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WCU to host congressional, state legislative debate series

first_imgWestern Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs are seeking questions from Western North Carolina voters to be asked during a series of debates in September and October.Questions relevant to the races for U.S. House of Representatives District 11, N.C. House of Representatives District 119 and N.C. Senate District 50 should be submitted to the Public Policy Institute prior to each debate. Questions must be submitted by registered voters in the district, should be emailed to [email protected], and must include the name of the sender and the county of residence.The WCU Political Debate Series will get underway Friday, Sept. 23, with opponents for the U.S. House of Representatives District 11 – incumbent Mark Meadows (R-Jackson) and challenger Rick Bryson (D-Swain).That opening event will be followed on Wednesday, Oct. 12, by the candidates in the N.C. House of Representatives District 119 race pitting incumbent Joe Sam Queen (D-Haywood) against Mike Clampitt (R-Swain).Wrapping up the series Thursday, Oct. 27, will be the contenders for the N.C. Senate District 50 seat, with incumbent Jim Davis (R-Macon) and opponent Jane Hipps (D-Haywood).All three debates will be held in Room 204 of the Health and Human Sciences Building on WCU’s West Campus. Each debate will begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live online by WLOS-TV on www.wlos.com. The events are open to the public free of charge. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.Providing an opportunity for residents of WNC to learn more about candidates for elected office is part of the university’s mission as a regional comprehensive institution, said Todd Collins, director of the Public Policy Institute.“Western Carolina University endeavors to be engaged with the region that it serves,” said Collins, who holds the David and Lois Steed Distinguished Professorship in Public Policy at WCU. “We hope that voters will embrace this opportunity to learn more about the issues that face our region and about the candidates seeking their votes. We encourage students, faculty, staff and members of the community to participate in the debates by submitting questions and to watch the debates in person or online. This will help them make informed decisions when they cast their ballots in November.”For more information about the WCU Political Debate Series, contact the Public Policy Institute at 828-227-3898.last_img read more

Google Books Settlement under Scrutiny by Justice Department

first_imgLast October, Google announced that it had reached a deal with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, that would allow Google to scan, display, and sell advertising against out-of-print books. The advertising and subscription revenues from this deal would be shared between Google, the authors, and publishers. In the last few days, however, there have been a number of setbacks, and while the project probably won’t be derailed by these, it looks like there will definitely be some delays. Just a few days ago, Google announced that it would extend the period for authors to opt out of the settlement, and now, according to reports in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, the Justice Department has begun an inquiry into the antitrust implications of the settlement. A number of constituents had doubts about the agreement from the beginning. Librarians and academics, for example, fear that Google, which would basically be the only entity with a comparable license to publish these orphaned books online, would have no competition and would hence be able to charge libraries and other institutions any price it sees fit. The Author’s Guild, which is not typically known for being especially progressive, advises its members to claim their books on the Google Books Settlement site.It is hard not to feel a bit torn about this issue. On the one hand, the prospect of having free or cheap access to this enormous repository of texts is tantalizing, while giving even more power to Google seems problematic as well. At the same time, though, few companies will be able to replicate Google’s efforts (though it should be noted that this is a non-exclusive agreement), and the settlement is the closest we have come to a universal online library and a way for providing easy access to all of these books. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more