2020 Events

Here is a working list of events to be added to the United States – 2020 campaign.

This is a starting point – feedback welcome on events to add, events that shouldn’t be there, or what the effects of an event should be.

The events listed go back to June 10th, 2019 which is currently the earliest starting date available in the official 2020 campaign.

Effects can be for one or more issue positions, leaders, vice-leaders, or parties. They can effect momentum (+ or -) and finances. They can also raise the profile of an issue or move the issue center.

June 2019

  • 10 (earliest start date)
  • 12 – Florida bans sanctuary cities, becomes 12th state to do so
  • 20 – Iran shoots down American drone over Strait of Hormuz
  • 25 – San Francisco first city to ban e-cigarettes
  • 27 – Supreme Court rules 5-4 redistricting issues must be left to the state and Congress rather than to the courts
  • 30 – Pres. Trump becomes first sitting president to set foot in North Korea in visit with Kim Jong Un

July 2019

  • 1 – Protesters storm Hong Kong legislature in response to China’s anti-extradition bill
  • 4 – Independence Day!
  • 6 – Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, with connections to both Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, arrested for sex trafficking
  • 11 – Dow Jones exceeds 27,000 points for first time in history
  • 12 – Sec. of Labor Acosta resigns amid controversy over former prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein in 2007 
  • 16 – House votes 240-187 to condemn Pres. Trump’s remarks directed at four Congresswomen
  • 17 – Mexican drug lord El Chapo sentenced to life in prison 
  • 19 – Pres. Trump disavows ‘Send her back’ chants at his North Carolina rally
  • 24 – Boris Johnson becomes the new British PM
  • 24 – Robert Mueller warns of threat to election security at a press conference
  • 25 – A.G. Barr reinstates federal death penalty 
  • 25 – Sen. McConnell blocks bill designed to improve election security 
  • 28 – Mass shooting in Gilroy, CA kills 4 and wounds 12

August 2019

  • 2- Trump withdraws US from Cold War-era INF Treaty with Russia
  • 3 – 22 people killed in mass shooting in El Paso, TX, 24 others wounded
  • 4 – 10 people killed and 27 injured in another mass shooting in Dayton, OH
  • 8 – Historically large immigration raid results in 680 arrests in Mississippi
  • 10 – Jeffrey Epstein kills himself in Manhattan jail while awaiting trial for sex trafficking
  • 14 – Dow Jones plunges over 500 points
  • 15 – Israel denies entry to two Congresswomen Omar, Tlaib after they support boycotts of Israel
  • 16 – Denmark P.M. rejects Trump’s suggestion of sale of Greenland to U.S.
  • 22 – CNN reports that two dozen people have been arrested in one weekend for threatening mass shootings 
  • 31 – 7 people killed and 21 wounded in Midland-Odessa mass shooting

September 2019

  • 2 – Labor Day!
  • 3 – British MPs take control of the UK government from PM Boris Johnson in an attempt to delay Brexit 
  • 3 – Walmart stops selling handgun ammunition in its stores
  • 4 – CNN holds 7-hour town hall on climate change
  • 6 – Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in North Carolina
  • 7 – Trump calls off peace talks with Taliban
  • 7 – Trump criticized for inviting Taliban to Camp David on eve of 9/11 anniversary 
  • 10 – Pres. Trump fires John Bolton as National Security Advisor
  • 14 – Two Saudi oil refineries destroyed by Houthi militants from Yemen; Pres. Trump and Sen. Graham blame Iran for aiding in the attacks; half of Saudi oil production is halted
  • 14 – Justice Kavanaugh hit with new allegations of sexual misconduct
  • 15 – Pres. Trump and Sen. Graham defend Kavanaugh amid calls for his impeachment 
  • 16 – Democratic candidates ramp up calls for Kavanaugh’s impeachment

Prime Minister Infinity – Canada next release v. 3.1.1 for Windows and Mac

Prime Minister Infinity – Canada v. 3.1.1 for Windows and Mac has been released!

