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Animal Spirits - Voluntary Quits. United States of America, Labor Economics and Statistics, 2016-2017

Animal Spirits - Voluntary Quits

Animal Spirits - Voluntary Quits. United States of America, Labor Economics and Statistics, 2016-2017

Data Dump: State of Georgia, Congressional District Six (6) Back in Isakson's Day Bad Resolution - Tom Price's Former ...

Congressional Insight: Georgia's District Six

Data Dump:
State of Georgia, Congressional District Six (6)


Back in Isakson's Day

Bad Resolution - Tom Price's Former District



Unofficial Results From Special Election (Jungle Primary ) April 19, 2017


PartyPolVotes%
DemocraticJon Ossoff92,39048
RepublicanKaren Handel37,93320
RepublicanBob Gray20,75511
RepublicanJudson Hill16,8489
RepublicanDan Moody16,9949
Total votes193,483100

Zip Codes: 30004, 30005, 30009, 30022, 30024, 30033, 30062, 30066, 30067, 30068, 30075, 30076, 30084, 30092, 30097, 30102, 30144, 30188, 30319, 30324, 30328, 30329, 30338, 30339, 30340, 30341, 30342, 30345, 30346, 30350, 30360


Cities: Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Marietta, Milton, Mountain Park, Peachtree Corners, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Tucker

Counties: Cobb, Fulton, DeKalb, Cherokee (Former)

Note: I do not worry about politics anymore. However since this is in my front and back yard... I must post some information about the recent congressional race. I am a native of this district. That said, I know the sentiment that springs out of the three county areas. Cherokee is no longer in D6, but it was back in the day. DeKalb is more Dem and North Fulton and Cobb are heavily GOP. Cobb is a different GOP than Fulton, and Cobb's version of the GOP varies to a degree between East Cobb and West Cobb. Fulton is generally more of a power play or a position play - not a lot of outsiders can get a grip here because there is no shortage of established players - like most affluent enclaves. It is fair to note that demographically district six is not a fair representation of the state. Sentiment from Cobb and Cherokee counties are more representative of the entire state - to a degree - whereas North Fulton is a hyper affluent area (when compared regionally) and many are affluent democrats and moderate republicans.

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Details and info on non-english speaking referendums via Wikipedia. Make sure to donate to them. - CH


Description of proposed amendments - Wikipedia link


Proposal #
Article
Description of change


1
Article 9
The judiciary is required to act on condition of impartiality.


2
Article 75
The number of seats in the Parliament is raised from 550 to 600.


3
Article 76
The age requirement to stand as a candidate in an election to be lowered from 25 to 18, while the condition of having to complete compulsory military service is to be removed. Individuals with relations to the military would be ineligible to run for election.

4
Article 77
Parliamentary terms are extended from four to five years. Parliamentary and presidential elections will be held on the same day every five years, with presidential elections going to a run-off if no candidate wins a simple majority in the first round.


5
Article 87
The functions of Parliament are
Making, changing, removing laws.
Accepting international contracts.
Discuss, increase or decrease budget (on Budget Commission) and accept or reject the budget on General Assembly.
Appoint 7 members of HSYK
And using other powers written in the constitution

Article 89
To overcome a presidential veto, the Parliament needs to adopt the same bill with an absolute majority (301).


6
Article 98
Parliament now detects cabinet and Vice President with Parliamentary Research, Parliamentary Investigation, General Discussion and Written Question. Interpellation is abolished and replaced with Parliamentary Investigation. Vice President needs to answer Written Questions within 15 days.


7
Article 101
In order to stand as a presidential candidate, an individual requires the endorsement of one or more parties that won 5% or more in the preceding parliamentary elections and 100,000 voters. The elected president no longer needs to terminate their party membership if they have one.


8
Article 104
The President becomes both the head of state and head of government, with the power to appoint and sack ministers and Vice President. The president can issue decrees about executive. If legislation makes a law about the same topic that President issued an executive order, decree will become invalid and parliamentary law become valid.


9
Article 105
Parliament can open parliamentary investigation with an absolute majority (301). Parliament discusses proposal in 1 month. Following the completion of Discussion, Parliamentary investigation can begin in Parliament with a hidden three-fifths (360) vote in favor. Following the completion of investigations, the parliament can vote to indict the President with a hidden two-thirds (400) vote in favor.


10
Article 106
The President can appoint one or more Vice Presidents. If the Presidency falls vacant, then fresh presidential elections must be held within 45 days. If parliamentary elections are due within less than a year, then they too are held on the same day as early presidential elections. If the parliament has over a year left before its term expires, then the newly elected president serves until the end of the parliamentary term, after which both presidential and parliamentary elections are held. This does not count towards the President's two-term limit. Parliamentary investigations into possible crimes committed by Vice Presidents and ministers can begin in Parliament with a three-fifths vote in favor. Following the completion of investigations, the parliament can vote to indict Vice Presidents or ministers with a two-thirds vote in favor. If found guilty, the Vice President or minister in question is only removed from office if their crime is one that bars them from running for election. If a sitting MP is appointed as a minister or Vice President, their parliamentary membership will be terminated.


11
Article 116
The President and three-fifths of the Parliament can decide to renew elections. In this case, the enactor also dissolves itself until elections.


