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  •  I would love to see this district turn blue./ (11+ / 0-)

    There is no existence without doubt.

    by Mark Lippman on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 06:24:01 PM PDT

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    •  Perhaps it's changed with redistricting, but isn't (5+ / 0-)
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      kurt, maggiemae, Lujane, fhcec, JerryNA

      it the district that Mitchell(D) held?

      I don't know the status of the person you spoke with, but I'm not surprised he had no idea about what you educated him on. A lot of staffers work on the candidates' campaigns, and then get selected for staff in DC. That means they know a lot about how to run a campaign, but very little about the issues. When they canvass, they are told to keep the conversations short so they can get to more houses. Same with the phone. So they don't need to know the issues. It sounds like, much like a lot of congresscritters, he was given the talking points, and those work for many of his callers. Unless he's interested, what you said made you feel better, but probably only resulted in a hatch mark on the list he's keeping of "for" and "against."

      Makes a good diary though. And taught me a thing or two.

      •  Depending where you live in the district you might (4+ / 0-)
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        HappyinNM, maggiemae, Lujane, fhcec

        think it was Flake's, not Mitchell's.  Flake went on the Senate.  

        Flake's voting record in the House was very conservative but he knew how to listen, he was interested in opposing opinions, he was thoughtful, and he seemed to understand the needs of other people.  Sometimes he demonstrated independent thought and a conscience and his votes went against he party line.  Maybe it doesn't matter if he voted wingnut 90% of the time.  But there's a difference when you don't feel that your rep is even a human being, like Salmon.  He's more like Hal, the evil computer from the movie, 2001.  But not as smart as Hal, of course.

        There is no existence without doubt.

        by Mark Lippman on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 01:55:20 PM PDT

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        •  This is what I was trying to ascertain (0+ / 0-)

          (from Wikipedia)

          After redistricting in 2010, most of the 5th's territory became the 9th district, while the 5th included most of the territory in the old 6th district.
          Mitchell represented the 5th district prior to redistricting.

          Sinema represents the 9th district.

          And the googles says Flake represented the 6th district.

          •  It looks like that information is correct. The (2+ / 0-)
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            Lujane, HappyinNM

            current AZ-05 is made up of portions of the old AZ-05 and AZ-06.  It's gets a little confusing but it's not a detail I think about much.  When you think about it, the only thing that stays the same after re-districting are the numbers.  It's not always accurate to identify a district with a member, especially when they jump to a different district entirely because they see a better chance to win.

            There is no existence without doubt.

            by Mark Lippman on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 06:44:26 PM PDT

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