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Haridopolos sets up Amendment 5 debates



Sen. Mike Haridopolos is taking his anti-Amendment 5 show on the road, announcing today 10 public debates across Florida starting July 22 in Pembroke Pines. But it's unclear whether he will have someone to debate.

“Amendment 5 would affect Florida’s economy on every level, and it is important that voters hear this discussion firsthand so that they can decide if it is truly the right choice for our education system and our economy,” said Haridopolos, R-Indialantic, who heads a coalition against the amendment. (a lawsuit against the amendment will be heard Aug. 13 in Tallahassee.)

Haridopolos wants to debate former Senate President John McKay, who is the main backer of the proposal to greatly eliminate school property taxes for a higher sales tax and other revenue. But McKay has said he's not interested in a "dog and pony show."

"If he truly believes in this issue," Haridopolos told the Buzz, "he should be there."

•    Tuesday, July 22nd, 1 p.m., Broward Community College, Pembroke Pines
•    Monday, July 28th, 1 p.m., Edison Community College, Ft. Myers
•    Tuesday, July 29, 1 p.m., Valencia Community College, Orlando
•    Monday, August 4th, 1 p.m., Florida Community College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville
•    Wednesday, August 6th, 1 p.m., Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville
•    Thursday, August 7th, 1:30 p.m., St. Petersburg College, Seminole
•    Monday, August 11th, 1 p.m., Miami-Dade College, Miami
•    Tuesday, August 12th, 1 p.m., Indian River State College, Ft. Pierce
•    Wednesday, August 13th, 1 p.m., Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City
•    Monday, August 18th, 1 p.m., Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:29am]


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