Senator Claire McCaskill (D) took the opportunity provided by the congressional break to schedule ten open public town halls in Missouri. The first five were scheduled for today. We attended four – at 8:30 a.m. in California, at 11:00 a.m. in Tipton, at 12:45 p.m. in Versailles, and at 2:30 p.m. Eldon. Each town hall lasted approximately one hour.
Tomorrow Senator McCaskill will hold five more town halls.
The format for these town halls was the same as past ones held by Senator McCakill. Anyone can submit a written question. An individual in the audience who volunteers that they “would probably never vote for” the senator is asked to randomly select the questions from a basket. That volunteer gets to ask the last question.
Not surprisingly, most of the questions were about health care. There didn’t appear to be any enthusiasm for Trumpcare cutting Medicaid and Medicare. And no enthusiasm for the massive tax cuts for the wealthy in the republican Trumpcare bills.
By our headcounts around fifty-five people attended in California, around forty in Tipton, around sixty-five in Versailles, and around eighty in Eldon.
There were a number of questions about veterans issues, student loan debt, infrastructure, the budget, and support for public education. There were a few questions about Donald Trump’s social media habit. “What can we do about it?” “Nothing.” There were questions about local concerns and constituent services.
Anyone wonder what Senator Roy Blunt (r) was doing today? Just asking.
What a difference eight years makes (April 13, 2017)