Debates Set for Green Bay, Waukesha, and Wausau

WisPolitics is facilitating and publicizing two debates between Mike Tate and Julaine Appling, one in Green Bay and one in Waukesha.

Here's the release from
MADISON – The two lead campaigns involved in the proposed same-sex marriage ban will debate in two forums set for Tuesday and Oct. 2.

Julaine Appling, CEO of the amendment-supporting Family Research Institute of Wisconsin, and Mike Tate, campaign director for the opposing Fair Wisconsin group, will debate before media panels in two debates.

The first debate is in Green Bay a week from yesterday; the second is in Waukesha on Oct. 2.

**Green Bay Debate
Tuesday, Sept. 26th
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Executive Dining Room

**Waukesha Debate
Monday, Oct. 2nd
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Room N133, UW-Waukesha

Under the ground rules agreed to by, Fair Wisconsin and the Family Research Institute, Appling and Tate each will deliver 2-minute opening and closing statements separated by 2-minute answers to questions posed by journalists. No audience questions will be accepted.

Media interested in covering the events should contact:

Members of the public wishing to attend must contact either Fair Wisconsin (608-441-0143) or the Family Research Institute (608-256-3228).

We'll post details soon about a few other debates that are organized by independent groups.

One is this Thursday--tomorrow--from 5-6pm at UW-Marathon County. The WPR bureau in Wausau put this together and the Wausau Daily Herald has the details.


At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Kory said...

Oh sweet! Good luck Mike!

(...not that he'll need it.)

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is excellent!

Also, whatever happened to the debate that Public TV was trying to produce, but they were having trouble finding an attorney to argue for the ban?

At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

About the public tv thing: they filmed in late august. They found a lawyer to take the other side.

Here's the airing information given on

Air dates for "Marriage Amendment On Trial"
10/25/2006 - 8:00 pm

10/26/2006 - 11:00 pm

11/06/2006 - 10:00 pm

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At 6:34 PM, Anonymous Keith said...

These appear to be horribly tiny venues.

Hopefully, since the rooms cannot be packed with undecided voters, the debates will be covered by the local media outlets, and we will continue the education effort that way.

With luck, the reporters will not do 30-second sound bites about a "marriage amendment" but will give some in depth and interesting coverage about real families!

At 6:43 PM, Blogger Ingrid Ankerson said...

Actually, tomorrow's venue seats over 200 people. So for those of you who live in or around Wausau, come and please bring your friends!

At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you already thought of this, but I think MIke ought to play the commercial with Lynn, look at Appling and say, "Your comments?"

At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I attended the very lively debate at UWMC in Wausau today, and was simply bowled over by the inane and utterly ridiculous statements by rev. JOel Schultz? of zion lutheran church, and another minister from Marshfield (non denominational). Both of them used the Bible in their arguments and i had flashbacks of listening to boring sermons in church on sunday mornings. But, more importantly, I felt there must be a mass insanity going on in our state to even consider this referendum. Why are people so inhumane to other people? If you are religious, isn't one of your goals to make life better for everyone? This amendment is unkind, unfair, and very very unchristian.

At 4:42 PM, Blogger Earthbound Spirit said...

Darn! I'll be out of the state when the Waukesha debate happens.

And, to anonymous - yes, it is unchristian. Or, rather, it is un-Jesus-like, as he sought to undermine the status quo & systems of power. His words & actions have been horrendously distorted.

At 7:57 PM, Blogger Jenn said...

I was disappointed to hear the majority of the audience questions coming from supporters of the ban. Was it because there weren't enough questions in opposition to even it out, was it by accident, were audience members deceitful, or what? I don't want to "go there" in my speculation, but it just didn't seem fair.

To his credit, I think Mike did a great job of bringing it out of the Biblical clouds and right back to Wisconsin.


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