Citizen Journalist Interview Questions

This is what has been compiled so far.

Are there any issues that are unique to your district that the rest of the state should know about? What can we do to bring more attention to these issues?

In national polls voters are ranking the economy, the war in Iraq and illegal immigration as the issues that concern them the most. How do these issues rank in your district and how do your constituents feel about each of them?

Huge bank of questions below the fold...

A question suitable for the first CD is regarding the Outlying Landing Field.....Where does the Navy stand with the outlying landing field? What can we do to help?

Thomas Brock said,
The environment and adding the question asked previously,
What will you do to make NC a leader in in the effort to slow global warming?

Thomas Brock said, Various levels of government are exploring the possibilities of off-shore drilling for oil and natural gas within 100 miles of the Atlantic Coast. How do you (and your constituents) feel about this? Will you support drilling near the NC coast?

Screwy Hoolie said,

How do you differ from your opponent?

What experiences make you suitable for the job?

Where do you stand on Net Neutrality?

How can NC recover jobs when globalization is the ruling trend? How is this stance different from your opponent's stance?

What would be your top priority if you're elected?

Anglico said,
As long as we allow candidates to also add what they consider to be priority issues.

Question: Do you support a woman's right to choose to have an abortion or are you in favor of making abortion illegal?

Thomas Brock said,
We should throw the whole 'values agenda' on the list, I think...
Same-sex marriage, flag burning, campaign finance and ethics reform.

working for change said,

but frame it like
"How do you prioritize 'values issues' such as same-sex marriage, flag burning and the pledge of allegiance on your agenda in comparison to critical issues such as the economy, the environment, the war..."

Robert Peterson said,
What is a greater threat to the moral fiber of our country
gay marriage or homeless and starving children?
Do you support a NC Constitutional Amendment to insure that all children have a home?

RaleighRob said,
There's a huge lack of smart growth.Although this is somewhat of a state-wide issue, it's usually the local governments' fault.

The following are questions posed by Anglico in his interview of David Price:

What's it like being in the minority party with George Bush in the White House?

You've been in politics a long time. Have you ever seen a more corrupt and incompetent government than we have right now?

A recent report shows you're holding down the progressive front in North Carolina, along with Mel Watt. How do you respond to 4th District voters who want you to be more aggressive?

What's your position on impeaching George Bush? Would you vote for impeachment given the opportunity?

How do you see other races in NC? Do you think we can pick up a few seats?

What are your top policy priorities going into next Congress?

What's the most effective way for citizens to support you in pursuing progressive agenda?

http://www.bluenc.com/priceinterview

Here are questions Lance used in his interview with Larry Kissell. They are specific to the Kissell campaign, but names can be changed where appropriate.

BlueNC: What's a nice guy like you doing in politics?

BlueNC: What are you hearing from voters about the need for a change in Washington?

BlueNC: What will you want to accomplish in your first term in Congress?

BlueNC: The withdrawal of Democrat Tim Dunn creates some big opportunities for your campaign. What are your immediate plans?

BlueNC: What are the top three issues on which Robin Hayes is vulnerable?

BlueNC: I'm sure you've spent some time looking back to earlier Hayes campaigns. What has that research taught you to expect over the coming months?

BlueNC: You and your campaign staff have been active in the local blogosphere; what role will the blogs (and more generally, the internet) play in the Eighth Congressional District race?

This is a good bank of questions and I think we can add some specific issues as they come up.

Some need to be refined. I stink at framing questions, so please jump right in and help where you can.

How many should we narrow it down to and which ones should be included?

Comments

Which are your favorites?

List them....



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Thanks Screwy

I can't remember one about the mega landfills being on there....will go back and add. We should probably make sure that is in for the state reps/sens in the appropriate areas.



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Thanks Southern Dem. Good stuff.

These are great questions and I hope folks will use them - not just for their interviews here at BlueNC, but also for conversations with people who aren't yet thinking about politics.

For my own part, here's how I'm planning to them together for the State Legislature candidates I'm talking to:

What issues are you personally most concerned about going into the fall elections? What would be your top priority if you're (re)elected?

Do you support drilling of the coast of North Carolina for oil and natural gas? Share your thoughts about the role NC should take in the effort to address global climate change.

Where do you stand on the issue of Internet Neutrality?

Do you support a woman's right to choose to have an abortion or are you in favor of making abortion illegal?

What do you think of all the action recently about such issues as the pledge of allegiance and flag desecration. Do you support amending the state constitution to address these issues?

Where do you stand on gay marriage?

How would you rate the performance of the 2006 legislative session? What didn't get done that should have been done?

Why do you think the legislature has had such a hard time coming to grips with lobbying and election reform?

Do you think corporations should have the same rights as individual citizens?

Would you support a complete ban on all corporate contributions to candidates running for office in North Carolina?

Congressional candidates will need a whole set of different questions, maybe more similar to the ones we asked David Price. I'll jump on those later.

Query approach

I don't know if this will work or not, but this is the kind of inquiry I'm going to use:
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Hi.

