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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 11:23 AM
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Poll question: How accessable is your US Representative?
In another post - http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph... - WT2 describes his recent meeting with his US Rep in a breakfast constituant meeting.

This past week I spoke with my US Rep's political staffer and asked their plans for a town hall (there have been none in months, save those where $100 or more was requried for access).

I'm now curious how accessable your US Rep is???

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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gizmo1979 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 11:25 AM
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1. He's accessible but he doesn't listen.
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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 11:29 AM
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2. It is a waste of one's breath.
He (Lamar Smith) usually has his meetings in red friendly territory. He had one in my neighborhood and found the questioning a bit adversarial. He is bought and owned by the corporate interests around here.
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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 11:35 AM
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3. I started a special file for his "reply" letters.
I want to see how many ways there are to say "Thank you for calling/writing me, but go to hell".
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chicagojoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 11:46 AM
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4. Unfortunately, my Rep. is Hastert. 'Nuff said.
Edited on Sun May-08-05 11:48 AM by chicagojoe
In all honesty, he does bring home the pork. Still a bushbot nonetheless.
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marions ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 12:04 PM
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5. good question
we need to put out ratings (a la consumer reports) about the responsiveness and performance of our representatives. Does anybody already do this?
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 10:20 PM
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15. If not, sounds like a great project
How could this be accomplished?
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KarenS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 12:13 PM
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6. I honestly don't know if she does or not,,,,,
I wouldn't go anyway. It's bad enough that I receive the 'form-letter replies' when I email her,,,, I cannot stand to see her face and it's even worse to hear her voice,,,,

Marilyn Musgrave sucks.

BTW she only my Rep because of Colorado's redistricting effort,,,, I used to have Mark Udall,,,,,
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Joebert Donating Member (726 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 12:46 PM
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9. I live in Musgrave country too.
I don't even get form letters.

I wonder if I ran up to her in the street and yelled Abortion! if her head would explode.

Larimer County better try a little harder in 2006.
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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 12:19 PM
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7. My rep is Steve Lynch. He's a waste of air - completely useless.
I was going to say as useless as ***s on the ground, but I did not want to offend anyone.
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BornaDem Donating Member (225 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 12:28 PM
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8. I didn't vote because none of the choices...
fit my situation. I have a new Repuke congressman (not elected, I was gerrymandered into his district) and he doesn't even have an email address. Unless it's something I'm not aware of until the last minute, I don't call my rep to save my phone bill. I NEVER send regular mail to any of them anymore because I'm convinced nobody wants to touch it after the scares they've had. (Yeah, yeah, I know the mail is all "treated" before delivery and blahh, blahh, blahh.)
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PuraVidaDreamin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 01:03 PM
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10. Rep Bill Delehunt MA
He used to from what I understand, but rarely at all anymore.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 03:28 PM
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11. Want to see what it CAN be? Look at Vermont's Bernie Sanders' web site:
http://bernie.house.gov

The town hall meeting info is right there on the right side of the home page, and the site is full of what he is doing. Would that all the reps were that accessible.
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Poppyseedman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 03:40 PM
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12. My representative is great
Every time I call or email, I get this wonderful response that he is very glad I am interested in the vital work he is doing for me.

The same form letter or email just warms the cockles of my heart knowing how important my views are to him.

I do find it amazing that each and every letter or email response I receive is exactly alike, he must have a very effective person dedicated to seeing that I feel represented.

Deep and abiding :sarcasm: :sarcasm: :sarcasm: :sarcasm:
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OzarkDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 04:06 PM
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13. Rep Sherrod Brown
He has several town hall meetings a year when he's back in the district. Always replies to emails and letters. Great guy.
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spooky3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 10:21 PM
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16. Favorite Brown line: "Pigs never look up when they're eating at the
trough." He shocked a journalist with this once. You can imagine the context (a less than ethical Rethug).
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 10:18 PM
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14. This certainly is NOT a bell curve
but it is what I expected. How sad. If reps do not hold meetings with their constitients, who are they listening to? What's that you say, K Street?
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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-05 10:22 PM
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17. Don't really have one
At least one with voting rights: Yes, I live in the District of Columbia, America's last colony.

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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-05 07:14 AM
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18. Mike Michaud is great for meeting with constituents
He's back in the District every weekend. He's on the go from the time he lands at the airport until he's on the return flight to DC.

I don't always agree with him but he and his staff are VERY approachable.
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losdiablosgato Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-05 09:23 AM
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19. I have Tom Delay, any questions?
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