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  2. Russ

    National Right to Carry Act

    C.S.
  3. Jellybeans

    Docket Requests

    Docket request for debate Week of 1-13-19 1.Restore Felons’ Voting Rights 2.Hate Crime Hotline Ac
  4. James Grant

    Player Warchests

    Grant donates $54 million to Vang McCready donates $26 million to Vang
  5. Jellybeans

    Restore Felons’ Voting Rights

    Mr. Speaker. Please move for debate. @Anthony
  6. Jellybeans

    Hate Crime Hotline Act

    Mr. Speaker. Please move for debate. @Anthony
  7. Jellybeans

    high-quality universal preschool act

    Signed Tulip Florez Governor of the West Coast
  8. Paul Vang

    General Election Debate 1 (Foreign Policy)

    Tonight ladies and gentleman we've been pitched a brand of hawkish liberal foreign policy that is both fundamentally hypocritical and morally bankrupt. In one breath my opponent says we will be a beacon of global human rights all the while continuing support for Saudi Arabia one of the biggest violators of human rights facilitating a mass starvation humanitarian crisis in Yemen in addition to their large support of terrorism. We'll continue the global intervention adventurism like we've seen in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and Syria filling our cemeteries with our very best while engulfing us to trillions in debt. Stoking more global condemnation of the United States and inspiring more terrorism for intrusion after intrusion to prop up an empire our founders direly warned of us prophetically centuries ago in their grand wisdom. It's a weight on our back that has held us down for decades as politician after politician have refused to put America first in the world. Out of touch classroom academia op-ed posturing on a global stage with the lives of our service members just as my own was risked on the battlefield in Iraq for a cause we shouldn't have gotten involved in. We'll be lead into globalist economic suicide pacts like the Paris Climate Agreement in an attempt ineffectually address climate change. An action that by 2040 according to a study by the National Economic Research Associates would cost us a 38% cut in iron and steel production, 31% cut in natural gas production, an 85% cut in coal production, a GDP loss of $3 trillion, and the loss of some 6.5 million industrial jobs. Meanwhile, according to proponents' own data, the agreement would have no discernible effect on global temperatures. But loose unoutlined promises of a green new deal type jobs program unacted on by House majority leadership like my opponent is somehow supposed to make up for such a windfall of economic self-harm. As a sponsor of the largest jobs program since the actual New Deal in the Rebuilding America's Infrastructure Act let me tell you, there's empty talk in the world and then there's proven results. All the while turning a blind eye to the harmful effects of the free mass importation of harmful carbon pollution by foreign exporters particularly because apparently one wouldn't want to anger an oppressive violator of human rights such as we see with the Chinese government. Truly white flag surrenders on economic, environmental, and moral standings across the board. This is the message my opponent is trying to sell you on. It's a philosophy concerned about superficial appearances and self-promotion over actual action. My opponent calls for the ending of family separations at the border all the while I've been the only member of Congress to sponsor legislation on the matter. It's been overlooked because it wasn't something House majority leadership such as that which my opponent is apart of could claim as their own personal victory. Rather than act on the matter in a time expedient fashion he'd rather wait so he could bask in his own self-righteousness enacting it as President himself. My foreign policy will be one that will worry more about bringing the American troops home than some distant squabble unrelated to our country. One that upholds our economic interests over unamerican self-sabotaging globalist allegiance and rogue economic actors that push down their own people to maintain their projection of power. America first through and through.
  9. Anthony

    @LATimes

    Governor Florez enjoys high approvals, and many believe will reflect positively in 2020 regional legislature elections.
  10. Anthony

    @DallasMorningNews

    Outgoing Governor Jack Swanner remains highly popular in the Plains with 60 percent approval, pollsters believe should translate well into his Senate campaign.
  11. Anthony

    Dallas Morning News (Plains Regional News)

