UPDATED: Inslee Announces Town Hall Dates; Dicks to Speak at Invite-Only Event in PA

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee’s Kitsap town hall will be on the 29th of this month. The location is North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo in the gym. The time is 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, will attend a forum Friday put on by Clallam County Democrats, according to the Peninsula Daily News.

Meanwhile the Seattle Times reports the story about the baseball stadium town-hall meeting hosted by U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Lake Stevens.

13 thoughts on “UPDATED: Inslee Announces Town Hall Dates; Dicks to Speak at Invite-Only Event in PA

  1. An “invitation only health care forum” set up by the “Clallam County Democratic Party Central Committee” is hardly an opportunity for Representative Dicks to hear from a broad scope of constituents on the health care issue. He was elected to represent all members of the 6th Congressional District. I don’t expect him to always vote the way I want, but I do expect him to have the common courtesy to engage a broad spectrum of constituents instead of hiding in “private meetings” or “invitation only” photo ops.

    Rep. Dicks,

    I expected better of you, sir.

    Regards,
    Kathryn Simpson

  2. He may be afraid that anyone other than a Democrat will hurt him.
    I don’t like out of control mobs, myself,… they used to hang people, guilty or innocent.

    Perhaps no one here in Kitsap County invited him to speak…
    and again, I’ll ask, will the meeting be video taped?
    Sharon O’Hara

  3. The purpose of having a town hall meeting is so that he can hear from his constituents and his constituents can hear directly from him. “Perhaps no one invited him to speak…”??? He is a United States Congressman with a budget to schedule these sorts of meetings with his constituents. His office should be inviting the public to a town hall meeting, not waiting around for someone to invite him to speak.

    As for potentially being afraid that someone may hurt him, again, he is a United States Congressman. If he felt that doing his job would put him in danger, all his office would have to do is call the local sheriff’s office and request a strong presence at the town hall meeting.

    His attitude in this is one of arrogance. Not fear.

    Regards,
    Kathryn Simpson

  4. Mr. Dick has shown his true colors. He is no longer a representative of the people who voted him in, ONLY SPECIAL INTEREST & HEAVY HITTER DONORS!

    One thing I can say for Senator Spector is at least he’s not a coward. He has bravely faced his voters even after switching parties and knowing it was going to get tough. I’ll take 10 Spector’s before one more Dicks.

  5. This is ridiculous. The level of rancor on this topic has gotten way too high.

    Given the number of death threats against members of Congress (including one against Brian Baird, a member from this state), I can’t blame ANY member of Congress, from either party, from being a little concerned about meeting with constiuents face-to-face.

    Dave Reichert held a meeting yesterday in Bellevue. It was not open to the general public. Is Dave Reichert “arrogant”, or is that label only reserved for Democrats?

    Flatly stated, being concerned for one’s own life is NOT arrogance.

  6. Elliott,

    Dave Reichert held a live telephone Town Hall on health care earlier this week…

    http://reichert.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=141376

    Further, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Death threats are not new to members of Congress. It is an unfortunate part of being an elected official. I would imagine that there isn’t a congressman in this country that hasn’t received a death threat at least once.

    This issue is obviously stirring a lot of conversation amongst citizens. I’m extremely disappointed that Rep. Dicks doesn’t want to engage the public on this matter. I would be disappointed if he were a Republican and I would say so.

    Fear is not the reason Rep. Dicks is not meeting with the public. That is a red herring.

    Regards,
    Kathryn Simpson

  7. “Dave Reichert held a live telephone Town Hall on health care earlier this week…”

    Was Reichert “arrogant” for not meeting with his constituents face-to-face, or is that epithet only reserved for Democrats?

  8. Is Norm Dicks arrogant? I dont know him perrsonally so I cannot say. I do know that every single letter I write to him gets a well thought out reply, which is more than I can say for some of our state representatives who ignore constituent communications.

    Kathryn – Just so you know, name-calling is not the same thing as debate. Nor is spreading wild rumors that have no basis in fact. It can be an effective distraction, but it does not come close to informed, open-minded and thoughtful discussion that seeks tocorrectly identify issues of concern and look for workable solutions. I do not blame members of Congress who dont want to provide a forum for potenitally violent name-calling shoutfests. Such events make the news, but they do not advance the issue.

    And, Kathryn, threats and violence are not, as you say, “an unfortunate part of being an elected official”. They are illegal and immoral terrorist acts designed to stop participation in the political process. Incitement to violence is also illegal, and sadly, it has been poorly prosecuted in America and for that reason, well paid political shills are engaging in it as a means of lining their own pockets at the people’s expense. It is pathetic. It is disgusting. It is illegal. and it is entirely unacceptable in a civilized country.

  9. When did calling someone ‘arrogant’ rise to the level of ‘epithet’???

    Vinho,

    I did not condone threats against elected officials. I merely stated that anyone getting into politics understands that such happens and it should not stop them from conducting the responsibilities of their office.

    Btw, President Obama participated in a Town Hall today. I’m glad he isn’t afraid to engage the public.

    Regards,
    Kathryn Simpson

  10. “When did calling someone ‘arrogant’ rise to the level of ‘epithet’???

    Main Entry: ep·i·thet
    Pronunciation: \ˈe-pə-ˌthet also -thət\
    Function: noun
    A disparaging or abusive word or phrase
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epithet

    I repeat: Was Dave Reichert “arrogant” for not meeting with his constituents face-to-face, or is that epithet only reserved for Democrats?

  11. I’ll say it, both Rep. Reichert and Rep. Dicks should be meeting with the people.
    When I call Rep. Dicks’ office, they say that he is meeting with the people and they use Rotary Club meetings and Chamber of Commerce meeting as examples. Really? We deserve better than that.
    It seems like the congressman just keeps saying a town hall won’t be productive. Citizens who attended Rep. Larsen’s town hall thought it was productive.
    I hate to say it, but Norm is acting more and more like a career politician. Maybe it’s time for Norm to find a different job.

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