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Mon, Jul 30, 2007, 5:43 pm // Site ManagementWe will probably learn a lot more about the candidates at Tuesday evening's forum at the County Courthouse. We have watched candidate positions and promises evolve over the forums so far as the candidates respond to their opponents. Tomorrow they each get 5 minutes to control and use as they want - to ask questions of one or more of their opponents, to just speak or to take questions from the audience. Five minutes to use as they wish. What every candidate wants.
We need to see how candidates think and speak and respond in a live situation with the other candidates - side by side. We never get our perfect candidate. Elections are a process of making choices and often we don't very much like any of our choices. Sometimes we are delighted to learn about someone who we really want to serve us as an elected representative or administrator. Live forums allow us to judge the candidates as persons.
Candidates will reveal a lot about themselves during these five minutes. Will they ask unfair or trap questions? We will notice and judge. If asked a tough question by an opponent will they be evasive? We will observe and judge. The candidate controlling the time can cut off the evasive answer and state that the question is not being answered. The candidate with the 5 minutes totally controls those minutes as the MC. Think about it. A candidate may spend all 5 minutes giving a speech. Each can do as they wish - speaking, asking, interrupting - and we can get an insight into each candidate's internal makeup. Tis a fitting format for helping us choose.
Tis too bad the Herald will make their mayoral recommendation before this forum takes place. For the rest of us, this forum will be valuable. And having only primary candidates means we don't waste our time on races we won't vote on for three months. This is a fitting final forum for this primary election.
Tuesday, July 31 - 6:30 pm start - County Courthouse in council chamber - the Whatcom Independent forum for all city and county primary candidates - live on KGMI, 790 AM. Brett Bonner is the MC. The League of Women Voters is co-sponsoring this with the Indy. We can expect this forum to be well run and the format to be very good.
Mon, Jul 30, 2007, 5:43 pm // Site ManagementWe will probably learn a lot more about the candidates at Tuesday evening's forum at the County Courthouse. We have watched candidate positions and promises evolve over the…
Sat, Jul 28, 2007, 5:49 pm // Site ManagementAn apology from John Watts for the political smear he posted on his new blog. However, in his apology, he spends a sentence trying to make his smear…
Sat, Jul 28, 2007, 12:30 am // Site ManagementDon Keenan has responded. He sent an excerpt from an email he sent early in July to those supporting his candidacy, including John Watts.
" ... I hope you…
Thu, Jul 26, 2007, 3:41 pm // Site ManagementThe 43rd annual Bill Mize Forum took place last night at the Rome Grange, a few miles east of Bellingham on the Mt. Baker Highway. This gathering of…
Wed, Jul 25, 2007, 3:49 pm // Site ManagementA leading primary election candidate has reminded me of two facts regarding yesterday's post about the unknown early-voting process. 1.) Others who could have benefited from early voting…
Tue, Jul 24, 2007, 3:55 pm // Site ManagementDid you know that you could vote today - or tomorrow? Or last week? This could be very nice to know if you are planning a vacation during…
Fri, Jul 20, 2007, 3:59 pm // Site ManagementThe Southside Forum last night had a packed-house attendance - showing a strong voter interest despite the mid-summer timing of the election and the lack of media coverage.…
Thu, Jul 19, 2007, 4:20 pm // Site ManagementSome thoughts after the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum last night at the Municipal Court building at Girard and C Street. 7 to 8 pm, all 11…
Tue, Jul 17, 2007, 4:33 pm // Site ManagementIt is not bad enough that the city council schedules the public hearing on our future Shoreline Master Plan for the middle of July - a plan many…
Mon, Jul 16, 2007, 4:39 pm // Site ManagementForums. On Wednesday evening, the forum will - gasp - have all city candidates speak and answer questions. But not the County primary candidates. What a loss. This…
Sat, Jul 14, 2007, 4:46 pm // Site ManagementIt was a pleasant and still informative meet-and-greet last night at the Democratic Women's forum. It was more like a Midwest American summer political fest and included a…
Fri, Jul 13, 2007, 4:50 pm // Site ManagementThe Silver Beach Neighborhood forum went well last night with about 75 people attending. It was the first public chance for citizens to compare candidates and gauge them…
Thu, Jul 12, 2007, 4:59 pm // Site ManagementThe Herald does not even follow its own mandates. On Sunday, the editorial said the candidates "...must address 6 big issues." Must. Then they sent out their own…
Thu, Jul 12, 2007, 12:00 am // Site ManagementElection info online is starting to appear in addition to the candidate sites.
- Whatcom Independent - Candidate Forums - except for the one on July 12.
- Cascadia Weekly…
Mon, Jul 09, 2007, 5:17 pm // Site ManagementThe Herald ran an ad for the State Department of Ecology informing us of the web site where we could find the Draft Consent Decree for our waterfront…
Sun, Jul 08, 2007, 5:25 pm // Site ManagementHam Hayes has posted a well-worded response to the Herald editorial that ran in today's paper. Ham is running for Bellingham City Council, but he speaks for all…
Sat, Jul 07, 2007, 5:28 pm // Site ManagementThe Herald continues to ignore the political campaigns. Nary a word about candidates - and we are just three weeks from the ballots being mailed. Yesterday Scott Ayers…
Wed, Jul 04, 2007, 5:33 pm // Site ManagementHappy Independence Day. To all people residing in the United States, may you have a fun day and may you benefit from the principles of freedom, justice and…
Tue, Jul 03, 2007, 2:40 pm // Site ManagementTried phoning the White House to weigh in with my comment that Bush shows no respect for the rule of law by commuting Libby's sentence. After a minute…
Mon, Jul 02, 2007, 5:50 pm // Site ManagementIn a nutshell; "Keep me out of jail or I talk." So they paid the price. The fall guy is Libby. The criminals - for releasing the name…
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