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    Chicago Tribune (Midwest Regional Newspaper)

    National Guard Deployed in Skokie, 3 ANTIFA Arrested, White Crusaders No-Show For months it has been rumored that the White Crusaders, a white nationalist group, was to hold a rally in the Midwest without any firm place or date announced. However, the group did announce they would rally in Skokie, Illinois in January, but that time came and went without any further announcement. That was, until several weeks ago, when the Skokie city government was required to issue a permit to the group despite the condemnations of the city's government and prior condemnations from the regional and federal governments. Perhaps to give their group maximum exposure, the group timed their rally for the middle of regional and national elections. In response to the planned rally, ANTIFA planned a counter-rally of their own and promised to "bash the fash" on Twitter. The day of the rally arrived but the White Crusaders never showed. Several hundred ANTIFA members did show however, as well as a large number of unaffiliated by-standers curious to see the rally and counter-rally. Local police officers were on the scene in order to address any potential violence between the White Crusaders and ANTIFA. Governor Erick Travere ordered a regiment from the Illinois National Guard to be present in order to prevent any potential violence. Despite the lack of WC, three ANTIFA members were arrested after they were involved in violent disputes with bystanders and the police, which left one woman hospitalized and several others injured. "The governor's response may have been a bit out of proportion for what actually occured. I've heard that none of his advisors suggested bringing in the national guard, nor did the police request the additional support," said political analyst Thomas Schoolcraft. "His decision to have the guard there may have prevented the situation from escalating any further by being a deterrent, or it may have been unnecessary; it's impossible to know." WC Not Responsible for Weed Shop Vandalism, Says FBI The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in conjunction with investigators from the Michigan State Police, have concluded an investigation into the reports that the White Crusaders were responsible for vandalism and robberies at marijuana dispensiaries in the Detroit area. They have conlcuded that those were simply false rumors and any WC-related grafitti was simply the work of robbers attempting to frame that group. Governor Erick Travere has announced the introduction of an anti-vandalism bill to appropriate several million dollars for local protection against vandalism as well the creation of an anti-vandalism commission. Regional Republican leader Mark McCready did not respond when asked for a comment. Nestle Charging Retail Prices for Free Flint Water The Chicago Tribune has discovered that Nestle, which was rewarded the contract for providing free bottled water to Flint, Michigan residents as part of the government's response to the water crisis there, is charging the Midwest government standard retail rates for the bottled water they are providing, rather than wholesale or another special rate. Nestle was traditionally biased towards Republicans in their donations historically, but that began to change in 2016 and Democrats have been substantially favored by Nestle since 2018. A number of Democrats in legislature races across the region have received significant financial support from Nestle, particularly in Michigan, which is a key battleground state in the regional election. "There is nothing scandalous or inappropriate about our position here. We routinely work with municipal governments and seek rates that are fair for both our company and the communities we serve. This rate was determined to be fair by both sides in the negotiations surrounding the rates related to water stipulated to be provided by the Flint Crisis Act," said a Nestle spokesperson. The Governor's office gave short statement thanking the company for "their gracious help in distributing bottled water to the people of Flint." This response has upset progressives in Michigan, but party strategists have suggested this may be a sound move in order to avoid giving the issue more prominence. Regional Republican response has been minimal in response to the news.
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    PAVA

    (Speaker) Reminder of the recently updated rule: 5. A minimum of 72 hours shall be given for debate on a proposed bill, which may be extended by a majority vote via a motion in the legislature or the discretion of the Speaker. A maximum of 48 hours, after the minimum amount of time for debate has passed, shall be given for the Governor and Regional Leader to submit the respective whips for their parties for any vote on a motion, bill, etc. Whips may be submitted during the debate period. Please commence debate. @Dogslife @James Grant
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    Term Limits Act

