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Journalist: Well-known businessman Arnold Bergeron has long been popular in the state, and he has often talked about running for governor, but he has never run. However, we have just learned that Bergeron has fulfilled the financial disclosure requirement for candidacy by submitting a detailed list of his current financial holdings to the election commission. So, it is very likely that Bergeron will be a candidate for governor this year.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in evaluating the journalist's argument?

A. Has anybody else who has fulfilled the financial disclosure requirement for the upcoming election reported greater financial holdings than Bergeron?
B. Is submitting a list of holdings the only way to fulfill the election commission's financial disclosure requirements?
C. Did the information recently obtained by the journalists come directly from the election commission?
D. Have Bergeron's financial holdings increased in value in recent years?
E. Had Bergeron also fulfilled the financial disclosure requirements for candidacy before any previous gubernatorial elections?
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11 Sep 2004, 13:52
E

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he has often talked about running for governor

If this talk included the fulfilling the financial disclosure also then this time also he might not join the race.
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11 Sep 2004, 14:16
B it is
Argument is assuming that because he made a fin. discl, then it follows that he is running for governor. However, if there are other ways to fill requirements to run for governor, then argument might not be true. B asks that question.
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My choice is E.

E questions the fact whether he has filled the Fin.disclosure before. If the answer is yes then the argument logic gets easily broken.

Choice B tries to find whether there are any other requirement for candidancy. The answer to this question would provide us information not directly related to our flow of logic.
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11 Sep 2004, 17:47
Once again, I agree with you. E must be it. This is because "it is likely" that Bergeron is running for the election following his remittance of the financial disclosure. E ensures that flow of logic as Krish said whereas in B, a financial disclosure could be filled out for other reasons and would not answer the question "why" we can believe that he will run for governor following the remittance.
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21 Sep 2004, 04:36
Journalist: Well-known businessman Arnold Bergeron has long been popular in the state, and he has often talked about running for governor, but he has never run. However, we have just learned that Bergeron has fulfilled the financial disclosure requirement for candidacy by submitting a detailed list of his current financial holdings to the election commission. So, it is very likely that Bergeron will be a candidate for governor this year.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in evaluating the journalistâ€™s argument?

A. Has anybody else who has fulfilled the financial disclosure requirement for the upcoming election reported greater financial holdings than Bergeron?
B. Is submitting a list of holdings the only way to fulfill the election commissionâ€™s financial disclosure requirements?
C. Did the information recently obtained by the journalists come directly from the election commission?
D. Have Bergeronâ€™s financial holdings increased in value in recent years?
E. Had Bergeron also fulfilled the financial disclosure requirements for candidacy before any previous gubernatorial elections?
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21 Sep 2004, 04:56
It is between B and E. I would say B.
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21 Sep 2004, 06:28
true it is between "B" and "E".
I will pick "E" on this bcoz

IMHO, the conclusion "it is very likely that Bergeron will be a candidate for governor this year" has nothing do whether bergeron has fulfill the election commissionâ€™s financial disclosure requirements or not. The pretty basic issue is if mr. bergeron had also previously fulfilled the candadicy financial requirement but not ran for gubernatorial elections then he might repeat the same again.

whats the OA ?

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21 Sep 2004, 14:08
I disagree with E. Mr. Bergeron either had filled in his disclosures before previour gubernatorial elections or he didn't fill. In either case, he has not run for the election.

So knowing his past behaviour won't help us to determine what he may do this time.
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21 Sep 2004, 23:53
Journalist: Well-known businessman Arnold Bergeron has long been popular in the state, and he has often talked about running for governor, but he has never run. However, we have just learned that Bergeron has fulfilled the financial disclosure requirement for candidacy by submitting a detailed list of his current financial holdings to the election commission. So, it is very likely that Bergeron will be a candidate for governor this year.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in evaluating the journalistâ€™s argument?

