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Attention NYC Reason Readers: Jacob Sullum Debates Campaign Finance Regulation in Manhattan


This week Senior Editor Jacob Sullum will participate in an Intelligence Squared debate about campaign finance regulation. The resolution: "Two Cheers for Super PACs: Money in Politics Is Still Overregulated." Arguing in favor, along with Sullum, will be David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics. Prior to taking that position, Keating founded, which brought the case that, together with FEC v. Citizens United, paved the way for super PACs, political committees that can collect unlimited contributions as long as they use the money exclusively for independent spending. Arguing against the resolution will be former FEC Chairman Trevor Potter, president of the Campaign Legal Center, who helped Stephen Colbert create his satirical super PAC Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Jonathan Soros, co-founder of the anti-super-PAC super PAC Friends of Democracy

Here are the details:

Date: Wednesday, September 12

Time: reception, 6 to 6:30 p.m.; debate, 6:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Kaufman Center, 129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam), New York, NY 10023

You can buy tickets here

More on super PACs here. Sullum's December 2010 cover story about Citizens United, "You Are Now Free to Speak About Politics," is here. Intelligence Squared has a collection of relevant articles here.

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    1. Snow days in September.

    2. Dozens of civic and faith-based facilities are opening their doors to provide safe outlets to students during the strike.

      That’s really cool

      Young Chicago Authors, for example, will provide programs for students in grades 6 through 12 this week.


      “In collaboration with core performance artists and special guests, young people will see the power of their voices in action through film, performance and discussion,” the group said.

      Another generation of mediocre artists is spawned

    3. The strike sign says:


      It’s way past time for someone to jam the for the kids bullshit back up the teachers’ asses.

  1. Holy Shit!

    They’re admitting that school is a combination day-care / minimum security prison.

    In addition to figuring out where to send their children, some dismayed parents are also concerned about what students might get into.
    “If the kids are not in school, they’re out getting into some kind of trouble … when they should be in school, learning,” Shatara Scaggs said.

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