    (Speaker) Reminder of the recently updated rule: 5. A minimum of 72 hours shall be given for debate on a proposed bill, which may be extended by a majority vote via a motion in the legislature or the discretion of the Speaker. A maximum of 48 hours, after the minimum amount of time for debate has passed, shall be given for the Governor and Regional Leader to submit the respective whips for their parties for any vote on a motion, bill, etc. Whips may be submitted during the debate period. Please commence debate. @Dogslife @James Grant
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    FERA

    (Speaker) This bill has passed the Midwest legislature. @Dogslife Please indicate your approval or veto, with an accompanying message, should you choose to give one.
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    FERA

    With minimal debate being held, there is not much to influence legislators. Democrats continue to support the Governor's initiatives, as is the case here. Moderates in the Republican party aren't clear about any particular items to object to and it appeals to their senses of bipartisanship. Conservative Republicans are skeptical of the initiative, but without any organized opposition, not as many object here as they do on other matters. (Speaker) With a vote for 70 Ayes and 30 Nays, this bill is approved by the legislature and will be forwarded to the Governor for approval or veto.
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    Chicago Tribune (Midwest Regional Newspaper)

    Midwestern Equality Act Passes With a vote of 57 Ayes and 43 Nays, the Midwestern Equality Act has passed the Midwest legislature, pleasing progressives in the region and upsetting some conservatives. The new law removes any references to husband and wife within regional code and replaces it with the word 'spouse.' Lawyers consulted by the Chicago Tribune regarding the change state that its effect will not be particularly significant, but mostly symbolic. "This is a change that was recommended and largely implemented at the federal level based on bureaucratic recommendation several years ago during the Obama administration," stated John Leibowitz, a civil rights lawyer based in Chicago. "It's good to see the Midwest government catching up in this regard. It may not impact much in terms of benefits or legal rights, but it is a step forward for inclusivity and diversity." Deborah White, political director of the Midwest chapter of the Christian Coalition condemned the move, "This change in the law is symbolic of the relentless destruction of traditional values we see from our government. This term of spouse which is supposedly 'politically neutral' erases the unique beauty of a husband and wife coming together to form a holy union and implies that all are the same. It's deeply disappointing we didn't see our political representatives stand up more earnestly to condemn the bill." Governor Erick Travere is expected to quickly sign the bill in conjunction with his role a vice presidential candidate on the Democratic ticket. Midwestern Regional Election Round-Up The one hundred elections being held for seats in the regional legislature continue to be vigorously campaigned. Both regional political parties have held their political conventions, bringing together their delegates from across the region to rally and coordinate to win the regional legislature. The Democrats held their convention in Cincinnati, Ohio energizing their core voters within the state and prompting more focus on the election for more casual voters. They emphasized their desires to appeal to more moderate forces throughout the region, praising the work of Governor Erick Travere and suggesting their platform is the best for appeal to the broad middle of the electorate. The Republicans similarly held a convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin similarly powering up their core voters in that state and getting attention from more casual voters there. They similarly sought to craft a platform to appeal to moderate voters. They emphasized their support for Republican presidential hopeful and favored son Paul Vang. In a bit more local news, in Wisconsin's 8th district, public defender Gregory Kagan is running as an independent candidate. "We need more loud and proud progressive voices in the legislature, no soft piecemeal steps. We need to get guns off the streets and confiscation should be on the table." He previously ran as a progressive in the Democratic primary, but was passed over for Cynthia Cox, a moderate local school teacher. What was once considered a safe seat for the Democrats is now rated a toss-up, upsetting local Democratic activists claiming Kagan is throwing the seat to the Republicans. Most political pundits expect the regional legislature to flip to the Democrats, regardless of the results of that race.
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    Midwestern Equality Act

    (Speaker) This bill has passed the Midwest legislature. @Dogslife Please indicate your approval or veto, with an accompanying message, should you choose to give one.
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    Midwestern Equality Act

    (Speaker) With a vote of 57 Ayes and 43 Nays, this bill is approved by the legislature and will be forwarded to the Governor for approval or veto.
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    Northeast Governor Campaigning

