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76  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Presidential Opinion Series: Summary and Your Votes on: April 04, 2014, 10:02:11 pm
Can't remember the earlier ones. I'll check later.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: FF
Harry S. Truman: Lean FF
Dwight D. Eisenhower: Lean HP
John F. Kennedy: Lean FF
Lyndon B. Johnson: HP
Richard Nixon: HP
Gerald Ford: FF
Jimmy Carter: FF
Ronald Reagan: HP
George H.W. Bush: HP
Bill Clinton: Lean FF
George W. Bush: HP
77  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Senate Ratings on: April 04, 2014, 08:52:21 pm

Overall pretty similar to ElectionsGuy.
78  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: LA and NC 2014 Congressional Races on: April 04, 2014, 08:31:20 pm
Brannon's power level is over 9,000.
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Explain the previous poster's user name. on: April 04, 2014, 07:42:49 pm
adam: his first name is Adam.
ob: President Barack Obama, a politician he favors.
awesome: his opinion of Obama, Biden and Bloomberg.
bi: Joe Biden, another politician he likes. Also a reference to his bisexuality.
berg: Michael Bloomberg, whom he likes for god knows what reason.
80  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: United States Senate Republican primary election in Mississippi, 2014 on: April 04, 2014, 02:36:04 pm
McDaniel (D), then Childers in the general.
81  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2004 Presidential Election: GAME THREAD on: April 04, 2014, 02:17:30 pm
Speech on Represent America

To be broadcast live on CNN and MSNBC.

♫ I'll tip my hat to the new constitution/Take a bow for the new revolution/Smile and grin at the change all around/Pick up my guitar and play/Just like yesterday/Then I’ll get on my knees and pray/We don’t get fooled again. ♫

Let’s talk about Represent America. If you came to me telling me that a grassroots organization is attempting to reform the Electoral College to make things more democratic, I’d say great. If you told me that this campaign was being bankrolled by two of the leading funders of the Republican Party and organized by a Republican governor - well, I may be a bit more hesitant to call it nonpartisan. But I’d still give it a shot. This organization is getting electoral reform measures on the ballot in California, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota, and Washington. Now, wait a second, you may say - those are all Democratic states. Where is Represent Texas or Represent Georgia? The answer is, they don’t exist and they won’t exist.

I don’t like the electoral college, and I agree with my fellow Democrats who have condemned it as not reflecting the will of the people, as well as people like Governor Johnson who support sensible electoral reform. In particular, I agree with Congressman Kucinich when he says that we need a true grassroots movement to overhaul how the President is elected - something like the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. But this isn’t a true grassroots movement. This is a Republican movement, bankrolled by Republican operatives, designed to empower Republicans in blue states while entirely ignoring Democrats in red states. It’s clever, I admit - nearly had me fooled for a minute, and I can understand why my fellow Democrats are initially backing the effort. But I, and the sensible Americans standing with me, can see this for what it is.

I support efforts to make the people’s voice heard in Washington, and that’s what my campaign is all about. But this isn’t an effort to make the people’s voice heard. This is an effort devoted solely to helping Republicans. If this movement wants my support, there’s two things that have to happen - you get this change passed in states like Texas, Florida, Ohio and Georgia, and Mr. Pickens and Mr. Perry, I need you to look me in the eye and swear that this organization had no hidden agenda whatsoever behind it. I need you to swear that this wasn’t coordinated with anybody in the Republican Party, and that you had no intentions of using this to influence the 2004 presidential election in the direction of the candidate you’re backing. Only then, once you give me your word that this isn’t a partisan operation, and once you prove it with your actions and funding, will I consider supporting this organization. Until that happens, I’ll be discouraging everyone who cares about a fair election from backing this Republican front group.
82  General Politics / Individual Politics / Ayatollah Khomeini vs. James Buchanan on: April 04, 2014, 11:18:02 am
The question was asked.
83  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: FL-Sen-2016: If Rubio runs for Pres, he's out on: April 03, 2014, 09:18:11 pm
Kathy Castor, Patrick Murphy?
Maybe and no. Paddy Murphy is lucky to have his seat to begin with, and while he will cling on this year, any good Republican can take him out later.

