2018 Presidential Election

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  1. lord caedus Very legal and very cool

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    Talks between Iran and world powers over Qumar, nuclear program revealed

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    In an ACN exclusive, United States officials have confirmed ongoing talks between the United States, other world powers such as China, Russia and the United Kingdom, and Iran on centered on the Islamic Republic's claim to the nation of Qumar, and its nuclear energy program. The talks have reportedly been happening in secret for months, with low-level officials from the Departments of State and Energy meeting with their Iranian, British, Chinese, and Russian counterparts with European Union leaders acting as facilitators.

    According to sources familiar with the talks, the recent crisis in the Persian Gulf with Iranian ships entering Qumari waters was the result of a breakdown in talks over the status of Iran's claim to Qumar;Iran claims all of the county as its rightful territory, having been separated from then-Persia at the Paris Peace Conference in 1918, a claim no other country recognizes. While the groups negotiating an agreement around Iran's nuclear program continued to meet, the group attempting to find a solution to the Qumar crisis did not meet for one full week, until Russian and Chinese diplomats relayed their concern about the crisis to Iran, which agreed to return to the table.

    White House Deputy Chief of Staff Kevin De Vost said that the talks had been secret to prevent "interference by outside actors" and give diplomats, scientists and military leaders of all nations room to discuss potential solutions without political interference. "We know what nothing good happens when you conduct sensitive negotiations in front of cameras," De Vost told ACN. "All of the details [of the negotiations] will be made public if and when an agreement is reached, and negotiations have gone far enough that all parties feel it is safe to acknowledge that we are talking with each other."

    ACN can also confirm that representatives of the Qumari Ruling Council, the de facto ruling body for Qumar, and representatives from the other permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (alongside the United States, United Kingdom, China and Russia), France, have participated in the talks as consultants on unknown issues.
     
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  2. Marky Bunny Well-Known Member

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    Saturday June 1st 2019

    Breaking News Breaking News

    Brazil will not enter Labour leadership race

    Shadow Foreign Secretary Patrick Brazil has in the last few minutes ruled himself out of standing for the Labour leadership.

    The 48 year old, had been considered by many as the second favourite for the job once Andrea Benn announced that she was standing down later in the year last Tuesday morning. Brazil announced his decision via You-Tube video. "I have been asked by many people within the party and from outside if I would be candidate for the leadership once Andrea said he was stepping aside. It has been an honour to be have been asked, but after talking with my wife I do not believe it is right for me or my family at this time, so I am making it clear I will not be a candidate in the upcoming election for Leader. I will continue to serve as Shadow Foreign Secretary, and will be happy to serve who ever is elected my new leader later this year".

    Brazil's surprise decision could leave the way open for two of the younger candidates, Shadow Chancellor Oliver Kendrick and Shadow Work & Pensions Secretary Ruth Butler. Most polls show the Party Chairman Jack Coll as the clear favourite.
     
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    Body Count Breaks 3,000 in Northern Nicosia


    Northern Nicosia, Turkish Republic of Cyprus- Nearly two weeks after a massive explosion rocked Northern Nicosia, Turkish Cypriot officials have announced that the death toll has surpassed 3,000. This number means that the Nicosia disaster is now the deadliest explosion in modern history and the 2nd deadliest in the written history of the world, second only to the Wanggongchang explosion in Beijing in 1626 that claimed the lives of over 20,000. Officials have stressed that this number is not final, as the search through the remains of what was the heart of the city will continue, and death toll is expected to climb even further.

    As it pertains to the cause of the explosion, officials have stated that it is still under investigation as to determine what exactly caused this tragedy.
     
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    Saturday, June 1st 2019

    Democrats prepare for debate, vote on LGBT civil rights bill

    Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives have returned early from their district work sessions to prepare for what is expected to be a taxing debate and vote on the Civil Rights Act of 2019, which would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity by adding those characteristics to existing civil rights and hate crimes legislation. House Majority Whip Eve Howard (D-CA) returned to the capitol yesterday and has been working hard to keep wavering Democrats on board. "We remain committed to fulfilling the president's promise to LGBT Americans and their allies," Howard said. "We are confident that this bill will be on the Senate's agenda by this time next week."