    National Rifle Association "For his commitments in opposition to pernicious, totalitarian, ill-informed, and ill-intentioned anti-gun owner legislation, Governor Sergey Lewinsky receives the endorsement of the NRA in the Northeast gubernatorial campaign. We urge all people who believe in the 2nd amendment and the right to effective self-defense to vote for him in the upcoming election." The NRA also donates $15 million to his campaign at this time.
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    West Coast Senator Campaigning

    US Chamber of Commerce "For his commitments to addressing agriculture, infrastructure, national debt, health care, and financial regulation issues in a pro-business manner, the US Chamber of Commerce sees fit to endorse John Allen for the United States Senate and urges his election in the current campaign." The Chamber also provides a $10 million donation to John Allen's warchest.
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    Midwestern Equality Act

    @Dogslife @James Grant In light of the hiatus and the unusual time interlude involved, I was just checking to see if there are any objections or words of support/disagreement for the motion of unanimous consent once the game/elections officially resumes.
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    FERA

    @Dogslife @James Grant In light of the hiatus and the unusual time interlude involved, I was just checking to see if there are any objections or words of support/disagreement for the motion of unanimous consent once the game/elections officially resumes.
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    Player Warchests

    Player Finances Player Character Fundraisers Expenditures Cash On Hand ADG Anthony Granata (IL) $25,850,000 Anthony John Allen (CA) $67,300,000 Anthony Fernandez Anthony Fernandez (TX) $48,400,000 Baccei Sarah Owens (TX) $10,000,000 Cardinalfan9 Frank Reagan (NY) $67,600,000 Dillon Dillon Norman (AR) $20,000,000 Isaac Beckley Robert Cardley (MO) $27,200,000 James Grant Chad Allegra (NC) $68,800,000 James Grant (PA) $136,400,000 Mark McCready (WI) $66,800,000 LM32 James Hamilton (IL) $41,980,000 MorbidMoses Don Moses (GA) $30,000,000 Nubbie Elise Marshall (TN) $31,840,000 $47,760,000 Rick Sharp (FL) $280,300,000 Paul Vang Paul Vang (WI) $31,840,000 $218,490,000 Parker Ward Marshall Johnson (LA) $4,000,000 Recks David Spalding (WY) $76,750,000 Reed Christopher Reed (TX) $85,300,000 Ryan James Murphy-Kennedy (CA) $72,400,000 Patrick O'Donnell (RI) $73,000,000 Sheridan Sergey Lewinsky (MA) $185,900,000 Charles Talleyrand (LA) $103,400,000 SWMissourian Johnathan Grant (MO) $85,000,000 $118,850,000 TexAgRepublican Sarah Fitzgerald (NY) $35,000,000 $141,650,000 Jack Swanner (TX) $50,000,000 $164,100,000 Andy Tim Stephens (OR) $87,450,000 Calvin Ward Calvin Ward (AR) $50,000,000 $235,700,000 Stefani Ward (AR) $36,510,000 Dogslife Samuel Crafts (CO) $43,285,000 Erick Travere (IN) $460,158,000 Doomhammer Naomi Brightwell (CA) $53,724,000 $80,586,000 Andrew Whitaker (FL) $194,768,000 emoney William Delacroix (FL) $40,000,000 ILDem Vincent Brown (OH) $67,000,000 Jellybeans Tulip Florez (CA) $194,047,987 $109,151,993 Jamie Keys (PA) $20,170,240 $11,345,760 Jim Coaver Jim Coaver (NH) $40,000,000 Junkyard Cat Elizabeth Byrd (GA) $10,000,000 Keynes Susan Morganelli (PA) $21,000,000 Kidkrausz4 Josh Levin (CA) $29,000,000 Macmillan Dylan Macmillan (NY) $80,331,835 $457,269,835 Morgan Gabriel Du Santiago (MA) $12,000,000 Osiris Storm Osiris Storm (NY) $53,724,000 $88,332,020 PinnacleAR Joshua Blythe (PA) $31,400,000 Brian Much (WA) $50,800,000 Rufus Goodwin Rufus Goodwin (NC) $25,800,000 Russ Zach Himes (OK) $20,000,000 $66,000,000 John Shultz (TX) $85,900,000 Sovereign Craig Daniels (IA) $133,886,392 $64,770,000 $135,430,392 Fritz Downing (CT) $26,650,000
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    Second Amendment Guarantee Act

