Congressional town hall meetings fade into the raucous past

  • Article by: Kevin Diaz , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 1, 2013 - 10:56 PM

Citizen forums in the state are less frequent amid partisan tensions.

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texas_technomanSep. 1, 1310:07 PM

I guess they must be afraid us "mere mortals" might tell them what we really want them to accomplish in DC. Probably easier to just pretend they know; and meet with the lobbyists instead. Like said before, best government money can buy....or not!

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fadeawayzzzSep. 1, 1310:14 PM

They are less frequent because politicians don't really care what constituents think as long as they can fool the public into voting for them.

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fadeawayzzzSep. 1, 1310:15 PM

But they sure have time to meet with the lobbyists now don't they?

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aarghmebuckoSep. 2, 13 3:01 AM

The Tea Party corrupted the town hall process, making them no longer real town halls of locals by shipping in hecklers. Another example of how extremism hurts the country and steals our voices.

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badcopperSep. 2, 13 7:18 AM

The Tea Party corrupted the town hall process---seriously? I thumbed up other posters that I rarely agree with but you claim it's one group that cursed this ? (No, I'm not a tp'er)

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wisebookSep. 2, 13 7:19 AM

Unsurprising. I don't think of members of Congress as particularly brave. Although in the age of campaign $$$$, time spent with those of opposing views is time away from getting $$$$ from people who support you. Thanks to our brilliant Supreme Court in Citizens United, more than ever before this is the best Congress money can buy. Which is really a sad commentary. These are the best we can buy? Really?

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dentesterSep. 2, 13 7:53 AM

Special interests? Anybody who wants something from government is a special interest. And there's nothing wrong with that. It's in the 1st Amendment.

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pitythefoolsSep. 2, 13 8:22 AM

dentester: "Special interests? Anybody who wants something from government is a special interest. And there's nothing wrong with that"

As long as you don't mind living in a Plutocracy.

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salryteSep. 2, 13 9:15 AM

There was a time that these Town Hall meetings were a chance to have an open dialog with the representatives and to express individual viewpoint on any given subject. The aforementioned 'Strategy' is not new and used by both sides to highjack a fourm to express, and only express, some national organizations agenda either supporting or opposing a policy. It becomes nothing more then a shouting match with no real dialog. Having been to many my observation is that the Tea Party merely perfected this to block out any other issue but their own and no other viewpoint but their own. Nothing at all wrong with their passion. They are Americans but to call themselves the only 'Patriots' and to conduct themselves in this fashion is...well..Anti American.

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yardboySep. 2, 13 9:34 AM

There are rare exceptions, but let’s be honest for the most part our U.S. Senators and Representatives represent the big special interest groups and not the average U.S. citizens. I think most people feel town-hall meetings are great but our legislative leaders don’t like the possibility of any confrontation from an opposing view point. Unless you are a big political donor you really are limited in bending the ear of your congressional representatives.

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