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« Reply #250 on: August 10, 2017, 09:27:13 pm »
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The day after Election Day, at a convention center in Indianapolis, Indiana, PM Obama addressed the roaring crowd of Labor supporters.


"Good evening, everyone.

Yesterday, we showed the world that America is a nation united. We showed the world that America is a nation that will not be torn apart by terror or hatred. We showed the world that America is a a nation where hope and peace are the laws of the land, not despair and anguish.

We saw how the politics of fear, which so many of our enemies, foreign and domestic, try to instill in us, will continue crumble as long as we have faith.

Just two short years ago, my good friend Nancy Pelosi stood on this stage, shaking from the electoral surprise that came our way. She was hopeful for the future of our great nation, barely able to take in the fact that she had just gained an opportunity to change the lives of millions of Americans for the better. But she was never afraid.

She was never afraid of doing the right thing - even if the right thing was difficult or unpopular. She was coldly effective, but also showed how much she truly cared about the people whose lives depended on a legislation.

She was never afraid of standing up to threats. She could look Vladimir Putin in the eye and make him feel small, just with her stare. She was unafraid in pursuing policy overseas that made our country safer and more prosperous. She negotiated, she debated, she pursued a stronger and safer world.

She was never afraid, even on that terrible day, on the train. 

And yesterday's results honor our fallen leader. They've shown that Labor is on the right course, the path charted for us by fallen comrade.

And now we do what Nancy would've wanted us to: work every day to make life better for the worker, the farmer, the single mother, the homeless child, the family struggling to get by. I know in the next three years we will be able to get so much done.

I thank you for staying with Labor through the good times and the bad. Now, let's get to work!"
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« Reply #251 on: August 10, 2017, 09:57:56 pm »
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Chapter 2.7: Election Night - Part Two

It's now 6:01 Eastern time. Polls have closed in Indiana and Kentucky, the two first states to close their polls. They will also be the earliest ones providing results. The two states send a combined 15 representatives to Parliament. We're joined by former Labor governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear.


Good evening, Governor Beshear.

"Good evening, Wolf. It's great to be here."

It's good to have you, Governor. So the most pressing questions on everyone's mind right now - what can the results in the states of Indiana and Kentucky, your home state, tell us about how the election is going to shape out?

"Well, I think it's going to be an important signal for the rest of election night. I know that in Kentucky, Labor currently does not have any seats. And there's a marginal seat in the constituency of Louisville that will signal if Labor will be able to expand its plurality in the election. Anne Northup, who has held this seat since 1996, and is now a member of the Civic Union, almost lost to current Labor nominee John Yarmuth in 2016. If Yarmuth manages to oust Northup, it would mean Labor is on track to win more seats. "

For those of you watching at home, Kentucky is currently represented by 5 Conservatives and 2 former Liberals, Northup, who is now part of the Civic Union, and Andy Barr, who joined The Alignment. Indiana is represented by 5 Laborites, 3 Conservatives, and one Liberal-turned-Civic Union.

I have news that the first results are coming in.


It is that Conservative Hal Rogers has been reelected in the constituency of Boone-Cumberland, with 52.34% of the vote.


More results have come in from Kentucky and Indiana:


- In Jackson Purchase, Conservative James Comer has been reelected
- In Bowling Green, Conservative Brett Guthrie has been reelected
- In Indiana Dunes, Labor's Pete Visclosky has been reelected
- In St Joseph, Labor's Joe Donnelley has been reelected
- In Indianapolis, Labor's André Carson has been reelected



In the three remaining Kentucky districts, a recount has been issued due to the closeness of the vote:

- In Louisville, between incumbent Civic Union's Anne Northup and Labor's John Yarmuth
- In Ohio River, between incumbent Conservative Geoff Davis, Libertarian Thomas Massie, and Labor's Dennis Keene
- In Bluegrass, between incumbent The Alignment's Andy Barr and Labor's Jim Gray

We have results from the rest of Indiana. All incumbents have been reelected.