A. Has anybody else who has fulfilled the financial disclosure requirement for the upcoming election reported greater financial holdings than Bergeron?
B. Is submitting a list of holdings the only way to fulfill the election commissionâ€™s financial disclosure requirements? this does not link us to the conclusion as it deos not tell us if it is the only requrement one needs to run in an election. Anwer to this question will not help us much
C. Did the information recently obtained by the journalists come directly from the election commission?
D. Have Bergeronâ€™s financial holdings increased in value in recent years?
E. Had Bergeron also fulfilled the financial disclosure requirements for candidacy before any previous gubernatorial elections? . This to me is more linked to the stem and carefluuy adressess the scope shift in this argument. Anwering this question will help us evaluate the jornalist argument in regards to Bergeons political asprirations
E is the best answer to this
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22 Sep 2004, 02:01
A. Has anybody else who has fulfilled the financial disclosure requirement for the upcoming election reported greater financial holdings than Bergeron?
Yes/No doesn't give us a clue if Bergeron is goign to run for governor this year

B. Is submitting a list of holdings the only way to fulfill the election commissionâ€™s financial disclosure requirements?
Yes/No again doesn't give us any clues. And anyway, we are told he has fulfilled the eletcion commison's financial disclosure requirements.

C. Did the information recently obtained by the journalists come directly from the election commission?
This might have an imact -- on hold

D. Have Bergeronâ€™s financial holdings increased in value in recent years?
Yes/No doesn't tell us if he is going to run for govenor. It only tells us if he is getting richer or poorer.

E. Had Bergeron also fulfilled the financial disclosure requirements for candidacy before any previous gubernatorial elections?
This might have an impact too. If he had previously fufilled the requirements and not run for office, there's a possibility he is doing the same this time round (that is, not running)

I'll pick E. C only tells us the information is correct , Bergeron might still run or not run and nothing suggests he is or isn't going to.
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22 Sep 2004, 08:18
I choose E too.

The piece of data we are looking for must contrast this year situation with previous ones.
B tells only if there is more information to provide to fulfill the commission's requirements for this year process, when the 2 last words of the stem are "this year".
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23 Sep 2004, 18:32
twixt wrote:
I choose E too.

The piece of data we are looking for must contrast this year situation with previous ones.
B tells only if there is more information to provide to fulfill the commission's requirements for this year process, when the 2 last words of the stem are "this year".

OA is E
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23 Sep 2004, 18:42
am thinking it has to be E. B seems close but E tells us that only this yr that governor has done something like this...so his chances for running are greater this year. I think the year to year comparison is crucial.
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09 Feb 2005, 08:46
Journalist: Well-known businessman Arnold Bergeron has long been popular in the state, and he has often talked about running for governor, but he has never run. However, we have just learned that Bergeron has fulfilled the financial disclosure requirement for candidacy by submitting a detailed list of his current financial holdings to the election commission. So, it is very likely that Bergeron will be a candidate for governor this year.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in evaluating the journalistâ€™s argument?

A. Has anybody else who has fulfilled the financial disclosure requirement for the upcoming election reported greater financial holdings than Bergeron?
B. Is submitting a list of holdings the only way to fulfill the election commissionâ€™s financial disclosure requirements?
C. Did the information recently obtained by the journalists come directly from the election commission?
D. Have Bergeronâ€™s financial holdings increased in value in recent years?
E. Had Bergeron also fulfilled the financial disclosure requirements for candidacy before any previous gubernatorial elections?
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09 Feb 2005, 09:48
(E) for me. If he did this every time, then this is not a sufficient indication that he is really going to run.

However I understand there are other answers in previous discussions and I never did know what the OA is.
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09 Feb 2005, 11:43
I think (C) is the most relevant. (C) provides the authenticity of the information. Why would someone provide information to election commition if he/she does not intend to run for some post.
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11 Feb 2005, 19:05
I could not think of anything but E
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21 Mar 2005, 21:53
Journalist: Well-known businessman Arnold Bergeron has long been popular in the state, and he has often talked about running for governor, but he has never run. However, we have just learned that Bergeron has fulfilled the financial disclosure requirement for candidacy by submitting a detailed list of his current financial holdings to the election commission. So, it is very likely that Bergeron will be a candidate for governor this year.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in evaluating the journalistâ€™s argument?

A. Has anybody else who has fulfilled the financial disclosure requirement for the upcoming election reported greater financial holdings than Bergeron?
B. Is submitting a list of holdings the only way to fulfill the election commissionâ€™s financial disclosure requirements?
C. Did the information recently obtained by the journalists come directly from the election commission?
D. Have Bergeronâ€™s financial holdings increased in value in recent years?
E. Had Bergeron also fulfilled the financial disclosure requirements for candidacy before any previous gubernatorial elections?
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