    No Democrat has come out publicly against the bill, which was introduced after an address to Congress by President Sam Seaborn in April. However, several sources on Capitol Hill have said that House Democrats have been twisting arms to keep enough Blue Dogs in conservative districts from abstaining to cause the bill's defeat for weeks, despite the statements of House Majority Leader Noah Gellman (D-VA), head of the Blue Dog Caucus, expressing his caucus' "total support" of the bill.

    The Democratic leadership's job has been made slightly easier with the public announcement of two Republican representatives, Chris Franklin (R-PA) and Cody Zucker (R-OR), that they will vote in support of the bill. Several more Republicans in swing districts have not stated whether they will support or oppose the bill when it is expected to come to the House floor for a vote on Wednesday, June 5th. While a slight majority of Republican voters say they support legislation that would prevent discrimination against LGBT people, congressional Republican leadership fiercely opposes the bill, with House Minority Leader Mitchell Harris (R-IN) calling it a "backdoor way to persecute those who follow the Judeo-Christian values America was founded upon."
     
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    Damn, what made this explosion so incredibly deadly?
     
  6. Marky Bunny Well-Known Member

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    President Seaborn arrives in UK for first visit

    US President Sam Seaborn and First Lady Laura Parker-Seaborn have arrived in the UK for a three day state visit.

    Air Force One landed at Stansted Airport at around 09:00 BST (04:00 ET). He was greeted by the US Ambassador to the UK, Ted Barrow and the UK Foreign Secretary Fiona Wallace. The President will meet members of the Royal Family, and is expected to discuss the ongoing situation in Qumar and the stand off with Iran in the Persian Gulf with Prime-Minister Richard Samuels.

    On Monday, the President will be given a tour of Westminster Abbey and will also meet Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for tea at Clarence House. In the evening, the Queen will host a state banquet at Buckingham Palace for the President and the First Lady. At Buckingham Palace, both the President and the Queen are expected to make a speech to guests, which will include prominent Americans living in Britain. The banquet will be attended by the Leaders of the main political parties, Andrea Benn for Labour, Liberal Democrats Acting leader Christopher Campbell, the National Peoples Party Leader Robert Webster, as well as the Mayor of London Nigel Jay and the Speaker of the House of Commons Anthony Walker.

    President Seaborn will be staying at the US ambassador's residence Winfield House, in central London's Regent's Park. On Tuesday morning, the President and Richard Samuels will host a business breakfast at St James's Palace with prominent business Leaders. The President will then visit Downing Street for further talks with the Prime-Minister followed by a joint press conference.

    On Wednesday, President Seaborn will visit Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
     
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    OK this should be more straight forward than OTL.
     
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    Monday, June 3rd 2019

    Negotiators "close" to deal with Iran on Qumar, nuclear energy

    Members of the United States delegation to the talks with Iran in Vienna have said that they are "close" to a deal with the Islamic Republic that will deal with the Iranian nuclear energy program and the country's long-standing claims on Qumar. While no official release of the provisions have been released, it has been reported that a framework has been agreed to on the dismantling of certain Iranian reactors, alongside a program for international inspections of both Iranian and Qumari sites. Although Qumar's interim ruling government has admitted that previous government sought nuclear weapons technology, it previously requested the return of some of the uranium found and collected by American, British and Chinese troops following the 2016 invasion and occupation of most of the Middle Eastern country, which it claimed was for civilian nuclear power generation.

    Fewer details have been made available over the parameters of a settlement on Qumar, with conflicting reports over whether the section on nuclear energy and a peaceful resolution to the Qumar crisis will be inter-linked or separate.

