I'd like to reach out to any of you Kossacks from Alabama's 3rd Congressional District for information. Feel free to add your understanding of the communities, issues, etc.
This isn't going to be much of a diary. You can add anything you want about Alabama's 3rd Congressional District. Keep in mind this diary is just for information purposes. Let's not get too carried away with whether or not any of these Knowledge Democrats information gathering diaries mean the Congressional districts in questions are winnable by Democrats or not. Were here to assess districts across the country, no matter how "deep reed" or "red" or Republican-occupied they are.
What issues directly affect people in the 3rd Congressional District? My colleague Augustin and I are working on the Knowledge Democrats project and I've started working on a wiki page for the 3rd Congressional district in order to assist in our long term efforts to promote progressive candidates in that district, whether at the local, state or federal level. We understand the 3rd Congressional District may in fact have more of a conservative constituency but we're looking to reach out to any Kossacks, Democrats or progressives in the area anyway. It helps for long-term planning.
We also know that the current representative of the district is Mike Rogers.
Here are the results of the November 2012 election (per Ballotpedia):
U.S. House, Alabama, District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democrat John Andrew Harris 35.8% 98,141
Republican Mike Rogers 64% 175,306
Write-In N/A 0.2% 483
Total Votes: 273,930
Source: Alabama Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Also, taking politics out of the equation, let others know if you've been to anywhere in Alabama's 3rd Congressional District and can point out some good restaurants, venues and places to spend time in there.
So far, I only have the basic information. What issues should be documented? What important links / articles / information should be added to the wiki page?