Aug 22, 2008
Joint project will televise contested Michigan House debates
If you're a political junkie like I am, you will thrilled to hear the Center for Michigan and Detroit Public TV are teaming up to televise debates between state House candidates representing Southeast Michigan.
This sure beats another episode of some lame reality show, and this is real reality. The plan is to begin taping 30-minute, fixed-format debates at DPTV’s Detroit studios. The candidates will field questions from area journalists, such as Nolan Finley, editorial page editor of The Detroit News, and Ron Dzwonkowski, editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press. Other Detroit-area journalists may serve as hosts and moderators depending on debate schedules, according to the Center's blog.
Apparently, invitations were already mailed out, and debates have been set up in eight districts, including the two open seats that represent Livingston County where I live.
In the 47th District, Democrat Scott Lucas is debating Cindy Denby and in the 66th District Democrat Donna Anderson is debating Bill Rogers.
Also lined up are debate are:
DISTRICT 1 (Detroit-Grosse Pointe) -- Mary Treder Lang (R) vs. Timothy Bledsoe (D)
DISTRICT 2 (Detroit) -- Edith Floyd (R) vs. LaMar Lemons (D)
DISTRICT 19 (Livonia) -- John Walsh (R) vs. Steve King (D)
DISTRICT 40 (Birmingham) -- Chuck Moss (R) vs. Julie Chandler (D)
DISTRICT 45 (Rochester) -- Tom McMillin (R) vs. Randy Young (D)
DISTRICT 56 (Monroe) -- JeanMarie Dahm (R) vs Kate Ebli (D)
It also appears they are trying to cover all 110 House Districts. If you are a candidate and want to get involved you can email John Bebow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Better yet, urge the candidate in your district to get signed up. No schedule has been promulgated yet for air times, but they will also be available on the Center's web site.
The Center for Michigan was founded by Phil Power, the former owner and publisher of Hometown Newspapers, in 2006. He calls it a "think-and-do tank" The Center's objective "is to assist our state through its current period of wrenching economic trouble and to lay the foundation of informed hope for a better future Michigan. It will help develop and execute comprehensive, long-range and, in some cases, radical policy solutions to transform Michigan's business, economic, political and cultural climate. In so doing, it will work to help reform the structure and workings of Michigan's political system."