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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:50 PM
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How Many on this Board are involved with the local Dem Party
It's important. If you really want to change the way the party operates, get a voice, now is the time to think about it.

BEing an elected PRecinct committee person entitles you to have a say in how your local party is organized, run and who it endorses.

The PCM in most states are santioned officials of the party. That means they are the elected representives of the party....

In most states, it is the local PCM who ultimately elected the party representative to the Board of Elections...

The elections are typically held in the even off year. 2006, 2010 etc.

Look into it. It's how you really can take our party back.....
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:50 PM
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1. Town chair
:thumbsup:
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:52 PM
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Mrs Green was the ward leader for 4 years
And is the PCM and elected executive committee member...

I served as the treasurer for our county party for 8 years.

Largest and most successful democratic organization between NYC and Chi Town...

Cleveland, Of course....
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stevebreeze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:52 PM
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2. township chair in IL
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beyurslf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:52 PM
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3. Off years are odd number years 2005..... 2007.... 2009
But yes being active in local party is the way we can truly change the direction of the party. Going to committee meetings, becoming an elector, voicing an opinion..... All of these things will helpo us change the party from the ground up.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:53 PM
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4. We always referred to non presidential years as off years
although that is when the state would gear up and we really had a say in what was going on....
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beyurslf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:56 PM
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6. Too many people consider those "off-years" which is one way the Repubs
got the House. Our Conresscritters are elected every 2 years. In reality, in most places, there are no "off-years." Our city elections are in the spring of the odd number years. Many of the locally elected officials go on to become state reps. They start their careers and build a name with an "easy" local election.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:00 PM
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7. Same year, but we refered to all non presidential elections
as off years simply because of the influx of cash and attention we in Cleveland got from the national party and the local press....

We had to be on, I guess, more cognizant of what we were saying and doing.....

Don't get me wrong, every election cycle, muni all the way to the president, was inmportant to the county party. That is why our Chairman, Jimmy Dimora, has been able to maintain power for over 11 years. he delivers from the top of the the ticket to the bottom...
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grannylib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:55 PM
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5. Very true. AND it's important to organize and recruit independently
as well: friends from your place of worship, school, the gym, the golf course, the volunteer center, wherever...I am not advocating this necessarily AT those places, but you get what I mean...
The Repukes have been wizard, I am sorry to say, at recruiting sheep for their slaughter; we need to be just as stellar at recruiting activists for regime change. We can settle for nothing less.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:02 PM
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8. That is why the christian right has such a strangle hold on
the Republican PArty.

They also focused on the local and state level to build a minor leaugue, if you will, of potential candidates and party regulars....
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Jane Austin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:21 PM
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9. I'm a member of the
Bastrop County (Texas) Democratic Club, which is very active in local pursuits.

The club even has a permanent headquarters now.
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Somawas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:28 PM
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10. Been a precinct officer and state delegate since 1976
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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:40 PM
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11. i'm an elected member of my town's Democratic Committee n/t
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:44 PM
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12. We are.
We are involved with DEC and DFA, and often the two do events together such as getting petitions signed, doing community activities, etc.
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murielm99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:47 PM
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13. Precinct Committeeman and Treasurer of County Dems.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:07 PM
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14. I'm so glad o many are involved...
But we must convinve more people on this board to take the plunge and get into the trenches.....

It's that important and we should all be urging this course of action all the time, especiially with this election cycle....

In many states, 2006 is the year to set in motion the redistricting fight.....
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kevsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:31 PM
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15. I've been a dem pcm for over a decade,
and am also now County Vice-Chair for Labor.

You are absolutely right about the importance of participation at the most local of levels. The party can never be expected to represent us if we don't exercise control from the ground up.

This also fits in extremely well with Dean's goal of building the party in every state. We are the ones who need to make that happen. We are the troops, people.

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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:53 PM
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16. The post that is asking what do we do if the democratic
leaders turn their backs on Dean....

Run for PCM and take control of the party.....
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AUYellowDog Donating Member (313 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:58 PM
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17. College dems president
at Auburn University.

Brandon
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LittleClarkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:15 AM
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18. Member of the county and that state and the national Dems
On several mailing lists, waiting for there to be something I can help with. Meanwhile, I'm helping to proofread the county Dems newsletter. I tried my hand at writing something, but I haven't seen it go in yet, I may have put too much of my personality into it, and not enough info. I may try again. And I plan on helping them man the State Fair Democrat booth. But that's about it.

