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  1. Bush: "I Will Not Be a Candidate For President in 1988" Washington D.C. - At a donor event in Washington, Vice President George Bush has definitively announced that he will not be a candidate for President in 1988. The announcement comes after much speculation over Lee Atwater, Bush's former exploratory committee chairman, announcing he would work with Congressman Anderson Kaine (R-IL) in 1988 and a lack of participation in recent events attended by potential GOP presidential primary candidates in key primary states like Iowa. Sources close to the Vice President indicate a desire to be with family and potential health complications as factors that contributed to Mr. Bush's desire to step away from consideration as a candidate. The decision by Vice President Bush to not contest the 1988 GOP presidential primary leaves an open field for a plethora of candidates to gain national attention. Who will emerge as the candidate ready to carry on the legacy of President Reagan? Only time will tell...
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    Election Announcements

    The House and Senate Election Threads have been released! The systems are relatively similar to last reset to allow for players to more efficiently assimilate into the system. Players will have the ability to compete in seven senate races across the country that will have a direct impact on house composition and senate composition. Note that the Senate will remain NPC-run and that winning a senate race does not translate to playing in the Senate in the next session of Congress.
  3. 1988 Senate Primary Election Calendar Registration Opens: 11/02 Registration Closes: 11/14 Platform Deadline: 11/15 Primary Round #1: 11/20 Primary Round #2: 11/25 Primary Day: 11/28
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    1988 Senate Election Rules

    1988 Senate Races Northeast: Connecticut - Battleground Rust Belt: Michigan - Lean Left Mid-Atlantic: Maryland - Lean Left Midwest and Plains States: Montana - Lean Right Deep South: Florida - Battleground Southwest: Nevada - Lean Right West Coast: California - Battleground
  5. Register here by posting the following: California Florida Connecticut Montana Mississippi
  6. The Basics Starting Your Race Fundraising Hours System of Campaigning Infrastructure Advertisements Penalties
  7. House Elections Rules and Costs Parties will target regions with rounds, in order to influence the House races. Each round, the Party can contest five regions with 3 talking points each. Components of a House Round 1. Talking Points: Parties should provide three talking points for the national party, directed for all candidates across the country. In addition, parties may contest up to five regions in each round with 3 talking points in each region. These talking points should be tailored to the region or the specific states within each region. 2. Infrastructure Spending: Parties can invest in GOTV or Targeted Outreach in each region. Costs are $350,000 per piece of infrastructure. There are no limits on amounts. 3. Surrogate Speeches: Parties can have members among their own ranks deliver a surrogate speech in a specific region. Parties are limited to a maximum of 3 surrogate speeches per round. Players that are native to the region they are speaking in will be more effective in messaging but House Leadership will be more effective in any region. 4. Advertisements: Parties can write and run advertisements during the campaign, with each advertisement's effectiveness based on its target, message, and quality. Advertising costs are as below. Print Ads: These ads run in newspapers for across the region. Parties should design a quarter-page advertisement to run in newspapers (should be more than just text) for a cost of $100,000. Parties may upgrade these costs for a half-page ad ($150,000) or a full-page ad ($250,000). Radio Ads: Radio advertisements should include text (with music and who is speaking) that runs roughly 30 seconds at a regular speaking speed (Admins will be checking). Each Radio Advertisement costs $200,000 to run it across half the region, or $400,000 to run a full-region ad. These ads can be extended to 60 seconds by doubling the price. They may be run on Drivetime radio by further multiplying the price by 5, on morning drivetime by multiplying by 3, and on noontime by multiplying by 2.. Each run of the advertisement should be priced individually. TV Ads: Parties should post a description of an advertisement that runs across a 15 second television spot. *be sure to set the scene and describe the mood of the piece*. Each TV Advertisement costs $400,000 to run it across half the region, or $800,000 to run a full-region ad. These ads can be extended to 30 seconds by doubling the price. They may be run on primetime TV by further multiplying the price by 5, and on Daytime TV by multiplying by 3. Each run of the advertisement should be priced individually. 