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So I watched Morning Joe this week while getting ready for a meeting out of town and I saw Webb posed a very simple question, "Are you in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15/hour?" He went on to discuss a two step problem with yammity yammity and never answered yes or no. Now I just see an article where he says the voters including Sanders and Trump supporters will calm down after awhile (and assuming we will vote for him). Well, after seeing that non-answer, count me out for Webb. Kind of moot anyway, not like he had a chance, I think he is in the race simply to apply for a WH job.

Okay on to some other stuff:

At my firm, we have major conservatives and a large group of dedicated Democrats. Many of these people view me as an opinion leader and some of the right wingers asked me what I thought of Trump. My answer, "He's fantastic!, I actually kind of like him, he is tapping into the pissed off middle class in a funny way" They are a bit surprised by that statement and I was lying to them completely of course.

Then, one of my Democratic friends told me that he was afraid of Sanders when I told him that was who I was supporting. His fear comes from a sense that Bernie is anti-business. It is that whole 'socialist' thing from people who don't take a very close look. I did what I could and will continue, but I sense that I will run into this a lot with my lefty pro-business co-workers. I must swing these people. I can and I will.

Also, I compare this election to the McKinley election. Back in those days, you had one candidate who was Corporate Plan A, and another who was Corporate Plan B, but in that election you had Teddy Roosevelt scaring the heck out of the likes of J P Morgan, Stanton, etc.. so they cut a deal and made TR the VP rolling the dice, trying to bury him in that role. Then McKinley was assassinated, the Corp crowd went nuts and in the next election went after TR who formed the Bull Moose party and was elected anyway. very similar situation to what we have today economically to those times.

While Bernie is a little different, I think of these elections as Corporately controlled takeovers, with Plan A and Plan B candidates. It's a okay this guy is our Corp dream candidate, this one we could live with....

Now, its a loose cannon 1%er who actually advocates raising taxes via tariffs scaring the bejesus out of the 1% and Bernie Sanders, who you know scares the hell out of them. If both of these guys get nominated, the Corporations have little skin in the game (certainly more with Trump, but they have no clue what he would do)

oh, and yeah I know this post is a bit all over the place, I am seriously jet lagged.

Arizona for Bernie Sanders Office Grand Opening!

Celebrate the Opening of the "We Want Bernie"
Arizona for Bernie Sanders Office

Where : 1229 Grand Ave Phoenix - (the 9 Gallery - between 12 and 13 Ave.)
When : Aug. 22nd - 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Arizona supporters for Bernie Sanders will be holding a Grand Opening of their new Phoenix campaign office on Saturday August 22nd. The Sanders for President effort in Arizona is being spearheaded by the "We Want Bernie" National Campaign organized by Progressive Democrats of America. The Opening will start at 6:30 and go until 9:30 and the public is welcome. All guests will get a "Feeling the Bern" button and a copy of the Senators 12- point plan flyer.

The new office will be run out of a local Phoenix Gallery located at 1229 Grand Ave. The office will be the focal point for supporters to get campaign literature, buttons, signs, bumper stickers and to do phone banking, all in preparation for Arizona's Presidential Preference Election on March 22, 2016. It will also be a staging area for canvassing and local organizing meetings all geared to get the word out about Senator Bernie Sanders

Yolanda Bejarano, an early supporter of Sanders and the activist who introduced Sanders to last month's large crowd explains " The official National Sanders has made real momentum, but as we all know, they have to focus most of their attention and resources on the early primary states, especially Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. That means that the work of grassroots Bernie supporters, PDA activists, Progressives Democratic Party members, Immigration Rights Advocates, Black Lives Matter, Arizona Rank and File Union members and so many others are even more important than ever. It will be up to us grassroots organizers to pave the way in Arizona and those other states where the Bernie Sanders campaign is not now operating."

Come On Out and Join the Political Revolution

Dan O’Neal - Arizona State Coordinator - Progressive Democrats of America
480-650-0746 - dan@pdamerica.org


and damn, I am not going to be able to make this, out of town on business

Why the Sanders wave of support is so Skeery, what it might mean and what more you can do

Many voters do not really understand how Party organizations work, so let me explain and I think you will get some insight into what is really at stake during Presidential year elections. (This is based on my experience and may differ slightly State to State)

Parties exist to get people elected. That is the mission. It's the same for the Republican Party and the Democratic Party and all other Parties. Understanding how the Democratic Party works in most places will help explain why you get Primary races.

So first, the organization. National>State>County>Local>Precinct Captains (Legislative Districts or LDs). At the National and State Levels it is about MONEY and getting people elected to National and State offices. Money plays a big role at the County level as well and to a much lesser extent at the LD level, with some LDs having a great deal of money and some virtually nothing.

This may vary by State, but as elections end, LDs get reorganized and depending upon how many elected precinct captains there are, that determines how many folks are sent to the State Committee meetings where policy can be determined. In AZ, unless requirements have changed to be elected a PC, you must be put on the ballot and receive only 10 votes to become elected. In the month following the election, Chairs, Vice Chairs, Treasurers and delegate members to the State Committee are elected. The larger the LD, the greater the influence. The more money and votes raised, the greater the influence.

State Party organizations leaders and party policies may be elected by delegate members to the State Committee. In 2003, the State Party here had official party policy meetings where delegates could influence and/or speak their minds on Democratic policy. Once these policies are adopted, the National Party may adopt a viewpoint/policy generated at the State level into the National Party platform which gets decided at the National Convention.

Party Platforms typically are generated from the ground up, although there is a great deal of control at the National level based upon the strength of leadership. This leads to broader goals and it also serves to explain why you might have large numbers of people running for a national office when going in, even when they may not be favored to win. It is really about policy influence.

Fast forward to national political candidates and groundswells of support based on a differing ideology from the norm. This is very threatening. It means that change is coming, changes in policy and perhaps even broad changes in leadership. And it all starts from the ACTIVE base.

So..as a Sanders supporter what should you do?

1) Obviously, all of the volunteer and contribution activites that you can on behalf of the campaign.
2) Be a voter advocate and persuade. It goes without saying that everybody here is an opinion leader just by sheer definition of being engaged so early in the process.
3) Find out where your Legislative District meets and go to a meeting. Ask what YOU need to do to get on the ballot as a PC. It isn't hard and its kinda cool to see your name on the ballot.
4) Get engaged at the meetings. Support each other as DEMOCRATS. (You can't act like many do on internet forums, its person to person and common goals and civility goes a long way!)
5) Contribute a little when the hat gets passed.
6) Understand what you need to do as a PC (That is about getting out the Democratic vote in your precinct in the general election)
7) Once the election ends, raise your hand to become Chair, Vice Chair or Treasurer (here those positions mean an automatic seat at the State Committee table)
8) Work to grow the LD, the more members the more go to the State Committee, and IF they are Sanders supporters the Sanders philosophy will be communicated at the State Party level too!
9) Once you are elected to the State Committee, make sure you GO! Stand up and be heard.
10) Find yourself being recruited to run for office in the next cycle because of your work, commitment and generous community nature. (You can always say no thank you)

As the campaign ratchets up...

I am looking specifically for information on the Bernie Sanders Campaign organization in Arizona. I have found the facebook page, but what I really would like is information on the offical campaign office/staff/contacts for Arizona.

If anybody knows those contacts, please post or PM me.

The official Sanders campaign site only lists a handful of States currently. I will be getting involved with my local LD District here as well (it's a bit tough for me to make most meetings as I travel in my work frequently but I may be able to connect with some Sanders people there).

Thanks in advance
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