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    Secret Service Given Orders to Gag Jack Hunter If He Makes One More "Queen of England" Joke About Richard Samuels

    June 3, 2019

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    Tuesday, 4 June 2019

    President Seaborn met with Downing Street Chief Mouser

    While visiting Prime Minister Samuels at 10 Downing Street, President Seaborn & First Lady Laura Parker-Seaborn were given a tour of the iconic residence and met with several staffers and cabinet ministers including the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office Leo.

    Despite the President being “more of a dog person” as well as the First Lady’s cat allergy, they were very happy to meet the shy-moggy who also appeared to be very comfortable around them. The President even remarked that Leo reminded him of “an old mentor” as he patted him.

    While the President and Prime Minister attended to meetings, Leo was presented with a toy mouse from long-time White House Gift Officer Bernard Thatch on behalf of the United States. Leo then proceeded to play with the toy mouse indicating that he liked and accepted the gift.

    On his official Twitter page, Leo thanked the President for the “replica rat” and also wrote, “Despite being a dog person, President Seaborn is welcome at Number 10 any time.”

    Leo was later seen napping on the hood of the Presidential Limo codenamed “The Beast” before being shooed off by Secret Service agents just as the President and his staff were preparing to leave. The President’s senior advisor CJ Cregg could also be seen brushing what appeared to be orange cat fur off her skirt as she left Number 10. Although bulletproof, The Beast was not resistant to Leo’s fur or his paw prints which were left all over the hood and windshield of the presidential limo.
     
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    Civil Rights Act of 2019 passes House of Representatives

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    The Civil Rights Act of 2019, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, passed the United States House of Representatives today on a largely party-line vote by a margin of 222 to 200. Of the 223 Democrats in the House, none voted against the bill, although seven members in very conservative districts, including House Majority Leader Noah Gellman (D-VA) (who missed the vote to attend a fundraising event in Florida), were absent or voted "present" instead of voting in favor. Six Republicans, including two committee ranking members, Callie Durling (R-IL) and Franz Duke (R-NH), voted in favor, while another six missed the vote or voted "present", including Republican Conference chair Riley Church (R-CA) and former presidential candidate Will Durham (R-CA).

    The Civil Rights Act of 2019, or CRA, would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by making it illegal to discriminate based on gender identity and sexual orientation in a variety of areas including housing, employment, and public accommodation much like the 1964 act outlawed it on the basis of race, religion, sex, color or national origin. President Sam Seaborn addressed Congress in April on the issue of LGBT rights, which was the impetus for the bill's introduction.

    Representative Jack Caton (D-CA), who identifies as bisexual and is one of the few openly LGBT legislators in Congress, called the bill's' passage "historic" and urged his colleagues in the Senate to swiftly send the bill to the president's desk. "Right now, you cannot publicly live as who you are in many of the states in our country because it is legal for you to be evicted from your house, fired from your job, or denied service altogether because of who you love or who you are," Caton said. "That anyone in the year 2019 can think that your rights as an American should be determined by where you live is mind-boggling to me."

    Most Republican legislators, however, are wary, if not outright opposed to the legislation. "This bill would make it a federal crime to deny any man who says he is a woman from being allowed into the same locker room as women and young girls." Representative Tim Johnson (R-FL) said, in an argument many Republicans speaking heatedly on the floor of the House during the debate earlier in the day made. Many other Republicans, including Representative John Hancock (R-TX) called the bill a backdoor to challenging and overturning same-sex marriage bans in the eleven states have not legalized same-sex marriage. "What they can't win at the ballot box, they hope to win in the courts if they can get this bill passed," Hancock said to reporters for The Dallas Morning News. "I think it's despicable."

    The president, currently in the United Kingdom on his first overseas trip as part of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings during World War II, praised the bill's House passage in a statement.
     
