Voters, Do You Have the Election Blues?
Start now to work for change before the next campaign season is upon us.
Coastal Senior College will host a distinguished panel to lead a public discussion of the 2012 presidential and congressional elections on Friday October 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 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 past decades? Is the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision a cause of the increase of spending on negative ads? Have parties solidified their principles and values? Are constitutional repairs called for in campaign financing and the electoral college? What about PACS and superPACs and 501(c)4s? What about the role of television ads and the Internet?
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. A graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Law School, since 2005 Judge Grossbaum has taught courses on the Law of War and on various current affairs topics for Coastal Senior College.
The three panelists are: Andrew Bossie, Executive Director of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, a non-partisan, non-profit group which works to reduce the role of big money in our elections; David Crocker, Director of the Center for Constitutional Government, graduate of the University of Maine Law School, who has practiced law for 21 years both as a U.S. Attorney and as a British Solicitor; Joe Steinberger, writer and Rockland community activist, who has been Executive Director of Maine Common Cause and a Rockland City Councilor, a graduate of Columbia Law School, who has been practicing law in Maine for 40 years.
Panelists will reserve an hour of the proceedings for discussion with the public, so come with questions and concerns and ideas for reform to share.
Coastal Senior College, dedicated to the joy of lifetime learning, offers classes to seniors in the midcoast area in the fall, winter and spring. This forum event is free and open to all ages. For more information, please call 354-9556.
Watts Hall is at 174 Main Street in downtown Thomaston. It is accessible to people with handicaps.
If you want to volunteer to help elect Democrats this fall, please come in or phone our Knox County Democratic Headquarters at 594-0075. We are at 66 Maverick Street in Rockland, across from Hannaford. Come in and get signs, buttons, candidate literature and other material.
Paid for and authorized by the Knox County Democratic Committee, Stu Thro, Treasurer
P.O. Box 452 Rockland, ME 04841