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'Get Out of Our House' movement comes to Raleigh

Posted February 20, 2010
Updated February 21, 2010

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— GOOOH, a non-partisan group, made a push for political change Saturday evening at the convention center in downtown Raleigh.

Members of GOOOH, or Get Out of Our House, launched a petition drive in order to get their candidates listed on North Carolina ballots in the November general election.

The group wants to replace all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, starting with the upcoming 2010 election.

Speakers said the GOOOH system does not favor a particular political party or career politicians, but wants to elect people who best represents their district.

Saturday's GOOOH meeting aimed to draw in prospective members by holding a mock candidate session, which demonstrated how citizens would directly participate in the selection of political candidates.

Tim Cox, the group's founder, also spoke at the session.

GOOOH needs 86,000 confirmed signatures to be listed as a third party on North Carolina ballots this fall.

Gaining status as a third party would get all of the group's candidates automatically listed on the ballot. Without that status, GOOOH candidates would have to do separate signature drives in each district.

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  • oleguy Feb 22, 2010

    Re Elect No One,, This I believe,:Term Limits, 2 Terms at most,,, Do away with life time retirement pay,,, We the people have been sitting back and doing nothing. Well we all are going to have to pay for it, or at least our grandchildren. I am teaching mine A 4, and 3 year old how to live and grow what they need to survive. Its going to get worse, We have not seen the bottom yet. Re Elect No One

  • clayt85 Feb 22, 2010

    "simply replace liberal socialists with a new liberal socialists will not resolve the problems of excessive government"

    Did you even read the article? And can you even define socialism?

  • elcid liked Ike Feb 22, 2010

    "ElCid - I believe less than 30 people showed up. They even delayed the start to allow for more people - but no one else!"

    I suspected as much. If a crowd had been there, you know who would have been crowing about it from the rooftops. Instead, silence. That tells me all I needed to know. :-D

  • elcid liked Ike Feb 22, 2010

    "Or Vote for Charlie Brown (the blockhead from Peanuts) because I think he can do a better job then any politicion out there!"

    You might want to ask ECU for a refund.

  • endless Feb 22, 2010

    ElCid - I believe less than 30 people showed up. They even delayed the start to allow for more people - but no one else!

  • donewithecu Feb 22, 2010

    Or Vote for Charlie Brown (the blockhead from Peanuts) because I think he can do a better job then any politicion out there!

  • whatusay Feb 22, 2010

    We need a constitutional ammendment for term limits. Two terms and you are out. Or, our congressmen/women could be paid with commissions. A percentage of the amount left over at the end of the year after the budget is balanced would be their salary. No balanced budget, no pay. Also, no laws shall be forced on the citizens that do not apply to congress, and no laws shall be made for congress that do not apply to citizens. That alone would fix SS.

  • elcid liked Ike Feb 22, 2010

    "so much that some start fund raising for their next campaign as soon as they are elected."

    I think it probably safe to say that the overriding focus of all of them, from the day they get elected, is raising enough money to get reelected. The system as it exists ensures that they largely have no other choice.

    And it follows that a large part of that is delivering on the expectations of the folks that wrote the checks the last time around. After all, do we really think all these elected officials are going to go out and find a whole new donor pool after they anger the last one by not fulfilling the quid pro quo implied in the donations?

    Least of all now that the pool just got unlimited and unregulated. We've turned a bad situation with at least a minimal degree of control into a free for all, and the spending in November will quite readily attest to that. Get ready for campaign spending like you've never seen before.

    And the quid pro quos that come with it.

  • Bendal1 Feb 22, 2010

    Politicians are the bought and paid for by the companies and "special interest groups" that funnel the big bucks into their campaigns. Campaign advertisement costs are the biggest expense for any politician, so much that some start fund raising for their next campaign as soon as they are elected.

    That has to stop somehow. This country is run by those who can afford the immense campaign costs, and they end up beholden to those that give them the money.

  • Garnerwolf1 Feb 22, 2010

    Or, do what I do. NEVER vote for an incumbent.

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