12
Article 119
The President's ability to declare state of emergency is now subject to parliamentary approval to take effect. The Parliament can extend, remove or shorten it. States of emergency can be extended for up to four months at a time except during war, where no such limitation will be required. Every presidential decree issues during a state of emergency will need an approval of Parliament.


13
Article 125
The acts of the President are now subject to judicial review.


13
Article 142
Military courts are abolished unless they are erected to investigate actions of soldiers under conditions of war.


13
Article 146
The President used to appoint one Justice from High Military Court of Appeals, and one from the High Military Administrative Court. As military courts are abolished, the number of Justices in the Constitutional Court reduced to 15 from 17. Consequently, presidential appointees reduced to 12 from 14, while the Parliament continues to appoint three.


14
Article 159
Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors is renamed to "Board of Judges and Prosecutors", members are reduced to 13 from 22, departments are reduced to 2 from 3. 4 members are appointed by President, 7 will be appointed by the Grand Assembly. Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) candidates will need to get 2/3 (400) votes to pass first round and will need 3/5 (360) votes in second round to be a member of HSYK.(Other 2 members are Justice Minister and Ministry of Justice Undersecretary, which is unchanged).


15
Article 161
President proposes fiscal budget to Grand Assembly 75 days prior to fiscal new year. Budget Commission members can make changes to budget but Parliamentary members cannot make proposals to change public expenditures. If the budget is not approved, then a temporary budget will be proposed. If the temporary budget is also not approved, the previous year's budget would be used with the previous year's increment ratio.[note 1]


16
Several articles
Adaptation of several articles of the constitution with other changes, mainly transferring executive powers of cabinet to President


16
Article 123
President gets power to create States.


17
Temporary Article 21

Next presidential and General elections will be held on 3 November 2019. If Grand Assembly decides early elections, both will be held at the same day. Board of Judges and Prosecutors elections will be made within 30 days of approval of this law. Military courts will be abolished once the law comes into force.


18
Applicability of amendments 1-17
The amendments (2, 4 and 7) will come into force after new elections, other amendments (except temporary article) will come into force once newly elected president is sworn in. Annulled the article which elected Presidents forfeit membership in a political party. This constitutional amendment will be voted in a referendum as a whole.

For the 13th week in a row...April 13 (Reuters) - U.S. drillers added oil rigs for a 13th week in a row, with the number of active ri...

Baker Hughes Metrics April 13, 2017



For the 13th week in a row...April 13 (Reuters) - U.S. drillers added oil rigs for a 13th week in a row, with the number of active rigs rising to near a two-year high, as energy companies boost spending on new production to take advantage of a recovery in crude prices. Drillers added 11 oil rigs in the week to April 13, bringing the total count to 683, the highest since April 2015, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said on Thursday. At this time a year ago, there were 351 active oil rigs. Much of the weekly gain can be attributed to Texas's Permian basin, which added eight rigs on the week. There are 339 active rigs in the Permian, located largely in the western part of Texas, 200 more than at this time last year.

From April 13th:
Bake Hughes : U.S. Baker Hughes U.S. Rig Count Weekly: Prior: 839.00, Actual: 847.00
Country: US Source: Bake Hughes Prior: 839.00 Actual: 847.00 Date: 13-Apr-2017 17:00:00
Frequency: Weekly Period: 14-04-2017 Relevance: Low URL: http://www.bakerhughes.com/

From April 10th:
(MT Newswires)
According to Goldman Sachs Research, if the US oil rig count stays at the current level, we estimate US oil production would increase by 490 kb/d between 4Q16 and 4Q17 across the Permian, Eagle Ford, Bakken and Niobrara shale plays; annual average US production would increase by 75 kb/d yoy on average in 2017. The yoy production would rise by 215 kb/d in 2017 if we account for the impact of the estimated remaining county-level well backlog being gradually brought back online between 4Q16 and 1H17. Last week, the US oil rig count continued its surge, up by 10.

From April 7th:
(HCG Research Associates)
For U.S.: 839, Change from last count: + 15, Change from last year: +396
US Baker Hughes Rig Count (Apr 7) W/W 839 (Prev. 824)
- US Baker Hughes Oil Rig Count (Apr 7) W/W 672 (Prev. 662)   US
Baker Hughes Gas Rig Count (Apr 7) W/W 165 (Prev. 160) 

China Currency Overview The two yuan. @ BBC: The "Renminbi" is the official name of the currency introduced by the Co...

China, USD & JPY FX - Two Charts





China Currency Overview

The two yuan.

@ BBC: The "Renminbi" is the official name of the currency introduced by the Communist People's Republic of China at the time of its foundation in 1949. It means "the people's currency". "Yuan" is the name of a unit of the renminbi currency. An analogy can be drawn with "pound sterling" (the official name of the British currency) and "pound" - a denomination of the pound sterling. Something may cost £1 or £10. It would not be correct to say that it cost 10 sterling.

China has another set of codes for the FX markets.
CNY = onshore
CNH = offshore
The CNH doesn’t fluctuate within a tight band like CNY, and it is perceived to be free of China’s government control due to the trading taking place offshore in Hong Kong.