This updates Canada – 2019 (updates %s, added People’s Party to debates, start date -> September 11th, and more), changes how the game engine handles undecideds (undecideds tend to move to leaning more rapidly), decreases how powerful Ground Ops are, and more.

Note: this version changes spacebarring to close various screens to ‘n’.

More info here.

If you are a Prime Minister Infinity owner on subscription (or if you purchased Prime Minister Infinity within the last year), you are eligible for this upgrade.

This is a comprehensive update.

To update: http://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/

Version information: https://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/prime-minister-infinity-canada-version-information/

What’s new in this upgrade from the previous official release (v. 3.1.0)

  • added ‘pop undecideds’ functionality (game engine treats ‘undecided’ as an unstable state, and ‘pops’ voters to a candidate with + momentum who is tied for 1st in their Favorability scores at a rate that tends to cause fewer undecideds)
  • Constituency Screen > moved up and down buttons for leaders to right, made bigger
  • decreased how powerful Ground Ops are (Org. Strength x Footsoldiers), now if up to 7 days out is full powered, else up to 20 days out is 0.5, else up to 40 days out is 0.3, else up to 60 days out is 0.2, else up to 80 days out is 0.1, else up to 100 days out is 0.05, else up to 200 days out is 0.01, else is 0
  • 2019 > start Sep. 12th -> 11th
  • 2019 > updated %s
  • 2019 > Debates > added People’s Party
  • 2019 > scandals only apply to corruption
  • 2000 > Alliance and PC invited to debates

President Infinity next release v. 3.1.1

President Infinity v. 3.1.1 for Windows and Mac has been released!

This update changes how the game engine handles undecideds (undecideds tend to move to leaning more rapidly), continues to update 2020 (adds latest polling, Republicans > adds Sanford and Walsh, decreases stats of various Democratic candidates, increases stats for Biden, sets Republican debates threshold to 25%, and more), adds a primaries news story after weekly public polls released that gives boost to candidate 1st in polls (if primaries competitive), decreases how powerful Ground Ops are, fixes a bug with %s in primaries, and more.

Note: this version changes spacebarring to close various screens to ‘n’.

If you are a President Infinity owner on subscription (or if you purchased President Infinity within the last year), you are eligible for this upgrade (if not, you can add a subscription here).

This is a comprehensive update.

You can download this release by requesting a download e-mail at the link below. From the e-mail, click the link to the web page.

To update: http://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/

Version information: https://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/president-infinity-version-information/

What’s new in this upgrade from the previous sneak-peek (v. 3.1.0).

