Progressive Democrats of NC Monday Night chat

Thank you all for your input on last week's successful Monday Night PDNC diary.

It was instructive to see the thoughts that emerged and Susan's comment cleared up some of the questions that were floating out there. I'll post her comment again in case you missed it.

Here is the information on the existing chapters for those of you who may be interested in PDNC

Progressive Democrats of Beaufort County
Pat Seibert

Progressive Democrats of Buncombe County
Susan Oehler

Guilford County Progressive Democrats
Mike Sprague

Wake County Progressive Democrats
Jesse Goslen
Christopher Lizak
(919) 233-9846

Cumberland, Forsyth
Nan Wolfe
Their website is terrific:

Charlie Wallin

New Hanover

New Chapter formed Beaufort County
Welcome aboard!

Another one forming in Mecklenburg County soon!

Others to watch: Ashe, Wilkes, Durham, Randolph

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Susan's comment

PDNC board rep weighs in
Submitted by celtway on Thu, 06/14/2007 - 11:08pm.

Yes, PDNC is 3 years old this month. In those three years we have evolved from separate entities as a “caucus” and PAC to an organization with one board. We are now officially a 501(c)4 with an affiliated PAC. This structure is both more flexible and efficient.

While PDNC has developed and grown more slowly than some would like, our development has been steady, constructive and guided with thoughtful consideration and intention.

We have accomplished modest though important work in our three years as an organization. We have conducted two candidate trainings (both well received and much appreciated); we have allocated PAC contributions to a number of progressive candidates across the state, many who also took our candidate training, and prevailed in their races, including Mayor Terry Bellamy of Asheville; we have increased the influence of progressives in the NC Democratic Party (NCDP), and have achieved a working and mutually respectful relationship with Chairman Meek; we have written, promoted, and helped to pass many progressive resolutions both through the S.E.C. and at county and district conventions; there is an increasing awareness of PDNC among NC legislators as we actively lobby for progressive policy (we recently co-sponsored the NCDP legislative reception in Raleigh); we were among the first to forcefully and publicly call for Jim Black to step down (see related oped by our policy chair, Chris Lizak, published by the Raleigh N&O, February 23, 2007, “Three steps to a cleaner legislature”); and we are in the process of building important alliances with various groups such as the NAACP (we are a partnering organization with the NAACP for HK on J’s Peoples Assembly). As we have developed, so our mission has been refined. We see ourselves as a political arm for issue advocates and organizations. Where non-profits must keep to education and advocacy, PDNC can help translate issues to policy proposals, legislative initiatives and lobbying efforts. A central goal remains to recruit and help elect progressive candidates to our county commissions, town councils and General Assembly.

We have been aware of the need to improve our communication and have made efforts to to this end. We have sent out several e-newsletters and legislative alerts in the past few months. And, yes, there is still room for improvement. That said...

We must note that all we have accomplished to date has been done with an all volunteer board that is composed of busy, working folk, some also with families, and on a shoe string budget. We are confident that our visibility, influence and effectiveness can and will grow in the coming months and years—but not without support of people like yourselves who visit and support BlueNC.

PDNC has recently launched an ambitious fundraising campaign with a goal if $50,000 by the end of 2007. With this money we plan, among other things, to hire a half time staff member which we need to become the political force we envision. Please spread the word about PDNC, and support our vision for a progressive NC by becoming a sustaining member, or by making a single generous contribution. You can become a member here:

PDNC has the potential to become a real force to be reckoned with in NC politics! Help make it so!

If you have questions or want to form a county chapter, contact Pete MacDowell, President, at or call him at 919-259-3140.

Susan Reed
Outreach Chair might want to go in and change the email addys

write at instead of @ and dot instead of . This will help keep them from getting picked up by spammers.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Thanks, done it.

I'm just a babe-in-the-woods about some stuff.

another little techie thing

Your banner covers up the left column so I can't see recent comments or recent blog posts. But I have no idea how you would fix it.

AND I'm so glad you're here. Great great stuff!!! Keep it coming.
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

DQ - can you expand your window?

In Safari, my window always opens narrow and I can expand it. The columns aren't fixed, so they will expand to accomodate the banner.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Well.....I do kinda have a monster screen

I'm sure I'd have the same problem on the laptop.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I'll do a litlle photoshopping

chopping on the banner. It is a bit wider than I thought and could use a snip.

Oh .....sorry...meant to say

Welcome all you progressive peoples!

It seems like just yesterday that you posted the PDNC chat.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Not square at all.

Bill Moyers is no Jon Stewart, but he gets the right questions asked. I loved the quote

"We try the power of persuasion but if that doesn't work, we use the persuasion of power."

Well All Right!

Monday Night Chat! Great Idea.

Here's hoping Susan Oehlert from Buncombe sees this thread. Hiya Susan! Let's have coffee!

scrutinyhooligans AT yahoo com


Progressive Democrats have some real opportunities to make inroads at this time. It's just a matter of reaching the people...

Scrutiny Hooligans -

If only I had a direct line to the 1500.

I think the last newsletter Susan sent said something about 1500 emails to send out. I wish I had a direct way of reminding everybody about Monday at BlueNC.

I've posted some additional chapters

since I got a reply from HQ, there are meetings in Watauga, New Hanover and soon, in Ashe, Wilkes, Durham and Randolph counties.


do you think we could start doing some candidate recruitment preaching at some of these meetings? For instance, Randolph was one of the counties where I think a good candidate could run a grassroots campaign and get an upset, but the only person I know who lives in that district is Larry Kissell.

I think some of these chapters could be much more effective if they have a goal to work towards early on.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

I'll try to find out when they meet.

I'm only half an hour from Asheboro so it would be no problem if they hold meetings when I can attend. If we have Larry there, what other candidates are we looking for?

Question for Progressives

Those of us who have been building PDNC have been grappling with a core issue:

How do we make chapters work well? It would be very helpful to have your thoughts about the best experience you have had in a political group: where you accomplished important things, had fun, and made friends.

We have all seen in now and then, but it seems harder and harder to do in a hyperspeed culture. Your thoughts?

Pete MacDowell
PDNC President

Hi Pete

There's a new post on PDNC . . . so you may want to drag this conversation over there . . . but here's my quick answer.

The way to make an organization fly is to have something specific to do . . . so people can actually roll up their sleeves and see some results. That's one reason BlueNC focuses obsessively on state issues . . . where we can weigh in and make a difference.