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    Title: President Seaborn D-Day 75th Anniversary Address

    Date: Thursday, June 6th, 2019

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    Location: “Omaha Beach” Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Vierville-sur-Mer, France

    Speaker:
    President Samuel “Sam” Norman Seaborn

    It was a morning just like this one; the sun shone brightly, there was a slight breeze that blew in the cool air off the channel. Today, we see I picturesque beach that seems fit for day out in the sun with friends and family. But on the morning of June 6th, 1944, it was anything but. In the channel behind me, more than 150,000 Allied Soldiers were joined by nearly 200,000 Allied naval personnel in the greatest armada ever assembled. From all over the free world, ships would gather to aide in the gallant allied cause. From not only the United States and Great Britain, but also from Canada, & Free Norway, from Australia and New Zealand. In the fields and hedgerows ahead of me, more than 1,200 planes dropped over 24,000 Paratroopers and Pathfinders behind enemy lines, carrying with them the torch that would re-light the flame of liberty and democracy in Europe. As their commander, General Eisenhower told them, “You are about to embark upon a great crusade”. How true that was.

    It was in the early morning hours, long before the sun would ever shine, that the brave members of the American 101st and British 1st Airborne Divisions dropped from the sky. It was there brave and heroic actions that paved the way for what would occur in the following hours.

    It was just after 6:30am when the first ships came ashore at Sword, Juno, Gold, Utah, and here, at Omaha Beach. 150,000 American, British, Canadian, Polish and Free French stormed the shores of tyranny. And while a tough was to be had by all, none more so than here at Omaha Beach. Of the 43,000 of the American 1st & 29th Infantry divisions that came ashore here, more than one in ten would become a casualty. On this day, this great day, June 6th, 1944; D-Day; nearly 5,000 men would lay down their lives in the name of freedom.

    It is to these men, the fallen, and to those who would survive and triumph on this heroic day, to whom we owe the greatest debt that can never be repaid. And while I have never had the honor of wearing our nation’s uniform, I am surrounded everyday by brave men and women who have and who still do. My Secretary of Defense, General Shannon, my Chief of Staff, Will Bailey, and National Security Advisor, Jack Reese and my Veterans Affairs Secretary Kate Harper are among them.

    Seventy Five years ago, today, an evil tyranny was running rough shot over Europe. Seventy Five years ago, today, that all began to change. Thank you, God Bless you all.
     
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    President in France for D-Day 75th Anniversary


    Caen, France- President Seaborn was in France today as part of the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the June 6th, 1944 Normandy Landings that marked the Allied Invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. Alongside other world leaders, President Seaborn spoke briefly this morning at "Omaha Beach", a section of the Normandy Coastline that saw the heaviest fighting during the landings 75 years ago. While his remarks were brief, President Seaborn expressed his profound sense of debt towards veterans of the "greatest generation", particularly those who stormed the beaches at Normandy. Following the ceremony, the President received a tour of all five of the Normandy beaches, as well as other historical sites including Brecourt Manor and Carentan. The President also visited several US Army cemeteries and laid a wreath at the D-Day memorial at Point-du-Hoc.

    Despite being joined on the trip by most of the senior White House Staff, noticeably absent from the days activities were Deputy Communications Director John Edwards and Press Secretary Cassie Tatum. Communications Director Mark Sterns, who penned the President's remarks, did not comment on their whereabouts.

    The President is expected to remain in France tomorrow, before returning to London on Saturday.
     
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    Friday, June 7th, 2019

    Seaborn disrespects 82nd Airborne in D-Day Speech!

    In his speech on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, President Sam Seaborn mentioned the bravery of 101st, the British 1st Airborne and countless other groups of allied soldiers in the historic day 75 years ago. However, the president neglected to mention the bravery of a major force of the airdrop, the 82nd Airborne Division. He omitted the historic actions and participation of the 82nd Airborne for reasons that remain unknown.

    On the night of June 5th and the morning of June 6th, 1944, under Major General Matthew Ridgeway, the 82 Airborne took part in Mission Boston. Mission Boston was a component element of Operation Neptune, the assault portion of the Allied invasion of Normandy, codenamed Operation Overlord. 6,420 paratroopers jumped from nearly 370 C-47 Skytrain troop carrier aircraft into an intended objective area of roughly 10 square miles located on either side of the Merderet river on the Cotentin Peninsula of France, five hours ahead of the D-Day landings.

