It's Your Government. Get Involved!

Moore County in many ways exemplifies America. To the north is Robbins, a struggling ex-mill town, where both a Senator and an astronaut rose above their environs and into the public light. To the south is Pinehurst, "Golf Capital of the World". Here there are two Americas.

When it comes to politics though, both northern and southern Moore County votes predominately Republican. Years ago, the north leaned more democratic, but more along the lines of Dixiecratic, eventually morphing to Republican. Time and again, the poor farmer or out-of-work mill worker will continue to vote Republican because their father did. The Republican Party message of oppression and less government still speaks to them.

West End Precinct is in the middle, both geographically and politically and of the 1683 registered voters, 635 are registered Dems, 689 Reps and 359 Una. Our problem here and county wide is representation; Republicans hold almost all elected offices. Changing this is our mission.

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The BlueNC community has been instrumental in my deeper involvement and the people of this community encourage citizen participation through their own activism. The first and best suggestion I have received (thanks SD) is to contact my local board of elections office and request a list of all registered dems in my precinct. (Find yours on this list ) Loyal Democrats and potential volunteers can be found by looking at their voting record. Start putting together teams of people willing to promote Democratic candidates and agendas to their family friends and neighbors.

THE PRECINCT IS THE MOST BASIC AND MOST IMPORTANT BUILDING BLOCK OF A WINNING AND SUCCESSFUL DEMOCRATIC PARTY. IT IS CRUCIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES. (from NCDP literature)

The many articles about precinct organization unanimously agree that face-to-face contact with as many people in each precinct is the key to a Democratic victory. This along with getting a democratic candidate in every race should be everyone's ultimate goal. Political Grassroots.org. a Republican website is filled with information and ideas for becoming involved in your local elections. Their message is that "political education is the foundation for political involvement". This diary by matt le w at DailyKos outlines "Precinct Ops" and gives you a road map to follow. RobertP, a BlueNC frontpager has written a series about the 100 County Strategy laying out actions that can be taken to turn North Carolina and every district blue.
100 Counties Part I: Why?
100 Counties - Part II: Who, How, and When?

For me, Precinct Organization is still a learning process, one that will take a lot of research, time and commitment. Every bit of advice will be gratefully accepted, every link every suggestion. I can complain about my government or I can do something about it. I choose to do!

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BlueNC Rules on Precinct Organization

Great piece, Mo!

We have so many BlueNC community members who have stepped up to help with precinct organization. Screwy did a great job beating the drum before the meetings started and I'm so glad we're all bringing our experiences back to talk about them.

If more people understood how little time precinct organization takes in any given year, they'd be pitching in.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Geez, that hour went fast

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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I know, it did

Here is the list I can remember of our BlueNC precinct organizers

NCDem
Leslie H
Nan
Stan(?)
lcloud
gcloud
Robert P
Screwy
SD
Working For Change
Internazionale
Sam Spencer
Momoaizo

I can't remember if gregflynn said he was going or not. Yoohooo....Greg! You doing the pre org thing?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Hey....that works for me!

We all need helpers. :) I draft my children.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

He's good help!

And cute too!!

Hey Nan, was waiting for you to stop by

Would love to read anything you could suggest for precinct organization. Haven't picked up my voter list yet, but when I do, and find the good dems, I don't really know where I should go from there.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Well, momo,

I'm a neophyte myself. We are talking about trying to do a blog that we could link to the county website, and of course, there is the "list". What I found amazing is how many people want to bitch but don't want to work.

I will tell you that Stan and I learned that working the polls with palm cards on election day was very productive, mostly due to judges' lack of advertised political affiliaton. We had our cards all ready and got a ton of thankyous.

Also, making sure voters know that you can't vote straight ticket for judges and presidents is enormously helpful. Most folks don't know that.

Other than that, I think each area is different and you find the strengths and play to them, something I'm still doing.

Hey, you forgot me!

Thursday night. I'm gonna run for delegate at the county convention. I can't hold office 'cause Mr. D.Q. wants to stay in a chair of what he calls his little "club."

Or, do we not count because we organized our precinct last year????
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

Of Course You Count

You always count.

Where else would we get those awesome videos without you? ;)

Dayum, how in the world could anyone forget The Drama Queen

and Mr. DQ? Slap my arse and send me runnin....sorry Woman! You most definitely count. So just send me all your secrets to lighting a fire under the butts of those in your precincts and getting them involved. I can use all the help I can get! ".

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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No fire-butt-lighting required

Someone who'd lived here a long time lit a fire under his own butt. He and his wife (Ken and Jackie Ollis) personally called every single primary-voting dem and all dems who'd consistently voted in the general election.

Then, Mr. DQ brainwashed/propagandized those who showed up for the meeting on door-to-door canvassing and phoning.

Carsner carried the precinct. Dems won everything and this is big-time R-land. We're meeting tonight in this rain. We expect a quorum but weather does discourage people . . .
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

Thanks Blue,

didn't I read somewhere that you too are a precinct officer?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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nope

I probably would be but I had class during my precincts meeting.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Petition

"Keep the Faith"

Thanks SD and the BlueNC community

the people of this community encourage citizen participation through their own activism.

Darn, I forgot Screwy's articles. I also forgot to link to the DFA night school page. Thomas Brock did a post about it here.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Now you're making me feel bad

I missed my own precinct meeting on Monday night, which means I missed the chance to get the NO OLF resolution on their agenda. Dang it.

Fraid not

It's because I am a recluse and a hermit. I went to one meeting and all the people made me jittery. Our precinct is 1000% Democratic and always turns out strong. That's no excuse, I know. I should have been there.

The meeting has to be advertised for 7 days in advance

some folks don't do that, but they're supposed to. the chair of the local party should have a list.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Thomas, have you contacted the county chair?

Hard to comprehend any good precinct chair not willing to contact an obviously LOYAL and ambitious Dem!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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for wake dems

they have scheduled a make up meeting for all the precincts that didnt get a quorum. never mind that they dont list which precincts those are.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Petition

"Keep the Faith"

Next time the title will be

It's Your Fucking Government....Get the Fuck Involved! Hehe....

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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That's fucking perfect!



Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Amen!

Is it wrong to shout "amen" after the f word?

eh, who cares? AMEN!!!!

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Nope!

You can shout the fucking "f" word any fucking time you want to!

Ooh... that felt so good!

Momo, Check out the MC Independent

They don't update their website, so I have no link, but you should read the letter in today's issue from Ed Kennedy. He continues to bash his fellow Republicans who he considers "Morganites." It sounds like some of the Rep. precinct meetings went a little different that your peaceful Dem one.

Thanks for the heads-up SPLib

I'll pick that up today. So this was Kennedy's week? Next week will be Ralph Redman's week, I believe those two will be the end of the Republican strong-hold in Moore County. (At least that's my wish!)

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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