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Legislative Getting Started

GATHERING INFORMATION

NEWSPAPERS AND TELEVISION

Now that you know who the candidate is, you need to find out more about them. There will be a wealth of information out there in your local newspaper and on television.

ABATE of Florida, Inc., as well as the motorcycle public, have been the target of biased reporting and it’s hard to believe that the politics of the newspaper or television station doesn’t come into play in their articles about the candidates. We are not saying do not use the paper or television, just be forewarned.

There are the millions of dollars spent each election year on mail outs, radio and television ads. As you know these are paid for out the candidate’s campaign funds, and will reflect the candidate the way he wants you to see him.

A debate between the candidates may be televised. Since these debates follow regulated procedures it is a chance to see where the candidates stand on the issues being discussed.

TOWN MEETINGS AND PUBLIC APPEARANCES

To win an election, candidates need exposure. They will be attending town meetings, and scheduling appearances that allow you to meet and greet them.  Depending on scheduling you might be able to invite them to your local chapter meeting.

These are perfect opportunities to talk to them face to face and find out how they stand on issues that are important to you.

INFORMATION FROM ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC.

On the state and national level, the members and Legislative officers of ABATE of Florida, Inc., as well as our lobbyist will be gathering information by surveys and contacting candidates about their views on issues that affect motorcycles. This information is collected, compiled and distributed to our members.