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  1. Dogslife

    Vice Presidential Debate

    We shouldn’t have had these tarrifs in the first place. These tarrifs hurt us a lot. They hurt farmers a lot. We dems including me and Mac have fought for farmers every chance we’ve had. I have passed legislation at the regional level to exempt small farms from property tax. Mac and Speaker ward have worked to give bailouts to soybean farmers. We are the pro farmer party now and I think our past actions show that and I know that if elected we will continue that fight from the whitehouse.
  2. Dogslife

    Vice Presidential Debate

    Well I’ll go through a list, he’s joined Republican David Spalding in supporting the Working Families Flexibility Act, cosponsored the police Camera act that was signed into law, and fought against the opioid epidemic with the Protecting Families Affected by Substance Abuse Act that was also signed into law. And on my side of things I’ve worked with an opposition legislature, one that’s been hostile to me throughout my entire term, to pass tax breaks for farmers, ended gerrymandering, helped fight illegal immigration, helped fight the flint water crisis, and helped fight the childhood mental health crisis. Both me and Mac have an outstanding record of bipartisanship and if you elect us we’ll continue working with the other side of the aisle to get things done.
  3. Dogslife

    Vice Presidential Debate

    Still not hearing any new plans for the country
  4. Dogslife

    Vice Presidential Debate

    We’ve gone through this whole song and dance with machine guns. We banned them, not completely, there is still a long process if you want one for show or some other purpose, but we pretty much banned them in their entirety. Back then both republicans and democrats supported that bill. It was introduced by a republican and signed into law by a republican. The 2nd amendment isn’t limitless, some regulations are needed to protect the people. Now ide like yo go back to Governor Sharp saying he has a plan for America. He says that but this entire debate his solution to everything has been do nothing. He is do nothing about unions. He is do nothing about abortion. And he is do nothing about gun control. From what we’ve seen here tonight it looks like the Vang administration will just be do nothing as well. And when our nation is as broken as it is now, do nothing would be very dangerous.
  5. Dogslife

    Vice Presidential Debate

    Ok so here we have the official Vang/Sharp playform. Do nothing. What should we do to help unions? Do nothing. What should we do with abortions? Do Nothing. What should we do to stop kids getting killed in classrooms because of gun violence? Do nothing. Vang and Sharp are do nothings. Mac and I will actually do something to help this country.
  6. Dogslife

    Vice Presidential Debate

    I would also like to point out that Governor Sharp didn’t even attemp to answer the question.
  7. Dogslife

    Vice Presidential Debate

    Wow that’s a lot haha. 1, This is frankly wrong. I love this country and this countries laws. 2, You look at parkland, aurora, Orlando, Vegas. They all were done with assault weapons. Even Reagan supported banning assault weapons. No civilian needs a weapon designed for a soldier. 3, These don’t infringe because the 2nd amendment is not limitlesss. There are some restrictions we need to have to preserve the safety of our nation and the safety of our people
  8. Dogslife

    Vice Presidential Debate

    Let's get one thing straight, nobody wants to take away your right to bear arms. Not me, not Macmillan. We will do nothing that will make it so law abiding citizens can't have guns. We just want common sense gun control like background checks. As long as you don't have a sketchy background you can have your gun. These are common sense measures that we should all be able to agree to. I trust that you are a responsible gun owner Mr. Polk and if that's true then you should be able to have your guns.
  9. Dogslife

    Vice Presidential Debate

    The taxpayers do have that right to chose where is goes. But since this isn’t a direct democracy, their representatives chose for them, just like with everything else that’s funded by taxes. We have representatives to vote for the people, that’s how the people chose where their taxes go
  10. Dogslife

    Vice Presidential Debate

    We will expand a woman’s right to chose plain and simple. Banning abortions won’t get rid of abortions, it will only ban safe abortions. A Macmillan Travere administration will expand abortion facilities, expand funding for planned parenthood, and expand women’s healthcare options like providing more birth control. And if you don’t like abortions that’s fine too. Just don’t get one. If you don’t like abortions it’s not your place to say what another person should do with their body.
  11. Dogslife

    Vice Presidential Debate

    Sharp and Vang think that the right of workers to unionize is "government intrusion." That is not the language of someone who is pro-union. Vang said he won't do anything about unions and hell keep it status quo. He is a do-nothing. Mac will expand rights to unions and actively fight against right to work. That is why he is the actual pro-union candidate in this race
  12. Dogslife

