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    God Emperor President Donald Trump is still the President in our 2019 time-line. For very obvious reasons @TexAgRepublican will be playing Donald Trump.
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    So, here we are. I have accepted Ed's resignation and Cyril has made his ruling. And I've updated the election schedule. And we've reopened the game. The pause allowed us to deal with the issues and to give us all some breathing room. (Your mileage may vary there). I'll be direct. I share Cyril's belief that we don't know if there's a solution to this issue. The ruling last night obviously sparked intense responses and it is what it is. However, the underlying issues remain. We are a small game of about five to eight dedicated active people who are active when there isn't an election. The recent conflict included two long standing groups, who have been here since Virtual America was in operation. Obviously, this means conflicts take a greater toll. People need to understand that these genres have been steadily losing ground to more popular things. Kyle Fitzgerald mocks me saying "Put it on an app" but fundamentally, it's true. People, forum based games are a byproduct of an era where laptops and desktops were how we communicated with each other. They're from an era where smart phones were not even invented and emojis were not part of the international vernacular. Writing press releases and issuing bills and debating them (much less debating them in the eighties and nineties) is something that requires emotional investment, time, and energy. Not only that sustaining a forum based game requires all kinds of time commitments that can't be put on an app. Consequently, not a lot of people do it. And that number won't increase for forum based games. So, as we get smaller, we also become more personal. As I told people in my address on becoming Chief Administrator that long standing history has bred a sort of ease in having deep personal conflicts. As a note, they've always been around but we could easily weather them in a 30, 40, or 50 member game. Our problems increase in a five or ten member game obviously. The big factor is that people can exit and find other social mediums. People assume people come back but year over year that's increasingly less likely. Technology and political polarization and disagreement on partisan politics has ensured that. Anyway. At this point I'm just going to state the obvious. The solutions lie with the community. They lie with people who need to either care about rebuilding bridges (or not) and maintaining a community and maintaining the kind of respect for one another that is necessary for these places. The AB can't and isn't in the business of policing people and telling them how to behave towards one another (unless we have to step in) and more to the point, I don't want to police people for failing to have basic social skills to operate in a social group. If you operate in an adversarial and hostile fashion towards others in a community medium that isn't in high demand I think the apparent response shouldn't surprise you - either disengagement (the route most people end up taking) or hostile push back. I feel this is basic social knowledge but apparently it needs saying. Conversely if you are generally adversarial in a community that also breeds the disengagement and hostile push back. And obviously stated it's not helpful to communities that aren't in high demand. Anyway, I'm not going to alter the stated course of plans. We'll be making a few announcements, such as election reform (two graders, taking different approaches) and complaints (all complaints from the election will be public as well as some recent ones, with personal information redacted). The schedule has been updated with Senate registration beginning tomorrow. There's a whole segment on backrooms and cliques but that's for another day. To conclude, the reset is in your hands and whether it succeeds and fails is entirely your responsibility as a community.
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    Name: Emerson Lattimer Character Avatar's Name: Thad Cochran Date of Birth: January 23, 1941 (78) Place of Birth: Hoquiam, Washington Residence: Juneau, Alaska Educational Background: BA, University of Alaska Anchorage (1962) Professional Background: Government bureaucrat: 1962-1973 Staffer to Ted Stevens: 1973-1983 Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission public member: 1983-1986 US Senator: 1987-2005; 2011-present (Senate class 3) Visiting fellow at the Cato Institute on energy policy: 2005-2008 Government relations advisor to Walmart, BP, and other organisations, and their associated philanthropic foundations: 2005-2009 Investor, public speaker, GOP adviser, and elections guru: 2005-2009 Born in Hoquiam, Washington, Emerson (then known as Junior) was the second oldest of five children into a working class family. After his father, Emerson Senior, was killed in the Pacific Front, his mother, Caroline Lattimer, married her former brother-in-law, Lenny Lattimer. Lenny was a successful contractor with a middle class life and all the trappings that that brought, and in 1950, moved the family to Alaska to exploit the many business opportunities and vacancies there. As he grew up, Emerson was enamoured with the politics surrounding the state’s creation, and up until his election to the US Senate worked predominantly in public service, bar the occasional summer break job while in school. Upon graduating while majoring in public administration, the still nascent state government, and the highly prominent federal government, offered many different bureaucratic jobs, positions Lattimer cut his teeth on. He was seen as a young whiz kid, able to be moved from position to position. Among the agencies he worked at were the Departments of Fish and Game, Transportation and Public