2018 Presidential Election

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  1. Tim Thomason Well-Known Member

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    'Twas a simple joke.

    I concur that a female CJCS would be too important to have not been brought up, but perhaps there's one in command of one of the services who could be brought in when the current term expires in September (the decision will be made by President Seaborn over the summer). Maybe Hegland is serving an odd third term, like Shannon and Fitzwallace, and is due to retire soon.
     
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  2. ajm8888 That Guy from Minnesota

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    Agreed. Now the hard part will be finding a lady in modern (or close enough) military attire.
     
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  3. Excelsior Time's arrow marches forward

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    My recommendation: General Hale from Agents of SHIELD.
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  4. RRusso1982 Well-Known Member

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    Are you still going to put up PDF results for the Senate and Gubernatorial elections?
     
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  5. lord caedus Very legal and very cool Donor

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    BBC News

    Wednesday, 5 December 2018

    French left wins National Assembly elections

    The second round of the elections for the French National Assembly has ended and resulted in a large victory for the left-wing opposition to President Michelle Trenier amid protests over the recent increase in fuel taxes. The coalition led by the Socialist Party (PS or Parti socialiste) has won 341 seats to take nearly 60 percent of all the seats in France's lower house. Socialist party leader and prime minister-designate Benoît Martin called the result a "resounding mandate for change in France", and pledged to "re-examine" the outgoing government's fuel tax policies. President Trenier, whose UMP (Union for a Popular Movement or Union pour un mouvement populaire)-led coalition lost over 200 seats to both the PS-led coalition and the centrist UDP (Union for Popular Democracy or Union pour la démocratie populaire), said she was "thankful" for outgoing prime minister Bernard Trondeau's service and pledged to work with Martin.

    Observers lay the blame for the UMP's defeat on Trenier's low approval ratings, rising costs of living in most French cities and unpopular austerity measures implemented under Trenier following her 2016 re-election. "Many people here are frustrated," Christine Voignt, an anti-austerity activist told the BBC. "We've been told we need to cut back on public spending at the time when it's become almost impossible for most younger and poorer people to live in Paris or Marseille itself."

    This will mark the first period of cohabitation since Trenier became president in 2011 following two years as prime minister under Socialist President Jean-Marc D'Aister. Jean-Marc Boileau, a research professor at the Sciences Po in Paris says that this period, which is expected to last for the remainder of Trenier's presidency (which is slated to end in 2021), will likely see a similar dynamic that has occurred in previous cohabitations. "In such a state of cohabitation, the president and prime minister often retreat to specific policy purviews. The president, as head of state, will typically confine his or her activities to foreign affairs while the prime minister will typically focus entirely on domestic policy."

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    Infobox of the results

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    Results breakdown
    • Parliamentary left: 341 seats (majority of 54)
      • Socialist Party (PS): 286 seats
      • Europe Ecology–The Greens (EELV): 12 seats
      • Radical Party of the Left (PRG): 7 seats
      • Miscellaneous left (DVG): 36 seats
    • Parliamentary right: 142 seats
      • Union for a Popular Movement (UMP): 119 seats
      • Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI): 17 seats
      • Miscellaneous right (DVD): 6 seats
    • Union for Popular Democracy (UDP): 83 seats
    • National Front (FN): 3 seats
    • Communist Party (PCF): 3 seats
    • Others: 5 seats
      • Regionalists (REG): 3 seats
      • Debout la France (DLF): 1 seat
      • Miscellaneous (DIV): 1 seat

    Casting
    Benoît Martin- Mathieu Amalric
    Bernard Trondeau- Richard Berry
    Thomas Blanchard- Bernard Campan
    Christine Leveque- Sophie Marceau
    Jacques Dumont- Daniel Auteuil
     
  6. ajm8888 That Guy from Minnesota

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    At Some point, I may ask you @lord caedus to work on info boxes on Japanese stuff but we'll need to figure some stuff out first obviously.
     
  7. lord caedus Very legal and very cool Donor

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    You mean like an election infobox like this one or a personal one for a Japanese politician?
     
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  8. ajm8888 That Guy from Minnesota

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    That is part of what I have to figure out. Also factions in the LDP.
     
  9. Excelsior Time's arrow marches forward

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    The previous thread just used a picture of General Dunford, so I would like to introduce Ruben Santiago-Hudson as General Raymond M. Hegland.
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    Raymond Manuel Hegland (born April 28, 1956) is a United States Marine Corps general and the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was also the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps. Hegland is the first Marine Corps officer to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He has held this position under President Glen Allen Walken since October 1, 2013, succeeding General Jack Shannon. Hegland's third and final term as Chairman will end in 2019.