Oh, btw:

www.bryankennedyforcongress.org !
Oust Sensennbrenner!

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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:17 AM
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19. That's a lot......
I did the Dem's newsletter for a while but couldn't talk anyone into volunteering to help....

Now they just send out a calender which is what most people really want.....
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:27 AM
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20. I have been a precinct judge for almost 5 years.
Holding a election is hard work.
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cmd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:13 AM
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21. Executive committee member
and a regular volunteer at HQ. There are no off years. Every minute of every day is important.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:46 AM
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23. We just refered to is as off years
becuase the turnouts were lower and the attention given to politics by the local media was almost nonexistant......

To much crime to waste time on something so hard to explain in moving piture form as politics....
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cmd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:11 AM
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27. I understand that
I'm just cheerleading. Can't let the republicans get ahead.
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WLKjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:27 AM
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22. I run a website/blog/email newsletter for my local party in NW OH.
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merbex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:40 AM
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24.  Local Town Dem Committee Secretary here
:hi:
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Danmel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:48 AM
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25. I'm a Town Committeewoman
You know what they say- think global, act local. We've got lots of issues here- housing, environment, living wages. Got to start somewhere and at least here my efforts can make a difference.
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SCDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:18 AM
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26. Precinct Vice Chair
Next year will run for County 3 Vice Chair and I am currently a Secretary for the Progressive Caucus of our State Dem Party. Our county party has become very active after 2003 and all of us Deaniacs got involved.
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phylla Donating Member (331 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:18 AM
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28. Yes
Treasurer, and fundraiser now and most likely chair of the city committee next year
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:20 AM
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29. I'm a precinct chair
first time I've ever done so, but I've been involved in local politics for years.
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lojasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:58 AM
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30. precinct chair. WIfe is alternate on state CC. EOM
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paparush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:21 AM
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31. My wife was Chief Judge for our local voting district in the '04 election.
we are active in our local precinct and in our county's Dem Party. We financially supported Patsy Keever, a Dem candidate who ran (and loss) to Representative Charles (Chainsaw Charlie) Taylor.
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ncrainbowgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-05 01:34 PM
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41. Thanks for supporting Keever!
We had such hopes down here in the triangle that she'd be able to pull it off! Still, the fact that she came SO close is an amazing testiment to everyone who worked SO hard to get her in office. :hi:
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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:25 AM
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32. Treasurer
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-05 04:16 AM
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33. Not that I'm kicking my own post
but.....

People we need to get involved with the party....

If you aren;t right now a precinct person or ward leader or committeeman, find out what you have to do to become one and just do it.....
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cleveramerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-05 05:47 AM
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34. take it back from who?
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-05 10:39 AM
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35. I often ask that myself
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-05 11:02 AM
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36. Me
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funkybutt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-05 11:06 AM
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37. Precinct Captain and I'm on the steering committee...
for the FIRST EVER democratic grassroots summit/workshop in Louisiana.

www.beaucoupblues.com

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AmandaRuth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-05 11:12 AM
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38. Precinct Committee Officer or PCO
help with mailings and membership records -

With the state of the media and the money that the repukes have, the only way we are going to have a fighting chance is to get involved on a local level - So if you are not involved with your local party, GET ON IT!

We should probably have a group here dedicated to local small party organizations, where we can brainstorm and network.
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-05 12:24 PM
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39. I plan to run for precinct chair next year
Meanwhile I'm a member of a couple of Democratic clubs and I was a deleagte to the state convention last year.
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damnthetorpedoes Donating Member (27 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-05 01:30 PM
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40. In NYC

the "local democratic party" is complacent, corrupt, and out of touch with reality. there's no point.
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duhneece Donating Member (967 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-05 01:44 PM
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42. Precinct chair here and my fiance is now NM's Otero County's Vice Chair
I became involved 2-3 years ago when my fiance still supported Bush. Eventually, his eyes were opened. We both had been independent, voting Green and Democratic Party mostly with an occasional 3rd party vote. We have come to believe the Democratic Party is the most viable organization to fight the current administration and ultimately evolve into a tool for justice.
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