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07-09-2005, 1:18 AM
Is there a list of email addresses somewhere to write the governor and other elected officials about the proposed legislation?
07-09-2005, 4:27 AM
try NRA-ILA (http://www.nraila.org)
07-09-2005, 10:47 PM
California State Assembly:
Click on "Find my district."
California State Senate:
To email the Governator go to:
I send emails to my elected representatives to express my approval or disapproval of various bills and I'm glad to see thay you're doing the same. Far too many gun owners passively allow elected officials to erode their rights with unreasonable laws.
07-11-2005, 10:03 AM
It's my belief that a handwritten letter goes a lot further to show a point than an e-mail does, as an e-mail can be cut/paste easily whereas a handwritten note really suggests that someone feels enough on an issue to sit down and pen some thoughts.
07-11-2005, 10:45 PM
In this day and age hand written isn't much better than e-mail. Ever since the anthrax being sent through the mail back in 2001, all mail being sent to elected officials is heavily scrutinzed often to the point that it becomes unreadable.
The Fax is actually your best option. It can still be hand written, and it gives them something actually physical to hold on to.
07-11-2005, 11:06 PM
Esp. at state level, handwritten letters cause staff disruption-- meaning they get attention: "What are all these little people yelling about today???"
Good chance that emails just go in the bit bucket. And there's no 'volume' perception of email, unlike a sackful of mail from NRA or AARP members...
Being a sh*t disturber pays off - especially when you Express Mail or FedEx the letter, signature requested.
Gov. Pete Wilson's aide (Schnur? was it) quoted my exact wording - arranged as talking points - when he vetoed the 1998 attempt at an SB23-like generic assault weapons ban. So I know my FedEx'd letter got thru ;-)
I'm kinda proud that maybe there was a small chance it was me who possibly made it easier for Wilson to logically veto that AW ban, and
buy Californians an extra year to accumulate assault weapons.
That's a damned good $9 expenditure.
07-12-2005, 12:05 AM
Wow, just popped up. Italicized text is my emphasis...
Writing to state legislators will be on smaller scale, staff will be more overtaxed and email may not get seen/answered/counted...
Writing a non-form-letter still gets the biggest wallop.
And I think FedExing it (or Priority Mail, etc.) gives it much more oomph: "I cared enough to write and pay extra to get your damned attention."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050711/ap_on_go_co/write_y...cjE0b2MwBHNlYwM3Mzg- (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050711/ap_on_go_co/write_your_congressman;_ylt=ApjESM68MSzozWrpTMyd8_ Os0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3cjE0b2MwBHNlYwM3Mzg-)
E-Mail Tool of Choice for Constituents
By JIM ABRAMS,
Associated Press Writer
Mon Jul 11, 2:24 PM ET
WASHINGTON - You've got mail, members of Congress, about 200 million pieces of it. Nine out of 10 of those missives are e-mail, according to a report that chronicles the rapid shift from postal letters to e-mail as the means of communicating with lawmakers.
And a personal message, either online or on paper, carries more weight than the mass mailings so popular with advocacy groups, says the report from the Congressional Management Foundation, a nonpartisan group working to improve the effectiveness of Congress.
"It's the individual communication that gives a sense of who the constituent is, and is more likely to persuade members," said Kathy Goldschmidt, co-author of the report.
The report, based on a survey of 202 House and Senate offices, found that Congress received 200 million e-mail and postal mail messages in 2004, four times the 50 million total in 1995. During that period, postal mail dropped sharply, from all 50 million a decade ago to about 18 million last year.
Many members have Web sites that encourage citizens to e-mail them with their opinions. The convenience of e-mails has become even more marked since the discovery of anthrax in letters sent to the Capitol shortly after the Sep 11, 2001 attacks.
Since then, all letters addressed to Congress and government agencies in Washington are required to go through a testing and decontamination process, which delays delivery by a week or more.
However, the report found that the benefits of speedy e-mail often work only in one direction. Lawmakers have generally not increased personnel to handle the jump in communications, and many still reply through postal mail.
That means it can still take anywhere from a week to a couple of months to get an answer from Washington.
Only 17 percent of House offices and 38 percent of Senate offices answer all their e-mail with e-mail, the survey found.
Brad Fitch, a co-author of the study, pointed advocacy groups to one finding: among those staff interviewed, 44 percent said individualized postal letters had "a lot" of influence when a member is undecided on an issue, but only 3 percent said that was true for form letters.
By contrast, only 15 percent said a visit from a lobbyist had "a lot" of influence.
On the Net:
Congressional Management Foundation: http://www.cmfweb.org/
07-12-2005, 2:59 PM
True, at the state level I'm sure the letters are getting through. When we start talking about senators and the president though, don't count on any mail getting through.
But all said and done, don't rule out the fax either, it's sure to disturb the office. Nothing like going to use the fax machine and finding someone has faxed you. Of course the best method of all would be to send letters via email, snail mail, and the fax all together.
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