Updated Players Info screen first look

The Players Info screen has been modified. Here you can see the work in progress.

The biggest change is that the personal and campaign attributes are all viewable at once.

The Veep toggle button is gone, replaced with a drop-down list that allows you to select personal attributes for either the Presidential or Vice-Presidential candidate.

The player’s party image is now displayed.

Finally, the highscore information has been moved to its own tab, and looks like this.

Update on the polling feature

The polling feature now works in conjunction with the Select Campaign Screen. Here is the July 1st, 2015 start for Republicans.


The starting %s were automatically calculated based on national poll data for the campaign, and the candidates were then sorted based on the %s. You can see that Bush is clinging to a one-point lead at this point.

Here’s Oct. 1st, 2015.


This was near the top of Fiorina’s ascent. You can see Bush is no longer in the top 4, and Carson is in second place.

Finally, the Jan. 1st, 2016 start, using (temporarily) the latest Reuters poll.


Again, the %s and ranking of the candidates were all done automatically. The manual ordering of candidates now only matters for the general election, or where there’s no polling data that has been inputted.

Nota bene to Ross Douthat, Florida isn’t an early primary state

Ross Douthat predicts (‘gingerly’) that Marco Rubio will be the Republican nominee. I don’t try to predict these things (I think it’s up to the candidates and their teams, and I don’t think anyone can really know the relevant variables at this point), but one interesting point in his article is

It’s also easier to imagine [Rubio] winning a national primary than it is to figure out which early state he’ll win: He’s a little too moderate for Iowa, a little too conservative for New Hampshire, perhaps not quite combative enough for South Carolina … and so he might end up in the Rudy Giuliani-esque position of banking on his native Florida.

One small problem. Florida is no longer an early primary state. Douthat seems to be thinking in terms of the 2012 (2008) primaries, where Florida was 4th.

This time, Florida is on March 15th, which would make it (currently, things are still in flux) tied for 27th on the Republican primary calendar.

If Rubio doesn’t win until Florida, but then somehow goes on to win the nomination, we might be looking at a convention nominating process. If you take Douthat to be implying Florida will be first and he won’t win another state on the same day, add another 4 states.

That would mean Rubio would have to win the nomination while losing Ohio, North Carolina, Missouri, Illinois, Mississippi, Michigan, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Louisiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Wyoming, Virginia, Vermont, Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Georgia, Colorado, Arkansas, Alaska, Alabama, South Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Iowa – 30 states, all before or simultaneous with his first win in Florida.

I think Rubio will have to look for an earlier win than that. If it’s not the first four (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada), then it would have to be one or more (and I think it would actually have to be multiple) on March 1st. That means one or more of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming.

Considerable interest has focused on polling in Florida on the Republican side, but I think this is because it is the home state of two prominent candidates – Bush and Rubio. It’s not because it’s an early, decisive state. Florida is a big state, with lots of potential delegates, but even there it shares March 15th with other large states – in particular Ohio, which is also typically considered a battleground ‘must win’ state for Republicans in the general. So it’s not even clear if press coverage will be on who wins Florida the day of, unless Rubio and Bush both lose there. If Rubio can’t win there, I imagine people saying, where can he win?

Instead of Florida as the key state Rubio can win to begin an upward trajectory towards the nomination, my guess is that its importance lies in that a Florida loss would end Rubio’s candidacy. Put another way, my guess is that Rubio has to win Florida (or come a close second, perhaps) just to keep in the game, more or less the opposite of what Douthat is claiming.

Congress Infinity – Version Ericson – 2.0.2

Congress Infinity – v. Ericson – 2.0.2 for Windows and Mac has been released!

If you are a Congress Infinity owner, you are eligible for this release.

What’s new in this upgrade

  • Large number of changes to the interface
  • Bug fixes
  • Surrogates can fundraise
  • Election night updated
  • Main Screen > Senate > if there is only one campaign in a state, will show candidate names instead of generic party names (ex. 2016 Nevada will have ‘Sandoval’ and ‘Cortez Masto’ instead of ‘Republican’ and ‘Democrat’)
  • Main Screen > now displays days until election, when hover over shows election date
  • 2016 > Senate > Florida-3 > Marco Rubio -> Ron DeSantis, Strength 4 -> 3, 53% -> 50%
  • 2016 > Senate > Florida-3 > Debbie Wasserman Schultz -> Patrick Murphy, 47% -> 50%
  • 2016 > Senate > Nevada-3 > Harry Reid -> Catherine Cortez Masto, Strength 4 -> 3
  • 2016 > Senate > Maryland-3 > Barbara Mikulski -> Chris Van Hollen, 61% -> 60%
  • 2016 > Senate > Maryland-3 > Rep > 37% -> 40%
  • 2016 > Senate > California-3 > Barbara Boxer -> Kamala Harris, Strength 4 -> 3
  • 2016 > Senate > Indiana-3 > Dan Coats -> Eric Holcomb, 56% -> 55%
  • 2016 > Senate > Indiana-3 > Dem > 39% -> 40%
  • 2016 > Senate > Ohio-3 > Dem > Bob Hagan -> Ted Strickland, Strength 2 -> 3, 45% -> 50%
  • 2016 > Senate > Ohio-3 > Rob Portman > 55% -> 50%
  • Main Screen > Surrogates > Barnstorming > “Boosting Wickers” -> “Boosting Brian Sandoval (REP),” for example
  • Research Screen > fixed bug where could only leak first scandal if multiple ones hadn’t leaked yet
  • Main Screen, Player Info Screen > removed Energy icon (not used currently)
  • News Stories > “Campaign Too Negative?” story now is about issue player is actually attacking on in that player’s theme
  • House 2016 > fixed election date
  • Senate 2016 and 2014, House 2016 and 2014 > set %s for committed, leaning, and undecided Rep and Dem to same

You can download this release by requesting a download e-mail at the link below.

What’s coming up in future updates, listed in terms of priority

  • Campaign Editor expanded
  • Help File expanded
  • Historical campaigns to 1990

All feedback welcome!

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