    Approval Ratings Governor Jack Swanner (R): 60 / 28 / 12 -- By now everybody in your region knows who you are and what you stand for, rather it's from your actions as Governor or during your campaign to the Senate. Conservatives within your region are ecstatic with how you have done as Governor. You kept nearly all your campaign promises to them and have supported Trump on the policies that are popular within the region, particularly the border wall, conservatives support it. Your budget and the spinning of it, along with a few other actions helped you gain some of the moderates who left you when you took the firm stance on some of the more red meat issues, but overall you have won over a majority of them at the current moment. Progressives have a distaste for you in the region for the most part. There are a very very few who approve because of your increased K-12 funding among a few other things, but mostly truly dislike you for your deep red values you display openly. Overall, you represent your district exactly as it is, and it translates into a very positive approval rating. Rep. John Shultz (D-TX-22): 29 / 46 / 25 -- This is a R +10 district, and Trump won 52-44 here in 2016. So you need to be careful here, you are in a vulnerable spot. Conservatives did not like your press release touting you wanting to repeal Trump's tax cuts and sponsoring legislation you say would do just that. That has not left their mind, being a major campaign promise of the President's. Moderates are generally okay with you, you've done a few things in Congress that directly impact your district and has gained you some points here. Progressives don't really know who you are, and while they feel uneasy with having a self proclaimed moderate in the seat, they're happy you have a (D) next to your name. Overall however, a lot of folks in your district do not know who you are due to lack of press releases and them not knowing much about what you are doing. Because of that, the republicans who know you as the one who wants to repeal the Trump tax cuts (and republicans control your district) dominate the known numbers of you and hurt your approvals, and because most everybody else is either simply okayish with you or don't know you, your approvals do not reflect positively. Rep. David Spalding (R-WY-At-Large): 47 / 34 / 19 -- Conservatives like you a lot, you have demonstrated policy leanings through press releases and tweets that they support. Most of this is helped by talking points and themes during your gubernatorial campaign, as down the stretch of the congressional session real achievements were hard to come by. Moderates are split, many appreciate your depth of policy knowledge as showcased, but others don't appreciate you seemingly to be immovable from policies on the right. However, you are helped by being in a state that moderates traditionally lean right. Progressives don't like you. You haven't thrown them really any bones they like, and as a result your support with those constituents of yours are not good. Luckily, you represent Wyoming. Overall, more tangible achievements rather than just talk will help your approvals much more. You have not been in the public eye outside your gubernatorial campaign, which you have a lead. This leads to still many not knowing who you are quite yet and feeling completely comfortable with you. Remain active and continue to present results to your constituents and your approval numbers will improve since you align with your district and state well.
  12. SWMissourian

    @GrantMO

    We had a tremendous time at our rally in Iowa! We talked about our rights and some environmental policy! I highly recommend you check out the transcript located on my Press Office's page if you weren't able to attend! Next stop in #CoMO where I will discuss more on gun rights and the Second Amendment! See you there! #Constitution #2A
  13. SWMissourian

