Tenacious town hall spirit is alive and well, says Colin Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring, the nonprofit publicpolicy group that is tracking how many lawmakers have pledged to actually read all 1,018 pages of heath care reform legislation (118 at this juncture). Now the organization is tracking public sentiment.
The group released a poll Sept. 29 that found 91 percent of Americans say that all nonemergency legislation should be posted on the Internet for at least 72 hours. Some 96 percent of Republicans, 94 percent of independents and 83 percent of Democrats agree.
“These new poll findings are further evidence that the town hall events over the summer and the massive Sept. 12 rally in Washington reflect a fundamental shift in the country,” Mr. Hanna tells Beltway. “More and more people — left, right and center — are agitating for increased transparency from their government as the new administration seeks to rapidly expand government’s role in their lives.”
The findings also reveal a disconnect between some lawmak-