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  1. I'm really beginning to think that the AI in v. 1.5.5 of PM4E - 2010 - British needs to be made quite a bit harder and that ads either need to become more expensive or that fundraising numbers need to be brought way down. I set up UK - 2005 (unmodified, official scenario) as Blair/Labour on Hard mode and instantly created 3 Billboard ads, one on Blair - Experience, one attacking Kennedy/LibDem - Experience, and another attacking Howard/Tories on "Troops in Iraq." I spent 250k on creating a 5-day national ad highlighting Blair's position on Troops in Iraq. I basically kept to my theme settings the whole campaign. I would run the ads for 7 days and then create another national ad highlighting Blair - Leadership. 2 positive ad campaigns, 2 negative ads. I relied on Crusaders to do my campaigning and spent my CPs either fundraising or earlier, securing endorsements, such as from The Sun on the 2nd day of the election. Nothing too elaborate or complex, but check these results: 602 seats for Labour and 56% of the vote. The Tories were limited to seats in London and were wiped out in the rest of the UK. LibDems got 2 in London and 1 in Scotland. For those who are wondering, this was the outlook just prior to polling day: Also, FWIW and to prove my earlier point about AI on Hard being way too soft, the other day I got 501 seats playing Dave on UK - 2010. Anyhow, a high score of 202.
  2. Good scenario, but you might want to fix the percentages in Newport News, Democrats are at 0%, GOP at 95%, and all 108 primary delegates automatically go to Creigh Deeds because he is listed first. Also, the interviewers are on their default settings; it's hard to imagine Brian Moran being a guest on Letterman. Adding some events would make this scenario really good also. The scenario starts on Nov. 1, 2008, so having an event like "Obama Elected President!" or something could help. A counter such as "VA GOP nominates McDonnell for Gov." with a like momentum boost would counter this well, since there really wasn't a VA Republican primary; McDonnell was nominated in a state convention. Just throwing it out there. Like I said, good job.
  3. Yes, but Blago might differ: --From 5 shocking revelations from the criminal complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (Chicago Tribune)
  4. Shall we add Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich as well?
  5. That's true...not to mention that if he had ran, most of the Dems would have dropped out of the race. I'll make him off by default... As far as other candidates go (all off by default): (Additional) DEMOCRATS: Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson Lobbyist, former State Dem Chair, and fmr. State Rep. Terry McBrayer Fmr. Gov. Brereton Jones (complicated since he would def. be a Beshear Crusader) Fmr. Gov. and current State Sen. Julian Carroll Fmr. State Auditor Ed Hatchett State Auditor Crit Luallen Note: I would place AG Greg Stumbo in...he wanted to run and would have been a frontrunner if not the frontrunner, but an Ethics Commission ruling stated he couldn't run because he had prosecuted Fletcher. (Additional) REPUBLICANS: Fmr. State Party Chair Ellen Williams Secretary of State Trey Grayson (came very close to announcing) U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield Ag Commish and UK Basketball Star Richie Farmer (was recruited to do so) Senate President David Williams Note: There used to be a joke about the KY GOP that went along the lines of them holding their state conventions in a phone booth. The RPK has been historically moribund and has only recently established itself as a major force in Kentucky. As recently as 1990, Democrats held 90% of the seats in the Kentucky legislature. It is for this reason that it is difficult to come up with as many realistic potential candidates as with the Democrats. If anyone knows of any that I'm overlooking, I'd be happy to add them. I think it would be best (and simpler) to keep the total number of possible primary candidates down to 8 (I have 14 real and prospective with the Dems) on both sides...any thoughts?
  6. I'm working on creating a Kentucky - 2007 scenario for P4E+P. Pretty interesting election, considering competitive primaries on both sides even though the incumbent Governor was running, although he had been indicted. As far as issues go, I have right now: Abortion Alternative Minimum Tax Corruption Death Penalty Economy Education Expanded Gaming Fiscal Policy Health Care Gas Prices Gun Control Illegal Immigration Patronage Prison Reform Right-to-Work Law Same-Sex Benefits Tort Reform Veterans' Affairs And as far as candidates go: DEMOCRATS Fmr. Lt. Gov. Steve Beshear Fmr. Lt. Gov. Steve Henry Speaker of the Kentucky House Jody Richards State Treasurer Jonathan Miller (wondering whether to include him since he dropped out two weeks before the primary and endorsed Beshear) Businessman Bruce Lunsford Perennial candidate Gatewood Galbraith (gonna be set at 5% support) Perennial candidate Otis Hensley (gonna be set at 0.5% support) REPUBLICANS Governor Ernie Fletcher Fmr. U.S. Rep. Anne Northup Businessman Billy Harper There weren't any independents who ran, although I am thinking of including one as a spacebar candidate. The main problem I'm having is that I really can't find a good Kentucky map to use. It's worth pointing out that Kentucky has the highest number of counties per capita (120 counties for 4 million people) in the nation. Does anyone have any pointers on how to create a map and how to weight EVs in the general election, etc. I can take care of everything else if I can create a map or if someone else can do it. Let me know what you think (it's appreciated, being my first attempt at scenario creation and all).
