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Sunday spin: Inslee enters Twitter universe

OLYMPIA – It is impossible these days to criticize any experiment to merge politics with social media without sounding like a 21st Century Luddite, or at least some cranky octogenarian telling teenagers to turn down their music and get off the lawn.

Social media, after all, fueled the fire of the Arab spring and Tahrir Square. It eats dead-tree journalism for breakfast then orders a pumpkin spice latte to clear that “past its expiration date” taste out of the mouth.

So it is with some trepidation that I say the governor’s recent Twitter Town Hall was a bit underwhelming, at least from the standpoint of connecting state government and large segments of the population that don’t have regular access to the machinery of governing. . .

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ResultsWA Town Hall: How tweet was it?

OLYMPIA — Gov Jay Inslee and about a dozen state officials tried to answer questions and get suggestions about improved state government over Twitter this morning.

At one point during the one-hour Twitter Town Hall, the topic, #ResultsWA was “trending” in Seattle, which for those not well versed in twitter-lingo means it was among the more popular topics in the city. And that, spokeswoman Jaime Smith said, was “pretty damn cool”.

Just how cool, or how effective, might be hard to quantify.

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Inslee tweeting Town Hall on improving government

OLYMPIA — If you have an idea to improve state government that you're just dying to tell Gov. Jay Inslee about, you might get your chance this morning.

If you have a Twitter account, and can keep it to 140 characters.

Fresh of his more conventional press conference Tuesday for Results Washington, his plan to make state government more efficient, Inslee is hosting aone-hour Twitter Town Hall on improving government starting at 10 a.m.

People can tweet their questions to Inslee and his management team, who will try to answer them. But wait, you might be saying, what about answers to those questions that require more than the 140 character limit on Twitter? (Which is to say, almost anything of substance.)

They'll be answered more fully on the results.wa.gov website next week.

To participate, or even just to watch, follow @GovInslee. Questions should have a #ResultsWA .

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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