Monday, October 29, 2012

Bill Nye the Science Guy Campaigns For Obama in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, FL--- Bill Nye visited with Obama supporters and press at the University Boulevard entrance of the Florida Institute of Technology today.  The event was originally planned to occur directly outside of  the Clemente Center, where Paul Ryan was scheduled to appear for an afternoon rally, but FIT officials asked Nye to hold his event further away.  The Paul Ryan event was canceled as a result of campaign schedule changes due to Hurricane Sandy.

Approximately thirty supporters hoisted Obama signs and listened to Nye outline his misgivings about the Romney/Ryan budget proposals.  Nye described Romney's proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and student loan programs.  He also stated that the current presidential campaign presents "a weird irony" in which Democrats are advocating a "cost-effective approach of involving private investment" in space exploration, while Republicans embrace more government spending to fund those space endeavors.



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Presidential Debate to Include Third Party Candidates

In an effort to expand the presidential debate, democracynow.org will re-broadcast this evening's debate,  pausing after Governor Romney and President Obama's responses to include responses from three third party candidates.  Green party nominee, Jill Stein, Justice party nominee Rocky Anderson and Constitution Party nominee, Virgil Goode, will all participate in the expanded debate.  The candidates had been barred from participating in the actual debate due to rules set forth by the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates.  According to a Green Party press statement, presidential  candidate Dr. Jill Stein was arrested Tuesday afternoon for trying to enter the Hofstra University debate forum with her running mate, Cheri Honkala.  She is expected to be present for Democracy Now's expanded debate.  
The expanded debate coverage has gained traction on Twitter with #expandthedebate becoming popular among disillusioned voters.  Debate coverage will be aired on www.democracynow.org Wednesday, October 17 8-10 a.m. EDT.  

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Political Forums Scheduled for Satellite Beach

SATELLITE BEACH, Florida-- Voters will have the opportunity to hear from candidates running for Mayor and City Council at two upcoming political forums, to be held at the Scotty Culp Municipal Complex (565 Cassia Blvd, Satellite BeachFL 32937).  An additional meeting is planned to discuss pending ballot initiatives.

The first of the events will be held Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00pm, and is sponsored by the Brevard Conservative Coalition, a group associated with the Brevard Tea Party.   A non-partisan moderator will host the event, with opportunities for residents to submit questions and interact with candidates.  

An additional non-partisan forum, sponsored by the GFWC Satellite Beach Woman's Club (a local non-profit service organization), will be held Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00pm.  The public is encouraged to attend, and submit questions for candidates on a 3x5 card.  No questions will be taken from the floor.  A non-partisan moderator has been selected.  There will also be a collection of non-perishable food items for the World Food Day food drive.  


Mayoral candidates include Frank Catino and Trevor Lowing.  Candidates running for two City Council seats include Mark Brimer, Lloyd French, Lorraine Gott, and Scott Rhodes.  

The Half Cent Sales Tax referendum, also on the November ballot, will be the subject of an informational meeting also scheduled for Tuesday, October 16.  That meeting will be hosted by principals from Satellite Beach High School and Surfside Elementary.  The meeting will take place at 6:30pm in the DeLaura/Satellite High School Media Center (300 Scorpion Court, Satellite Beach, FL 32937).  The public is welcome.  

Tuesday, October 9, is the final day for voters to register to vote in the election.