I was recently involved in a public driven initiative that got voted through today by a very slim margin. I was an active campeigner in the initiative that is pretty socialist in my oppinion ( i was working with the democratic party). May ballots in my area usually yield less than 12,000 voters (about 7% of the voting population). This was chosen on purpose because republicans usually stay home during the May ballot. We went door to door, asking people questions, based on those questions we could predict with an 85% percent confidence level of which way they would vote. We then sent them pre-voting ballots weekly until they voted. Interestingly, people over the age of 60 were almost 100% against this initiative and so there were active campaigns to blur the issues in this demographic. Other shinanagans took place as well. A lot of these tactics were interesting to say the least. I learned an awful lot about how the democratic party works. Ive never worked for the republicans, but it would be interesting to compare the two at some point as i am sure they are no saints either. But all in all, I expect this type of crap from political parties.
Here is the part I found very disturbing however: THe Media Bias
My area has one newspaper. The owner of the newspaper happened to heavily supported the initiative. So for almost 9 months there was not a single negative article printed. At times there would be up to four articles in the newspaper, all pro. Not two days passed without some article being printed about how wonderful this would be. These were being written by "journalists", who were supposed to be taking no sides. Had I not been so heavily involved, I probably would never have noticed. The newspaper never once stated its bias by saying they are in support of this initiative, thereby maintaining the illusion of impartiality. We always talk about media bias, simply stating yeah we know its there, but to actually witness it left me ill. Even though the news paper was on my side, I found the entire thing very alarming.