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11076  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Atlasian-United States Relations Exploration Act on: October 24, 2007, 07:29:15 pm
I strongly oppose recognizing the United States in this manner, but I think it's worth sending this to the people to decide.  Aye.
11077  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: NJ Elections : Poll - Dems have edge going into election --- More on Elections on: October 24, 2007, 07:27:13 pm
http://www.politicsnj.com/eagleton-poll-coming-tomorrow-13179
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Eagleton poll coming tomorrow
By Matt Friedman - October 24, 2007 - 12:05pm
With less than two weeks to go before the legislative elections, Democrats have an edge according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll that will be released tomorrow morning.

The poll, which will be posted on the Eagleton Institute’s Web site at 9 a.m., asks general party preferences for state Senate and Assembly but does not get specific to each district.  It also asks about voter preferences on three of the four ballot questions. 

A press release announcing the poll said that voter interest is up from previous election cycles, and lists voters’ priorities as property taxes, the state’s budget deficit and corruption. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/24/nyregion/24jersey.html?ref=nyregion
"South Jersey Democrats Poised to Shake Things Up "

Since the poll crosses the entire state, it's what I'd expect.  What really matters is how well Republicans are doing in about five or six state legislative districts across the state, almost all of which have a natural preference for the GOP: LD 1, 2, 8, 12, 14, and 39.

Sadly, the poll is useless.  I'd have much rather seen something like FDU did in 2003—polls of individual districts.
11078  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: RedState.org bans supporting Ron Paul on: October 24, 2007, 07:24:39 pm
Redstate.org = the conservative version of DailyKos.

Enough said.

Agreed, anyone who supports Kos and DU and rips on "Republicans" for limtiing debate on Redstate.org is a hypocrite.  I would remind everyone here that Ron Paul has been at every Republican Party debate.

Ron Paul is a Republican who led the Texas delegation in supporting Reagan in 1976, so I fail to see your point. Clinton isn't so popular at DailyKos, but there's no restriction on posting comments or diaries in favor of her.

But there is a restriction about supporting Cindy Sheehan in her bid for Congress.  Six in one hand, half-a-dozen in the other.
11079  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Lyndhurst, NJ GOP switching to Democrats on: October 24, 2007, 04:13:50 pm
I'm guessing that they got a pay cut and now have a new opinion about the graduated income tax?
Key word in that article was Ferriero

No idea who he is.

The Bergen County Democratic Superboss who has the power to say "switch or we'll run you through the meatgrinder next election."  Basically, a bunch of political cowards switched parties to save their jobs out of sheer (perceived) necessity.

This man really can afford to spend a million bucks taking over the town.  This way, he gets to save the million to knock over some other barely-standing GOP organization in Bergen.
11080  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Turkey attacks Iraq on: October 24, 2007, 04:08:53 pm
Clearly, Turkey saw how much fun we were having over there in Iraq and wanted to join in on the fun.  Welcome to the party, Turkey!  Don't forget to shut the lights off after re-bombing our piles of rubble!
11081  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NE Senate: Kerrey officially out of race. on: October 24, 2007, 03:51:44 pm
Damn, I was really hoping he would run.  That means the GOP will hold onto Nebraska.

Hate to burst the bubble, but the GOP would have held on to Nebraska anyway.  There's a reason why the guy passed on a race he really wanted to jump into.
11082  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Artist defiantly draws Prophet Mohammed on: October 24, 2007, 07:13:17 am
Oh, Islam, you crazy religion of extreme tolerance!
11083  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should bandit become a professional political cartoonist? on: October 24, 2007, 06:30:17 am
They'd make a diverse contribution to the funnies page.

I'd feel sorry for Mallard Filmore though.  The only conservative voice in comic strips, and not even Republicans like it.

I can count the number of comic strips I like on one finger.

And it ain't the one where Dagwood makes a big sandwich but—oh, no—is it TOO big?
11084  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Flag and Wiki on: October 24, 2007, 05:39:28 am
Is this something you want introduced in the Senate?  I'll take up the issue, if that's what people want.
11085  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Sol on: October 24, 2007, 05:37:42 am
And what is "The Contract"?

The contract that gives you the ability to write GM-like stories.

