In April of 2013, Congressman Randy Weber hosted three town halls (one in each county in District 14) and said, “I was hired to be the voice for the people of Texas 14. I’m hosting these town halls to personally hear the questions and concerns of my constituents. I’m looking forward to having thoughtful discussions with members of the community, and encourage everyone to attend.”

This year, he is “phoning it in” with one telephone conference for the entire district. And I have also been told he has no intention of scheduling meetings with his constituents during this lengthy recess. What has changed? How can he be our voice, hear us and our questions and concerns in this limited way?

As his own words state, he believes actual town halls and access to elected representatives is important — in person — not over the telephone. There is still time to plan real town halls for each of the counties he serves. As one of his constituents, I ask him to do so. Otherwise, I feel we are being taxed, but not represented.

Susan Quinn Bryan

League City

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Claudia Burnam

MS Bryan, these days town halls are being packed with liberal progressives that will not give conservatives a chance to question their representatives. This is their tactic to interrupt and suppress free speech that dose not agree with their point of view. I do not blame representative Weber at all!

E G Wiley

Christy Callahan

Those fellow citizens whom you label as "liberal progressives" are also constituents that Randy Weber has been hired to serve. Common-sense moderation can provide a platform for a representative cross-section of constituents to ask their questions.

This tele-townhall platform allowed Weber to pretend that half of his constituency does not exist, and that is not how Democracy works.

Doyle Beard

Bet the libs did not vote for him.although his is to serve all the people of his district. Just more complaining.

Claudia Burnam

Any constituent does not have the right to raise such a ruckus at to deny others to speak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! E G Wiley

Lisa Blair

When did that happen? When did Weber hold a town hall that became a "ruckus"?

Carlos Ponce

Not at Randy's meetings but at other Congressmen's meetings like Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Jason Chaffetz, Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane Black (R-Tenn). Lisa, you may be able to control you and yours but there are some who have a different agenda. If Randy tried having an in-person meeting people from outside of Texas Congressional District 14 would show up and disrupt.

Carlos Ponce

"What has changed?"
Susan, Randy has done "phone town halls" in the past. He reaches more people that way.
Also some town halls for other US Representatives are not "town" halls. They attract people who are not constituents. I would suggest presenting a photo ID to prove you belong at the "town" hall but to many Democrats that's tantamount to holding a cross up to a vampire.[scared]

Carlos Ponce

In November 2016, Randy won with 160,340 votes or 61.87% of the total. To quote former president Obama "Elections have consequences". Those who did not vote for Randy are still constituents but if all 98,815 (or 38.12%) of those who voted for opponent Democrat Michael Cole showed up at an in-person town hall meeting would they truly represent Congressional District 14? No.The "Indivisibles" are loud and organized but don't represent the majority of this District. Most of his constituents think Randy is doing a good job - and know how to use a phone.[beam]
Susan Bryan gives "Activism Tips" on Indivisible Galveston's Facebook page. Interesting.

Claudia Burnam

Thanks Carlos, Your last sentence says it all. E G Wiley

Christy Callahan

Carlos Ponce shares a deplorable party line message in everything he posts every single day on the Galveston County Daily News comment section. What is your point?

Doyle Beard

Carlos shows as much common sense in his post as anyone does. I am neither party and the dems drove me this way many many moons ago.

Carlos Ponce

"deplorable party line message"? I am not a Republican. I am a Conservative. It looks like calling some "deplorable" is part of the Liberal Lexicon.

Steve Fouga

I wish Secretary Clinton hadn't used the word. It was a useful word until she ruined it for everyone else. I guess she ruined it for herself, too. [wink]

Carlos Ponce

As you notice, Hillary is not the only Liberal to demonize those who don't think as she does with that word.[whistling]
But that's what Liberals do. When they have no ideas to offer, DEMONIZE the opposition!

Diane Brodie

I agree that teletownhalls are productive and can reach many more people without the activist disruption. The only reason I missed it is because Galveston County Tea Party meeting was that same night and I was presiding. Congressmsn Weber is constantly out in the community and is easily accessible to anyone who wants to talk to him. Those of us who care to, communicate with him regularly. Pick up the phone, call, tweet, Facebook, pm. He listens.

Jim Forsythe

If meeting are run correctly, a lot can come from the town hall meetings. If they are not organized correctly ,than they can be counter productive. Part of leadership is controlling the diverse  attendees. If not able to do so , it may show a possible lack in leadership. Taking the easy path , is not always the best way. Below is a example of a Congressman that take the task head on. 
"Congressman Tim Walberg, R-Mich, placed 10th among his colleagues in both the House and Senate for holding 66 town hall meetings since January 1st, 2015. He held one of the most recent meetings at the Hillsdale City Hall on March 3rd.
In response to the recognition for holding so many town halls, he answers with gratitude.
“I always appreciate the opportunity to have meaningful dialogue with my constituents and search for common ground whenever possible to move America forward,” Walberg said.
Walberg said he seeks to communicate with his constituents as often as possible. The large and diverse 7th congressional district requires the congressman to utilize a variety of different ways to hear from his constituents. "