Facilities, and Revenue. He also went into secondment at the Department of Interior for two years. He spent the longest time, five years, at the Department of Natural Resources, where he often got his hands dirty travelling the state and helped reestablish the Oil and Gas Conservation Committee. It was while doing this that he formed a close working relationship with Ted Stevens, the Senator whose work he had long admired, and in 1973, left the state government to work for Senator Stevens. He served as a legislative aide and then as director of constituent services, forming a considerable local profile by both introducing the Senator at many public meetings and for serving as a spokesman for the Senator when he was away. Detecting his talent and that they formed a strong team, in 1980, Stevens convinced Lattimer to run for a State House seat in Anchorage. Lattimer dropped the bid, allowing a near-automatic Democratic pickup due to the failure of the party to appoint a replacement. The stress of campaigning was too much, and Stevens saw a better opportunity for Lattimer to boost his profile by serving as a pointman for a new documentary on the politics behind Alaska’s history. Throughout the rest of the 1980s, Lattimer continued working for Stevens. Expecting Senator Frank Murkowski to retire, Stevens decided to elevate a few of his political allies to fight for the seat. Emerson Lattimer was thus put forward as the public member of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. When 1986 rolled about, however, Murkowski decided not to retire. Incredulous at the switch, and having changed his view on electoral politics, Lattimer mounted a primary bid anyway. One rumour has it was that he did so to please his three young children, having married and started a family seven years prior. With Stevens’s loyalties torn, Lattimer was able to win by a .08% margin, and promptly triumphed in the general. His first term was from 1987 to 1993, his second term 1993 to 1999, his third and (initially) final term from 1999 to 2005. His tenure was effective yet attracted little notoriety outside of Alaska, and he sought no major committee chairmanships, no leadership position, no big bills with his name on them, and worked quietly through amendments and appropriations. Back home, though, he was seen as one of the great Alaskans who could bring home the bacon. He admitted that his function as a Senator was to support such greats as Ted Stevens and Don Young in their duties, letting them be the vanguard. He was something of a conservative firebrand when “off the leash”, being vocal in the culture wars, his support for Reagonomics, and his unrelenting Cold Warrior mentality. He was an early supporter of climate change denialism and often used dog whistle rhetoric when campaigning. During his short absence from the Senate, Lattimer made the most out of the revolving door. He emphasised his frequent op ed pieces and insisted he had spent most of the time writing, allegedly having around ten books in development when he was called back into politics, on everything from political philosophy to thriller novels. He also served as a Cato Institute visiting fellow, before splitting with them acrimoniously when, in May 2008, he called for military intervention in Burma to secure aid deliveries after Cyclone Nargis. He spent much of his time drifting between various advisory boards and lobbying gigs, the lecture circuit, and discussion centres about philanthrocapitalism, where he often argued, quite vociferously, for billionaires to use their clout to enforce neoliberal economic policies and boost their profits while at the same time developing. He also helped GOP candidates around the country in building up strong local parties, including in traditionally blue states. These high-paying jobs, combined with a shrewd investment strategy that rode the recession well, made Lattimer a multimillionaire. In 2010, Lattimer was the target of recruitment efforts by Alaska’s establishment Republican wing, his energy and name recognition, plus connections with deep-pocketed DC interests, seen as the best path to hold the seat against an insurgent Tea Party candidate. After much dithering, including divesting from his more controversial business interests, Lattimer did not run, and the primary candidate who the establishment coalesced around was defeated in the primary. That coaxed Lattimer out of retirement, and he started an aggressive write-in campaign to regain his seat. His business interests were passed onto his son, who was also giving his materials to attempt to publish the numerous book ideas Lattimer had formed. The handover was done in a way to minimise tax obligations: when his Republican opponent criticised him for this, Lattimer responded in the debate with “don’t tread on me!” He was also accused of improper campaign spending disclosure, to which his response was “well, I’m sorry I don’t remember all the insider regulations of politics”. By blurring the ideological boundaries, Lattimer prevented his opponent from monopolising the Tea Party base, and successfully appealed to enough crossover Democrats, including Natives, to win with a 3.5% margin. Lattimer has struck a more moderate profile since returning to the Senate, the old era of bipartisan working and heavy earmarking having passed, leaving him somewhat out of place. The increasingly acrimonious tone of politics was enough to shock even a former practitioner of grandstanding and provocation, and he found himself increasingly at odds with first the Tea Party and then the Trump campaign. Loyal and now rather diffident, he avoids public fights, but has moved to the centre, as both his own views mellow and his largely for-show brand of angry conservatism looks quaint compared to the likes of Ted Cruz and the Freedom Caucus.
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    Did Ron Paul win the Presidential Election in 2012?