    The drops were scattered by bad weather and German anti-aircraft fire over an area three to four times as large as that planned. Two inexperienced units of the 82nd, the 507th and 508th Parachute Infantry Regiments (PIR), were given the mission of blocking approaches west of the Merderet River, but most of their paratroops missed their drop zones entirely. The veteran 505th PIR jumped accurately and captured its objective, the town of Sainte-Mère-Église, which proved essential to the success of the division.

    They played a vital but needed part in the invasion and the president neglecting them is a major insult to those that died in the D-Day parachute drops.

    This comes from a president who did not serve his country in the military and is trying to weasel out a diplomatic solution with a nation that that is a dictatorship. Why should we not be surprised that Seaborne is neglecting a vital American part of D-Day?
     
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    Saturday, June 8th 2019

    Agreement reached with Iran on nuclear program, Qumar

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    Iran, alongside representatives of world powers like the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China and the European Union, announced that it had reached an agreement on the country's nuclear program and its occupation of northern Qumar. The agreement, which all parties referred to as a "framework" in lieu of a comprehensive agreement, has both parties agreeing to give in on certain matters. For Iran, the international community will end the sanctions that have crippled several sectors of the Iranian economy, oversee a future referendum on whether Qumaris want to join their country to Iran, agree to give legal immunity to Iranian military personnel who took part in the Iranian occupation of northern Qumar, and semi-regularly inspect sites in Qumar that could potentially be used to enrich uranium for making nuclear weapons. The international community will, in turn, get several things from Iran: an end to the Iranian occupation of northern Qumar and a pledge forswearing future annexation attempts on Qumar, destruction of all uranium that could be used for non-civilian nuclear energy uses, and allow a regimen of international inspectors free access to all nuclear facilities.

    In Tehran, celebrations broke out when the deal was announced, with the end of the hated sanctions in sight. President Azim Mirshahi called the deal "a major achievement" for the Islamic Republic. "We will show the world that our nuclear program has been, and always will be peaceful...We have had our share of violence since the revolution, but the Iranian people are ready to return to our natural state of peaceful coexistence with our neighbors and the world." Mirshahi said. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Afkham will reportedly issue a fatwa against the creation of nuclear weapons in Iran, a sign that the country's religious authorities stand fully behind the deal.

    President Sam Seaborn, recently returned from his trip to Europe, joined other world leaders in expressing his pride in the deal. "Today marks a step for a more peaceful Middle East, and hopefully a more peaceful world." the president said in a statement. The president thanked Secretary of State August Adair, who oversaw much of the negotiations, and the "dream team" of scientists, defense officials and diplomats who hammered out the deal in negotiations that had begun soon after Seaborn assumed office in January.

    Not everyone is pleased at the outcome of the deal, however. The reaction in Qumar has been more muted than would be anticipated, as some of the conditions, such as mandating that a referendum be held on whether Qumar should join Iran, and giving legal immunity to Iranian soldiers who took part in the occupation of northern Qumar, have struck some Qumaris as unfair trade-offs for the end to Iran's occupation of part of their country. Similarly, Republican leaders in Congress have expressed concern that any deal would be "lopsided" in Iran's favor. Senate Majority Leader Cody Riley (R-AL) declined to comment before the release of the framework, but others, including Senate Majority Whip James Lancaster (R-KY) have spoken out against dealing with Iran. "To end sanctions would allow Iran to get away with its bad behavior," Lancaster told The Courier-Journal, Kentucky's largest newspaper. "Appeasing a regime that tried to violate international law by annexing its neighbor by force has never ended well, historically, and I think the president is naive if he believes a deal can [prevent further attempts by Iran to annex Qumar]."

    With the framework in place, negotiations on final details of the agreement will begin as technical and legal experts will likely be brought in to craft the finer details before the agreement will be presented to all parties involved. As a show of good faith, the Iranian government has declared it will "oversee the election process [for Qumar's parliamentary elections to be held in late July] in Iranian-controlled territory, by the specifications of, and guidance of, the Qumari Ruling Council", saying that it "welcomed international observation of this process."
     
