A speech last week forecasting future Congressional action devolved into discussion as to whether Ripon’s congressman will hold a town hall.
Michael Crespin, associate professor of political science at the University of Oklahoma, was discussing the work of the 115th Congress when he observed that the recent election has resulted in a “huge increase in citizen participation, which is fantastic.”
He likened the degree to which people have tried to communicate with their congressional representatives to the rise of the Tea Party, when citizens “showed up at members’ offices and members listened.”
That also led, then and now, to some raucous town-hall meetings, Crespin said. “We saw over President’s Day break that some representatives have decided not to hold any in-person meetings.”
He noted that while Ripon’s representative, Glenn Grothman, R-Glenbeulah, was on the Ripon College campus that very day, some members have shied away from in-person encounters, preferring phone-in meetings where calls are screened. ...
Ripon College Politics and Government Professor Henrik Schatzinger said Grothman assured him last week that he will be holding in-person town halls.
“My first question [to him] was, ‘Once we have proposals for health-care reform, for tax reform, are you going to hold public forums where people can provide feedback?’ And he said, ‘Absolutely,’” Schatzinger said.
Read more in the March 2, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.