Debate coverage of House races -- you can help

This looks like an interesting project--Chris

A new blog is about to debut, covering candidate debates. We have the nation's top academic experts on political debate ready to go as front pagers on a scoop-based blog ready for diarists and commenters. There is a calendar there, rapidly getting filled in with the senatorial and gubernotorial candidate debates we will cover.

But even with MyDD's helpful list of top 60 House races we could use some help choosing races to cover.

So, why not turn to folks here since "The focus of MyDD is on elections, campaigns, and political infrastructure."

If you know of close, interesting races that will have debates, you can help by listing them in the comments or by e-mailing me at smithr @ wfu dot edu. Please include the race name (OH-05, e.g.) and the dates for the debates. If you have other info handy like links to local blogs that cover the races, the candidates' websites, and such, that's helpful, too.

If you want to make an argument as to why we should cover your race of interest, please do so. We are very open. Thanks.

If you have other thoughts about the project, those are welcome, too (although, as Chris warns, each blog has to be good at filling its own niche and cannot do everything people might want.)

Tags: 2006, Congress, debates (all tags)



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There have been a series of debates in this race, which included all five (although sometimes Gard sent his wife in his place, I kid you not!). I'm looking for online samples of the debates.

This is not a 'gimme' for Gard in the primary on the Republican side, and the race on the Democratic side is closing as the primary approaches.

by Noonan 2006-09-05 02:53PM | 0 recs
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It is tougher to find audio and video archives of House races, but with podcasts, YouTube, etc., the potential is growing daily.


by demondeac 2006-09-05 03:16PM | 0 recs
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I would be happy to cover IL-06 if there are debates. I'm not sure that's going to happen, but I sure hope it does!

I'll be covering it on my blog Bridget in the Sixth.

by bridgetdooley 2006-09-05 03:16PM | 0 recs
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What about pressuring candidates to debate?

Is there anyway the blog could cover Republicans who refuse to debate legitimate challengers?

by JordanLFW 2006-09-05 04:50PM | 0 recs
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1) One thing our people have studied and will write about is debates negotiation. The whole process of challenging to a debate, negotiating the number of them, the format, sponsors, etc. is itself a political act.

2) If we bring more prominence to political debates the pressure to engage in them may increase -- folks want to be talked about.

3) This fall is the start up. By the next cycle we may see bigger effects.

by demondeac 2006-09-05 05:01PM | 0 recs
Thanks, Chris and contributors

I have been getting some good tips via e-mail, too.

by demondeac 2006-09-05 07:47PM | 0 recs
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I think the McMorris (incumbent fundamentalist republican)- Goldmark (solid, intelligent, progressive farmer democrat) in WA-05 is going to be worth the coverage, and worth our efforts.  I would love to see someone step up for this one, particularly an Eastern Washington resident who knows the district.

by jk2004 2006-09-06 06:56AM | 0 recs
IA-03 tommorrow night, Sept. 8th

Tommorrow night, Friday, Sept. 8th, there will be a debate between Leonard Boswell (D) and Jeff Lamberti (R), who are running for IA-03.  This is one of the few Democratic districts where the incumbent has a strong challenger.  It will be televised on the Iowa Press show of Iowa Public TV at 7:30PM.

by corncam 2006-09-07 06:56AM | 0 recs


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