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Sen. Carrell to hear from constituents by phone

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm with 6 Comments »
March 31, 2011 12:46 pm

Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, will host a telephone town hall meeting with constituents today at 7 p.m.

Many homes in the 28th Legislative District — which includes University Place, Fircrest, DuPont and Steilacoom and parts of Lakewood,  Tacoma and Joint Base Lewis-McChord — will receive a call. Others can call in toll-free to (877) 229-8493, then press access code 15388.

Carrell’s office said in a news release:

During the hour-long event, participants may learn about the 2011 legislative session and share their thoughts and questions with the senator.

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  1. Jordan, not to pick on Sen. Carrell, but I’ve noticed a trend and wondering if anyone has asked why Republican legislators all seem to do telephone town halls while Democrats seem to do them in person.

    At first I thought it was a urban/rural thing but appears to be the same all over. Maybe increase participation? Hard to see how people would interact.

    Just curious.

  2. Jordan Schrader says:

    Hey Derek,

    Phone town halls seem to be a bipartisan phenomenon. Here’s an example of Ds doing it:
    http://blog.senatedemocrats.wa.gov/harper/38th-district-telephone-town-hall-feb-10/

    And there are Rs who do in-person town halls. For example:
    http://houserepublicans.wa.gov/news/legislature/sixth-district-town-halls/
    http://houserepublicans.wa.gov/news/legislature/2nd-district-town-halls/

    -Jordan

  3. SuperSteve says:

    I’ve been asking the same question for some time – including the last time Jordan put up a notice about Rep. Asay’s “town hall” teleconference\, reference in the following link:

    http://blog.thenewstribune.com/politics/2011/03/24/rep-asay-talks-to-constituents-by-phone/#storylink=misearch

    Does anyone from the Tribune even read these reader comments?

    Of not, why not?

    If they do, they why aren’t they following up on such an obvious story?

    Rep. Jan Angel held on of these sham virtual “town halls” and bailed after a few minutes to “take a vote.”

    Meanwhile, other lawmakers spend their days off doing what they should – appearing IN PERSON before their constituents.

  4. Jordan Schrader says:

    SuperSteve,

    We do read them. See my reply to Derek above.

    -Jordan

  5. SuperSteve says:

    Yes – both Rs and Ds do both kinds of meetings.

    But the Rs do far more virtual “town halls” than the Ds – especially when you weight them in proportion to how many Rs and Ds there are in the Legislature.

    And although the Legislature is in session for 105 days counting weekends and holidays, they set aside a specific Saturday each session for the express purpose of allowing legislators time to go home an meet with their constituents.

    The real story here is: what were legislators like Carroll, Asay and Angel doing on that day off?

    Don’t be lazy – do what a reporter should do! As some questions! Do some reporting instead of just copying and pasting their press announcements of these teleconferences on your website!

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