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Enclosed below is a packet of information from our E-Debates from 1998. First are some quick highlights about what we need to do in the next few weeks! Luckily we can adapt materials from past years.

The information products we must produce for 2000 include:

  • 1. Call for questions to the public
  • 2. Invitation Letter to Candidates
  • 3. Confirmation Letter to Candidates
  • 4. Official Debate Rules and Advice
  • 5. Letter to Potential E-Democracy 2000 Partners, Debate Content Reuse Guidelines
  • 6. Internal E-Debate Process and Accountability Tips for Volunteers
  • 7. General Public Outreach E-mail for Broad Distribution
  • 8. Week One Candidate Questions with Debate Rules Reminder
  • 9. Official Public E-Debate Welcome
  • 10. Official E-Debate Thank yous and Closing

The candidates will need to produce:

  • 1. An e-mail/letter agreeing to participate the debate
  • 2. An acknowledgment that the understand the rules and strict submission deadlines
  • 3. An opening statement
  • 4. Responses to four debate questions (two questions each week, 750 word max.)
  • 5. Tentative - Short position statements (75 words) to five questions each week (not full debate questions)
  • 6. Rebuttals to the other candidate responses to the four responses(RECOMMENDATION - REBUTTALS will be mandatory even if the candidate says "No further comment." to remain in the debate.
  • 7. Closing Statement

The citizen may produce:

  • 1. Suggested questions
  • 2. Comment and discuss debate on MN-POLITICS-DISCUSS
  • 3. Other ideas - possible citizen panel commentary on candidate responses and other ideas being developed by Tim Erickson (Be ready to decide on these options this Thursday.)

As you can see the devil is in the details and full execution of all these important steps. The key is to remember that this debate is an important contribution to Minnesota's democracy and no body does it better anywhere in the world! Go team go!

Cheers, Steven Clift Minnesota E-Democracy



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From: Steven Clift <clift@publicus.net> To: Tim Erickson <designit@visi.com> Subject: (Fwd) MN E-Debate Info Packet Date sent: Fri, 7 Jan 2000 11:34:32 -0600


This is something I put together for Markle once.

Steve



This E-Debate Info Packet contains:

1. Feb 98 E-Debate Announcement 2. Feb 98 E-Debate Questions to Candidates 3. Feb 98 E-Debate Public Opening 4. Oct 98 E-Debate Rules to Candidates

Some of the messages are very detailed, particularly the last one, but give a sense of the complexity of a time-based (not live) online candidate exchange.


The archives of the debates themselves are available from: http://www.e-democracy.org/1998/


Date sent: Sat, 7 Feb 1998 15:41:32 -0600 Send reply to: clift@publicus.net From: "Steven Clift" <clift@publicus.net>


                                    >>--Please Forward--> 

Minnesota E-Democracy presents ...


E-Democracy 98 - http://www.e-democracy.org/1998 - Join Us! ___________________________________________________________

Who: Candidates for Governor: JoAnne Benson, Dick

     Borrell, Mark Dayton, Mike Freeman, Hubert 
     Humphrey III, Ted Mondale, John Marty, Tim Pawlenty,  
     Allen Quist, Roy Terwilliger, and Jesse Ventura.
     (Perhaps more will announce and join us?)


What: E-Debate 98 - Six questions from the public with

     candidate responses and rebuttals and a weekly media 
     panel. Special citizen-to-citizen interaction 
     invitations throughout.


When: February 9 - 20, Responses and rebuttals every other

     weekday. Read and participate on your own time at 
     your home, work, school or library. 


Where: On the Internet! Via E-mail and on the Web.

     Join the E-Debate 98 audience on E-MAIL by 
     subscribing to the MN-FORUM e-mail list. Send an 
     e-mail message to:
            majordomo@mr.net
     Leave the subject line blank.  In the message body 
     write:
            subscribe mn-forum


* Join MN-FORUM right now and encourage others to come    
* along.  You will receive only the moderated events on 
* the "e-debate stage" as well as important announcements  
* about other exciting citizen-to-citizen interaction  
* opportunities.


