CNN’s Candy Crowley to Speak at Broward College on the Importance of Debates in American Politics

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CNN’s Candy Crowley to Speak at Broward College on the Importance of Debates in American Politics

            
            FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (October 3, 2014) – 
Candy Crowley, CNN’s chief political correspondent and anchor of “State of the Union with Candy Crowley,” will meet with Broward College students, faculty and staff on Friday, October 10, at 10:30 a.m. at Broward College’s Bailey Hall, 3501 S.W. Davie Road, Davie, Building 4, to discuss the history and importance of debates in the American political process. Media are invited to attend. This event requires working media to RSVP for a confirmed seat. Please contact Tina David at 954-201-7510 or tdavid@broward.edu to reserve a seat. 

            In her role as chief political correspondent, Crowley covers a broad range of stories, including presidential, congressional and gubernatorial races, and major legislative developments on Capitol Hill. She has covered the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Howard Dean, Bob Dole, Jesse Jackson, Edward Kennedy, John Kerry, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, among others. Since the presidential nomination of Jimmy Carter, Crowley has covered all but one of the national political conventions. She was also granted an exclusive sit-down interview with President George W. Bush days before he left office.
            Sponsored in part by Leadership Broward and the Broward College Foundation, this event is part of a series of civic engagement events hosted by Broward College, titled “Educate, Engage, Enrich Florida.” The events cover a series of topics, including education, healthcare, environmental politics, energy policy, equity, women’s rights issues and much more, and coincide with the 2014 Florida Gubernatorial Debate at Broward College, which will take place on Wednesday, October 15, at Broward College’s Bailey Hall, also located on Central Campus.

            For a complete list of “Educate, Engage, Enrich Florida” events, visit www.nextflgov.com or www.broward.edu/debateFor the latest updates on the 2014 Gubernatorial Debate at Broward College, follow #NextFLGov on Facebook and Twitter.  

 

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About Broward College:

Serving more than 68,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit www.broward.edu.

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Broward College Students Get Informed and Involved in Florida Politics

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (September 16, 2014) – The gubernatorial race for Florida’s future has sparked the political interest of students across Broward College. In the weeks leading up to the October 15 Florida gubernatorial debate at Broward College’s Central Campus, 3501 Davie Road, Davie, students will have the rare and exciting opportunity to experience democracy firsthand by becoming active participants in the political process, working to increase voter registrations, and closely examining and addressing key issues of this election season.

“I’m very excited about the debate being held at Broward College,” said Stefan DaCosta, president of the Latin American Student Association on Central Campus. “Not many people get this kind of educational and civic opportunity while they are attending college.”

Student life organizations on each of the Broward College campuses will be partnering with the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office and voter registration representatives in an effort to help register as many people as possible through a series of voter registration drives scheduled in September.

On North Campus, students are even taking civic engagement a step further with a grassroots approach. “Students are going out every afternoon with their laptops to try and encourage people to register to vote,” said Joseph Pickering, director of North Campus Student Life and Development. “It might seem like a small thing, but it really makes a big difference to the community.”

As well as trying to get people registered to vote, students are getting informed and involved in the political issues of this election season. They are being encouraged to think critically through a series of team events, titled “Critical Thinking & Political Literacy: Students Engaging Important Questions.” These events serve as a platform for students to engage with one another by analyzing, exploring and generating well-justified conclusions based on their independent research of a political topic of their choice. Students have already decided to focus on issues of healthcare, the environment, minimum wage legislation, the legalization of marijuana, student loan debt solutions, immigration policy and net neutrality.

The night before the gubernatorial debate, Broward College’s speech and debate team will participate in a live mock debate, which will be filmed at the College’s television studio at Central Campus and streamed online. This debate is an opportunity for students to become aware of the issues facing Florida and also better understand the two candidates. Designed to be a team format, two groups will represent the candidates and answer questions posed by Manny Munoz, co-host and executive producer for “South Florida’s First News with Jimmy Cefalo” on News Radio 610 WIOD.

“I really believe that all of these opportunities we have this semester can serve as a reminder for my generation to do its due diligence, research and see who they think would serve Florida best. Then, they should get out and vote based on their conclusion,” said DaCosta.

For more information, contact Tina David at tdavid@broward.edu or 954-201-7510. For the latest updates on the 2014 gubernatorial debate at Broward College, follow #NextFLGov on Facebook and Twitter.  