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    I have directed the Administrative Board to implement a clean reset and informed the owner of such. No positions will carry over. Each member of the Administrative Board voted to reset and to institute a clean and full reset. That includes myself, Ed, Brink, and Fitzgerald. The events of the past month convince me that a clean reset is necessary, probably along a time line closer to the modern-day era. As for a clean reset, the simple reality is that I feel that burying the reset completely would be the best solution going forward. That's something I want to do, but the administration has agreed that this is the best way for the community and the game to move forward. I don't want to bring over old ghosts, so to speak, while also realizing that this is to some extent unavoidable; as a result, we have decided to take the approach that we believe will minimize this. In addition, we hope that a clean reset will bring in new and old players and revitalize our community numbers. Speaking of which, I want to take a moment to thank President Anderson for his work on the reset, as well as all players. These last few months have not been an easy journey for the administration, the players, or the community as a whole: but I speak for myself and the administration when I say that I admire the passion and commitment so many of you brought to the table, if not always the ways in which that was expressed. Lastly, I have informed Ed his resignation is refused. He has fought this but has ultimately agreed to stay on in a reduced position as Foreign Policy administrator and pursue other projects in the community on a journeyman basis. I would like to announce that Ed has my complete trust and I believe him an indispensable man who ensures I do not always get my way and represents viewpoints I sorely need to hear, even if I wind up extremely frustrated at times. We are often on differing sides of debates but he has made me a better Chief Administrator and he is a man I'm grateful to have on my AB. And he is an asset to this community. He and Kyle Fitzgerald will be in charge of designing the reset. Thank you.
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    Will we need to do the confirmation process for William Barr and a SoD?
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    The Senate will start out at 53 Republicans and 45 Democrats and Democratic aligned 2 independents. The House will sit at 236 Democrats and 199 Republicans, with the NC seat assumed to be going to the Democrats in a special election.
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    Character Name: Donald Trump Political Party: Republican Seat Held: 45th President of the United States Date of Birth: June 14, 1946 Place of Birth: Queens, New York City Place of Residence: The White House/Trump Tower Race/Ethnicity: White Gender: Male Religious Affiliation: Protestant Family Information: Spouses: Ivana Zelníčková (m. 1977; div. 1992) Marla Maples (m. 1993; div. 1999) Melania Knauss (m. 2005) Children: Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, Barron Educational History: The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania '68 (BS in Economics) Occupational History: The Trump Organization (1968-2016), President of the United States (2017-present)
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    Character Name: Chester Arthur "Chet" Winger Political Party: Democratic Seat Held: Senator for North Carolina (Class-III) Date of Birth: July 11th, 1960 Place of Birth: Clayton, North Carolina Place of Residence: Greensboro, North Carolina Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian Gender: Male Religious Affiliation: Episcopalian Family Information: Sgt. Lee Winger III (b. 1937, d. 1969) m. Andrea Winger (née Stapleton) (b. 1939, d. 1998) Daniel Winger (b. 1957) Chet Winger (b. 1960) m. Dr. Dianne Winger (née Church) (b. 1960) Lee Winger IV (b. 1985) Brett Winger (b. 2010) Charlotte Claire (née Winger) (b. 1986) Andrew Claire (b. 2009) Sarah Claire (b. 2011) Sgt. Richard Winger (b. 1988) Educational History: Clayton High School (Class of '78) North Carolina State University (B.S., Agricultural Business Management, Class of '82, M.B.A., Class of '84) Occupational History: Owner and Operator, Green Mountain Tree Farms (1985 - 2007) Mayor of Greensboro, North Carolina (2010 - 2017) Senator for North Carolina (2017 - present) Biography: Chet was born to humble beginnings in the town of Clayton, North Carolina, in 1960. The son of a soldier and a stay-at-home mother, Chet was loved and supported from a young age. He lost his father in the late '60s, who was killed in the Vietnam War. His family lived through several tough times following, but the Wingers endured, dedicated to the memory of their deceased father. From a young age, he and his elder brother, Daniel, worked their way through school in various odd jobs. With an intense dedication and ambition, Chet earned a scholarship to North Carolina State University. There, he met his future wife, Dianne Church. At the university, he studied Agricultural Business Management, eventually earning a Master's in Business Administration by 1984. After graduating, Chet used his and Dianne's meager savings and various loans, from the bank and his in-laws, to purchase a small Christmas tree farm in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. Though it was risky, with business savvy, dedication, and a good dose of luck, Chet grew the farm from a failing business into a profitable one, eventually becoming the largest Christmas tree mogul in the state. Though it may seem a meager business to those outside of the know, North Carolina's Christmas tree industry is the second-largest in the country, behind only Oregon, and is worth over a hundred million. Green Mountain Tree Farms, as he named the business, became the largest in the state and won the honor of providing the White House Christmas trees in 1995, 1997, and 2005. He would eventually sell off Green Mountain Tree Farms in 2007, becoming a millionaire in the process. Chet first began to get involved in the political scene in 2000, when he supported Mike Easly for Governor. He would continue to endorse and support Democratic candidates throughout the state, but did not express public interest in any office until 2009, when he ran for the position of Mayor in Greensboro, his home city for the past fifteen years. He had previously been named as a potential candidate for Congress in North Carolina's 6th in 2008, but declined. He would narrowly win the mayoral election in 2009 and served the city well-enough to be re-elected by a larger margin in 2013. Instead of pursuing a third term as Mayor, Chet ran for Senate in 2016, challenging incumbent Richard Burr. Chet would win the Democratic primary against former State Representative Deborah K. Ross, characterizing himself as a "modern Democrat". He would narrowly beat out Burr, by less than two points, in the General Election. Following a recount that verified the result, Winger would be declared the victor and was sworn in as Senator on January 3rd, 2017. Since his victory, Winger has been characterized as, variously, a Blue Dog Democrat, a New Democrat, and a libertarian Democrat. Winger is around the party line on healthcare and in labor, supporting strengthening the Affordable Care Act and raising the minimum wage, at least by some amount. He is personally pro-life, but states that Roe v. Wade is "settled law" and says the government has no right to interfere in the bodily autonomy of any person. He supports "common-sense" gun restrictions and is a gun owner. Winger supports raising taxes on the hyper-rich while lowering them for middle-class Americans and has been critical of Donald Trump and the Republican Party's immigration policy and tax plan. While Mayor of Greensboro, Chet was a member of the Democratic Freedom Caucus, but left the group before becoming a Senator. Though successful in business and public life, Chet maintains his greatest achievement are his personal ones. He married Doctor Dianne Church in 1983 and had three children, Lee, Charlotte, and Richard, in 1985, 1986, and 1988, as well. His mother, Andrea, passed away in 1998, while his brother currently lives in Raleigh, working as a civil engineer. He has three grandchildren, the firstborn being Andrew, born in 2009.