    Johnathon Grant (R-MO) Press Office

    Office of Representative Johnathon Grant Authorized for Immediate Release Johnathon Grant Holds Rally in Cedar Rapids, IA; Speaks on Various Issues CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - Representative Johnathon Grant (R-MO) hosted a Grant For Senate rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, today to rally support for his Senate bid. Mr. Grant talked about a few topics, including energy/environmental policy, economic policy, and Governor Erick Travere. Full transcript below: “Hello, Iowa! Oh, it is great to be back in this great state. Great to be here in Cedar Rapids, too! I got some family in Iowa City who moved up here in 2005, so I’ve grown familiar with the area. Nice to be here, and nice to see so many people here today. It is important that we engage with our government and the political system around it. I don’t have any one dedicated topic this time. I just want to address some general issues and topics. We aren’t that far from the big day, and there are a still subjects I need to speak on, right? So, first, I want to talk about where I stand on energy and environmental policy. I know many on the Left would have you believe that I am a climate change denier. Well, I am not. I do believe that climate change exists, and yes, I do believe that humans are indeed contributing to it to some degree. I don’t think that conflicts with conservative philosophy, and I don’t have any problem looking at the data our great scientists at NASA and elsewhere are gathering that shows these things. The problems I have with the Left and it’s radical environmentalism is well...it is too radical. Climate change is an issue, and there is responsible policy to be had in regards to it, but handicapping global and American economic growth, imposing burdensome regulations, and throwing people into unemployment and panic over it isn’t the right direction. I want to spur economic growth and innovation in key fields to help the whole issue. America, through free market forces, was easily the largest carbon emissions reducer in 2018, for instance, even without the Paris Climate Accord hanging over our heads. Innovation brings more efficient technologies, which cost less money and energy. I want to create and protect economic conditions conducive to that. They are helpful to the American worker and our environment. I specifically support energy investment in the nuclear field, because nuclear energy has so much potential and is really quite cleaner than other forms of renewable energy. I do support innovation in renewable fields too, don’t get me wrong, but I think our government would be much more justified in helping innovation in the nuclear sector. As Senator, I will work to create great economic conditions for innovation in the economy that will lead to a cleaner and better society for everyone without imposing government control over more aspects of people’s lives. So, Governor Travere endorsed Mr. Daniels for Senate, which I find quite telling. Governor Travere has done some alright things, right? [insert some alright things] But, he has also done some pretty severely tyrannical things, which reveals much about his character and leadership. Travere tried to suspend the First Amendment with an executive order, for instance. It was so bad even the ACLU sued him for it, and the ACLU typically leans left! He has shown his blatant disregard for and ignorance of the Second Amendment by pandering to the gun control lobbyists. He has proven either that he doesn’t understand the Constitution or that he doesn’t care for it. People all across the political spectrum should thus disregard his endorsement. We all love and enjoy our rights, and someone endorsed by a man who shows blatant disregard or even animus towards those rights is not the guardian you want for those rights. If we want the Second Amendment and the First Amendment protected strongly and clearly, Daniels is not your man. A tyrant’s endorsement in a democratic republic like ours shouldn’t be looked at fondly. As Senator from the Midwest, I promise to protect our Constitution. I will defend your right to protect yourself and your family. I will do my best to guard against infringement on freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Freedom is what matters most in America. Freedom is what matters most to me and every American. We want to be free. We want to be left alone to live our lives how we want. We don’t want big government bullying us around. We don’t want statists dictating how we spend our money, live our lives, and worship our faiths. I will defend your gun rights and your free speech rights. I will encourage better economic conditions that will spur innovation for a cleaner, better society. I know what Iowa, what the Midwest, wants. I want what you want. We want liberty. That’s what I will stand for as Senator from the Midwest, and that’s why a Constitutionally ignorant man like Governor Travere would never endorse me. God bless you, Iowa! I’d be happy to meet with some of you out back. Thank you for coming out and have a fantastic day!” Representative Grant proceeded to meet with people for the next 20 minutes before departing for Missouri, where he will hold his next rally in Columbia. Authorized by Grant for US Senate
  14. Anthony

    Round 6 Announcements

    For those getting approval ratings from me, figured you should know the format:
  15. Anthony

    The Los Angeles Times (West Coast Regional News)

    Approval Ratings Governor Tulip Florez (D): 56 / 29 / 15 -- Conservatives are not too happy after you signed the Justification of Use of Force in Law Enforcement Act, and that has still stuck with a lot of them. However you eased a lot of their minds by actually endorsing the republican senate candidate in the region, that carried weight. Progressives are generally happy with you, although your endorsement of a republican did feel like a backstabbing to a good number of them, weakening your entrenched support. Moderates are really on board, viewing you as a moderate Governor that gets things done. Overall, the people of your region are generally happy with what you have done, and those who do disapprove of your policies have a favorable view on you.
  16. Macmillan

    General Election Debate 1 (Foreign Policy)