     Once the E-Debate starts on Monday, February 9, it 
     will be fully accessible on the web at:
            http://www.e-democracy.org/1998
     If you plan to be a web-only participant, please 
     consider joining Minnesota E-Democracy's one-way 
     announcement list (we don't send more than four 
     messages a month).  Send a message to:
            majordomo@mr.net
     Leave the subject line blank.  In the message body 
     write:
            subscribe mn-democracy

About the Host: Minnesota E-Democracy is a non-partisan, non-profit,

     citizen-based project, whose mission is to improve   
     participation in democracy in Minnesota through      
     the use of information networks.  
     Minnesota E-Democracy would like to thank the 
     growing list of E-Democracy 98 Partners and 
     MRNet in particular for their technical 
     assistance with the E-Debate.  Visit the extensive 
     list of E-Democracy 98 partners on the web.


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Send this to the friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors who you think would be interested. As citizens, this is our first major opportunity to hear from and learn about the candidates as well as to openly discuss the issues of this election and who will lead Minnesota as Governor into the next century.

E-Democracy 98 - http://www.e-democracy.org/1998 - Join Us! ___________________________________________________________



Date sent: Thu, 05 Feb 1998 23:45:07 -0600 From: Rick Birmingham <rickb@mr.net> Send reply to: rickb@mr.net Organization: NetDay Minnesota To: clift@freenet.msp.mn.us Subject: [Fwd: E-Debate Questions-Week One]

Message-ID: <34DA8FEC.6BD6@mr.net> Date: Thu, 05 Feb 1998 22:22:05 -0600 From: Rick Birmingham <rickb@mr.net>


Debate Candidates,

Welcome to E-Democracy's first debate of the 1998 gubernatorial race. Thank you all for participating this year. The fact that we have all of the announced candidates participating so early in the race greatly strengthens our debate and will enrich the discussions that will flow from it. To me, this is the democratic process at its finest and I applaud you for participating.

I hope you will find these questions to be both broad and balanced. Our aim in crafting them was to allow you to share your own proposals with the public. However, if past debates are an indicator, I would stress that you focus on your own ideas in your answers and not attempt to preempt other candidates' arguments. There is a rebuttal for just this reason.


                                    MINNESOTA

E-DEMOCRACY 98

                                    FIRST

GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE

WEEK 1


A. Monday's question

    To be answered by 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 8.
When responding, please include a brief bio of the candidate.  The bios

will be included just before the debate questions to introduce candidates to the public.

    1.  Many alternatives to the existing education system have been

proposed; including charter schools, vouchers and private sector involvement. Do you favor any of these approaches, or do you have specific proposals to strengthen the current system?

B. Tuesday's rebuttal

    To be posted by 8 p.m. on Monday February 9.


C. Wednesday's question

    To be answered by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10.
    2.  Overall, Minnesota's economy is the strongest it has been in

years. On the agenda are issues such as living wages, labor shortages, welfare-to-work, and the changing economy in Greater Minnesota. What do you feel the most pressing challenges will be? How will you address them?

D. Thursday's rebuttal

    To be posted by 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11.

F. Friday's question

    To be answered by 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 12.
    3. To what extent do you intend to support investment in

maintaining Minnesota's highway system and expanding its mass transit system given the age of the state's highway system, population and business growth, and the mass transit needs of an aging and dispersed population?

G. Saturday's rebuttal

    To be posted by 8 p.m. on Friday, February 13.

On Sunday, the Media Panels' comments will be posted.

Friday, February 13, you will receive the final three questions for the week of the 16th.

Please email all answers and rebuttals to me at both rickb@mr.net and mn-forum@mr.net/. This will enable E-Democracy to have a backup copy of your emails in case of any problems.

If you have ANY questions or problems DO NOT hesitate to call me at home at 827-6194.

