Dean v. Rove: DePauw University Hosts Policy Junkies’ Dream Fight

Howard Dean and Karl Rove will face off in a debate about America’s future on Friday, Sept. 11 on the campus of DePauw University (an Indiana Chamber member). The Greencastle Banner-Graphic reports:

Two heavyweights on the national political scene — Howard Dean, who recently completed a four-year term as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Karl Rove, the former chief political adviser to President George W. Bush — are coming to DePauw University on Sept. 11. In a Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture, the two men will engage in a debate on "America in 2009: Challenges and Opportunities." The program will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium of the Green Center for the Performing Arts (605 S. College Avenue).

Like all Ubben Lectures, the program is free and open to all. Seating is general admission and no tickets are required.

A physician, Dean served as governor of Vermont from 1991-2003. His groundbreaking 2004 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination and subsequent four years as chair of the Democratic National Committee have provided him with both an insider’s view and a reformer’s commitment to the economy, foreign trade policy and international relations.

As former chair of the National Governor’s Association, he also has vast knowledge of domestic issues. Governor Dean recently released a new book, Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Health Care Reform.

Rove has been described by respected author and columnist Michael Barone in U.S. News & World Report as "unique … no presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon." As deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to President Bush, Rove solidified his reputation as a master strategist whose "game has always been long term," as columnist David Broder wrote, "and he plays it with an intensity and attention to detail that few can match."

Last Train to Debatesville for Gov. Candidates

If you’re still undecided on the upcoming gubernatorial election, your last chance to watch the contenders square off in debate form will be Tuesday night. This time, Gov. Mitch Daniels, Jill Long Thompson and Andy Horning will sit at a table with moderator Tom Cochran.

And while audience members posed questions in the last debate, Cochrun, a former news director at WISH and a documentary filmmaker, will ask the questions this time.

Kyle Niederpruem, spokeswoman for the Indiana Debate Commission, said Cochrun will use his own questions and some of the 400 submitted by the public to home in on issues not touched on in the first two debates. He plans to push the candidates for answers if he thinks they haven’t responded.

The debate will be held in the I.U. Auditorium in Bloomington at 7 p.m. The event will be shown on some cable stations, according to the Indianapolis Star. So that probably means just flip around until you find it. (I’m sure my fellow males are familiar with that m.o. — flipping through the channels with no clear direction of where you’re headed. It’s a fun little journey, isn’t it?) The Star also notes the debate will be shown on its web site.

Reminder: The final presidential debate will be held Wednesday night, as well.

Global Warming Debate Still a Debate

Read the current issue of BizVoice magazine (available online today and in the mail to regular subscribers) and you will find the words green, environment and sustainability throughout. The "going green" focus features companies, communities and initiatives related to environmentally friendly products and practices. Global warming is cited as one of the reasons for action by some.

But despite an increase in the attention to global warming, the scientific debate is apparently far from over. The Heartland Institute reports that more than 30,000 scientists signed a petition "rejecting the assertion that global warming has reached a crisis stage and is caused by human activity."

The Heartland article tells one side of the story; numerous resources provide the flip side of the coin. What do you think? How serious is global warming? How big of an impact do human activities have on our environment?