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The Social Reformer - Fifth Edition (Updated 3/22/2017 with Election Results)

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The Social Reformer
Fifth Edition
3/17/2017

Edited by: Yodle and Bernie nation
Parliament Minister Election Edition

Accessing Previous Editions of The Social Reformer
Yodle, 3/18/2017
In order to access the Archives for Editions I-IV, click here to The Social Reformer Archives - Editions I-IV (9/8/16-3/8/17)!

Parliament Minister Election Results
Yodle, 3/20/2017

Regional Party Affiliation
(Specific results may be requested by party leaders who wish to update their roster)
LinkDemocratic Socialist Party (DSP): 10 Members (55.6%)
LinkConstitutional Democratic Party (CDP): 1 Members (5.6%)
LinkThe Greens (TG): 3 Members (16.7%)
Independent (I): 4 Members (22.2%)

Election Results
(Specific voter results are confidential under current law)
Jiangai (LinkDSP): 7 Votes (38.9%) <-- Jiangai wins with a plurality of the vote!
New west tropico (LinkTG): 6 Votes (33.3%)
Totally not bernie sanders (LinkDSP): 2 Votes (11.1%)
The socialist republic of russia (LinkCDP): 2 Votes (11.1%)
Orchestralia (I): 1 Vote (5.6%)

With the very close Parliament Minister race at its conclusion, Jiangai comes out victorious with a one-vote lead, giving him the plurality vote needed to win. There is much to look forward to with Jiangai's many ideas for reform in improving the Parliament for the better. Updates on the Parliament and its progress will be written about periodically in future editions of The Social Reformer, so stay tuned for more!

General Overview of Existing Bylaws
Yodle, 3/17/2017
As this has yet to be done already in any official capacity, I will quickly review the existing bylaws for the Parliament. For reference, all of these bylaws were passed in the Special Session of Parliament that we held (all archives can be found on our offsite forum). The following are the current bylaws and their general descriptions:

  • Creation of Committees - All committees are chaired by a chair nation, as described in the bylaw. The Parliament Minister appoints at least three MPís to each committee, based on their voluntary appointments. Committees will only exist as they are needed, and will be created by the Parliament Minister themselves. Committees are where a prospective author should submit their drafts for legislation (infrastructure will be created to enable this) and have it reviewed for grammatical and constitutional errors.

  • Length of Voting Periods - All voting periods for sessions of Parliament will be 48 hours unless otherwise determined by the Parliament Minister.

  • Length of PM Terms - PM Terms will coincide with Presidential Terms, which means that each PM Term will last 4 months. No term limits have been set.

  • Expansion of PM Duties - This expansive bylaw dictates that the duties of the Parliament Minister include: the hosting of legislative workshops to teach MPís how to write legislation, greater one-on-one communication with MPís to help promote the development of legislative ideas, working directly with the Administration to help get their legislation to vote, trying to increase greater MP registration and participation, reporting directly to the Cabinet on updates, and eventually learning to use the Forums to manage the archival of Parliament files on their own.

New Members of the Cabinet
Bernie nation, 3/17/2017
With the reelection of incumbent President Bernie nation, there have been several changes to the Cabinet. The first change comes with Shangyan being appointed as TRTHNBBís Vice President. Ansuriel, the former VP, was appointed to the Supreme Court by Bernie nation. It was a bittersweet end to a relationship that could only be described with Obama/Biden memes. Shangyan will be a welcome addition to the team. The second change comes with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. America the greater stepped down unexpectedly Tuesday evening, leaving a vacancy in arguably one of the most important positions in the Cabinet. Luckily, Arguin isle was willing to take on the role. The Cabinet welcomes her as well. We wish the best to AtG in all of his future endeavors.

Parliament Minister Candidate Profiles
Yodle, 3/17/2017
The following profiles are the campaign statements and interview questions/answers from each prospective PM Candidate. Please read through each thoroughly before deciding on who you want to vote for! This election is almost as important as the Presidential Election in the sense that it will result in great change.

General Campaign Statement: If I'm re-elected as Parliament Minister of the Open Parliament I will try, to the best of my ability, to continue running the most productive Parliament to date despite my new duties and will continue to make sure to hound Yodle to update the factbooks in a reasonable amount of time. I believe I have a fair amount of experience as Parliament Minister and I believe I can serve a second term. Thank You.
Interview Questions
Q: What is your position on the separation of the executive and legislative branches?
A: I believe Parliament should have enough help from the executive to run effectively and minimize delays and damages but enough independence to avoid Parliament turning into a de-facto puppet of the executive.

