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76  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Politics and Elections in the Netherlands: GE March 15, 2017 on: March 16, 2017, 02:50:19 am
So it's probably going to be a centre-right VVD-CDA-D66-CU government. Excellent result. D66 and CU will clash, but GL and PvdA won't join VVD-CDA-D66 if there is another viable 4 party coalition so it's probably the only option. I actually don't think a formation with those 4 parties should take very long.

What about the possibility of VVD-D66-GL-PvdA? It's difficult for me to see what motivation the CDA would have to go into coalition with Rutte. If they refuse to participate, they essentially force Rutte into purple plus and can position themselves as the main party of the right at the next election. What incentive do they have to play nice?
77  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Hijab on: March 15, 2017, 11:49:14 pm
Unless you're a student.

I don't think a country should change it's laws to accommodate muslims, when this law existed for decades.
the law was passed in 2004.
78  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Hijab on: March 15, 2017, 09:28:36 pm
HC wherever women wear it because of oppression

FC wherever women wear it despite oppression

No such place exists.


Uh, what oppression of hijabs exists in France? It's still completely legal to wear one there, unlike niqabs and burkahs.
Unless you're a student.
79  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Hijab on: March 15, 2017, 09:12:46 pm
HC wherever women wear it because of oppression

FC wherever women wear it despite oppression

No such place exists.
80  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which country has the best and worst Communist Party? on: March 15, 2017, 05:49:50 pm
Best: Japan
Worst: Depends on how you define "worst." North Korea's has enacted the worst policy, the CPUSA is probably the most pathetic.
81  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is Rand Paul "working for Vladimir Putin"? on: March 15, 2017, 05:48:16 pm
McCain is deranged. Can you imagine the damage this man would have done as President? Right wingers were deliberately exaggerating when they said Hillary would start a war with Russia, but I think McCain really would have done so.
it's a joke
82  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Illinois People: Why Hasn't Mike Madigan Tried for Higher Office? on: March 15, 2017, 05:46:41 pm
You said it yourself. Leaving the speakership, even for a higher office, could only lessen the power he currently has.

True now, but why not in like the 90s when he wasn't an absolute juggernaut? For such a megalomaniac on a small scale, he certainly has had to have at least thought about it, so I'm wondering why he decided to stay Speaker instead of trying to be, I don't know, Senate Majority Leader or dare I say, President?

Why would he give up the certainty of absolute power in Springfield for the US Senate, where he would only be one of a hundred Senators? Working his way up the Senate hierarchy to Majority Leader is no sure thing, especially since it also relies on his party (and him!) consistently winning elections to keep him in the spot.

Compare that to his current situation: he will always be comfortably re-elected (which wouldn't be true if he were Senator or Governor—as Green Line mentioned, he's deeply unpopular outside of his district), he will always retain the job of Speaker (nobody would be foolish enough to try to challenge him), and Illinois will always elect enough Democrats to the House to keep him in power.
83  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Politics and Elections in the Netherlands: GE March 15, 2017 on: March 15, 2017, 01:08:06 pm
My college has endorsed DENK.

84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Dixie Reborn - A New Age of The South on: March 15, 2017, 12:44:45 pm
Congrats, Governor! It's a fine office.
85  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: March Madness? on: March 15, 2017, 12:11:17 pm
Taking UNC over Villanova in the title game, because it's been that kind of year for narratives.
86  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would you support the U.S. switching to the metric system? on: March 14, 2017, 09:47:31 pm
Based on estimates from the UK, switching every road sign on the American highway network from miles to kilometers would cost around $7.6 billion. Doesn't seem worth it economically, and that's before you consider the potential for broader economic effects (500g is more than a pound, a liter is more than a pint, etc, so going metric may make it look like prices are rising).
87  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: IL-Gov. 2018 Megathread on: March 14, 2017, 09:35:35 pm
Sure seems like it. I'll be voting Pawar if that's the field. I do think there's an opening for a candidate like Andy Manar, who would be the sole representative from downstate in the field and who would stand a shot at consolidating labor behind his campaign.
88  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: IL-Gov. 2018 Megathread on: March 14, 2017, 04:16:52 pm
Lipinski to face a primary challenge.
89  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Florida 2018 Open Thread on: March 14, 2017, 02:42:43 am
Sanchez warned us Gillum was a sh*t-tier candidate.

