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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Science is coming to the conclusion that collective decision making (democracy and democratic repuplicanism), in some areas, is not good.
    Common sense comes to the same conclusion...

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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Austin View Post
    Common sense comes to the same conclusion...
    It's just that most people are devoid of the expertise, to judge the competency of the expertise, of potential leaders.
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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    it's been quite a while, but a former girl friend was a constituent services staffer for a senator
    previously, she had served in the same role for another senator in another state

    she was surprised at the modest volume of personal letters sent to the senators she worked for
    as a result, those who bothered to write received disproportionate attention/response from their senator and/or his staff

    she was not referring to the boilerplated post cards and letters requiring only an individual signature on each, but the personal communications received from constituents
    this was during the infancy of the internet age, so i cannot comment whether that has changed the way personal communications are handled presently
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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative (or state/local equivalent) to either support or oppose a piece of pending legislation?
    I regularly email or fax my elected officials especially when it comes to illegal immigration. Occasionally they mail me a response.
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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    I actually have a appointment for a phone call with my Congressman next week. Some guys from my unit did a PR event with him today and he mentioned a letter I sent in to him about Tricare cuts. Then he said he'd like to talk about it instead of go back and forth via email. I'm going in with a friendly disposition but I sense it will go south quickly if he attempts to side step or dodge my questions. After all, I don't work for that dude. He's just another guy to me. I work for the POTUS.
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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    I actually have a appointment for a phone call with my Congressman next week. Some guys from my unit did a PR event with him today and he mentioned a letter I sent in to him about Tricare cuts. Then he said he'd like to talk about it instead of go back and forth via email. I'm going in with a friendly disposition but I sense it will go south quickly if he attempts to side step or dodge my questions. After all, I don't work for that dude. He's just another guy to me. I work for the POTUS.
    just focus on the tricare cuts and the impact on the military/dependents. don't go anywhere else in the discussion. and try not to allow him to get off on any tangent to avoid taking a stand on this issue
    if he makes no movement in your direction, before hanging up, ask him to give you his direct quote so that you write his position down exactly ... to be used when you share the position he stands on with the media

    good luck with that effort!
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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Science is coming to the conclusion that collective decision making (democracy and democratic repuplicanism), in some areas, is not good.
    Don't disagree, but that's not what I said. I never said it was a good system, or even a better system, just that it is the system.


    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    When I was in DC, the standard practice for our office was the personally written letters got a written response generally unless it was an out of district whacko letter but the things like the postcards got sorted and tabulated. The mass response cards were put into the database but did not get written responses. A lot of times we did not get the bulk of them until after the legislation's fate was decided though or the Member had committed. If a letter contained info that lead us to believe that the person was in need of assistance with a specific issue, the letter would be forwarded to the district office closest to that person who would contact them to see if we could be of help with their issue. The good apolitical constituent services that people never hear about nationally will win you more elections than the sharpest ad buys IMHO. Not everything was put in front of the Member's eyes, but different staff had different areas of expertise and most everything ended up in the right hands for the person who was working in that area of legislation. Telephone calls were usually just entered into the database and an email summary was sent to the right staff person who stuffed them in a folder (same with emails) that interns got to summarize and tabulate positions for the staff member who would be presenting it to the Member.

    BTW if people did send the stuff to us by mistake and we were not their Representative we did forward it to their representative regardless of partisanship.
    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    it's been quite a while, but a former girl friend was a constituent services staffer for a senator
    previously, she had served in the same role for another senator in another state

    she was surprised at the modest volume of personal letters sent to the senators she worked for
    as a result, those who bothered to write received disproportionate attention/response from their senator and/or his staff

    she was not referring to the boilerplated post cards and letters requiring only an individual signature on each, but the personal communications received from constituents
    this was during the infancy of the internet age, so i cannot comment whether that has changed the way personal communications are handled presently
    Good info. Thanks.

    I have heard constantly for over 30 years that personal letters that people actually sit down and take time to write in their own words get the most respect. Personally, if I were in office, I wouldn't put any credence into mass-mailed postcards, either.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    I never wrote to either, but my friend did, a lot, and he got zilch from our senator.

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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    I have probably written them half a dozen times in my life. Other than writing my grandmother, it is the only time I send an actual physical letter instead of email. I find it is most useful when the congress member might be potentially on the fence about an upcoming bill. And, of course, it is most effective when it is part of a concerted letter writing campaign.

    But on highly partisan issues, yeah, it would probably be a waste of time.

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    Re: When is the last time you wrote to your Senator or Representative...

    About a year ago I wrote my congressman and senator about something (I don't really remember what now). I wrote to the city council this summer.
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