But the fewer the better fare.
John Heywood, Proverbs, 1546.
There are seven candidates in the Republican Primary for Governor.
The Huntsville Governor’s Forum (March 2, 2010) starts at 6PM and ends at 8PM. That’s about 17 minutes per candidate, not counting the Pledge of Allegiance; Invocation; recognition of Young Republicans and Right On; introduction of panelists and panelist questions; &c.
A draft schedule might look like this:
- Pledge of Allegiance (>1 min), Invocation (1 min – we will remember to bring our own preacher), and Recognition of MCYR and Right On (3 min) = 5 minutes
- Each candidate makes 3 minute speech (x7) = 21 minutes
- Panelist 1 Introduction and Question (2 minutes) plus seven 2 minute responses = 16 minutes
- Panelist 2 = 16 minutes
- Panelist 3 = 16 minutes
- Round robin – each candidate asks one other candidate a question (7 questions at 1 min each plus 7 responses at 2 min each plus 30 second rebuttal) = 25 minutes
- Closing = 3 minutes
No, the draft doesn’t equal 120 minutes, but honestly it was drafted for a 6:15 PM start (105 minutes). It’s still a tight schedule. I may not get in my Free the Hops question, after all.
We may not even get in a question (suggested by a local honcho) about economic development: why did the State give Thyssen-Kruppe a billion dollars but not fund BRAC, especially since the average TK job pays like $40K and the average BRAC job pays like $70K? What are you gonna do about it?
Keep in mind that this is still a work in progress and that comments (especially from candidates / consultants) are welcome. However, the schedule will be set fairly soon.
Here are some details about the Huntsville Governor’s Forum. The Governor’s Forum will be held on Tuesday March 2, 2010 at the Space and Rocket Center’s Davidson Center. All seven GOP candidates have said they will attend.
A private reception will precede the Governor’s Forum. The MCYR and Right On will cover the event expenses from $50 per person contributions to attend the reception. The contribution also includes reserved seating at the Forum.
MCYR and Right On are also covering expenses from $400 sponsors. Sponsors receive two tickets to the reception. Sponsors also receive recognition on invitations and programs, plus big screen promotions during the reception and after-forum meet and greet.
After the Forum, I’m guessing that the candidates will hang out and talk politics for awhile… Just about every other GOP candidate in the area will show up to talk politics too. I’m also guessing that we will have a good crowd – IIRC the Center has about a 1400 person capacity.