Cantor Cancels Speech on Inequality Because Too Many Unequal People Would Be in Attendance

By: Friday October 21, 2011 11:32 am

Prodded by the Occupy Wall Street protests, Eric Cantor announced that he would deliver a speech on inequality at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia arm of the OWS protests, Occupy Philadelphia, planned to march to the site. Then Cantor learned that the first 300 members of the public to show up [...]

The New Gilded Age: Protesters Roughed Up at Paul Ryan Pay-Per-View Town Hall

By: Thursday September 8, 2011 9:55 am

I probably should mention this arrest of several constituents at a Paul Ryan town hall event for having the audacity to ask questions about jobs. Let’s briefly set the scene of this event. You had to pay $15 to get into it, an perversion of the Constitutional right to petition the government for redress of [...]

American Dream Movement Generates Over 400 Protests Across the Country in August

By: Saturday September 3, 2011 9:21 am

Above you see the dog that didn’t bark on cable news. It’s a compilation of some of the 400 jobs protests from around the country in August. Thousands of people participated in the actions. If 2009 was any indication, it should have been an enormous story. As it is, you had to search for any [...]

Invisible Town Hall Revolution Gets Bigger and Bigger

By: Tuesday August 23, 2011 7:35 am

Chris Bowers notes a couple of my posts about the invisible town hall revolution, supplementing it with other examples of protests and progressive questioners at GOP town hall meetings from around the country. He writes: These actions are truly widespread. As such, it’s worth wondering why the media coverage has primarily been restricted to local [...]

Obama Lets Slip Plans for Chained CPI

By: Friday August 19, 2011 11:34 am

Jon Walker already mentioned this push by President Obama for changes to Medicare and Social Security in his town hall meetings in rural areas this week. It’s actually worse than that. Walker highlighted comments from the stump speech. Look closer at the question and answer session. Twice this week, the President was asked specifically about [...]

Invisible Town Hall Revolution Continues to Roll, With Real Impact on GOP

By: Friday August 19, 2011 10:52 am

We’re seeing more evidence today of the “Invisible Town Hall Revolution,” the pushback by ordinary Americans for progressive values like tax fairness, good jobs now and the social safety net. Freshman Rep. Randy Hultgren was cornered at one of his town halls by constituents who demanded taxes on the wealthy. This is great stuff: “We [...]

The Emergence of the $15 Town Hall Meeting

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 9:30 am

I’ve been writing about the invisible town hall revolution, where dozens of conservative members of Congress have been bombarded by ordinary citizens delivering progressive messages. This actually started after the passage of the Paul Ryan budget in the spring, and some members have figured out methods to deal with it. Some do only tele-town halls. [...]

Ordinary Americans Continue to Deliver Progressive Messages at Republican Town Hall Meetings

By: Friday August 12, 2011 2:10 pm

Two years ago, a concerted effort by a corporate-funded Tea Party movement to get conservatives out to town hall meetings changed the dynamic in Washington on health care reform and paved the way for the eventual House GOP takeover in the 2010 elections. In two separate work periods this year, ordinary citizens, with absolutely no [...]

Nationwide, Constituents Question Medicare-Destroying GOP Budget Proposal

By: Thursday April 28, 2011 6:15 am

Individual constituents, without the backing of a well-funded movement organization or cable network, continue to harass Republican House members who voted for the Paul Ryan budget at town hall meetings. This has reached a critical mass level, which if they were hyped by an aforementioned cable network you would know. Here’s just a sampling. Rick [...]

Angry Town Halls Continue to Dog House Republican Supporters of the Ryan Budget

By: Wednesday April 27, 2011 10:38 am

  If Republicans aren’t starting to get the impression that they severely miscalculated by passing the Ryan budget, the media has come around to noticing. Witness this story from the paper of record. In central Florida, a Congressional town meeting erupted into near chaos on Tuesday as attendees accused a Republican lawmaker of trying to [...]

Republican Barletta Faces Angry Senior at Town Hall

By: Thursday April 21, 2011 11:37 am

Another Republican’s town hall meeting has been disrupted by an angry senior opposed to the GOP vote to end Medicare (Politifact notwithstanding). Reminiscent of the August 2009 town halls when members of Congress faced angry constituents over health care reforms, a public forum in Carbon County with Rep. Lou Barletta Wednesday night provided a glimpse [...]

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