  • adds September 10th, 2019 start date
  • added ‘pop undecideds’ functionality (game engine treats ‘undecided’ as an unstable state, and ‘pops’ voters to a candidate with + momentum who is tied for 1st in their Favorability scores at a rate that tends to cause fewer undecideds)
  • Primaries > added weekly news story after polls, gives + momentum to leader 1st in poll
  • Constituency Screen > moved up and down buttons for leaders to right, made bigger
  • decreased how powerful Ground Ops are (Org. Strength x Footsoldiers), now if up to 7 days out is full powered, else up to 20 days out is 0.5, else up to 40 days out is 0.3, else up to 60 days out is 0.2, else up to 80 days out is 0.1, else up to 100 days out is 0.05, else up to 200 days out is 0.01, else is 0
  • Primaries > fixed bug in %s if turnout was a low value for a region (%s would suddenly be split evenly between all candidates, then switch back to accurate %s)
  • updated 2020
    • Republicans > added Joe Walsh, Mark Sanford
    • Relations > Biden-Warren, Sanders, Buttigieg, Yang, O’Rourke, Klobuchar, Steyer, Delaney, Tim Ryan, Bennet, Williamson, de Blasio, Messam, Bullock, Sestak, Gillibrand, Inslee, Moulton, Hickenlooper None -> Good, Biden-Gabbard None -> Very Good, Harris-Gabbard None -> Bad, Harris-Booker None -> Good
    • PIPs > Biden 15 -> 20, Trump 15 -> 20, Weld 10 -> 5, Harris 10 -> 7, Booker 10 -> 7, O’Rourke 10 -> 7, Klobuchar 10 -> 7, Tim Ryan 10 -> 5, Bullock 10 -> 7, Inslee 10 -> 7, Hickenlooper 10 -> 7, Weld 10 -> 5
    • Polls > Republican primaries > new US
    • Polls > Democratic primaries > new US, IA, NH, SC, NV, WI, TX, NJ, VT, CO
    • Republicans > removed Weld, Walsh, and Sanford from primary ballots in KS, NV, AZ, and SC
    • Primaries > Republicans > Debates > raised % threshold to 25%
    • Primaries > News Story Profiles > NH, IA > 20 -> 15
    • strengthened Biden %s support structure
    • strengthened Sanders %s support structure
    • Biden > Spin 3 -> 5
    • Sanders > Ground 9 -> 5, Command 5 -> 4
    • Warren > Command 5 -> 4
    • Harris > Ads 3 -> 2, Research 3 -> 2, Polling 3 -> 2, Ground 3 -> 2, Command 3 -> 2, Strategic 3 -> 2
    • Buttigieg > Command 4 -> 2, Strategic 4 -> 2, Ground 1 -> 2
    • Booker > Command 4 -> 2, Strategic 4 -> 2, Ads 3 -> 2, Spin 3 -> 2, Fundraising 3 -> 2, Research 3 -> 2, Polling 3 -> 2, Ground 2 -> 1
    • O’Rourke > Ground 3 -> 2
    • Klobuchar > Research 2 -> 1, Command 2 -> 1
    • Steyer > Spin 5 -> 2, Fundraising 7 -> 2, Research 3 -> 2, Ads 5 -> 2
    • Gabbard > Ads 3 -> 2
    • Delaney > Command 2 -> 1
    • Tim Ryan > Command 2 -> 1
    • Trump > Polling > 3 -> 4, Fundraising 5 -> 7
    • Weld > Command, Strategic 3 -> 2, Fundraising 4 -> 2
    • Editor > reordered Dem candidates so ones still in race are at top
    • set Seth Moulton, Jay Inslee, Kirsten Gillibrand, to ‘off’, set respective start and end dates for campaigns
    • added Rep. Marcia Fudge as surrogate for Harris
    • Warren surrogate Raul Grijalva changed from TX to AZ

Prime Minister Infinity – Canada next release v. 3.1.0 for Windows and Mac

Prime Minister Infinity – Canada v. 3.1.0 for Windows and Mac has been released!

This adds Canada – 2019 and fixes a couple of bugs.

Note: this version changes spacebarring to close various screens to ‘n’.

More info here.

If you are a Prime Minister Infinity owner on subscription (or if you purchased Prime Minister Infinity within the last year), you are eligible for this upgrade.

This is a comprehensive update.

To update: http://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/

Version information: https://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/prime-minister-infinity-canada-version-information/

What’s new in this upgrade from the previous official release (v. 3.0.7)

  • added Canada – 2019
  • fixed bug in which stories computer players choose to spin
  • fixed bug doing ground effects

What’s new from the previous sneak-peek (v. 3.0.7b)