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    Looks good to me. Welcome to the game! Please consider obtaining a Telegram and joining our Main Chat; of which I can furnish an invite to you.
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    Giovanni “Gio” Pagnotto (R-NJ) Name: Giovanni “Gio” Pagnotto Date of Birth: July 4th, 1967 Place of Birth: Tottenville, Staten Island, New York Place of Residence: Allendale, New Jersey Party: Republican Political Ideology: Centrist Republican Religion: Roman Catholic Family Background: Dad: Frank Pagnotto (b.1938) Mom: Sandra Pagnotto (nee Freeman) (b.1940) (d.2012) Brother: James “Jimmy” Pagnotto (b.1970) Wife: Amanda Pagnotto (nee Romero) (b.1977) (m.1995) Son: Kevin Pagnotto (b.1996) Son: John “Johnny” Pagnotto (b.1999) Educational Background: B.A in Public Administration at Rutgers University (class of 1989) Occupational Background: Quarterback, New York Jets (1989-1994) Quarterback, Chicago Bears (1994-1998) Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens (1998-2001) Quarterback, New York Jets (2002) Founder/ CEO, Pagnotto Foundation (1994-2010) U.S Representative, New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District (2011-2015) U.S Senator, New Jersey Class 2 Seat (2015-present) Giovanni “Gio” Pagnotto was born in Tottenville, Staten Island, New York on July 4th, 1967 to high school football coach Frank Pagnotto and nurse Sandra Pagnotto. He is the older brother of Jimmy Pagnotto. Early on in life, he developed a love of the two things his dad enjoyed, football and politics. His dad would take him and his younger brother to the high school practices and games to surround Gio and Jimmy with football. Once Gio got to high school, he played under his dad as starting varsity Quarterback for all four years of his high school career. He did exceptionally well, breaking school records and leading the team to the State title twice. He wasn't recruited as much as his brother did (his brother was a star wide receiver), but got a full ride scholarship to play football at Rutgers, which he accepted. While at Rutgers, he was redshirted in his freshman year, learning the system and working on his accuracy. By the time his Sophomore, he redshirt freshman year came around, he competed for the starting job. He didn’t win the starting job at first, but he got into his first game after their starting quarterback got injured. It was already a blowout loss for Rutgers, but Gio showed signs of greatness in the game. He officially took the starting job and never looked back. During his redshirt Junior year (his real senior year), he was getting looked at by NFL scouts, citing he could be a great 3rd-4th round pick for a team. Afterwards, failing to find a master degree he would enjoy, he decided to skip his final year of eligibility and entered the NFL draft. Scouts liked his improvement of his accuracy and his throwing power, but had questions about his awareness and his size. He blew them away at his pro day, but performed average at the NFL combine. He was selected with the 70th pick (3rd round) by the New York Jets. Staying local, the Jets were happy to select him as they’ve been watching him since the beginning of his college career. He started his career with the Jets as the backup, but gained the starting role after poor performance of the Jets starting quarterback. He played above average, but didn’t wow anyone with his play. In 1994, he got traded to the Chicago Bears. He was their starter and did better than expected, leading them to the playoffs in his second season. He got injured halfway through the 1996 season, and never returned to his peak performance. He got released by the Chicago Bears in 1998 and sign with the Baltimore Ravens, providing that veteran experience to their younger quarterback. In 2000, the Baltimore Ravens won the super bowl, however Gio only played in the last few minutes of the 4th quarter. He resigned with the Ravens on a one year deal for the 2001 season. After nothing notable happening there, he went on to sign with the New York Jets in 2002, and retiring after the 2002 season. In 1994, shortly before moving to Chicago, he started the Pagnotto Foundation. The Pagnotto Foundation raised money to open up soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and helped homeless people restart their life. He opened up their headquarters in Little Italy (Manhattan). He had his father run the company during the NFL season, and Gio ran it during the off season. Gio took it over full time in 2003, after retiring from the NFL. In 2010, he stepped down as CEO, giving the position to a old college friend under the stipulation that when his son, Kevin, graduates from college, he steps down and let Kevin run the foundation (Johnny plans on playing basketball), so Gio can run for Congress. He challenged Scott Garrett in the primary, defeating him 51%-49%. He then, after a tough campaign cycle, he won 52%- 48%. He faced little opposition in his time in Congress, being a generally liked Congressman by both sides