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Friday, August 12, 2005

Nebraska's 93 County Strategy

Posted by Bob Brigham

The Nebraska Democratic Party gets it:

Our red-state strategy, the "93 County Strategy", kicked-off this week with two local Meetups and grassroots training in Hershey, Nebraska on Saturday. And we just had a fantastic article written about our progress. [...]

Remember the blogswarm to support Howard Dean and change the Democratic National Committee's approach to politics? Well, here's the beef: Nebraska is one of the first states in the "50 State Strategy" to get organizers on the ground.

Now that we've got the people -- and more and more Nebraskans are coming on board every day -- it's time to reach out to everyone inside and outside of the state so they can participate.

Thats why we've put a post up to catch your ideas about what needs to happen here in our State

I noticed an interesting comment over at Daily Kos:

Hanging On My Wall...

...is a copy of Tim's first post "My ATM Pin Number" to serve as a "must read" to everyone who comes into my office and wants to talk about online fundraising.

Nice. People need to read Part I and Part II.

Props to the Nebraska Democratic Party for "getting it" enough to go after all 93 counties. Way to grow the base.

Posted at 11:42 AM in Activism, Democrats, Nebraska | Technorati


I'm glad somebody gets it!

Here is an interesting audio of Chuck Schumer giving an impromptu speech to high dollar DSCC donors in GA. He gives a run-down of the Senatorial electoral landscape for 2006 and then there’s an amazing section in which he makes it perfectly clear that the leadership’s plan for 2006 is to pick the most likely winner for the key races and clear the field of all opposition. He also gives some details on his interactions with Rendell when they (Rendell, Schumer, and Reid) picked Casey to be the PA senate nominee.

Many/most Netroots activists disagree with this approach. There’s a good article on the conflict here.

But I gotta say: the party leadership is right. Sort of.

As hard as it is to accept, we have elected our leaders and we are paying them to do exactly what they are doing: the responsible thing; the careful thing; the thing most likely to succeed according to their best available information. Competitive primary campaigns are expensive and destructive. Competitive primaries usually leave the winning candidate wounded in the press, her Democratic opponent(s) and their supporters bitter, and the donor base poorer. The leadership knows of no choice but to fix this problem by minimizing the number of candidates participating in any given primary. And who are they going to pick besides the person they think most likely to win?

GoodWorks-PAC.org is dedicated to fixing this problem. In the 2006 cycle we are experimenting with public service primaries consisting of many community service events for Democratic Party candidates and supporters. At each event, a Good Work is done and candidates speak on related issues. An event might be
*A Book Drive
*A Community Garden Work Day
*An Errand Day for Seniors
GoodWorks-PAC organizes events, recruits candidates and volunteers, and cultivates media interest.

Maybe, just maybe, the internet is going to make possible the kind of vigorous internal debate that we need in order to guide the Democratic Party democratically. I hope so. And I hope you will help us find the way. Please join GoodWorks-PAC.org and donate your money or time to the effort to reform our primaries so our leadership will no longer need to clear the field!

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