CONVENTION WRAP-UP: Civic convention unifies, Conservatives rally, and Centre begins its landmark journey

Today we will be wrapping up coverage of the final three conventions due to their overlapping timelines.


CIVIC CONVENTION:

Senator Quentin Kennedy accepts the VP nomination of the Civic Party.

Civic Party leaders and delegates met in District 6 to designate Senators Patrick Newsom (D3) and Quentin Kennedy (D6) as their standard-bearers for the upcoming election.

The convention served as a source of party unity following what was a brutally-fought primary for the presidency. Samuel Trenton, the defeated rival of now-nominee Patrick Newsom, introduced the senator and called him “one of the greatest leaders in this country’s history.” Former President and previous party leader Cecelia Paylor lauded Newsom and Kennedy with praise, declaring them “just what the party and this country needs at this tumultuous time.” The speaker list is below.

Speakers (Night One): 

  • Fannie Bush, actress (D2)
  • Kyra Close, candidate for representative (D1)
  • Nic Martel, candidate for representative (D7)
  • Walter Rigby, candidate for governor (D11)
  • Sawyer Coburn, businessman and candidate for governor (D9)
  • Raylin Kramer, senator (D6)
  • Quentin Kennedy, senator and nominee for vice president (D6)

Speakers (Night Two): 

  • Amelia Vance, representative (D10)
  • Valerie Wilkins, representative (D6)
  • Tom Dawkins, representative (D3)
  • Sadie Myers, former senator (D3)
  • Ivy Spellings, First Lady of District 3 (D3)
  • Bertram Spellings, governor (D3)
  • Russell Paylor, former First Gentleman of Panem (D8)
  • Cecelia Paylor, national security advisor, former President, and party founder (D8)
  • Samuel Trenton, former Cabinet secretary, former Speaker, previous VP nominee, and candidate for president (Capitol)
  • Patrick Newsom, senator and nominee for president (D3)

CONSERVATIVE CONVENTION:

Marvel Wheeler, D4 district representative.

Meeting in District 4, the Conservative Party convened their third quadrennial party convention. This year, however, brought a convention with new party leaders and a brighter picture for the Conservatives in comparison to last convention, where Rick Canth and Jackson Canth were nominated amid major disapproval and mass walkouts that resulted in an independent ticket.

Conservatives rallied around former Gov. Kaitlyn Jones and her running mate, former Sec. Delia Sutherland, declaring them “the only sane choices in this insane political world.” Notable absences included the Canths, but for good reason: Jones and Sutherland categorically denied their endorsements and declared the pair to be “persona non grata” in Conservative circles for their illegal actions. The speaker list is below.

Speakers (Day One):

  • Annise Byrd, district representative and candidate for governor (D6)
  • Marvel Wheeler, district representative (D4)
  • Cooper McPharlin, activist and candidate for governor (D1)
  • Regina Durant, businesswoman and candidate for representative (D13)
  • Julian Gibson, district representative (D6)
  • Belinda Copley, representative and former LG (D6)
  • Lynn Germaine, former Secretary of Intelligence (D4)
  • Robert F. Maxwell, businessman (D4)
  • Delia Sutherland, former Secretary of the Interior and nominee for VP (D4)

Speakers (Day Two):

  • Cam Bullock, district senator and candidate for representative (D12)
  • Victoria Warren, district senator and candidate for representative (D14)
  • Deon Masterson, district representative and candidate for representative (D15)
  • Kurtis Pierce, former Secretary of the Treasury and candidate for president (D2)
  • Jack Oliver, former Secretary of Global Development and candidate for VP (D11)
  • Carl Parsons, representative and former LG (D11)
  • Andrew Jones, former First Gentleman of District 11 (D11)
  • Kaitlyn Jones, former governor and nominee for president (D11)

CENTRE CONVENTION:

Senator Julie Roydon accepts the Centre Party presidential nomination.

The convention circuit ended with the Centre Party’s inaugural convention in District 13. The convention was a landmark for the fledgling party, which is currently in its first presidential election cycle.

The convention’s main goal was to display a conclusive vision for the Centre ticket, as the main attack that the Roydon/Christian ticket receives is a lack of clear goals for the nation. Speakers hit on a conservative economic policy, a liberal domestic policy, and a pragmatic approach to foreign policy. A speaker list is below.

Speakers (Day One):

  • Donald Beck, representative and candidate for governor (D6)
  • Stephanie Peters, representative (D15)
  • Lorrie Trent, district senator and candidate for representative (D1)
  • Glenn Beckham, actor and candidate for governor (D7)
  • Rachel Cross, district representative and candidate for representative (D15)
  • Adrianne Horsfall, representative and candidate for governor (D1)
  • Dillan Christian, representative (D10)
  • Matthias Christian, representative and nominee for VP (D10)

Speakers (Day Two):

  • Isabel Calhoun, representative (D2)
  • Natalia MacGregor, district senator and candidate for representative (D4)
  • Rita McDaniel, representative (D11)
  • Tim Coombs, representative (D1)
  • Brady Hanley, representative (D14)
  • Sextimus Dalton, former VP candidate, former representative, and former lieutenant governor (D5)
  • Clarke Randall, senator and Centre Senate Leader (D9)
  • Joseph Garrett, senator (D15)
  • Michael Roydon, husband of presidential nominee Julie Roydon (Capitol)
  • Julie Roydon, senator and nominee for president (Capitol)
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BREAKING: Newsom selects Senator Quentin Kennedy as Civic running mate

Senator Patrick Newsom, the Civic Party’s presumptive nominee for president, announced his pick for the Civic vice presidential nomination today at a rally in District 6. 