- In Fort Wayne, Labor's Tim Roemer has been reelected
- In Tippecanoe, Conservative Todd Rokita has been reelected
- In Morse, Civic Union's Susan Brooks has been reelected
- In Whitewater River, Conservative Luke Messer has been reelected
- In Wabash, Conservative Larry Bucshon has been reelected
- In Monroe, Labor's Baron Hill has been reelected



So far, here are the party standings:

Conservative - 6 Seats
Labor - 5 Seats
Civic Union - 1 Seat
Too Close To Call - 3 Seats

We'll be here shortly with more results.
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« Reply #252 on: August 10, 2017, 10:00:22 pm »
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Morse?  Why is the district (constituency?) called "Morse" and not Carmel?


The Morse Reservoir. I tried to focus more on natural landmarks rather than urban areas, unless unavoidable.
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« Reply #253 on: August 10, 2017, 10:43:26 pm »
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Couple of questions: what do the states have Premiers? If so, who controls most of the legislative agenda for them? Finally, what role to the governors serve?
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« Reply #254 on: August 11, 2017, 01:14:06 am »
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Couple of questions: what do the states have Premiers? If so, who controls most of the legislative agenda for them? Finally, what role to the governors serve?

So here's the thing: the Constitution only requires that states' governments are democratic. This means, ITTL, that some states choose to maintain their old governmental structures of state houses and an independent elected executive (the governor). ITTL, many small-c conservative states do this; example of KY and TX. Some states, however, reform their own constitutions after the St. Louis convention as well, becoming parliamentary systems, such as, for example, (initially) Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine, and later on, California, Hawaii, and New York. Premiers, however, rarely run for Parliament because it is seen as a step down, and often are already old enough that they do not build much seniority.
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« Reply #255 on: August 11, 2017, 01:22:57 am »
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Couple of questions: what do the states have Premiers? If so, who controls most of the legislative agenda for them? Finally, what role to the governors serve?

So here's the thing: the Constitution only requires that states' governments are democratic. This means, ITTL, that some states choose to maintain their old governmental structures of state houses and an independent elected executive (the governor). ITTL, many small-c conservative states do this; example of KY and TX. Some states, however, reform their own constitutions after the St. Louis convention as well, becoming parliamentary systems, such as, for example, (initially) Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine, and later on, California, Hawaii, and New York. Premiers, however, rarely run for Parliament because it is seen as a step down, and often are already old enough that they do not build much seniority.

Interesting.
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« Reply #256 on: August 11, 2017, 10:13:33 am »
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Couple of questions: what do the states have Premiers? If so, who controls most of the legislative agenda for them? Finally, what role to the governors serve?

So here's the thing: the Constitution only requires that states' governments are democratic. This means, ITTL, that some states choose to maintain their old governmental structures of state houses and an independent elected executive (the governor). ITTL, many small-c conservative states do this; example of KY and TX. Some states, however, reform their own constitutions after the St. Louis convention as well, becoming parliamentary systems, such as, for example, (initially) Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine, and later on, California, Hawaii, and New York. Premiers, however, rarely run for Parliament because it is seen as a step down, and often are already old enough that they do not build much seniority.

Interesting.
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I wonder how did Reagan reach the highest office of the land in this TL, since he probably didn't want to spend much of his life working up to becoming Premier of California. Did he serve in Parliament during the same time he was Governor during OTL. What's his story?
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« Reply #257 on: August 12, 2017, 09:22:48 pm »
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The Second Obama Government
2018-



Prime Minister Barack Obama (Lab - Chicago Southwest)


Secondary Minister Heath Shuler (Lab - Blue Ridge)


Chancellor Kathy Castor (Lab - Tampa) / Foreign Minister Hillary Rodham (Lab - Little Rock) / Defense Minister Beto O'Rourke (Lab - El Paso)


Justice Minister Kamala Harris (Lab - San Francisco) / Industry Minister Tim Ryan (Lab - Akron East) / Agriculture Minister Dave Loebsack (Lab - Fox River)



