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Tired of all the presidential campaigning that's been going on for so incredibly long? Take a break from all the political ads with, political ads. The Museum of the Moving Image has created an online exhibit that charts the history of presidential ads on television, beginning with Dwight Eisenhower's first commercials 56 years ago. The Living Room Candidate contains over 300 commercials from the last 15 presidential elections, with analysis of the themes that pop up over and over, election after election. Let yourself be charmed by 1952's singing cartoons or reminded that attack ads and calls for change as strategies to win elections are not recent inventions.

No, Not Those Debates


Think Local! Local candidate debates will be broadcast live on CTN Channel 19 on Monday, Oct. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. and on Tuesday, Oct. 14, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The sponsors, the League of Women Voters of Ann Arbor, has a complete listing for the debates on their website. Candidates for State House, County Sheriff, District Court Judge, Ann Arbor Mayor, Ann Arbor City Council and Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees will square off and answer questions posed by the League. A rebroadcast schedule will be published when available.

Make sure that your kids are "Fire Smart!"

October is Fire Prevention Month. Please take some time out to remind kids how to be “fire smart.”

This super Web site is just the thing to help you teach elementary-age kids the basics of fire safety and prevention. The “Where’s the Fire?” five-minute online video covers all the basics in an entertaining way.

The library has some great fire safety resources to offer, as well!

Stop, Drop, and Roll and Fire Safety are both great books that teach kids about fire safety. The Big Red DVD, suitable for kids ages 2-8, takes a "fireman's view" and features fire trucks and fire safety lessons along the way. The Fire Busters DVD includes fire helicopters, planes, boats, and trucks.

The library also has plenty of wonderful picture books featuring fire trucks and firefighters. Check some out, and get fire smart!

Michael Moore in Ann Arbor Today

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Michael Moore will be at the Michigan Theater today to talk a bit then premiere his latest film "Slacker Uprising". The film is about Moore's tour of the US during the 2004 presidential campaign.

Doors open at 4 p.m. Film at 6:20. Admission is free.

It's So Easy ... To Register to Vote


Just stop by the Downtown Library on Friday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. or Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and volunteers from the League of Women Voters will assist you in getting registered. Wondering if you're already registered? Check online at Michigan Votes.

Try AutoMark Vote Marking Machine

Malletts Creek Branch will host an open house on Thursday, Sept. 18, 1-4 pm for anyone with a disability, to practice using the AutoMark vote marking machine. Every voting precinct in Michigan will have an AutoMark for the Nov. 4 national election. Ann Arbor City Clerk, Jacqueline Beaudry, will give a short talk at 1:00 about the accomplishments of the Ann Arbor Coalition for Voter Access. You can register to vote at this event, and a small snack will be available free of charge.

And the Winner Is ... Election Results for Washtenaw County


The voters have spoken and the Washtenaw County Clerk's office has the August 5, 2008 Primary results. You can also view the results on CTN Channel 19 or read a roundup of results in the Ann Arbor News, which includes results by race. Stay tuned for info on the Nov. 5th general election ballot.

3 Reminders About the Election and 10 Reasons to Vote


The August 5th Primary Election is fast upon us and the Ann Arbor City Clerk reminds voters:
-Polling places are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
-Don't forget to vote on BOTH the front and the back of your ballot
-Don't forget your photo I.D.
Click here for more details on absentee ballots, who's on the ballot, where to vote.

Why vote? The League of Women Voters has Ten Reasons to Vote and every one of them counts, so get to the polls and be counted.

Going to the Candidate's Debate


The August 5th Primary Election is fast approaching and CTN Channel 19 will air candidate forums throughout July. The 15th District Court Judges Forum will replay beginning July 12th. The League of Women Voters Ann Arbor Mayoral and City Council candidate debates and Washtenaw County commissoner candidate forums live coverage begins July 22nd on CTN.

Celebrate Independence Day ~ Register to Vote


What better way to commemorate the spirit of the Declaration of Independence than by registering to vote. Ann Arbor city residents can register to vote in person at the City Clerk's Office - 2nd Floor of City Hall. Voter registration is also accepted at any Secretary of State Branch Office, the Washtenaw County Clerk's Office, and the Washtenaw County Dept. of Human Services Office. The deadline for registering to vote in the August 5th primary is Monday, July 7th.

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