Newsom selected Senator Quentin Kennedy as his running mate for the general election. This was following the release of a four-person VP shortlist released by Newsom a month ago that in addition to Kennedy also included former Sen. Sadie Myers, presidential candidate Samuel Trenton, and Rep. Amelia Vance. All of the VP shortlist contenders were onstage at the rally to offer a full-fledged set of endorsements for the new Civic ticket.

“I selected Quentin Kennedy because we deserve to have a Civic revival. That means that we need to ensure that the freshest ideas are at our forefront, and Senator Kennedy has been an innovator since his first step in the Capitol. He is a man of integrity, honesty, and unity, and I believe he will serve as a fantastic vice president.” — Senator Patrick Newsom (Civic-D3)

The rally came off as a key unifying moment for the Civic Party, one that may go further in unifying the party once the ticket is formally nominated at the Civic National Convention.

The selection of Kennedy was clearly meant to build a bridge to Civic voters that were less than enthusiastic about supporting Newsom while also ensuring that undecided voters would see a fresh option on the ballot. Kennedy has served as a mainstream progressive in Congress, which both sides of the Civic Party will see as a plus. His selection is likely to be viewed as an attempt to gain voters from Labor, Liberty, and Centre, an arduous but potentially fruitful plan.

With the Newsom-Kennedy ticket finalized, every party’s ticket is now set for the general election. In case you need a refresher, a breakdown is featured below:

PARTY               PRESIDENT          VICE PRESIDENT

Liberty               Peeta Mellark       Rebecca Tarson

Labor                 Iris Canstrom        Jace Walters

Civic                  Patrick Newsom   Quentin Kennedy

Conservative   Kaitlyn Jones         Delia Sutherland

Centre              Julie Roydon         Matthias Christian

LABNC: Canstrom crowned as Labor pres. nominee amid VP infighting

The Labor Party National Convention was held in District 9 over the past two days. Labor Party officials hoped to provide a convention that would not only show a clear-cut alternative to the Mellark administration, but also provide enough newsworthy moments to catch voters’ attention.

The LabNC managed to get wall-to-wall coverage after all. Held June 24th and 25th, the convention caught attention first for the heated battle for the vice presidential nomination and then for the speeches of D4 Rep. Sylvenia Denton and presidential nominee Sen. Iris Canstrom.


NIGHT ONE:

Night one featured nine speakers, all speaking to the vision of a united Labor Party with a clear and conclusive vision. Three of these speakers were candidates for governorships: Shannon Barker (D1), Haylie Shepard (D6), and Ashton North (D11). By having these districtwide candidates speak, it became clear that Labor was showing the nation that they were serious about providing a true alternative to Liberty policies.

Between the districtwide candidate speeches and the vice presidential speeches, delegates on the floor conducted business as planned. Following the primaries, no candidate for vice president reached the needed delegate count of 1,925 to become the nominee. As such, Rep. Teraton Wendle, former Gov. Thomas Stemp, and former. Sen. Ophelie Murray were left to battle for the nomination on a second ballot: something that has only happened once before, and something that is notoriously volatile. Sen. Murray was nominated by former senator Katrina Rowland (D4) and seconded by Vera Adler, former D3 governor. Gov. Stemp was nominated by Senator Jace Walters (D10) and seconded by former governor Walter Delta (D11). Rep. Wendle was nominated by Sen. Lindsay Richards (D10) and seconded by former senator Zena Gates (Capitol).

The first ballot, as expected, was as follows:

Teraton Wendle –  1,850
Thomas Stemp   –  1,550
Ophelie Murray  –    500

Following this ballot, delegates were released from the binds placed upon them by the party and were able to switch their votes as they saw fit. The second ballot ended up inconclusive as well, with movement towards Stemp:

Teraton Wendle –  1,745
Thomas Stemp   –  1,690
Ophelie Murray  –    465

Stemp’s campaign went into overdrive as they saw an opportunity to flip delegates to win the nomination. Wendle’s team went into crisis mode to prevent their lead from collapsing. Murray found herself as a kingmaker in the nomination fight; should she endorse either side, it’s likely that the candidate she chose would easily win due to her delegates. However, Murray chose to withhold an endorsement until after a third ballot. The third ballot results were as follows:

Teraton Wendle –  1,705
Thomas Stemp   –  1,675
Ophelie Murray  –     415
Jace Walters        –     105

The worst fears of Wendle and Stemp’s campaigns had materialized; without an endorsement prior to the third ballot from Murray, some delegates had become dissatisfied with their choices, resulting in the nomination of a fourth candidate in Senator Jace Walters. Walters decided to let the nomination stand, despite his previous refusal to run for federal office. The fourth ballot was now set to become a test on if Walters could manage to strip more delegates to make himself a full force for the nomination. The fourth ballot results were as follows:

Teraton Wendle –  1,490
Thomas Stemp   –  1,435
Jace Walters       –     670
Ophelie Murray –     305

With the fourth ballot, Walters clearly stripped of delegates from each opponent, causing him to catapult ahead of Murray in the delegate count. Murray as a result withdrew from the contest, endorsing Walters.

“We now have a clear choice on who our vice president should be: Jace Walters. While I would love to serve, I cannot secure this nomination. Senator Walters, however, can. He can lead this party into a new era, one that will bring true leadership to the Capitol. I strongly urge you to vote for Walters on the fifth ballot.” — former Senator Ophelie Murray (Labor-D3)

The results of the fifth ballot were as follows:

Jace Walters        –  1,330
Thomas Stemp    –  1,325
Teraton Wendle –  1,245

Murray’s departure, as expected, rocked the race. Her 305 delegates provided a boost to Walters that encouraged many of Wendle and Stemp’s delegates to balk for Walters. Walters, as a result, then held a five-delegate lead over Stemp heading into a sixth ballot, with Wendle in third. The result of the sixth ballot was as follows:

Jace Walters        –   1,825
Teraton Wendle –    1,110

Thomas Stemp    –     975

Following the sixth ballot, it became clear that Walters was likely to end up the nominee. Stemp’s delegates ditched for Walters heavily on the sixth ballot in a surprise to observers. Despite the significant momentum of Walters, Wendle and Stemp refused to leave the field, stating they would ride this out to the end. The results of the seventh ballot were as follows:

Jace Walters        –   1,980
Teraton Wendle –   1,005

Thomas Stemp    –     925

On the seventh ballot, Senator Jace Walters secured the vice presidential nomination of the Labor Party with 1,980 delegates. For the second time in Labor history, one of their nominees would be someone unexpectedly selected at their convention after a competitive primary in which no candidate would end up the nominee.

