It is no secret that Governor Adams is elderly and will not be with us much longer, perhaps not even surviving until the end of week nine. Speculation has already begun as to who might be his replacement. The Journal-Intelligencer’s political roundtable weights in:
Peter Ottomas, Editor
It is hard to conceive of a world without Governor Adams! But yes, such a sad day is coming, sooner than we would like. For me, the only choice is the Governor’s heir-apparent, Assemblyman Sanchez. He has the wisdom and experience to continue the policies of Governor Adams and the True Whigs and ensure the goals of the Revolution are successful. I think he wins in a landslide over any candidate Progress puts forth.
Priya Ramaswami, Political correspondent
I agree with Peter that Sanchez is the likely nominee from the True Whigs, although I could see Senator Adams enter the race as well to allow three generations of Adams’ men to serve. C.B. Jackson would be a formidable candidate from Progress, but his age is sufficiently concerning that the party may choose to go younger, perhaps with one of their young stalwarts like Assemblyman bin-Fahd. I don’t see the RDF putting forth anyone. A race between Sanchez and Jackson may surprise us. I could see Progress pulling it out.
H. Selassie Adams, Sr. Political correspondent
Sometimes you have to question conventional wisdom, but I don’t see this being one of those times. Whigs and Sanchez all the way. Book it.
Monkeykid (JIN): The Assembly has approved, with modifications, the bill set forth by Assemblywoman Adams (MRAAB2) regarding the creation and staffing of a Permanent Alien Task force.
As originally conceived, the ATF would be a sub component and under the auspices of the SPS, however amendments by Assemblymen Kinte and bin-Fahd modified this structure. The ATF will be a cabinet-level organization itself, with the newly created Minister for Alien Affairs to sit in the Governor’s cabinet. Among other tasks, the agency will:
- Record all alien abductions in the MRA;
- Record and study all alien fertilizations and alien-hybrid children;
- Attempt to make contact with the alien’s governing structures and negotiate political and economic accords;
- Worked with the SNL to develop effective counter-measures against alien technology.
Some, however, are worried. Attorney Indigo Larson-Traveller, herself an alien-hybrid, fears that “studying” and “recording” hybrids may result in discrimination. She states:
Hybrids like myself have no responsibility for the actions of our alien forefathers, what-ever their misdeeds and plans. We might share their green skin or coal black eyes, but we are not them and we shall always stand with Sims and against those who wish to divide and subjugate us, be they enemies foreign or domestic or extraterrestrial.
It is now up to the Governor to name the new minister. No choice has yet to be made, however, insiders say that Lt. Col. Z.J. Adams of the Astronaut Corps is the likely choice, given both her experience and political leanings.
MRAAB1, Uthman bin-Fahd’s bill to legalize prostitution in the MRA has passed the MRA Assembly and has been signed by Governor Adams into law.
The Assembly voted along bipartisan lines, 5-1, to approve the bill. Zaynab B. Jackson (True Whig) who was the only Assemblyman to vote against the bill, remarked that while she did not oppose the bill in concept, she had certain reservations regarding the registration requirements, thus prompting her vote.
Bin-Fahd, speaking afterwards, was pleased with the outcome:
Removing shame and reducing victim-less crime are positive things. Now, woo-hoo workers in the MRA no longer have to hide in the shadows.
Although now legal, sources tell the Journal-Intelligencer that no permits have been applied for to open the first brothel in town.
Monkeykid (JIN): Assemblyman Uthman bin-Fahd has introduced a new bill in the MRA Assembly to legalize prostitution.
In addition to legalization, the bill would mandate registration, testing, and security.
Although long tolerated in SimNation, if this bill passes, it would be the first time a regional authority has legalized the practice.
My reasons for introducing this bill are two-fold. One is to stop the hypocrisy of sims condemning practices in which they take part. Secondly, it ensures criminal elements are kept out of the MRA. Sunshine is the best disinfectant and this is an area long overdue for disinfection.
When asked for a comment, Governor Adams abstained. Under his father, the True Whig party would have opposed this bill, but the Governor is known to have a much more laissez-faire attitude when it comes to social issues.