of the aisle. In 2015, Gio decided to run for U.S Senate and won the very crowded primary with 30%, with the next opponent had 22%. He then faced incumbent Cory Booker. This was considered an uphill battle for Gio and most political pundits wrote him off. However, Gio out performed Booker in the 3 televised debates and out campaigned him. Election night arrived, and still most the pundits believed that this race was Booker’s, though gonna be closer than they originally thought. At first, CNN, CBS, MSNBC, and ABC called the election right when the polls closed, however throughout the night, Gio’s early lead didn’t shrink as fast as they thought it would and all of those networks took back their called race and put it back under their undecided columns. At 11:54 pm EST, the impossible happened, and all the major news networks called the race and declared Gio the victor, 49.9%-49.8%. Many political pundits call it “the second biggest upset of the decade”, behind Larry Hogan’s victory in Maryland in 2014. During his time in the Senate, he has been described as the “most bipartisan senator”. In his free time, Gio spends time with his family and friends in his home in Allendale, New Jersey. He is also a huge fan of the Nets, Rangers, Yankees, and, of course, New York Jets. He still attends New York Jets home games, if he has time. He also volunteers at soup kitchens and still keeps in contact with his foundation, which his son Kevin has recently taken over, after graduating from Columbia University. His son, Johnny, plays college basketball for University of Michigan, where he got a scholarship to play at. His brother, Jimmy, is a State Senator in New Jersey (in Cape May), which he became after retiring from the NFL.
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    Character Name: Robert HatfieldPolitical Party: RepublicanSeat Held: Pennsylvania (III)Date of Birth: January 10th, 1960Place of Birth: Radnor, PennsylvaniaPlace of Residence: Oil City, PennsylvaniaRace/Ethnicity: WhiteGender: MaleReligious Affiliation: First Presbyterian Church, Oil City (Presbyterian Church, USA)Family Information: Diane Hatfield (m. 1982), son Robert Hatfield, Jr. (b. 1984), daughter Sarah Hatfield (b. 1986)Educational History: United States Military Academy, West Point: BA in Defense and Strategic Studies (1978-1982), The University of Pittsburgh, MA in Security and Intelligence Studies (1998-1999).Occupational History: US Army (1982-1998)-US Army Reserve (1998-2009), Oil City Council Member (2000-2008), Pennsylvania State Senator (R-21) (2008-2016), National Guard of Pennsylvania (2009-2017), US Senator (2016-current), Inactive National Guard of Pennsylvania (2017-current) Colonel Robert Hatfield was born on January 10th, 1960. His father, who was drafted into the Army, was killed in 1969 in Vietnam. Hatfield, following in the footsteps of his father, attended West Point and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation in 1982. In 1983, due to an Army reorganization, he was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment and was stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas, and obtaining Captain and being assigned to company Alpha Company of the 5th battalion in 1986. Being deployed into Iraq for Operation Desert Storm, he was a part of one of the few Division-Level ground engagements during the battle of Objective Norfolk. During the battle, his company waas the lead formation and the first to come under small arms fire. While leading his unit from the front while under fire, he was able to coordinate the destruction of 4 APC's. After the company had consumed all of their TOW launchers, using his night vision goggles, he personally directed heavy machine gun fire against the remaining vehicles. At one point, noticing through his goggles that one of his men had a jammed weapon, he sprinted through enemy fire and helped unjam the weapon. For his bravery, he was awarded a Silver Star. In 1992, he was promoted to the rank of Major and became the second in command of 5th battalion which was redeployed to Germany. In 1998, he transferred to the US Army Reserve and was allowed to attend school at the University of Pittsburgh for his Master's in Defense and Strategic Studies as part of the AGP program while living in Oil City, Pennsylvania where he began to rub shoulders with the community. During this time, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel as part of that program, and upon completion was assigned as second in command of the 110th Regiment of the US Army Reserve in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. That same year, Hatfield ran for and won a city council seat in Oil City. In 2004, he was promoted to Colonel. In 2008, he ran for and became a State Senator in Pennsylvania, and as a result did not renew his Army Reserve contract the following year, opting instead to join the Pennsylvania National Guard in an Administrative position. Becoming a US Senator in 2016, Colonel Hatfield was rotated to the Inactive National Guard of Pennsylvania in 2017.