    Throughout this debate you have seen the differences that exist between myself and my opponent, you have seen the intransigence with which he views many issues, and you have seen the way forward that I propose. Make no mistake about it President Trump's trade war has inflicted this hardship on the nation, has seen over 90% of surplus destroyed because we couldn't export it, has seen billions wasted propping up farmers who should have been able to make the money by exporting instead of relying on Government subsidy. I propose an alternative and I will continue to do so throughout this campaign. Throughout this debate I have put forward a sensible and moderate set of policies that will see America end her self-imposed exile from the World stage and retake the spotlight as a leader. On trade I have been direct and to the point where my opponent has dithered. Mr Vang claims to want an end to the trade war, he votes for the subsidies, but he remains completely opposed to the only way to end the hardship. As President I will end the trade war with China and I will end our trade war with our allies in the European Union. My opponent's policy of levying more tariffs on China will only lead to greater economic hardship for exporters across the Mid West including here in Ohio. Only by reducing tariffs mutually can we see an end to the wasteful policy of giving farmers money to make up for the Executive branch's failure of policy and failure of leadership. I offer that leadership in trade policy, my opponent merely offers more of the same. On American leadership there is a simple equation, the more we put in the more we get out, and I intend to put a lot more in than President Trump has ever done. As President I will not vilify entire nations with racial slurs, I will work with the community of nations that makes up this Earth to tackle issues that affect all of us. Climate Change does not respect boundaries or borders and if it goes unchallenged and unchecked it will leave millions of Americans homeless, as President I will fulfil our international obligations and use them to springboard America into the next decade with jobs and green infrastructure so that we can become World leaders in green energy moving us one step closer to energy independence, a goal the Republicans used to support. I will invest in our nation's defence, particularly our cyber-security, so that no nation may infiltrate our election in the way that Russia did in 2016, indeed I will do whatever it takes to ensure the sanctity of our elections including the creation of an entire new department to keep the fight up against those who would seek to do our democracy harm. On the issue of human rights I will take an unequivocal stand, America shall become a bastion of human rights that will shine throughout the World. I will end President Trump's inhumane separation of families at the border that deprives many of their right to a family life, I will sign America back up to the United Nations Human Rights Council and I will not be afraid to make sure our allies understand that our aid is conditional upon respect for the rights and values that we hold dearest. We will not support Iran, we will not support Assad, and we most certainly will not be treating North Korea like the long cherished friends President Trump has decided that they are. My Presidency would be a welcome return to normality, America restored as the leader of the free world and at the top of all international discussions. My plan for our nation's foreign policy is a step by step guide to unpicking all the worst excesses of President Trump: his fawning over human rights abusers in North Korea, his commitment to economic self harm in trade wars, his racially guided attacks on many of our allies and neighbours. I offer an alternative of dignity where our nation is respected, not laughed at. I offer green jobs and a better future as a member of the Paris Climate Accords, I offer a bastion of human rights that will shine throughout the World, and I offer an end to the trade wars which have devastated much of the Mid West including this great state. This November the choice is clear, we can do better and we will.
  17. Anthony

    high-quality universal preschool act

    Governor Florez, This bill has passed the legislature. It requires either your signature or veto within the next 48 hours or this will automatically become law.
  18. Yesterday
  19. Anthony

    @WashingtonReport

    Official Twitter of the Washington Report Social Media team (Congressional News)
  20. Anthony

    @LATimes

    Official Twitter thread of the LA Times (West Coast News feed)
  21. Anthony

    The Washington Report

    The Nation's #1 Newspaper for all news on Congress
  22. Anthony

    Plains Legislature

    Ideological Breakdown of Legislature Members Republicans (62): Conservative 41, Moderate 21 Democrats (38): Progressive 18, Moderate 20
  23. Anthony

