Thursday, October 26, 2006

KDKA's Voter's Guide: Unequal Time, Censorship

PLEASE NOTE: FOR UNEXPLAINED REASONS KDKA FAILED TO LIST TODD ELLIOTT KOGER AS JOE PRESTON'S OPPONENT IN THEIR VOTER'S GUIDE FOR TWO DAYS.

LAST NIGHT MR. KOGER COMPLAINED.




THEREAFTER, KDKA FORWARDED ITS CANDIDATE'S QUESTIONNAIRE.

TODAY, KDKA PROVIDED THAT LISTED BELOW VIS-A-VIS AN EMAIL.


Mr. Koger:

Thank you for your submission for our 2006 voter guide. We appreciate your cooperation

Since the guide is a part of our website, we reserve the right to review all responses and edit for clarity and content.

Before we publish your responses, though, we wanted to make you aware that our voter guide is meant to give candidates the opportunity to present their platforms to potential voters, not as a forum to criticize their opponents. We do provide a link to your own campaign website.

That said, we have decided to omit some of your responses which specifically reference Mr. Preston.

I'm forwarding the revised version for your approval. If you would like to add any other comments, please feel free to send them directly to me at and I will see that they get posted. Otherwise, if you approve our revisions as listed below, I can publish your page immediately.

Thank you for your participation.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Pollard
KDKA Website Manager

Campaign Message (WILL NOT BE INCLUDED FOR REASONS DISCUSSED ABOVE):

Before Act 201 passed, utility and power companies donated $4,650 to Joe Preston. Next, Mr. Preston rushed from committee Act 201 -- made it easier for the utility companies to terminate service.

Q:

What do you think is the most important issue facing Pennsylvania?

Your Original Response:

I am a democrat running as an independent. Finding a permanent solutions for the fiscal problems of school districts (school property tax relief) is important. However, in district 24, specifically, a trusted advocate steadfast to the challenge of canvassing the most dangerous neighborhoods -- door-to-door, corner-to-corner, housing project-to-housing project -- to redress the complaints, concerns and needs of inner-city residents. Lethal gun-violence is tearing our great city apart. Every murder is a senseless loss for a family and the wave of violence is an intolerable epidemic for the region as a whole.

In district 24 the approach of nightfall is dreaded. Our fear is punctuated by sound of gunfire, screams and wailing. However, missing from Mr. Preston's is sadness, anger or outrage over the rising body count, or how close gun-violence is to our schools. In fact, when thugs began selling drugs in front of Mr. Preston's office, rather than address the issue, he moved his office!

Edited Response:

I am a Democrat running as an Independent. Finding a permanent solution for the fiscal problems of school districts (school property tax relief) is important. However, in District 24, specifically, a trusted advocate steadfast to the challenge of canvassing the most dangerous neighborhoods -- door-to-door, corner-to-corner, housing project-to-housing project -- to redress the complaints, concerns and needs of inner-city residents. Lethal gun-violence is tearing our great city apart. Every murder is a senseless loss for a family and the wave of violence is an intolerable epidemic for the region as a whole.

In District 24 the approach of nightfall is dreaded. Our fear is punctuated by sound of gunfire, screams and wailing. However, missing is sadness, anger or outrage over the rising body count, or how close gun-violence is to our schools.

Q:

Should there be a constitutional convention to reduce the size of the Legislature?

Your Original Response:

Many residents of District 24 have formed certain perceptions about our leaders and system of government that represents an overall lack of trust. That is, public confidence plays a significant role in the ability to advocate. Perceptions influence and even shape behavior. We must reform our current system of government. For example, on April 17, 2006, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board decided: "It's time for an unapologetic Joe Preston to go!" On October 13, 2006, Joe Preston continued to demonstrate a lack of remorse telling the editorial board that he, in fact, will not return the pay raise. Thus, democratic community leaders requested that I run as an independent against Joe Preston.

Edited Response:

Many residents of District 24 have formed certain perceptions about our leaders and system of government that represents an overall lack of trust. That is, public confidence plays a significant role in the ability to advocate. Perceptions influence and even shape behavior. We must reform our current system of government.

Q:

What is the best way to handle the pay of legislators, executive branch members and judges?

Your Original Response:

Legislators, the executive branch and judges are already paid too much. In fact, since Joe Preston rushed from the committee, without any public hearing, legislation (Act 201) that made it much easier for the utility companies to terminate the gas, electric and water service of poor, low-income customers and reversed the longstanding state moratorium on shutting off heat and electric during winter, a moratorium should now be applied to legislators’ pay. Nonetheless, after needed reform, pay could be tied to the rate of inflation. But only, if funding for public transit operation is additionally tied to the rate of inflation. Democratic community leaders requested that I run as an independent against Joe Preston.

Edited Response:

Legislators, the executive branch and judges are already paid too much. Nonetheless, after needed reform, pay could be tied to the rate of inflation. But only, if funding for public transit operation is additionally tied to the rate of inflation.