Respect for Voters

Mike Lawrence, who runs the Paul Simon Public Policy Center at SIU and was a panelist at our Most Powerful Voice in America conference earlier this month, offers some forward looking suggestions for improving media coverage of elections in his syndicated newspaper column. Imagine a campaign where voters get “blueprints instead of bromides and candidate comparisons instead of contorted commercials”. Where candidates seriously debate issues like taxes, education funding, drug addiction, economic development, and access to health care. Where simplistic pledges to do this or that are eschewed in favor of a thoughtful acknowledgment that all decisions have costs and consequences. How do we get that kind of campaign? Read the column.