 

An excerpt from Senator Walters’ acceptance speech:

“Mr. Chairman, delegates, and my friends in the Labor Party, I hereby accept the nomination of the Labor Party for Vice President of the Republic of Panem! While I know that I did not run for this, I feel that it is my job to unite this party. I thank Senator Murray, Governor Stemp, and Representative Wendle for their hard campaign and their devotion to the values that the Labor Party holds so dear. I will undoubtedly seek their counsel in the challenges I will soon face.

The Labor Party has hit a defining crossroads. We can either choose to move forward as a party that is defined by our past, one that is defined by our present, or one that is defined by our future. My friends, we cannot afford to be a party of the past. We must avoid our previous mistakes. We cannot afford to dwell on the petty divisions of the present either. We must look to the future, to that bright future on the horizon. We must continue to look to unite our party in order to get the ideals of this party across the finish line.

There is too much at stake in this election. We cannot afford another four years of catastrophic failure abroad. We cannot afford any more failure for our children on the front of education, or any more abuse to our citizens by the corporations of Panem.

We cannot afford to let this country falter in the face of a president who is clearly in over his head. We must rescue this country. We must unite for the greater good, and we must win this election.” — Senator and VP nominee Jace Walters (Labor-D10)


NIGHT TWO:

Night two featured the remaining eleven speakers, featuring some of the most prominent members of the Labor Party.

Senator Iris Canstrom accepts the Labor Party presidential nomination.

The most noteworthy speeches belonged to Sec. Walter Delta, Sec. Joan Kindred, and former nominee Felicia Ren; however, the most noticed one belonged to Rep. Sylvenia Denton. Denton did not endorse Canstrom following her victory, and the offer for her to speak at the convention was considered to largely be a formality. However, Denton accepted against the odds, leading many to wonder if she would endorse in the speech.

That, however, did not occur. In fact, Denton decided to bash the Labor Party and alleged that Canstrom had stolen the nomination. Following this, she then decided to announce she would not be endorsing Canstrom for president or Walters for vice president, leading to the firebrand representative being booed off of the stage.

Senator Canstrom was nominated to be the Labor presidential nominee by former governor Felicia Ren (D8) and seconded by both former senator Patricia Mann (D9) and former Secretary of Transportation Joan Kindred (D5).

Below are some excerpts of the notable speeches.


“For too long the Liberty Party has ignored you, the working people of this country. After four years of this president, let’s not make another mistake by letting these policies continue.” — Former Secretary of Agriculture, governor, VP nominee, and presidential candidate Walter Delta (Labor-D11)

“You know, I won this race. I should be accepting this nomination. Instead, I’m here, where I was informed that I’d be endorsing the Labor nominees. Let me tell you: after the hell this party put me through in the primary, I’m not endorsing either nominee. This process was fraudulent. Iris Canstrom and especially Jace Walters are frauds.” — Representative and former presidential candidate Sylvenia Denton (Labor-D4)

“Well, I definitely do not agree with Representative Denton, and I sure hope she apologizes for accepting a speaker slot just to bash the party that she’s supposed to be a part of.

What I do know is that Iris Canstrom is no fraud. She’s the real deal. I may have been wanting this nomination, but I’ve got to say that I’m glad that Iris won. She’s an incredible worker, one that will actually represent Panem well. She’s going to make sure our foreign policy is stable and that our country is at least here for our grandchildren.” — Former Secretary of Transportation, representative, VP nominee, and presidential candidate Joan Kindred (Labor-D5)

“When I decided not to run for the Labor nomination for a third time, many were surprised. I’ll tell you why I did that: so we could get a new face, one that shows Panem we mean business. No one shows that more than Iris Canstrom. She’s represented District 9 tremendously in the Senate and the Labor Party as our leader in the Senate. She is capable of crossing the aisle, as we did to unite with Civic to create the Red-Green Coalition. She’s prepared to take the White House by storm and evict Peeta Mellark. She’s ready to help us take this country back!” — Former governor and two-time Labor presidential nominee Felicia Ren (Labor-D8)

“Mr. Chairman, delegates, Labor Party members, and all those who are watching tonight, I am glad to accept the presidential nomination of the Labor Party of Panem!

Boy, it has been an exciting convention process, hasn’t it? I’d like to take a moment to congratulate my running mate Jace Walters on his nomination yesterday. You know, when I asked him to consider running earlier this year, he told me that he wouldn’t dare consider it. I can say without a doubt that I’ll be proud to have him as my vice president.

Panem is at a fork in the road. Behind us are eight years of hapless right-wing policy under two different presidents. Our country is still recovering from the shock of a president who cheated his way into the presidency, and one who is clearly in over his head. Ahead of us are five different paths, and I’d like to detail where those paths lead.

First there is a path that leads to President Peeta Mellark being reelected. It involves four more years of destructive foreign policy, useless domestic policy, and misguided economic policy.

The second path leads to a President Kaitlyn Jones. We would see no accomplishments under a President Jones, simply failure. It would be simply returning to the Canth administration, except perhaps with less scandal.