The gist of THE CONTRACT: You get powers of media regulation.  Gporter gets your immortal soul.
11086  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SoEA Confirmation Hearing: Al on: October 24, 2007, 01:23:55 am
Though I expect this to be, essentially, a cornoation of (former) Senator Widdershins, but I would still like to hear his plans for the office of SoEA prior to the vote, if he would be so kind.
11087  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Artist defiantly draws Prophet Mohammed on: October 24, 2007, 01:18:13 am
How exactly would Al Qaeda actually pay the potential assassin(s)? Do they have some financial office one can contact for the reward money or something?

Yeah, I think it's called the general treasury of Saudi Arabia or something.
11088  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: ME Sen: Collins 56%; Allen 33% on: October 23, 2007, 07:53:58 pm
Those who would be more open to Giuliani because of his social views compared to other Republicans will flee Rudy because of his asinine Iraq views.

We'll have to see what the "real difference" between Hillary and Rudy on the war actually winds up being.  It's not like Hillary is a huge anti-war liberal.  She's (thankfully) a realist on the issue.
11089  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: ME Sen: Collins 56%; Allen 33% on: October 23, 2007, 03:16:20 pm
I'm not sure I understand why Maine "will go to the Democrat by a large margin."  Rudy Giuliani is exactly the type of Republican that would play well in Maine.

Hah!  Oh, you mean he will lose Maine by less than typical Republicans?  Or do you actually mean he'll win Maine?  That's much less likely than Allen getting rid of Collins.



The first.  Maine certainly won't be voting more Democratic than how it voted in 1996 when Collins won an open seat against a former Governor.
11090  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NC-Senate-Rasmussen: Gov. Easley (D) would beat Dole (R) by 8 on: October 23, 2007, 03:13:11 pm
Easley is not now running, nor will he ever be running.

What a waste of a poll.
11091  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Thank You on: October 23, 2007, 05:11:12 am
Congratulations to a soon-to-be colleague!
11092  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: ME Sen: Collins 56%; Allen 33% on: October 23, 2007, 02:59:05 am
Looks good for Collins at this point, however Maine looks like it will go to the Democrat by a large margin.  If as we get to election time it looks like the Dems will make major gains in the Senate, the Dems may play up the filibuster proof angle. 

At this point Collins has a clear advantage and a fairly strong one, however more votes against a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq could make things a bit tougher for her, especially now with Snowe firmly in the timetable camp.

I'm not sure I understand why Maine "will go to the Democrat by a large margin."  Rudy Giuliani is exactly the type of Republican that would play well in Maine.

Similarlay, a Mike Michaud candidacy would've likely been the end of Susan Collins' illustrious career.

Zuh?  Michaud is in, what, his third term?  And do you really expect a pro-lifer to do better against pro-choice Collins when the key to making the race competitive is winning back the support of disaffected Independents and Democrats?
11093  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Louisiana Gubernatorial Primary - 20 October 2007 on: October 23, 2007, 02:42:52 am
How did the Republican for Insurance Commissioner lose a bunch of conservative parishes, but carry Orleans (and with over 50% too!)

I'm just happy Mitch Landrieu won comfortably.

I'd be guessing that if you're currently living in Orleans parish, you've dealt quite a bit with the Insurance Commissioner and been on the recieving end of insurance money.
11094  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: ME Sen: Collins 56%; Allen 33% on: October 22, 2007, 11:38:55 pm
But, Allen really beats this Webb guy.

Oh wait.......

http://legacy.rasmussenreports.com/2005/Virginia%20Senate%20December%209.htm

Okay, okay.  Sue Collins is totally going to make an offhand racist remark that exposes her longstanding past of racism.

When that happens, the race will crack wide open for Allen.
11095  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / ME Sen: Collins 56%; Allen 33% on: October 22, 2007, 11:23:22 pm
DailyKos was kind enough to commission a poll of Maine via Research 2000.

Quote from: DailyKos.com
Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 10/15-17. Likely voters. MoE 4% (No trend lines)

If the 2008 election for U.S. Senate were held today, would you to reelect Susan Collins, would you consider voting for another candidate, or would you vote to replace Collins?

Reelect 55
Consider 20
Replace 21


If 2008 election for U.S. Senate were held today, for whom would you vote for if the choices were between Tom Allen, the Democrat, and Susan Collins, the Republican?