5. Optional Faction Surrogate Speech: Every faction has the opportunity to give ONE optional faction surrogate speech to the region of their choosing. This can potentially boost the faction composition of the party within the targeted region. EX: If the GOP controls 27 seats in the Southwest and a Reaganite surrogate speech is given, the amount of Reaganite congressmen could increase within that 27 seat delegation. House Regions Northeast (NY, NH, ME, VT, CT, RI, MA, NJ, DE = 75 seats) Rust Belt (OH, PA, MI, TN, KY = 77 seats) Mid-Atlantic (WV, VA, NC, SC, MD = 39 seats) Midwest and Plains States (IL, IN, MN, WI, IA, MO, KS, NE, SD, ND, MT = 76 seats) Deep South (AL, AR, GA, MS, LA, FL, OK = 59 seats) Southwest (TX, AZ, NM, CO, NV, UT, WY = 47 seats) West Coast (CA, WA, OR, HI, ID = 62 seats)
  8. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. Seymour (for himself, Mr. Tilsley, Mr. Lawson, Mr. Augustus King, and Mr. Blackstone, with thanks to Mr. Rangel) introduced the following bill; A BILL To combat childhood poverty and enhance economic opportunities for all Americans. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.  This Act may be cited as the “Fighting Childhood Poverty Act”. SECTION 2. FINDINGS. (a) According to the Congressional Budget Office, children make up the largest single group among the poor in this country, and their numbers grew sharply between 1979 and 1983. (b) 59% of children in poverty belong to families that experience short-term working poverty, with 14% of children in poverty belonging to families that experience long-term working poverty. The remaining 28% of children in poverty belong to families that experience non-working poverty. (c) The United States has a number of underfunded programs aimed at reducing poverty. The aim of these policies must be to encourage families to move out of poverty through work and to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty. SECTION 3. TAX INCENTIVES TO FIGHT POVERTY. (a) The Targeted Jobs Tax Credit, which is due to lapse on December 31, 1989, is hereby extended until December 31, 1991. (b) For income tax payers who fall below the federal poverty level, the maximum allowable value of the dependent care tax credit is expanded: (i) for one child, from $2400 to $3000; and (ii) for two or more children, from $4800 to $6000. SECTION 4. MANDATORY MEDICAID EXPANSION FOR POOR CHILDREN. All children (approximately 700,000) and pregnant women (approximately 100,000) in families with incomes below 65 50 percent of the federal poverty level are hereby statutorily covered under Medicaid. SECTION 5. APPROPRIATIONS. (a) There is hereby appropriated $100 million for the Job Training Partnership Act, earmarked for recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (allowing for the training of approximately 50,000 welfare recipients). (b) There is hereby appropriated $250 million for an additional 100,000 eligible children to participate in the Head Start early education program. SECTION 6. AFDC EXPERIMENTATION GRANTS. (a) There is established, in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Aid to Families with Dependent Children Experimentation and Improvement Grant. (b) The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services shall make annual grants to states with an approved AFDC plan so that such states can carry out special programs, projects, and experiments designed to reduce the dependency of individuals and families who are eligible for AFDC. The grants established under subsection (a) of this section shall be used for: (i) a supported work or diversion program for long-term adult recipients of such aid and other persons who have difficulty finding and obtaining employment; (ii) work experiments aimed at easing the transition of such individuals and families to jobs in the private sector; (iii) projects emphasizing the importance of additional schooling, job training, and other services; and (iv) other projects likely to reduce dependency. (c) No state shall use a grant under this section to mandatorily impose a work requirement upon recipients of AFDC. However, a state may issue incentives for AFDC recipients to engage in work in exchange for AFDC benefits. (d) A state is required to submit a plan which the Secretary approves before a grant will be made, and a recipient state is required to report to the Secretary on the use of the grant, including the effects of the experimentation or improvement project. (e) $50 million is hereby appropriated to the Department of Health and Human Services for the purposes of this section and issuing of grants. Reference: Section 3 et seq. Section 6 Estimated Total Cost: Per CBO, $1.25 billion per year (not accounting for Section 3(b)).
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