Rick Birmingham Coordinator


To: mn-forum@mr.net Subject: MF: Host M1 - Welcome and Introductions Send reply to: e-democracy@freenet.msp.mn.us Date sent: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 08:26:04



MN E-Debate 98 - http://www.e-democracy.org/1998 - MN-FORUM@MR.NET 


Welcome to Mn-Forum for E-Democracy 98's Gubernatorial Debate!

This year's debate is the most exciting we have ever put on. All the declared Gubernatorial candidates from established political parties are participating. With four political parties, and twelve candidates represented this year's Governor's race so far, this looks to be one of the most exciting elections in the country.

Minnesota E-Democracy is a non-partisan, citizen-based organization. We are all volunteers.

This introductory email will introduce you to Mn-Forum and the debate candidates themselves.

This moderated list will bring all the Minnesota candidates for Governor right into your email box. Each day, from February 9 to February 22, members of Mn-Forum will receive email messages containing the 12 candidates responses to six questions, their rebuttals and weekly comments from the E-Democracy Media Panel.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays the candidates will respond to one question from E-Democracy. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays the candidates will be allowed brief rebuttals. On Sundays, the Media Panel will analyze the debate and offer their comments.

In all, you should expect twelve messages a day from this list, with only six messages on Sundays.

To sign up to receive the debate via email, send a message to: majordomo@mr.net in the body of your message just type: subscribe mn-forum

If you are unable to participate via email, or you are need to catch up, the entire debate is archived on the E-Democracy website from: http://www.e-democracy.org/1998

This year's debate will include twelve candidates. Each candidate has provided us with a brief biography of themselves.

I. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party

A. MIKE FREEMAN

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From: E-Democracy <info@e-democracy.org> To: "'mn-forum@mr.net'" <mn-forum@mr.net> Subject: MF: Host M1 - Welcome Date sent: Mon, 5 Oct 1998 07:55:53 -0500

MN E-Debate 98 http://www.e-democracy.org/1998 MN-FORUM@MR.NET

Welcome to E-Democracy 98's final gubernatorial debate. We are very fortunate to have all eight of the registered candidates for governor of Minnesota participating in our online debate. This may be the only opportunity you will get to hear from all the candidates on "stage" together. I would like to thank the candidates, their parties, and their campaigns for taking the time to participate in this debate.

I would also like to thank the volunteers of E-Democracy. E-Democracy is a non-partisan, citizen-based effort. This debate is the product of the work of all volunteers, including Aaron Osterby, Steve Clift, and David Erickson.

This gubernatorial debate will be held the week of October 5, and the week of October 19. There will be a one week break separating the two weeks of the debate to give candidate time to respond to our questions.

As a member of MN-Forum you will be receiving the full text of the debate. Today, you will be receiving an introductory statement from each of the candidates. Each candidate's response will be emailed to you individually. Each of the candidates' responses to the first short answer question will also be emailed to you today. To limit the number of emails you will receive, we will group all the candidates into one email for the short answer questions.

In all, there will be ten short answer questions. One for each day of the debate, Monday through Friday. There will be no rebuttals on short answer questions. Each will be emailed to you including the responses of all the candidates.

There will also be four long answer questions. The first will be posted to you on Tuesday morning (October 6). Each candidates' response will be emailed to you separately. The responses to the first long answer question will be followed on Wednesday (Oct 7) by rebuttals on that topic from each candidate. There will be two long answer questions and rebuttals each week of the debate.

There will also be one day of finishing remarks by each of the candidates on Friday, October 23.

Each day you should expect one email for each of the candidates, and ninth email containing all of the candidates' responses to that day's short answer question. There will be fewer emails sent to you if candidates do not respond to all the questions.

There will be no posting of an introduction or response to the first short answer question today from the Coleman, McCloney, or Wright campaigns. Their responses were not received, but they have all agree to participate in the debate. If you wish to see their responses when they are sent to us, they will be available on the E-Democracy web site.

