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Rep. Asay talks to constituents by phone

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 24, 2011 at 10:44 am with 5 Comments »
March 24, 2011 9:52 am

Rep. Katrina Asay plans an hourlong telephone meeting with constituents today at 6:30 p.m.

Asay, a freshman Republican, represents the 30th Legislative District that includes Federal Way, Algona, Pacific and parts of Des Moines and Asay’s hometown of Milton. She said in a statement:

Getting feedback from constituents will be very helpful as we look at how to address the current budget shortfall and the looming multibillion dollar spending gap beginning July 1.

To participate in the telephone town hall meeting, call toll-free (877) 229-8493 and enter the code 17601 when prompted. To ask a question, press star 3.

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  1. SuperSteve says:

    What’s with all these Legislators holding “virtual town halls?”

    Does the media “attend” these to report on what goes on the way they do real town hall meetings?

    Of course not – which is probably why these legislators “phone it in” instead of doing their jobs, so they can evade public and media oversight.

    Telephone “town halls” are a total sham where representatives hide behind a moderator (a member of their own staff) to screen calls so they can avoid any real interaction with their constituents.

    A one-hour teleconference – during the middle of the dinner-hour! – is an INSULT to the people that these elected officials represent.

    Many state representatives held REAL, live, in-person town hall meetings a few weekends ago – what was Rep. Asay doing on her taxpayer-funded day off?

    And why are reporters like Jordan Schrader complicit in promoting them on the front end but not reporting on them on the back end?

  2. truthbusterguy says:

    SuperSteve

    Will you go back to counting your uncoming union dues payments and deciding how much you will donate to democrats. Your comments are the same dribble we heard before.

    Now you bash the reporter. Talk about shoot the messenger. Jordon does a great job reporting events held by both parties and maybe he plans to report on tele town halls and still gathering info.

    Our legislators are busy and are also working weekends. Kilmer and Seaquist just decided to have a town hall instead ofworking that Sat. They must have felt it was more important to campaign that do what we pay them to do. Like balance the budget and help create jobs!!! All they do is talk about these subjects where other legislators are in Olympia working hard to make it happen.

    More truth from the TBG

  3. SuperSteve says:

    “Kilmer and Seaquist just decided to have a town hall instead ofworking [sic] that Sat.”

    Check your facts – the Legislature was in recess the Saturday that Kilmer, Seaquist, and most other members of the Legislature were holding Town Hall Meetings. That’s exactly why they held their meetings that day – it was set aside in advance so that legislators could meet with constituents and update them on what’s happening in Olympia.

    Which returns us to the original question: what were legislators like Rep. Katrina Asay and Rep. Jan Angel doing that they were too busy to hold real town hall meetings?

    We know they weren’t in Olympia – the Legislature was in recess that day!

    And what happens during a “telephone town hall?” I’ve seen media reporting on real town halls, but not the teleconference variety.

  4. Steve, why are you so disgruntled?. Maybe you should run for office? You can pass a law against telephone town hall meetings, which reach a huge audience at a very low cost.

  5. SuperSteve says:

    “telephone town hall meetings… reach a huge audience at a very low cost.”

    On what do you base that assumption?

    I’m sure they don’t cost much – and are certainly logistically more convenient than a live meeting – but how much of an audience do telephone town halls actually reach?

    We know how many citizens a real town hall reaches – you (or the media) can show up and see for yourself. Someone can photograph or videotape the event and share it afterward.

    I have no doubt that Rep. Angel and Rep. Asay will have their staff send out press releases proclaiming that “hundreds” of people called in – but what accountability is there?

    In a real town hall meeting, it’s hard to duck a question – with a call-in, they’ve got a moderator screening everything so the official only gets softballs.

    And the timing? 6:30 to 7:30 on a work night? It’s almost as though they don’t want anyone to participate!

    I think a telephone town hall is a great idea as a supplement to real town-hall meetings – especially for many legislators from Eastern Washington who actually move to Olympia when the Legislature is in session (or members of Congress when it’s in session) – but we’re talking about legislators who are home in their districts every night and weekend anyway.

    And it isn’t partisan, either – these two happen to be Republicans, but many of their Republican colleagues held real town hall meetings recently.

    I’m just curious why these two (and others) are avoiding actually spending time with their constituents – and why the media isn’t asking the same question.

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