    Docket Requests

    To the Governor and Legislature Leader: Please post in this thread your docket requests. I will then move the applicable legislation to the floor for you. Please be advised of the following rules: Max of 5 bills per IRL week may be considered. 3 from the Governor's party, 2 from the opposition leader's party. Debate on bills brought to the floor will last no less than 72 hours (unless expedited by unanimous consent) and may be extended by a maximum of 48 hours via motion. All debates will take place under regular order. Following debate, each party will have 48 hours to submit a whip (see whip level key) to their party's members. After the 48 hours are up, the votes will be calculated. Votes will be calculated by the demographic allegiances of the party caucuses compared with the nature of the bill along with whip levels set by both party leaders. NPC legislators could leave the caucus if whip levels are regularly too high. If a bill fails, it dies. If a bill passes, it will go to the Governor's Desk (passed legislation subforum), where the Governor will have 48 hours to either sign or veto the bill. If the Governor takes no action by the end of the 48 hours, the bill is automatically signed into law. A vetoed bill can be overturned by a 2/3 vote in the legislature.
  24. Bills may be introduced at any time by the majority or minority leaders, with NPC legislators introducing bills periodically. Max of 5 bills per IRL week may be considered. 3 from the Governor's party, 2 from the opposition leader's party. The Governor and opposition leader will use the docket request thread to set the docket each week. The administrator will move the requested bills from the hopper to the floor for debate. Debate on bills brought to the floor will last no less than 72 hours (unless expedited by unanimous consent) and may be extended by a maximum of 48 hours via motion. All debates will take place under regular order. Following debate, each party will have 48 hours to submit a whip (see whip level key) to their party's members. After the 48 hours are up, the votes will be calculated. Votes will be calculated by the demographic allegiances of the party caucuses compared with the nature of the bill along with whip levels set by both party leaders. NPC legislators could leave the caucus if whip levels are regularly too high. If a bill fails, it dies. If a bill passes, it will go to the Governor's Desk (passed legislation subforum), where the Governor will have 48 hours to either sign or veto the bill. If the Governor takes no action by the end of the 48 hours, the bill is automatically signed into law. A vetoed bill can be overturned by a 2/3 vote in the legislature.
  25. Anthony

    Whip Levels Key

    FREE VOTE: A free vote indicates that the leader has no preference and the NPC can vote as they please LEVEL ONE AYE or LEVEL ONE NAY: A level one whip indicates that the leader has a preference but understands if a member feels strongly the other way. The primary difference between a free vote and level one whip is that the level one whip indicates an official party/caucus position. An NPC will need to feel strongly enough about an issue to officially part with this position, although with a level one the indication is that there will be little repercussion for this. LEVEL TWO AYE or LEVEL TWO NAY: A level two whip is the "standard strength" whip. It indicates not only an official position from party or caucus leadership, but instructions that their NPCs vote in this manner. Breaking a line two whip is certainly not unheard of; anyone uneasy about the instructions but still set against the party line are more apt to break the whip as a "present" instead of opposing the whip. LEVEL THREE AYE or LEVEL THREE NAY: A level three whip is considered "strict instructions" for party or caucus members. Here the leadership is sending a message that they don't really care what misgivings the NPCs have about a whip, it's time to get in line. There is only the tiniest of wiggle room here, and a member who vehemently opposes the level three might try to abstain altogether, but for the most part a level three whip indicates it's time to suck it up and fall in line. Leaning on such strong instructions too often will breed resentment among the party or caucus. It is also possible for a level three whip to escalate to the point of an NPC leaving a particular caucus or, in extreme circumstances, the party. That said, strategy use of level three whips make it possible to ease through controversial measures when necessary. LEVEL FOUR AYE or LEVEL FOUR NAY: This whip is the "nuclear option". It should be rarely rarely rarely if ever deployed. When a level four whip is issued, the message is "follow this whip or leave the caucus/party". Not even an abstention will be enough for the NPC to stay in the group if a level four is issued. Be very, very, very, very sure you want to go nuclear before issuing a level four whip.
  26. Anthony

    Docket Requests

    To the Governor and Legislature Leader: Please post in this thread your docket requests. I will then move the applicable legislation to the floor for you. Please be advised of the following rules: Max of 5 bills per IRL week may be considered. 3 from the Governor's party, 2 from the opposition leader's party. Debate on bills brought to the floor will last no less than 72 hours (unless expedited by unanimous consent) and may be extended by a maximum of 48 hours via motion. All debates will take place under regular order. Following debate, each party will have 48 hours to submit a whip (see whip level key) to their party's members. After the 48 hours are up, the votes will be calculated. Votes will be calculated by the demographic allegiances of the party caucuses compared with the nature of the bill along with whip levels set by both party leaders. NPC legislators could leave the caucus if whip levels are regularly too high. If a bill fails, it dies. If a bill passes, it will go to the Governor's Desk (passed legislation subforum), where the Governor will have 48 hours to either sign or veto the bill. If the Governor takes no action by the end of the 48 hours, the bill is automatically signed into law. A vetoed bill can be overturned by a 2/3 vote in the legislature.
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