In 2008: Moving Forward

So, lets get the drafting of candidates moving.

President: We wont get much of a choice here, other than to be a strong voice on KOS for a candidate who wont treat the south like a wasteland (cough kerry cough)
Senate: We must beat Dole. Lets get the draft Hunt website up ASAP please.
House: We must have good strong candidates in every district where there is a Republican incumbent.
Governor: Moore vs Perdue. They both want it. I doubt either will back down. What we need to do is make sure their money is used to turn North Carolina as blue as possible, and is not used to beat each other up.
Council of State: There are some people that are going to need to be replaced (like Moore and Perdue). There are others that need to go down in defeat (like Berry). Lets get on that. Its my opinion that these "down ballot" council of state races can do a lot to help GOTV in key contested local races.
NC Senate and House: I want us to find a candidate in EVERY SINGLE DISTRICT. Local Dems doing GOTV in every area is the true key to electing Dems statewide.

So, we have about 6 months to a year to get going on the US house and about 6 months to get going on the Senate race, with another year to get going on the other stuff. January 1, 2008 we need to wake up knowing that we will contest every race in North Carolina.

What's your pet cause? Your pet candidate? Who do you know that could run for something?

PS- dont ignore city council and stuff, those races are huge for getting progressive dems elected instead of dems in name only.

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My "pet causes..."

The two issues I feel most strongly about are poverty and racism. With that in mind, my first choice for Presidential candidate is John Edwards (more on him later).

Furthermore, I feel it's critical to empower ALL of our voters.I am on a planning committee of a large Absentee voting project. We intend to also incorporate voter registration drives so we can help ensure that every single Democrat in NC gets registered and casts their vote!

We are targetting primarily elderly and low income voters who need a bit more assistance with votere registration and casting their vote. (Due to liability issues with "Rides to the Polls," we are shifting our focus on to Absentee voting).

I'll be posting more on this effort in coming months and I look forward hearing more about what other BlueNCers get organized, such as Robert's 100 County Strategy.

It's our time now!

every seat.

I think that BlueNC becomes the home to the 100 counties movement in much the same way that MyDD did to the 50-state project. Again, I've been working on a three or four post series on this for next week after things calm down (with me). After that, I think it is a matter of hashing out ideas and getting someone to listen...Jerry?

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

For those who didn't see this comment, here is a peak at what

a 100 counties strategy could mean, more next week.

to give a little preview of the 100 counties strategy, this falls under the "Atkinson Effect" heading.
8th Congressional District State Legislature Races:

NC STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 083 (Cabarrus County)
Name on Ballot Party Ballot Count
Linda P. Johnson REP 10,868
No Democrat.

NC STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 082 (Cabarrus County)
Name on Ballot Party Ballot Count
Jeff Barnhart REP 11,211
No Democrat.

NC STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 068 (Union County)
Name on Ballot Party Ballot Count
Curtis Blackwood REP 16,759
No Democrat.

NC STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 067 (Union County)
Name on Ballot Party Ballot Count
David Almond REP 13,732
No Democrat.

NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 35 (Mecklenburg, Union)
Name on Ballot Party Ballot Count
W. Edward (Eddie) Goodall, Jr. REP 29,143
No Democrat.

NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 29 (Montgomery, Randolph)
Name on Ballot Party Ballot Count
Jerry W. Tillman REP 23,748
No Democrat.

Now, let's assume we run a 100 Counties strategy and get someone in every race. Even if it is just "some social studies teacher". That person gets their family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, precinct, Moose, Elks, gun club, racing team to turn out to vote. Let's say each candidate gets 1000 extra people to vote through their organization and outreach and personal connnections (all of which will be organized through a cohesive, online database).

How would 6000 Democrats voting in this election influence the results? How about if they only turned out 500 voters, how would 3000 votes effect the Kissell election? The Dole election? The Perdue election? The Presidential election?

I'm going to be digging into numbers for my 100 Counties posts to determine the turnout in counties with all races filled and in those with no races filled.
CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

huge task

That is a huge task but is definetly worth the effort in case anyone is not convinced. I can guaran-damn-tee that even a county commission candidate who has a real shot in a small county can turnout enough Dems to justify the strategy, let alone contested state house and state senate races.

