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Discussion in 'Politics' started by Erotic Adventures of S, Jun 2, 2019.

  1. Erotic Adventures of S

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    The discussion on the Indian election cycle in another thread prompted me to make this. Aside from the USA, our home countries and maybe a bit about a few other, I bet I am a lot of others here are quite ignorant of other countries local politics.

    I though this could be interesting for people to kind of give a state of government of their residence, even those from the states could do it for their local politics, I would love to hear from someone in Georgia now.

    For my home of New Zealand in TLDR format:

    We are a bit over half way through our current government turn, a left coalition fronted by Labour and their extremely popular leader. In my opinion a very charismatic leader fronting a bit of a weak party. The coalition is with the Greens who are hurting after a welfare scandal last election. And NZ first, our answer to Donald Trump but on his meds a bit more.

    The centre right party front opposition is a stronger party with a very weak leader. He needs to go for the party to gain traction.

    As for the last 50 years NZ is ticking along, no major scandals or drama. Our issues are societal ones, high mental mental health and family abuse issues amoungst the lower income and Maori and Pacific island community continue to be issues, leading to gangs and drugs.

    Our housing market is at the point of collapse thank god, it was very over valued, everyone I know is just waiting for the next recession to hit before making any life changes.
     
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    For California in general: Severe housing shortages are starting to impact our ballot in interesting ways, and can be seen in everything from High Speed Rail, to some pretty dramatic (although in my opinion, positive) proposed housing bills. Rent control has shown up as an issue in city-level elections as well.
     
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  4. Arthellion

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    My response to this is almost entirely anecdotal and based on conversations with friends, family, and facebook posts. Make of that for the larger georgia population as you will. I live in one of the larger cities in Georgia with a robust university, so my area is more liberal/more african american than the rural parts of the state. Just offering those disclaimers.

    Quick TLDR; My dad just cancelled our netflix account.

    Longer Summary: Kemp engaged in one of the biggest instances of disfranchisement since the Civil Rights era, but that doesn't matter as long as he fights to keep the illegals out and/or signs prolife legislation. The evangelicals in the state seem to have forgotten that serving the poor and needy is just as much of a command in scripture as fighting for life (technically more so).

    Economically, the state is still growing. The move of satellite comms to Fort Gordon and the funding to more cyber programs is basically turning Georgia into the east coast version of silocone valley insofar as it regards the kind of businesses/companies that are investing in the state. The culture is still very much Bible Belt.

    Education Wise: I think we are getting rid of the last vestiges of common core. The leglislation is on the table...

    Speaking with my African American friends, many of them plan to leave the state when they are able...but financially that really isn't feasible for many of them so its a pipe dream.

    On the more positive side, I've seen a drastic increase in adoption and foster care among those a bit older than myself. There are many taking seriously that need and are adopting children.

    Attitudes towards marijuana is increasingly more positive.

    The nerd population is Georgia is slowly growing. Can actually get a weekly DnD game going.

    UGA football is getting ready to sign another top 3 recruiting class. We got to beat Bama and Clemson, but we will definitely be highly ranked this year. Excite for what happens with that.

    People are likely more concerned over winning a college national championship than hollywood businesses leaving the state. There is a lot of resentment towards those companies and actors for condemning the prolife legislation.

    Anyways, just my rambling thoughts...
     
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    For France in general:
    We're living in interesting times, politically speaking. Once, we had two main parties, the Socialist Party (moderate left wingers, very different from Soviet socialists, these ones are called Communists in France), and a moderate right-wing party whose name has changed far too many times to count. This system wobbled with the rise of the far right (roughly from 2000 onwards) and crashed in 2017 when Emmanuel Macron got elected. Not having one of the old parties' representatives in the runoff was unprecedented.

    Today the political landscape is still in flux, with the far right being the largest party in opinion polls and in the European elections in May, with Macron's movement very close behind. The old parties are polling at about 5-10% (they used to be at around 30%) and still losing ground. The Socialist Party is almost gone, its leaders in retirement, creating weak splinter movements, or joining the far left or Macron. The right wing party (The Republicans) seems to be taking the same path, after the drubbing they received in May. The Greens made a good showing in the European elections, but they've done so before and nothing came of it.