    Vice Presidential Debate

    Well first off, I think Governor sharp proved my point with Taft-Hartley. If the bill allows states to make right to work laws, then repealing it would get rid of right to work. So Vang supporting Taft-Hartley makes him pro right to work. Simple as that. Secondly, I think we should have someone in the White House who puts workers above business interests. Not someone like vang who flip-flops every single time. Macmillian and I will make it so workers are put first above business interests. I've said it before and I'll say it again, a strong working class makes for a strong country. Macmillian and I will make workers strong and thus will make our country strong.
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    @TravereErick

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    @TravereErick

    Twitter account for Erick Travere, Midwestern Governor
  15. Dogslife

    Vice Presidential Debate

    Well, let's look at something like right to work. Vang says he's against it. But he also says he won't outlaw it nationally by repealing Taft-Hartley, a law that restricts the power of unions nationally and basically is national right to work. So my question is, how can someone say they're pro-union while also being pro-restricting unions and in reality being pro right to work? He is a fake union supporter plain and simple. The GOP as a whole is a party against unions. Look at the midwest with the Majority Leader there, they forcibly tried to pass right to work and Vang said nothing. Macmillian has been pro-union for his entire life. He has never flip-flopped on the issue like Vang. He has consistently said that he will veto any right to work and will work to repeal Taft-Hartley. So union workers, you have a choice between a guy who has never been consistent on the topic of unions and has flip-flopped the entire time, and you also have Macmillian who has consistently said he is in favor of unions, anti-right to work, pro paid sick leave, and pro maternity leave. I think the choice is pretty clear.
  16. Dogslife

    Vice Presidential Debate

    Hello everyone, I'de like to thank you for having me here and I'de like to thank Governor Sharp for joining me today. Today we have a question before us of who is better for this great nation of ours; whose policy is better for our country. Tonight I hope to make it clear that Dylan Macmillian and I our the obvious choice. Our country is in a terrible state of divisiveness and turmoil with radicals on both sides of the spectrum tearing it apart. We Dems are running to ensure that we bridge that divide and unite our country once more. If elected we will fight for equality of the sexes, equality for the LGBTQ community, and equality for all minorities who are the victims of racism. We will end discrimination in schools and in housing and in employment. We will make sure that poor African American communities like those in Flint aren't forgotten and left behind. We will make an America that welcomes everyone. Along with that promise of an America that welcomes everyone, we will make an America that works for everyone. We will do this by expanding rights for workers and unions. We have seen the GOP fight against unions and fight for the right to work. We have seen Vang take a do-nothing approach to unions. Unions help make this country great by giving a voice to workers. If workers don't have a voice then our country will fall into the grips of the big corporations and CEO's. Vang and Sharp haven't just taken a do nothing to unions. They have also said that during a recession, where the livelihood of millions are on the line, Vang has said he would just let the recession run its course and do nothing. MacMillian and I will do something. We will fight against the recession if one occurs and we will fight for unions so they can have rights. We won't stop there when it comes to workers though. We will also work to pass paid sick and maternity leave. We will work to pass a workers bill of rights that strengthen the worker. And perhaps most important of all, we will pass tax breaks. Not on the richest 1% like trump has but we will do it for the middle and lower classes. The solution for strengthening the middle class is not to make them poorer and the rich richer, the solution is to make the middle class richer. MacMillian and I will do just that. We will fight for an American the welcomes everyone and works for everyone. As this debate gets underway, you'll need to ask yourself, who really has the best interests of the common people in mind, me and MacMillian, or Vang and Sharp?
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    Erick Travere (D-IN) Press Office

    I am Glad to see minimal violence today in Skokie. But I’m sad to see so called “ANTIFA” be the ones starting what violence there was. Because of that I am officially condemning ANTIFA for their violent actions. Along with that I have demobilized the National guard from the region. I would like to express my thanks to them and the local police for showing up, keeping the peace, and preventing any major violence from happening. We just prevented a Charlottesville from happening and we couldn’t have done it without their help.
  18. Erick Travere Hello everyone. I am here today to announce to all of you and to the people of the Midwest, I am running to be your next governor. I will run on a couple pillars. Freedom, rule of law, and farmers first. We must maintain the freedoms we have as Americans. We must enforce our laws we have in this nation, and we must put our farmers first because they are the backbone of our economy. I look forward to this campaign and would like to ask for your support. Thank you. View full PR
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    Governor's Mansion