Kathy Castor's never seemed to me to have much ambition for the Senate. Murphy I'm bullish on - I could certainly see him going for it, given his fundraising so far, especially if he manages to hold on in 2014 by a larger-than-expected margin.
84  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2004 Presidential Election: GAME THREAD on: April 03, 2014, 08:59:35 pm
Edwards for President: Third!

We were honored to learn that we are currently in third in the Iowa caucuses and nationally, and that we lead in my home state of South Carolina. Our matchups in the general election look very favorable, only a few points behind the Republican candidates, a gap that is sure to narrow as our message reaches more Americans. We’re certain that we’ll continue to improve our position as more voters hear our message of uniting America. I’m also entirely willing to participate in the Nashua and Charleston debates with Senator Biden, Secretary Rumsfeld, and Governor Johnson - if it’s too late to join, then I’ll certainly show up to participate.

Schedule: September 14-20

September 14
-Flight to Charlotte, NC
-Town hall in Gaffney, SC
-Meet and greet in Blacksburg, SC
-Dinner with Rep. John Spratt in York, SC

September 15
-Meet and greet in Lancaster, SC
-Meet and greet in Hartsville, SC
-Meet and greet in Johnsonville, SC

September 16
-Meet and greet in Camden, SC
-Meet and greet in Stateburg, SC
-Speech in Pinewood, SC


It’s great to be here, in Pinewood, South Carolina. Other folks are visiting Charleston, Columbia, trying to get their votes - they’re not coming here to Pinewood, population a bit less than 500. They’re concerned about folks in Charleston - and sure, I’ll be visiting Charleston and Columbia as well. They’re fine cities, and the people there deserve to be listened to. But folks ‘round here, in Pinewood and Stateburg and Johnsonville, y’all deserve to be heard too. Why aren’t they coming here? Y’all are sensible people - I’ll leave it to you to figure out why the candidates of Washington, D.C. aren’t visiting Pinewood. Fact is, they’re only after votes. They didn’t grow up the son of a mill worker. They weren’t born in a small town like Pinewood. I’m in this race as the champion of regular people - the people I grew up with, the people who worked with my father in the mill, the people I fought for in the courts and in the Congress. I’m the candidate who can see things through your eyes. The son of a Congressman and the wife of a President - now, I’ve got a lot of respect for my opponents, but they just can’t understand what life here is like without living it. I’m doing pretty well for myself now, but I haven’t forgotten where I came from, and I haven’t forgotten my commitment to the people I grew up with. If we want to make Washington work for ordinary folks, we have to elect a President who knows ordinary folks. I’d be honored to count on your support.

September 17
-Meet and greet in St. Stephen, SC
-Meet and greet in Georgetown, SC
-Meet and greet in McClellanville, SC
-Meet and greet in Huger, SC

September 18
-Meet and greet in Moncks Corner, SC
-Town hall in Goose Creek, SC
-Town hall in Mount Pleasant, SC

September 19
-Rally in Charleston, SC
-Lunch with Senator Fritz Hollings and Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
-Meet and greet in Rantowles, SC
-Meet and greet in Edisto Island, SC

September 20
-Service at the Washington Street United Methodist Church, Columbia, SC
-Rally in Columbia, SC

Fiscal Discipline

Let’s talk about what’s wrong now. There is no question that our economy has taken plenty of hits that aren't the president's fault. We had a stock bubble burst and terrorist attacks and a string of corporate scandals. But these challenges demanded responses, not excuses, and this administration's economic policy has been a parody of the responsibility ethic. Faced with scandals like Enron, they were dragged to the altar of reform, they accepted a large increase in SEC funding while the cameras were clicking, and then they pulled back that increase once lobbyists came running. They have ignored skyrocketing drug costs and health costs that are choking business's ability to create jobs. In the international arena, where the world looks to us for guidance, they have sent conflicting signals to countries like Brazil that have caused real harm. Finally, they have not just presided over, they have led, the fastest squandering of tax dollars in Washington's storied history of squandering. Fiscal discipline isn't just a nice idea — it is an absolute requirement for long-term growth. Out-of-control deficits means the government competes with you for the capital you need to innovate, expand, and create jobs. Out-of control deficits means interest rates will soar when the economy starts to pick up, dragging it right back down. Out-of-control deficits means future retirees will have to fend for themselves because we've worsened the coming Social Security crisis and spent their money. And out-of-control deficits means that America may not be at full economic strength when we have to deal with some future crisis, like 9/11 and the war on terrorism. It is time to restore fiscal discipline to Washington for good.

