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Weekend town halls

OLYMPIA -- Some of your legislators could be appearing at an event near you this weekend.

Spin Control: Gov. Jay Inslee’s Twitter town hall a bust

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.

Eye on Boise: Sens. Crapo, Risch to host online town halls

Both of Idaho’s U.S. senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, have scheduled “tele-town hall” meetings in the coming week. Risch’s will be on Monday, and Crapo’s on Wednesday, both starting at 6 p.m. Pacific time. Any Idahoan can participate but needs to sign up online in advance.

Legislators invite public interaction

OLYMPIA – With the legislative session a little more than halfway through, many Washington residents might have a question or two for their state senator or representatives. Some might have lots of questions.

Town hall meetings Saturday

There’s a break in the Washington legislative action this weekend, so several Spokane-area senators and representatives will be back in their home districts to hold town hall meetings. The break comes from the Legislature passing a major deadline for voting bills out of one chamber, and not yet reaching a key point in crafting the next biennium’s budget, which is the state economic forecast that comes out March 17.

Town hall talk often leaves constituents in the dark

Town hall meetings are under the microscope this August as some members of Congress find hostile constituents waiting on their return from Washington, D.C. Liberals and conservatives argue whether the town halls represent the general public mood or ginned-up outrage. In truth, they may be a little of both. Town halls are many things: participatory democracy, political theater and off-season campaigning.

Obama talks up his budget plan at Web event

President Barack Obama kicked off a first-of-its-kind Internet-era town hall at the White House on Thursday, pushing hard for public support of his $3.6 trillion budget and asking people to be patient with work his administration is doing to revive the tottering economy.