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    Sunday June 9th 2019

    Liberal Democrat Acting Leader Campbell declines to stand for the Leadership

    Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Christopher Campbell has confirmed that today that he was not standing for the Party Leadership. Campbell has been acting leader since Robert Robertson resigned back in February. Since then the Liberal Democrats have suffered a serious of electoral defeats including losing Richardson's former seat, losing seats at the local elections and losing every seat at the European elections two weeks ago.

    The announcement came after nominations for the new leader closed at 5PM on Friday, with the candidates due to be formally announced by Party President Damien Nicholls tomorrow. The BBC understands that only two other candidates that have the required backing are Logan Ross,48, MP for Edinburgh West and the MP for Dunbartonshire East, James McQueen, 35.
    To stand, the candidate,must be an MP,have the backing of at least ten% of the parliamentary party and be supported by at least two hundred members spread across at least twenty different local parties.Party Members will then have the final say on who gets the job. The result is due to be announced on July 22nd.
     
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    What Can We Expect From Qumar's Elections?

    June 10, 2019


    In 45 days, the work for creating a new constitution for the nation of Qumar will begin. The Middle Eastern nation's parliament, having been suspended since the utter collapse of the nation's government in 2016 amid the Bahji insurgency and invasion by its neighbor, Iran, will be reconstituted and tasked with creating a new constitution for the war-torn nation.

    The surprising about-face of the Iranians—having gone from threatening any Qumari working to organize the election in Iranian-occupied territory, to openly working with authorities in Jabal Nafusah in a mad dash to reconstitute the nation's electoral registration database—has led to many Qumaris to feel cautiously optimistic that the results from next month's elections will truly mirror the national mood...

    While some issues, such as the creation of a state wealth fund funded with revenue from the state ShareefPetro corporation, have been largely agreed upon—or in some cases, like a regime of international inspections meant to prevent the creation of nuclear weapons, mandated by the Iranian deal framework—other important issues will be hammered out when newly-elected legislators meet to discuss the new constitution.

    The most salient issue will be if the nation will return to a monarchy or become a republic. Former Sultan Manab bin Hessani abdicated his throne on both his behalf and that of his family nearly three years ago, but in his exile in the United Arab Emirates, has stated he would return to the throne "if that is what the people of Qumar desire", but there is no guarantee that a monarchist restoration would return him to the throne. Of the seven sultans that have ruled Qumar since Mohammed bin Shareef overthrew the provisional government left behind by British authorities in 1936, only two (Shareef and his son, Ali Usef bin Shareef, who was overthrown by Hessani in 2007) have been from the same family.

    But if the parliament decides instead to become a republic, then it will need to grapple with the question of whether the primary decision-maker should be the parliament or a president. While Qumar's history as a former British colony would seem to incline many towards the parliamentary model, American-style presidentialism also seems to be attractive to many Qumaris who fear a divided parliament could paralyze the nation just as it needs a stable hand at the till...

    The issue of who Qumar's head of state will be decided, much like issues over the voting age for women (should it be lowered from 30 to 21 in order to match that for men?), religious education (should Qumari schools mandate Islamic teachings as part of their curriculum?), and issues arising from the Iranian occupation of northern Qumar (such as land titles abrogated by Iranian authorities or whose owners have disclaimed the land or passed with no heirs) will be decided by those from the parties that will contest the election:

    The Reform Party has existed alongside Qumar as an independent state, having been a rubber-stamp for every sultan until Ali Usef bin Shareef's was overthrow in 2007. Following that, it was turned into a vehicle for former prime minister and current chair of the Qumari Ruling Council, Zuben Ahmed. Ahmed, who briefly declared himself head of state after Hessani's abdication, is a notorious political survivor, having managed to survive multiple coup attempts, invasions and the occupation of his country to remain on the top of Qumari politics. Reform offers no position on the country's system of government—or on many of the hot-button constitutional issues for that matter. What Reform does promise is simple: lots of state-sponsored rebuilding, and the promise of a large hiring spree for the nation’s rebuilding civil service...