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About Broward College:


Serving more than 68,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit 
www.broward.edu.                        

Florida Senator Eleanor Sobel to Moderate Town Hall Meeting at Broward College on the Legalization of Medical Marijuana

Florida Senator Eleanor Sobel to Moderate Town Hall Meeting at Broward College on the Legalization of Medical Marijuana

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (September 12, 2014) – Florida Senator Eleanor Sobel will moderate a town hall meeting about Amendment 2, the legalization of medical marijuana, on Tuesday, September 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Judson A. Samuels South Campus Performing and Cultural Arts Center, 7200 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines.

 This event, which is free and open to the public, coincides with the gubernatorial debate taking place at Broward College in October, and will bring together two organizations, United for Care and Drug Free Florida, as they debate their reasons for and against the legalization of medical marijuana in the State. Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes will also give a presentation about the changes to voting rights in Florida.

            “We are excited to collaborate with Senator Sobel and Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes to raise awareness about key issues and the importance of voting,” said Broward College President J. David Armstrong, Jr. “Not only are we exposing our students and the community to issues, we are preparing them with the knowledge they need to make educated decisions in the upcoming election.”
            Attendees can expect to hear discussion of the potential windfall of sales and tax revenues, as well as the benefits for Floridians suffering should medical marijuana legalization be expanded. Arguments by the side opposing Amendment 2 are anticipated to include information about the detrimental effects of using marijuana, including the fact that many consider it to be a gateway drug. 
                Supervisor of Elections Snipes, who is committed to improving voter education, awareness and outreach, will provide information, and voter registration forms will be available onsite for those interested in registering.
                Sobel, who is a Democratic member of the Florida Senate, represents District 33, which includes Cooper City, Dania Beach, Davie, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Plantation and Miramar. 

                For a complete list of “Educate, Engage, Enrich Florida” events, voter registration drives and debate watch parties, visit www.nextflgov.com or www.broward.edu/debateFor the latest updates on the 2014 gubernatorial debate at Broward College follow #NextFLGov on Facebook and Twitter.  

 

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About Broward College:


Serving more than 68,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit 
www.broward.edu.

Palm Beach Post OpEd

Point of View: Anticipation high for Scott-Crist debate

Palm Beach Post 

Posted: 6:14 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

Point of View: Anticipation high for Scott-Crist debate photo
J. David Armstrong, Jr. is president of Broward College.

Florida.

When it comes to election time, one state is almost certain to garner national attention.

Once again, Florida is thrust into the spotlight as our gubernatorial race plays out on a national stage. Floridians will cast their ballots to decide who will lead the fourth largest state in the nation.

As president of the host location of the Oct. 15 debate between Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist, I join with the faculty, staff and students of Broward College in feeling the palpable, even electric, anticipation of this event.

Ever impressive is the stage upon which the debate will sit. Southeast Florida – the combined area of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties — is the seventh largest metropolitan statistical area in the nation. With a combined population of more than 5.5 million, it is home to just under 30 percent of all Floridians. An economic engine unto itself, the region competes on a global scale to bring home everything from academic research projects to headquarter operations.

Florida has long been a bellwether for national trends concerning the elderly, health care, politics, foreign policy, immigration and the economy. The state’s great diversity across a variety of sectors, including race, age, income, socio-economic status, nationality and geography, drives it to experience these trends ahead of the rest of the country.

Florida is fortunate to have much in its favor, including an unparalleled quality of life, stunning natural resources, and abundant strategic and logistic assets. As a state, we stand at a crossroads. On Oct. 15 at Broward College’s Davie Campus, we’ll be presented with the platforms and leadership styles of our gubernatorial candidates as each seeks to answer important questions facing our state and nation.

It is an honor and a privilege to showcase Broward College, named one of the top ten community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute, and our bright, diverse student body of more than 68,000 students.

We are fortunate to partner on the debate with Leadership Florida, as well as the Florida Press Association, two organizations that take seriously their role as stewards of democracy.

The contest has captured the nation’s attention – and for good reason. Floridians will choose between two very different leaders with political records and history.

The stakes are high as Florida takes center stage. We’ll learn what matters most to the diverse citizens of this state as the gubernatorial candidates seek to answer the question, “Where do we go from here?”

J. DAVID ARMSTRONG JR., DAVIE

Editor’s note: J. David Armstrong Jr. is president of Broward College.