Welcome, Jerimee Richir

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Hello everyone.

I'm excited to introduce you to Jerimee Richir, who will be joining us around noon to answer questions and share his ideas about the world wild web and his new job at the North Carolina Democratic Party. You can read more about him here.

Got questions? This is the place to ask them!


I'm getting some good questions ready

I hope they're good!

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

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

Room With a View

What's it like working across the street from Art Pope's Variety Show?

Techincal question

You're producing a lot of stuff . . . are there any restrictions on bloggers like us "borrowing" your images for viral distribution? Do you want materials to be attributed to you or the NCDP . . . or can we just run and gun?


The formal answer is, let me consult some lawyers and back to you in two or three years.

If you don't like that answer, feel free to use them in a constructive manner (to the extent possible). Attribute them to me, or, if you remix them, to your own self.

There will some projects I will need help getting the word out on, and those projects should have URLs on their associated images.


Thanks to everyone for having me here today! Please forgive in advance the wide variety of spelling, grammar, and perhaps even moral, errors I am about to make.

Regarding the variety show, I've been meaning to go to one of the Civitas weekly get-togethers.

Apparently the only thing that will force them to even make a show of following the non-partisan requirements is if we literally show up and baby sit them.

Big chance this weekend.

Plus an opportunity for a rare siting of the elusive Liddy Bird!

and there is no indication that she will become any less elusive

Dole's game plan is a three part plan:
A) do not screw up
B) don't screw up
C) pray that I do not become the next George Allen

Don't say anything. Don't visit. If you have to speak, keep it as scripted as possible. Avoid being in public at all costs. Never answer a question; that's what staff are for.

This is good game plan for her. If I worked for her I would encourage her to use this strategy.

So what you are saying is

We need to ask for as many debates as possible?

I cant wait for the absentee landlord signs to start showing up

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

Early Question(s)


Thanks for liveblogging with us. I've been seeing you around here in comment threads for a while now, and it's good to know that the NCDP continues to take such a proactive role in internet politicking.

I have lots of questions, but here are my two hot ones:

1. Jerry Meek and the gang invited NC bloggers to Raleigh this past January for a conference, and he talked about having another one in August. Any plans for that yet?

2. I'm a partisan Democrat, but bad decisions regarding our fragile mental health system and an unwillingness on the part of our leaders to address systemic problems have led me into the arms of several NC Republicans. Aside from being disappointed with the Dems and uncomfortable with the Repubs, I'm torn about how best to help create a climate in which mental health issues will be substantively addressed. How can we help the Governor understand that he's made a terrible choice by keeping Secretary Odom as Secretary of DHHS? How can Democrats challenge the Governor on this decision without facing political repercussions?

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

Jerry . . .

are you eavesdropping?

This is a big question for a lot of us on the progressive front. What do you know that we should know about this mental health issue?

(We won't tell anyone you spilled the beans.)

radio show

I believe Jerry is doing a radio show at the moment. I may be wrong, but I think the name of it is "Legal Eagle?"

well the first question is easy . .

We should do another get together for netroots folks, and I know that Jerry has expressed an interest in this. What do you all think the format should be?

I know that Ruby Sinriech (sp?) has suggested doing something in rootscamp style. Let me see if I can find the rootscamp URL.

The format

First of all, let's have it in Asheville. We've got oodles of bloggers out here chomping at the bit, and our blogging community is one of the most diverse in the state.

Format? Relaxed.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

only if

I am invited. I want a reason to drive out to the mountains.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"


I think the next one should be open invitation to all.

I'd rather risk a unhelpful person showing up than have somebody who is working hard be left out.

What do you all think?

an open invitation

matched with an application type process could work well.

Maybe something as simple as a link to your blogs, and a phone number used to ask people about the agenda, what they want to discuss etc.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

including active commenters/community members, of course

You never know when a commenter will turn into a blogger and including them in these gatherings is important. Might get too large, but that's a good problem to have.

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

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

yeah I agree

And there is more to online organizing than blogging. Someone that text messages their friends all day long is probably just as important as most bloggers. Someone that can use opensecrets.org and other tools to do candidate research only needs to blog once to have a impact.


here is the URL for http://rootscamp.org/

The basic idea is to keep it simple: have everyone pay their own way, show up at a public space with ideas to present, list those ideas on a whiteboard calander, and then let folks go to which ever panel they care to attend. New panels and presentations can be formulated on the fly, and the agenda is fluid and group controlled. I think you still want a structure, but let that structure be determined by the participants.

I want to take a stab at number 2

I believe the way you challenge the existing leaders is by becoming the existing leaders.

GOP activists who don't like how the president has returned us to a mind staggering national debt should fight for a candidate who is commited to responsible government. If you are mad about how elected officials listen more to big corporations then they do to actual people, you should start thinking about how you will organize actual people into a united voting block. You can't go it alone. It can be frustrating and hard work, but you need to work with other people, preferably thousands of them. Anything else is (literally) uncivilized.

I come to the blogs I enjoy,

I come to the blogs I enjoy, like anyone else. I go to dailyKos, BlueNC, and NC Policy Watch's progressive pulse. I need to identify a blog that is focused on issed affecting the western part of the state. I should go to the scrutiny hooligan blog more.

