KEEPING TAB ON THE CANDIDATES
Posted August 8, 2016
As the primaries approach at the end of August and the campaigning for the
general election November 8 heats up, it’s a good time to keep track of
where the support for candidates is coming from and how their promises
align with the interests of supporters.
Several area organizations have been trying to make it easy to track the
money trail and to offer candidates an opportunity to make their positions
clear. GovStuff salutes all the groups involved, and is happy to share with
you examples of the useful information YOU can use.
clicking here you can see how to easily find information on the
campaign contributions and expenses of candidates for state and county
offices. Compiled by Citizens for Ormond Beach, the list notes that for
municipal races similar information can be obtained by request from the
respective city clerks.
Then, courtesy the Sons of the Beaches, whose questions for candidates
went well beyond beach driving issues,
clicking here takes you to answers to key concerns gathered from County Council
Zone four candidates and
this sheet provides info about the issues from those running for County Chair. The answers may
A comprehensive look at the candidates for all state and local offices has been complied by the
League of Women Voters, known for its programs to create and informed electorate and unbiased
reports. To go to their 2016 Election Guide click here. The site includes basic information on
candidates and the offices they seek, and answers from candidates to questions posed by the League.
GovStuff is pleased to offer this information and thanks the organizations for permission to share it.
POLITICAL POWER LURKS IN THE PYRAMID
Posted July 21, 2016
During election season and when controversial votes occur in local
governing bodies, it’s common to question the influences that shape the
votes of those we elect to represent us.
High visibility doesn’t equal power. Advocacy of a single issue doesn’t
guarantee influence. Money isn’t the whole story.
GovStuff Foundation, the non-profit, non-partisan counterpart to the
opinionated and outspoken GovStuff Live! radio program, has looked hard at
where the power lies in East Volusia. In a special report it nominates
members of a Power Pyramid where personal and business interests
intersect with the public good.
The report doesn’t make good guys or bad guys of the people it profiles. It
outlines some of their activities where their self-interest impacts and shapes
the quality of our lives and the growth we experience. In reading through it
you may wish to nominate others for inclusion, or add other examples to the
illustrations we’ve used.
The report is another tool to help us understand not just what goes on in
government, but why.
Read it by clicking here. Your comments are
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