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View Diary: An interview with Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate (55 comments)

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  •  Are you a Democrat? (3+ / 0-)
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    strobusguy, Odysseus, rosarugosa

    I joined the party last year mostly because I realized that if I was going to complain about it I had to try to improve it.

    If you are a Democrat, are you willing to run for office? Some of the positions you mention are officially non-partisan (school board, town chair, county supervisor) but in reality in Wisconsin this year, partisan politics are affecting every election. I've lived in a mostly rural county (Columbia) for over 25 years and never known anyone who ran for anything before. I now have 3 people I know from working on the recalls who are running in the April 3rd election for county board, and I'm helping them in various ways. The county Democratic Party has contributed to their campaigns, and other people I know from the party are also helping them as volunteers. I know from my Facebook connections that similar progressive efforts are underway across the state with support from the Democratic Party. With the loss of collective bargaining rights for public employees, the makeup of school boards and county boards is more important than ever.

    The Democratic Party is a democratic organization, and very inexpensive to join. If you want to make a difference in the party, you can.

    •  Exactly my point (3+ / 0-)
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      Sark Svemes, Odysseus, rosarugosa

      You said it better than I could!  

      I've lived in a mostly rural county (Columbia) for over 25 years and never known anyone who ran for anything before.
      What does that say about the state Democratic party?  That's been the problem.  They have invested their energy in the urban areas.   Now rural Dems are rising because the state party screwed up so badly, and allowed the likes of Walker and Johnson into office, and because our fellow citizens realize we cannot be passive.

      I'm with you, rqcrqc.  I've not been a member of the party, but have worked for, voted for, donated to, and otherwise supported Democrats with very few exceptions.  Give me Peter Barca as a candidate, and I may join.....

      •  I certainly don't blame the state party (1+ / 0-)
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        for me not knowing any previous county board candidates. Actually, had I been a member of the county party, I definitely would have, because some of the candidates were Columbia County Democrats.

        To my mind, lots of folks have this thing backwards: They won't join the party because it's not doing everything they want, but how to change what the party does starts with joining it.

      •  If they back anyone except Barca (0+ / 0-)

        They are stupid and will cost us the election.

        RIP Will Beinlich 1993-2011 (Just 1 more game, please....)

        by Sark Svemes on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 10:48:13 PM PDT

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    •  Agreed - groundswell of new leadership coming into (1+ / 0-)
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      the Wisconsin Dem party at school board/city/county/State Assembly level.  

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