    (Speaker) This bill has passed the Midwest legislature. @Dogslife Please indicate your approval or veto, with an accompanying message, should you choose to give one.
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    Second Amendment Guarantee Act

    (Speaker) With a vote of 53 Ayes and 47 Nays, this bill is approved by the legislature and will be forwarded to the Governor for approval or veto.
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    Midwestern Equality Act

    (Speaker) With a vote of 48 Ayes and 52 Nays, the motion to amend does not pass. Debate shall continue or leaders may issue their whips on final passage or both.
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    K-12 Mental Health Act

    (Speaker) This bill has passed the Midwest legislature. @Dogslife Please indicate your approval or veto with an accompanying message, should you choose to give one.
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    Second Amendment Guarantee Act

    (Speaker) Having heard no new argumentation after the considered motion, I request whips on the passage of this bill. @Dogslife @James Grant
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    Midwestern Equality Act

    (Speaker) @James Grant Does the leader wish to issue a whip in regards to this proposed amendment?
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    K-12 Mental Health Act

    (Speaker) No objections having been heard, this bill passes the legislature by unanimous consent and will be forward to the Governor for approval or veto.
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    FERA

    (Speaker) Reminder of the recently updated rule: 5. A minimum of 72 hours shall be given for debate on a proposed bill, which may be extended by a majority vote via a motion in the legislature or the discretion of the Speaker. A maximum of 48 hours, after the minimum amount of time for debate has passed, shall be given for the Governor and Regional Leader to submit the respective whips for their parties for any vote on a motion, bill, etc. Whips may be submitted during the debate period. Please commence debate. @Dogslife @James Grant
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    Chicago Tribune (Midwest Regional Newspaper)

    2020 Midwest Senate Election Preview If an election were held today for the office of US Senator from the Midwest, Republican Representative Johnathon Grant of Missouri @SWMissourian would be elected Senator. That is, of course, a very big hypothetical as the election is not being held today, and the Midwest is bracing for a campaign is likely to be hotly contested by both candidates and supported heavily by their parties in this crucial swing region. Johnathon Grant (R-MO): 52%, Craig Daniels (D-IA): 44%; Shirley Jones-Jackson (I-IL): 3% Initially polling gives Grant an estimated eight point lead over his rival Craig Daniels @Sovereign across the region, although Daniels does lead Grant in the state of Illinois. Shirley Jones-Jackson, an independent candidate from Chicago, would take approximately 3% of the total vote. "Right now, Grant is a better established candidate compared to Daniels," commented Thomas Schoolcraft, Chicago Tribune's lead political commentator. "He's been an active figure in Congress and the press longer than Daniels, and he's also a bit more recognizable due to the recently contested Republican primary. However, Daniels has a larger war chest and word is he is receiving large financial support from Democrats. He can easily use that money for spending on ads to close that gap." Both candidates have been conducting town halls and introducing themselves more to voters, and reports state that those in attendance come away looking favorably on the candidates, "Both candidates are playing well to their partisan voters without alienating moderates. Neither has a particularly high cross-over appeal into the other party at this point. Which is fair, as it can be hard to cross-over without annoying your core supporters. All depends on their strategy." Both candidates have released platforms as well. "Both platforms were well done and provide information to voters on a plethora of issues. This shows voters that both candidates are taking this election seriously and voters will hold the eventual winner to account for delivering on their promises." As for the independent candidate, Schoolcraft had this to say: "She's a bit of an enigma to voters at this point, but she may be attempting to play spoiler. She has a history as a progressive activist, but it's hard to say if she can really pressure Daniels in any way as she doesn't appear to have the resources or profile to mount a significant campaign."
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    Chicago Tribune (Midwest Regional Newspaper)

