Discussion of money, voting rights, media
Thomaston — Coastal Senior College events committee will host a distinguished panel to lead a public discussion on the 2012 presidential and congressional elections Friday, Oct. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Watts Hall in Thomaston.
The forum's intention is to bring forward fundamental questions of the constitutionality and legality of campaigning, equality of voting rights and fairness, and the ethical quality of public and media discourse: How is this election different from those of the past decades? Is Citizens United v. FEC a cause of the increase of negative ads for the presidential and major congressional candidates? Have parties solidified their principles and values? Are constitutional repairs called for in campaign financing and the electoral college?
The panel moderator, John Grossbaum, was an administrative judge on the Department of Defense Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals for more than 25 years and concurrently served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve, from which he retired with the grade of captain. A graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Law School, since 2005 Grossbaum has taught courses on the Law of War and on various current affairs topics for CSC.
The three panelists are: Andrew Bossie, Director of the Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, which works to reduce the role of big money in our elections; Carol Weston, who served two terms in the Maine State House of Representatives from 1999-2002 and then in the Maine State Senate from 2002-2010, during which time she served as both the assistant Senate Republican leader and Senate Republican leader; Joe Steinberger, lawyer, writer and Rockland community activist, graduate of Columbia Law School who has been practicing law in Maine for 40 years, former Executive Director of Maine Common Cause and Rockland City Councilor.
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