Q: How do you plan to implement the committee bylaw? As in, what committees would you form and how would you go about choosing who partakes in it?
A: I will create 2 committees the committee of constitutional law and a committee of General law. I would prefer people who know a fair amount about the thing the committee covers but anyone who wishes to get involved can.

Q: What plans do you have to promote more authorship amongst the MP's themselves?
A: To help MPs write new legislation I would encourage involvement In committees and help MPs write new legislation personally.

Q: Do you support increasing the power of the legislature to help in counter-balancing and checking the executive branch's power? Why do you support this position?
A: Yes. It's a great way to check power as long as it goes both ways.

Q: Are you happy with the current system of bi-weekly sessions? If not, why and how do you think it could be improved?
A: Yes. I believe having a session every two weeks is fairly quick yet doesn't shove sessions down your spine.

Q: Do you think political parties should play a larger role in the Parliament, whether it be in the MP's party affiliation in general or in the specific functioning of the Parliament (assuming the political parties create agendas for legislation they want to pass)?
A: I think political parties should remain as they are. Mainly because a non-partisan government is more inclined to work together I would say. We may have different views but political parties should remain symbolic and not heavily involved in our region.

Q: What is your ideal vision for the future of the Parliament?
A: My future vision for Parliament is a fully functional branch that is stable and effective and is extremely branch that anyone can write a bill and get it introduced.

General Campaign Statement: I plan to begin rebuilding the region's beliefs, including repealing that nasty Anti-Raider Accords (ARA) and to encourage citizens to be creative with their belief, including practicing the form of Gameplay as they please, as long as The Region That Has No Big Banks is not directly affected by the raiding, defending, or mercenary work that these people commit. That is what this campaign is about, and that is bringing all game players together once again, to break the wall that TRTHNBB has built, dividing the raiders, defenders and mercenaries in the region. Thank you, I am Switzerland. *drops mic*
Interview Questions
Q: What is your position on the separation of the executive and legislative branches?
A: Keep them separated, otherwise too much power is concentrated in the executive branch.

Q: How do you plan to implement the committee bylaw? As in, what committees would you form and how would you go about choosing who partakes in it?
A: I would choose how committees are formed based on people I know work well together, based on communication through the RMB (OOC, not IC), discord, and forums.

Q: What plans do you have to promote more authorship amongst the MP's themselves?
A: Give them rewards, such as a shout out on the RMB, include them in a dispatch of authors, anything of the like.

Q: Do you support increasing the power of the legislature to help in counter-balancing and checking the executive branch's power? Why do you support this position?
A: Yes, because too much concentration in one specific area (the executive branch) would lead to a concentrated government, which can result in stagnation in activity.

Q: Are you happy with the current system of bi-weekly sessions? If not, why and how do you think it could be improved?
A: I believe that the bi-weekly sessions are just fine as they are, and do not need to be changed.

Q: Do you think political parties should play a larger role in the Parliament, whether it be in the MP's party affiliation in general or in the specific functioning of the Parliament (assuming the political parties create agendas for legislation they want to pass)?
A: No, because that would force out the independents, creating less chance for diversity which is necessary within a government such as this one.

Q: What is your ideal vision for the future of the Parliament?
A: Encourage more people to join the parliament, and that's about it. The current state of the parliament is good.

General Campaign Statement: We are a region who take pride in social democracy and democratic socialism. I am a true supporter of these two ideologies, and my in-game nation reflects that. I ask you, all those who joined this region because they found that this place truly reflects those ideologies, then I ask you to stand by me. As I have already said in my previous campaign statement, I am a supporter of a clear separation of powers, and as I am a leader of an opposition party, I think that fits the role perfectly.
Interview Questions
Q: What is your position on the separation of the executive and legislative branches?
A: Separation of powers is highly important since it ensures that the government does not exert influence over all aspects of the political system.

Q: How do you plan to implement the committee bylaw? As in, what committees would you form and how would you go about choosing who partakes in it?
A: Domestic and Foreign Committees shall be created, which shall formulate legislation regarding their area of politics. The people wishing to be members shall present their candidacy to the PM, who shall decide which of the candidates get their positions.

Q: What plans do you have to promote more authorship amongst the MP's themselves?
A: Give parties the right to create legislation together i.e. letting the party members discuss the creation of a bill together, therefore drawing in as many members as possible, while at the same time making the bill come not from the certain MP who made the bill, but as a bill from a party.