The third path gives us a President Julie Roydon. A President Roydon is an incredible enigma, for not even she knows what she believes. It would all fall to which lobbyists reach her first.

The fourth path is lucrative, but isn’t the right one. A President Patrick Newsom may sound good to progressives, but he is not nearly prepared to deal with the politics of the Capitol, nor is he prepared to deal with this country’s foreign policy. He’s misguided in many of his policies, and it would lead to no left-wing party holding the presidency after him for at least a generation. It would be an incredible step backwards not just for Labor, but also the entire left.

The final path is the correct one. With me as president, you will see true progressive reform. We will hold corporations accountable for their actions. We will ensure that lobbyists aren’t involved in government decision making. We will reign in our overreaching foreign policy. We will make sure that this country is run FOR the citizens and BY the citizens, not for the highest bidder like these other parties would prefer. It’s high time that we have an administration that is transparent, open, and accountable to its electorate. Let’s take back Panem together.” — Senate Labor Leader and presidential nominee Iris Canstrom (Labor-D9)

FLASHPOLLING:

If you were to vote today for Panem’s next president, who would you choose?

Peeta Mellark (Liberty): 26 percent

Iris Canstrom (Labor): 24 percent

Kaitlyn Jones (Conservative): 17 percent

Patrick Newsom (Civic): 15 percent

Julie Roydon (Centre): 13 percent

Undecided: 5 percent

 

If you were to vote today for Panem’s next vice president, who would you choose?

Rebecca Tarson (Liberty): 25 percent

Matthias Christian (Centre): 20 percent

Jace Walters (Labor): 19 percent

Delia Sutherland (Conservative): 18 percent

Civic nominee: 12 percent

Undecided: 6 percent

The flashpolling, taken following the convention’s close, showed a massive boost for the Labor ticket, mostly at the expense of the Civic ticket. It also demolished the large lead that Liberty had accumulated from their convention, putting both races within sight for every candidate running. Jace Walters, however, is not quite polling as well as Canstrom is; this is likely due to that he was just introduced to the electorate as the nominee and lacks name recognition. Due to this, the race for VP, if conducted right now, would lead to a runoff between Vice President Tarson and Matthias Christian, the Centre nominee; however, Walters is already closing that gap.

With the jump for the Labor nominees, the Liberty ticket should be very concerned. If such jumps occur for Civic, Centre, and the Conservatives, it’s incredibly likely that another candidate will eventually take the lead before election day and almost certain that we will see this nation’s first runoff election for president and vice president.

LABNC COVERAGE: Two-day convention; speakers announced

The Labor National Convention is set to begin in two days in District 9, the home of presidential nominee Iris Canstrom. The event, which is likely to be the last convention of the five major party conventions to last more than a single day, will be closely watched as many check to see if the Labor Party can compete with the grandiose Liberty National Convention that ended yesterday night.

The main attraction to the LabNC is the hotly-contested vice presidential nomination battle. Representative Teraton Wendle, who leads the Labor Party in the federal House of Representatives, currently leads in the delegate count, but did not achieve an outright majority of delegates in the primaries, leading to a second ballot. This second ballot, of course, will unbind the delegates, allowing them to pick their preferred candidate, whether it be Wendle, former Governor Thomas Stemp, or former Senator Ophelie Murray, or potentially another person who did not run for vice president.

The speaker list is as follows:

Day One:

Vera Adler, former governor (D3)

Lindsay Richards, senator (D10)

Zena Gates, former Senator (Capitol)

Shannon Barker, district senator and candidate for governor (D1)

Haylie Shepard, representative and candidate for governor (D6)

Ashton North, district representative and candidate for governor (D11)

Ophelie Murray, former senator and candidate for VP (D3)

Thomas Stemp, former governor and candidate for VP (D1)

Teraton Wendle, House Labor Leader and candidate for VP (D2)

Day Two:

Katrina Rowland, former senator (D4)

Patricia Mann, former senator (D9)

Connor Howe, district senator and candidate for governor (D7)

Suzanne Reed, district representative and candidate for governor (D10)

Carson Delaney, representative and candidate for governor (D9)

Jared Dean, businessman and candidate for governor (D15)

Walter Delta, former Secretary of Agriculture and former VP nominee (D11)

Sylvenia Denton, representative (D4)

Joan Kindred, former Secretary of Transportation and former VP nominee (D5)

Felicia Ren, former governor and two-time presidential nominee (D8)

Iris Canstrom, Senate Labor Leader and presumptive presidential nominee (D9)


The list is a clear indication of how Labor plans to distinguish their slate of candidates. Though they are focused on making sure Canstrom and her to-be-determined running mate make it across the finish line, the selection of gubernatorial candidates to speak is intended to show that Labor is serious about making sure their districtwide candidates are also at the forefront of people’s minds when they vote. There are seven districts that hold their districtwide elections concurrently with the presidential election, and that is often blown over by parties, leaving Liberty wide open to gaining seats due to the party’s institutional strength.

LNC COVERAGE: Mellark/Tarson nominated for second term; Descoteauxs, Ellsworth, Benson, and Warner achieve national stardom

The Liberty National Convention dominated network coverage for the past four days despite concerns that President Peeta Mellark and his party were losing support from the overall electorate. Along with that coverage came some new stars as well.

The LNC, hosted by District 14 from June 15th to June 19th, featured seventy-three Liberty Party officeholders and candidates from across the nation who spoke on the successes of the Mellark presidency and the effectiveness of Liberty policies. The convention speakers ranged from congressional candidates to governors, senators, and representatives, and of course to the nominees themselves.


NIGHT ONE:

Night one’s theme according to the LibNC was “Rising for a Greater World,” and the convention speakers made their message loud and clear: the Mellark foreign policy agenda, despite a slip-up in Greece, was an overwhelming success in the President’s first term. While many of the earlier speakers spoke to the successes of the administration in general, the primetime “headliner” speakers drove the point home with precision and accuracy.

