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Old 03-02-2008, 09:09 AM   #1
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GOOOH stands for 'Get Out of Our House' and is pronounced like the word 'go'. It is a NON-PARTISAN plan to evict the 435 career politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives and replace them with everyday Americans just like you.

GOOOH enables you to do four things you can't do today:

1. Run for Congress without raising millions of dollars
2. Truly participate in the selection of your Congressman
3. Replace career politicians with true representatives who will be held accountable
4. Eliminate the influence of special interest groups in the election process

The GOOOH process allows Americans of every political leaning to nominate themselves or someone they know to run for Congress. Through GOOOH's Candidate Selection Sessions you and your peers will select the candidate in your district who best represents your district's views. Even if you do not wish to become your district's representative you will want to participate in the process and have a direct say in who is chose to represent your district. GOOOH will fund a national campaign for the 435 candidates (one from each district) who will run against the party politicians. Because GOOOH is a process for selecting representatives (not an agenda-based party platform) we expect a very liberal candidate to be selected in San Francisco and a very conservative one in Colorado Springs -- but it will be up to the GOOOH members in each district to decide.

The most controversial part of GOOOH is that the founder, Tim Cox, has proposed excluding politicians, actively prosecuting lawyers, and individuals with family assets over $11.5 million (250 times the median income) from the process. They are excluded not because they are bad people, but because they are overly represented in government today and, generally speaking, no longer seem to represent the common man. It is not proposed that they be excluded from the two parties or from running as independents, just that they not be allowed to participate in this system initially, while we try to restore more balance to our House. Mr. Cox understands his view may be incorrect, and that excluding anyone may be the wrong approach, but he felt compelled to start with what he thought was the best way to effect the needed change, not what was politically correct. With this in mind, the members of GOOOH will ultimately be asked to vote and decide if anyone should be excluded or if we should allow each pool of ten to determine for themselves how they want to vote. There is a great debate going on in our forums on this topic, and you are invited to weigh in.

We hope you will join GOOOH today and help us take our House back from the politicians!
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Old 03-02-2008, 09:11 AM   #2
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Members will have until some time in March to declare their candidacy by completing the six Candidate Selection Session registration steps. Once the deadline has been reached, all candidates will follow the process summarized below, with one person in each of the 435 congressional districts ultimately bubbling to the top of the system as their district's nominee.

1. Candidates will be randomly assigned into pools of 10 participants within their congressional district. There will be as many pools as are needed in each district.
2. Pools will meet simultaneously at predetermined locations across the country on consecutive Saturday mornings. Sessions start at 9 AM and will last approximately 5 hours.
3. Each pool of participants will select two candidates to advance to the next round, via the GOOOH Selection Session process outlined in the book.
4. Advancing candidates will be randomly assigned into a new pool within their district. Steps 2 and 3 will repeat until there are only ten candidates remaining in each district.
5. If there are 1,250 participants, there will be four rounds. The actual number will be determined based upon the number of participants in each district. There will be a maximum of eight rounds, though four to six are more likely.
6. Before the final round, we are considering having the 4,350 finalists participate in a weekend retreat to ensure they fully understand how the final selection round will work and to ensure they are committed to representing their district if selected. Details will be determined as the time nears.
7. The final ten candidates in each of the districts will select a single nominee to represent their district.
8. The 435 nominees will be placed on the November ballot, in their respective districts, to compete against the Republican and Democratic politicians.
9. The campaign for each of the candidates will be orchestrated by the system, which will provide all necessary funding.
This is awesome! If this takes off it can do amazing things for our House.
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I think this is great idea in theory. I don't know how it would actually work but i like it.
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True, it's got a long road to success but I like the fact that it's becoming easier and easier for movements like these to exist and get exposure.
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