    Macron and his movement are ruling currently. On the old right-left axis, they're in the middle, tilting to the right. But a newer axis is on the rise, the open-closed one (open economies, open borders, greater freedoms for individual and firms, vs the opposite, very roughly speaking). On that axis, Macron sits mostly on the open end, with the far right (Le Pen) and to a lesser extent the far left on the opposite side. And the old parties are being crushed in the middle.

    Most elections in France consist of a first round, which is kind of a free-for-all, and a runoff, if nobody got over 50% of the vote in the first round. Depending on the election, the runoff opposes the first two candidates/lists thereof, or those who rise above some kind of cutoff level of support (say, 10% of the voter rolls, which actually means for instance 15% of the vote, given the abstention level). This electoral system usually ensures stable, moderate majorities, because neither the far right nor the far left manage to get an outright majority in the runoff when they make it there. However, by the same process, local, regional and national assemblies do not reflect very well our opinions. Many French people feel ignored by politicians as a result.

    Macron and Marine Le Pen (far right leader) dominate their respective political movements. They are tailored for, and cemented by, their leaders' personalities and political choices. The other parties are now weak and prone to infighting, their platforms mostly ignored.

    The biggest political debates, in order of prominence, are the economy (by far the most important subject, with a high level of unemployment, 8.5%), then the environment, immigration/borders, State/government institutions reform.
     
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    Thy call themselves SuccDems these days. Or was it DemSuccs ?
     
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    Apparently Washington has the best economy in the US and one of the only major cities where house prices are falling. It makes me laugh as we are constantly called a liberal shithole running our state into the ground with a 15 dollar minimum wage and a 5+ billion public transportation package.
     
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    Don't forget the "SEE LIBRULS CANT FIX THE HOMELESS PROBLEM" until you ask them what they'd do about it, then it's "FUCK THOSE GUYS THEYRE HOMELESS AND DRAINING OUR TAX MONEY"
     
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    Are you experiencing a building boom? If not, that's not a very good sign.

    Otherwise, yay?
     
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    Some quick google-fu says that Seattle's got a pretty good construction business going right now. I dunno if it'd be considered a boom, but they're definitely building a bunch of things.
     
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    Yes. Seattle has been building 20k+ apartments a year (for the last five years) and thousands of townhomes. All-in-all, house prices skyrocketed in the last decade and are in a readjustment period. It's far better than almost any other major US city where prices are still going up for both rent and housing.
     
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    Colorado politics is in a strange spot, really. We’ve got a very liberal new governor and a blue house and senate that are basically pushing through every bit of legislation they can.

    Most of it is good. Some of it us fucking nonsense. (He vetoed a mandatory vaccination bill that was proposed by a republican. Colorado has the worst rate of childhood vaccinations in the country. If the measles epidemic hits here, it’s gonna be bad.)

    But the state still has a very large proportion of rural and military voters who are campaigning for a recall vote on the new governor that they’ve deluded themselves into thinking is actually going to pass.

    As for more local politics: Denver is dealing with severe growing pains. Housing, homeless, and public transit are our major issues.
    I think Denver is about to hit that point. We’ve had a similar building boom of apartments and townhomes. Rent prices have actually come down for the first time in for-fucking-ever this year. Might be we’ll see home prices drop.

    Our lack of public transit and the absolutely backasswards approach for building it, zoning downtown, and road expansion, has created a city where everyone drives. This was ok fifteen years ago, but now... not so much. Pollution is a major issue in winter due to a thermal inversion.

    Homelessness is becoming a severe issue here. The city of Denver passed a ban on “urban camping” because the problem got so bad and they were trying to force the homeless to start moving to new shelters built outside downtown. It worked. Kinda. But it has created a larger problem of police being responsible for enforcing it and arresting a shit pile of homeless people. We’re working on it.
     
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    That's closer to south Georgia...
     
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