Carlos Ponce

Interesting that you bring up Tim Wahlberg, R-Michigan. Rules were posted to the chagrin of the "Indivisibles".
"Questions must be submitted using a question card.
Questions must be submitted with required with information.
Completed question cards should be returned to staff.
For the safety and visibility of all attendees, no sign shall block the view of another attendee.
Individuals who interrupt, disrupt, or interfere with the ordinary conduct of the event shall be asked to Leave"
"Several people from the crowd of roughly 100 voiced their disappointment with the format.
'I find it curious that they call these town halls,' said Susan Fecteau of Dexter. 'If we’re not allowed to agree or disagree, or clap, or engage in any way back-an-forth, that’s not a town hall, that’s not a discussion. That’s a speech.' Attendants were not able to respond to Walberg’s answers to most questions.
'I think it’s a blockade against disagreement,' Fecteau said. “They want to talk about what they want to talk about.' "
http://michiganradio.org/post/format-tim-walbergs-town-hall-leaves-some-unsatisfied
For "Indivisible" guidelines at town halls see:
https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resources-2/stand-indivisible-town-halls
"Don’t give up the mic until you’re satisfied with the answer. If you’ve asked a hostile question, a staffer will often try to limit your ability to follow up by taking the microphone back immediately after you finish speaking. They can’t do that if you keep a firm hold on the mic. If they object, then say politely but loudly: “I’m not finished. The MoC is dodging my question. Why are you trying to stop me from following up?” Use the crowd to your advantage: ask them to cheer or stand in solidarity if they want the MoC to answer your question before moving on."

Jim Forsythe

"Congressman Tim Walberg, R-Mich, placed 10th among his colleagues in both the House and Senate for holding 66 town hall meetings since January 1st, 2015. He held one of the most recent meetings at the Hillsdale City Hall on March 3rd."
This means, nine other  colleagues in  the House and Senate were able to  holding more than 66 town hall meetings.
Congressman Randy Weber should be able to control a town hall meetings .If he does not think he can , he can contact  Congressman Tim Walberg or the 9 that had more town hall meetings  than  Congressman Tim Walberg.
When you are holding a meeting , it is important to set the rules up front. It sounds like Congressman Tim Walberg did just that.

If was easy anyone could be a Congressman. remember what JFK said about being easy.
U.S. President John F. Kennedy said, “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard,”

Lisa Blair

Carlos, in all of your research of Indivisible, you must have read that it is based on the tactics of the TEA party. Lloyd Doggett's staff were witness to TEA party tactics during the lead up to the ACA's passage. But I'm sure you know that.

Carlos Ponce

Liberals may claim that Indivisible's tactics are based on TEA tactics but I don't see any resemblance.

Diane Turski

I was invited to dial into the tele-hall as a constituent, and I was prepared to ask a question. However, I was disappointed that only a few people were allowed to ask questions and the rest of the time was an infomercial about ways to contact Randy Weber via Twitter, FB, etc. It was a waste of time since everyone who was invited to dial into the telehall already knows how to contact him. Therefore, I am also requesting an in person town hall. If he is truly interested in representing all of his constituents and listening to all viewpoints, he should have the courage to hold an in person town hall.

Doyle Beard

I have a 180 degree opinion with this post.

Carlos Ponce

Diane Turski, maybe they read your posts in the GCDN and knew all you wanted was a platform to grandstand your hatred of Donald Trump. -
"... he will be impeached soon!" - Diane Turski Apr 3, 2017 9:20am "Stay the Course"
Nothing constructive there, just pure unsubstantiated HATRED.

Heidi Gordon

I believe Representative Weber can conduct an in person town hall so more constituents will be able to ask questions. It was reported that there were over 2000 people who dialed in which is good outreach. The downside was that there was only time for approximately ten questions. I think the problem could be rectified if Representative Weber would have a couple of town halls over the upcoming break to give more constituents a chance to ask questions.

Nanmyers
Nan Myers

I would be curious to know if everybody in the 60+ percent that voted for Rep. Weber actually agree with all of the extreme far right views of the Tea Party Freedom Caucus or if those voters also included moderate Republicans. A town hall might be a good way for him to learn the concerns of Republicans that are not of the Freedom caucus. It might also draw people who, gasp, didn't vote. A town hall is a great opportunity to get more people to participate and gain a greater understanding of how our government works. A town hall is an excellent way to hear from people who don't share the same view so everybody can listen and learn from each other. This is how compromise, consensus, and unity is reached. Great leaders can guide this process in a productive manner through proper organization and management.

Carlos Ponce

The "60+ percent that voted for Randy Weber" vote for him, not the TEA Party, nor The Freedom Caucus but for Randy Weber and his views. You may find a couple of his voters upset with the way things are going but I dare say the 60+ percent still stand with him. And not all them were Republican. [beam]

Kitty Allen

Good leaders don't hide behind a digital mouthpiece. Someone much wiser than I once said: 'No matter how good you think you are as a leader, my goodness, the people around you will have all kinds of ideas for how you can get better. So for me, the most fundamental thing about leadership is to have the humility to continue to get feedback and to try to get better - because your job is to try to help everybody else get better.'

Carlos Ponce

The quote comes from Jim Yong Kim. He was criticized in 2011 for refusing to release Dartmouth's budget. He did not address a request by the Student Assembly asking for access to information about all budget items exceeding $10,000. Editorials appeared in Dartmouth's student newspaper expressing dissatisfaction with Kim's presidency, with one describing Kim as "unpopular among many students these days."
Kim's presidency was scrutinized by the student body president as an "aberration" and a failure. Forbes also chastised Kim's presidency at Dartmouth, describing it as "disappointing" and a "cautionary tale" to other narcissistic leaders.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Yong_Kim
Not very wise, was he? And he's "wiser" than you?[rolleyes]

charles zewe

All politicians promise things they can't p0roduce. Weber has done that. Once elected all politicians, like some leopards, change their spots, Weber has done that. All politicians tell us what we want to hear, not the truth. Weber is a politician, what can you expect?

Carlos Ponce

What promise has he not kept? If it's to repeal and replace Obamacare, that's in the works.

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