    Region of the Midwest Executive Branch Erick Travere Governor  Executive Order 19-07 To demobilize the National Guard The 178th Regiment of the Illinois National Guard is hereby demobilized.    Erick Travere Governor
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    Erick Travere (D-IN) Press Office

    Today I have signed the Fair Elections Redistricting Act, it FERA. I’m glad to finally end gerrymandering in this region of ours. No longer will politicians chose their voters but now voters will chose politicians. Im a bit concerned about the 30 republicans who voted against the bill though, including the Majoirty Leader. They voted against a bill to put power in the people’s hands and against a bill that eliminates a shameful practice in our government. I hope the voters will remember this when they vote in the regional elections.
  21. Governor Travere helped host a prayer lunch at a local church in Skokie where him and other speakers spoke on the need for non-violence and the need to fight against hatred.
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    FERA

    Signed - Erick Travere ”I’m glad to finally end gerrymandering in this region of ours. No longer will politicians chose their voters but now voters will chose politicians.”
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    FERA

    Fair Elections Redistricting Act Mr. Travere, for himself and others, introduced the following bill with thanks the the state of Colorado , A BILL To let voters choose their representatives by ending gerrymandering SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE This act shall be cited as the Fair Elections Redistricting Act or FERA SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS Commission" means the independent congressional redistricting commission created with this Act "Community of interest" means any group in The Midwest that shares one or more substantial interests that may be the subject of federal legislative action, is composed of a reasonably proximate population, and thus should be considered for inclusion within a single district for purposes of ensuring its fair and effective representation. (ii) Such interests include but are not limited to matters reflecting: (a) shared public policy concerns of urban, rural, agricultural, industrial, or trade areas; and (b) shared public policy concerns such as education, employment, environment, public health, transportation, water needs and supplies, and issues of demonstrable regional significance.. (iii) "Community of interest" does not include relationships with political parties, incumbents, or political candidates. "Race" or "racial" means a category of race or ethnic origin documented in the federal decennial census. "Redistricting year" means the year following the year in which the federal decennial census is taken. "Staff" or "nonpartisan staff" means the staff of the general assembly's legislative council and office of legislative legal services, or their successor offices, who are assigned to assist the commission by the directors of those offices in accordance with section SECTION 3. COMMISSION FOR CONGRESSIONAL BOUNDARIES There is hereby created the independent congressional redistricting commission. The commission shall divide the state into as many congressional districts as there are representatives in congress apportioned to this state by the congress of the united states for the election of one representative to congress from each district. when a new apportionment, is made by congress, the commission shall divide the state into congressional districts accordingly. (2) The commission consists of twelve members who have the following qualifications: (a) commissioners must be registered electors who voted in both of the previous two general elections in The Midwest; (b) commissioners must either have been unaffiliated with any political party or have been affiliated with the same political party for a consecutive period of no less than five years at the time of the application; and (c) No person may be appointed to or serve on the commission if he or she: (i) is or has been a candidate for federal elective office within the last five years preceding the date on which applications for appointment to the commission are due under subsection (4) of this section; (ii) is or has been, within the last three years preceding the date on which applications for appointment to the commission are due under subsection (4) of this section, compensated by a member of, or a campaign committee advocating the election of a candidate to, the united states house of representatives or the united states senate; (iii) is or has been, within the last three years preceding the date on which applications for appointment to the commission are due under subsection (4) of this section, an elected public official at the federal, state, county, or municipal level in The Midwest; (iv) is or has been, within the last three years preceding the date on which applications for appointment to the commission are due under subsection (4) of this section, an elected political party official above the precinct level in The Midwest or an employee of a political party; (v) is a member of the commission responsible for dividing the state into senatorial and representative districts of the general assembly; or (vi) is or has been a professional lobbyist registered to lobby with the state of The Midwest, with any municipality in The Midwest, or at the federal level within the last three years preceding the date on which applications for appointment to the commission are due under subsection (4) of this section. (3) (a) By August year, nonpartisan staff shall, after holding one or more public hearings, prepare an application form that will allow appointing authorities to evaluate a person's experience and qualifications and make such application available on the general assembly's website or comparable means of communicating with the public. (b) The application form must clearly state the legal obligations and expectations