To sign up to receive the debate via email, send a message to: majordomo@mr.net in the body of your message just type: subscribe mn-forum

If you are unable to participate via email, or you are need to catch up, the entire debate is archived on the E-Democracy web site from: http://www.e-democracy.org/1998

Rick Birmingham E-Democracy Coordinator Rickb@mr.net

MN E-Debate 98 E-Debate messages may be freely redistributed

Subscribe/Unsubscribe info at: http://www.e-democracy.org/mn-forum

Archive of all E-Debate posts: http://www.e-democracy.org/1998


Date sent: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 19:46:19 -0500 From: Rick Birmingham <rickb@mr.net> Send reply to: rickb@mr.net Organization: E-Democracy To: clift@publicus.net Subject: E-D Rules & Dates

September 29, 1998

Dear Gubernatorial Candidate,

My name is Rick Birmingham. I am the Coordinator of E-Democracy 1998. I am writing to you to thank you for your participation in E-Democracy's gubernatorial debate. The on-line gubernatorial debate will be the first and third weeks of October, 1998. This year, we are boasting the participation of at least six of the eight gubernatorial candidates. Fancy Ray McClooney and Norm Coleman have not been available, or have not yet decided whether or not they will be particpating.

E-Democracy is a non-partisan, all volunteer effort to bring democracy to the public in a free, open, format. Our web site is at: WWW.E-DEMOCRACY.ORG/. At that site you will find links to candidate's web pages, links to other web sites that carry useful information for voters, and an archive of our online debates over the past several gubernatorial elections. Our last debate was in February, before the caucuses, where we boast the participation of all of the candidates (in all the parties) that had announced by the start of our debate.

E-Democracy's online debates offer campaigns three significant benefits to campaigns. Our online debate format puts all the gubernatorial candidates on the same Internet stage at the same time, which is an opportunity for a diversity of voices to be heard. E-Democracy's debates also go out in a format that is conducive to reflective thought by citizens on the content of the debate. Rather than being limited to sound bites and rhetoric, our format shows interaction between the candidates through the written word and allows readers to take an active role in the discussion of issues by going to MN-Politics and MPLS-ISSUES, our online discussion lists. Citizens will be able to access this information free on the web, or actually, most people will sign up to receive our debate in their e-mail inbox each day of the debate. Followers of the debate will be able to select the candidates they which to hear from, and the questions they wish to read the responses from, simply by opening their mail or deleting it.

Participating candidates will be responsible for responding to seven questions each week of the debate (5 short and 2 long), a short written introduction, a closing statement, and finally there will be four rebuttals. There will be at least five days (Tuesday to Saturday) for each campaign to prepare all their responses to our questions, except the rebuttals, which will have to be answered the day the long questions are posted (October 6, 8, 19, 21).

This year the debate will be similar, but not identical, to our last debate in February. This year the debate will run from October 5 to October 9, then will take a week off, and will return from October 19 to October 23. The week off was requested by campaigns to enable their staff to work on responses more thoughtfully.

There will be ten short answer questions in the debate. Five will be delivered to participating campaigns on the Tuesday before each week of debate, September 29, and October 13. That will give campaigns nearly a week to come up with 300 word responses, which will be delivered to E-Democracy by 9 p.m. on the following Sunday, October 4 &18. E-Democracy volunteers will post those debate responses to our readers (who can sign up to receive the debate daily on our web site) and on our web site by 9 a.m. Monday morning, October 5 &19. There will NOT be any rebuttal to the short answer questions.

There will also be four long answer questions, and an introduction and closing remarks in the debate. Two long answer questions will be delivered to the participating campaigns on the Tuesday before each week of debate, September 29, and October 13. In addition, to the long answer questions, campaigns will be responsible for coming up with an introductory essay, and closing statements. Each of the long answer questions, the introduction, and the closing remarks must be less than 500 words. There will be a 300 word rebuttal to each of the long answer questions, but there will NOT be a rebuttal to the opening and closing statements. Each of these longer essays will take up one day of the debate.

I have broken the calendar of events down into two plans. Plan 1 is for the campaign that may wish to follow the debate directly and send in responses to questions on the day of each deadline. Plan 2 is simpler and demonstrates how a campaign can send in as much of their material as soon as possible in order to have as few days as possible where work will be required of them. Plan 2 will give campaigns 4 days during the debate in which it will require campaigns to be active in reading other candidates responses to questions and send in rebuttals. All the remaining work can be done in advance.

