I’ve said this so often I feel like a broken record, but here goes: there is a big difference between electioneering and governing. Those differences extend to constituent communication, in no small part because of the prohibition against using government (public) resources to get elected (or re-elected). How else to explain the fact that the […]
“How are you (like) Joe the Plumber?” The McCain campaign is holding a contest: answer the question, share “your story of living the American dream,” in 30 seconds and “your vido wuld end up on the air as a TV ad.” (tip)
Don’t Go is a Republican-Libertarian-led effort to force Congress to act on offshore drilling and energy. (tip) They missed getting a vote before summer recess, but they may have created a larger movement in the process. They provide a list of names and email contacts but have no easily found statement of purpose on the […]
Information architect Sean Tevis is running for the state house in Kansas. He has no political experience, just a died-in-the-wool idealism. He launched an online fundraising campaign on 16 July. Here’s his 13 August report: By using the ability to collaborate online, connect with an audience, and communicate in a way that, say, mailing a […]
The goal: put together one aggregated RSS feed that combines the campaign blog feeds from Hillary Clinton (the best URL of the bunch), Barack Obama (bleh) and John McCain (second best URL). The first two: a piece of cake to find the RSS feed link (after ducking past that annoying splash sign-up page). But McCain’s […]
As a matter of general principle, I vote no on citizen initiatives. There is usually no nuance; they are often pushed by one special interest group (or person); and I’m skeptical of direct democracy on the scale of statewide law.