Gerber Excluded From Debate

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A third-party candidate for governor is complaining about being excluded from a debate at the South Dakota State Fair.

Libertarian Tom Gerber of Sturgis says it’s not fair that only Republican Governor Rounds and Democratic candidate Jack Billion were invited to the debate.

Gerber says voters should get to hear from all of the candidates. Also running for governor is Constitution Party candidate Steve Willis of Sioux Falls.

An organizer of the State Fair event says the debate is just one-hour-long, and most voters would probably prefer to hear from the major candidates.

Two fringe candidates received less than two percent of the vote four years ago in the governor’s race.

6 Responses to “Gerber Excluded From Debate”

  1. Lex Says:

    Part of the reason they are considered “fringe candidates” and earn less than 2% of the vote is because the media excludes them from debates, and day-to-day coverage.

    Michael Badnarik was one of only 3 candidates (and 2 Texans) on the Texas presidential ballot in 2004, yet the Dallas Morning News barely mentioned him.

  2. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home Says:

    More “Media” balance, Idaho style:

    Dear Statesman: with kindest regards (Blog entry: June 15, 2006)

    We sent the following letter to the (Bosie) Idaho Statesman last week. We left the headline up to them.

    By Kehrt Reyher

    I spend most of my time in Poland, where the nascent post-Communist political scene has spawned a wide array of parties and movements. Since Poland’s wholesale adoption of a free-market, democratic system beginning in 1989, a vibrant and expanding media have done a credible job of covering elections that can feature as many as 10 political parties.

    While it’s true that many major media outlets wear their political leanings on their sleeves, and the journalism is often sloppy by American standards, the major newspapers, magazines and television stations know that the Polish public expects them to report on all political organizations and their candidates when election time rolls around. To do anything else draws raised eyebrows from an electorate still mindful of the hated days of the Communists’ one-party system in which the state controlled all media and politics.

    Having taken a year off from my small business in Warsaw to help my friend Andy Hedden-Nicely with his independent United Party campaign for Idaho’s First Congressional District, I’m finding it fascinating to be in the middle of the microcosm of our American system that is Idaho politics.

    But when it comes to the coverage of local politics by the Idaho Statesman, I have to say that as a former reporter and editor for several U.S. newspapers, I’m less fascinated than disappointed.

    Despite our repeated efforts simply to be recognized by the Statesman in the days leading up to last month’s primary, when many voters make choices that they will carry into November’s general election, the Statesman (unlike other local media) stood on a narrow-minded “policy” which holds that candidates unopposed in their own parties do not merit serious pre-primary coverage.

    Now, post-primary, the Statesman seems insistent on continuing to report the First Congressional District race in the same old two-party context. Witness, specifically, Dan Popkey’s June 7 commentary on Republican candidate Bill Sali’s strategy to smokescreen the serious issues facing our country with that old red-meat issue of gay marriage.

    From our traveling around the district in the last six months, we can only agree with Popkey that “voters (are) focused on immigration, war, terrorism, gas prices, health care, the economy and ethics.”

    But whether it’s the red-meat or the truly relevant issues facing Idahoans in the First District, we think our candidacy, an active movement with a committed team and a growing legion of supporters, deserves a chance to air its views alongside those of the Democrats and Republicans.

    By excluding us from its coverage, the Statesman displays an arrogance and a kind of rote journalistic behavior that stunts the political process by failing to show readers the full range of options available to them in November. Such exclusion perpetuates the image of a media system that works hand in glove with the political elites and their moneyed sponsors, a system that has led our country into the gridlock and corruption in which we now find ourselves.

    As Polish media and Polish journalists faced a new era at the beginning of the last decade, they began to take a serious look into American journalistic tradition and, gradually, to adopt the principles of fairness, balance and inclusion. It’s a bit embarrassing to me, having been a lecturer at many Polish journalism seminars and workshops, to think that the most respected Polish media have begun to apply those principles perhaps better than many American media organizations. And certainly better than the Idaho Statesman.

    (Kehrt Reyher is media director for United Party First District Congressional Candidate Andy Hedden-Nicely.)

  3. Donald Raymond Lake Says:

    Even More: Idaho, media ‘fair and balance’

    from Idaho’s other newspapers
    Blog entry: July 28, 2006

    Those guys manning the newsrooms of the First District’s community newspapers see things from a perspective much different than that of the “big city paper” down in Boise. They actually WELCOMED us and most even seem mildly pleased to see us during a recent series of visits by our media director. And all are vitally interested in a host of challenges faced by their communities and are insightful about those issues in which the Federal government may play a role.

    We made stops at papers big and small: Dan Gallagher at the Long Valley Advocate, Cascade; Tom Grote at the Star News in McCall; Robert James at the Daily Bee in Bonner’s Ferry; Mike Patrick at the Coeur D’Alene Press; Ralph Bartholdt at the Gazette Record in St. Maries; Steve McClure at the Moscow Pullman Dailty News; Tom Henderson at the Lewiston Morning Tribune and David Rauzi at the Idaho County Free Press in Grangeville.

    We appreciate the time these folks gave us and the insight which they continually provide with their fine publications.

    As most of our readers probably don’t know, Andy and campaign Media Director Kehrt Reyher were the founders in 1978 of the News Review, a weekly in Cushing, Oklahoma. It’s where Andy and Kehrt met, and became fast, lifelong friends. So our campaign knows very well what life is like on a community newspaper, and the important role that these papers fill in their communities and, for that matter, in the political life of our nation.

    (Citizens For A Better Veterans Home post script: the Idaho United Party was founded on standard ongoing frustration with the Democans and the Republicrats as two branches of the informal Establishment Party. Also the fact that the largest daily in the state refused to even acknowledge the existance of other political organizations, even if they were on the ballot and even if non Democrat and non Republican candidates did well in the vote count.

    As Richard Winger (and Philip Sawyer and Citizens For A Better Veterans Home pointed out shortly after April 2004, the National Law Party’s DC ‘leadership’ and their decision to with draw from politics in favor of a fuller commitment to educational outreach presented any ‘Indie” or minor party or even micro party with half a working brain to re-establish their ballot access under the NLP lable. (A rose by any other name smells as sweet?)

    United Party did just that and is on the ballot in Idaho. Andy is a real ‘reformer’! He cannot stand either major cabal of public crooks and he is anti establishment! Also the Idaho Stateman has publically recended their ‘major two parties only’ (our words, not their’s) policy in an out right victory for every one but the Dem and GOP thug bosses!

    Do you have friends and family in Idaho? May be you have not called them in a looooooong while. What are you waiting for?)

  4. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home (founded 1998) Says:

    California Republican Sues to Overturn Write-in Restriction
    July 28th, 2006

    On July 28, a lawsuit was filed to overturn California election code section 8605, which makes it extremely difficult for parties to nominate candidates by write-ins in their own primaries. Sonoma County Republican Central Committee & Raylene Wiesner v McPherson. The case number has not yet been assigned.

    In November 2004, the California voters amended the state constitution, to provide that parties cannot be denied the right to place on the November ballot, the person who got the most votes in that party’s primary. Raylene Wiesner was the only candidate in the Republican primary this year for Assembly, 7th district. She was a write-in in that primary. She received 687 write-in votes, but sec. 8605 says that she needed 1,683 write-in votes. No one in any California partisan primary this year received enough votes to be nominated under section 8605, but section 8605 appears invalid, given the new Constitutional provision. The case was filed in Superior Court in Sacramento.

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