    Hegland was born to Tommy Hegland, an auto mechanic, and Maria Contreras in the Bronx on April 28, 1956. He was named for his grandfathers, Raymond Hegland, a Bronx native, and Manuel Contreras, a Dominican immigrant. Shortly after his birth, Hegland's father died in a building fire. Hegland and his mother then relocated to Manhattan, where she worked as a cleaner. After graduating high school, Hegland attended the Naval Academy at Annapolis. Although he performed middlingly, Hegland met Percy Fitzwallace during his time there, a relationship which would help advance his career. After graduation, Hegland was stationed around the world, first in Japan and then South Korea. After over a decade in the Pacific region, Hegland was in Kuwait and Germany. In 1998, Hegland commanded the U.S. intervention in the Philippines. After the Philippines, Hegland was a fixture in the Pentagon and the Situation Room. Secretary of Defense Miles Hutchinson appointed him Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps in 2004. In 2007, Hegland commanded U.S. troops in the intervention in Kazakhstan. In 2010, President Matt Santos nominated Hegland to be the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps. Three years later, President Walken nominated him to succeed Jack Shannon as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, an easy confirmation. Hegland was renominated for a second term in 2015, and for a rare, but recently more common, third term in 2017.

    Personal life
    Hegland has been married four times. He has six children from his first three marriages. His only son, Thomas, is a major in the Marine Corps. Two of his daughters, Marlene and Bethany, have also served in the Marine Corps.
     
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  10. ajm8888 That Guy from Minnesota

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    I am cool with it. (I could not find a good picture of a Marine General that was not Robert Logia (and he was cast as something already (I think)
     
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  12. KingCrawa Prayed for by a brace of Monks

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    Any news on other White House jobs like Press Secretary, Speech Writer or head of Legislative Affairs?
     
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  13. Marky Bunny Well-Known Member

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    Wednesday December 5th 2018

    Hollis in "Freeway pile-up" interview

    Vice President-Elect Franklin Hollis in his live interview with NBS Political Editor Mark Bunn last night, gave what all observers are calling a "freeway pile-up" interview.

    The interview was meant to end any questions regards Hollis and his suitability for the Vice Presidency, even four weeks after the election, but rather than end those fears which are held by many in the Democratic party last night's performance has not dampened down those fears it expanded them five fold.

    Hollis was very abrupt and at times very rude to his interviewer, but his most controversial statement came when he was asked about the decision of his company Inksoft to announce large job loses in the state of Minnesota just weeks before the election in the state of the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee, Senator Jack Hunter. ""it's not Inksoft's responsibility to protect people's jobs" adding "we did what was needed for our company" pushed if it was a political decision, Hollis added "of course, not Inksoft came first". He was then questioned about his involvement in the company once he becomes Vice-President "All of Inksofts executive functions will be handled by my Wife, and other issues will be handled by my legal team, there will be no conflict of interest". Asked if he will be lobbying for Inksoft when in the administration he replied "That frankly Mark is a stupid question, of course not" adding "I say to those in the Democratic Party who question my fitness for the office I have been elected to, the American People have decided, I am going to be the next Vice-President of the United States whether you like it or not".

    Minnesota Governor Jarrod Daniels was said to have been left "furious" by the interview, whilst several high placed Democratic officials spoke to NBS, claiming that Hollis "doesn't even know how the Electoral College works" adding one said "The Electoral College votes on Monday December 17th, and votes separately for President and Vice-President, I actually think for the first time since 1836, enough Democratic Presidential Electors could very well vote for another Democrat rather than Hollis, abstain, or even vote for Jack Hunter". If Hollis fails to get 270 votes in the electoral college, he would only need five electors to not vote for him, and unless Jack Hunter picks up those electoral votes, the Vice-Presidency would be decided by the Senate.
     
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  14. Marky Bunny Well-Known Member

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    More appointments to be announced this week.
     
  15. KingCrawa Prayed for by a brace of Monks

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    Sam's going to become the second Dem President in a row to serve with a Veep who wasn't on his ticket isn't he?
     
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  16. ajm8888 That Guy from Minnesota

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    No you should be scared they lose thanks you Unloyal electors. If that happens, the country will rip itself apart
     
  17. KingCrawa Prayed for by a brace of Monks

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    I think the Dem electors are happy to vote for Sam.

    So Sam could easily walk away with 270 votes for President while say Andrew Thorne is scribbled on enough ballots to earn him the Vice Presidency
     
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  18. ajm8888 That Guy from Minnesota

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    I hope so. I am still mentally fortifying myself in case. (Not hugely drastic thing in life but it is better to be ready.)
     
  19. Excelsior Time's arrow marches forward

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    The Senate would have to pick between the top two vote getters for the vice presidency, which in this case would be Hunter and Hollis, unless more than half of Hollis's electors all voted for another candidate.
     
  20. Tim Thomason Well-Known Member

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    I'm not expecting any fireworks, but yeah, Hollis could easily be placed under the 270 threshold, automatically sending it to the Senate, which is majority Republican.

    Hunter could decline, after perhaps some drama. Whether that's legal or not is an open question (I suggested that this is what Ray Sullivan did in 2007). I like the idea of Hollis still sneaking in, either through the electoral college barely or some Senate hand-wringing, and the administration having a rocky start with a President and Vice President who do not see eye-to-eye at all (a West Wing tradition).
     
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