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  •  No they'll probably get back to you (2+ / 0-)
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    I interned in the GF office a couple years ago before I graduated from UND. We had to reply to every single message that came to our office was. Now depending on which office you sent it to, it may be a lowly intern that drafts the response (like I did!). But my boss who was the state rep from the GF area had to proof and approve every comment I replied to, so a real staff member will def see it. If we would get a lot of comments about the same issue, Jim (the rep in GF) would make it known to Sen. Conrad that we were getting a lot of messages pertaining to a certain issue. So if Kent is getting a lot of messages about the healthcare thing, he will know about it. Whether he CARES, well that is another story, but I hope to God he has some conscience left. I used to be a strong supporter of his, but his totally transparent cynical attitude towards health care has really dampened that. I am proud that he was one of the few who voted against the Iraq War though

    BTW, if you wouldn't mind telling me, which office did you send your letter to? I know somebody in most of the state offices and the DC one, so I could alert them to your message if you don't mind giving me your name also. I'd write myself but since I know a lot them it's kinda awkward. Thanks so much for being proactive! Kent needs to know how we feel.  

    •  I emailed to his website about a month ago. (0+ / 0-)

      Same thing with Dorgan, however I emailed his website last week.  During the stimulus I wrote postcards to both of them.. and they both sent form letters back a few weeks later.  

      Thanks for your insight though, I appreciate it.  I'm not surprised by Conrad, the climate here- at least in Williston is very creationist, anti-choice.. pro-teabagger.  I just feel like both Dorgan and Conrad are catering to that contingent and it's very disappointing.

      Because our individual salvation depends on our collective salvation.. Barack Obama, 5-25-08

      by sherijr on Wed Sep 30, 2009 at 04:08:18 PM PDT

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      •  ok (0+ / 0-)

        If you emailed it to the website I believe DC answers it. Sad to see that Williston is so teabagger. My boyfriend was born there and still has family there. I was born and raised in Bismarck, which was extremely conservative when I was growing up and still is I'm sure. It was a big deal when some friends and me "came out" against the Iraq War in high school, must have been early 2003. One of my friends got her car vandalized because she spoke out against it at a school forum, and somebody threatened to cut her brakes too, scary.

        And I do agree with you that Conrad and Dorgan and catering too much to the "crazy" crowd. They don't even have to directly confront them, just stand up for what they believe in (but who knows, maybe they didn't believe in universal health care to begin with)! People in ND know them well enough not to believe the crazy outlandish smears the teabaggers would throw at them. Byron did introduce and amendment to allow the reimportation of Canadian drugs, which seems like a round about way to address the problem, but if it would provide immediate relief for struggle people, I'm all for it. Whatever works. I happen to know him very well personally and he's a great guy and very genuine about wanting to help people. I've met Kent a few times and like him, but from what I hear I think he's been here (DC) too long.

        •  I was born here, but left (0+ / 0-)

          at age 4 and grew up in CA.  I returned 6 years ago to help out with an ill family member- and ended up having my own health problems.  

          There was a 'tea party' just a few blocks from my house a couple weeks ago- I heard that a lot of people showed up.  It didn't surprise me.

          I've met with the democrats here locally- and they are very apathetic.. they've all but given up (here in Williston) because it has become so over-run with the anti-choice/ creationist - no belief in global warming/climate change crowd.  

          Last week I got Dorgan's email- he didn't even bother to mention the words "public option" in that email.  As I said, it was disappointing.  He's also against cap and trade.  ND, imo is solely about North Dakota, and seldom about the nation as a whole.  I've been disturbed by this place since moving here- I've lived in foreign countries that were more welcoming than this state- and they appear to have zero desire to diversify or to listen to anything that doesn't fit comfortably in their world view- whatever that is.  

          I do realize that Williston isn't necessarily representative of the whole state.  

          Because our individual salvation depends on our collective salvation.. Barack Obama, 5-25-08

          by sherijr on Wed Sep 30, 2009 at 04:38:25 PM PDT

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          •  Sadly you're right (0+ / 0-)

            People there are VERY insular. They just don't have any experience outside of their tiny little town, I really do believe that's what makes them so suspicious of "outsiders" and so unwilling to listen to a different point of view. They are never exposed to any diversity, so it I'm so sorry that the people haven't been welcoming to you, that is a surprise to me. By and large I always considered North Dakotans to be extremely friendly and welcoming, as long as you don't express your political views. When I canvassed for Obama this summer, I did get called a baby killer and couple people from my canvassing team got threatened, so there are crazies there, but they are everywhere unfortunately. Williston in particular has a reputation for being less welcoming than other towns in the state, possibly a result of it being so isolated, but that's just my theory. In Bismarck the Dems are pretty vocal actually. We had a very lively Obama office there and after the campaign pulled out, we organized our own grassroots campaign for him there, completely on our own. Pretty much all the volunteers still showed up and were even more gung ho after the official campaign pulled out, so that shows you how fired up they are. The Dems in Williston are probably apathetic because they are so isolated up there and have been pissed on so much that they are demoralized. In the smaller, more isolated towns people "stay in the closet" because coming out as a liberal can have catosthropic consequences. For example, my dad heads up the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora, and the state legislature declined to give him state funding which would have really helped the organization, which is a big boost to the local economy too. He happens to be a very vocal liberal and even the rep from Medora voted against giving him funding because of that. So in a nutshell, they Dems in Williston are probably just scared and demoralized. Sad but true. If you are on Kossaks networking I can look you up and give you the name of my bf's uncle who is one of the few active Dems in Williston. Here's the URL: http://kossacksnetworking.ning.com/ Wish I could give you my real name but my anonymity is what allows me to keep posting on this site.

        •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

          I was an intern for Dorgan and he is very genuine.  I've never had a problem with him really.  I'm from Bismarck too.  Graduated high school and left in 2000.  

          Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. John Locke

          by joeyk22 on Wed Sep 30, 2009 at 04:46:50 PM PDT

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