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  1. Toronto was always a different animal than the 3Cs were. It was always the main financial center of English speaking Canada as well as possessing the right geographic characteristics that no other Canadian cities had. It was primed to be the hub it became today. Montreal was that hub but the whole French language thing and the rift between Quebec and the rest of Canada hurt its growth, I believe. The interesting thing with the fast growth cities or faster growing cities of the last 20 years seems to be that they almost all center around a state capital and large research university combination in the town. Austin, Columbus, Salt Lake, Raleigh/Durham, Nashville, Atlanta all fit this mold. Throw in Indy and Denver who may not have the large research university in the city but have one within an hour drive and they all fit the mold. Outside of say Charlotte, how many other key cities have that type of growth? Yes, there are Dallas and Houston but Texas is its own unique animal so I discount that.
  2. I had not even thought about the concept of a state like California or New York withdrawing from the compact after the fact if the election did not go as they planned. That is certainly a concern and again why this plan is not good policy. I do disagree that the SC would overturn the pact on its face because state sovereignty allows the states to allocate electors how they choose. I think this would survive the Constitutionality challenge but again, this is horrible policy and people really need to think rationally about this before they enact it.
  3. The ironic thing is that most liberals rail against Federalism yet, in order to accomplish this, they need to rely on Federalism.
  4. ^ The way it is set up, SCOTUS would defer to state sovereignty on this however, there may be something in the mechanics of it that they may take fault with, but it would be extremely difficult to overturn on a Constitutional challenge. Also, just remember that it could theoretically pass one year to put it over 270 votes to trigger the compact yet the next year, a legislature can repeal it and bring it back under the threshold. Think about the chaos this could cause to a presidential campaign. Planning around the Popular Vote Compact and then only a year out, have say Nevada repeal their measure thus voiding the compact and going back to the original plan. Yes, this is just as Constitutional too. This really is a bad idea, but if the vast majority of people fall for this, then obviously it passes.
  5. Popular opinion of the time is not what causes amendments to pass. It was set up to avoid a mob rule mentality that takes ideas such as this that may be developed in times of anger and raged and then pushed upon the public. Good idea or bad ideas (such as prohibition for example) that have time to matriculate and prove not to be a passing fad are ideas that could be amended into the Constitution.
  6. Smale Park or Washington Park would be a perfect backdrop to host the draft. I am surprised they cant make it happen. Is the Brown family the problem here? Otherwise, I can see it coming. Cleveland makes sense in 2021 as the 75th anniversary (err 72nd if you count the 3 years the Clowns were gone). KC has paid their dues too.
  7. Kind of a cool idea to do something like this annually or a couple times a year for Brewdog fans.
  8. I think people need to get over the Garland thing. Move on, it is a very tired narrative. Garland was a very qualified jurist, and politics got in the way, but that had been going on for 30+ years since the Bork nomination. Fact is, you cant waste time on the whole Garland thing, because you don't know how it would affect the future. If Bork was on the SC, chances are Obama nominates the replacement and it gets confirmed instead of having the seat go to kennedy and have the nomination fall to Trump. The dynamic of the court would have been changed significantly over the last 40 years if Bork had actually gotten in and the court would not have been as conservative. Anyway, Move on from the Garland argument, it is overdone now. To answer your question (although I know it was intended as snark), regardless how they reached the Court, the justices actually take the position seriously and respect prior precedence and past rules of the Court when creating their opinions. Outside of say Dred Scott, it is very hard to find a case that the Court will overturn on its face. The Alabama law is asking them to do that. That is why it is not really a threat. The heartbeat bills are much more of a threat because they do not actually challenge the law on its face the way the Alabama law does.
  9. If this ever passes the threshold, it would then be prudent to start the amendment process to eliminate the EC since it would be pointless at that point and the laws would not be the right way to address the issue from a good policy perspective.
  10. While we may feel the pain right now, this obviously has not reached the tipping point yet. Many cities have their old arenas they still use for various events. Hell San Francisco still uses the Cow Palace. Portland and Seattle both have old arenas, same with San Diego and I am sure a few other cities. However, there comes a time where every arena becomes so dated it cannot compete for even regional acts anymore. How many concerts played at the Gardens in the 80s and 90s? I cant really remember anyone beyond the Shrine Circus that went there towards the end of its run.
  11. ^ I think it is a matter that Cincy needs a better arena more than the ownership group needs to expand it. They have a fully paid for arena now that, while it may not compete for the top acts and events, holds its own on a profitability standpoint now. They can pretty much guarantee their profits "as is" now and it provides a nice stable revenue stream in the future. The upgrade would potentially be more lucrative but also bring the uncertainty with it. They are trying to create more certainty before upgrading, which is why they are leaning on the city. Since there is no NBA or NHL team, it makes it difficult in this town. Louisville was a unique situation and it has come out that the project there was a huge racket job. Eventually, US Bank will become like the Gardens and not even competitive for the lowest level show, but until it does, there is not the incentive to upgrade
  12. Just look to Warren County, they have been doing this for years. @jmecklenborg but even trade shows have a need for arena space at times and can fill a 20k seat arena (not often but possibly). We think of the GOP convention in Cleveland a few years back, but beyond that, think of an Amway convention or similar MLM companies will need to fill an arena to give the rah rah to their sales reps. Couple that with NCAA events and even AAU national events and you can have well programmed convention center and arena more often than not.
  13. ^ Indy has a vibrancy In that area because they do so much with their convention business, especially Sports related. The NCAA is based there and has a ton of events along with other sports orgs bringing people to downtown. Plus they have a ton of other groups who come in for meetings, etc. giving downtown a busy feel. They are all out of towners for the most part. Being a capital city does not hurt as well as pretty much the only city in Indiana of real size so a lot of state wide functions tend to congregate there too. Cincy could do a little better in that regard if we got our act together on the convention hotel and also coming up with a plan for a new arena in the area.
  14. The big issue with the ROW is that the team requires it to build the stadium. Just because the city did not formally grant the ROW zoning change prior to the time the construction contract was signed, the prior votes to approve the stadium in that general vicinity creates a justifiable reliance on city councils actions such that FCC moved ahead with the project. Essentially, FCC is saying the city promised and then is going back on their promise but their actions up until that point were such that a reasonable person would think the deal is done. This is where the city runs into trouble.
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