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    I'm tempted to reject this for being too Call of Duty. That said, it skates on the border between unrealistic and realistic. I'll approve it but tone down the SPRINT THROUGH ENEMY COMBAT KILLING THEM ALL section and edit it.
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    Approved. Note: California has two "Democratic" primaries - basically, one in June and one in November. The Jungle Primary means top 2 advance to the November runoff. (Usually, two Democrats make it).
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    U.S. Senator Orson Wilder(R-West Valley City) Name: Orson Joel Wilder Avatar: Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Birth: February 1st, 1963, in Green River, Wyoming Residence: West Valley City, Utah Religion: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Seat: Utah Party: Republican Party Family Info: His parents are George and Romina Wilder. He is an only child. His wife is Cassandra Wilder(married June 8th 1988), and he has two sets of twin sons, Joseph & Jacob(b. November 17th, 1989), and Porter & Wyatt(January 23rd, 1992). Joseph is married to Hannah Wilder(married July 8th, 2013). They have three children (Orson II, born December 1st, 2015, Xavier, born January 22nd, 2017 and Brigham, born February 2nd, 2018). Jacob is married to Katherine Wilder(married June 19th, 2012). They have three children (Eric, born May 2nd, 2013, Fred, born July 17th, 2015, and James, born October 11th, 2018). Porter is married to Alyssa Wilder(married July 1st, 2015). They have 2 children(Melinda, born March 22nd, 2017, and Victoria, born August 15th, 2018). Wyatt is married to Nicole Wilder(married August 31, 2017). They have one child(Nathaniel, born December 23rd, 2018). Education: Graduated Brigham Young University in May 1988 with a BBA in Accounting. Obtained Master's Of Business Administration from Marriot School of Business(BYU) in December 1989. CPA earned in 1990. Occupational History: LDS Missionary from 1982 to 1984 to Singapore Student from 1984 to 1989 at Brigham Young University Internal Revenue Officer, 1990 to 1992 Chief of Staff to U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. to Singapore, 1992-1993 Member of Salt Lake County Council, 1993-2001 - Chairman of the Salt Lake County Council, 1999-2001 Vice Director General/Senior Executive Board member of the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Organizing Committee, 2001-2002 Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, 2002-2005 Chief Financial Officer for Real Salt Lake, 2005-2008 Chief Financial Officer for the Utah Jazz, 2008-2010 United States Senator for Utah, 2011-present Long Form Biography: Orson was born as an only child to Mormon parents, George and Romina, whose distant ancestors had both pioneered across the country with Joseph Smith himself. He grew up in a small community, on a farm in Wyoming, learning how to take care of livestock. He lived on that farm, earning high marks in high school and earning a scholarship to Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. Before leaving, however, he completed his two year LDS mission, working in Singapore. After he came back from his mission, he went to school at BYU, and in four years, earned his undergraduate degree. He stayed an extra year to get his MBA, and earned his CPA designation the next winter. While at Brigham Young University, he was able to meet the love of his life, Cassandra, who was a Mormon from Salt Lake City, who studied architecture. They got married at the end of their time, and have had two sets of twin sons, as well as grandchildren from all four of them. He worked for the IRS for 3 years in Salt Lake City, commuting from the nearby suburb of West Valley City. He was active in local politics at the time, in proximity to the state capitol, which had always been so fascinating to him. That was when he met Jon Huntsman Jr. at a state party fundraiser, a connection he made that he described as the ‘second smartest decision I’ve ever made- after marrying Cassandra’. They stayed in touch, remaining friends and professional acquaintances. At that point, he was able to earn his first foray into politics, when Jon Huntsman Jr. was appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to Sinagpore, and asked his good friend from home, Orson Wilder, to serve as his Chief of Staff- back in the country where Wilder was a missionary. After discussions with his wife, he brought his family to Sinagpore in June 1992, where they lived until Huntsman’s term expired in January of 1993. Going back home, he wanted to remain involved in politics, and he decided to run for the County Council, the legislative body for Salt Lake county. In his suburban he was able to win election in 1993, and win re-election in 1997, even becoming the Chairman of the Committee in 1999. When he was gearing up for a third campaign in 2001, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee was in crisis. Mitt Romney had been called upon to fix the Olympic Committee, and when he was asking around for members to join him on the Committee’s executive board, Jon Huntsman Jr. recommended Orson. Orson accepted, and joined the committee. He stayed on the committee through the end of the Paralympic Games, seen as an integral part of Mitt Romney’s turnaround of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. He was able to use that momentum to secure an appointment to the federal government from the younger President Bush, as he was appointed the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. He stayed there for 3 years, thoroughly enjoying the job. He