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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 ...

Notes from #SocialCongress

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Last night, in a start-up-y co-work space in the South-of-Market (SOMA) section of San Francisco, entrepreneurs, advocates, Congressional staffers and some folks who just found the topic interesting came to hear Brad Fitch , President of the Congressional Management Foundation, talk “ #SocialCongress .”  That included how Congress perceives constituent communication: the good, the bad and the somewhat surprising. ...