    The former "second party" for Qumar, the Conservative Party, has seen better days. Established as a pressure-valve used to placate religious hardliners and Islamist critics of the various sultans, the Conservatives have seen their numbers and prestige devastated since 2015, when prime minister Abdul Mikkuri was overthrown by moderate military leaders alarmed at his government's links to the Bahji. In the four years since, the party's leadership has been hollowed out, with most of Mikkuri's cabinet either imprisoned, fled abroad, or dead. Several more former party officials openly allied with the Bahji during the first phase of the current conflict, or were discovered to have links to Bahji leaders in the years since. Their current leader, Muhammad Farouk, is a respected former imam who lost his left foot after stepping on a land mine in 2017. The party is strongly in favor of religious education and favors reviving the sultanate in the hands of "a wise and observant man" chosen by parliament from a list of candidates drawn up by a panel made up of leaders of the largest mosque in each of the twelve most populous provinces...

    With the splintering of the Conservatives, the Qumari National Front (QNF) seems to have gained the most traction among secular nationalists opposed to the two major occupying nations—the United States and United Kingdom—who have no public plans to withdraw from Qumar after the election. The QNF's leader, Ismail Awad, has stated that American and British troops should leave Qumar within one month after the constitutional convention begins, following the example of China, which will withdraw all soldiers from Qumar by the end of July. Awad has since pushed back his proposed end-date for American and British involvement in Qumar, but remains adamantly opposed to continued foreign presence there....Surprisingly, the QNF is among the most liberal major parties on the issue of voting rights, proposing lowering the voting age to 18 for both men and women....

    The Democratic Reform Party (DRP), led by former Ahmed protégé Hassan Farhat, is the closest thing to a liberal Western party that is likely to win a seat in the new parliament, although it is more accurate to describe the party as being pro-democracy and technocratic. Farhat, who was in line to become prime minister before the country's collapse in 2016, moved decidedly away from Ahmed after the latter reneged on his planned political retirement to lead the interim government after Hessani's abdication. Farhat favors a constitutional monarchy with a strong judicial branch for Qumar's new system of government and is adamantly against mandating religious education in Qumari schools. The DRP is expected to do poorly outside of Jabal Nafusah and other major cities in Qumar, in spite of the party's ambitious plan to funnel more state funds into rural provinces in order to depress the number of potential recruits to the Bahji.

    Unlike almost every other party running, the Qumari Democratic Alliance (QDA) or Talahuf (Arabic for "alliance") is a product of the occupation. Led by Ruling Council member Iyad Midani, Talahuf's political agenda is pro-business, favoring carve-outs in the regulatory and labor laws for "opportunity zones" in cities like Jasken and Himms to spur international investment, and has pushed to crush the nascent labor movement in Qumar (with state-controlled unions having suspended operations after the fall of the national government in 2016, labor organizers have managed to form independent labor unions for the first time in Qumari history) by outlawing unions except for those controlled by the company the employees work for, or the state itself. Talahuf's candidates, like Midani himself, are widely seen as being recipients of largesse from the Chinese occupying authorities, and it is clear that a considerable amount of funding for the party's campaign is coming from businessmen and entrepreneurs whose fortunes have been created or increased dramatically as a result of cooperation and partnership with Chinese businesses.
     
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    Tuesday June 11th 2019

    Coll yet to decide on Labour leadership as four Unions urge Lamont to run

    The clear front-runner in the Labour leadership race Jack Coll has said he has not yet decided whether to run for the job. The Party Chairman did not rule himself out of the contest, but said he always made his mind up about "these things at the last possible minute".

    His comments come as former Chancellor Daniel Lamont is said to be "anguishing" over whether to stand for the post. The Labour parties "National Executive Committee" meets on next Monday to start debating changes to the rules governing its leadership contest.

