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2012 House race: Won't accept any campaign contributions

Hardy must gather the signatures of 3,740 registered Wyoming voters to get on the 2012 general election ballot. Hardy said he doesn't intend to accept any campaign contributions. He said he probably will formally declare his candidacy at a news conference in a couple of weeks
Source: Casper Star-Tribune on 2012 Texas House campaign , Mar 30, 2012

US needs participatory--not just representative--democracy

In Venezuela, conversations about the constitution are everyday occurrences. In my opinion, two words are at the heart of the document: "participatory democracy."

From the time I was old enough to vote, I voted in every election. That is REPRESENTATIVE democracy. What we have in Venezuela is PARTICIPATORY democracy.

I had always had the idea that democracy meant that we had the right to elect our representatives but that, once they had been elected, you had to live with them until the next election.

Participatory democracy means that citizens, in addition to having the right to hold their elected officials accountable throughout their tenure, also have the right to be involved in the governing process.

And, although it might be considered political heresy or blasphemy to some in the US, as nations revise and develop new constitutions I wonder if the time has not come for the US to do the same.

Source: Cowboy in Caracas, by Charles Hardy, p. 91-4 , Apr 1, 2007

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