage if they wish to entice them to work and to redefine the relationship between prisoners and prison laborers as primarily economic rather than penological, providing incarcerated workers the protections offered under the FLSA and the NLRA that they do not currently enjoy.

I object to the motion to suspend the rules.
Edit: objection withdrawn.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which of the following second term Trump nominees would you vote for? on: April 25, 2017, 08:10:46 pm
I would vote against them all.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Crusader Polling - June 2017 Presidential Election on: April 25, 2017, 08:09:50 pm
#NeverClyde

DFW supporters already engaging in negative campaigning? SAD!
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Danish election, next? on: April 25, 2017, 07:00:33 pm
1. Socialist People's
2. Red-Green Alliance
3. Social Democrats
4. Alternative
5. Radikale Venstre
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: French Presidential Election 2017, Run-Off on: April 24, 2017, 04:12:56 pm
i hope the sentient bank defeats the fascist.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections on: April 24, 2017, 09:39:21 am
We all wait with bated breath to read charts in human size.
Here ya go (right-click and open in a new tab):
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Clyde/Siren for President/VP • Together we can make Atlasia better on: April 24, 2017, 09:38:42 am
There is no candidate who better understands the needs of the Atlasian people, and no candidate more capable of addressing the very serious crises we face. You will make an outstanding President.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: If you were running for President of Atlasia… on: April 23, 2017, 11:01:10 pm
Nix, Adam, Lumine.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2017-077: Common Sense Gun Control Act (Debating) on: April 23, 2017, 09:56:47 pm
I move to strike section 3 and renumber accordingly.

There are no rigorous studies evaluating the effectiveness of SROs and some pretty horrifying examples of SROs abusing students. In general, I believe that every measure should be taken to prevent children from ending up in the criminal justice system. More SROs, by shifting discipline from detentions to arrests, expands the school-to-prison pipeline and runs contrary to that goal.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2017-081: Tipped Minimum Wage Abolition Act of 2017 (Debating) on: April 23, 2017, 09:45:58 pm
I'm in favor of this measure.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The White House Press Room (decriminalization of Cocaine and other drugs coming) on: April 23, 2017, 09:23:55 pm
For what it's worth, I have serious concerns about decriminalization and would like to see the legislation before praising it.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-074: Amend. to Art. 1, Sect. 6 of the Atlasian Constit. (Debating) on: April 23, 2017, 08:58:42 pm
Aye
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2017-080: Freedom to Drink Act (Debating) on: April 23, 2017, 08:56:55 pm
Aye. If you can vote, enter a contract, get married, and enlist in the military, you should be able to drink.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What on earth are people on about Le Pen? on: April 23, 2017, 08:25:18 pm
At Trump's best, he was behind 2-3 points. At Le Pen's BEST, she's down 20.

I question how meaningful this is, though—the topline numbers have Macron up big, but his support appears to be a lot less solid. Lot more potential for him to move downwards as some of those leaners (especially the Fillon voters) flip to Le Pen and undecideds make up their minds, while not so much for Le Pen to lose her base.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: France 2017: Results Thread on: April 23, 2017, 03:03:50 pm
can someone explain to me why exit polls are so much more definitive in europe than america.

How are candidates already speaking when barely any vote is in?

It is not an exit poll. Rural areas close before cities, so the results in rural areas can be used to interpolate the national results.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: France 2017: Results Thread on: April 23, 2017, 01:23:42 pm
RIP the Socialist Party, and despite Macron moving forward (maybe because of it), this is incredibly rough result for the left.

I mean say what you will about the disastrous campaign of Fillon, but his party managed 20% of the vote despite their candidate being exposed as a crook. The right survives

It may be a rough night for the Socialist Party but not for the "left" when you have Melenchon winning almost 20% and when Macron is widely viewed at the candidate Hollande privately supported
This post relies on the assumption that Macron (or Hollande, for that matter) is "the left." There is little reason to think that is the case.
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