    During an interview for "Newsnight" last night, Coll, who is 13/8 favourite with bookmakers William Hill, would not say whether he planned to stand for the leadership. "We are talking about something that is likely to be month's away.At the moment is that we learn the lessons from the last election, but build on the work of Andrea's (Benn) leadership and make sure that we're the next government after the next General Election"

    One of the leading Trade Union bosses, Craig Williamson of "UNISON" has thrown his weight behind Coll, but already four other Unions, UNITE, RMT, GMB, and the CWU have released a joint letter yesterday urging Daniel Lamont to seek the leadership and giving their "full support" if he ran.
     
  19. lord caedus Very legal and very cool

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    OOC: Kind of surprising that there hasn't been a governor's list compiled for California, AKA the most populous state in the nation, home to Sam Seaborn, Arnold Vinick and Joey Lucas, among others.

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    Cast
    Owen Lassiter: Roy Scheider
    Teddy Bridges: Will Lyman
    Gabe Tillman: Ray Wise
    Kevin Clarkson: Samuel L. Jackson
    Abbie Heilemann: Téa Leoni (new casting)

    • In California, lieutenant governors are elected separately from governors. Since 1979, TTL's California has only had one four-year period (1995-1999) where the two offices have been held by different parties compared to about 27 years (1979-1999, 2003-2010, 2011) IOTL.
    • As mentioned previously, Lassiter resigned to contest the 1986 Republican presidential primaries (which he lost to Joseph Furman).
    • Bridges was only listed as having succeeded Lassiter and having been governor for at least one full term of his own (since he was governor when Salvatore Parker was LG). Rather than put a previously unnamed placeholder between 1991 and 1999 (when Tillman took over), I had him serve out the entire period between Lassiter's resignation and Tillman taking office.

      This is also a good time to point out that Bridges was governor when California's term limits law was passed in 1990, but was allowed to run for two terms subsequent terms because any terms served prior to 1990 were grandfathered in. The law is slightly different than OTL, in that ITTL governors who finish out another governor's term via recall election don't have the term they finish count against them; that's why Heilemann was eligible to run ITTL's 2018 while Schwarzenegger wasn't IOTL's 2010 (although given his incredibly low approval ratings, he might not have run even if he were eligible).
    • I realize that I messed up Clarkson's gubernatorial number when I made his infobox. I wrote him as being California's 33rd governor (who is some forgettable no-name called "Ronald Reagan"), not its 38th. Just imagine that "33rd" is "38th" whenever you look at that infobox.
    • Of the lieutenant governors, only Velazquez and Menendez are new creations. Bridges was established as being Lassiter's LG and successor as governor. Salvatore Parker is the father of First Lady Lauren Parker-Seaborn who was Bridges' first LG and who was murdered in a mugging. Louis Temple was listed as a former LG who Justine Avery beat in 1992 to get elected to the Senate, but I'm retconning that for him to have been the sitting LG at the time and deciding not to seek reelection in 1994 as a result of his loss to Avery. Tillman was mentioned as being LG prior to becoming governor. Kerrison was sitting LG when he got elected to the Senate in 2004. I established Hernandez as Clarkson's lieutenant governor, and he gets the dubious honor of serving as LG under two governors since his job was unaffected by the recall election that ousted Clarkson.
     
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  20. MountainDew17 The Well-Known Member

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    48 hours later still no winner in Dem Primary

    Portland, Oregon- 48 hours removed from the Oregon Gubernatorial Primary and no winner has been declared on the Democratic side following a late and massive surge from Secretary of State Candice McColl against perennial front-runner Mitch DiSarro. DiSarro, who has lead every poll up to this point, has watched his lead decrease dramatically over the past few months. McColl, who gained national attention when she squared off with Governor Walter Collins during the recount in last year's presidential election, has build up an impressive grass-roots campaign over the past few months, in what has become a real life come-from-behind moment.

    Both Candidates declared victory on Tuesday night, but so far, state election officials have yet to declare an official winner.
     
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