left when an opportunity came, however, to go back to the sports scene in Utah. He was offered the position of Chief Financial Officer for the newly found Real Salt Lake MLS team back home, and considered the payraise that came with it, he gladly accepted and took his family back home. He stayed in the position for three years, until he was promoted in early 2008 to Team President, a position he stayed in until 2010. IN early 2010, he resigned his position to make what would be the biggest political gamble of his life- to make a run for federal office. Everyone in Utah knew that Senator Bob Bennett was on the ropes, and with the unique convention to primary system the Utah GOP was operating at the time, he figured the three-term incumbent would be in tough shape. Bob Bennett was eliminated on the third ballot, and him and Mike Lee were the top two finishers at the State Party Convention, and they faced off in the primary. While Mike Lee was slightly more conservative than him, in this year where Republicans were coming forward with all kinds of energy, Orson Wilder had some connections. With both the Huntsman and Romney families behind him, due to his work earlier in his career with two of the country’s most famous Mormons, he was a fundraising juggernaut. He outspent Mike Lee 3 to 1 in the primary, and he squeaked out a victory, winning 51% of the vote to Mike Lee’s 49%. And, being Utah in 2010, he cruised to victory, winning 65% of the vote in the General Election. Torn being the Huntsmans and the Romneys, he didn’t endorse in the GOP primary until Jon Huntsman dropped out, and quickly endorsed Mitt Romney after that happened. In the 2016 election cycle, he was noteworthy for being an early public advocate of Mitt Romney running again, though Mitt Romney decided not to run. While he cruised without serious opposition in both the primary and general in 2016 in his own race, he was one of those seen as an early critic of President Trump, as were many Utah Republicans, most prominent among them Mitt Romney. He did not endorse Trump until the convention, though he withdrew his endorsement after the Access Hollywood tapes. He was reportedly “floored” at Trump’s win in 2016, though he pledged to work with the eventual 45th President of the United States ‘for the betterment of Utahns and all Americans.’
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    Luke Recks Republican Senator for Arizona Full Name: Luke Thomas Recks Avatar: John Key Date of Birth: April 2, 1962 (57 in 2019) Place of Birth: Scottsdale, AZ Place of Residence: Fountain Hills, AZ State and Class: Arizona, Class 3 Party: Republican Party  Ideology and Faction: Libertarian Republican/Tea Party  Religion: Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod  Family History: Parents: John Recks and Nancy Recks (nee Thompson) (m. 1959) Wife: Wendy Recks (nee Robertson) (m. 1987) Children: Jacob (b. 1989), Michael (b. 1990), Stacy (b. 1993), and John (b. 1995) Grandchildren: 1 (as of 2019) Educational History: Chaparral High School (1976-1980) University of Chicago; BA in Economics (1980-1984) New York University; PhD in Economics (1992-1996) Occupational History: Legislative Assistant; US Senator Barry Goldwater (1984-1987) Legislative Director; Arizona Governor Evan Mecham (1987-1988) Vice President for Policy; Goldwater Institute (1988-1992) Campaign Chairman; Evan Mecham for Senate (1992) Senior Economic Policy Fellow; Cato Institute (1996-2003) Arizona State Senator; Legislative District 8 (2005-2011) US Congressman; Arizona's 5th Congressional District (2011-2013) US Congressman; Arizona's 6th Congressional District (2013-2015) US Senator; Arizona Class 3 (2017-Present) Detailed Biography: Senator Luke Recks, Republican of Arizona, was born on April 2, 1962 in Scottsdale, Arizona. His father's family had settled in Scottsdale in 1912, the year Arizona acquired statehood. The Recks family ran a number of successful small businesses in Old Town Scottsdale, and also owned a sizeable share in the McDowell Ranch. Luke's father, John Recks, was a real estate developer in the northeast valley, responsible for giving much of Phoenix its distinctive suburban character. John Recks married Wendy Robertson in 1959, and the couple had three children. Luke was the middle child, and he attended Chaparral High School from 1976 to 1980. There, he earned Eagle Scout and played on the high school football team. Meanwhile, John Recks ran (unsuccessfully) for Mayor of Scottsdale, losing to Herb Drinkwater in 1980. Luke, who had developed a passion for politics during his fater's campaign, carried this with him as he pursued a degree in economics from the famous University of Chicago. While at the University of Chicago, Luke Recks became Chairman of the Illinois College Republicans and was actively involved in research at the edge of politics and economics. Upon graduation, Recks was hired by the famed US Senator Barry Goldwater as a legislative assistant. Serving from 1984 to 1987, at the tail-end of Goldwater's time in office, Recks primarily worked on fiscal conservative issues as well as issues involving the economy. After Goldwater's retirement, Luke Recks returned to Arizona from DC and worked as Legislative Director for the ill-fated Governor Evan Mecham. Recks was fond of Mecham's no-nonsense manner of speaking (something he later compared to President Trump's manner of speaking). Nonetheless, Mecham was impeached and removed from office after a little over a year in office, despite the lack of any criminal wrong-doing. Following this short stint at the state capitol, Recks helped co-found the Goldwater Institute, named after his