Next Debate Tuesday in Helena

Montana’s superintendent of public instruction Denise Juneau (D) and challenger Sandy Welch (R-TEA) will debate here in Helena on Tuesday Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Gateway Center.

Welch has been aptly called “the Derek Skees of education” (the comparison extends to spelling errors) and has even been compared to Skees by the infamous TEA Partier Tim Ravndal.

To be sure, there is one difference between Skees and Welch.  Welch is a transplant from California while Skees hails from Florida.  Most recently Ravndal linked the two in a bizarre post about the supposed need to break the collaboration between Montana PBS and public radio stations. Must be a conspiracy in there somewhere. Ravndal is one of Welch’s biggest fans.

Juneau meanwhile has launched an innovative series of reforms to increase Montana’s high school graduation rate that is popular with parents, unions, and the business community alike–no small feat. So this will be a very interesting debate.

Juneau/Welch Debate
6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 25
Gateway Center in Helena (map)

Posted: September 20, 2012 at 12:10 pm

This post was written by Cowgirl

22 thoughts on “Next Debate Tuesday in Helena

  1. Paul S.

    A Harvard-educated veteran of the job with a law degree vs. a tea-bagger from the Flathead. I’m so there.

  2. Jeannette

    I’m surprised Welch has agreed to this. It’s almost not even fair- it would be like Derek Skees debating Brian Schweitzer.

    1. lisa o'conner

      I hope it’s shown online live with streaming video. How else will the rest of us ever get to see it?

  3. Dave

    Just got this email from the Juneau Campaign re the debate

    We’re in the home stretch! Thanks so much to Team Juneau for all your support as we get closer and closer to Election Day.

    I’m excited to announce that MEA-MFT and the Montana Rural Education Association (MREA) are hosting a debate for the Superintendent’s race in Helena on Tuesday, September 25th at 6:30 pm at the Gateway Center.

    I look forward to talking about my record and sharing the accomplishments of my office over the past four years and my ideas for the next four years. By working in partnership with school leaders, teachers, students, families, businesses, higher education and communities, we are making sure Montana students are prepared with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in today’s global economy.

    Together, we are making a positive difference in the lives of Montana students and investing in our state’s economic future.

    Education remains the best investment we can make in ourselves, our families, our communities and our state. I hope you will join me in Helena at the debate or at one of our many upcoming events and forums across the state.

    1. CharlieTalis

      Who or what is the Montana Rural Education Association? Is that the rural arm of MEA? I haven’t heard of this group.

  4. Aaron Flint

    Northern Broadcasting will be broadcasting the debate live for our radio affilliates. There will also be a live stream available. http://www.northernbroadcasting.com/

    KXLO radio in Lewistown also has a live stream.

    If I can make UStream work with my small camera and laptop, there will be video available as well.

    Also- Wednesday morning- the day after the debate, get reaction from MEA-MFT’s Eric Feaver and Dave Puyear with the MT Rural Ed Association. At 906 AM “Voices of Montana” will be live from MEA-MFT headquarters in Helena.

    1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

      Aaron, do you who will be asking the questions? Hopefully not the sports editor at some dink newspaper or radio station. This type of debate demands good questions, otherwise welch will simply revert into god/homo/freedumb talking points!

  5. Aaron Flint

    I believe former Democratic Secretary of State and State Senator Mike Cooney will be the moderator and asking the questions. I imagine MREA and MEA-MFT will be assisting with question formulation.

    1. Havre Voter

      Amen, this is definitely one of those times where broadcast is the superior medium to get the news out there. I’ll be listening.

  6. Dave Skinner

    I just want to say I’m more than a little miffed that these debates are not being televised professionally, as well as with radio. For all the zillions being spent on ads, for all the jowl-shaking about all that money distorting the process, you would think the media aside from NBS would try to support the voters’ need to cut the chaff. Sheesh. Voters, and not just those of us junkies who will hover over the radio tomorrow night, need to take their flippin’ medicine and watch this stuff, even if it means preempting Idol or some other hooey.
    Sheesh. Thanks Aaron and NBS.

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