Tweetbook CEO Katherine Nelzer, Incumbent President Angela Rosenthal, take 1st, 2nd place in 2018 Freedemian Presidential Election

QUENTINSBURGH- The official results of Monday’s election for 2018 Freedemian President have come in after a complete hand vote to check against the digital vote was completed.

Tweetbook CEO Katherine Nelzer came in first place with 31.8% of the vote, with incumbent Angela Rosenthal coming in second place with 29.9% of the vote. The two will have a runoff election on Saturday, November 4th to see which “winning candidate” gets the role of president and which candidate becomes the vice president.

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Results of the 2018 Freedemian Presidential Election. Nelzer and Rosenthal move on to a runoff election for the President seat (runner up becomes vice president).

Incumbent Vice President Patrick Houser had a strong showing, with 23.4% of the vote, and Vandover Mayor Lily Mae Clarington’s controversial campaign did quite well considering, raking in 13.8% of the vote in a very difficult field of candidates. Economist Derrick Barson, despite having dropped out, got about 0.8% of the votes, with Actor Craig Schulderman (who had also dropped out) snatched up 0.1% of the vote.

Some of the remaining 0.1% or so of votes were scattered among many, including a couple familiar names like temporary security committee leader Marco Nelson and Graham State Executive Diane Wooten-Whitaker, both of whom ran for the vice presidential seat in 2016.

Runoff for the “top of the ticket”- Possibly a very tight race

Even just looking at the numbers at face value, it already looks like a close race. Nelzer won 1st place with only 1.9% more of the vote than Rosenthal received.

However, there’s also another factor that makes this even more open to change- with the runoffs, the voters who voted for someone other than Rosenthal or Nelzer will have to choose between the two. With the exception of Barson’s 0.8% that would likely go to Nelzer, there’s about 38% of the votes cast that acts as a near tossup.

Complicating matters further, earlier polls and exit polls imply VP Houser took a massive amount of votes from Rosenthal, considering he presented himself as the other experienced candidate as the current Vice President, and those votes could be enough to sway the election in Rosenthal’s favor. Add onto that the fact that polls showed among all voters 89% strongly trusted Rosenthal’s leadership and 92% believed the country was moving forward under her lead, and Nelzer could be facing a perfect storm.

Rosenthal and Nelzer are both widely popular, and it’s going to be extremely close. With that many votes up for grabs, there is no guarantee that Nelzer will retain her narrow lead.

Meet the last 2 candidates one last time:

Incumbent Angela Rosenthal is currently one of the highest esteemed presidents in Freedemian history, and was the favorite for reelection early in the campaign. Her moves to make citizenship easier to obtain for law-abiding individuals and families; her spending reallocation act transferring money from military spending and elections to healthcare, infrastructure, and education; and her pushes for Freedemia to take its stand on the global stage in technology, innovation, and tourism have been huge steps forward for the country. Rosenthal is actually the reason for the shorter campaign period, as she pushed for election reform earlier in her term including a drastic reduction in funding for campaigns.

Katherine Nelzer has become a familiar household name. Founder and CEO of the social media site TweetBook, Nelzer has become more politically outspoken in recent years, especially pertaining to the growing global cyber-security threat. Nelzer believes that Freedemia is one of the most likely worldwide to be a victim of a large cyber-attack, due to its large and growing global footprint, minimal military action, and lackluster national cyber-security protections. “A pacifist society can still be a secure one. Cyber warfare is a thing, and we need to be prepared.”

Nelzer also believes that in this changing society technology is key. She supports Houser’s pushes for things like nationwide wifi and data, and, like Barson, believes incentivizing the tech industry could be one of the most important moves to help make Freedemia even more of a world leader. She cites Stepstone Technology and BuyGolly.com as two of the successes she hopes to see repeat in tech innovations nationwide, and hopes, like Houser, to see Freedemia become a champion of smart cities as a global example. Nelzer is open to the concept of public-private partnerships to fulfill the infrastructure and technology plans, with the goal of shrinking the government and further growing the economy.

Both candidates have announced plans to move forward with ideas proposed by Patrick Houser, including large investments in green infrastructure and modern solutions for renewable energy such as wind turbines, water turbines off the coast, solar farms, more desalination plants, and lining motorways with solar panels and wind turbines.

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PWN Politics- Recapping the events leading up to Monday’s Freedemian Presidential Election

QUENTINSBURGH- Here’s a recap of the events that led up to Monday’s election.

September 5th, 2017- Schluderman drops out, endorsing Nelzer. 5 candidates remaining in the race

Actor and comedian Craig Schluderman dropped out of the race Tuesday with a television and auto phone call announcement endorsing Katherine Nelzer.