    2020 Midwest Legislature Election Preview The campaign season is getting into full swing, and the Midwest regional legislature is no exception. Candidates and their supporters are out knocking on doors, putting up yard signs, and running those campaign ads we all love to hate. All 100 seats in the legislature are up for election every two years, and 2020 is no exception. With the backgroud noise of the race for US Senator and a Presidential election, it can be hard for local candidates to stand out, but Republican and Democratic candidates alike will be giving it their all to win office. The Chicago Tribune has conducted a region-wide survey and provides the following estimation of where the parties stand heading into the campaign season contrasted to how they did in the previous election. Previous Election Results Illinois: 5 Republicans, 14 Democrats Indiana: 7 Republicans, 3 Democrats Iowa: 1 Republican, 4 Democrats Kentucky: 5 Republicans, 2, Democrats Michigan: 7 Republicans, 8 Democrats Minnesota: 3 Republicans, 6 Democrats Missouri: 6 Republicans, 3 Democrats Ohio: 12 Republicans, 5 Democrats Wisconsin: 5 Republicans, 4 Democrats Total: 51 Republicans, 49 Democrats 2020 Preview Illinois: 3 Republican, 5 Tossup, 11 Democratic Indiana: 4 Republican, 3 Tossup, 3 Democratic Iowa: 0 Republican, 3 Tossup, 2 Democratic Kentucky: 4 Republican, 1 Tossup, 2 Democratic Michigan: 2 Republican, 6 Tossup, 7 Democratic Minnesota: 4 Republican, 1 Tossup, 4 Democratic Missouri: 3 Republican, 5 Tossup, 1 Democratic Ohio: 4 Republican, 11 Tossup, 2 Democratic Wisconsin: 2 Republican, 3 Tossup, 4 Democratic Total: 26 Republican, 38 Tossup, 35 Democratic Chicago Tribune political commentator Thomas Schoolcraft remarked upon the survey and gave the lay of the land: "We see a clear lean by the voters towards the Democratic side as the campaign season gets going in earnest. The progressive Democrats are largely motivated to turn out and get a victory for their Governor and deliver the regional legislature to him. Interestingly, some of the rhetoric from the Governor @Dogslife regarding guns, coupled with Republican action @James Grant on that matter, is motivating conservatives to get back into the game, although they are still not at the level of progressive motivation. Republicans may still end up holding onto the legislature, but it will definitely be an uphill climb for them. Missteps or overheated rhetoric could up alienating moderates and cost the election for either side. Yet sometimes that rhetoric is what gets your base really amped up to vote. Coattail effects if the Presidential or Senatorial candidates wins a state by a significant margin could also play a role in the results. The legislature will still be in session during the campaign. With money not being a factor in these minute local races, this election will likely come down to good decisions from the party leaders. I personally can't wait to see what happens."
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    John Grant For Senate | Senate Campaign Townhall

    (Jennifer Lane; Reporter, Chicago Tribune) Representative Grant, the Midwest legislature passed a resolution condemning the 'White Crusaders', yet that group still claims they will be rallying in Skokie, Illinois and there are unconfirmed reports that they've been responsible for vandalizing and/or burglarizing marijuana shops in the Detroit area. Should the Midwest government or federal government be taking additional actions against this or other groups? Should they be permitted to rally in Skokie?
  25. (Jennifer Lane; Reporter, Chicago Tribune) Representative Daniels, many voters in the Democratic party believe that their party's candidates should more be more reflective of America's changing demographics. As a white, straight, married male, how would you address the concerns and desires of those voters? Relatedly, the Midwest legislature passed a resolution condemning the 'White Crusaders', yet that group still claims they will be rallying in Skokie, Illinois and there are unconfirmed reports that they've been responsible for vandalizing and/or burglarizing marijuana shops in the Detroit area. Should the Midwest government or federal government be taking additional actions against this or other groups? Should they be permitted to rally in Skokie?
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