-Dinner in Columbia, SC with former Gov. Jim Hodges, Mayor Coble, Treasurer Patterson, and Superintendent Tenenbaum.
-Flight to St. Louis, Missouri

New ad: Home

To air in the Charleston, Columbia, Florence/Myrtle Beach, Greenville, and Charlotte media markets.
I'm John Edwards.  I'm running for President. I was born right here in South Carolina. This was my first home. The folks I grew up with--they weren't famous and they sure weren't rich, but they worked long and hard to give their kids a better life. As President, I'll work hard to protect our jobs, make health care affordable, and open the doors of opportunity to everyone. I approved this message because I want you to know I will never forget where I come from and who I'm fighting for.

New Endorsement: Senator Bob Graham
I’ve dedicated my political career to advocating on the behalf of the little guy. The reason I got elected Governor was because I worked for and with the people - as a busboy, a construction worker, a fisherman, a factory worker, and a teacher. John Edwards is the one in this field who seems to me to be the one reaching out to the common man.

New Endorsement: Fmr. Majority Leader Dick Gephardt
I’ve spent a while in Congress, passing legislation while defending traditional Democratic ideals. And to me, there’s only one candidate who’s willing to stand up for the common man through promoting our economy and protecting social security like John Edwards is doing.

Campaign Statement
Recently a few people have asked why we're not issuing schedules for our surrogates. Truth is, I don't really see a need for that. Folks can talk to our surrogates all they want - but I'm the one running for President. It's my job to get out and talk to regular folks, not send someone to do it for me. We'll work with our surrogates to better get our message out, but we won't be sending them out on their own. People aren't voting for them, they're voting for me - and they at least deserve the courtesy of hearing what I have to say from me.
85  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: April 03, 2014, 03:03:20 pm
Jumping in as Japan.
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which thing would be the most amazing thing to do? on: April 03, 2014, 01:29:49 pm
Write-in: Get Adam C. FitzGerald to smoke marijuana.
I'd probably campaign for Brian Schweitzer or Todd Portune before I would do that. Honest to God. Tongue

Walter's would be funnier if he was forced to campaign for Mark Pryor or some other "right-wing Democrat." Tongue

The both of you can work for Schweitzer 2016.
87  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: FL-Sen-2016: If Rubio runs for Pres, he's out on: April 02, 2014, 08:54:52 pm
FL GOP has a deep bench. Question for Sanchez and other Floridians is whether those folks would run for an open Senate seat or stick with guv. I doubt Rubio would run for Nelson's seat - much more likely he switches anyways.
I doubt Rubio would run. I think Putnam wants to be Governor, as does Bondi. The primary between those two will be interesting. Atwater's bid to take over the FAU presidency shows that he is more interested in a cushy job than power, so I don't think he is as likely to enter an already crowded primary.

As for the Senate, look out for future Congresswoman Liz Benequisto. I'd also think about Will Weatherford; he might make a go for the position.

I agree with Sanchez here, especially on Weatherford. The guy seems ambitious, but really has nowhere to go after he's termed out of the State House - his State Sen seat and US House seat are both occupied by GOP incumbents, if I recall correctly. He certainly has the status to run for Senate. There's always Allen West too.