Education Minister Michael Bennet (Lab - Denver North) / Health Minister Michelle Lujan Grisham (Lab - Manzano) / Labor Minister Mark Takano (Lab - Riverside-Moreno)


Welfare Minister Carte Goodwin (Lab-Tygart Valley) / Veterans' Minister Tulsi Gabbard (Lab-Hawai'i) / Security Minister Cedric Richmond (Lab-New Orleans-Baton Rouge)


Energy Minister Joseph Kennedy III (Lab-Walden) / Minister for Aging Joe Donnelly (Lab-St Joseph) / Trade Minister Tammy Baldwin (Lab-Madison)



Transportation Minister Derek Kilmer (Lab-Olympic) / Environment Minister Jared Huffman (Lab-Redwood)




Leader of the Opposition (interim) Diane Black (Con-Highland Rim)


Shadow Secondary Minister (interim) Luke Messer (Con-Whitewater River)

 
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« Reply #258 on: August 12, 2017, 09:31:01 pm »
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So is Paul Ryan still technically a Liberal?
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« Reply #259 on: August 12, 2017, 09:32:32 pm »
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So is Paul Ryan still technically a Liberal?
Technically he's an independent, but he's treated by the rest of Parliament as having a party.
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« Reply #260 on: August 12, 2017, 09:33:03 pm »
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So is Paul Ryan still technically a Liberal?
Technically he's an independent, but he's treated by the rest of Parliament as having a party.
Ah ok.

I just got caught up.  Great job!  Looking forward to the next election already Smiley
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« Reply #261 on: August 13, 2017, 02:36:29 pm »
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Chapter 2.8 : Leadership

Interim Leader Diane Black (Highland Rim) has announced her candidacy for Conservative Party leader, citing her previous position of Shadow Secondary Minister.


Mo Brooks (Flint River) has also declared his candidacy.


Tom Marino (Endless Mountains) declared his candidacy, claiming that the Conservative party needs to shift toward appealing toward the Rust Belt.


Billy Long (Ozarks West) is also running a long shot campaign to become Tory leader.

The election will take place on December 13th, 2018.

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For the Libertarians, only 2 candidates have declared their intention to run.


Justin Amash (Grand Rapids) is running a soft-libertarian campaign to try to appeal to more fiscal conservatives.


Duncan Hunter (Cuyamaca) wants to bring the party back to its roots.

The election will take place on November 29th.
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« Reply #262 on: August 13, 2017, 09:04:24 pm »
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Chapter 2.9: The Early Days


One of the first pieces of legislation that Labor has pushed through was the Rent and Real Estate Stabilization Act, which aimed to ameliorate rising rent and condo prices in urban areas by instituting a 20% tax on foreign buyers. Cities like in North America have been suffering from rapidly rising housing costs thanks to foreign investors, who buy the properties simply as investments and leaving them empty otherwise. In Canada, cities such as Toronto and Vancouver have already instituted such taxes, and Labor has taken them as an example. Additionally, in order to prevent foreign investors from creating shell corporations to purchase such properties, a Housing Commission, led by a Housing Commissioner, will require corporate buyers to disclose the majority shareholders to determine if the tax rate will apply. If the corporation refuses to disclose, a 25% tax is waged instead. The legislation passed along party lines, 253-188.  Prime Minister Obama appointed former Seattle mayor Michael McGinn to becoming the first US Housing Commissioner, citing his strong urbanist stance during his tenure as Mayor.


