"Our" General Assembly

Sorry I missed this earlier. James
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Our representatives in the General Assembly are servants of the people. We elect them and expect them to listen and at least acknowledge our concerns. Earlier in the short session I made the effort to send e-mails to each of our house and senate members. After crafting a letter voicing my concerns regarding one very specific aspect of the budget I modified one version for senators, another for house members and another one that was more personal for my local representatives.

Now there is a generic address you can use to send out bulk e-mails but I figured that probably wouldn't carry much weight with them and in all likelihood wouldn't even be read.

In order to send an e-mail to a member's personal GA address you have to visit the GA website, pull up a list of members, click on that member's name and view their address. It basically took the entire Sunday pre-race program, NASCAR race (can't remember who won), after race analysis and a couple of hours of ID network programs (there are a bunch of crazy people out there) to get them all sent out.

While I know that these people are extremely busy. I also know they have a staff. I also know that they work for us, not the other way around. I didn't expect to convert them all to my viewpoint. I didn't expect them to immediately send me a detailed personal response. But I did expect the courtesy of an acknowledgment from a staffer within a few days. Here is what I got.

Rick Glazier- I got an e-mail response almost immediately from him personally, not a staffer.

Ronald Rabin- I got a personal e-mail response the next day from a staffer. She assured me that she would share my concerns with the senator.

Trudy Wade- I got an e-mail acknowledging receipt of my e-mail from a staffer.

Chris Whitmire- I got an e-mail acknowledging receipt of my e-mail from a staffer.

Tom Murry- I got a personal response from him eight days later.

Jonathan Jordan- No response, BUT I GOT ADDED TO HIS NEWSLETTER. Now that was insulting.

The other 164 members of the General Assembly? NOTHING

Comments

Pathetic

In the old days, we sent real letters via the postal service and almost always got a response. Email makes things so much easier, and yet the vast majority couldn't even do you the courtesy of acknowledging your note?

Pathetic.

This seems like the sort of thing that some members of the media might be interested in.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

This is my experience, too

It's one reason I was arrested a year ago during one of the Moral Monday protest. I was sick of not being heard.

Here's my take…...

Send your correspondence by certified mail to the home address of senators/representatives. Spending two or three dollars is worth the price of stimulating their curiosity and or the inconvenience of having to travel to the post office.

Make sure you pick……just a few. Those you can either irritate the hell out of and or know with some certainty, that your voice will be read.

This is interesting

and could be a useful strategy in some cases.

But nothing excuses nearly all of the elected officials whom Huh contacted from their dereliction of duty. They're supposed to be public servants. At the very least they should acknowledge and value the input.

I find it quite disturbing that the status quo is now to ignore email from citizens whom they should be representing.

I'd like to see the media do a story on constituent services and constituent responses.

And I know what James means. When you write and call and you're ignored, you want to show up in person and make sure you're no longer ignored.

Perhaps this is another result of the overwhelming influence of money in politics. When you've got a war chest that can do lots of TV ads, you stand a better chance of getting re-elected without actually having to do your job.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Showing up in person is next to impossible

for the poor, elderly, and those who work without the luxury of paid vacation days...who happen to live in other parts of the state.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Yes it is

and the smug, comfortable legislators seem to know that, which makes the non-responsiveness of nearly all of the elected officials all the more reprehensible.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014