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Sunday, January 06, 2008

iDebate is Ready to GO!

The 1st iDebate is the only truly fair and balanced citizens forum! It is being held on January 10, 2008 at Mackle Park.

The candidates were personally contacted over one month ago and all accepted (At that time Dr. Recker expressed his regrets as he had an already scheduled engagement). All candidates confirmed the format and agreed to attend!

There has been ample press coverage as well as advertisements in the local papers. So get there early so as to ensure a seat!

The schedule is thus:

• 5:30PM - Doors Open
• 5:55PM – Welcome & Opening Remarks by Mr. Joe Oliverio of Joey’s Pizza & Pasta House
• 6:00PM – Introduction, Rules & Moderation by Dr. Mario Sanchez of Marco Island Blog
• 6:05PM - 7:45PM - Questions Posed to Candidates
• 7:45PM - 8:00PM - Break
• 8:00PM - 8:30PM - Rapid Fire Questions Posed to Candidates
• 8:30PM - Mingle with the Candidates - Pizza & Soda Provided by Joey's Pizza

A total of 124 regular questions have been submitted as well as 102 rapid fire questions. The topics of the regular questions and their counts are:


iDebateCategories
Category Count
Bridge(s) 2
Candidate Specific 8
City Manager 5
Density & Development 12
Environment 9
Fiscal 22
Inclusion 14
Integrity in Government 14
Misc. 12
No Question 5
Police & Fire 3
School 1
Sewer 3
Special Interests Groups 8
STRP 10


The questions will be distributed to all spectators once the candidates are seated and during the introduction.

We look forward to seeing you at the iDebate for Marco Island’s only fair and balanced debate and where the citizens directly pose the questions!

6 Comments:

  • What gives, Mario? The 9 Jan Eagle article on the iDebate says that Recker, Trotter, and Waldack are NOT attending!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, January 09, 2008 8:27:00 AM  

  • all candidates were contacted personally nearly 2 months ago and all agreed to attend - with the exception of dr. recker who provided evidence of a long standing engagement out of town for that very same day.

    with that exception, all candidates confirmed their attendance to the organizers.

    either the eagle is wrong or those that are now claiming they are not attending are liars since they have never declined/rescinded their acceptance to the organizers.

    By Blogger Dr. Mario, at Wednesday, January 09, 2008 9:15:00 AM  

  • For Trotter and Waldack, I think they are either:

    a. Liars
    b. Cowards
    c. All of the above

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, January 09, 2008 8:21:00 PM  

  • at this point, as far as i am concerned - the 3 are coming. they promised they would. they were afforded all opportunities. we even changed the format a bit to accommodate the first objection by their handlers (aceri and lazarus) - that is why the topics of the questions were posted. then they wanted the questions so they could - ready for this? - either have canned answers or outright refuse to answer the questions - questions posed 100% by the citizens they are looking to represent. at this point i said enough.

    again, since i dont read the local whatever parsing as a "newspaper" as far as i am concerned at this time they all will be there since they agreed to come to us.

    if they dont come ... i'll write something worth reading tomorrow - since invariably it will be my last article.

    By Anonymous Mario Sanchez, Ph.D., at Thursday, January 10, 2008 9:33:00 AM  

  • Maybe the liars are the ones who organized the iDebate. Fair and neutral? Come on, stop kidding yourselves and the citizens of this island.

    By Anonymous Alloy, at Thursday, January 10, 2008 9:50:00 PM  

  • so anonymous - exactly what is not fair and balanced? 100% of the questions came from ANYONE WHO WANTED TO POST A QUESTION - even YOU. did you by the way? of course not because you rather criticize and besmirch and threat

    All questions were asked in the order received.

    No question was shown to the candidates.

    Candidates were chosen using a bingo wheel as to who would answer the question.

    Everyone who posted a question got a receipt - everyone that attended got a report of ALL the questions - uncensored.

    So - aside from being the typical hatelsate/celebratemarco/arceri/lazarus goon that never gives specifics and offers nothing but LYING attacks - exactly what was NOT fair and about the debate? please - be specific.

    the non-show candidates LIED about why they were not there (exception recker).

    By Anonymous Mario Sanchez, Ph.D., at Friday, January 11, 2008 9:15:00 AM  

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