  • set People’s Party platform
  • fine-tuned other party platforms
  • set national issue profiles
  • set all national issue centres to ‘Center’
  • set placeholder regional issue centres
  • Endorsers > Gregor Robertson -> Kennedy Stewart, Liberals -> 25, NDP -> 75
  • Endorsers > CUPE > NDP 25 -> 50
  • Independents > new blurb
  • Independents > Surrogates > -> Jody Wilson-Raybould, Jane Philpott
  • Trudeau > Corruption 3 -> 7
  • Scheer > Corruption 5 -> 4
  • Scheer > Experience 5 -> 6
  • Bernier > lowered Campaign Attributes
  • Bernier > Surrogates > Lauren Harper -> Laura Lynn Tyler Thompson
  • Scheer, Singh, Blanchet > updated home ridings
  • updated party funds (Lib -> $25M, Con -> $35M, NDP -> $15M, Green -> $5M)
  • issues > updated party and leader issue positions
  • updated %s > Vancouver Island, Longueuil-Saint-Hubert
  • issues > removed Senate Reform

Prime Minister Infinity – Canada next release sneak-peek v. 3.0.7b for Windows

Prime Minister Infinity – Canada v. 3.0.7b sneak-peek for Windows has been released!

This sneak-peek adds Canada – 2019.

Note: this version changes spacebarring to close various screens to ‘n’.

If you are a Prime Minister Infinity owner on subscription (or if you purchased Prime Minister Infinity within the last year), you are eligible for this upgrade.

This is a comprehensive update.

You can download this release by requesting a download e-mail at the link below. From the e-mail, click the link to the web page. On the web-page, there will be a ‘Sneak-peek’ link.

To update: http://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/

Version information: https://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/prime-minister-infinity-canada-version-information/

What’s new in this upgrade from the previous release (v. 3.0.7)

  • added Canada – 2019

Green party prospects

The Green party won 1 seat in the last Canadian federal election. They then won another seat in a by-election this year. They then had a sitting MP cross to the Green party, bringing their total in the current Parliament to 3.

What are their prospects for the upcoming election? This is how things look right now in the latest internal official Canada 2019 campaign.

You can see that they’re leading in 5 ridings. You can also see their riding strength is concentrated in B.C. (where they already have 2 ridings) and P.E.I. (where they almost won the Premiership recently).

(Note these numbers don’t account for the recent new MP in Quebec, which could make them competitive in another seat.)

If the Greens run a good campaign, given these numbers, it seems they could win double-digit seats in 2019.

Canada 2019 Issues

This is a provisional list of issues for the Canada 2019 campaign. Feedback welcome!

  • Affordable Housing
  • Budget and Deficit
  • Canada Post
  • Canadian Arts and Culture
  • Cell Phone Companies
  • Child Care
  • Climate Change
  • Coalitions
  • Corruption (SNC-Lavalin)
  • Crime
  • Dairy and Poultry Boards
  • Electoral Reform
  • Energy (Trans Mountain Pipeline)
  • Foreign Relations (China)
  • Health Care
  • Immigration
  • Indigenous Affairs
  • Jobs
  • Military Funding
  • Minimum Wage
  • National Security
  • Opioid Epidemic
  • Pensions
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Quebec Sovereignty
  • Senate Reform (probably will be removed)
  • Taxes
  • Transgender

Should the People’s Party be invited to the debates?

The People’s Party is a new political party in Canada, being formed in 2018 when Maxime Bernier, dissatisfied with the direction of the Conservative party, left.

Bernier is a sitting MP (and currently the only People’s Party MP), but he’s more than that. A former Cabinet member, he also received 49% of the vote in the 2017 Conservative leadership contest on the final round.

So he represents an important segment of political thought in the country. The party itself isn’t polling that well, but has already fielded a large number of candidates (more than either the NDP or Greens).

So should Bernier be in the October debates? My sense is yes, especially given the precedent in 2015 with the Green party, where May was invited to two debates despite being the only Green party MP, and similarly polling fairly poorly (around 4%, while the People’s Party is around 3% right now).

Prime Minister Infinity – Canada 2019 – how the map looks as of now

Here’s how the map looks as of now in the latest internal (not released yet) version of Prime Minister Infinity – Canada.

You can see that the Conservatives are ahead in %s, but behind in seats. Such are the wonders of ridings (constituencies) with First-Past-the-Post.

