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What You Told Congress in 2011 (TOP 50 BILLS ON POPVOX)

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Some dominated the headlines, some never got a vote. The bills that moved people to contact Congress in 2011 span the gamut from jobs to taxes, internet policy and immigration.  POPVOX compiled the top 25 bills that were important to you in 2011, along with a "where are they now."   Keep in mind that a Congressional session is two years long. These bills are still pending and if you have not already told Congress what you think, click the link to register your opinion and POPVOX will deliver your message to your legislators.  

HR 3630, The Payroll Tax Cut Extension

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Don't worry, it's not just you! EVERYONE is confused about what is going on with the payroll tax cut extension bill. Even my mother wrote in (using the POPVOX feedback form!) to ask for clarification.

Maximizing your advocacy with POPVOX

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We get a lot of questions about what the best way is to advocate for a particular legislative position. The answer of course varies by issue, by whom the natural supporters are, and where the bill stands in the process. But in general, below is a quick-point-by-point on how an individual can best maximize the POPVOX platform.  We're busy working on tools to make this easier in the future.  In the meantime, please let us know in the comment section if you have specific questions. Stage 1 - Demonstrate real grassroots muscle using POPVOX ...

Superconstituents

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A couple of weeks ago the POPVOX team held a retreat where we planned the next steps for the site. We did a lot of sketching. Here's a sketch by our designer William Donnell about how we can address the needs of busy constituents who want to spend their advocacy time efficiently:

Does the Supercommittee represent you?

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I just posted on Google+: Surprise! The Senator from Montana doesn't care what you think unless you are from Montana. Ok, I'm paraphrasing, but that's the gist of this article from Pete Kasperowicz on The Hill's Floor Action blog.  In short: even though Max Baucus is on the Debt "Supercommittee", he is asking for input from his own constituents -- those people who live and vote in Montana. Don't get mad -- that's the way it's supposed to work, and he might even be violating professional courtesy norms of the Senate...

POPVOX high-fives “We The People”

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Today the White House released  its online petition site, We The People . This is an exciting time for innovation in technology for civic engagement. We applaud this latest effort, which is in line with the President's #AskObama Twitter Townhall and the House Majority's " YouCut "  crowdsourcing effort around the budgeting process. At every level, it is clear that elected leaders want to hear from the people they represent -- a thesis we wholeheartedly agree with at POPVOX (from ...