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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2017-112: Deregistration Waiting Period Act (Debating) on: July 16, 2017, 08:20:03 pm
I agree with Griffin here. Deregistration should primarily function as an "off button," allowing users to immediately stop being bothered with the game. imo that interest should take priority over a speedy return. On a slightly related note, I think most folks who deregister "in the heat of the moment" may, y'know, benefit from some time off anyways
77  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Florida Senate 2018 on: July 16, 2017, 06:22:43 pm
Did DeSantis just announce?

No but like, he's running, in the same sense Corcoran and Latvala and Levine are all running.
78  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Florida Senate 2018 on: July 16, 2017, 05:00:34 pm
RE: earlier speculation, DeSantis is running for Governor and Jolly is (maybe) running for FL-13. Scott will not face a significant primary challenge.
79  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Florida 2018 Open Thread on: July 16, 2017, 06:15:24 am
I do not think bilingualism is the political asset folks in this thread seem to think it is—it helps, sure, but I doubt it's as helpful as being Cuban or being Puerto Rican. Hard to tell if Tim Kaine moved the needle in Dade, but if he did it was only by a point or two. Aren't many other examples of white Spanish-speaking politicians (Jeb, I guess?) but the most recent example isn't particularly convincing.
80  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hypothetical 2020 Primaries on: July 15, 2017, 10:31:44 pm
Ellison of/c. Hard to see him running ahainst Nina Turner.
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: July 2017 - Southern Elections and Amendments on: July 15, 2017, 10:14:16 pm
Governor:
[X] Leinad

Chamber:
[1] JustinTimeCuber
[2] TimTurner
[3] LibertarianRepublican
[4] West_Midlander
[5] Santander
[6] diptheriadan
[7] vern1988

Free Speech Amendment: Aye
Religion Amendment: Nay
82  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Florida 2018 Open Thread on: July 15, 2017, 09:59:32 pm
Exclusive reporting: got a sponsored twitter ad for philip levine
Same here.
BREAKING: twitter has a 'who to follow' section with suggestions, and the last few times I've logged in it's included (as a sponsored suggestion) @JohnMorganESQ
83  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Mock Parliament Revival - Sign Ups (United Kingdom, 2012 GE) (Game Open!) on: July 15, 2017, 04:32:29 pm
Had to go out of town unexpectedly without my laptop, will have to drop this. Have fun, y'all.
84  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Candidates' first mentions on this site on: July 14, 2017, 06:53:01 pm
Can anybody tell me why Bullock's first mention was so late? He has been a senator since 2007.

You're thinking of Jon Tester.
85  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: July 14, 2017, 07:55:01 am
As I have explained over and over again, the mere existence of entitlements creates the need for them.  If we got rid of every last entitlement, people would have to adapt and the free market would do its magic.  I would actually perhaps consider banning all health insurance other than catastrophic coverage to actually set up a normal supply/demand system for health care.

Torn between putting this here and in the deluge, but the delusional belief here that markets have "magic" properties allowing them to do more than simply allocate capital is fundamental to a lot of contemporary US 'conservative' thought and this is a great example of that.
86  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: ONE DAY ONLY: Best and Worst MAYORS of the Past 25 Years: Washington, DC. on: July 13, 2017, 08:50:59 pm
is there any need to do this

voted Barry/Barry
87  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: IL-Gov. 2018 Megathread on: July 13, 2017, 08:07:04 am
Oh, yeah, 4.95% is exorbitant Roll Eyes

When you already have the nation's highest property taxes, yeah it kinda is—or at least it's enough not to dismiss it as minor.
88  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Florida 2018 Open Thread on: July 12, 2017, 10:01:49 pm
He is winning the money game but as 2016 showed that only go s so far once Morgan enters the race I don't see were Levine gets his base from
Presumably from the moderates and Miami-Dade County. Graham certainly can't compete with the latter.

Graham is the pretty easy favorite among "moderates," between her name and her ties to north Florida. Levine can win Dade, I guess, but it's not particularly influential in Democratic primaries (and, given the share of Dems there who are black, Gillum is likely to compete well if he's still in the race).

Levine can easily win Dade, particularly if Gillum does horribly. I can see him getting 75,000 votes from Miami-Dade alone, which would be well over 10% of the vote in a Democratic gubernatorial primary. If he managed to win over the more urban and/or younger moderates, rather than the older and/or more rural ones Graham is expected to win, he has a path to a primary victory.

that would be more than 90% of the votes cast in dade in the last primary. absolutely no reason to think he has the ability to perform that well. 'moderates' are not a coherent voter bloc.
89  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Florida 2018 Open Thread on: July 12, 2017, 07:46:32 pm
He is winning the money game but as 2016 showed that only go s so far once Morgan enters the race I don't see were Levine gets his base from
Presumably from the moderates and Miami-Dade County. Graham certainly can't compete with the latter.