Collins (R) 56
Allen (D) 33

Yet another poll (and this one commissioned by Dem ultra-partisans) that shows Chellie Pingree Tom Allen is barely even in the game.  Seriously, how long do we have to continue pretending that Allen stands a shot in hell?
11096  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor MAS117 on: October 22, 2007, 11:15:14 pm
Statement from the Governor
I believe that the Death Penalty Abolition Bill is wrong. I a supporter of the Death Penalty and do not wish to overturn it. While I advocate a rare use of the measure, it is needed for the most heinous crimes committed.

While I hesitate to applaud something as serious and morally troubling as the death penalty, I think the Governor made the correct choice here, and I support him in his controversial veto.

Excuse me Mr. Moderate, I was not trying to applaud the death penalty. My word choice there was terrible. What I meant to convey was that I think it is necessary for the most serious of crimes, and that it must be kept on the table as at least an option.

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to imply that you were.  I was just trying to say that I personally did not want to show too much support to the practice that I view as a necessary evil.

Indeed, I'll introduce a set of strict death penalty guidelines in time for the next Assembly session.
11097  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Northeast Propositions for the month of October on: October 22, 2007, 10:53:10 pm
Quite a number of obnoxious bills were passed this month, of which the Health Insurance Option Restoration Act is to my eye the most obnoxious.  The whole system of employer provided health insurance that section 2 of the bill holds up as the gold standard of health care is based on the outmoded idea that like serfs of old, workers are bound to their workplaces for life. I have no objection to employers choosing to offer health insurance as a fringe benefit, but the idea that they should be required to do so imposes upon them a burden in HR management that they may well be ill-equipped to bear, especially in the case of small businesses.

The Health Insurance Option Restoration Act was drafted in response to Massachusetts enacting laws which (1) require individual health coverage under penalty of law and (2) tax business of certain size which do not offer health insurance.  The rationale behind (2) is to help subsidize state-purchased health insurance for those whose business are large enough to offer health insurance, but choose not to because it's cheaper not to.  Small businesses are exempt from the penalties in (2).

The truth is, a veto of section two does little to change the fact that Massachusetts currently does penalize these employers.  (And, for this reason, I will not be bringing this issue back up for a veto override—it's pointless.)
11098  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Atlasian-United States Relations Exploration Act on: October 22, 2007, 10:42:03 pm
I commend the President in his wisdom sending this to the voters.  This is a matter which affects the fundamental structure of atlasia and thus should be dealt with by all citizens.  Let us soundly defeat the measure there and finally get back to the business of atlasia.

I concur.  An excellent use of the nineteenth amendment.
11099  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Adult Stem Cell Research Enhancement [Bill] on: October 22, 2007, 10:39:43 pm
Nay to $50 million dollars until we can actually figure out if we can afford $50 million dollars.
11100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor MAS117 on: October 22, 2007, 07:42:07 pm
Statement from the Governor
I believe that the Death Penalty Abolition Bill is wrong. I a supporter of the Death Penalty and do not wish to overturn it. While I advocate a rare use of the measure, it is needed for the most heinous crimes committed.

While I hesitate to applaud something as serious and morally troubling as the death penalty, I think the Governor made the correct choice here, and I support him in his controversial veto.

Judging by the vote totals of the Northeast Regional Assembly, it does not appear that there is enough support for an override of the veto at this time.  I would encourage supporters of a death penalty ban to focus their support on creating limitations to the use of the death penalty.

A good place to start may be the "Romney" plan which the former Governor of Massachusetts tried to introduce, which places strict, scientific-based requirements on the death penalty:

  • Limit the use of the death penalty for terrorist acts, murders involving torture, the killing of active duty law enforcement officers, and murder sprees,
  • A switch from "beyond a reasonable doubt" to "no doubt" for death penalty cases,
  • Allows for jurors who do not support the death penalty to serve in death penalty cases,
  • Defendants under 18 and those who are "mentally ill" may not be prosecuted under the death penalty,
  • Jurors must find that there is ''conclusive evidence" reaching a ''high level of scientific certainty" linking the defendant to the crime scene, the murder weapon, or the victim's body before a death sentence can be imposed. This evidence may include DNA evidence, footwear impressions, fingerprints, ballistics, and photographs.


In addition, I thank the Governor for signing into law part of my Health Insurance Option Restoration Act.  I do respectfully disagree with the line item veto, but I will not seek its override.
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