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"Keep the Faith"

There is more to it than I've hinted.

Online organizing with cutting edge technology and centralized, Democratic hardware will be absolutely essential. It can change the legislature from "for the people" to "by the people".

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Love the sound of this!

We had two Johnston GOP Legislators who sailed back into office after a resounding defeat of Mr. Narry Nobody. We had two Republican county commissioners who sailed back into office after a resounding defeat of Mr. Narry Nobody.

Mr. Narry Nobody loses EVERY dang election -- every one! I don't know why we keep letting him run down here. :\

Another factor for "challenge every seat: It is IMPOSSIBLE to get Dems excited about going to vote when the ballot doesn't have many people that they can actually go and vote for.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Thomas, I hope you are considering running for office.

But, if you mean organizing, then your on! Your skills (from what I've seen at brocknet) will be very helpful. Of course, this isn't something I want to do without the party, but more later.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

We certainly can

Just look at the map that you guys put together. We have a large chunk of the state covered.

No matter what people believed in the past, this election is proof of the 50 state strategy. If we continue advocating for a 100 county strategy we will get our way.

Be the change you wish to see

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"Keep the Faith"

I agree!

It's doable and working on building up the NC Dem party (through candidates and voters) is something I think a lot of people will be interested in. Jerry Meek seems very supportive of the netroots so there is potential to collaborate with the official party and/or support their efforts.

This type of effort is so much more appealing than investing time and energy into a negative, smear campaign, ala Vermin style. uggh...

I'm looking forward to hearing more about this, Robert!

Field operations at the county level

If we want great state house and senate candidates who are not completely tied in to the Raleigh caucus folks (or other big "donors"), we have to have strong field operations at the county level.

I want my reps to owe me and my neighbors, not some outsiders. And strong county field operations (think Watauga, Polk, Ashe and Haywood!!!) not only get themselves more power in Raleigh, they sweep in amazing local candidates who never before had a chance.

So I pledge to work at the county level to develop strong field ops in the two most promising counties in my area.
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

Moore County needs help and I'm

willing to do what needs doing, but where to start? How do I do it? What do I do? We had more dems in this race than we've had in a while and they all lost. The party here is small and elderly. They're a great bunch but....
Lcloud and hubby are the youngest I think, and are good members, but they are the exception. NEED HELP

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

One way to start is called "strategic planning"

Years ago, as state party vice chair, Jerry Meek came up with a manual for county parties to do what he labelled strategic planning.

Some county parties have found amazing success, even though outnumbered (hello Watauga), without that mildly formal process. But I lived in Polk County several years ago when they decided to follow Jerry's plan. Jerry even came to a couple of the meetings.

Anyway, check out their numbers from yesterday. For the first time in god knows how long, after never winning any race at all, they won EVERYTHING.

Other counties, like Watauga, have done something similar without following any guidelines. They just had a small group of strong leaders that took over several cycles ago. But the strategic planing process gives you a blueprint and an effective, proven process.

The process worked so well there that four years after the person who initiated it is gone -- the plans he left behind (that were in their infancy) continued on and blossomed dramatically and organically without him.

If you're interested, I'd be glad to talk to you in more detail. Feel free to email me or you can contact the state party (maybe after they've had a little rest). Either State Chair Jerry Meek himself, or your region (is Moore in the central or East?) has what they call a political director that can help you.

I'm high on the planning because after living in Polk for 9 years in the 90s, I am absolutely stunned with how quickly they turned it around. Kudos to all you folks in Polk. You know who you are. Wooo hoooo!!!!!
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

a few ideas

Some fairly fruitful subgroups:
50-70 year olds who vote in every election
20-25 year olds who have voted in a primary
high school students, especially ones with Democratic parents who volunteer work to graduate

What dramaqueen said is right. If you can get people out knocking on doors who are volunteers then the people they get elected will be beholden to them. And who here would be upset if more elected officials were beholden to local volunteers instead of local or non-local donors?

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"Keep the Faith"

I don' t know but he sure needs help

on the video end. Maybe he should get on YouTube and hire WNCNN. They must be available now, don't you think?
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

but

Didnt Charles Taylor buy them and sell them to Russia?

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