Monday, July 26, 2010

Debate Minnesota Promotes Civility in Politics: DFL Primary Gubernatorial Debate

A Primary Gubernatorial Debate between Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Senator Mark Dayton, and Matt Entenza will be held on, Friday, July 30th, in Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union at Minnesota State University Mankato, 620 South Road, Mankato, MN 56001, at 7:00PM.

The Debate Minnesota Foundation mission is to:

• Promote civility in the political process
• Provide a platform for a fair, informative and in-depth discussion of ideas
• Encourage public participation in the election process
• Help restore public confidence in government by raising the level of political discourse

The famous Lincoln-Douglas debates during the 1858 Illinois Senatorial election were the inspiration for the Debate Minnesota mission. That year, the public square became an opportunity to exchange ideas and ideals, and a platform for the people to shape the country.

Debate Minnesota 2004 hosted 19 debates in 19 districts around the state to wide acclaim and in 2006 hosted the U. S. Senate, 3 Congressional, the Gubernatorial race and 10 Minnesota Legislative district race debates. In 2008 Debate Minnesota hosted 3 U.S. Senate Debates, and 2 Congressional Debates and 3 legislative race debates.

Debate Minnesota is a non-profit foundation led by a multi-partisan board of director which includes former U.S. Senator David Durenberger; former Governor Al Quie; former Senate Majority Leader Roger D. Moe; former Speaker of the House Steve Sviggum; former Minnesota State Attorney General Hubert H. Humphrey III; former State Senators Roy W. Terwilliger and Sheila Kiscaden; former Minnesota Secretary of State Joan Anderson Growe; and Debate Minnesota Founder Will Haddeland.

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