of potential appointees. Information required of applicants must include, but is not necessarily limited to, professional background, party affiliation, a description of past political activity, a list of all political and civic organizations to which the applicant has belonged within the previous five years, and whether the applicant meets the qualifications stated in subsection (2) of this section. In addition, the application form must require the applicant to explain why they want to serve on the commission and afford the applicant an opportunity to make a statement about how they will promote consensus among commissioners if appointed to the commission. Applicants may also choose to include up to four letters of recommendation with their application. (4) By November 10 of the year prior to the redistricting year, any person who seeks to serve on the commission must submit a completed application to nonpartisan staff. All applications are public records and must be posted promptly after receipt on the general assembly's website or comparable means of communicating with the public. (5) (a) No later than January 5 of the redistricting year, the chief justice of the The Midwest supreme court shall designate a panel to review the applications. The panel must consist of the three justices or judges who most recently retired from the The Midwest supreme court or the The Midwest court of appeals, appointed sequentially starting with the most recent justice or judge to retire who has been affiliated with the same political party or unaffiliated with any political party for the two years prior to appointment; except that no appointee, within two years prior to appointment, shall have been affiliated with the same political party as a justice or judge already appointed to the panel. If any of the three justices or judges who most recently retired from the The Midwest Supreme Court or the The Midwest court of appeals is unable or unwilling to serve on the panel or has been affiliated within two years prior to appointment with a political party already represented on the panel, then the chief justice shall appoint the next justice or judge who most recently retired from the The Midwest Supreme Court or the The Midwest court of appeals and who has not been affiliated within two years prior to appointment with the same political party as any justice or judge already appointed to the panel. If, after considering all justices and judges who have retired from the The Midwest supreme court and the The Midwest court of appeals, fewer than three eligible participants for the panel have been identified who are able and willing to serve, the chief justice shall appoint the most recently retired district court judge who has not been affiliated within two years prior to appointment with the same political party as any previous appointee to the panel and who accepts such appointment. No justice or judge shall serve both on this panel and the panel assisting in the process of choosing members of the commission responsible for dividing the state into state senate and state house of representatives districts. (b) All decisions of the panel regarding the selection of applicants pursuant to this section require the affirmative approval of all three members of the panel. (c) The general assembly shall prescribe by law the compensation of members of the panel. Nonpartisan staff shall assist the panel in carrying out its duties. (6) After applications are submitted, nonpartisan staff, with the cooperation and assistance of the secretary of state, shall make an objective and factual finding based on, to the extent possible, publicly available information, including information contained in the application and information contained within the records maintained by the secretary of state, whether each applicant meets the qualifications specified in subsection (redistricting year, nonpartisan staff shall make its findings publicly available and notify the applicants of the staff's finding. If the staff finds that an applicant is not eligible, then the staff shall include the reasons in its finding. (7) By January 18 of the redistricting year, the panel, in a public meeting, shall randomly select by lot from all of the applicants who were found to meet the qualifications specified in subsection (2) of this section the names of three hundred applicants who are affiliated with the state's largest political party, three hundred applicants who are affiliated with the state's second largest political party, and four hundred fifty applicants who are not affiliated with any political party, or such lesser number as there are total applicants who meet the qualifications specified in subsection (2) of this section for each of those groups. (8) (a) In one or more public hearings conducted on or before February applications of the applicants selected in accordance with subsection (7) of this section, the panel shall identify fifty applicants who are affiliated with the state's largest political party, fifty applicants who are affiliated with the state's second largest political party, and fifty applicants who are unaffiliated with any political party and who best demonstrate: (i) experience in organizing, representing, advocating for, adjudicating the interests of, or actively participating in groups, organizations, or associations in The Midwest; and (ii) relevant analytical skills, the ability to be impartial, and the ability to promote consensus on the commission. (b) No later than February 1 of the redistricting year, from the applicants identified in subsection (8)(a) of this section, the panel shall choose by lot six applicants to serve on the commission as follows: (i) two commissioners who are not affiliated with any political party; (ii) two commissioners who are affiliated with the state's largest political party; and (iii) two commissioners who are affiliated with the state's second largest political party. (c) In the process of choosing applicants by lot for appointment to the commission, no