IIRC Sanchez has a grudge related to Gillum's management of emergency response in Tally. Which, fair, but not something related to this. I met Gillum a few months back and came away impressed. Not sure how serious this email thing is, but I think he could be a formidable candidate (certainly better for the FDP than Graham—even if she wins, and she might on the residual strength of the brand, she'll have the FDP spending another twenty years chasing voters in north Florida who voted for Bob).
90  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the PKK on: March 13, 2017, 01:52:40 am
Literal FFs, and far preferable to Erdogan, Assad, or the KDP/PUK.
91  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: DCCC Lists Its Top Targets on: March 13, 2017, 01:51:35 am
Amazing fact about KY-05: despite being KY-05 (96% white, 79% rural, no cities over 12k, 80% Trump) Dems still have a registration advantage.
92  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Public Option on: March 12, 2017, 03:30:21 pm
2) The fact it may be the beginning of turning the united States into a socialist state

Excellent.
93  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Florida Man Strikes Again! on: March 12, 2017, 08:29:04 am
Pissed off Trump Hillary supporters have killed or directed more crimes against Indians/Sikhs recently than actual Muslims since their boy got into office.

Maybe Trump's Hillary's VOICE magazine will help them identify Muslims better

-Cross out "Trump" and replace with Hillary. Take a look at what happened in Ferguson. Somehow, I doubt those people were a prime Trump demographic.

i don't even know what this is supposed to mean
94  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Politics and Elections in the Netherlands: GE March 15, 2017 on: March 12, 2017, 08:24:20 am
If CDA ends up first, they should make a coalition with VVD, PVV, 50+ and SGP (it has the majority of seats). I suppose that some "deceived" PVV and 50+ would vote for them for the next election, consolidating their place as first party.
This is minor related to the other objections, but SGP has never been in government before and it's difficult to see what kind of coalition deal would be tolerable to both them and VVD.
95  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Post your college education (or lack thereof) and classes you've taken on: March 12, 2017, 08:19:58 am
Two quarters into a BA in political science, U of C.
96  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Florida 2018 Open Thread on: March 12, 2017, 07:14:24 am
To the FL residents here - Would Morgan or Graham be the stronger candidate?
It's really a question of whether you believe "Trump-style politics" can attract support on the left. Right now I'm inclined to say that Morgan is the stronger candidate given his established name recognition (from both his law firm and the medical marijuana campaign) and his ability to self-fund. Graham reminds me too much of the types of candidates that the FDP has nominated over the last twenty (disastrous) years, pushed by a lot of people with fond memories of her father who don't realize that Bob hasn't been on the ballot in this millennium. She's the best of the "conventional" choices, but I don't know if any conventional choice can win given the FDP's track record.

Gwen Graham to me seems like Alex Sink 2.0 in the making TBH.
The parallels are enough to make me wary—moderate white woman without much of a track record wins one election in a way that involves winning over a few conservadems in north FL, and the FDP sees her as the solution to all their electoral woes. Maybe Graham is different, but I doubt it. Morgan at least would be different.
97  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: The Green Thread: Marijuana in the states on: March 11, 2017, 07:58:53 pm
Whatever the Republicans want to pass through the legislature will get passed and signed. The consequences won't be felt at a state legislative level, but it could be something that so outrages Morgan that he announces his candidacy.
98  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post some artificial beauty from your state. on: March 11, 2017, 12:54:11 pm
The Salvador Dali Museum:



The Mirror Lake Library:


The Chihuly Museum:


The Museum of Fine Arts:


The Vinoy:


The Don CeSar:
99  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much would you feel comfortable spending on dinner? (READ POST FIRST) on: March 11, 2017, 12:29:32 pm
My go-to dinner is the Indian place right near my dorm, which has a butter chicken dinner (entree, basmati rice, samosa, naan, and saag paneer) for $12.49.
100  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is Breitbart a legitimate source? on: March 10, 2017, 02:21:21 pm
I wouldn't believe a thing I read on Breitbart without verifying it somewhere else, so by that standard it's not "legitimate."
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