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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Confirmation Hearing: Flo for SoIA/Interior on: November 13, 2014, 05:33:21 pm
Quote from: Executive Order #009
I hereby nominate Flo as Secretary of Internal Affairs, the position to be referred from now on as Secretary of the Interior.
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / 64th Senate Noticeboard on: November 13, 2014, 05:30:56 pm
Federal Officeholders, 63rd Senate of the Republic of Atlasia

Executive Branch:
LumineVonReuental (Federalist), 33rd President of the Republic of Atlasia
SJoyce (TPP), Vice President of the Republic of Atlasia

Vacant, Game Moderator
Potus2036, Secretary of External Affairs
Flo, Secretary of Internal Affairs
ZuWo, Attorney General
homelycooking, Secretary of Federal Elections
Fritz, Registrar General

64th Senate of the Republic of Atlasia
North Carolina Yankee, Regional Senator for the IDS
TNF, Regional Senator for the Midwest
bore, Regional Senator for the Northeast
Dr. Cynic, At-Large Senator
TheCranberry, Regional Senator for the Pacific
Polnut, At-Large Senator
Deus Naturae, At-Large Senator
JohanusCalvinusLibertas, At-Large Senator
Windjammer, Regional Senator for the Mideast
Bacon King, At-Large Senator

Regional Governors
SawxDem, Governor of the Northeast
TJinWisco, Governor of the Mideast
Maxwell, Emperor of the IDS
AdamCFitzGerald, Governor of the Midwest
Simfan34, Governor of the Pacific
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: 64th Election of the PPT on: November 11, 2014, 11:44:26 am
So, this will be a useles office?

Depends on whether half of your colleagues decide to show up to vote on that amendment, but possibly, yes.
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: 64th Senate: PPT Declaration Thread on: November 10, 2014, 10:23:20 pm
48 hours have elapsed; I'm not sure how we'll work this role if the Nix rule passes but in the here and now there's not really anything I can do besides hold an election for PPT and work out Speaker if and when it becomes an issue. Regardless, I know I do need to hold an election for PPT, whatever that job may entail, now.



Senators, it's time to elect your PPT.

PPT OFFICIAL BALLOT

[] Senator North Carolina Yankee
[] Senator Bore
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Police Militarization and Civil Rights Act (Debating) on: November 09, 2014, 07:49:39 pm
What do we do with surplus weapons that we can't sell to NATO?
Well, we can accumulate it somewhere?

I mean, destroying weapons, that's nos fiscal responsible!

Since the President has tossed my name around as a candidate for a SecDef role, I assume it'd be appropriate to provide my input here: if there is surplus weaponry that cannot be sold to a foreign buyer (as a side note, if you wanted to get the most money you could for it, you could broaden the number of countries we can sell to - Australia and Japan, for example, aren't NATO members) and serves no foreseeable military purpose I'd assume the most fiscally prudent course would be to sell it for scrap and recoup at least some of its value.

I'd also warn the Senate more generally about adopting legislation with such broad language as this. There is no reasonable case of any sort against the vast majority of surplus military equipment that is sold at discounted prices to local police departments - 95% of all transfers are non-weapons. All the data is here, and as you can see most of it is things like "wet weather poncho", "flat panel monitor", "electric lighting fixtures", and "stethoscope". In the interests of minimizing taxpayer burdens I'd urge the Senate to reconsider its language in this case - perhaps spelling out what specifically is prohibited would be more helpful (automatic or .50+ caliber weapons, tactical vehicles, drones, combat aircraft, grenades, silencers, LRADs, etc.)
81  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Crist Vs Scott election analysis on: November 09, 2014, 10:21:40 am
The damn panhandle killed him:



(Swing from Sink/Scott to Crist/Scott)

Nah, Panhandle's irrelevant - it was low turnout in Palm Beach, Broward & Dade (perhaps amplified by the candidate's Cuba stance) that killed him.
82  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: 2018 Governors- the Democrats silver lining? on: November 09, 2014, 10:20:08 am
How many Democratic mayors are there in Florida? Maybe we can get one of them to run?

You've got Bob Buckhorn (Tampa), Buddy Dyer (Orlando), and maybe Alvin Brown (Jacksonville).

From what Google can turn up, Buckhorn and Brown look like the best potential candidates for Governor.

Is there any sign that they might run?

Buckhorn yes, Brown probably not (he'll likely lose his 2015 re-election bid, and is far more conservative than Charlie Crist besides).
83  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Charlie Crist on: November 09, 2014, 10:19:13 am
That was said about Richard Nixon too after he lost to Pat Brown, so I'll go with FL-13 to be safe.

Hell, that was said about Charlie Crist too, after he lost to Marco Rubio (twice). FL-13's plausible, and another statewide run certainly isn't out of the picture.
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Let's Not Invade Other Regions Act on: November 08, 2014, 10:51:42 pm
Nay.

You are no longer a member of this body.