It was no mistake who had been selected for night one; the Secretary of the Treasury (Rosalie Descoteaux), the Secretary of State (Celine Oswald), the Ambassador to the Council of Nations (Elizabeth Steinbeck), the Secretary-General of the Council of Nations (Trevor Patton), and the First Lady (Katniss Everdeen) all have incredible prowess in international affairs and have been credited with much of Panem’s success abroad since the Panem Revolution.

Aside from the speakers, the Liberty delegates conducted their rules meeting with little to no issue.

Excerpts from the headliners:

“Four years ago, I ran for president with the intention of bringing this country back to greatness. I had no doubt in my mind that this country deserved better than what we received under President Canth, especially in foreign policy. Under President Mellark, I have found that this administration’s policies have had a clear effect on the world: Panem is guiding the world to a clear, safe future, and we are going to continue that for the next four years.” — Ambassador to the Council of Nations Elizabeth Steinbeck (Independent-D8)

“When I was governor of this very district, we encountered attacks on the soil of District 14 of the likes we hadn’t seen since World War III. However, under President Everdeen, those attacks ended quickly. We saw that same swiftness with President Mellark. He delivered a strong message to our enemies: strike us, and we will ensure that you will never strike again.” — Secretary of the Treasury Rosalie Descoteaux (Liberty-D14)

“As secretary of state, I have long pushed for diplomacy with the nations of this great planet, expressing to them that Panem should be their ally, not a foe. I can tell you without question tonight: never have we had such success abroad than under the Mellark administration.” — Secretary of State Celine Oswald (Liberty-D13)

“For the first time since the end of World War III, we now have an international community that is actively working together to ensure that this world is a safe place to live in. The key to this success has been Panem’s leadership. Without a strong leader on the world stage such as President Mellark, we wouldn’t be at our most peaceful moment in recent history.” — Secretary-General of the Council of Nations Trevor Patton (Independent-D2)

“Beyond a doubt, my husband is prepared to serve you as president for four more years. We have had our turbulent times, but even in the worst of these past four years, they are infinitely better than that of our past. We are moving forward in to an era of world history with Panem at the front of the world stage, leading fiercely against tyranny and ensuring that our children are safe and that no person should ever have to suffer for their freedom. It doesn’t matter if you look here or if you look at our foreign policy: Panem, over the last four years, has become a true leader. We are truly rising for a greater world, and we are certainly rising for a greater Panem.” — First Lady of Panem Katniss Everdeen (Liberty-D12)

 

NIGHT TWO:

Night two’s theme according to the LibNC was “Rising for a Greater Future,” with speakers focused on Panem innovation and the economic success of the Mellark administration. It also was a test run for multiple officeholders who are regarded as Liberty’s rising stars, giving these politicians a chance to show off to a national crowd. Headliners such as Sen. Jacqueline Warner, Sen. Valère Descoteaux, Sec. of Defense Jonathan Madison, and Sec. of Intelligence and former President Dale Wilson testified to the belief that Panem’s best days are not behind us but rather in the future, and the best way to achieve success in the future is through a second Mellark term.

Aside from the speakers, the Liberty delegates conducted their formal nomination process for president and vice president. President Mellark was nominated for president by D12 Governor Lynnette Cortez, and seconded by D15 Governor Gale Hawthorne. As customary for the presidential nomination process of Panem’s major parties, Liberty delegates went district by district, declaring their delegate counts for their district’s choice for president. As Mellark stood unopposed, every district delivered all their delegates to him. As the President was set to go over the top of the delegate threshold with District 8, Districts 8, 9, 10, and 11 deferred their vote in favor of District 12 voting before them, allowing Mellark’s home district to push the President over the top. Mellark was nominated as president as the result. Following this, Vice President Tarson was nominated again for vice president by former D12 Governor Gertrude Hampton and seconded by seconded by Secretary Rosalie Descoteaux. As is custom with uncontested VP nominations, Tarson was nominated by the Liberty delegates by a unanimous voice vote.

One particularly unscripted moment of the convention occurred between Secretary Madison and Secretary Wilson’s speeches. A video statement from President Mellark, which was not previously disclosed to attendees or to media, was met with great applause from the convention crowds. Mellark, in this statement, hailed the great innovation in Panem and announced that he would move forward in an ambitious plan to be the first country in modern times to send humans to space. “There’s no doubt that with our technology and the resources we have available that we can reach the heavens. We as a nation should lead, and humankind has much to benefit from exploring the vastness of the cosmos. That’s why I am challenging this great nation to lead in another way: in my second term, it will be my goal as president to see astronauts on the Moon in two years.

Another surprise was the moving of Governor Royce Melbourne from night three to night two. He remained a headliner, however.

Excerpts from the headliners:

“As citizens in Panem, we should always have our mind on the future. We should be deciding what will be best for this country not just now, but ten, twenty, fifty years down the road. What are we going to leave our children to inherit? My wish is for our children to inherit a country they can be proud of. One that is a leader in innovation, one that leads the world in every category of success.” — Senator Jacqueline Warner (Liberty-D7)

“The future of this country lies with our success in innovation. President Mellark is right: we should not be afraid to reach for the stars. We are Panem. We have jumped every hurdle in our path as a nation, and we should strive for greatness.” — Senator Valère Descoteaux (Liberty-D14)

“As governor, District 14 has seen exponential growth, with multiple European corporations deciding to move their businesses to the nation of Panem. This isn’t a fluke: it’s because Panem innovates. Panem is good for business. And together we can show the world that Panem leads.” — Governor Royce Melbourne (Liberty-D14)

