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nicki
04-04-2009, 11:25 PM
When anyone runs for office, the Calfornia teacher's union hits every candidate with a questionaire and offers to interview them regardless of party.

At the rate we are growing, it is possible that we could start doing this ourselves. We don't have to hit every city and county, it would be a work in progress.

What this would do is allow us to meet people early on in their political lives and just maybe work with people.

Sure they are going to be candidates who will refuse to talk to us, but most will and even if we disagree, we open the doors for dialogue.

Nothing beats a live candidate interview, the questionaires don't allow us to ask probing questions nor do they give us a chance to educate the official.

Nicki

SVT_Fox
04-05-2009, 7:11 AM
im down with this idea, im currently researching who gets my vote for Burbank city council

hoffmang
04-05-2009, 10:05 AM
Note that CGF can have nothing to do with such an effort due to (c)(3) restrictions.

-Gene

dustoff31
04-05-2009, 1:09 PM
Sure they are going to be candidates who will refuse to talk to us,

Nicki


That alone would tell us pretty much all we need to know.

nicki
04-05-2009, 1:55 PM
Note that CGF can have nothing to do with such an effort due to (c)(3) restrictions.

-Gene
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Your concerns are noted Gene and perhaps when we grow in size we will have to create formal groups to deal with things.

At this point, all I am proposing is we start planting seeds so to speak.

Informal grass roots groups do have influence and politicians, especially the ones down the food chain, will visit groups because they want to get their message out.

Politicians spend lots of money to get their message out. Even if they disagree with a group, it is better for them in the long run to at least talk to people.

Many gun control laws start at the local level. It is here we can make the big difference.

If can make the difference of a county/city being anti gun versus neutral.

Nicki

CCWFacts
04-05-2009, 2:37 PM
Notice how "Nutch" is denying connections to the NRA in his campaign for LA city attorney? In the places where being pro-gun is an asset, then we don't need stuff like this. In the places where being pro-gun is a liability, candidates will not participate.

jnojr
04-05-2009, 2:52 PM
Note that CGF can have nothing to do with such an effort due to (c)(3) restrictions.

Can the CRPA? That's probably the "correct" group to do this, anyway.

hoffmang
04-05-2009, 4:01 PM
Can the CRPA? That's probably the "correct" group to do this, anyway.

CRPA is not restricted as they are not a non-profit - but are a not for profit.

-Gene

nicki
04-05-2009, 4:08 PM
I want to emphasis that we want it to be LOCAL groups, not a statewide group with a statewide platform.

Our problem is we have different political climates and different issues.

Our candidates night does not, nor should it be related directly to guns only.

What I envision is guns and issues that directly and indirectly impact guns.
What would it encompass, I don't know at this point.

Right now at this point, it is a seed, we have to see where things go.
You guys are creative, what kind of local action groups would you like to see?

Gene , Ben and Kestryll can't do it all. Eventually things will have to get local.

Don't assume because you are in a pro gun area, that things will stay that way. Look at what happened in Orange county, and not just on guns.

A certain former Congressman did not pay attention to changing demograhics in his district and he lost his seat.

We are not the only ones who are complaining about our rights being torn apart.

This type of activity would allow us to take the lead in protecting all rights.
We would be effective in all parts of the state.

Many anti gunners have no opposition in their primaries and the general elections, do any of you see a problem with that?

If we have someone who is hostile to us on guns, but his district is anti gun, we may be able to take him/her out on other issues.

Many elected officials are anti gun, but other issues concern them more. We can put pressure on them to focus on those issues.

The reality is a few people, say 100, can make a difference.

Rather than sulk and complain about how our elected officials are ***holes, we can actually do something and give them alot of grief.

Each of us that would get involved in something like this potentially has the power of 1000 or more voters.

We have close to 10k active members, we have 26K on the site. More will come as people find out about us.

Early on in the primaries is where we would have the most influence. 2010 is where we could build some trial models, 2012 is the next presidential election.

President Bobby Jindal anyone?

Nicki