September 15th, 2017- Freedemian legislature decides to delay the election two Mondays while they discussed a bill for Ranked Choice Voting in National Elections

QUENTINSBURGH- Seemingly out of the blue, the House of Populus decided to finally take on a bill proposed many times before to save the country money by incorporating ranked choice voting into presidential elections, thus eliminating the top 2 runoff. Due to possible conflicts of interest with both President Rosenthal and Vice President Houser running for president, the House of Decisions voted for the bill to be able to pass if both the House of Populus and the House of Equal Representation passed the bill with more than 65% of the vote.

September 17th, 2017- Poll released shows Clarington taking votes from Houser, Rosenthal and Nelzer neck and neck, Barson stagnating at 3%

QUENTINSBURGH- Getting closer to election day, in early September, a poll released showed that with Nelzer and Clarington gaining more support, Houser is starting to struggle, dropping into third place.

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September 19th, 2017- Freedemian legislature votes to delay voting/discussion on the bill until after the general election but proceed in January with goal of approving Ranked Choice Voting for all future elections, ending the Freedemian tradition of runoff elections

QUENTINSBURGH- A resolution passed with 44 out of 47 Poplators and 32 out of 33 Representatives, stating that Ranked Choice voting is worth moving forward with at a later time for the 2022 election, but that due to possible conflict of interest with the election having been so close, they would delay moving forward with crafting the full proposal until January under the new president.

September 22nd, 2017- Oddly no campaign events scheduled for Barson, raising suspicion that he may be dropping out

FRANKLINSBURGH- Several news outlets observed that the newest press releases for Barson didn’t actually have any public events planned. Often in the past this has been a sign that a candidate is strongly considering dropping out of a race and endorsing an opponent.

September 27th, 2017-  4 candidates remaining, as Derrick Barson drops out

QUENTINSBURGH- Economist Derrick Barson dropped out of the race on Wednesday Sept 27th, announcing his decision at an event in Sean Bond Park in Quentinsburgh. He didn’t explicitly endorse any candidate in the race, but he did express confidence in Patrick Houser and Katherine Nelzer especially, based on discussions they had over various issues. “Both candidates have proven they are willing to work with private companies to stimulate the economy while also giving our country a 21st century infrastructure for the green and digital age,”  he mentioned in his speech. Barson also expressed confidence in President Rosenthal’s leadership, though he did express hope that she would consider the newer ideas her opponents have suggested. He also gave a shoutout to Clarington and Nelzer for being open to discussions about reducing penalties for victimless crimes in Freedemia.

September 30th, 2017- Last debate before election shows a strong showing by Clarington, but not enough for her to catch up- meanwhile in polling, Nelzer’s lead growing, Houser catching up to Rosenthal

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PERSONSBORO- The final debate showed discussion on the bigger issues such as infrastructure and military.

Clarington gained a lot of support on the military side- despite standing by her controversial 85% standing military reduction, she did express, for the first time, support for Katherine Nelzer’s drastic increase in cybersecurity measures and incorporating them under the military umbrella. “I don’t think Freedemia is threatened by actual physical military forces. We’ve pretty much successfully stayed out of combat for our entire lifespan as a country. But our lack of cybersecurity protections is a real threat that could destroy everything we’ve worked so hard for over the years. I’d be happy to have a large military if that military was focused on protecting our country in the digital age.”

Clarington even had something to add herself: “I’d feel it would be a good idea to also look into the threat of biowarfare and medical threats like viruses that could be spread by enemies. I don’t think it would be in our military persay, but it could be a major part.” Nelzer wholeheartedly agreed with the biowarfare consideration.

Pasaliapolis Intl. Airport to be closed, Study says

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A study commissioned by the government shows what local residents have been fighting for decades long. The new study was done after local emission measurements have shown constant both noise and air pollution in areas adjacent to the airport. PJFI has been often known as one of the tightest and crowded airports of any large international acting city. With planes being put on holding loop over the city, pollution has been present ever since the opening of it in 1961. ,,With official documents now proving our concerns this is a huge success for us” a local man said. Another nearby business owner voiced his concerns too: ,,This is horrible news for us. If the green-socialist eco freaks get their plans through in government and it will be relocated I can only imagine how this would hurt our business.” A study conducted in the early 1990s showed the cost of a potential upgrade of Futuria Airport, demoliton and developing of the current space occupied, at an estimated 28bn PSD. ,,We could do it, (…), although it’d be a massive project. We all know the current situation is not only bad but terrible. Current capacity is ridicously low and the pollution is also adding up to the problem”, a spokeswoman of the mayors office said.  If the project were to be launched next year, it could be finished by 2023. Airport relocations have already been done in other countries.