“In the Department of Defense, tradition is a luxury. We cannot afford to be anything but up to date with the current technology. Let me tell you something: when the rest of the world starts to ask you if they can purchase your technology, you might be doing something right.” — Secretary of Defense Jonathan Madison (Liberty-D4)

“Peeta Mellark and Rebecca Tarson, at the root of it all, are innovators in the truest sense of the word. They have reformed Panem for the better, making it easier for Panem to innovate, to set our goals higher than ever thought possible. I have no doubt that in a second term, our nation will reach the moon and Mars. In fact, I think we can go even further.” — Secretary of Intelligence and former President of the Republic of Panem Dale Wilson (Liberty-D4)

NIGHT THREE:

Night three’s theme according to the LibNC was “Rising for a Greater Government,” with speakers focused on the success of the Mellark administration in making government more efficient and the cutting of government regulations. The speakers of night three were household names, such as Secretary Oaksmith, Governor Hawthorne, Governor Cersisa, and of course Rebecca Tarson.

A big surprise came when an additional unscripted headliner came to the podium: Chief of Staff Melanie DeFrancis. DeFrancis, a former Press Secretary and editor-in-chief of The Panem Free Press, has no formal political experience, and her appearance for a headliner speech was unexpected.

 

The final speech of the evening was given by Vice President Rebecca Tarson, who accepted her renomination by the Liberty Party for the vice presidency. Following her speech, she was joined onstage by her family.

 

 

 

Excerpts from the headliners:

“Under President Mellark’s administration, this country now has the ability to ascertain energy dominance for generations. We no longer need to rely on foreign imports of energy resources following deregulation, and that is a success in my book.” — Secretary of the Interior Amy Oaksmith (Liberty-D7)

“As one of this nation’s sixteen chief executives, I can testify to the fact that the Canth administration made it impossible for us to govern. The Mellark administration, however, has made it possible to lead again.” — Governor Gale Hawthorne (Liberty-D15)

“Panem’s businesses, from a mom-and-pop shop in District 9 to the largest corporation, are now free to fully participate in our economy. Strangulating our businesses and our industries isn’t the way to win, and President Mellark proved that.” — Chief of Staff Melanie DeFrancis (Liberty-D3)

“Our nation, after four years of the Mellark administration, is showing incredible signs of improvement over what we had four years ago. Now our nation’s children are well funded for their schooling, our economy is well on the rise, and the era of red tape is over.” — Governor, former Chief of Staff, and former Vice President of the Republic of Panem Harold Cersisa (Liberty-D4)

“Thank you, Panem! Madam Chairwoman and voters across this great nation, I gladly accept this nomination for Vice President of the Republic of Panem! Over the past four years, we have made great progress in our fight to bring Panem back to greatness. We have fought for a better life for our citizens, to ensure their safety, and to ensure that the future of this great nation is as great as the present is now. I can say here without a doubt that we have succeeded, and we can’t stop now.” — Vice President of the Republic of Panem and Liberty Party VP nominee Rebecca Tarson (Liberty-D12)

NIGHT FOUR:

Night four’s theme according to the LibNC was “Rising for a Greater Panem.” The final night was meant to serve as the culmination of much fervor and excitement, featuring headliners from the districts that President Mellark’s opponents come from. Those headliners were Sen. Wesley Benson (Capitol), Sen. Michael Debroff (D11), Sen. Jacob Ellsworth (D3), and Gov. Trenton Escavel (D9). The four each made the case for the President against their district’s respective challenger.

The final speech of the convention was given by President Peeta Mellark, who accepted his renomination by the Liberty Party for the presidency. Following his speech, he was joined onstage by the First Lady (who also serves as LibNC chair), the President’s son and daughter, Vice President Rebecca Tarson, and her family as balloons showered the audience, leading the convention to a close.

Excerpts from the headliners:

“Let me tell you something about my colleague in the Senate: Patrick Newsom may be a great guy, but he’s not ready to lead this country. He constantly pushes for causes that the people of Panem do not want, and those policies would not just be bad for Panem- they would be a million steps backward from the success that our party has shown over the past four years. President Mellark knows how to govern, and he’s prepared to govern again with your help.” — Senator Jacob Ellsworth (Liberty-D3)

“Iris Canstrom continues to tell this nation that we need higher taxes and more regulation. She tells us that we need a more hands-off foreign policy. She has chastised me personally as governor because I didn’t advance the initiatives of the Labor members of our legislature in District 9. Iris Canstrom is all about big government and intervening in your life. If she can’t even let me govern my district, why would she keep her hands off your tax dollars?” — Governor Trenton Escavel (Liberty-D9)

“As much as I enjoy serving with Julie Roydon, I’ve learned one thing about her in particular: Julie is not good at finding a true position on anything. That’s not just her, though, it’s the entirety of the Centre Party. They don’t know what they want to do with this nation, and they are simply not prepared to lead. Meanwhile, I can tell you for a fact that President Mellark is ready to lead, and he’s got a plan that will help Panem rise.” — Senator and former Chief Executive Wesley Benson (Liberty-Capitol)

“After four years, I would hope that Panem can see what the Conservative Party is about. The Conservatives have been nothing but secret in everything they do. There’s a reason that Panem sent virtually every Conservative officeholder home four years ago, including Kaitlyn Jones. It’s because their leadership was a failure for this country. It’s because their leaders lied directly to our faces. We damn sure should make plans not to allow that again.” — Senate Majority Leader Michael Debroff (Liberty-D11)

“Thank you, Panem! To my lovely wife and voters across this great nation, I gladly accept this nomination for President of the Republic of Panem! We as a nation have made great strides towards bringing this country back from the brink. We have won the war in Oceania, removing the threat of the OE forever and stabilizing a region that has not been truly stable since the third World War. We’ve seen a major economic rebound, one that sets record highs in our stock market and provides the lowest unemployment rate in nearly a decade. We’ve tackled issues such as infrastructure and education, ensuring that our future is ready for our children.