E-Democracy volunteers will give the first 5 short answer questions, and the first two long answer questions to campaigns on Tuesday, September 29.

CANDIDATES and their campaigns will send us (via email to rickb@mr.net) responses to the first five short answer questions (300 words) and their introductory statement (500 words) by 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 4.

E-Democracy volunteers will post the first 5 short answer questions, candidate responses, and the introductory essay by 9 a.m. on October 5.

CANDIDATES and their campaigns will respond to the first long answer question on October 5 by 9 p.m. to be posted by E-Democracy volunteers the next day.

CANDIDATES and their campaigns will send in a rebuttal (300 words) to their opponents' responses to the first long answer question on Tuesday, October 6. E-Democracy volunteers will post the rebuttal by 9 a.m. the next day.

CANDIDATES and their campaigns will respond to the second long answer question (500 words), by 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 7. E-Democracy volunteers will post the responses by 9 a.m. the next day.

CANDIDATES and their campaigns will send in a rebuttal (300 words) to their opponents' responses to the second long answer question by 9 p.m., October 8. E-Democracy volunteers will post the rebuttal by 9 a.m. the next day.

That will end the first week of debate.

The second week of debate will follow the same format.

E-Democracy volunteers will get the second group of five short answer questions and the second group of two long answer questions to the campaigns on Tuesday, October 13.

CANDIDATES and their campaigns will send responds the second group of five short answer questions (300 words each), and a response to the third long answer question (500 words) to E-Democracy by 9 p.m. Sunday, October 18. E-Democracy volunteers will post the responses by 9 a.m. the next day.

CANDIDATES and their campaigns will send in their rebuttal to their opponents' responses to the third long answer question (300 words) by 9 p.m., Monday, October 19. . E-Democracy volunteers will post the responses by 9 a.m. the next day.

CANDIDATES and their campaigns will send in their answers to the fourth (and final) long answer question (500 words) by 9 p.m., Tuesday, October 20. E-Democracy volunteers will post the responses by 9 a.m. the next day.

CANDIDATES and their campaigns will send in their rebuttal to their opponents' responses to the fourth long answer question (300 words) by 9 p.m., Wednesday, October 21. E-Democracy volunteers will post the responses by 9 a.m. the next day.

CANDIDATES and their campaigns will send their closing statement (500 words) by 9 p.m., Thursday, October 22. . E-Democracy volunteers will post the responses by 9 a.m. the next day.

Plan 2

That is a day by day breakdown, if you want to make it simple, here is what you should send us and when:

To shorten things, just email us the answers to the first 5 short answer questions, your introduction, and the responses to the first two long answer questions by 9p.m. Sunday, October 4. Then, for the second week of the debate do the same thing. Just send us your responses to the second group of five short answer questions, your closing statements, and your responses to our second group of two long answer questions, by 9 p.m. Sunday, October 18.

If you send us all of that, then you only need to be active on the four days that we post all the candidates responses to the long answer questions. On the days we post responses to the long answer questions, you will have to read all the candidates responses during the day and prepare a rebuttal to send to us by 9 p.m. that evening. The days you will have to read the candidates responses and send us rebuttals will be:

Week 1 Tuesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 8

Week 2 Monday, October 19 and Wednesday, October 21


Please feel free to choose whichever plan works better for your campaign. However, I must remind you that the 9 p.m. deadline is hard and fast in order to be fair to all participants. Messages received after 9 p.m. will not be posted until after the conclusion of the debate, and they will not be emailed directly to those on the E-Democracy Debate E-Mail list.

If you are interested in receiving the debate in your email box, rather than having to visit it on the web, you can sign up to receive it by visiting WWW.E-DEMOCRACY.ORG/.

Thank you for your participation,


Rick Birmingham Coordinator E-Democracy (612) 789-7058 email: rickb@mr.net






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