applicant whose name is chosen may be appointed if he or she is registered to vote in a congressional district that is already represented on the commission; except that, when all then-existing congressional districts in The Midwest are represented on the commission, a congressional district may be represented by a second commissioner. No congressional district may be represented by more than two commissioners. Any persons whose names are chosen but duplicate a congressional district's representation on the commission and are not appointed to the commission shall be eligible for appointment pursuant to subsections (9) and (10 of this section. (9) (a) By February 16 of the redistricting year, the majority leader of the state senate, the minority leader of the state senate, the majority leader of the state house of representatives, and the minority leader of the state house of representatives shall each select a pool of ten applicants who are affiliated with one of the state's two largest political parties from all applications submitted to nonpartisan staff and notify the panel of their selections. (b) As determined by the legislative leaders in selecting their respective pools, the applicants selected for each pool must meet the qualifications set forth in subsection (2) of this section and demonstrate the qualities listed in subsection (8)(a) of this section. (c) For each congressional district not represented by a commissioner appointed pursuant to subsections (8)(b) and (8)(c) of this section, each pool must consist of at least one applicant who is registered to vote in that congressional district. (d) If there is an insufficient number of available applicants that meet the requirements of subsection (9)(b) of this section to select any complete pool, then the pool must consist of only those applicants who meet those requirements. (10) By March 1 of the redistricting year, the panel of judges shall select, in such order as the panel determines, one commissioner from each legislative leader's pool of applicants and two commissioners from those applicants who are not affiliated with any political party and whose names were randomly selected by lot pursuant to subsection (7) of this section. The panel of judges must ensure that the commission includes four commissioners who are not affiliated with any political party, four commissioners who are affiliated with the state's largest political party, and four commissioners who are affiliated with the state's second largest political party. The panel of judges may interview applicants before making the appointments. In selecting applicants, the panel shall, in addition to considering applicants' other qualifications: (a) to the extent possible, ensure that the commission reflects The Midwest's racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic diversity; (b) ensure that at least one commissioner is registered to vote in each congressional district but no more than two commissioners are registered to vote in any single congressional district; (c) ensure that there is at least one commissioner from each state in the Midwest (d) ensure that all commissioners meet the qualifications set forth in subsection (2) of this section and demonstrate the qualities listed in subsection (8)(a) of this section. (11) (a) A commissioner's position on the commission will be deemed vacant if he or she, having been appointed as a registered elector who is not affiliated with a political party, affiliates with a political party before the supreme court has approved a plan, commissioner's position on the commission will also be deemed vacant if he or she, having been affiliated with one of the state's two largest political parties at the time of appointment, affiliates with a different political party or becomes unaffiliated with any political party before the Supreme Court has approved a plan. (b) Any vacancy on the commission, including one that occurs due to death, resignation, removal, failure to meet the qualifications of appointment, refusal or inability to accept an appointment, or otherwise, must be filled as soon as possible by the designated appointing authority from the designated pool of eligible applicants for that commissioner's position and in the same manner as the originally chosen commissioner; except that no commissioner chosen to fill a vacancy will be bypassed for appointment if all congressional districts are already represented on the commission. (12) For purposes of this section, the state's two largest political parties shall be determined by the number of registered electors affiliated with each political party in the state according to voter registration data published by the secretary of state for the earliest day in January of the redistricting year for which such data is published SECTION 4. EFFECTIVE DATE This act shall go into effect upon its passage and signature
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    Term Limits Act

    Mr. Speaker, I move for UC I yield
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    Term Limits Act

    Term Limits Act Mr. Travere, for himself and others, submits the following bill, A BILL To create term limits on regional offices SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE This bill shall be cited as the Term Limits Act SECTION 2. TERM LIMITS ON THE REGIONAL LEGISLATURE All regional legislators shall be limited to 4 2-year long terms except as provided in subsection 3 No candidate may file for the office of regional legislator following the completion of 4 2 year long terms except as provided in subsection 3 All legislators currently sworn in at the time of the passage of this bill into law shall be limited to 3 additional 2 year-long terms. SECTION 3. TERM LIMITS ON THE GOVERNOR The governor of the midwest shall be limited to 2, 4-year terms No candidate may file for the office of governor following the completion of 2 4 year terms SECTION 4. ENACTMENT This act shall go into effect January 1, 2021
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