Wooten-Whitaker edges out Walton for Graham Executive, Barbara Clint wins vacant Graham Poplator Seat, Andrew Carmichael wins seat in House of Equal Representation by Write-in

GRAHAM CITY, FREEDEMIA: The final results have come in from the Freedemian general elections on Monday. Graham State had some of the most watched races in the nation, as the area recovering from past corruption and the Graham City Financial Crisis chose new leaders to proceed with.

Graham State Executive

Diane Wooten-Whitaker managed to hold out over activist Grady Walton at the end despite a large chunk of supporters writing in Andrew Carmichael (the incumbent) in the race for Graham State Executive, winning 48.4% to 45.6%. Write-ins for Carmichael, who had dropped out of the race a week earlier, siphoned 6.2% of the vote away from Diane Wooten-Whitaker, making the race closer than expected.

Vacant Graham Poplator Seat

As expected, Barbara Clint, former mayor of Graham City, won the vacant Poplator seat by a landslide, winning 73.5% to 4.6% over Ellen Doofenschmidt.

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The crazy one, though, was the race for the first open Graham Representative seat. Roger Pellerson, a somewhat unpopular Perrysville City Council member, was supposed to be running unopposed and win with a landslide. Pellerson was most alienating due to his random opposing of transit and infrastructure improvements in Perrysville, such as being the sole dissenter when the council voted to fix up a downtown street into a complete street. Strangely enough, Perrysvillians were dissatisfied and much of the massive Graham City population wrote in Andrew Carmichael as a candidate. He would win the position 41.5% to 31.9%. Carmichael was extremely shocked, but accepted the position. Pellerson seemed shaken up and declined to comment. Others have said that those write-ins were “unfair to those who actually ran” in the race. Grady Walton was furious that Carmichael was allowed to win the position after all of the scandals. “It’s not fair! He literally got kicked out of the Executive twice, and he shows a glimpse of change at the end and you vote for him for a completely different position??!!”

Vacant Graham Representative Seat 2

Lastly, for the second open Representative seat, a massive amount of candidates vied for the position. In the end, Kuri Mena, a community activist, author, nudist, and one of the first to push for Amendment 30, which legalized non-sexual public nudity everywhere in Freedemia, won the position. Her only official competition was Lamont DeCoste, another fellow activist and a member of Grady Walton’s Change for Graham group, who came in 2nd with 23.2% compared to Mena’s 27.5%. Three other candidates were in the race- Della McLina, a self proclaimed “Social Media Extraordinaire” (who came in third with 17.8%), Jim Johnsonson, a bus driver with 14.7%, and Jasmine Ernelmeyer, a security guard with 1.6%.

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Election results for Graham State Executive, Graham Poplator, and the two seats for Graham Representatives.

Middle school newspaper reporter writes scathing article revealing location of PWN Kids’ Granola Street is truly unknown

EAST GILLEPSIE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, GILLEPSIE, FREEDEMIA– “Please tell me, How can I Get to Granola Street!!” The popular intro to the educational PTN show so many Freedemian children and children around the world love- Granola Street. However, one Freedemian media outlet isn’t holding back in their criticism of the show. 7th grader and reporter Amy Callendino for East Gillepsie Junior High School’s Gator Journal  (the school newspaper) wrote a scathing expose article in last week’s edition titled “You Really Can’t Tell Me How to Get to Granola Street, Can You?- Freedemia’s Children searching for a place that Doesn’t Exist”. Callendino focused on the suspiciously small amount known about where Granola Street is actually supposed to be, then scrutinized the few details known.

“First, let’s just go based off of appearance. The urban, but somewhat historic neighborhood seems like something that could be in the Garland Park area, considering the architecture and the appearance of the neighborhood. However, the subway station complicates this judgement- while the area looks like it should be along the Capitol Shuttle, on the show it lists routes 1, 2, and 3, none of which directly serve the area, especially not at a shared stop.”

“The largest and most specific piece of evidence we have here is once again the oh-so-famous Granola Street Subway station, pictured in almost every episode next to Goober’s Store. This stop isn’t listed on any QUARTA subway map, not even any historical maps. Even more suspicious is the sign for the station itself. According to the signage, the station is home to subway lines 1, 2, and 3. However, there isn’t a single local station in the system that is home to just lines 1, 2, and 3. In fact, the only stop in the entire system where all three stop is Fredrick Street/Convention Center, the busiest station in the QLine Metro System, home to lines 1, 1X, 2, 2X, 3, 3X, 7, 7X, 14, 14X, and AX, and eventually line 10 when it reaches completion. Frankly, based off the subway station, there’s no possible location that makes sense.”

