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Friday, May 01, 2009

DFATucson May 2009 Meeting



A DFA-Tucson gathering with Richard Kimball
When: Wednesday, May 13th, at 7 pm

Where: Community Room, Ward 6 Office, 3201 E. 1st

Depending on the Wisdom of Strangers
Speaker: Richard Kimball, President, Project Vote Smart

Richard Kimball has held elected positions in Arizona, both on the Corporation Commission and in the state legislature, before challenging John McCain for the US Senate in 1986. He has experienced first hand the influence of money on political campaigns. With the encouragement of several national leaders, he began Project Vote Smart to combat the erosion of our democracy. At its heart, Project Vote Smart seeks to enhance the People's ability “to self-govern” by providing access to “abundant, relevant, and accurate information” - the essence of Jeffersonian democracy.

There will be ample time for general discussion:

  • What is the state of our democracy? Realistically, can it be improved?
  • What is the track record of our two-party system in confronting these issues?
  • What evidence is there that people want more information that empowers them?
  • What practical solutions are there for reducing the role of money in influencing elections, beyond the collection and dissemination of candidate positions and the voting records of our representatives?

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