  7. Here are some Crusader suggestions for Kennedy: Paul Tsongas PIP: 1 Base Power: 1 Father Robert Drinan PIP: 1 Base Power: 1 Kennedy Family PIP: 0 Base Power: 3 As far as Carter goes: Ruth Carter Stapleton PIP: 0 Base Power: 2 For Reagan: Barry Goldwater PIP: 5 Base Power: 3 For Connally: Strom Thurmond PIP: 5 Base Power: 3 For Bush: James Baker PIP: 0 Base Power: 1 As far as Barry or Strom go, placing them in an endorser column might be better. I know that Thurmond supported Connally, but Thurmond being a Crusader could be a detriment in states above the Mason-Dixon line. Goldwater may have favored Reagan, but I have no idea whether he actually would have come out in support (by the mid 80's, Goldwater was on the fringe of the party). One national endorser should be the Moral Majority. I believe that Jerry Falwell vigorously supported Carter in 1976 along with the Christian Right, but by 1980 they were fed up with the Democratic Party (due to ignoring them while people such as Reagan campaigned for their votes along with a lack of progress on their issues). Reagan's success was aided by the conservative and evangelical takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1979 (previously, SBC was a moderate, pro-choice, mainline organization).
  8. Should Issue Familiarity's profile be raised also? I believe in 1980 that Reagan and Carter were in a statistical dead-heat going into the final debate where Reagan destroyed Carter which led to a landslide win in the Electoral College. I'm thinking around mid-October there should be an event timeline that starts and raises Issue Familiarity's profile to "Very High." Thoughts? BTW, Tip O'Neill should be removed as a Kennedy crusader and replaced...Carter (in the summer of '79) realized the power O'Neill could have for Kennedy and appointed O'Neill convention Chair, meaning O'Neill was subject to "forced neutrality).
  9. Managed to get the issues resolved...rather obscure error with my new comp, it's cool on your end.
  10. Can't get the scenario to open...oodles of candidate picture error messages flood the screen when I try and select the scenario. EDIT: I finally set it up to where Vista would let me add the pictures, but the candidate attributes would reset to lowest possible values.
  11. Being as Sundlun is pushing 90, I doubt he would run.
  12. What about John Jay Hooker on the Dems side...he's a perennial candidate (nominee in '70 and '98); couldn't imagine him not running.
  13. My advice would be to go for either '72, '84, or '96. Anything historical (before 1972) brings you into all sorts of problems with the game engine because of the way conventions worked. Anything before 1972 can work, but it involves sacrificing historical accuracy for efficacy (welcome to Hollywood! ).
  14. I hope you realize that the map you have of the Congressional Districts is now incorrect. That was the map from the 2000 redistricting, but the 2003 mid-decade redistricting that cost Stenholm, Lampson, Bell, and several others their seats redid the map you have. I typed in "texas congressional district map" in Google Image Search and found this map that does the current CD's and done in the same fashion as your own map (probably made by the same person). Texas Congressional District Map (2003) I didn't put it as a .jpg so as to save room and I didn't know if you'd rather use the older, non-gerrymandered districting. I believe that map (the one I linked to) was changed again for the 2006 races; a federal court ruled that CD15 had been racially gerrymandered to diminish the power of Austin's Latino population or something like that.
  15. This person has been stalking an insignificant Canadian party-changing MP for years and has been on the board forever; for laughs, try looking up "michaelm" and "belinda stronach" on Google Search...either way, he's nuts and I would encourage everyone to report this comment and I encourage the board administrator to ban the IP. BTW, I would also recommend An Unfinished Life by Robert Dallek...see if you can get it from the library for the relevant parts pertaining to 1960, but overall it's pretty good.
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