Graham is the pretty easy favorite among "moderates," between her name and her ties to north Florida. Levine can win Dade, I guess, but it's not particularly influential in Democratic primaries (and, given the share of Dems there who are black, Gillum is likely to compete well if he's still in the race).
90  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Are online JD programs advisable? on: July 12, 2017, 09:29:37 am
get a paralegal certificate through your local community college
91  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Dems/liberals/the Left on: July 11, 2017, 09:00:07 pm
positive opinion of the left, negative of liberals, tilt positive on Democrats
92  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Most vulnerable House members/most likely House districts to flip on: July 11, 2017, 08:34:49 pm
Crist (and maybe Murphy?) will be fine. Crist in particular is raising enough to scare off anyone serious. Look at FL-18 if you're looking for the Florida seat most likely to flip after FL-27.
93  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Florida 2018 Open Thread on: July 11, 2017, 05:13:43 pm
Exclusive reporting: got a sponsored twitter ad for philip levine
94  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion on Climate Change on: July 11, 2017, 03:20:00 pm
I'm willing to accept a solution which doesn't involve more taxing and more regulating

"I'm willing to solve this problem so long as I don't have to actually do anything to solve it."
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2017-112: Deregistration Waiting Period Act (Debating) on: July 11, 2017, 02:38:50 pm
I don't have a problem with this legislation, though given recent antics in the registration thread, making it crystal-clear how you cancel the request seems important.

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2. Within the seven days after deregistration has been requested, those who have requested deregistration may withdraw their request by making a new post in the proper thread without penalty.
96  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: You're a House member and have to elect a president ... on: July 11, 2017, 09:34:58 am
I'd vote for my party's candidate (in the third scenario, whichever one I prefer politically)
97  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: UK General Election 2012 - Campaign Thread on: July 11, 2017, 09:30:41 am

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams toasts the new Sinn Féin councilors in Derry

January 13:

Adams spent the day knocking doors in the town of Castlederg, later retiring to his hotel to make phone calls to local voters. Asked by an Irish News reporter about his participation in the BBC Leaders Debate, he confirmed that he planned to participate, citing the previous participation of Plaid Cymru and the SNP as justifying “some measure of representation of Irish political issues, just as Scottish and Welsh issues have the opportunity for a national spotlight in these events.”

January 14:

Adams spent the morning knocking doors in Maghera, with an evening visit to the historic William Clark & Sons linen mill to discuss industrial policy and the effects of EU policy on the Irish textiles industry.

January 15:

Knocking doors in Magherafelt, with an afternoon visit to St. Mary’s Grammar School to discuss the upcoming election with students.

January 16:

Knocking doors in Eglinton in the morning, followed by a meeting with businesses in the aviation sector at City of Derry Airport to discuss the future of the airport in the face of declining passenger numbers, as part of a broader discussion on infrastructure in the Six Counties.

January 17:

Knocking doors in Derry, followed by an evening rally featuring local ex-SDLP councilors who defected to Sinn Féin.
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Adams: Between the change in party membership of my friends here with us tonight and the recent polling suggesting we are effectively tied with the DUP, it is clear that Sinn Féin is the party most capable of defending those values that we share and fight for. The SDLP is a fine party, and I count many of their members among my friends. With this new electoral system and the increased possibility of success for minor parties like the TUV, however, it is becoming more clear than ever that we must have unity among our voters if we want to secure our goals and retain our influence. There is one clear leader in the contest to defend our shared values, and that is Sinn Féin.

January 18:

Roundtable with local business owners in Limavady, followed by an evening appearance on BBC Radio Ulster to discuss the potential effects of a referendum on EU membership
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Adams: People in the north would only make up around 3% of the population voting in a referendum, so it’s highly unlikely our concerns would be heard. However, it is us who would bear the brunt of the costs of any referendum, given the current border. If the referendum passed, businesses in Glasgow would still be able to do business with those in Edinburgh, those in Manchester would still be able to freely work with those in London, but businesses wanting to move between Belfast and Dublin would have a difficult and complex process to go through. A divided Ireland is one that is weak, one that is economically damaged, and that is not something I can ever support. If there is to be a referendum, and I do think one may be coming soon—there are some legitimate grievances against the EU and the UKIP phenomenon suggests more and more British voters are moving in that direction—it must include a separate, binding referendum for us here to make sure our concerns are addressed adequately.

January 19:

Adams spent a relaxing morning on the beach at Portstewart, occasionally making conversation with locals and tourists, before flying to London to participate in the BBC debate. As a true man of the people, he went to London via Ryanair’s Derry to Stansted route.

5 CPs spent on a canvassing team in Northern Ireland
98  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: General Election Debates on: July 11, 2017, 08:19:15 am

Opening statement
Good evening. It is a pleasure to be able to speak with you all tonight, though I expect my remarks will, well, mostly pertain to a specific set of voters. I have served as leader of Sinn Féin since 1983, and in that time I believe our record of delivering for the people of the north truly sets us apart from all other political parties. Through years of struggle and negotiations, we have led the north and its people forward, and have made a positive difference in the lives of the Irish people. Sinn Féin promises trusted, experienced leadership in the continuing struggle to make an Ireland that is more tolerant, more equal, and more united. Your vote for Sinn Féin in this election strengthens our hand, in Dublin, in Stormont, and in our negotiations with the British government. Your vote for Sinn Féin is nothing less than an endorsement of our strategy for positive change. We hope we can earn your vote.

