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September 13, 2006

Debate format

I understand why Angelides wants more debates, but I am puzzled at why he does not consider the format for the Oct. 7 event to be a true debate. Why would he want journalists in there asking questions that the governor could duck for 30 seconds or a minute when Angelides himself could use his "conversation time" to ask the questions himself, and follow-up, until the governor is forced to answer? Here is the California Broadcasters Association description of the format:

The debate format will be: an hour in length; candidates will be seated at a table at the moderator’s left and right; no opening or closing statements; voters will be asked for suggested questions; questions will be asked by the moderator; those questions will initiate a conversation between the candidates; the discussion on each question will last as long as it is productive; we will alternate between each candidate to start the question discussion; in lieu of closing statements, each candidate asks one question of the other for discussion.

Disclosure: I served on the CBA's advisory committee in 2003 that discussed possible formats for debates.

Posted by dweintraub at 6:33 PM

Governor to sign public health bill

Sen. Deborah Ortiz says she has been told that the governor will sign SB 162, which creates a separate Public Health Department headed by a doctor. The department will break free of the current Department of Health Services, which spends most of its resources managing the massive Medi-Cal insurance program for the poor. The switch is supposed to help California better prepare for public health emergencies.

Posted by dweintraub at 5:07 PM

Campaign face-off: Oct. 7

Phil Angelides has accepted what his campaign is calling a "joint appearance" -- not a debate -- with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for Oct. 7. This appears to be the one and only face-off between the two major candidates for governor. But Angelides says he wants more, and he wants a more traditional debate, with candidates standing at lecterns and questioned by a panel of journalists. The Oct. 7 event, sponsored by the California Broadcasters Association, will be a more casual affair, with the two candidates in a "conversation" moderated by former newscaster and one-time Assemblyman Stan Statham.

Posted by dweintraub at 3:04 PM

Ackerman: No on 90

Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman breaks with most in his party to oppose Proposition 90, the eminent domain initiative. Ackerman does not like a second feature in the measure that would require governments to compensate land owners for reduced property values due to regulations.

Posted by dweintraub at 9:23 AM

A campaign on steroids?

Bill Bradley says the Angelides campaign has a lot bigger problems than its difficulty explaining its role in obtaining a private Schwarzenegger audio tape.

Posted by dweintraub at 9:19 AM

Immigration evolution

Robert Salladay parses the governor's words on immigration. He says Schwarzenegger is becoming more specific, and more Bush-like.

Posted by dweintraub at 9:13 AM

Stem cell lifespan

David Jensen says California's new stem cell agency is likely to be around for a lot longer than the 10 years originally projected.

Posted by dweintraub at 9:11 AM



At Crossroads, a panel of experts and the public debate the future of health care in California. We'd like you to join the conversation.

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