However, we have much to do. Our work cannot end here, and that is why we need each and every one of you to go and vote not just for me, not just for the Vice President, but for every Liberty candidate on the ballot to make sure that we have the ability to govern and provide the best results for the people of Panem.

Together, over the next four years, we plan to ensure the long-term stability of our economy to prevent disasters such as the last recession from occurring again. We will see our finest scientists exit this planet’s atmosphere with a destination that hasn’t been reached in nearly a century. And together, we will work with our districts to create record levels of innovation, as our districts are truly the laboratories of democracy, providing our nation with individual ideas to make government more effective and better for their citizens.

I have no doubt that the best days of this country are ahead of us. While my opponents continue to attempt to make partisan attacks on my record, I’d like to point to the success we’ve had over this term. No president, aside from my lovely wife, has ever had such a productive term. Do not let them fool you: Panem’s government is up and running, and it’s working directly for you.” — President of the Republic of Panem and Liberty Party presidential nominee Peeta Mellark (Liberty-D12)

FLASHPOLLING:

If you were to vote today for Panem’s next president, who would you choose?

Peeta Mellark (Liberty): 30 percent

Patrick Newsom (Civic): 21 percent

Kaitlyn Jones (Conservative): 20 percent

Julie Roydon (Centre): 13 percent

Iris Canstrom (Labor): 10 percent

Undecided: 6 percent

 

If you were to vote today for Panem’s next vice president, who would you choose?

Rebecca Tarson (Liberty): 32 percent

Matthias Christian (Centre): 20 percent

Civic nominee: 19 percent

Delia Sutherland (Conservative): 18 percent

Labor nominee: 5 percent

Undecided: 6 percent

The flashpolling, taken following the convention’s close, indicated a significant boost for the Liberty ticket that was sorely needed. Mellark received a boost from a statistical dead heat (Mellark 23%, Newsom 22%, Jones 20%, Roydon 17%, Canstrom 14%, Undecided 4%) to a lead of nine points in this poll, a gain of seven points across the two. In the VP race, Tarson went from a very narrow lead of two points (Tarson 24%, Christian 22%, Sutherland 21%, Civic 17%, Labor 14%, Undecided 2%) to a lead of twelve points, a change of eight points between the two. It is now imperative of the other four parties to make sure that their conventions can hold up to the ratings and fervor of Liberty’s, a hard (if not nearly impossible) task. However, if they can do that, they can wear down the post-convention bounce and return this to a competitive race.

CONVENTION RUNDOWN: LNC releases speaker list

It’s a time-honored tradition: every four years, the major parties across Panem’s vast political spectrum meet in a grandiose display of their party, complete with speeches by their well-known officeholders, music and entertainment, and of course the official nominations of their candidates for president and vice president.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. It’s convention season once again. And for the first time in our history, we’re going to do a convention rundown so you can be sure to know what you need to know before you watch or attend the party convention of your choice.

Let’s start with a brief description of how conventions came to be in Panem politics.


Before the Dark Days, the United States of America dominated the world stage, and it was no shock to anyone that the world watched their political conventions. Like the conventions that take place in Panem now, the US’s conventions were grand celebrations of the party and its candidates, but unlike ours, these conventions largely only handled platform and rules business. These were the conventions that inspired the conventions of today.

However, conventions haven’t always been a staple of presidential and vice presidential contests. During the first presidential election, which elected Katniss Everdeen, no conventions were held due to the lack of political parties. However, by the second election, conventions had begun to take shape. That election featured four parties with four separate conventions. The second election was also the election to set the tradition that the reigning party’s convention be held first with their opponents to follow. With the third election, the amount of conventions grew to five, with one belonging to independent candidate Elizabeth Steinbeck. Finally, we reach the fourth election, which had four conventions across six tickets; this was due to the Steinbeck ticket declining a convention that cycle and the Maxwell ticket declaring after the Conservative convention where he and his running mate, Lynn Germaine, did not win the nomination.


This year, however, we will see an increase in the amount of conventions to a total of five. We will begin our guide to our conventions with the Liberty Party, who will hold their convention first.


Liberty National Convention: June 15th through 19th
Location: District 14

For the first time in Panem’s political history, the convention of a major political party will be held outside of the contiguous districts of Panem. Bids for the Liberty National Convention included Districts 2, 7, 9, and 14. After being runner-up for the second LNC, District 14 declined to bid for the third LNC in hopes of preparing an outstanding bid for the fourth LNC. That, as you can tell, propelled them into becoming the host district for this year’s Liberty National Convention. The message that is sent by the selection of District 14 as the host district is clear: Liberty policy works, and District 14 is a solid example of that.

The LNC is always noted for their large speaker list, as the Liberty Party has been so dominant in Panem politics with the result of never having to worry about a shortage of officeholders. As such, we can display to you the speakers for all four days below. Headliners are placed in italics.

