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Old 11-06-2008, 06:45 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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very true. Due to mass media coverage of the presidential election, governor, and senate I rarely saw anything local. For instance I didnt even know bonds was going to be on this year ballot til I reach the polling place and saw the political sign for it.

I dont think many of us knew about it til that day.
We cant undo the damage that has been done. Does anyone know where city blvd goes or is suppose to go?
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Old 11-06-2008, 06:57 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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It's also up to each citizen to research what they're going to be voting for. It's unrealistic to expect that all the information will come to you.

I went on line to print a sample ballot and looked up each candidate before I made my decisions. That's where I saw all the bonds that were proposed.

Looking back, I would have rather kept up all year long, but honestly, I don't know where to look other than the local paper and it's so skewed that it's hard to trust.
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Old 11-06-2008, 06:57 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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In this day and age, you would think that the internet would play a bigger part than it does. If there was a site where all candidates spoke with their constituants and blogged regularly... especially on a local level, everyone can visit, read and post. Obviously, it would have to be mediated, but it would be a great way for these elected officials to communicate with the people who they're supposed to serve.
We are thinking the same thing. The problem is - getting candidates to really participate.

I think this was one of the strengths of Obama's campaign - use of text messaging, blogs, etc.

This is how the world works now! We all need to demand more info and interaction from elected officials.

One of the first things we are taught as kids when we start learning about our government is that there has to be "accountability." Well, we have the means to ask for accountability now! We just have to figure out how to use it properly and hold these officials accountable!!!!
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Old 11-06-2008, 07:01 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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very true. Due to mass media coverage of the presidential election, governor, and senate I rarely saw anything local. For instance I didnt even know bonds was going to be on this year ballot til I reach the polling place and saw the political sign for it.

I dont think many of us knew about it til that day.
We cant undo the damage that has been done. Does anyone know where city blvd goes or is suppose to go?
YES!!! We were all focused on the national scene and the local stuff was just skipped over. I only found out about the bonds one day ahead b/c DH and I were researching the ballot and what would be on it . . . but we had real problems finding out info re: the SCOPE of the bonds. So we found out they were gonna be on the ballot but not much else.

Pretty discouraging. It may be that the CLT OBS had info on this but since I don't subscribe, I cannot attest to that one way or the other.

Nevertheless, this was HUGE - committing this much $$$ to these projects - and should have been discussed in public forums and in the media (print as well as airwaves and on the net) MONTHS b/f ever coming up for a vote.
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Old 11-06-2008, 07:14 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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The problem is - getting candidates to really participate.

I think this was one of the strengths of Obama's campaign - use of text messaging, blogs, etc.
I would think free publicity would be motivation enough. I just don't think it's the 'norm' yet to use the internet politically. Obama, despite my personal views, was groundbreaking in his tactics.

On a national level, I'm sure a precident has been set and I hope will be followed, but I doubt that the local govornment will get a clue. How do we instigate something like this?
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Old 11-06-2008, 08:42 AM
 
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I voted yes on all the bonds except the affordable housing one. I know my property taxes will rise as a result, but it seemed to me that the requests weren't overly obnoxious. My property taxes will probably rise irregardless of the economic state of our city.

BTW Mommy it was Ron Paul who was the maverick regarding the internet as a political tool. Obama's people were smart enough to follow & build on his successes.
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Old 11-06-2008, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Huntersville
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That's like saying using credit cards is a way of spending without income increases.
I would use this example instead, its like saying I feel like buying a house with a mortgage instead of cash. Even so, I said they are easy to PASS because people don't see them as a tax increase, not that they are always a good thing. But historically towns, counties etc, have always use Bonds in this measure. It's fine if you are not for the Bonds, thats why we vote and have majority rules. You can get underwater with Bonds as well.
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