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Suggestion: Weekly Call To Action (CTA)?

I think adding a daily or weekly call to action, a campaign of sorts to help further the Democratic Agenda and help harness/focus the DU Population into action. This will also have the added benefit of bringing in more daily/weekly traffic to the site as people come back to check for a new campaign and get involved. The idea could be posted at the top or side of the site as a banner.

A few examples would be:
Look up your counties democratic party representatives and election dates
Make a FOIA request to politicians over a certain topic and post it online
Learn about who are the potential republicans running in your next local election

I personally am not willing to be involved enough to do this myself, but I think if one of the site contributors spent an hour a day/week and made an easy template that people can either click to complete (such as linking to: Who is my representative) or a template on how to make FOIA requests.

Daily "missions" such as this work wonders in games and can help DU not only keep viewership engaged, but also help further the Democratic Agenda, as well as raise the profile of DU in the political spectrum.

The CTA would need about an hours worth of thought to head off people's questions/concerns over cost; including information like this is helpful:

Why do I have to pay to file a request?

There is no fee to file a FOIA request. FOIA established three fee categories that agencies use to determine if fees will be charged:
(1) commercial requesters may be charged fees for searching for records, reviewing the records, and photocopying them;
(2) news media, educational or noncommercial scientific institutions are charged for photocopying, after the first 100 pages;
(3) all other requesters (requesters who do not fall into any of the other three categories) are charged for photocopying after 100 pages and for time spent searching for records in excess of two hours.

In the event that fees are incurred beyond what you are entitled to for free, please indicate a specific amount that you are willing to pay. If you do not indicate another amount in FOIAonline, please be advised that some agency regulations provide that making a FOIA request represents an agreement to pay fees up to $25 (See Agency specific regulations from the links on the main page).

James Comey: Not talked about much

Clinton was leading, by a lot, leading up to the 11 day out Comey announcement.

Early votes, she killed it.

Then Comey makes a vague statement, media runs with it, campaign down the tubes.

Hillary is getting a lot of criticism, which some she deserves; but I'm pretty sure up until the whole Comey announcement, this election was hers in a big way. I had confidence in her the entire time until the letter, then seeing everything crumble and the polls tighten up.

Had she lost without the announcement, I'd be all over the bandwagon but I'm pretty sure most people can point to that as the turning point in the election.

George Bush 2000: The backlash?

I was in 10th grade.

I know about the Florida recount, supreme court, governor etc.

What was the mood of the country like afterwards? Similar to this? People saying "not my President"? Lack of respect, lack of confidence, an unconstitutional President?

I'm wondering if the country is more upset about Trump than Bush.

I'm looking for Hope that the next 4-8 years won't bring the apocalypse.

Hillary will be good for America

I thought about writing a "concern" post but decided to write a positive one.

I think Hillary will push children issues to the forefront and be expansive on early education and resources.

I think Hillary will not only be more socially liberal but also an economic powerhouse. She is very intelligent and she thinks through her actions. Her and Bill have amassed wealth and power, and I think she understands world economies.

I think she'll be more moderate and even right leaning in some respects to the economy, but personally that's how I trend.

Foreign policy is going to be increasingly difficult in the coming years, I think Hillary can navigate those waters and if we end up in a real war, I trust her to lead.

I don't agree with everything she says she's for but I do know Hillary is stable. She will be a stable asset to the country.

Cast my vote today in Austin, TX

Voted straight ticket Democrat except for I think 1 or 3. Anything tax related. I was pretty happy to vote for Hillary Clinton, I was wondering if I'd have any inkling of clicking Donald Trump, but I did not. That makes me feel good.

I voted for the libertarian Tax Assessor, with so many people entering Austin, I would hope taxes can go down because of more growth.

I voted against the mobility package; it does not alleviate highway congestion, which is what costs us the most productivity and the matching funds from the federal government was not guaranteed, which means we'd likely have to fund it. I'm not saying the mobility package wouldn't have been nice for the Lamar corridor et al, but I wanted to send a message to the City Council to actually address highway congestion.

I made a mistake and voted for people I did not know in the ACC positions. They did not have party affiliations and I did not research them prior to going, so I ended up choosing the women running or a random name. I should not have voted for things I didn't have a clue on, oops.

My rep Roger Williams (R) is up for election, I voted for Kathi Thomas (D); I don't think she ran a very good campaign, I barely heard about either of them in any media....but I guess she's good.

Anyway, just felt like sharing my experience, I voted at the Randalls off William Cannon & Mopac.

Why are people proud to be "nasty women"?

I don't get it. It's like when Trump supporters are happy to be called "deplorables". I would not want to be owning a negative perception of myself, I'd rather blast the person for name calling and refer to myself in positive terms like "strong woman" etc.

I do not understand this phenom.

Just donated to Hillary Clinton

I maxed out the 2700 a few months ago so I donated more to Priorities USA.

Donald Trump would be a horrible President.

Hillarys second message was great

I really liked that second statement.

Volunteer!! Make phone calls!!

I had a great Hillary For America guy call me last week asking for donations. I informed him I was donating the 2700 at a fundraiser later in the week.

Before I said that though, he had a good spiel, I could tell it was a spiel, but he was also passionate. It made me happy to hear the call and his passion. I feel bad I haven't been able to volunteer, I end up working every day there's phone banks.

The phone call reminded me how important volunteering is, so if you want to help, get involved!

PS. The one thing I didn't like was he mentioned Trump, I like being reminded the good things about Hillary.

Where's the protests? R Convention

I haven't heard much at all about protests at the RNC. Are any ongoing? My only news checking has been DU and CNN for about 10 minutes a day this week.

Just before the convention an older protest leader said there would be riots, tear gas and stuff.

Are the police just doing a good job at controlling the situation, are the protests just peaceful or is the media under reporting?

I haven't seen anything about them on DU except the code pink tennis ball post this morning.
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