Kurt Schrader to hold online town hall at 6 p.m.

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Last night, Congressman Kurt Schrader announced on Twitter that he'll be "one of the first members to hold an online video town hall meeting."

He's doing it using a service called Visible Vote - a site dedicated to letting you "advise congress on how to vote on the major upcoming legislation, follow current events, understand your legislators' voting records and compare your voting preference to your legislators' voting history."

The live video town hall will take place at 6 p.m. It'll be accessible on the web, and via smartphones like iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.

Should be interesting. Check it out here. Anyone can watch. If you want to participate and ask questions of Congressman Schrader, you'll need to login via Facebook. I'd suggest doing that early, so technical glitches don't get in the way or slow you down.

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    Just as I got home last night, Scharder was on KGW, and I asked my girlfriend who was busy making dinner what Schrader has been talking about. She said she thought she heard him saying he would vote no on raising the debt ceiling.

    Can anyone confirm this?

    If so, he has lost a supporter and past donor.

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    I approve of social media town halls if they are in conjunction with, or in addition to, face-to-face meetings with constituents. My guess is that many elected officials will use them as a replacement, further insulating and isolating themselves from most voters. It is already evident that our Oregon delegation views their constituency as the folks who have the resources to swig wine on a hilltop in the afternoon, not people busting their hump to maintain decent living standards and definitely not the ever-increasing number of homeless and hopeless sleeping on the loading docks downtown.

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