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(@alana33)
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Here is a list of questions I would ask all candidates present and future:

1. What is your stance/opinion on corruption in Public Office?
a. Do you believe we have a problem in this area, presently?
b. How can this be resolved?
c. Do you believe that Mrs. Hansen should be eligible to be on the ballot?

2.How would you rate our current administration? 1-10
List: Gov., Lt. Gov., Delegate, and ALL Senators.

3.Do you believe the VI should have an updated Coastal Zone management plan given the need to protect our fragile environment with regard to our marine environment, wetlands, submerged lands, rain forests, threatened and endangered species due to development, poor building practices, erosion, septic/pesticide and effluents waste and run-off water which affect the quality of our waters?

4. Do you believe our present Government does a good, fair or poor job of tempering the need for development with today's important environmental concerns and standards?

5. How do you view the recent CZM permitting of:
a. Coral World's proposed Dolphinarium in Water Bay on St. Thomas?
b. Summer's End proposed mega marina in Coral bay, St. John?
c. Amalago Bay resort & Casino a 588-acre site owned by William & Punch, LLD which the developers envision a 376-room destination resort, marina, casino, spa, conference center, condominiums, golf course, and villas and was permitted in 2006?

6. Are you familiar with the present Animal Welfare/Anti-Cruelty laws?
a.Do you believe these laws need to be updated to represent the current stateside and federal laws?

7. What is your position on achieving "affordable healthcare" for ALL Virgin Islanders, especially for those that are not government employed, nor meet Medicare or Medicaid requirements?

8. If elected, would you be dedicated to stopping the misuse, mismanagement, misspending, misappropriation, and waste of our local tax dollars and federal funds?

9. How would you rate the following entities?
a. WAPA
b. VIWMA
c. Lt. Governors' Office
d. Public Works

10. What do you see as the biggest obstacle facing us in the VI?

11. What is your educational or work background that you would have us believe, will help you make fair, intelligent and honest decisions, if elected, on behalf of the public you will be sworn to serve?

What's yours?

 
Posted : October 6, 2014 7:42 pm
(@ms411)
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Did you submit any of these questions to yesterday's forum? The audience had the opportunity to submit questions. Excellent forum!

 
Posted : October 6, 2014 8:21 pm
CruzanIron
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How will you raise 100 million to pay off debts and fix the infrastructure?

 
Posted : October 6, 2014 8:36 pm
(@alana33)
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No, unfortunately. I did submit to vitar and league of women voters.
Good one ci. Maybe they could lean to stick to a budget and stop wasting our money. (Ha!)

 
Posted : October 6, 2014 8:36 pm
(@ms411)
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What is vitar? The LWV was on Sat night. Are they repeating tonight? ,I'm seeing ads. Confused.

 
Posted : October 6, 2014 8:39 pm
(@alana33)
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Sorry but just created the list as was very busy all week and weekend. Just sent to lwv. Vitar is vi territorial association of realtors.

 
Posted : October 6, 2014 8:45 pm
(@speee1dy)
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the impossible Real Honesty, Real Transparency and To Not Steal Money and to actually be for the people and not their own selfish needs

 
Posted : October 6, 2014 9:06 pm
(@Gumbo)
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Wow! That's a great list of questions! I wish there was a gubernatorial debate in the VI so you could ask every one of them. I would imagine this is why we have fish fries instead of debates.

 
Posted : October 6, 2014 11:17 pm
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There are several forums sponsored by various groups and many are televised. The forum Sunday on STT invited the audience to ask questions. They asked the candidates about same sex marriage and marijuana in addition to the usual Water and Power et al questions. It was extremely well done.

There are also Meets and Greets scheduled, and you can confront the candidates directly and ask your questions. This is a small community and the candidates are approachable. To say they only sponsor fish fries is an insult.

 
Posted : October 7, 2014 7:25 am
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well I guess we have forums and fish fries, but not debates.

 
Posted : October 8, 2014 11:05 pm
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Anybody is free to sponsor a debate if they want to. The candidates try to go to as many events as possible.

Not enough people show up at the events to learn about the candidates. Democracy is time-consuming hard work.

 
Posted : October 9, 2014 2:00 am
(@islandjoan)
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The League of Women Voters airs Meet the Candidates Monday, Wed and Friday nights either 8pm or 9pm on Channel 12 PBS.

It is enlightening to listen to candidates answer the same questions.

There are some REAL dumbbells running and a few who seem intelligent, at the very least.

A couple have some good ideas, but whether they will be able to implement them is another question.

 
Posted : October 9, 2014 1:43 pm
(@alana33)
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Thanks for the info.

 
Posted : October 9, 2014 4:59 pm
(@MissJustice)
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My question:
"What is your plan to clean up governmental corruption?"

 
Posted : October 10, 2014 9:59 am
(@ms411)
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That was asked at Wed forum. Unfortunately, not all candidates were there. That one should have been recorded.

 
Posted : October 10, 2014 10:57 am
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Ask what political capital they possess that makes them think they can change anything at all.

 
Posted : October 10, 2014 12:13 pm
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That question has been answered indirectly in some of the responses. Unfortunately, not all the candidates have political capital.

 
Posted : October 10, 2014 12:57 pm
(@alana33)
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What exactly is meant by political capital?

 
Posted : October 10, 2014 1:11 pm
(@the-oldtart)
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What exactly is meant by political capital?

From Wiki:

"Political capital refers to the trust, goodwill, and influence a politician has with the public and other political figures. This goodwill is a type of invisible currency that politicians can use to mobilize the voting public or spend on policy reform. Some thinkers distinguish between reputational and representative political capital. Reputational capital refers to a politician’s credibility and reliability. This form of capital is accumulated by maintaining consistent policy positions and ideological views. Representative capital refers to a politician’s influence in policy-setting. This form of capital is accumulated through experience, seniority, and serving in leadership positions. Thus, political capital—reputational and representative—is the product of relationships between opinion (public impressions), policy (legislative rewards/penalties), and political judgement (prudent decision-making)."

 
Posted : October 10, 2014 1:51 pm
(@alana33)
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Oh! In the vi that means how much dirt you can hold over someone's head or how well you can bully to get your way. Prudent decision making is not in their vocabulary. Think credibility and reliability would be refreshing for a change.

 
Posted : October 10, 2014 2:03 pm
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