DAY ONE (Rising for a Greater World):

  • Reyna Fults, lieutenant governor (D6)
  • Isabel Holland, former governor (D8)
  • Allan Perry, governor (D13)
  • Edith Delsont, senator (D11)
  • Kendal Folsom, senator (D8)
  • Layla Folsom, governor and former senator (D8)
  • Ronald Brown, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (D13)
  • Cason Hampton, senator (D2)
  • Festus Ashland, governor (D6)
  • Douglas Boyd, former governor (D5)
  • Plutarch Heavensbee, former Vice President (Capitol)
  • Constantin Richelieu, Speaker of the House (D14)
  • Elizabeth Steinbeck, Ambassador to the CN (D8)
  • Rosalie Descoteaux, Secretary of the Treasury (D14)
  • Celine Oswald, Secretary of State, former VP, and former presidential nominee (D13)
  • Trevor Patton, Secretary-General of the CN (D2)
  • Katniss Everdeen, First Lady of Panem, former President of Panem, and former Secretary-General of the CN (D12)

DAY TWO (Rising for a Greater Future): 

  • Bella Taylor, Secretary of Health and Human Services (D2)
  • Wendy Oppenheim, senator (D13)
  • Felicity Bass, senator (D1)
  • Effie Trinket, Secretary of Global Development (Capitol)
  • Haymitch Abernathy, Secretary of Homeland Security (D12)
  • Celeste Armstrong, chief executive (Capitol)
  • Zane Tempore, governor (D1)
  • Felix Warren, governor (D2)
  • Serena Ross, governor (D5)
  • Mason Wallace, governor (D7)
  • Lynnette Cortez, governor (D12)
  • Raphaël Maçon, Secretary of Labor (D14)
  • Gertrude Hampton, former governor (D12)
  • Robert Kelso, Secretary of Education (D12)
  • Hanley Trent, senator (D12)
  • Jacqueline Warner, senator and former Solicitor General (D7)
  • Valère Descoteaux, senator (D14)
  • Jonathan Madison, Secretary of Defense and former acting president (D4)
  • Dale Wilson, Secretary of Intelligence and former President of the Republic of Panem (D4)

DAY THREE (Rising for a Greater Government):

  • Rosalie Underwood, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (D4)
  • Tyler Thompson, Secretary of Commerce and former VP (D5)
  • Manfred Weston, senator (D1)
  • Darien Sanford, senator (D15)
  • Wesley Benson, senator (Capitol)
  • Amanda Qurius, senator (D5)
  • Vance James, senator (D2)
  • Beetee Latier, Secretary of Communications (D15/Capitol)
  • James Peliot, Secretary of Transportation (D5)
  • Cynthia Garth, Secretary of International Trade (D5)
  • Miranda O’Neal, House Majority Leader (D13)
  • Karina Erickson, Solicitor General and former Attorney General (D13)
  • Owen Talton, senator and former governor (D13)
  • Amy Oaksmith, Secretary of the Interior (D7)
  • Royce Melbourne, governor (D14)
  • Gale Hawthorne, governor and former Secretary of Defense (D15/D2)
  • Harold Cersisa, governor, former VP, former Chief of Staff to the President, and former Secretary of the Treasury (D4)
  • Rebecca Tarson, Vice President of the Republic of Panem and presumptive VP nominee (D12)

DAY FOUR (Rising for a Greater Panem):

  • Sophia Delacruz, Senate president pro tempore (D5)
  • Xavier Hansen, governor (D10)
  • Viona Rodgers, businesswoman and congressional candidate (D8)
  • Quake Jones, Secretary of Agriculture (D11)
  • Woodrow Thorpe, former senator (D13)
  • Ginger Freedman, former senator (D10)
  • Walter Singleton, Secretary of Energy (D12)
  • Polly Hector, former Secretary of Agriculture (D11)
  • Melody Clements, representative (D2)
  • Ricky Sawyer, congressional candidate (D4)
  • Colleen Stringer, district senator and congressional candidate (D3)
  • Antonio Wallace, senator (D4)
  • Charlton Harrison, senator (D4)
  • Walter Briscoe, senator (D7)
  • Antonin Thibault, senator (D14)
  • Jacob Ellsworth, senator (D3)
  • Trenton Escavel, governor (D9)
  • Wesley Benson, senator and former Chief Executive (Capitol)
  • Michael Debroff, Senate Majority Leader (D11)
  • Peeta Mellark, President of the Republic of Panem and presumptive presidential nominee (D12)

The Liberty National Convention is stacked with prominent speakers from across the nation. Most notable is how instead of naming one speaker as the keynote speaker of the convention, the Liberty National Committee has determined to fill up to five spots a night as “headliner” spots that will be broadcasted in primetime. These spots particularly show the theme of the nights in question. In the case of night one, headliners include Secretary-General Trevor Patton, Secretary of State Celine Oswald, Ambassador Elizabeth Steinbeck, Secretary of the Treasury Rosalie Descoteaux, and First Lady Katniss Everdeen, all of which are strong on the theme of foreign policy. For night two, the LNC has slated Senator Jacqueline Warner, Senator Valère Descoteaux, Secretary of Defense Jonathan Madison, and Secretary of Intelligence Dale Wilson to speak on the innovations that the Mellark administration has undertaken and how Liberty is the party of the future. For night three, headliners include Secretary of the Interior Amy Oaksmith, Governor Royce Melbourne, Governor Gale Hawthorne, Governor Harold Cersisa, and Vice President Rebecca Tarson. All are heavy hitters as governors in the past or present, and all are uniquely positioned to discuss the domestic issues facing Panem. For the final night, Senators Jacob Ellsworth, Wesley Benson, and Michael Debroff will speak along with Governor Trenton Escavel before President Peeta Mellark assumes the stage for his acceptance speech. These speakers were presumably selected due to their home districts; Ellsworth is from District 3 and serves in the Senate with Civic nominee Patrick Newsom; Benson is from the Capitol and serves in the Senate with Centre nominee Julie Roydon; Debroff is from District 11, where Conservative nominee Kaitlyn Jones was previously governor; and Escavel is governor of District 9, where Iris Canstrom, the Labor nominee, is senator.

Every spectator will be watching this convention carefully. Conventions can be a very good indicator of the future of the party’s campaign; Conservatives discovered this in the last election where a chaotic convention led to a miserable defeat on election day. Mellark and Tarson need a spotless convention, one that reaches every ratings milestone and conjures up true enthusiasm for the Liberty ticket.