From the Tuesday’s edition of the Argus Leader:
The once-in-a-decade process of redrawing legislative districts can be an eye-glazer, and officials are trying to figure out how to make it cool – or at least interesting to everyday residents.
As with legislative issues, (Sen Deb) Peters still is looking for a creative way to get voters interested in redistricting.
“I’ve been doing politics for seven years. I have not yet found one answer to get the public involved,” she said.
After reading the story I went to my group of non-political junkies types and got their opinion. Their reaction was, “Politics is boring.” They would rather talk about the weather, watching grass grow maybe even time how long it takes for paint to dry. Which is far more exciting than anything any politician has to say. Some of them have been saying the same thing over and over for a very long time. To liven up the discussion we bring in sports.
Maybe some sports will liven up politics, football anyone?
This is summer, maybe some Baseball?
What a catch!
There is nothing like that final full court shot at the buzzer
Be honest, while watching those clips where any of you thinking at all about politics?
Back in November, and again in March, I suggested on this very blog, that lawmakers at every level, should make an effort to reach out to the people they serve. Here are a couple of ideas for summer time.
- Have a Saturday morning pancake feed at the local park
- Throw a couple of racks of ribs on the grill and invite a half a dozen residents or so non-politico types over, for a potluck cook out. Pop the top on a couple of cold ones and listen what they have to say.
- Invite a couple of families to The Hartford Steak co. (or other local establishment) and do the same.
- Go door to door Friday / Saturday evenings. You did it during the campaign, and you listened, you can do it again.(not to mention it wouldn’t hurt come re-election time)
The people have things to say to our legislators and they want to be heard, maybe more than than our legislators want to hear them. They want to be involved in their community, they just need to be asked, in person.
Don’t expect them to get as excited as they do at a High School football game.