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Jeff In Milwaukee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:57 PM
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Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 10:39 PM by Jeff In Milwaukee
I moved to Wisconsin three months ago from Springfield Township, which is a mostly white, mostly Republican suburb of Cincinnati. I was the Democratic Party Ward Chairman there, responsible for 49 precincts with about 25,000 registered voters. If I can blow my own horn, I made a lot of changes as Ward Chair and did a lot of organizing and outreach.

A Republican friend of mine (I have a couple, you know) told me that he was at the Springfield Township Republican Party meeting last week, and apparently it was reported to the great satisfaction of the assembled ditto-heads that I had left the state. They said that they were glad that I was gone because I was stirring things up too much.

Stop it. I'm blushing!
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Cyndee_Lou_Who Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:59 PM
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1. WTG, Jeff!! NOW... help us get Senslessbrenner out of the 5th!!
Please...
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Jeff In Milwaukee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:03 PM
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3. I've taken a one-year vow of political celibacy...
while we get the kids adjusted to their new life here in Wisconsin. But that doesn't mean I won't be doing some back-burner organizing when the Missus isn't looking. Sounds almost dirty, doesn't it?

If you know Democrats in Brookfield, PM me and I'll pass along my e-mail address. I'd like to make contact with them.

I figure the one-year moratorium will be over in time to help Bryan Kennedy in 2006!
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Cyndee_Lou_Who Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:07 PM
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4. Are you settled in Brookfield, then?
Dems in Brookfield... hmmm... rare breed. I am in Menononee Falls, town just North of you. Not many here, either.

Well, if you can write LTTE's you can let Russ and Herb know how you feel about Oral, I mean John Roberts, right?

Have you taken in the lakefront festivals yet? Festa Italiana is this weekend!!
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Jeff In Milwaukee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:38 PM
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7. It's a long-term process...
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 10:40 PM by Jeff In Milwaukee
You just keep organizing. Keep making contacts. It's a backyard cookout here, a fund-raising dinner there. It's e-mails and postcards and phone calls over the course of several years.

And it's lots of shoe-leather.

For the past several generations, Hamilton County (Cincinnati) was a Republican bastion in Ohio. The political calculus was that as a Republican, you ran up the score in Hamilton County to offset heavily Democratic Cuyahoga County. In the last election, Bush won Hamilton County, but only by only 25,000 votes.

While Bush eventually did win Ohio, we've taken the easy votes (in high-density urban areas) away and they now must get votes in the four-county rural/suburban ring. Political organizing is much harder there, but when Democrats have consolidated their position in Hamilton County, they're going to work on those counties, too.

Given that Republicans control every statewide office in Ohio, it would nearly impossible for an incumbent President not to win the state, but we made it difficult as hell for them. And now that Ohio is about to fall into Democratic hands (a generation of Republican misrule and corruption will do that), the 2008 Election will have a different outcome. Bank on it.

We can do the same in Waukesha County.

Oh Edit: Went to Greek Festival two weeks ago and had a great time and a gyro as big as your head. I plan to hit some lakefront festivals later this summer.
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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-23-05 12:36 AM
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15. Festa Italiana...Sunday too?
Going to the Art Museum with mom to see the Arts and Crafts movement exhibit...maybe we'll head over to Summerfest grounds after that if it's still running.

Way to go Jeff!!!
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EC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-22-05 08:27 PM
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14. Ditto... n/t
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knowbody0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:59 PM
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2. clap clap clap
good for you!
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lvx35 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:13 PM
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5. keep stirring it up sir!
you're the kind of person who make me proud to be a Dem. Keep fighting for the people!!!

:)
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dave502d Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:35 PM
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6. Well Jeff i hope the repub in WI say the same thing about you.Thank you.n/
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jane_pippin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 08:11 AM
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8. Ha ha. Good work, man!
And welcome to Wisconsin
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ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 08:21 AM
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9. Way to go Jeff!
:applause: :applause: :applause:

Here's a welcome :hi: :hi: :hi: just in case I forgot the first time.

My hope is that after the "moritorium" the repubs in your community will be wondering what the hell hit them.

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sybylla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 08:36 AM
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10. They say the best measure of a person is the caliber of their enemies
I can't tell you how happy I am to hear you've brought such effective talents to Senslessbrenner's district.

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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 11:38 AM
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11. Good job!
But again, you are the minority in Brookfield too...

Will look forward to helping you on the Kennedy campaign...

RL
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ralps Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 03:56 PM
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12. Great job in Ohio Jeff, I'm willing to do what ever I can to get
Sensenbrenner out. For those of you all that want to download this bumpersticker & print it out I created a bumpersticker with sensenbrenner's photo on it. Here it is.

:hi: :loveya: :hug: :pals: :woohoo:
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MadisonProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-22-05 02:38 PM
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13. I love the satisfaction you must be having! Way to go!!
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