political mentor and ascribing to a staunch limited-government approach to policy. Recks was the Vice President of Policy until 1992, when he chaired Mecham's independent bid to unseat Senator John McCain in his first term. Recks, like Mecham, was concerned by McCain's drift towards moderation and the Keating Five scandal. Mecham managed to secure 11% of the vote, a large share for an independent candidate, but after the election Recks returned to school: this time pursuing an economics doctorate at NYU under Israel Kirzner. Kirzner, a prominent Austrian economist who had studied under Ludwig von Mises, helped develop Recks' economic philosophy of the importance of the entrepreneur. Recks wrote his doctoral dissertation on Entrepreneurship and the Political Environment, where he strongly advocated for the primacy of the rule of law in establishing norms for economic growth to occur (a largely Hayekian conception of the rule of law). Upon earning his PhD, Recks went on to work as the Senior Economic Policy Fellow at the DC-based Cato Institute, before returning home to Arizona in 2003. There, Recks ran a successful bid to serve as State Senator from District 8, which encompassed Scottsdale and Fountain Hills (the northeast Phoenix metro area). While at the state legislature, Recks was a prominent libertarian conservative voice. He opposed much of Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano's agenda, and urged support for Libertarian nominee Bob Barr in the 2008 presidential election (over John McCain). He was considered a potential challenger to Jan Brewer in the 2010 gubernatorial election, but instead opted to challenge US Congressman Harry Mitchell (D-AZ-5). Edging out Maricopa County Treasurer David Schweikert in the primary, Recks would go on to win amid the Tea Party wave of 2010. While in Congress, Luke Recks served as a member of the Tea Party Caucus, Liberty Caucus, and Freedom Caucus. He staunchly opposed the Obama administration agenda. His legislative focus has primarily been in economic policy, where he had developed a substantial background in his previous educational and professional posts. In 2014, Recks decided to run in a crowded primary field for the gubernatorial election. He was narrowly edged out by Doug Ducey. Many long-time Arizona political commentators saw this as a rematch of the McCain-Mecham rivalry of the early 1990s, with Recks falling to Ducey's right. Having sought the governor's office, Recks was out of Congress in 2015. He immediately set his sights on the 2016 Senate election, and multi-term incumbent John McCain. Recks, a big name in the Arizona libertarian and Tea Party conservative circles, generated major backing from the grassroots of the Arizona Republican Party. McCain eventually announced that he would not be seeking re-election in 2016, allowing Luke Recks to secure the nomination. He would then defeat Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick in the general election. Recks was sworn into the Senate in 2017. While in the Senate, he has been a major supporter of economic policy reforms such as deregulation and tax cuts led by the Trump administration. Luke Recks has also been supportive of Trump's foreign policy instincts, including non-interventionism in the Middle East, but has been a critic of the prolonged trade-war tariff policy.
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    Everyone who isn't an admin should be demasked, if you are not, let me know.
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    Amended Schedule. Registration: February 14th, 15th, 16th. Round 1: February 17th, 18th. Poll Day: February 19th. Round 2: February 20th, 21st. Poll Day: February 22nd. . Round 3: February 23rd, 24th. Election Night: February 25th, 2019. 01. Minnesota (Swing): A Republican incumbent state but the incumbent doesn't run again. 02. California (Lean Democratic). An open seat in California. 03. Kentucky (Lean Republican): Freshman Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky passes on running for a second term after his 5,000 vote win and his polls show his historic unpopularity.
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    So, we have come to this. I filed my report. It has, to date, been my least favorite thing that I have had to do as a member of this community or any govsim community. While I know this will not be echoed in the back rooms and what not, I liked everyone involved in this dispute and I sincerely wish that I had seen nothing, heard nothing, and learned nothing. This was not something that I relished or enjoyed, and put a weight on my shoulders that I never wanted to carry. People are mad at me. That’s something I hate, but I can not change it. I accept it as a reality. I maintain that my investigation and my findings were as accurate as they could be with the material available to me, but I hated doing that and I never want to do that again. But I also know that hard, alienating decisions are part of being an administrator. If I can not do that and be at peace with myself, or handle the judgment of members of this community, then I do not believe that I am fit to act as an administrator. Ergo, I am pursuing this course of action. Reed has decided that we need two administrators for this coming election in order to prevent accusations of personal bias. I will assist Reed in this election. Then, I will be resigning as an administrator and I will, on my word, never resume such a role again. I love you all as a community, and most of you as people. I hope that, moving forward, we can focus more on love and mutual play than hate.

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