As of January 2014 there are at least 30 “We the People” petitions that have crossed the 100K threshold for an official White House reply, but have not gotten one, including eight that have been queued up for more than a year. Unanswered petitions have been waiting nearly ten months on average for a reply, according to a Nextgov analysis.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday January 9, 2013 8:44 am|
The White House’s “We the People” petition site could have potentially been an interesting method for two-way communication between voters and the administration. Sadly the administration’s response to most petitions has rarely been anything more than to recycle old talking points.
|By: rosalind Saturday December 22, 2012 4:00 pm|
May We retake our rightful place and right our Republic before Keeping America Safe kills our rights once and for all!
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 31, 2011 12:15 pm|
The Obama Administration promised a formal response to on-line petitions that got enough signatures, and highly popular marijuana legalization petitions got more than enough. The White House response is dismissive and insulting to those who signed the petitions.
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 26, 2011 2:40 pm|
Past Presidents and political campaigns found they could often ignore the public’s desire for marijuana policy reform, party because of bipartisan support for the War on Drugs. But the growth of the internet means that now the issue simply will not go away.
Every time the Obama administration gives Americans the ability to use the internet to indicate what policies they want to be debated more, the issue of marijuana reform has dominated.