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RE: Gubernatorial lawsuit

The age-old question is...

If candidate X gets no exposure (debates), then how can candidate x possibly
increase his or her poll numbers.

AND...we've all seen polls that go 'flop' when the real vote comes out.

Having said all that.....one problem I notice with the electorate in general
is that too many look at an election like playing the football
card....they're trying to "pick the winner" as opposed to picking someone
that best expresses their beliefs.

Paul Hopfgarten
East Derry NH 03041

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org
> [mailto:owner-boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org]On Behalf Of Dan
> Billings
> Sent: Sunday, September 29, 2002 7:56 PM
> To: Dave Faneuf; bri@bostonradio.org
> Subject: Re: Gubernatorial lawsuit
> The rule is a station does not have to provide equal
> time if the coverage is part of legitimate news
> programming.  In the past, the networks got around the
> issue by covering debates sponsored by other
> organizations.  By doing this, the networks were
> covering a news event and not directly providing the
> time.  I'm not sure if there are court cases that have
> set this line or not.
> In Maine, the stations almost always allow all the
> candidates on the ballot.  This year, there is an
> Independent candidate who has raised less than $20,000
> for his campaign and is likely to get less than 5
> percent of the vote.  He's in the debates, but I'm not
> sure what public interest is served by it.  In Maine,
> the Green Party is a major party and their
> gubernatorial candidate qualified for nearly $1
> million in public financing so there is no reason not
> to include him.
> -- Dan Billings, Bowdoinham, Maine
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