I am a writer at www.bluenc.com. Over the next 100 days, we're featuring web interviews with progressive leaders in North Carolina. I'd like to interview Congressman Butterfield.

David Price has already been kind enough to be interviewed, as have Larry Kissell and Roger Sharpe.

Our process is simple. I'll write seven to ten questions for you to respond to by email. Then I'll post your responses exactly as written ... with commentary if I'm compelled. And then nearly 1000 North Carolina progressives, journalists and elected officials will see the interview and learn about the Congressman.

This would be an easy way to get your feet wet in the blogosphere. Let me know if you're interested. Thanks.

Sounds good...

I decided to overwhelm the folks I'm interviewing. I sent an email outlining our project and just sent the interview right along with it. I have contacted Holloman, Hunter and Spear for day 1 or 2. I figure they might be able to respond more quickly than Rep. Butterfield, so we can put him in the mix whenever you hear back.

I sent links to Price, Kissell and Sharpe and let them know that Miller and Kissell were already blogging here. I'm on the laptop, but I'll send you my email if you want to see it. It's long and probably big time overkill....oh well. I never use one word when 10 will do. :)



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Here's my email to Senator Holloman

Dear Senator Holloman,

I am (my real name). I write as The Southern Dem at BlueNC.com, DailyKos and MyDD. At BlueNC we are working on a project that when complete, will make interviews with every Democratic candidate for NC Senate, NC House and the US House available for our readers.

If you aren't familiar with BlueNC.com, we are an online political journal and blog community that promotes progressive candidates running for office in North Carolina. We also discuss issues and current events.

We will be starting off next week highlighting all candidates that fall within the 1st Congressional District. Each Democratic candidate for NC Senate will be highlighted on a separate day of the week. The candidates for NC House that fall within that senate district will be highlighted on that same day as well. We are sending a calendar to the county parties in each area as well as the NCDP so that supporters can stop in to bring fresh views to our discussions.

Our site allows for anonymous comments. Registration is free and we encourage community participation. You are welcome to join and blog anytime you wish. Brad Miller and Larry Kissell already blog at BlueNC. It's a great way to build interest in issues that are important to your constituents and to inform us about issues that should be important to the rest of us, as well.

I have included a list of questions below. If you are able to answer them and return them by Monday July 31st, the interview will be included in my post about your race. If you aren't able to complete it, but would like for me to indicate to our readers that it will be on its way at a later date, simply let me know. If you do not wish to complete it at all, please let me know and I will do my very best to write a piece that does your service to our community justice without the interview.

Here are some examples of posts that have been completed in the past and one that is on the front page today.
http://www.bluenc.com/node/3100 (Interview with Roger Sharpe)
http://www.bluenc.com/priceinterview (Interview with David Price)
http://www.bluenc.com/kissellinterview (Interview with Larry Kissell)

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincere regards,

My real name/The Southern Dem
my email address
my phone number

Interview Questions (Please copy and paste these into an email along with your answers.)

1. What issues are you personally most concerned about going into the fall elections? What will be your top priority if you're reelected?

2. Do you support drilling off the coast of North Carolina for oil and natural gas?

3. Do you support a woman's right to choose to have an abortion or are you in favor of making abortion illegal?

4. What do you think of all the action recently about such issues as the pledge of allegiance and flag desecration. Do you support amending the state constitution to address these issues?

5. Where do you stand on gay marriage?

6. How would you rate the performance of the 2006 legislative session? What didn't get done that should have been done?

7. Why do you think the legislature has had such a hard time coming to grips with lobbying and election reform?

8. What is your stance on the mega-landfills that have been proposed in North Carolina and that some communities seem prepared to rely on for revenue?

9. How can North Carolina recover jobs when globalization is the ruling trend? How is this stance different from your opponent's stance?

10. What will you do to make North Carolina a leader in the effort to slow global warming?

11. Where does the Navy stand with the building of the outlying landing field? What can we do to help bring attention to this issue?

Thank you again for your time and consideration.



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Damn you're good.

Can I be you when I grow up?

Purty pleeeezzze?

Right.....and which brilliant person

wrote most of the interview questions....

But, A....don't ever grow up. I'm not going to and you shouldn't either.



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I added an "if you were a tree" question to the end of my list:

"If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about North Carolina, what change would you make? If you could use that same wand to ensure that one thing about North Carolina never changes, what would you protect?"

I like that, Lance

I want a magic wand.

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Sorry, I only have enough for the candidates

But I've got a warehouse full of frogs that turn into a fence when you kiss them (the result of a garbled fax to majikrap wholesalers). It turns out there's something most unappealing about frog fences. I won't go into the details here.

Oh, I needed that laugh!

So....can I have a fence?

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The hex's in the mail

Now I have to stop with the bad jokes pursuant to a court order.

As I see it, the priority

As I see it, the priority should be the question of the war. It’s not human what
s going on right now and we should all first think about that before we raise discussions over same sex marriages which didn’t kill anybody as far as I know.
Ada Marriage Counselors

I think timada

is a robot.