The next major piece of legislation was An Act Creating the Insurance Commission, whose responsibility was to set universal insurance standards for private health insurance companies. In the future, Labor expect to extend the Commission's responsibility to other forms of insurance, such as dental, home, and flood. Right now however, the commission sets standards for coverage, and handles complaints and cases regarding companies' abuse. By promising to appoint the current representative for Mendocino-Yuba-Sutter, John Garamendi, to become the first Insurance Commissioner of the United States, the bill passed with stronger margins, 280-161. This forced Garamendi to resign from his seat, with a by-election scheduled for December 18th. Obama cited Garamendi's experience as Insurance Commissioner of the state of California as evidence of his commitment to helping establish strong standards for care. 
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« Reply #263 on: August 14, 2017, 08:09:10 pm »
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Chapter 2.10: The Ballad of Hillary Rodham


Since her election to Parliament in 1975 from the constituency of Little Rock, Hillary Rodham, and her husband, Bill Clinton, was considered a rising star in the Labor Party. However, after the failed Clinton government between 1993-1996, which was plagued by scandal, the couple went into the woods. Bill retired from Parliament, and Hillary became a back-bencher in Parliament.

However, the scandal-plagued Clinton government was quickly redeemed as the succeeding Gingrich administration was even more scandalous. This allowed Daniel Moynihan, the new Labor leader, to win the 1999 election. Rodham was out of the woodwork, and was surprisingly appointed Foreign Minister. Initially, Rodham was lauded for her work with the new leader of Russia, Vladimir Putin. However, her reputation soured as she jumbled the handling of supposed WMDs in Iraq.


After the 2002 election, in which Labor managed to maintain their plurality of seats, Rodham stepped down as Foreign Minister. In 2004, Prime Minister Moynihan passed away due to complications from an appendectomy. In the ensuing leadership election, Rodham attempted to run, but was eliminated before the runoff primary. (Previously, Labor conducted leadership elections through a traditional primary run-off system.)

During the McCain government, 2007-2010, a Liberal-Labor coalition, Rodham served as Security Minister.



Now, ten years since getting a new job, Rodham faced adversity yet again.

A Washington Post article raised accusations that Rodham had traded her endorsement and fundraiser network connections with Obama in exchange for the position. Of course, Rodham's chief of staff, Huma Abedin, denied such rumors.

But Hillary seriously considered stepping down, if only to save the reputation of the Obama government. She picked up the phone, having received a call from the Prime Minister.

"Good evening, Hillary."

"Yes, Barack?"

"I'm not going to force you to do anything. But we can't have a scandal so early in our government. I mean, hell, it's not even December yet. And I'll keep you on as a senior advisor within the administration. But you know we can't have people find out that the Post was true."

"I understand, Barack. I'll let you know my decision by Monday."

"Thank you, Hillary. I'm really sorry this is happening."

"Yeah."

"By the way - you have any idea who's the leaker?"

"No clue."

"Alright. Good night."

Rodham hung up. She poured herself a double of Bourbon.

Damn.
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In the closest leadership election in Libertarian history, Justin Amash (Grand Rapids) defeated Duncan Hunter (Cuyamaca) by a margin of just 38 votes. Amash earned the endorsement of former Representative Gary Johnson and Liberal-turned-Libertarian William Weld, who allowed Amash to sweep many party members on the moderate side of the party. However, Hunter dominated the orthodox Libertarians. Former leader Don Young refused to endorse a successor - if he did, it would've likely been a landslide.
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« Reply #265 on: August 17, 2017, 09:38:55 pm »
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Wow, this timeline is something else. Pelosi's and Lowey's deaths were heartbreaking.

This is obligatory for me to ask, but what role does Josh Gottheimer play? What party is he part of?
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« Reply #266 on: August 17, 2017, 10:39:40 pm »
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Wow, this timeline is something else. Pelosi's and Lowey's deaths were heartbreaking.

This is obligatory for me to ask, but what role does Josh Gottheimer play? What party is he part of?

Gottheimer is a moderate Laborite, just reelected to his 2nd term.
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« Reply #267 on: August 18, 2017, 09:00:52 am »
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Is Alma Adams still in the NC House (or equivalent)?
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« Reply #268 on: August 18, 2017, 10:39:47 am »
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Is Alma Adams still in the NC House (or equivalent)?

Probably, considering Mel Watt was never appointed to the FHFA.
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