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July 13, 2015

On protected candidate groups during the primaries


I think you have done a fabulous job setting up this forum for a contentious primary. GDP functions as the place to hash out pros and cons of each Democratic candidate. GD is saved from the flood of focus during the primary. And the protected candidate groups serve as a safe haven for supporters to post their support without being attacked for each and every post.

However, there is a risk of abuse within the protected groups. Wherein posters use the group to wage petty board wars. For example, a poster can post a hit piece on an opposing candidate, lob insults at supporters of the other candidate or even post about what another protected group has done. It can get quite silly and OPs may be "meta," flame bait, or otherwise a violation of the Group's SOP.

Here's the problem though, Hosts of the Groups may not enforce their own SOP. Then those on the receiving end of the offensive posts, who cannot post in the Group, alert as a TOS violation since an SOP alert is not acted upon. The resulting hide foments anger, distrust and perceived targeting. It generally lowers the discourse and makes the environment more hostile.

Perhaps a stricter enforcement of the SOPs of protected groups, to include not using them as a place of attack, could go a long way. The safe havens should be supportive rooms, not bunkers to wage board wars, in my opinion.

Thanks for reading.

July 2, 2015

The GOP's messy debate rules due a crowded field of worthless candidates

Here is the most up-to-date and complete GOP presidential primary debate schedule we have for the 2015 / 2016 primary season. These debates are between all the Republican candidates running for President.

The Republican National Committee has released the list of officially sanctioned debates. We have listed each debate below along with all important details. As more information is released, we’ll update this table with specific venue locations, moderators, live streams, and candidates.

August 6, 2015 9pm ET - Republican Primary Debate
Aired On: Fox News Channel
Location: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH
Sponsors: Fox News, facebook
Moderators: Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace

Rules: Top 10 candidates in an average of 5 national polls
Candidates: To be determined
Notes: Fox News has added a candidate forum at 1pm ET the same day for candidates who don't make the debate cut
1pm to 3pm – Candidate Forum (second tier)
9pm to 11pm – Primetime debate (top tier)

September 16, 2015

Aired On: CNN and Salem Radio
Location: Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA
Sponsors: Reagan Library Foundation, CNN, Salem Media Group
Moderators: Jake Tapper, Hugh Hewitt,

Rules: Split field into Segment B (top 10 candidates) and Segment A (remaining candidates getting at least 1% in polls)

“Segment B” will be the top-tier candidates, while “Segment A” will be the rest who hit the 1% polling mark. CNN also notes that if the number of candidates who qualify overall for the debate are 14 or less, they will limit Segment B to only eight candidates and the rest will spill over to the second tier Segment A.

The way CNN has chosen to divide it up gives a fairer shot to every candidate rather than the rough cut which Fox News has set in place.

Candidates: To be determined

Read more at http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2016-debate-schedule/2016-republican-primary-debate-schedule/#lfOTfVD8tyA1mqjI.99
July 1, 2015

When will the Democratic debates be? Who do you think will be in attendance?

There are tentatively six Democratic Primary debates to be held between now and January 2016. Four will be in the four early primary states -- NH, IA, SC and NV.

No dates are set yet. When do you think they will be and, more importantly, WHO do you think will attend the debates?

Will there be six Clinton/Sanders/O'Malley/Chafee match-ups? Will one or more from that list not participate or not be permitted to participate? Will Webb, Biden or others jump into the race?

What say you?

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