For the Dems - yeah, they're still FL Dems. I doubt Sink runs if she doesn't win an election between now and 2016. Charlie probably won't run either. We'll probably end up with Iorio or Buckhorn.
88  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Explain the previous poster's user name. on: April 02, 2014, 07:44:07 pm
Probably the name of a new TI calculator. 'TI-87 Excelsus'
89  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi vs Ayatollah Khomeini on: April 02, 2014, 05:37:02 pm

Okay, so this certainly seems legitimate. The CFR is pretty good. Let's see who wrote it.

Oh, that's interesting. Seems it wasn't originally from the CFR at all. Let's look closer at who it's originally from.

The Weekly Standard. Doesn't sound reliable, but just to be sure, let's check it out.

Seems a little biased. What's that in the middle?

90  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi vs Ayatollah Khomeini on: April 02, 2014, 04:18:48 pm
[1]WI: Mossadegh
[2]The Shah
[3]Ayatollah Khomeini
91  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Florida Megathread on: April 01, 2014, 06:35:48 pm
At least two criminals in new Scott ad.
92  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 2016 - Four Tickets on: April 01, 2014, 04:56:21 pm
93  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2004 Presidential Election: GAME THREAD on: April 01, 2014, 04:44:30 pm
Edwards for President

Campaign team
Chairman: Ed Turlington
Chief of Staff: Miles Lackey
Campaign Manager: Nick Baldick
Press Secretary: Jennifer Palmieri
Spokesperson: Roger Salazar
Political Director: Katreice Banks
National Finance Chair: Eileen Kotecki
Pollster: Harrison Hickman

Campaign Offices: Chapel Hill, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Manchester, St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Columbia, Charleston, Nashville, Wilmington, Virginia Beach.


September 7
-Campaign announcement in front of the Milliken Mill, Robbins, North Carolina
-Open meet and greet, Robbins, NC

September 8
-Meeting with campaign staff
-Opening of campaign headquarters, Chapel Hill, NC
-Meeting with North Carolina donors, Raleigh, NC

September 9
-Opening of Des Moines campaign office
-Meet and greet in Des Moines
-Meet and greet in West Des Moines
-Rally in Des Moines
We have to do better, and we can. We don't have to look to Wall Street or Washington to find the principles we need. We can find those principles in the way millions of small business owners, factory workers, office workers, salespeople, and secretaries live their lives every day. Even as government has failed in its responsibilities, most Americans have embraced theirs. They are working harder than ever before, even though too often they're earning less. They're volunteering more in their communities, even though economic pressures mean they have less time to give. Our challenge is to get our government and our economy back in line with our values.

September 10
-Town hall in Mitchellville, IA
-Town hall in Johnston, IA
-Speech at the Big Creek Schoolhouse, Polk City, IA
Edwards Plan for Education Reform
In my announcement speech, I promised that weíd build a school system that works for all our kids, to give them a chance to do what theyíre capable of doing. We need to reform our schools and raise standards - but we need to give our schools the resources they need to accomplish this. We need to provide incentives to put our best teachers in the subjects and the places where we need them the most. And we need to ensure that three million children have a safe place to go when they leave school in the afternoon. Thatís what weíre working towards. We just need your support to make it a reality.

September 11
-Attend 9/11 memorial service in Arlington County, VA

September 12
-Meet with small business owners, Newton, IA
-Meet and greet, Monroe, IA

September 13
-Meet and greet, Pella, IA
-Town hall, Knoxville, IA

Growing up it seemed like almost everyone in town worked at the mill.  And when it moved it was devastating. That's happening all over--plants packing up and moving where labor's cheap and the environment doesn't count. It doesn't have to be that way. Iíll stop tax breaks for companies moving their headquarters overseas and give the breaks instead to companies who build their plants right here. I'm John Edwards, and I approved this message because I want to export American products, not American jobs.

Radio Ad
To run in rural Iowa and South Carolina
In America today, Wall Street's on the rebound. But on main streets across Iowa, there's another America, where farms and businesses are closing. Jobs are leaving. Our young people are moving away. John Edwards is from rural America, and he'll fight for rural America. Born and raised in a small town, Edwards has the best plan to help us attract new jobs and businesses; to find new markets for the products we grow; to improve our schools and access to health care. Iím John Edwards, and I approved this message to tell you that everything I am, every value I hold, goes back to the small towns where I grew up. I want to keep that way of life and those values alive, now and for generations to come. Stand up for a leader who will stand up for us: John Edwards for President.

