100 Counties Launch

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Okay, so there was little real interest in the 100C idea at the "official" level. Which, let's face it, is not surprising. It's time for us to figure out what we can and cannot do here at BlueNC or through whatever "alternate" ego we establish.

I'd like to make something perfectly clear here. I like collaboration. I dig collaboration. And, I know that leadership in collaboration means not always being in charge, not always getting your way, and not getting credit. I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT. If I could find a job doing just that, I would. Finding collaborative grants, convincing everyone to participate, spearheading their writing, getting funded, then moving on to another one. I love this stuff. So, I'm going to kick things off here with the full understanding that this will grow into whatever y'all want it to be. I'll play whatever role I can and no more. With that, some random thoughts below the break.

In no particular order:


  • We need to find a county that never has Dems running for state office and make that our target for 2008.
  • One thing we can do is create a website/fundraising/communications tool as a template. Then, we can seduce some state Progressives to use this website as their homepage and basis for campaigning.
  • Once the first and second points are accomplished, we can try to find candidates to start running early and accomplish a county-wide GOTV effort.
  • Perhaps we could take advantage of Taylor bringing broadband to the mountains and focus our actions where more folks have high speed internet.
  • My major goal is to make sure every Democratic voter in North Carolina has someone they know knocking on their door during early voting asking if they want to go vote.
  • Perhaps when we get steps one and two done we could invite the "unofficial" Progressive caucus for cocktails and give them a presentation of what our system could mean for the Democratic Party. Verla Insko would probable be willing to help, as would any other Progressive we give a free online campaign tool to for "free".



  • So, where do we go from here? Do we build this behind the scenes at BlueNC? Do we take up a new CivicSpace webpage? Can we get a CRM system up and running for us to keep track of what we should each be doing?

    Do we want to do this?

    If you are interested in taking a leadership role on this project, go to this link and join the 100C group (Subscribe link in top left corner), which will be involved with the nuts and bolts. If you just want to hear about the progress, then just stay tuned to the front-page.

    Comments

    signing up

    I'm already a member, so I can't seem to check the link. Let me know if it doesn't work.

    CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

    Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
    -me

    I don't see a link

    Perhaps I don't have full permissions, or something. However, I am quite interested in this project. Please help.

    "Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

    Added you

    Not sure why you didn't see a link (above my blog grade) but I added you (within my blog grade).

    Look under the BlueNC logo...

    and above your user name???

    If not, I will add you manually.

    CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

    Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
    -me

    lcloud,

    ...between the BlueNC* logo and your username in the left column, there isn't a subscribe link for 100c? If it isn't too much trouble, will you check again and let me know?

    EDIT: nevermind. If Robert added you, you'll no longer see the subscribe link (though there should be others in its place). Anyone else having problems?

    Thanks

    It could have been that I was just missing it; there hasn't been enough coffee in my life today. I appreciate the help.

    "Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

    bless you

    You have just been promoted to God-like status in my world.

    "Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

    Can you say more?

    so there was little real interest in the 100C idea at the "official" level.

    What kind of a response did you get?

    Not much, but I didn't attack them or anything.

    All along I imagined we would have to do this ourselves to some extent in order to get noticed. So, I threw out some feelers and nothing came of it. Nuff said.

    CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

    Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
    -me

    The Official Level

    There was no support for Larry Kissell at "The Official Level" either...until he started looking like he could win. Then everyone wanted a piece of what may yet be a success.

    We must begin it and then suffer the latecomers gladly.

    Tell me which counties in the west I can start recruiting folks from - that is, which counties had unopposed folks?

    Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

    Stan

    Make sure you are at the link for the group:

    http://www.bluenc.com/100c

    Tell us what you see under the green 100c which is under the BlueNC* logo in the top left corner. This will help Lance fix any glitch. Is it your username or is there a menu above your username with a subscribe option?

    Sorry...had to go away for awhile

    I'm subscribed now. When I went to 100C there was a subscribe link above my user name...went there..and am now awaiting "approval" Thanks for the help.

    Stan Bozarth

    Pretty sure we need to recruit

    We've not had much traction from down east until you and Nan climbed on board. Thomas Brock is in Jacksonville and seems ready to help there. And we have a couple of loose connections in Kinston. But that's pretty much it.

    I know we can recruit out of our neighborhood

    for New Hanover...and the New Hanover County Dems are fairly active although there is some dissension about and among candidates. The biggest targets locally are the 3 Republicans on the school board (We just got Nick Rhodes elected (Dem) as the 4th member...and our Republican City Council which is pathetic. Pat Delair (Dem) just won election to the council, but she's gonna need help.

    Stan Bozarth

    Unopposed Republicans - 2006

    Senate 17 Richard Stevens
    29 Jerry Tillman
    30 Don East
    31 Peter Samuel Brunstetter
    33 Stan Bingham
    35 W. Edward Goodall
    39 Robert Pittenger
    41 James Forrester
    44 Jim Jacumin
    48 Tom Apodoca

    House 16 Carolyn Justice
    19 Danny McComas
    26 Leo Daughtry
    28 James Langdon, Jr.
    61 Laura Wiley
    62 John Blust
    64 Cary Allred
    67 David Almond
    68 Curtis Blackwood
    73 Larry Brown
    74 Dale Robbins Folwell
    75 William C. McGee
    76 Fred F. Steen II
    78 Harold Brubaker
    79 Julia Craven Howard
    80 Jerry C. Dockham
    82 Jeff Barnhardt
    83 Linda Johnson
    84 Phillip Frye
    87 Edgar Starnes
    89 Mitchell Setzer
    92 George Holmes
    95 Karen Ray
    96 Mark Hilton
    97 Joe Kiser
    98 Thom Tillis
    105 Ric Killian
    109 William Current
    113 Trudi Walend
    120 Roger West

    Dist. Atty. 19A Roxann Vaneekhoven
    19C William Kenerly
    20B John Snyder
    21 Tom Keith
    22 Garry Frank
    23 Tom Horner
    24 Gerald Wilson
    25 James Gaither, Jr.
    29B Jeff Hunt

    Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

    19B

    2 Republicans ran for District Attorney. Kristian Allen (former Dem.) and Scott Etheridge (incumbent who won).

    "Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

    North Carolina Precincts

    How many precincts are in North Carolina? And what is the Democratic/Republican breakdown of each precinct?

    My formula: 1 state, 11 media markets, 13 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, ????? precincts, 1,525,849 Kerry voters to start from, smallest number of Kerry voters 1,924 (Gates County). The pool of potential volunteers is huge.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts