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Hashing It Out: Measure T the Topic of Times-Standard Webcast Debate Get Involved Today!

James Faulk, Times-Standard
June 2, 2006

EUREKA — The first ever Times-Standard sponsored webcast debate features both sides of the initiative that seeks the ouster of non-local corporate money from local elections.

The debate, featuring Campaign Co-Manager Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap of the Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights and No on T spokesman Chris Crawford, took on many aspects of the proposed initiative, which seeks to ban contributions from non-local corporations to local political campaigns.

Moderated by Times-Standard editor Charles Winkler, questions were posed by both readers and a panel of journalists, including Kristian Leitzen of News Channel 3, Bob Doran of the North Coast Journal and James Faulk from the Times-Standard.

“Measure T will protect local control of Humboldt County elections by prohibiting political contributions from non-local organizations, political action committees, unions and corporations,” said Sopoci-Belknap. “Measure T is a straightforward solution to a very real problem in our community.”

But Crawford said the real issue is campaign finance reform, and Measure T does nothing to solve that problem.

“Measure T is not a fair and straightforward solution,” he said. “The purpose of Measure T is to favor certain groups in the community over others as opposed to a straightforward solution to campaign finance reform.”

Click here to view the debates on the Times-Standard website, you can also download the debate as an audio file.

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Paul Gallegos, Humboldt County District Attorney

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