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The famous fake subway entrance sign seen so frequently on Granola Street.
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Actual signage from a real QUARTA QLine station. Notice the small differences, such as the QUARTA logo and the smaller font used on the actual signage compared to that used on Granola Street.

Callendino also covered several other points, such as the fact that if there was an entire neighborhood of big furry “Funsters” living in downtown Quentinsburgh someone would have noticed by now, and the fact that the bus that ran to the local bus stop was a route 19, which in the QUARTA system cannot exist (to reduce confusion with the metro lines which at some point may number all the way from 1-19, buses are numbered 20 and up), not even mentioning the fact that the street was too small to need a “Route 19- Granola Street” bus.

Callendino’s teachers and those running the school newspaper have been supportive of the unconventional article.

“We encourage critical thinking here at EGJHS, so we wanted her to write the article. It showed that she was thinking critically and deeply about everything she interacts with,” newspaper editor and Ingerish teacher Carla Hermando explained. “It was well written and well thought-out.”

Kids Edutainment Workshop, the creator of Granola Street, released a statement today in response to the article going viral, saying “the numbering of the subway station routes was simply meant to look realistic while reinforcing numbers to kids watching at home”.

Unexpected backlash over Restroom and Water Access Act (RAWAA) shows small rift of class divide in Freedemia

VANDOVER, FREEDEMIA- Freedemia has recently seen a surprisingly high amount of opposition to President Angela Rosenthal‘s  Restroom And Water Access Act (better known as RAWAA) in the last couple months. A recent poll found that while about 62% agreed with the law and about 10% had no opinion, about 23% of Freedemians, primarily the more wealthy and large business owners, were against making restrooms public across the board. The opposition seems to center around areas with the largest income inequality and class divides.

The law primarily focuses on three portions, making all public places with restrooms provide at least one public restroom to combat the shortage of public restrooms in many areas, banning employee-only and customer-only restrooms, and putting aside money for the renovation, upkeep, or construction of restrooms and water fountains in public places like parks.

RAWAA has been seen as common sense to many and has not been nearly as controversial as some of the unrelated restroom bills being discussed around the world, as the primary purpose of the law is simply to provide more public restrooms to those who need them. However, the law has brought out a divide that wasn’t expected as much in a nation like Freedemia.

Robert Burson of Burson and Cameron Law in downtown Vandover told us that it’s a matter of appearing credible and ready to handle the highest end clients. “We run a high scale law firm. We defend some of the largest figures in entertainment, industry, all around, and we need to be presentable. Appearance is everything. If we suddenly have all these ordinary-looking people walking through our firm to use the public bathroom it gives our company a completely different image.  We lose credibility. We lose jobs.”

“I don’t want any riff-raff coming in! There are so many who use ‘going to the bathroom’ as a way to come in and vandalize and steal and screw things up inside the business. If they aren’t shopping here, I don’t want them here!” one local business owner along the Laneston Beach boardwalk told PWN. The store, which sells beach supplies, already has negative ratings online for the owner treating customers and non-customers poorly.

A poll showed that the areas with the most opposition were Perrysville and Graham City in Graham state, with Laneston and Vandover coming in a distant 3rd and 4th. All four areas are notorious for income inequality, although Graham City and Perrysville are significantly worse.

This is especially problematic for Vandover, a city that seems to be suffering the most from the restroom shortage. Vandover Beach has become one of the largest tourist attractions in the nation, with thousands of tourists and locals daily. However, there are large sections of the area that currently have few or no public restrooms. The city has been investing in building more public restrooms along the beach, most which should be complete by June. However, in the meantime, while many businesses have followed the mandate of RAWAA and opened their restrooms to the public, almost as many have protested the mandate, some even not following it at all.

Perrysville and Graham City especially have been nearly notorious for their class divides in contrast to the rest of Freedemia. A lot of the problems with the Graham City Financial Crisis went back to decisions made at the state and local levels that only benefited the “upper upper class”, a group more prominent in Graham City than anywhere else in the country.

Many are extremely disappointed in this response to the bill.

“I honestly thought something like this would never be an issue in Freedemia. It seemed like people were friendly to you no matter what your income or career, like a place where a fast food worker could walk into the lobby of a law firm, wave to the people behind the counter, have a good conversation, use the bathroom and leave. This doesn’t seem like what I would have hoped from Freedemians”, one father from Laneston explained to us.

