Walker Begich asked to compromise to prevent Dunleavy governorship

first_imgLibertarian Billy Toien, Democrat Mark Begich and independent Gov. Bill Walker receive audience applause at the end of the Get Out the Native Vote candidate forum on Tuesday in Juneau. The microphone on the right is for Republican Mike Dunleavy, who didn’t attend. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media)Independent Gov. Bill Walker and Democratic candidate for governor Mark Begich answered a question Tuesday about how they’re competing for the same voters. The exchange occurred at the Get Out the Native Vote forum for candidates for governor in Juneau.Listen nowJuneau Rep. Sam Kito III read the question from a member of the audience. Republican candidate Mike Dunleavy wasn’t there.“Please address the fact that there are two candidate vying for the same pool of votes,” Kito read. “Has a compromise been discussed to ensure that no-show Dunleavy does not win by default of vote splitting? And I’m just reading a question provided by the audience.”Begich, a former U.S. senator, said the candidates must earn every vote. He said the voters will have a choice about who can win and who has the best plan of action for the state.“What’s so great about election is you – it’s in your hands,” Begich said. “It’s not in ours. It’s in yours. I think whoever gets to 38 or so percent wins this race.”Walker said he built a cabinet that drew from the entire state because he didn’t discriminate based on partisan affiliation. He said the cabinet spent the first term addressing the state’s budget crisis.“You know we have wrestled with the fiscal issue, but we wrestled it to the ground,” Walker said. “We stayed here; we didn’t quit. We showed up and we did the hard work.”Walker said he’s angry that Dunleavy didn’t attend.“That’s very disrespectful,” Walker said. “Neither he nor his lieutenant governor (candidate Kevin Meyer) had the courtesy of attending today. I’m embarrassed as an Alaskan that we have somebody running for this office who will not show up in this room.”Asked for a reaction, Dunleavy emailed a statement:“Bill Walker should be more embarrassed by his failed record of a weak economy, vetoed PFDs, and skyrocketing crime than by my campaign schedule.I lived in rural Alaska for 19 years with Alaska Native people. It’s where I met my wife, Rose, of 31 years and where our three daughters were born.From a horrific public safety record, to dismal educational outcomes, to low employment and the theft of PFDs, Bill Walker has failed rural Alaska.”Dunleavy’s campaign said he had multiple meetings in Anchorage Tuesday.Libertarian candidate Billy Toien slapped his campaign bumper sticker over Dunleavy’s nameplate. Toien, a hotel concierge, said he doesn’t have a problem with vote splitting.“I think it’s all about voting your conscience,” Toein said. “It isn’t about who is or isn’t running. Win, lose or draw, if everybody decided to throw their vote away by voting for me, I would win.”Dunleavy did attend a candidate forum at the Anchorage Aviation Museum on Monday.last_img read more

Trolls Force Rotten Tomatoes to Limit Comments on New Movies

first_img Internet users have been abusing the ‘Want to See’ feature to complain about the upcoming Captain Marvel movie, which features a female superhero. Reporter Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article –shares Trolls Force Rotten Tomatoes to Limit Comments on New Movies Guest Writer Michael Kan February 27, 2019 Movies Movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes is disabling comments for films that have not yet been released.The Fandango-owned site is also killing off the “Want to See” score, which let people click to log their anticipation or disinterest in a new movie and allowed Rotten Tomatoes to monitor enthusiasm about upcoming films.Internet users, however, have been abusing the feature to complain about the upcoming comic book film, Captain Marvel. The Want to See score on the movie, which features a female superhero, had plummeted to 27 percent with 46,000 votes before Rotten Tomatoes dropped the function.”Tired of all this SJW [Social Justice Warrior] nonsense,” read one user comment for the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.”Strong Wamen [sic] more Hollywood BS – no thanks,” reportedly read another review. (You can find more of the comments here.)In a Monday post, Rotten Tomatoes said it killed off the Want to See score because too many people were confusing it with the “Audience Score,” which represents actual user reviews for a film. Indeed, several media outlets reported last week that online trolls were “review bombing” Captain Marvel, when the negative feedback was actually targeting the Want to See score.Going forward, the review site will only show how many users are interested in an upcoming film, and nothing more. For instance, the Rotten Tomatoes page for Captain Marvel now shows that 16,571 users want to see the film, but offers no option to express disinterest in the film.Rotten Tomatoes also addressed why it was disabling the comment section. “Unfortunately, we have seen an uptick in non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership,” the site said. “We have decided that turning off this feature for now is the best course of action.”Fans will eventually get their say on new films. “Once a movie is released, audiences can leave a user rating and comments as they always have,” the review site added. Image credit: via PC Mag This story originally appeared on PCMag Register Now » 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queuelast_img read more