Ah, right, sorry - I did sign in earlier today. Force of habit.
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / 64th Election of the PPT on: November 08, 2014, 10:15:44 pm
Senators have 48 hours to declare their candidacy (or nominate another) for the position of President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendment to Official Senate Rules and Procedures (Debating) on: November 08, 2014, 10:14:03 pm
Senators, a final vote is now open on this amendment to the Senate procedures. Please vote aye, nay, or abstain.
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Let's Not Invade Other Regions Act on: November 08, 2014, 06:37:59 pm
Nay.
88  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: 2018 Governors- the Democrats silver lining? on: November 07, 2014, 06:09:57 pm
How many Democratic mayors are there in Florida? Maybe we can get one of them to run?

You've got Bob Buckhorn (Tampa), Buddy Dyer (Orlando), and maybe Alvin Brown (Jacksonville).
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: November 07, 2014, 02:20:11 pm
I, SJoyce, do solemnly affirm that I will faithfully execute the office of Vice President of Atlasia and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia, so help me Dave.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Let's Not Invade Other Regions Act on: November 06, 2014, 03:35:01 pm
I'm not voting for anything that would limit our ability to deploy our militia to other regions, which would seem to forbid our ability to help other regions respond to natural disasters.
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS: GM Independence Amendment on: November 06, 2014, 03:33:54 pm
Aye
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: Environmental Act (just a little more voting) on: November 06, 2014, 03:33:31 pm
Aye
93  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: 2018 Governors- the Democrats silver lining? on: November 06, 2014, 02:49:26 pm
I don't see the 2018 FL Governor's race going any better for Democrats. The state party has no strong bench at this point.
[Graham]
[Murphy]
[Buckhorn]
Or Buddy Dyer, Dan Gelber, Kathy Castor, DWS, or Charlie Crist again.

Kidding? Crist is DONE. He lost as a Republican, lost as an independent, and now lost to a criminal as a Democrat in a race he was supposed to win easily. His political career is over.

I seem to recall folks here talking about - some even supporting - a Sink candidacy in 2014. Given the FL Dem bench, any candidate with a modicum of political skill has to be considered part of the potential bench. Let's say Murphy/Graham/Castor stay in their House seats (like Castor has done for the past several cycles), DWS runs and loses Senate in 2016, and Buckhorn declines to run. Who do you run then?
Recruit some dude in the state house to run.  A third run for Crist would be horrible.

The State House now has a GOP supermajority - difficult enough to find one of them willing to go from a part-time job to a full-time statewide campaign with a dozen times the level of media scrutiny.
94  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: 2018 Governors- the Democrats silver lining? on: November 06, 2014, 02:37:41 pm
I don't see the 2018 FL Governor's race going any better for Democrats. The state party has no strong bench at this point.
[Graham]
[Murphy]
[Buckhorn]
Or Buddy Dyer, Dan Gelber, Kathy Castor, DWS, or Charlie Crist again.

Kidding? Crist is DONE. He lost as a Republican, lost as an independent, and now lost to a criminal as a Democrat in a race he was supposed to win easily. His political career is over.

I seem to recall folks here talking about - some even supporting - a Sink candidacy in 2014. Given the FL Dem bench, any candidate with a modicum of political skill has to be considered part of the potential bench. Let's say Murphy/Graham/Castor stay in their House seats (like Castor has done for the past several cycles), DWS runs and loses Senate in 2016, and Buckhorn declines to run. Who do you run then?
95  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: 2018 Governors- the Democrats silver lining? on: November 05, 2014, 07:18:56 pm
I don't see the 2018 FL Governor's race going any better for Democrats. The state party has no strong bench at this point.







Or Buddy Dyer, Dan Gelber, Kathy Castor, DWS, or Charlie Crist again.
96  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Who/what is to blame for Charlie Crist's defeat? on: November 05, 2014, 10:21:03 am
I'll go with the national mood. I don't think you can blame the FDP - the FDP has been so bad for so long that they really don't have that much ability to revolutionize things quickly.
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Telegraph Poll: Special at-large Senate election on: October 30, 2014, 08:32:37 pm
Maxwell, probably.
98  Election Archive / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: St. Pete Polls: Crist leads Rick Scott in Pinellas, his home county, 50% to 40% on: October 28, 2014, 02:19:05 pm
Take county polls with a big grain of salt. And especially take attempts to prognosticate statewide results from that poll with an even larger degree of skepticism.

SPP is usually spot-on in Pinellas, though. They've been largely accurate in FL-13.

Yeah, plus they went with a massive sample size for the survey (over 3,000).
99  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Florida Megathread on: October 28, 2014, 10:02:26 am
Just passing by to say I early voted on Saturday in Broward. Brought my sis who is just turned 18 and my mom. Polling site was busy.  There's more Scott signs than Scott voters in south florida. Three more for Charlie
I live up here in Palm Beach County, and I have seen a ton of Scott signs as well, and God knows this is not exactly Scott country Tongue.

I actually don't think I've seen any Scott signs, but if there's anywhere that's less Scott country than South Florida it'd be southern Pinellas.
100  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Seats doomed to flip with retirement on: October 27, 2014, 06:05:31 pm
In the house, Collin Peterson's and John Barrow's distircts would be hard to maintain for the Democrats, as would Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Frank LoBiondo for the Republicans

Her district is R+2. Why would it be hard to maintain? (Assuming a decent candidate and a neutral year).

The seat went for Obama over Romney 53-46 despite being a two-point McCain win. Rapidly Democratizing district, plus the misfortune of being in the region where Democrats actually have some semblance of a bench.
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