“I had been out on the beach all day and I had to pee so bad,” a teenage girl from Vandover told us. “The beach restroom was a five minute walk away and the only thing really close nearby that looked open was a spa down the road, so I ran there, thinking that with the mandate, I should be able to go. When I got in, however, they told me I couldn’t go into the back without payment. I explained that I just really needed to use the bathroom and that I couldn’t hold it, and they were just so resistant. I brought up the law, how that if their lobby was public that they’re technically supposed to provide restrooms, and they just started telling me that I was trespassing and to leave before they called the police… I ended up not making it to a bathroom in time because of the incident.”

Not all areas have been as resistant. Quentinsburgh already had the largest amount of public restrooms out of the nation’s major cities, and businesses in the capitol city have, for the most part, happily complied. Cities like Trenchent, San Grande, and Franklinsburgh saw most businesses praising the decision as a “no-cost to low-cost solution to an epidemic problem”.

President Rosenthal said she would be glad to make a statement, but needed some time as to not give too hasty of a response. “I don’t want to say something in frustration that I’ll regret.”

Stay tuned to PWN News as we follow this issue.

Approaching October elections, Wooten-Whitaker regains ground over Walton, Carmichael in Graham Executive Race

GRAHAM CITY- The mid-term general elections are approaching fast, and in Graham state, things are looking good for former teacher Wooten-Whitaker, as she finally regained a cushion over her main opponent, political activist Grady Walton.

In a new poll done by PWN News Graham City, Diane Wooten-Whitaker is currently leading at 44%, Grady Walton is at 29%, and incumbent Andrew Carmichael is at 23%.

Last month, outrage erupted after the election committee allowed incumbent Andrew Carmichael back into the race citing his public apologies and tangible efforts to fix situations and get stuff done. Walton, who gained much of his support from a voter base that was strongly dissatisfied with Carmichael’s record as state executive. Wooten-Whitaker had been much less harsh on Carmichael, a decision that seems to have been a good thing, as voters seem to want to give Carmichael a second chance.

Most of Wooten-Whitaker and Walton’s support comes from Graham City itself, which, considering the financial crisis, was more ready for a change in leadership. Carmichael’s primary support group is coming from the much wealthier population of Perrysville, where Carmichael’s original support came from in the first place, but while most Graham Citians aren’t planning on voting for him, they have gained a new respect for his changed attitude and actual effort. Graham City has seen huge steps taken in the recovery process after the passing of Carmichael and Wooten-Whitaker’s F.R.A.B.I Act (Funding Reallocation and Business Incentive Act), and in that time Carmichael has gone from 4% approval to a whopping 57% approval, a nearly unheard of jump. Another 30% still just aren’t sure.

Wooten-Whitaker blasted back against accusations that working with Carmichael on several bills was an attempt to team up on Grady Walton with the following post on Tweetbook:

…How would we have an unfair advantage? We’d be splitting our own vote 😛 The idea that me and Carmichael are “teaming up” against Walton is preposterous. Besides, I didn’t even know he’d be let back into the race. We worked together because we had the same goals and needed means to get things done, without waiting until after the election. The citizens of Graham needed immediate action. Look how far we’ve come just through those actions. A large part of leadership is being able to work together to get things done.

Wooten-Whitaker’s jump comes after a sharp jump in Carmichael support after he was allowed back in the race. A poll done in August had Wooten-Whitaker at 39%, Grady Walton at 30%, and Andrew Carmichael at 27%, which caused many legitimate concerns in the Wooten-Whitaker camp and made the Walton camp furious. That poll had the smallest gap between Walton and Wooten-Whitaker ever, leaving Wooten-Whitaker’s campaign to fear that their seemingly successful election ship was sinking. Most of Walton’s supporters strongly hated Carmichael, so almost all of that extra support for Carmichael was taken away from Wooten-Whitaker, bringing her down from an almost all time high of nearly 70% of the vote back in July to a nearly all time low of 39%, close enough that Walton could have easily overtaken her. While technically this would have been amazing news for Walton’s campaign, the fact that it gave Carmichael that much of a chance to catch up to him, a candidate that had been facing corruption charges and at one point had been kicked out of the race, was “outrageously against the principle”, as Walton phrased it in an August speech blasting Carmichael and Wooten-Whitaker for seemingly “supporting him”.

However, this most recent poll shows that Wooten-Whitaker still has a strong advantage. Despite all of his talk of momentum (which is somewhat true considering that initially Wooten-Whitaker was consistently dropping in the polls as Walton gained support) Walton has recently only seen losses over time, even with Carmichael back in the race. Carmichael isn’t even actively campaigning at this point, seemingly not super enthusiastic about being back in the race. One generally reliable source actually seemed to imply that Carmichael may even drop out of the race voluntarily and endorse Wooten-Whitaker, but that source has not been confirmed.