Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:26 AM
Scuba (37,111 posts)
Fixing Wisconsin, part II
I ran a thread earlier this week about how to repair the political state of our great State.
Today, we get some more ideas from Cognitive Dissidence.
3 Start right now, and understand that EVERY county COUNTS! Emulate Howard Dean's 50 state strategy and build the farm system and the local party! What Howard Dean did as head of the democratic party was amazing and also underrated and overlooked. We need a solid ground game and candidates willing to step up in every county and in every race from Waukesha to Dane to Sawyer and everywhere in between. Strong local progressive leaders can overcome our disadvantages. (I know im not alone in this thinking).
5. Subscribe to Bernie Sanders newsletter and emulate it. Its well written and informative and he pulls no punches. How about a statewide newsletter, build a mailing list and inform everyone of things that are happening. The stuff we get now is information for the next fundraiser. Not good enough!
7. MESSAGE BETTER. Its no surprise that the repubs have been winning elections with Frank Luntz help. Here is an example. Rename Scott Walker's ACT 10, The republicans have a solid message of calling it "education reform". No where in Wisconsin has education been reformed over the last two years. You can google all you want and you will not find a single mention on any program enacted by the republicans that was meant to enhance students learning. Lets call it "teacher salary reform", or "education deform" or the "end of local control" or come up with a different term and everyone use it. Call them out for what they are.
9. STOP RUNNING FROM COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS!!!! 150,000 people did not storm the Capitol to support the democratic party. Busloads of Wisconites from Northern Wisconsin did not spend the time and money to come to Madison to support the dems. They came to protest the end of their collective bargaining rights. The next consultant who says to not run on the issue, fire on the spot!
While I've never belonged to a labor union, the ninth point makes the most sense for me.
The article also emphasizes the use of social media, which I feel has far more potential than phone banking and canvassing.
Anyway, food for thought.
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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 12:42 PM
Big Tent (82 posts)
2. Supreme Court
Scuba the 1st priority needs to be the supreme court election.
We know if we get presidential level turnout we win. The problem is that the DPW campaign plan tends to go after the same modeling universe every time and the universe always ends up being too small. As we saw in the recall election for governor the republicans turned out for Walker at almost the same level as they did for Romney.
For this election we can just stick supporters who voted in the presidential and we will win. If we try to do persuasion that is a waste of time, supreme court elections in Wisconsin are base elections.
When Joe Wineke was DPW chair the goal was for our state legislative candidates to raise a third of what their republican opponents had. That seems like a realistic goal we can meet as a state party.
To fix Wisconsin the DPW starting a caucus endorsement system similar to the DFL in Minnesota would be beneficial. The locals get to vote on the platform, know the candidates that fit the district, and the caucus system helps grow party membership.
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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 12:52 PM
Scuba (37,111 posts)
3. You are correct!!! And we have an opportunity to change the makeup of the Court April 2nd.
Here's two candidates, either of which would be a major improvement over Justice Roggensack.