Q: Do you support increasing the power of the legislature to help in counter-balancing and checking the executive branch's power? Why do you support this position?
A: Yes, because the legislature is a large and diverse group meanwhile the government is a small group with similar ideologies, so making sure the government represents the views of as much of the people as possible, Parliament needs to have the right to check on the government.

Q: Are you happy with the current system of bi-weekly sessions? If not, why and how do you think it could be improved?
A: I am happy.

Q: Do you think political parties should play a larger role in the Parliament, whether it be in the MP's party affiliation in general or in the specific functioning of the Parliament (assuming the political parties create agendas for legislation they want to pass)?
A: Yes, since my overall aim is to make Parliament an elective body, parties need to play a bigger role in Parliament. Also, as already stated, parties should have the power to create legislation as a whole.

Q: What is your ideal vision for the future of the Parliament?
A: Making it an elective organ, with a system of proportional representation.

General Campaign Statement: I believe that I am the correct and most qualified person to serve as the Parliament Minister in what is a great region, and a great community. I believe the democratic system in place in this region is fit for purpose, democratic and one that other regions on NationStates can admire, and aspire to. With me as Parliament Minister, I believe that I can be the one to assist in leading the region on to further success, through the democratic process of passing laws for the betterment of the region and the nations within it.

As Parliament Minister, I will actively encourage greater participation, regional interest, and discussion, both in and outside of parliament, of the current topics of discussion. I will also introduce greater analysis and scrutiny of the parliamentary process and greater scrutiny of the executive branch, to assure that they are performing to the best of their abilities and for the betterment of the region.
Interview Questions
Q: What is your position on the separation of the executive and legislative branches?
A: I believe that the separation of these two integral branches is one of the best reformations ever undertaken by the region. I think it was also the right decision in what is a quickly growing region. As there are ever more people in TRTHNBB, it was necessary to give these new citizens an opportunity to have a voice and hand in the shaping of the region.

Q: How do you plan to implement the committee bylaw? As in, what committees would you form and how would you go about choosing who partakes in it?
A: I believe that the committees should each have a category of legislation of which it is their responsibility to scrutinize proposals of that nature. For example, there would be a committee responsible for RP legislation, a committee responsible for the scrutiny of legislation relating to the role of the executive branch, et cetera.

In terms of the selection of who serves on these committees, an MP would be selected to serve on a particular committee (after announcing their interest in serving on the committee in question), by being voted in by their fellow MPs.

Q: What plans do you have to promote more authorship amongst the MP's themselves?
A: I will introduce initiatives to encourage more participation and authorship among MPs. One of these initiatives will be ensuring that parliament maintains a higher profile in the region, and never strays far from the discussion of regional politics on mediums such as the RMB and Discord. I will do this through introducing weekly (instead of bi-weekly) sessions of Parliament, and finding out from Members of Parliament themselves when the best time (on average) for the weekly session of parliament to occur would be.

Q: Do you support increasing the power of the legislature to help in counter-balancing and checking the executive branch's power? Why do you support this position?
A: I think the increasing power of the legislative branch to counter the executive branch reflects the maturation of democracy in the region. In any democratic system, it is always necessary for the legislative branch to scrutinize, counter balance and work in harmony with the executive branch, to ensure that the legislature passed is in the best interest of the region.

Q: Are you happy with the current system of bi-weekly sessions? If not, why and how do you think it could be improved?
A: Currently, I am not happy with the current bi-weekly system. I think the gap between sessions, which is a rather long time, lets the parliament slip into the back of many people's minds, and so many people forget about it and do not participate. I would introduce a system of weekly sessions and review the time zones of people in the region, so I can determine when the best time and day would be to schedule these sessions. The weekly sessions would also ensure that the parliament never stays out of people's minds, and this would encourage more activity in parliament.

Q: Do you think political parties should play a larger role in the Parliament, whether it be in the MP's party affiliation in general or in the specific functioning of the Parliament (assuming the political parties create agendas for legislation they want to pass)?
A: I think MPs should feel obliged to, more or less, have their proposed legislation match political ideologies of their party (or it defeats the point of parties). However, I don't think we should go as far as having a formal whip position within a party to strictly enforce the parties ideology among its members.

Q: What is your ideal vision for the future of the Parliament?
A: I visualize an efficient, effective and democratic parliament in which every person has a say in legislation, and every person has an opportunity to mold the region for the better. I want the parliament to be apt at scrutinizing the executive branch, representing the needs wants and desires of the people of TRTHNBB, and to harbor a flourishing democratic system in a region which is growing quickly.


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