The Green party is getting close to surpassing the NDP as the 3rd party in Canada.

Also, you can see that no party is projected to have a majority – rather, it’s a race between the Liberals and Conservatives where, as things sit now, both would likely have a minority. If this holds, it means the smaller parties might be able to wield significant power in a new Parliament.

The polling this relies on is pre- the new ethics report on the Liberal government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair. %s will be updated as new polls come in.

Canada 2019 will most likely be released as an initial version within a week or so.

President Infinity next release sneak-peek v. 3.1.0

President Infinity v. 3.1.0 sneak-peek for Windows and Mac has been released!

This sneak-peek continues to update 2020 (latest polling from after July debates, Hickenlooper and Gravel to ‘off’, Elon Musk as Yang surrogate, modifies various Democratic candidate attributes, adds an August 15th, 2019 start date, and more), and more.

Note: this version changes spacebarring to close various screens to ‘n’.

(Note: for goals for this release cycle, Summer 2019, see here.)

If you are a President Infinity owner on subscription (or if you purchased President Infinity within the last year), you are eligible for this upgrade.

This is a comprehensive update.

You can download this release by requesting a download e-mail at the link below. From the e-mail, click the link to the web page. On the web-page, there will be a ‘Sneak-peek’ link.

To update: http://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/

Version information: https://270soft.com/updates-redownloads/president-infinity-version-information/

What’s new in this upgrade from the previous sneak-peek (v. 3.0.9).

  • Primaries > added start date August 15th, 2019
  • Hickenlooper > Start > ‘off’ -> August 15th, 2019, ‘on’ -> March 4th, 2019
  • Gravel > Start > ‘off’ -> August 1st, 2019 , ‘on’ -> April 2nd, 2019
  • Yang > Surrogates > added Elon Musk
  • Warren > Surrogate > added Rep. Raul Grijalva of TX
  • Polls > Democratic primaries > added new IA, NH, NV, SC, CA, OK, WI, WA, PA, NC, TX, and US polls
  • reordered default Dem candidates
  • O’Rourke > Command and Strategy 3 -> 2
  • Booker > Command and Strategy 5 -> 4
  • Gillibrand > Charisma 4 -> 5, Command, Strategy, Ads, Spin, Fundraising, Research 3 -> 2
  • Klobuchar > Command and Strategy 3 -> 2
  • Inslee > Integrity 5 -> 6, Charisma 5 -> 4, Issue Familiarity 5 -> 6, Command and Strategy 3 -> 2
  • Gabbard > Command and Strategy 3 -> 2, Ground 1 -> 2
  • Delaney > Issue Familiarity 5 -> 6, Command and Strategy 3 -> 2
  • Castro > Debating 6 -> 7, Command, Strategy, and Ads 3 -> 2
  • Hickenlooper > Command, Strategy, and Ads 3 -> 2
  • Ryan > Command and Strategy 3 -> 2
  • Buttigieg > Leadership 5 -> 6, Command and Strategy 3 -> 4, Ground 3 -> 1, Ads and Spin 1 -> 2
  • Yang > Ground 2 -> 3
  • Moulton > Command and Strategy 3 -> 2, Charisma 6 -> 5
  • Gravel > Integrity 8 -> 6, Charisma 3 -> 2, Stamina 3 -> 2, Command and Strategy 2 -> 1, Ground 1 -> 2
  • Bennet > Charisma 5 -> 4, Debate 6 -> 5
  • Williamson > Ground 1 -> 2
  • Messam > Command and Strategy > 2 -> 1
  • Bullock > Command, Strategy, Fundraising and Research 3 -> 2
  • Sestak > Command and Strategy > 2 -> 1
  • fixed bug in which stories computer players choose to spin
  • general election > fixed bug doing ground effects
  • removed 2015 primaries polls
  • removed 2016 general election polls
  • endorsers.xml > removed second root element