Monday, October 02, 2006

Debate may break out in Reynolds-Sullivan race

Don't put a lot of money on it, but it appears that a debate may have broken out in the State Senate race between Tom Reynolds and Jim Sullivan. The first two "debates" turned into Sullivan town hall meetings because Reynolds, the incumbent,is afraid someone might film or tape him.

It's not that Reynolds thinks they'll change or edit what he says. He's afraid they'll use what he actually says. That's created problems for him in the past.

Anyway, Reynolds has finally agreed to debate Jim Sullivan at Reynolds' own church, Grace Community Church, 8400 W. Beloit Road, West Allis, on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Don't bring your camera.

There's a rumor that besides the no-camera rule Reynolds may insist that it be a no-question debate, too, but I can't confirm that. (Joke. Bad one, but joke nonetheless.) I don't know what the format will be, but I doubt there will be any audience participation.

DA, sheriff candidates meet

Meanwhile, 4th Street Forum will host candidates for Milwaukee County DA and sheriff at noon on Thursday at Milwaukee Turner Hall, 1034 N. 4th St.

Each forum is taped in front of a live audience for later broadcast on Milwaukee Public Television, Channels 10/36. The forums are free and open to the public. You can participate by asking questions of the panelists. Bring your lunch or purchase it from Historic Turner Restaurant.

In case you're wondering, John Chisholm, who won the Democratic primary for DA, faces an independent, Lew Wasserman, and David Clarke, the Republican who won the Democratic nomination for sheriff, faces fellow Republican Don Holt in the general.

Debate tonight on marriage, civil union ban

Tonight in Waukesha, sponsors another in a series of debates on the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and civil unions. The debate will bebetween Fair Wisconsin Campaign Manager Mike Tate and Family Research Institute CEO Julaine Appling.

It's at 7 p.m. today (Monday) in Room N133 at UW-Waukesha. It's free and open to the public. Cameras welcome.

Gov debate, too

While we're on the debate beat, Gov. Jim Doyle and Congressman Mark Green square off for their second debate Friday at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Wisconsin Broadcasters Assn., it will air live or delayed on stations across the state.


At 11:20 AM, Blogger KRM said...

The Storyhill website has the rules here

According to these rules they will not allow campaign materials, literature, hats, stickers, signs or banners. So much for free speech. Since this is Tom Reynolds church, I wonder if he is afraid that his opponent’s supporters will out number his. It also appears that the audience must sit there in silence and not to make any expressions either visible or audible to express support or opposition to a candidate. The audience is prohibited from applauding or making any noise. The moderator my interrupt the candidates if he/she believes the candidate has strayed away from the subject matter. It will be interesting to see how these rules will be applied to each candidate.

I have been to many forums and political debates in the past. Some of these rules are just plain ridiculous. Part of any political forum or debate is to show support of your candidates. It also gives both candidates an opportunity to sign up volunteers, hand out literature and to discuss the issues with audience.


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