Press Conference

Senator Edwards, could you detail the course this campaign will take?
Certainly. Iíll attempt to pursue a moderate approach of specific and constructive ideas, while setting out clear differences with the current administration. Above all, I want to provide a fresh face in politics. Iím a regular guy with a working-class background from a small town in the Carolinas - and Iím best-positioned to understand the concerns of normal Americans. We will focus on spending time on the ground in primary states to get as much one-on-one contact with voters as possible.

How do respond to Hillary Clintonís attack by exclusion - not naming you as one of the candidates who, and Iím quoting here, ďhas what it takes to be an effective presidentĒ?
Well, thatís - itís a ludicrous statement. Iíve served nearly five years in the US Senate. Thatís two more years than Senator Clinton has served. But thatís not all - Senator Biden, Representative Kucinich, Governor Shaheen and Vice President Gore all have served in public office longer than Senator Clinton. Itís bizarre for her to say that sheís the one thatíd make an effective President when she doesnít have anywhere near the kind of record all her primary opponents do.
94  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Integration methods on: March 31, 2014, 02:41:43 pm
Write-in: court-ordered busing.
95  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Recommend a Free Antivirus Program on: March 30, 2014, 07:42:59 am
Sophos has a solid lineup of programs. I haven't used Avast but it has a good reputation as well.
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: North Star Polls: Full Reboot on: March 30, 2014, 07:37:26 am
What we need is a 'GM reset'. There's been a lot of stuff our GMs/SoEAs/SoIAs have done that's great, but it wasn't recorded anywhere on the Wiki as having happened - I know there's been significant changes in Cuba and some sort of uprising in Venezuela (might've been Colombia) but since it happened a couple years ago nobody remembers it and it's not part of our game's consciousness. The game has also developed leftist majorities on so many issues that some things are overlegislated - current military spending is less than half of what it is IRL. To be spending at those levels you would need to have legislation specifying what programs have been cut, but we haven't done that, since every left-wing majority always wants to cut the military and it doesn't seem like much compared to last time, but the policy's been repeated over years.
97  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush on: March 30, 2014, 07:20:51 am
If there's one thing I can guarantee it's that Clinton won't beat Jeb in Florida of all places.


Not that this means he'd definitely lose it, but it's a pretty big stretch to "guarantee" he'll win a state where he's never lead in a single poll.

It is 2014. Polls now are basically irrelevant. Just wait for Hillary's numbers to come back down to earth and they'll probably be around where Biden is now (down four to Jeb in Florida).
98  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: West Virginia Megathread on: March 29, 2014, 11:06:25 pm
Wow. Tomblin vetoed the abortion bill.

Simple majority to override in West Virginia, though.
99  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush on: March 29, 2014, 11:04:33 pm
If there's one thing I can guarantee it's that Clinton won't beat Jeb in Florida of all places.
100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: All about yourself! on: March 29, 2014, 10:53:42 pm
Age: 16
Gender: Male
Race: White
Religion: Episcopal
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 160ish
Location: St. Pete, FL
Where you were born: Ibid 
Occupation: High school student
Favorite President: Jimmy Carter
Political Orientation: Liberal
Person you most admire: My gf
Favorite Music Genre(s): Country, indie.
Favorite Band(s): Eli Young Band, Brad Paisley, Sškert!, Bastille
Favorite TV Show: Parks & Rec, Hannibal, House of Cards
Favorite News Sources: Slate, The Atlantic, The Daily Show, NPR, Washington Post
Favorite color: Green
Do you live by yourself: No
Do you have any siblings? Yes
Relationship status? In a relationship
Favorite sports team: Tampa Bay Rays
What year did you join Atlas? 2012
Do you have any nieces, nephews? Nope
Have you ever been attracted to someone of the same sex? Nope
If you could pick your own nationality, what nationality would you pick? Swedish maybe?
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