Austerity
Sinn Féin as a party is committed to opposing austerity, which only compounds the hardship already facing many families and small businesses in a time of economic uncertainty. We support investing in job creation and in public services, not a vicious, unsustainable agenda of austerity that threatens the most vulnerable in our society. Austerity has deepened the recession, particularly in the North, where a legacy of conflict has caused decades of underinvestment in a relatively small private sector, and where we are still dealing with the costs of continued partition. We are committed to ending austerity through an immediate negotiation with the incoming British government aimed at returning economic powers to the North, to allow our people to decide the course of our recovery.

You just heard the DUP’s Arlene Foster claim her party stands for protecting public services, stands against austerity—nothing could be further from the truth. She cites her work in Stormont, but in truth Stormont has very little ability to curb even the worst excesses of austerity. The people of the North do not control their own economic future: taxes raised here are not necessarily spent here, and our government does not have the power to decide how they are spent. There is only one party on this stage tonight that believes the future of our society should be in the hands of a government elected by—and accountable to—our citizens, and that is Sinn Féin. Austerity, imposed on us from London, is the price we are forced to pay for the union. The price of unionism is economic stagnation, inequality, and the continued misery of austerity. That is a price we cannot—will not—pay.

European Union
As Ms. Foster mentioned, our part of Ireland has one member of the European Parliament. Bairbre de Brún is a member of Sinn Féin, and I believe she has done a tremendous job advancing our priorities in the European Union. I do believe the EU can sometimes overstep the bounds of national sovereignty and attempt to take on tasks that are better left to national, regional, or local authorities, especially when it comes to our fishing and farming communities, but this is not a reason to back away from the EU entirely. Through critical but positive engagement, the EU can be used to advance causes like workers’ rights, and we have already seen the positive benefits of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages. The implementation of that agreement is why, in more and more communities across the Six Counties, you can see bilingual signage and public sector services available in the Irish language. That is a positive result of our engagement with the European Union, and although I would like to see their rules on agriculture and fisheries modified, I believe we are better served through continued engagement than through withdrawal.

In particular, I am concerned about Ms. Foster’s suggestion of a referendum to leave the European Union. She proposes a referendum on the issue, decided by the “majority of the British people.” She has unintentionally revealed why Sinn Féin opposes a referendum: because the needs of Irish people will not be part of the discussion. I do not believe, with an economy as interlinked and interdependent with the south as our economy is in the north, that leaving the European Union could be anything but devastating. My worst nightmare is a scenario where this referendum is resoundingly defeated in our part of Ireland, but because of the votes of a majority of the British people, a decision is made that is detrimental to the livelihoods of the people we are supposed to represent. If there is any referendum on EU membership, there must be a separate and binding referendum here, so that British needs are not put before the needs of the people of the Six Counties.

NHS
The HSC is a fine institution and Sinn Féin is proud to support our public health system. Bairbre de Brún’s ‘Investing for Health’ policy in 2002, when she was Health Minister, laid much of the groundwork for today’s positive investments in the HSC.  We do believe it can improve, in particular how it deals with mental health and social inequality. We support the full implementation of the Bamford Review, which raised several concerns about the state of mental healthcare through the HSC that have not fully been addressed. We also support the expansion of HSC programs to include community-based drug and alcohol treatment services, available in every community in the Six Counties. Inequalities in health, and in access to healthcare, are among the most devastating in our society.

Abstentionism
Sinn Féin’s MPs are elected to represent the needs of the people who elected them, which is a process that involves more than simply sitting in the House of Commons. We believe that we have been able to accomplish more in our direct negotiations with the British government than other parties have been able to accomplish in Westminster, and we invite anyone to put our record—including the Good Friday Agreement, the St Andrews Agreement, the Hillsborough Agreement, and all the other steps in the peace process—up against anything any other party has accomplished in decades spent sitting on the backbenches. Sinn Féin’s MPs do not take their seats, but that does not mean they are unable to seek the best deal for all our people.
99  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Representative Carlos Curbelo on: July 10, 2017, 01:25:30 pm
FF. Also, I find it incredibly frustrating for you to call President Obama's disastrous cave to Cuba sensible. That move was horribly unpopular in Florida certain neighborhoods of Miami, the state most impacted by it and with America's largest Cuban community.

ftfy
100  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Representative Carlos Curbelo on: July 10, 2017, 07:18:53 am
Will probably go down in 2018 due to his voting record being way to the right of where his district stands.
I believe it when I see it.

Curbelo's an HP but yeah, this^
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