A Herald-State College Community Conversation on post-election impacts of Nov. 4 vote

With early voting beginning today and Election Day only another 10 days away, politics continue to capture public attention. So, what happens post-election?

The Bradenton Herald and State College of Florida invite you to our next Community Conversation to discuss "Election Outcomes, What's Next?"

Our guests for the Nov. 13 forum include Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker, Manatee County Schools Superintendent Rick Mills, and Dr. Frank Alcock, a New College associate professor of political science and environmental studies and a highly regarded analyst. We hope to add to this already strong panel in the coming days.

Results of two important campaigns -- one for county commission and the other for school board -- will be a hot topic with high voter interest in both. The national and state results are on the table, too, especially the negative gubernatorial contest between current Gov. Rick Scott and past Gov. Charlie Crist. Plus, the three constitutional amendments on Florida's ballot will be discussed, with the medical marijuana proposal holding great interest.

Presented by the Herald and SCF in partnership with Manatee Educational Television, these Community Conversations offer the public the opportunity to engage with community leaders.

We invite the public to not only attend, but to send us your questions and concerns about the election ahead of the forum. We'll address as many of your questions as possible during the forum.

In order to keep the conversation moving along, there will not be an open mike for public comments and questions during the forum. Please submit those in advance of the event.

Please email those questions in advance to cwille@bradenton.com or send regular mail to Editorial Page Editor Chris Wille, 1111 Third Ave. W., Bradenton 34205. And please include your name.

The free forum will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at SCF's Howard Studio Theater, located on the college's Bradenton campus in Building 11 West, off 60th Avenue West between 26th and 34th streets, accessed from Parking Lot I. Details can be found at www.scf.edu/maps.

The forum will be broadcast by METV at later dates.

We welcome your attendance at the forum.

Political quotes of week

At Tuesday's gubernatorial debate hosted by CNN, marked by personal animosity:

Former Gov. Charlie Crist called Gov. Rick Scott "out of touch" with average Floridians.

Scott called Crist a "divider."

Scott about Crist's shifting positions: "What is he saying this year that he actually believes?"

Crist, later in the debate: "You're lying again."

Once again, Florida leads the nation in political embarrassments.