I try to comment here because I beleive that most of the bloggers on BlueNC engage in some sort of organizing or direct action. They actually show up and fight for our values. And those are the types of folks I want to know.

We always need

to do more organizing and direct action. I know that there is a nationwide canvass on Saturday, but sadly I have a PE exam that day that I am not allowed to miss.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

The Scrutiny Hooligans

Yes, you ought to come on by. We do local, state, national, international, and internal politics. Our audience is made up of insiders and outsiders, a great place to visit.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

A few questions

What exactly is your job?

What does the future hold for the NCDP website?

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

Jerimee, welcome to BlueNC

We're glad you've joined the fray.

From your experince with ACORN and now online activism, how can we at BlueNC help groups like ACORN, when their target audience is not using the internet for organizing and activism - or at least not to the extent that we are.

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

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

Hi Jerimee!!!!

Maybe you're already responding to SD but I also am extremely interested in how we can take the energy on the internet (whether at BlueNC or more regional blogs) and use it to help issue groups more effectively.

Lots of time when I talk to someone about an issue, telling them we can mobilize some letters to the editor or phone calling, they're not even sure why that would be of any help to them . . .
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

pat go bye bye

I hadn't seen that yet! I'll have to look at it more. Please send me info on new blogs, or ones I may not seen.

People think that government can ignore them forever, and the government will try to ignore you. But look at what a lot of the Right does, there is no corporate interest in being anti-choice or homophobic. What they have done is insisted, in large numbers, to be heard. 3 out of 4 Americans believe that women and doctors should be able to make decisions concerning their reproductive healthcare. But the 1 out of 4 puts his pen, his shoeleather, and his money where his mouth is.

We need look at mobile technology some more, so that we can blog while we're also canvassing. (I'm only half-joking)

I'll be happy getting my precinct canvassed!

And then we'll worry about blogging it.

But it seems like the technology is there - with video-capable cellphones, etc. They would be short videos, but it could be done.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

Welcome, Jerimee

And thank you for taking the time to live-blog here.

My question is this:

The lack of an appropriate web presence keeps many young Democrats ignorant of local issues and politics. What is the NCDP doing to educate the 100 counties on the importance of maintaining an (active) online presence?

Thomas S. Brock


What have YOU done today to make the world a better place?

I wonder

if a greater online presence would help with organizing some of the college campuses.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

no doubt

I think so, and this is a need we have identified, particularly smaller colleges and community colleges

hi Thomas

I don't think that the whole answer is having 100 county party websites. These are important, and we also need to go out to the online communities where people already are.

I think that there is a need for folks to have a place online where they can educate one another on local issues. We should not waste resources reinventing the wheel where there already a good community in place. We need to first plug people into the exisiting communities, then identify the gaps, and then work with some volunteers to seed communities where they are needed.

If that's the case, Jerimee,

(and you're probably right!) what's the best way for local organizers to utilize the web to reach their communities? Will you be offering some assistance in this aspect to local parties as we try to grow our infrastructure?

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi


I can offer techinical assistance to the extent I am able, and can help you think about the opportunities.

If I can't answer your question or respond here, please email me at gmail.com -> jerimee.richir

Interesting concept...

But don't you think it'd be wise for each County Party to have a website with, at the minimum, contact information, event information and basic party platform information?

For example: It took me 6 months to locate my local Democratic Party. The telephone number in the phone book resulted in no answer to messages left and the telephone number and email address available on the NCDP website were invalid.

That's not exactly the best outreach program going...

Conversely, the local Republican Party was easily reached.

Thomas S. Brock


What have YOU done today to make the world a better place?

Thomas, your party was probably

outnumbered vastly (that's why the repugs were so available) and demoralized (that's why they didn't have an email or respond to your messages.)

The state party has three regional directors who are working on just these kinds of things. I think as the local parties get more organized (particularly in some rural areas), they will be more reachable within the existing structure. Then, they will build websites, advertise more, etc. etc.
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

It seems like

Thomas' request for help lies more with the Eastern Political Director than with Jerimee.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

Regional Directors

Yeah and I want to help the Regional Directors be able to help their local parties more on tech concerns.

Feel free to ask me for help directly, and I'll cc the Regional Director on my response. You've talked with Mira haven't you Thomas?

If we aren't able to cover it here, email me at gmail.com -> jerimee.richir


It seems crucial that there be a minimum amount of info about each county party on the web. I'd love to see our party have a separate page for each precinct and auxilliary on our site. We're not there yet. Perhaps the NCDP can help by ensuring that the info on their site is up to date so that interested volunteers aren't left to their own devices.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

for sure

Yes, we need to do that. Part of what I need to do is find a hassle free "what-you-see-is-what-you-get" content management system that I can help parties implement. If most of the county parties were using the same content management system, then you would always have plenty of people that could answer your questions.

We have a good content management system that volunteers with the NCDP created called SiteX. I need to get more familiar with it so I can help local parties implement it effectively.


Site X looks good.

Other CMS worth looking at is Mambo . I use this for my work website, and have been able to teach even my most non-techie employees how to edit the pages once they are set up.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

my husband did the install

email him at eccefama at the yahoo dot com and he can fill you in.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi