Personal Democracy Plus Our premium content network. LEARN MORE You are not logged in. LOG IN NOW >

You Can Rahm But You Can't Hide

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, October 1 2010

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a group we really oughta do a profile on soon, is using a concept it helped define as a cudgel against Rahm Emanuel in the context of Chicago's mayoral race before his seat in the White House is even cold. The PCCC is circulating a petition reading, "I will not support Rahm Emanuel in any future election for Congress, Mayor of Chicago, Governor, or other office. He sold us out on the public option and is a weak Democrat."

Note that the petition doesn't bother to mention the public option of what. This could be an addendum to that last post, perhaps, on the salience of naming and the enduring definition of the "public option."

How effective such a thing might be amongst Chicago voters, whom Emanuel hopes will make him their next mayor, is an open question. But the digital age gives activists a new set of tools to, as NBC Chicago's Edward McClelland points out, inject national concepts into local races. (As evidenced by the fact that NBC's local Chicago affiliate is writing about the petition in the first place.)

One imagines that geo-targeted anti-Rahm Google ads are in the pipeline.

News Briefs

RSS Feed thursday >

NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications plans to publish more than double the amount of datasets this year than it published to the portal last year, new Commissioner Anne Roest wrote last week in an annual report mandated by the city's open data law, with 135 datasets scheduled to be released this year, and almost 100 more to come in 2015. But as preparations are underway for City Council open data oversight hearings in the fall, what matters more to advocates than the absolute number of the datasets is their quality. GO

Civic Tech and Engagement: Announcing a New Series on What Makes it "Thick"

Announcing a new series of feature articles that we will be publishing over the next several months, thanks to the support of the Rita Allen Foundation. Our focus is on digitally-enabled civic engagement, and in particular, how and under what conditions "thick" digital civic engagement occurs. What we're after is answers to this question: When does a tech tool or platform enable actual people to make ongoing and significant contributions to each other, to a place or cause, at a scale that produces demonstrable change? GO

More